1432 Tasting Notes

82
drank English Toffee by Simpson & Vail
1432 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
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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
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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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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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74
drank Kapha Ayurvedic by DAVIDsTEA
1432 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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94

Jeepers, it took me so long to get this from the border, that I’d completely forgotten I’d ordered some!

Smells strongly of licorice, of course, and tastes pretty much exactly like black licorice. Really, truly lovely drink. There are only so many postiive and yummy adjectives I can come up with for Stacy’s amazing blends!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
JennyFur

I can honestly say that would be a tea I would definitely dislike. Nice of them to clearly label the flavor though. I live in fear of oopsing into a mouthful of black licorice.

MissB

Yep, only for licorice lovers. :) I too hate it when teas are poorly labeled with the ingredients, like Cacao Mint by Samovar (which has a lot of lavender in it).

OMGsrsly

This is a licorice tea without actual licorice. It’s perfect for me, because licorice root in tea is not a favoured application.

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94
drank Rhubarb Vanilla Ale by Butiki Teas
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A bit too hoppy for me straight, and truly decadent with a touch of Truvia. Amazing!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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87
drank Pu-erh Vanilla Mint by Zen Tea
1432 tasting notes

Was it Tea Sipper that had this the other day, that also prompted me to go find this in my cupboard and finally try it? It was one of you, and whomever it was — thank you!

Smells of peppermint mostly out of the (sample) bag), more earthy after brewing. This is a nuanced blend, and quite surprising. I taste little of the vanilla, it just seems to smooth things out a bit, and then the peppermint is what’s mostly present, but it’s more of a creamy candy cane -type mint than an in-your-face mint. Will definitely need to order a normal amount my next Zen Tea order.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec
TheTeaFairy

It’s so good…

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88
drank Lime Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
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Continuing with my late-night brewing practices of having some form of decaf dessert tea, I drank a large, delicious mug of this last night.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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92

Comforting. Minty. Creamy. Yay!

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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