1422 Tasting Notes

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drank Hot Chocolate Chai by Tealish
1422 tasting notes

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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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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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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Wow. This is my first Upton tea that I’m really, really enjoying… and I almost sent it off to someone without trying it!

Strongly scented of bergamot, as most EGs are, just out of the bag. Steeped it smells more chocolatey than anything. The taste is quite luxurious… creamy, chocolate with a hint of bergamot in there only slightly, and even after some Truvia was added. Added to shopping list!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Moving this to the right place; I failed to find this last night after repeated attempts. Thanks to Roswell Strange for sharing the proper place!

Oh Steepster, are you having hiccups again? Boo. Thus my reasoning behind why I’m struggling to say who exactly sent this tea via the 12 Days of Christmas swap – however someone did. Even drew The Doctor with a bowtie on the baggie! So awesome.

The person who shared this also shared that this tea gets bitter quick, and boy were they right. I steeped at a lower temperature and for less time, and yet I still get astringency right off the bat. As per usual, some sweetener helps to tone it down a bit, however my mouth is still dry and puckering. I get a touch of caramel in there, definitely the cream from the coconut, and little else other than – dry base. :(

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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drank The 11th Doctor by Custom-Adagio Teas
1422 tasting notes

Oh Steepster, are you having hiccups again? Boo. Thus my reasoning behind why I’m struggling to say who exactly sent this tea via the 12 Days of Christmas swap – however someone did. Even drew The Doctor with a bowtie on the baggie! So awesome.

The person who shared this also shared that this tea gets bitter quick, and boy were they right. I steeped at a lower temperature and for less time, and yet I still get astringency right off the bat. As per usual, some sweetener helps to tone it down a bit, however my mouth is still dry and puckering. I get a touch of caramel in there, definitely the cream from the coconut, and little else other than – dry base. :(

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Roswell Strange

http://steepster.com/teas/custom-adagio-teas/32435-eleven (That’s the 11 blend we got, just as a heads up)

MissB

Darn it! I couldn’t find it last night no matter what I did. Sigh. I’ll send a note to get this one deleted.

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70
drank Gold Rush by DAVIDsTEA
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Argh, silly me, I thought this was a herbal, not a white tea! Probably something I shouldn’t be drinking at 4:22am. Regardless, thanks to Momo for sharing this in the 12 Days of Christmas swap!

Reminds me a bit of Coco Thai with the coconut. A bit of an off taste though, similarly to how it smelled. Likely the huge pieces of walnuts in this? Unsure. All I know is, the walnuts were mush by the time I got to taking it out of the water. :$

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Roswell Strange

There aren’t walnuts in this? Mulberries, coconut, silver needle…

OMGsrsly

Your walnuts were likely the mulberries.

MissB

Mulberries look like huge walnuts? Really? I need to look this up. I swear they were walnuts… now I’m confused.

MissB

I guess huge mulberries that have been blanched (or unripe? different strain?) from what I can tell look similarly. How interesting. I must’ve been really, really tired last night.

Roswell Strange

Fresh mulberries are bright purple and look like blackberries, but dried they’re a golden/yellow colour (hence the name of the blend).

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drank Pu Erh Chorange by Adagio Teas
1422 tasting notes

Hm. Wanted to love this, even though I’ve had mediocre luck with everything Adagio except the fan blends, which are usually a mixture of several different teas like this one.

Dry and steeped this smells very, very earthy. Earth takes over my sip completely except for a hint of orange at the end, unless I add some Truvia which brings out the orange a bit more. It’s unfair to compare this to the Fauchon L’Automme from earlier, and yet… L’Automme is so much better! Yes, it’s a rooibos and this is a pu-erh but still. I want that flavor in this cup!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Birthday Cake by Butiki Teas
1422 tasting notes

Getting mostly marshmallow out of this one tonight, the leafy kind instead of the candy kind. That’s okay I guess, especially as it’s creamy and with Truvia quite lovely. Missing a bit compared to the Lime Chiffon I just had, likely because the chiffon tastes… weightier. Fuller. Mind you, light is probably just what I need right now anyway.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Lime Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
1422 tasting notes

Had to have another large cup of this – it’s just what I needed. Dessert-like, creamy and fruity.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 45 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).

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