1400 Tasting Notes

72
drank Secret Garden by LuxBerry Tea
1400 tasting notes

Hm. Not as fond of this as I was last night. Likely because of the reduced heat? So… yay for a sipdown! :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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81
drank Kapha Organic by TeaGschwendner
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Had to try this again tonight, for trying to (what seems like) kill JustJames from trying this one out last night. Really, if it was THAT spicy, I’d have given it a warning! Yikes. I feel badly. So today when I parsed some more of this out, I put right on the label: SPICY!

HAD to try it again though after last night. It’s still got a strong kick to it, which is mitigated by some sweetener. I love savory teas though, especially ones that attempt to ramp up your digestive fire and/or nature with zero caffeine. For me, this is only a 4 out of 10 on the spice-o-meter.. I must have a high tolerance or something.

This is more a, “get things moving” kinda tea for me. Meaning – I need to go for a run, or I have to finish a project late at night, or I need to get rid of some lingering junk in my chest or nasal passages. PLEASE though, if you’re sensitive to spices with heat, or have an easily upset tummy, take a pass on this one. :(

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
JustJames

i am ulcer prone =0( but i’me fine with crazy strong chai.

guess i did a ten min steep? maybe a bit more?

OMGsrsly

James. 10 min would be WAY too long. 5 minutes is about the tolerance I have for tea. I’d gladly eat spicier food, but that’s food…

JustJames

IT SMELLED LIKE DILL!!!!! i thought it needed extra time to evolve. i smelled none of the death my way. no sympathy OMG? not a hint of ‘poor james’?

OMGsrsly

I steeped 5 minutes and half way through my cup my mouth was burning. :D But I was expecting it from your note last night.

JustJames

i had no idea a herbal could be so brutal. so mean….. geez. i went and bought tums tonight.

OMGsrsly

Good idea. :)

JustJames

i sense that you are making fun 80\

OMGsrsly

No! That was sincere! Unexpected spice is no fun, like that time I spent all my money on 3/3 star Thai food, and had no choice but to eat it…

JustJames

oh no. oh dear. i would have bought you milk. and patted your back. =o(

OMGsrsly

It was an accident, and thankfully we still had some rice in the house. LOTS of rice, wee little bit of spice. I think that was actually when I moved back here…

MissB

I know next time to give fair warning for this one. So sorry!

JustJames

no, no… i try NOT to read up on blends before i review, and i didn’t smell the pepper in it, lol.

Sil

lol i accidentally steeped with for about 8 mins… it’s great!

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94
drank Eggnog & Pralines by Butiki Teas
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Unique tea! Really glad I grabbed the Amoda box for a few months to try this one out. Huge thanks to whomever gave me the heads up! Blanking out on who it was…

This smells very much like pralines, or at the very least, nuts. I can almost taste the nuts as I inhale, if that makes any sense at all. I’m fascinated and shocked by this blend – while it’s far from my favorite Butiki blend, it is superb, and Stacy has done an excellent job of blending two unique flavors into a green tea, well. I’ll likely be one of the folks who pass on this if it’s offered in the future, only because the flavors are a bit far from my favorite flavor profiles.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec
JustJames

i’m just settling into this sample!!! smells very intriguing…

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72

More pumpkin than ginger, and definitely needs to be brewed at a lower temperature to get the full effect. Tangy, sweet and tasty!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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36
drank Black Forest Cake by LuxBerry Tea
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Oversteeped it slightly, however I’ve now learned this is just not the cuppa for me. Smells strongly of cherry prior to steeping, and while it’s delicately flavored, I get zero cake or cream or anything that I associate with Black Forest Cake. It was also über bitter, so I dumped it. :(

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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64

Uh, this is probably my least favorite of the bunch so far. I was hoping for Bailey’s minty awesomeness. I’m getting a hint of Bailey’s after sweetening it with some Truvia, and that’s it. Zero mint. Strong, bitter base. Will try for a 2 min steep next time.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Aww too bad. That name should never be stuck in a name without delivering.

Anna

Agreed. So much meh. I remember this horror: http://steepster.com/clareborn/posts/196723

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86
drank Spiked Eggnog by Herbal Infusions
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As it cools it’s definitely a boozy, rich eggnog – lovely! The spices are all there, and it’s surprisingly good (and an excellent fix for when eggnog is off your list of teas you can drink). I did remove the cute gingerbread sugar pieces however, and used Truvia instead.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Anna

Oh no. I’m now worried about the fate of the little gingerbread men.

MissB

Ha! They ended up in a package now off to another tea owner. :)

Anna

Phew.

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82
drank Chocolate Truffle by Tea Desire
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This is bag #2 that I’ve ordered of this specific tea from Tea Desire, so I must love it. :)

This cup is very different than my last however. Less “full”, it’s a bit thin to be frank. I still like it, although there’s also less earthiness to it than before. A bit tart, which is odd. It’s almost tasting like a black as opposed to a pu-erh? Weird. Much better with sweetener. Wonder what I did differently, or if it’s a re-blend.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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73
drank Creme Brulee by Simpson & Vail
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Fragrant is how I’d describe all of the S&V teas I’ve got, save one or two. This is one of the more fragrant ones, and I must admit that I love it. Sure, I need to package these up with tin foil so that they don’t take over the other teas in my stash, and that’s okay with me. When I open them… aaah.

This tastes more like a creamy vanilla or caramel with a touch of spice than crème brulee, however it’s still delicious.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec
Fjellrev

Either my nose is broken or I happened to choose ones that aren’t fragrant, but most of the ones I chose aren’t that fragrant to me.

MissB

Root Beer? Really? It’s probably the most, er, fragrant tea I’ve ever come across. I’ve yet to have any though. Each of the packages I’ve sent out with orders, I had to wrap in tin foil.. and I could still smell them. Mind you, I have an uncannily strong sense of smell.

Fjellrev

Besides Root Beer! I agree, that one is STRONG. But most of the others are quite weakly scented to me, especially the bakery ones.

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88
drank Bamboo Integrity by Zen Tea
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While I do really, really enjoy this, I feel like I’m underleafing somehow. 3 tsp for 12 oz. seems right as per the instructions, and yet… I’m missing something. Still delicious. Maybe it’s just late.

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).

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