1429 Tasting Notes

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Have a tremendous amount more of this coming because I love it so, so I decided to stop hoarding and drink a cup tonight. So yummy!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Turmeric Snap (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1429 tasting notes

Thank you Janelle so much for more of this! I need to find another supplier of this, or start making it myself. So good!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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82
drank Minty Winter Wonderland by Tiesta Tea
1429 tasting notes

Interesting how this came in the Amoda box last winter, and is here again this winter. Hm…

It is however minty and refreshing, although there’s only a mild amount of chocolate flavoring for me, I’m still really enjoying it.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

You got your Amoda box?!

Dexter

Ugggg a mint tea – I’d kind of forgotten about the Amoda box – no hope of getting under 300 this week….

OMGsrsly

I totally didn’t even register the mint. :/

The Amoda box is only 3, Dexter! You can do it! :)

Dexter

LOL yeah those 3 plus the swap box due to be delivered on Friday, plus the GCTTB that I HOPE is about to arrive…yeah no chance…

MissB

Of the three, one I have to pass on right from the start. Yep, I received it this afternoon…

Cavocorax

I just got mine TODAY. #pitypartybegins
Are you guys happy you stuck with it? So far, yes. Although if you think of it as $4 a sample, that’s pretty steep, but OTOH, if it inspires you to buy from a vendor you’ve never heard of before, then yay?

OMGsrsly

I think I’m gonna cancel after next month. Depending on what we get. :)

Dexter

I think I’m too fussy, too many things I don’t like. I started in December, opened the box, looked in, went ewwwwww, and sent the whole thing to Sil. This month, I opened the box and thought 2 out of 3 not bad. When you look at it, I’ve now paid 24.00 for 2 samples that I’m interested in – that’s really steep. I’m going to give it another month or so – see what happens when we get past the Christmas flavors….

Cavocorax

Dexter – ouch!

Yeah, I guess I’ll go month by month for a little longer. Until I feel foolish for paying so much.

Dexter

That’s the chance you take with these types of subscription programs. It’s fine, just the way it worked out – passed some tea on to a friend – earned some tea Karma – it’s all good, just hoping for a couple of months that I like everything and find a new supplier. I’ll give it a couple more months.

Kittenna

… also very unimpressed that they’re using the same tea twice. I think I may complain about it.

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90

So this was in Amoda’s box for January 2013, and I already have a huge bag of it, unopened. Why? Because few of Naked Teas Galore’s offerings have wowed me, and so I had actually planned to sell the bag before cracking it open. This sample was an excellent opportunity to try it out… even though really, I should try everything I’ve purchased! :$

There are a lot of rose petals in this tea, which is what initially turned me off. Having said that, the ingredient listing is fantastic, so I thought I’d try it just to see. Out of the bag it smells strongly of cherry, and a chemical one at that. Aie…

It smells more like black forest cake brewed however, and I’m VERY pleasantly surprised with the taste. Hot, there’s a stronger floral quality to it, and cold it’s more of a cherry cake. With a tiny bit of pure Stevia, this is really quite delicious!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Dustin

You and your Stevia! Every time I read the name in your tasting notes my tongue shrivels up a little! :) I do wish I could enjoy that sweetener.

Plunkybug

I’m nervous about the floral notes on this one, and wondering if I pick out the rose petals, if that will help.

MissB

Are you allergic Dustin? If not, I strongly suggest trying pure stevia, which is super-concentrated; I use less than 1/16th of a teaspoon per cup. I also (and hate saying this) suggest non-organic stevia, because the extraction process for organic makes stevia, to me, really bitter. It’s the additives in stevia that make it taste ‘off’, or unlike a normal sweetener. Use it as-is and sparingly, and you’ll think it’s sugar.

Amariel, I hate roses in my tea, and I loved this. The 50g bag of this specific tea that I have has sat for about a month now because of my same fear. Sometimes, it just works.

OMGsrsly

You know, Amoda didn’t list rose petals in the ingredients. I’m getting to the point where I want to box these companies metaphorical ears.

Dustin

Most recently I tried the Trader Joe’s stevia. Maybe I have been adding too much, but I seem to remember trying it in canned drinks and not liking the taste then either. I’ll try it again and see if adding only a little changes anything.

MissB

Most stevia on the market, including items with stevia already in them, have extra additives to make them equal sugar 1:1. Trader Joe’s is cut with lactose of all things, and I found it ridiculously bitter and unpalatable. This is what I use (again, less than 1/16th of a teaspoon per cup of tea to match 1 tsp of most other sweeteners), and one bag will last me about a year: http://www.nuts.com/cookingbaking/powders/stevia.html The brand of stevia as well as what’s added makes all the difference, I’ve found.. I’ve tried at least eight different brands now.

OMG I know, right? It was listed on the 50g package I bought, and the only way I knew it was in it. Mind you, I could see the petals in the Amoda box, but still. If I had an allergy to them…

Plunkybug

I get headaches from rose…so it is an issue.

