1249 Tasting Notes

69
drank Tra Nghe - Turmeric Tea by Hung Phat
1249 tasting notes

Any chance I get, I will try a turmeric tea. I love turmeric in my food and in my teas, and I’m still a bit upset that DAVID’s no longer sells their version of a turmeric tea. Sigh. So when I saw this in T&T Market (a local warehouse-style Asian grocery store), I immediately snapped it up.

As I opened the packaging, I noticed there are a few interesting ingredients, including pissenlit (dandelion, in French) which is a word that always makes me giggle. What I smell most though as I unwrap the plastic packaging from the outside of the box is licorice. Oh my. I’m cool with licorice, but I wanted a turmeric tea.

After a surprisingly short steep time, I taste. It’s too hot, and yet, tasty… and mostly licorice. Yes, there’s a bit of ginger bite at the end that I can feel on my lips, and there’s definitely an element of turmeric mid-way through the sip, if faint. Truvia mellows things out a bit, and makes it a bit more like a turmeric tea, but only barely.

The search continues.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec
gmathis

Sounds like something you might want in the medicine chest come cold and phlegm season! ;) We have a local health grocer that carries a number of Vietnamese boxed teas…I’ll have to investigate a little more closely to see if this is on the shelves.

MissB

I pored over the shelves at T&T looking for something else, and found this. If it’s not by you, I’ll gladly send you some. It’s bagged, and (I thought) tasty.

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81
drank Blueberry Lagoon by Tealish
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Recommended steeping time: 4-6 minutes. Actual steeping time: 25 minutes.

Smells like a field of juicy, dripping blueberries (you know, after the kids have run rampant and eaten/squashed them by the handful). I thought it was a bit tart though drinking it… of course, my ridiculous oversteep is likely the cause of that.

I liked this, and really liked it after adding Truvia – the blueberries and apple really turn mouth-watering then, almost like a sweet blueberry pie, minus the crust. There’s zero to pick out that was ‘bad’, I just… wanted to like it more. Blueberry fans should definitely try this.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
JustJames

25 minutes huh? lol.

MissB

Lol. This is why I use the Breville, it does all the thinking for me.

JustJames

ahem…. does it have a red light and say ‘by your command’. (there are toaster toasters, it’s true!)

MissB

Heh. Well, it has a blue light, and I can program it to ‘my command’.

JustJames

=0)))) my inner dork is grinning.

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78
drank Key Lime Pie by LuxBerry Tea
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First, a caveat: I oversteeped this. I forgot I as I was putting my youngest to bed that I had boiled the water and gotten a small cup ready to drink. Recommended steep time is 2-4 minutes; I steeped for close to six. Argh!

And so, I’m going to give it a bit of leeway here, because I think I did the tea wrong, in a way. It does smell very key lime-ish out of the bag, and more so after steeping. My first sips were a bit astringent, so I added Truvia. Holy moly! A sweet, tart, key lime tea here, with a hint of the base peeking through. I can definitely tell there’s pineapple in here as well, although I think it was supposed to take a bit less of a front seat in this blend, it’s likely due to my oversteeping. And then the creaminess, which is more in flavor than feel… usually I like teas with the yogurt stuff in them (bits?) and this is no exception.

I’ll have to brew more another day to really try this out, because I am getting something floral and off-putting at the end of the sip, underneath the lime/pineapple sweet and sour.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 45 sec

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For the life of me, I’m blanking out why I bought so much of this. Somewhere, someone must have told me this was the end-all, be-all of chocolate teas.

Smells carob-like and fresh out of the bag, but more cocoa-like as it steeps. Sweetened, this is an excellent fix for my love of hot cocoa, even though it’s got zero of the creaminess that cocoa with milk does. It’s more.. thick. A teensy bit of cinnamon in the aftertaste. Mostly lightly flavored, dark cocoa nibs. It’s a strong like, but not a love. I think this would really sparkle with some orange in it, or as Sil said in another tealog, mixed with something else.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
JustJames

this is backlogged for me…… i did not get any cocoa. i got lots of spices…… not right for me i don’t think, but i want to give it a final go.

MissB

I have a huge amount. Did I send some to you? The cocoa I get is only when sweetened, and only at the end of the sip – almost like a bitter cocoa, and that’s it. I want there to be more, and I have a feeling it’ll rock when mixed with Cacao Tea… which still hasn’t shipped after ordering on the 26th of November.

JustJames

you did! thank you so much!!

MissB

Funny. I just was wondering if I’d sent it, or if someone else did. :P You’re very most welcome!

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80
drank Tropical Mango by Teajo Teas
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My teenage daughter says, “I’m not an expert like you Mom, but this tea tastes really good.” That’s a few minutes after steeping with the water having cooled, and zero sweetener. Yep, it’s a tasty tea.

