1157 Tasting Notes

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So… I’m currently quarantined in a hotel room until I’m rid of this cold – the worst of my life, by far. I thought it was strep (it’s not), however it’s pretty darn nasty. A tsp of muddled garlic, cayenne and honey has definitely made a HUGE difference, although I stink…

Anyway. I have zero access to my “real” tea, so I grabbed some of this earlier at London Drugs. My taste buds are off, so I need to give this another chance, however it’s just a yuck for me. Too much fake raspberry in here for me — although this might be from my oversteeping of it by a few minutes. Sigh. I’ll need to send this out to Roswell Stranger I think!

Also, for those asking if I’m okay (or if I was offended and thus why I’m not replying to emails!) this is 100% my bad. I know I have a few swaps and sales to send off, however I need to get better (and get home again) before I can even think about packaging up any tea for anyone with a good conscience. I hope y’all understand!

Flavors: Raspberry

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

Hope you’re feeling better madam!

VariaTEA

Feel better MissB!!

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drank Rootbeer Tea by Sweet Cherubim
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I definitely need to grab more of this soon, and get the full ingredient list. This tea solely got me through the night last night – it was comforting and soothing with the dry, scratchy, raw throat, and more so than any other tea I had last night.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I keep on forgetting that there’s maté in here; I need to write it on the bag. It would be perfect without the maté, to be frank…. I’d much prefer it actually (only because I find maté gives me too much of a matein, aka caffeine in maté, rush).

Oddly , I’m smelling (what seems like?) cigarette ashes. I get little else in the smell department, while in the flavor department it’s sweet and very maté-like, with something else in there that rounds it all out, saffron perhaps? It’s the kind of thing I’m drawn to when feeling under the weather — oh wow, yes, that’s why I grabbed it today. ;)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

i hope you feel better soooooooon!

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drank Peppermint Patty by Butiki Teas
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Read in a fantastic article called 22 Natural Sore Throat Remedies, and one of the items listed was marshmallow root. Yes! I have some of that via this tea. Definitely soothing for the throat, especially last night when I felt like I hacked up part of my lung.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
mj

Feel better soon!

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drank Chandernagor by Mariage Frères
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Had a cup of this yesterday. It was perfect, as always. Will make a trip to Faubourg soon to grab another tin.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Hot Chocolate Chai by Tealish
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Made the mistake of having this alongside Mariage Frères Chandernaggor, which is the epitome of chai’s for me. It still held it’s own though! Just a bit smoother, more creamy, and less chai spicy than it’s competitor. I will definitely re-order more of this when I run out.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Cold 911 (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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I’ve had this countless times over the past two days. It makes me feel… cool. Refreshed. Clear. I did notice that steeping this as a green (because of the other tea that I drank at the same time), made it more potent and brought the breeziness of the menthol out more.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cavocorax

That’s a good tip! I’ll try to remember.
Actually, I’ll just write it on my bag bc if I’m sick enough to need it, I won’t remember. :P

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drank Black/Green Toasted Almond by ZenTea
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Hm. Glad I tried it (I most definitely was curious) however this is far from a must-have for me too. It’s roasty and sweet, almost like a vanilla marzipan, however it’s just too… I dunno. Green? Tart? Off? Dunno. Something is just not my style.

Thanks to Dinosara for sharing this with me!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Dinosara

Not sure why this had to be a black/green blend. Black tea base only would have been better!

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This is from a sample Dexter3569 sent to me ages ago, and that I’m finally sipping down (yet it was already out of my cupboard – bah!) Anyway. Slightly floral, sweet, a bit honey-ish. I remember asking to try this, and now I’m wondering why? Ice wine is a common offering in these parts, and I’ve yet to really love it. I think it’s the concept that got me (ice wine tea? Yes, please) more than the reality of it.

Regardless, this is a sipdown, and I’m always grateful to Miss Dexter for sharing so much with me.

Flavors: Flowers, Honey

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Dexter

LOL Don’t you hate it when you go to remove something from your cupboard and it’s already gone – disappointing somehow. This tea didn’t “wow” me either, but it’s one of those that sound “intriguing”.

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drank Buddha's Blend by DAVIDsTEA
1157 tasting notes

Oh my goodness, this is horrid. I wanted to love it – my daughter got me two of the automatically locking tins at DAVIDs with her allowance – and yet, this is repulsive to me. Bitter, fake and… of course, fake strawberry flavoring in it, or something I’m wildly allergic to. Bleh. This is the worst face I’ve made all day for a tea. Just disgusting.

Who was it that asked for a tea that I HATE? Yeah, you’re getting some of this. :)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

lmao

Virginia

Hahaha it’s ME! I’ve had this before…Girl it ain’t THAT bad! XD I thought it was ok. This is why I love asking people to send me one sample of something they really dislike, I find it so interesting to compare. Tastes vary so much from one person to the next.

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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. Having said that, I’m traveling indefinitely (currently in Ireland) so my stash will sit and wait for me, as I send back tea to explore more when I get home again.

In addition to loving tea, I’m a dating columnist, single mom, nerd, and avid knitter. I read way too much, type even more, and spend my ‘free’ time either running, swinging kettlebells, or hanging with friends.

Allergies: Strawberries and all grains. I’m having a mild allergic reaction to both lavender and some roses in tea, and thus I’m avoiding these for now as well. I also avoid sugar and Splenda where possible.

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Burnaby, BC, Canada

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