1400 Tasting Notes

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drank Christmas Tea - Loose by Twinings
1400 tasting notes

I love it how people change the name of a tea to “duplicate”, so that NO ONE CAN FIND IT. And, they don’t realize that it’s actually a different tea – different ingredients, different production, everything – but because it has the same name from the same company, they assume it’s up to them to change a tea’s name to DUPLICATE. Because that’s so helpful, especially to the folks who maintain the database. Don’t you realize, it actually CHANGES the name in the database, and the URL? Sigh.

Instead, I strongly suggest to anyone who thinks there’s a duplicate (this one is NOT – it’s a Special Edition Loose Leaf that’s only available loose in a tin, it is NOT the same as the bagged tea in the brown box), is to get both URLs and email steepster. Let them know. Don’t go changing names of teas so that we have thousands of teas called Duplicate.

/rant over

MissB

Sigh. Of course, this was my 1300th tasting note.

Indigobloom

Happy lucky 13000th note! :D

Indigobloom

Oops too many zeros

Roswell Strange

Congrats on 1300! People fucking with the tea names/titles drives me absolutely crazy too.

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Note to self: buy MF in France, or Europe in general, where it’s half the price of buying it in Canada (not including shipping). When I grabbed this box of sachets in Holt Renfrew what seems like ages ago now, it was $25-30 (maybe $40? I remember it being ridiculous, but dammit, I wanted it). Same thing in France, when I went to one of the MF stores? The equivalent of $20 CDN. Getting it loose is much, much cheaper than that.

I knew however that I had some of this still at home, so I’m doing to drink and fully enjoy it before I buy more. Because as we all know, I already have way too much tea. (still over 500.. sigh)

Anyway, onto the tea. The French are the only ones that can do flowers in tea where I love it. I wish every tea maker took their lead with this… regardless, this is a bit astringent today (likely because I just had some unsweetened sea salt chocolate), yet delicately sweet, full in the only way tea can be when it’s got (good) flowers in it, and, well, marvellous. I think in the future I want to steep this one a bit less though… finding something a bit off (which again might be the chocolate).

Flavors: Flowers, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

yeah that’s the only reason i said eff it when i was there. in the grand scheme of things… so much better

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75

Definitely liked this more as it cooled (more chocolate) but the cinnamon threw me off. I haven’t had a cinnamon brownie before, and so this was a bit of an odd combination.

Yes, I know, this isn’t a new—to-me tea, I’ve had it since one of my first forays into mass quantity buys with Dexter. Thing is, I’d obviously lost it, so maybe this is a perk of having a housesitter that moves your entire tea stash: rediscovering teas you completely forgot about.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Thick

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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79
drank Connoisseur's Blend by Market Spice
1400 tasting notes

Grabbed this when I was at Pike Place Market maybe sometime last summer (?) when I ran into Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes in the elevator of my hotel room. Fun!

This seems like a straight black blend from the description, although I’ve yet to hear of a varietal called Lychee (like Ceylon or Assam). The staffer told me this was her favorite tea (I always buy a small sample that the person serving me suggests when traveling), so $0.81 and about, um, 12 cups worth and a year later, Í’m trying it.

Actually had it yesterday.. going on memory.. was surprisingly sweet on it’s own, full bodied like an English Breakfast, and quite lovely. Very different than most straight blacks I’ve had, with zero maltiness, just a sweetness that I can’t quite place.

Flavors: Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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79

I remember coveting this last year, but I think it’s time to share… so packing up a bit for others to enjoy. Love doing that, especially when it’s a tea I know few can get their hands on (blended in a store in Edmonton, Alberta… yes they ship, but who would know to look for that, unless they’d been to the store?)

Anyway. Getting a definitely ginger kick (booyah!) as this cooled, which I’m absolutely loving. The peach was more apparent when it was hot though, whereas the ginger was completely absent then. Hm.

Still, an overall yum, y’all.

Flavors: Ginger, Peach, Spicy

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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72
drank Market Chai by Market Spice
1400 tasting notes

Grabbed this while at Pike Place Market in Seattle (Market Spice, I love you). Thought I’d tried this already… perhaps not. It’s a smooth chai, not as “bold” or strong as the description stated, but still a lovely chai. Some orange in there, a good kick of what I think is nutmeg, maybe cloves?

Flavors: Cloves, Nutmeg, Orange, Smooth

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Had this briefly last night before the murder mystery; first thought was, “Yuck. Why did I pick this up in London again?” Maybe because I could, maybe because I thought I wanted to share.. dunno. Compared to the Adagio chai just prior, this was actually quite disgusting. I’m tacking it up to the “syrup flavorings”.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Randomly grabbed this last night, and boy is it ever amazing. I know I’ve had it before, but it was nowhere near this good! Dunno what I did differently, other than oversteep it way way WAY too much (15 minutes). Loved it, helped me power through writing a murder mystery – right up until the last second when I had to leave to play it with 32 others. Success!

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Creamy, Nutmeg, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

how did the event go?!

Roswell Strange

Yes; very curious in how it went down as well!

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75
drank La Mangue by Fauchon
1400 tasting notes

Hm. Have I really not had this since I bought it? So weird. I’ve shared it with countless people now.

Regardless, I’ve got a tin of this still from prior to my trip to Europe, and during my “where are all my teas” fun times, I came across this. Sure, why not? I’ll try it.

Smells delicious. Juicy, ripe mango and peach. Tasting it, it’s just okay. There’s the mango/peach flavor, then something odd that’s got me making a face. Paper-y? Dry? A touch off in the sweetness? I don’t quite get it, but I’m happy to share it with all the folks who want to try French teas, and I know that Fauchon (and The O Dor) are the two the most difficult to get here. So, share pile it is! :)

1.5 tsp in 12 oz, 2.5 minutes at 180F.

Flavors: Mango, Paper, Peach

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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92

Second steep was a massive oversteep (7 minutes) and I left the tea out overnight to dry out… so not the best conditions. Still, a lovely tea, just not as lovely as yesterday. A bit thin on the flavor, yet dark on the coloring.

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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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