1290 Tasting Notes

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My first Simpson & Vail tea! I’m so excited. Can you tell I’m moseying (very slowly) through the Black Friday tea boxes?

Many of the teas are exceptionally fragrant in the S&V order, for those of you who decided they wanted to share with me. Which, by the way, I’ve now packed up all the S&V and have gotten it ready to mail off. Four of you still have other boxes here for me to go through; the rest will get mailed or delivered tomorrow. Yay!

Onto the tea! Really fragrant, smells strongly of minty, creamy candy canes, with an almost medicinal smell to it, perhaps because it’s so strong. Brewing it is divine, and drinking it? Oh. My. Goodness. Creamy, mint candy cane. It’s a dead ringer. Love!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 15 sec
Cavocorax

Wow – sounds like you got involved n a pretty big order eh?
This sounds really good though! I hope you enjoy the others ones too.

MissB

I’m the tea mule for us West Coast Canadians, it seems. ;) Still waiting for a few more Black Friday shipments though, which surprises me a bit. Also, the place at the border (literally called At The Border), is RIGHT at the border. Like, I wish I’d parked the car and walked over, because it’s right in between the two crossings, almost making it like I could walk, grab the boxes, and walk back to the car, without even going through customs.

Which, incidentally: longest wait to get through the border ever (coming back into Canada), but also easily explained once we got to the agent. He was a friendly sort, and when he asked about my job, he then grilled me for holiday gift advice for his wife. Looking forward to writing about that one!

OMGsrsly

Ha! That’s funny. :) If you find a place to park in Canada that doesn’t require you to drive through after, let me know. The Duty Free store says you have to go into the US after going into their store, IDK how true that is.

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94
drank Lemon Meringue Rooibos by Tealish
1290 tasting notes

Ah, I’ve been hoarding this for reasons I’m still confused by. I can always re-order it, so why would I hoard it?

Anyway. Made a cup up earlier tonight, and it was, as always, absolutely delicious and divine. Smells and tastes identically to a lemon meringue pie.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

Yum! I will have to remember to go to Tealish and try this when I am back in Toronto.

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78

Of all the 52 Teas blends, this was the one I hoped, prayed, that Frank would reblend. This is how, in my insanity that was Black Friday (NINE boxes of tea right now, NINE), I ended up cracking this one first.

This smells really… odd out of the bag. I was a bit concerned, only because it’s hard to put my finger on it. Sweet dirt, perhaps? Not a bad smell, almost like some pu-erh I guess. Just… odd.

Drinking it is okay, however I’m grasping to find much other than cheesecake (fairly prominent) and a teensy bit of peanut. I can smell chocolate after steeping, and there’s a bit of it on my tongue with mouthfeel. Sweetening it definitely gave it more punch, and more chocolate, but then I’m stretching for the cheesecake and the peanut.

I do like this, I may just need to play with it more to get the steeping directions right. Overleafed purposely (1.5 tsp/cup).

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Weird, I wonder if the sweet dirt comes from the flavouring or the base, Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake is just about one of the greatest tea flavouring ideas.

MissB

Maybe when I’ve had a bit of sleep I’ll be able to place the smell. I mean, it’s not a bad smell, it’s just nothing like what I’d expected. His other honeybush blends definitely don’t smell like this… thinking of Pina Colada particularly.

I grabbed one of the make-your-own blends in the Kickstarter project, and chose Haagen Daaz Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream as mine. I can’t wait to try that either, even though I know it’s similar (yet not the same) as this. I also asked for extra peanut butter flavoring. Frank said he could do that.

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67

I suspect this comes from somewhere else and gets repackaged, although I have no idea where; this is where I purchased it from however.

A pretty straightforward vanilla rooibos, with a hint of something caramel in there after a few sips. I wanted more hit-me-in-the-face flavor, and it’s just okay.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more
tea-sipper

It looks like a tea than zentealife carries.

OMGsrsly

Everywhere carries something similar. Pearl Drops also has one, but it tends to be quite caramelly/boozy.

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81
drank Kapha Organic by TeaGschwendner
1290 tasting notes

Ooh, I got more the spice today out of this than last time, which makes me love it more than before. I loves me some spice, especially in my teas that (I think) are meant to get things moving! Great for cold winter mornings, or when I want things to start moving around in my sinus area.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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70
drank Chocolate Chai by Tea Desire
1290 tasting notes

Why did I rate this so highly before? It’s a strongly flavored anise/licorice chai, with little chocolate in it. I still quite enjoy it, however it’s no longer as spectacular as I thought it was. Reducing rating.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec
Fjellrev

Damn, this one seems to get mixed ratings. I’m curious to smell it in the store.

MissB

I can send you a sample if you’re far from a store. Very licorice smelling, with a bit of chai spices. I’ll have to try it again soon to see if maybe I did something wrong. Initially, I loved this.

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66

Thanks to CelebriTEA for sending me a few samples of this!

Spicy comes through loud and clear, and something… soapy? I’m confused. Heat from pepper, spice from cardamom and cinnamon, and something.. weird. It doesn’t taste like soap, it just has the mouthfeel. I have no idea what this is, or why I’m feeling it. I like the heat though, it’s making my eyes water and there’s a tiny bite that I quite enjoy. Still, this weird mouthfeel is getting to me, and there’s zero vanilla in here.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Cinnamon Roll Honeybush by 52teas
1290 tasting notes

I wish this was as amazing as the last time I had it, and I’m trying to figure out what I did differently. Oh yea, I steeped it at a lower temperature. Need to remember to do that next time!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec

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64
drank Lemon Zen by Herbal Infusions
1290 tasting notes

Thank you Herbal Infusions for the free sample in my last (first) order!

I oversteeped this a huge amount – 33 minutes – because I like my mint’s strong. Perhaps that was a bit of a mistake, or maybe just right? All I know is, this is a very strong lemon rind flavor coupled with mint. Zen? Perhaps. Tasty? Definitely, if you like a lemon mint tea. A bit rind-y for me though, and likely something I’ll pass over on my next order. Still grateful to have tried it, and more than enough to share if someone else would like a taste.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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69
drank Ginger Snap by Della Terra Teas
1290 tasting notes

When something has the word ginger in it, I want to taste the ginger. Unfortunately, I’m struggling to find the ginger in this, or anything really. Sweetened I got more pineapple and mango than anything, and zero cake or cookie. Still moderately tasty, just should be called something else (in my opinion).

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Whispering Pines Tea Company

These ingredients are very strange for a Ginger Snap tea…haha

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Teaholic! Currently loving flavored blacks, greens, whites, green rooibos blends, straight blacks and greens, and have a long-standing adoration for herbals/medicinals. Dessert teas top my list along with anything cocoa-y.

I own an obscene amount of tea, and am always happy to share. Just got back from a six month exploration of Western Europe, so I’ve got some pretty lovely tea that we just can’t easily find this side of the pond. Woot!

In addition to loving tea, I’m a dating columnist, nerd, and avid knitter. I read way too much, type even more, and spend my ‘free’ time exploring, playing board games, reading, hiking, hanging with friends.

Allergies: Strawberries and all grains. I’m having a mild allergic reaction to both lavender and some roses in tea, although for some reason the French seem to have figured out how to do this without making me ill. I also avoid sugar and Splenda where possible.

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