1429 Tasting Notes

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
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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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93

So delicious! Like the real thing, only better (without all the sugar, and so much more comforting to me).

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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79
drank Mango Lassi by Butiki Teas
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Nice and creamy, very mango-ish and fully bodied. Having a few issues with the rooibos again though, even though I used a paper filter.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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91
drank Hot Chocolate Chai by Tealish
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Wow. Definitely a dessert/treat -type tea. Went low on the steeping side, just because I could (although oversteeping was something I wanted to avoid as well). Brews up a dark caramel color, and smells vaguely of chai spices.

Drinking it is an interesting play on texture and flavor. There’s something sweet and thick in the mix (I’m guessing coconut?), and I can definitely taste something barley-like, adding to the meatiness of the blend. The spices are mild, and I get something else sweet at the end of the sip with zero sugar added. With some Truvia, this quickly becomes a hot chocolate chai – exactly as the name suggests. Wow! I’m in love.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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80

I think I erred a bit too much on the side of caution with this one; I could have steeped it longer, I think. Still delicious!

I can smell the pu-erh base, but taste little of it, surprisingly. Brews up surprisingly dark, and is subtle in it’s flavoring until I add some Truvia. Now I’m getting a surprising amount of flavor and sweetness from the orange and mildly so from the other spices. I’d be hard pressed to call this a chai as it stands, however I still really enjoy it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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82
drank Chocolate Truffle by Tea Desire
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I seem to like this cooled more, rather than piping hot – I can taste the yum more, I find. Had a huge cup this afternoon. Think perhaps I need to steep it slightly less next time, as it was a bit bitter initially.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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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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