Out of the bag it smells very tropical and mango-y, with a slight hint of floral in there too. I’m okay with the floral in this case, as it’s faint and seems to only enhance instead of taking over.

Steeped, the mango is prominent, with whatever floral note falling way behind, and the black base solid in the middle. I prefer this lightly sweetened with Truvia, but that’s just because it’s more fruity.

Will I buy this again? It’s tasty. I have a credit with Teajo because of the exploding tea incident during shipping — and thank you for the credit, and for dealing with the issue so quickly! If I needed something else to round out my order? Yes, I’d order this again. I doubt I’d go out of my way though if this was the only thing I wanted.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

This one is sooooo good iced!

MissB

Oh, that sounds like a lovely idea!

CelebriTEA

This sounds reminiscent of the Coconut Mango from Tea Forte
that I absolutely LOVE!

MissB

Hm. I don’t think there’s coconut in here… unless I missed it completely. More juicy mango than anything. I’ll put some aside for you to send off in another bag, CelebriTEA.

CelebriTEA

Hmmm….I guess I simply thought “tropical” would include coconut…lol…
I love the coconut mango… :-)

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100
drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Mixed up with coconut/almond milk blend, and added 1 tsp Truvia. The milk wasn’t cold, so perhaps that’s my issue – because something tastes off here. Granular? Not as caramel-y as I’d expected? It’s weird.

Holding off on reviewing any more than this until I know I can do it justice.

Preparation
Iced

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92
drank Grand Amour by Nina's Paris
1249 tasting notes

More thank you’s to JustJames for sending this along for me to try out.

A small cup brewed in *CelebriTEA*’s turkey cup, and this is heavenly. Raspberry and caramel mingle together to form something dessert-y and decadent, and I enjoy this more sweetened; the raspberry seems to really shine this way. This tea is unctuous, which is an odd term for tea, and yet, it really feels right to me.

I steeped it a bit longer than I likely should have, only because I’m using this in a one-cup allocation instead of my normal 1L of tea in the Breville. Walked away, and, oops! Luckily, this tea can and did handle my mangling well.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec
JustJames

i love this tea…. i can send you more too =0)

CelebriTEA

Ahh…JustJames…
Would you be up for a swap with this after the first of the year?
This sounds divine!
If not, I may have to check Amazon :-)

CelebriTEA

Glad you like the cup, Miss B, I loved them when I saw them :-)

MissB

It really is delicious! Thank you both. :)

JustJames

CelebriTEA absolutely! that reminds me…. i should list my allergies on my profile, lol.

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93
drank Rooibos Vanille by Dammann Freres
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Thank you dear JustJames for sending this along to me.

A lovely rooibos, and exactly what I wanted tonight to wind down with. Lovely vanilla tea, and one that I can barely taste as being rooibos-y. Creamy, a touch tart, and thick. Delicious!

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

so glad to oblige, my dear!

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76
drank Goût Russe Douchka by Dammann Freres
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Having to skip a few days of Dammann’s Advent Calendar due to allergies, this finds me at day six.

This tastes like an expensive Earl Grey to me, heavier on the orange than bergamot – but let’s face it, I’ve confused the two many times before. Had to add a fair amount of Truvia for me to enjoy it.

Nothing to see here. I think I may move on to day seven next.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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95

I am SO thrilled this was in the Dammann Freres Advent Calendar this year – this was a tea I really wanted to try, and couldn’t find a supplier for.

Out of the bag, this smells amazingly decadent – chocolate hazelnut. OH YES. It smells divine! Steeped, it smells less so, and drinking it was pleasurable, although not as lovely as the smell of the tea itself.

I’m getting a rich black base along with almonds and perhaps something orange. There’s something faintly chocolate in here too, and I can definitely taste the nuttiness. It’s much better sweetened, and I wish I had more… it’s delicious. Definitely on my to-order list.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
JustJames

evil…. this is an evil review. (grumble…. glare…… lol)

CelebriTEA

lol@ JustJames…I was just thinking the same thing…lol…
I have been scared to try a chocolate tea, but this sounds so wonderful.
I do not have any problem drinking tea and eating chocolate, so…..

Fjellrev

Sounds yummeh.

JustJames

@CelebriTEA i enjoy chocolate teas…ahem, so long as they are what they say (grumble). BUT this is a mean and nasty review because i want some now, lol.

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Agreed! I need!!!!

MissB

When I find a North American seller for this, I’ll be sure to let you all know! I have asked Cadeau Vendome if they will, or have, carried it… stay tuned.

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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. Having said that, I’m traveling indefinitely (currently in France, was in Ireland and England prior, next up Belgium) so my stash will sit and wait for me, as I send back tea to explore more when I get home again.

In addition to loving tea, I’m a dating columnist, single mom, 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, and thus I’m avoiding these for now as well. I also avoid sugar and Splenda where possible.

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