MissB

Oh. Well if I have a reaction to a tea ingredient, picking it out makes zero difference – I still have a reaction. The oils, flavors and smells are already imbued in the tea. I’m avoiding the green in this month’s Amoda box completely and just passing it along for the same reasons, personally.

Plunkybug

For me it is the smell. If I can’t smell it, it is ok, but if I can…I need to keep some Tylenol Migraine nearby. I might make it in the morning and if I can’t deal with it, I’ll dump it and get a tea at Starbucks.

Dustin

Thanks for the link, I might give that a go. Eight different brands?! Wow, you really searched for the perfect Stevia!

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92
drank Almond Sugar Cookie by Simpson & Vail
1429 tasting notes

Steeped this one a bit too long as well. Still yummy.

Strong flavoring again that assaults the nose even before you open the box it’s mailed in. It surprises me how much this tastes like an almond cookie. I’m missing the sugar bit (and that’s fine by me) however almond baked goods come out strong and clear.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank English Toffee by Simpson & Vail
1429 tasting notes

This is one of the more fragrant of S&V’s offerings, and thus covered in tinfoil whenever I send it, as well as in my stash.

Steeped, it’s less flavorful, which surprised me. I wonder with S&V; I’m one of those people that steeps tea up at the temperature and time I think it should be if there’s zero instruction on the packaging. So, I guessed. 1 tsp per 8 ounces, boiling water, 4 minute steep. Perhaps I need to overleaf it?

It’s a lovely tea, full bodied and rich, however there’s only a hint of english toffee at the very end of the sip, and it lingers. Buttery is definitely covered however – a decadent treat in that respect.

Ah, yes. Okay, suggested steeping is boiling for 3 minutes. Will try that next time.

EDIT: The description says “light butterscotch” which is accurate. I guess I just expected more from the initial, delightful smell. Upping rating slightly.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

1.5 tsp per 8 oz. :) It’s my sweet spot, at least!

MissB

Ah… good to know! Thank you. :)

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90
drank Watermelon Xylophone by Butiki Teas
1429 tasting notes

First off, I LOVE the concept of this tea. The base is absolutely divine, and it’s a stunning pot with all of the needles so beautifully unfurling as they steep.

Having said that, there’s something off for me – and it’s likely me, instead of the tea itself. Something drying and a bit offputting that makes me want to try this as a cold brew, or even brewed properly and then left in the fridge. I get the juiciness, the fullness yet lightness of the tea… it’s all there. Really, truly delicious. Perhaps it’s just that, to me, watermelon is always juicy and cold, instead of hot?

I’ll definitely play with this more, as I have quite a bit now, including some sent to me through several buys and swaps with fellow Steepsterites.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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92
drank Creamy Eggnog by Butiki Teas
1429 tasting notes

I bought a lot of this during Butiki’s Black Friday sale, and only just got it now. (Long story, my fault getting to the border late to pick it up). It’s a big tea, in that it takes up a lot of space, which is likely why I feel like I grabbed more than I really did.

Brewed, this is a VERY creamy, lovely tea. I get more cream than anything, with only hints of eggnog -like flavorings, and think there’s another eggnog tea that I had recently (blanking out as to which) that I like more. Still, this is delicious, and I’m sure I’ll be able to easily drink it down. ;)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I have so many notices in my Dashboard, I can’t access them (over 1400!) This is why I’m struggling to keep up and reply to folks on here. Bleh. I apologize to any and all that I’m seemingly avoiding. Really, it’s just my feed! :$

Marshmallow hits me first, then orange, then only a touch of chocolate. Subtle and lovely. I love the marshmallow in here!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Kapha Ayurvedic by DAVIDsTEA
1429 tasting notes

Watching really bad television because I need to review it, so I’m getting into my wonderful stashes and swaps. Yay! Huge thanks to Janelle for sharing this with me; I’m a sucker for herbals and failed to grab any of this when it was still available.

I oversteeped this, yet it’s still tasty. A hint of ginger, lots of licorice (including sambuca flavoring? weird) and a touch of cinnamon as well. A bit of Truvia smoothed things out a bit and brought the licorice to the forefront.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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A few years ago, the obsession with tea started. The cupboard got bigger and bigger, more swaps occurred, group buys, secret rendezvous with local teapassionistas… and that’s how you end up with 500+ different kinds of tea in your home. At one time.

Now, it’s purge time. Time to gather what’s needed and let go of the rest. Almost all of the tea was given away, sold, or otherwise shared. A few relics still remain. It’s still a challenge to avoid the chipmunk-like hoarding of The Teas, yet, the lightness of being from having so little compels me more. And so, I’m happy to share (anytime!) and will occasionally desire small amounts of tea for swaps, just to try.

As for the day-to-day stuff, I’m focused almost entirely on Love, (yes, with a capital L), Spirit/Self, transformation, and work (dating columnist and consultant).

No-can-do: lavender, overly floral (French florals, or florals that are creamy rather than, well, floral work well!), sugar, Splenda, all grains.

Love: fruity, dessert, chai, spicy, all types of tea.

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