1344 Tasting Notes

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drank Rooibos de Noël by Dammann Freres
1344 tasting notes

This smells delicious, like juicy oranges, and it came out of Dammann Freres’ advent calendar.

I wasn’t a huge fan of it plain, so I added sweetener almost immediately. Then it becomes a creamy orange with a hint of cherry. I get few spices, but again that’s likely from my oversteeping issues of late.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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80
drank Rooibush Eggnog by TeaGschwendner
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Tasty and delicious! Like creamy eggnog, minus a few of the spices (perhaps because I, once again, steeped it too long).

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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81
drank Red Velvet Cupcake by Simpson & Vail
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This is almost completely missing the burnt taste from the last time, and more raspberry this time. I still have other teas from S&V that I enjoy more, however this one is still quite nice.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
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I was carded tonight! Holy moly. Let’s just say I gladly produced my ID, and told the gal I was easily old enough to be her Mom. She corrected me after seeing my birth date, saying I just looked really young. Still hilarious.

What was I carded for? Tea. Well, a Peppermint Toddy, to be exact. First time I’ve had one, and it was delicious. Peppermint tea, Kahlua and Baileys, served hot in a mason jar with a cute paper napkin tied around the rim like a bandanna to keep my fingers from scorching. So much fun!

Roswell Strange

Oh, that sounds really good! I bet that’s tea that even Tre could get into :P

OMGsrsly

Hee! You definitely read young enough to get carded. :D

MissB

I’m going to try and find a recipe to make my own. Really yummy!

OMGsrsly, you flatterer you! :)

Kaylee

Well I know what I’m making after dinner tonight. That sounds delicious!

OMGsrsly

I rarely, if ever, buy alcohol, so I never get carded. :) My mom was once in San Fran. I was offered a beer at 13. :D

Dustin

I love hot alcoholic drinks! I’m going to have to try that one. Right now I’m on a hot buttered rum kick!

MissB

I’m definitely returning to this place to try more hot boozy drinks (hopefully also with some form of tea in them).

Kaylee

Here’s the recipe I used and it came out pretty tasty:
1 teabag Celestial Seasonings Peppermint/5 oz boiling water
steep for 10 minutes
add 1 oz Kahlua
add 1 oz Bailey’s Original
stir
microwave 20 secs on high

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93
drank Vanilla Cacao by Herbal Infusions
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Mexican hot chocolate (I’ve mentally changed your name now), you rock my world.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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90
drank Champagne Cider by Butiki Teas
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Can definitely taste the cider in here, although I’m missing the champagne. Very tasty, and great for a night time treat!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Stephanie

I still need to try this one :)

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74
drank Absinthe Frost by Herbal Infusions
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Excellent picture Cavo! My tea was more long stems than anything.

Interesting tea. I’ve had both the Canadian and European versions of Absinthe (although I know it to be spelled with a y), and this is a pretty close imitation in tea format, provided the tea has some sweetener added to it. Slightly creamy, minty, small amount of anise. Actually reminds me a bit more of Pernod (pronounced Pernot).

If this were available again, I’d order more. It’s not amazeballs, but it is pretty tasty and unique.

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

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93

Wow. This smells divine. Definitely like milk and cookies! Even steeped, the smell remains, and my office space smells lovely.

Hot, this is perfect. Like, I couldn’t imagine anything better. Creamy, buttery, and dark graham cookie – kind of perfection. Zero astringency or bitterness. I did make sure to overleaf slightly (1.25 tsp per cup) and had the water just below boiling for steeping. I did steep it WAY too long again though, and yet, still perfect.

Once cooled however, the tea gets bitter and astringent, in an icky way. Some sugar helps slightly (it was perfect as-is when hot), however it’s still really drying to the palate.

Note to self: only drink this hot. It’s excellent there, and less than excellent if I wait too long. Giving it a high rating for the taste when it’s excellent.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more
VariaTEA

This one didn’t work for me. It was bitter but smelled sooo good. Perhaps I should follow your parameters and try it. I have 2 packages of this to get it right.

Cavocorax

Did you really steep this one for 8 minutes? I guess I’ll try it for longer and see if I can coax more flavour!

MissB

I actually steeped it for 23 minutes. :$ It was perfect hot. As soon as it cooled though, ick. Left it to get completely cold, and the first few sips were good again, and then… bitter.

Cavocorax

Wow. Good to know. 23 min? Huh. (I’m just stunned something could be drinkable after that long)

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85
drank Noël à Pékin by Dammann Freres
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This is just lovely, and Day 13 in Dammann Freres’ advent calendar. I was so very happy with this purchase, even though it was a bit pricey for samples. The packaging, the labeling, the teas themselves – stunning. All of it.

This is a wonderful tea, and I’m contemplating buying more of it. Very light floral notes from the jasmine enhance a light black tea base, with something tropical and fruity in the mix. It makes me think of the black teas I’ve had at many an Asian restaurant, but with an added layer of complexity and sweetness.

EDIT: Oooh! The pineapple pops with sweetener, backed up by the jasmine. So lovely. Almost wish this was a exclusively a green tea, although it’s still lovely on it’s own.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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Weird. I must have typed this up when my computer decided to short out again last night.

This is the perfect late night, rich, delicious, decaf tea for those evenings when you’ve had teas that have soured you and your palate, to tame you down and help you feel blissful again.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
sherapop

I think that I need a tin of this. Not enough decaf black teas in my cupboard! I’ve been realizing recently that I really prefer tea to herbal infusions. ;-)

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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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Burnaby, BC, Canada

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