1290 Tasting Notes

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I used to drink a tea like this all the time from the Tea Centre on Vancouver Island. They were the first company (many years ago) to introduce me to yogurt in my tea, and how it created a creamy tang that really added depth to some teas. Although far from a ‘purist’ perspective, I really enjoyed it.

This tea has the exact same name as that tea, and so I had to try it. The differences between the two however are immediately noticed; this has cornflowers (I think) in it, and it smells little of anything other than rooibos to me.

Steeped, it’s okay. I don’t get much apple or cinnamon other than lightly with both, however some Truvia did sweeten them up and bring them out nicely. An okay tea, probably one I’ll not re-order though in the future.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Mango Rooibos by Assam Tea Company
1290 tasting notes

Decided to steep this up as I packaged some up for a swap with Sil. I should try it first before sending it out, right? :)

This smells strongly of mango, and tastes only moderately so when it’s straight. Add some sweetener though, and holy moly mango! By far the most authentic and strongest flavored mango tea I’ve had to date. Got a bit bitter at the end, almost like a black tea, yet this is most definitely a rooibos. Maybe it’s late/early, or maybe I’m just tired. Still, getting some tartness at the end bottom of the cup.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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drank Sweet Red Mango by The TeaCupany
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Thanks to Dexter365 for a taste of this cuppa love!

I remember Dexter saying something about this (or a related) tea, that The TeaCupany was playing tricks on us with naming conventions. With this, I wholeheartedly agree. This is far from sweet, but rather, quite tart due to the high level of hibiscus. Truvia does sweeten things up, but it’s still a bit underwhelming. I want mango, darn it! I get little.

I can see how this would be really great cold steeped, so perhaps I need to use the rest of it for a cold-steep experiment.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec

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drank Orange Zen BIO by Dammann Freres
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SPOILER: Day 15 of Dammann Freres Advent Calendar.

I’m unsure what to make of this. It smells like an herbally green tea to me, and tastes little of anything orange until wwwaaaayyyy after the sip. Definitely a chamomile blend. I mean, it’s okay, but I just don’t get it at all.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Retro Ted by Bluebird Tea Co.
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Forgotten that I’d rated this already when I grabbed it tonight for a swap with someone else. Decided to have one of the last cups of it, and then to put the rest in the swap box for someone else to try. Have I mentioned how much I love swaps (and how many I have here right now, waiting for me to send them off? A huge bag full, that’s how much).

Anyway. To the tea! Like last time, this smells infinitely better than it tastes. Even just sitting here at my desk I get a wonderfully fragrant, decadent coconut wafting over to my nose, with some subtle fruits in the background. Drinking it however just isn’t the same. I want more flavor dear Retro Ted, and less tartness.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 15 sec

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Out of the bag this smells just like a Shirley Temple to me, likely because of the grenadine. I love Shirley Temples (or, used to)!

Steeped it smells like a black with a hint of something floral. Drinking it wasn’t terribly exciting – a black tea, basically – so I added some sweetener. Now this tastes like a tea Shirley Temple to me, and it’s quite tasty. Still not a fan of the base, as it’s gotten bitter really quickly even with a short steep (and zero instructions to give me any sort of guidance).

I’ll try this with a shorter steep next time, maybe even a slightly lower temperature, and hopefully then the bitterness disappears.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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84

When I want an excellent herbal without rooibos, this has become my go-to tea, especially when I’m fighting a cold. What more can I say? I love this, and am drinking it yet again this afternoon.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Cacao Tea by Herbal Infusions
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Had this last night, and it was a lovely treat. Think hot cocoa minus the milk, yet still creamy and delicious! I will definitely be drinking this often.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
Courtney

So delicious!

Dexter

I got my herbal Infusions order in the mail today. I too will be drinking Cacao soon and often. :))

MissB

Yay! Have you had the chance to try it yet, Dexter?

Dexter

Yeah, Courtney had sent me a sample – LOVED IT – so I picked up some with my Cyber Monday order. It’s going to be one of my “must have” teas….

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Did I review this one already? I know I shared quite a bit with others, because this is a sipdown already. Ah well, it wasn’t that memorable.

I get zero red cake, zero cake, zero anything really. Oversteeped, overleafed, both in an attempt to really get the yum out of this – and actually saw a few chocolate bits in there. Yay? Well, I guess yay if I could taste them. This just tastes like flavored water.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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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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