1416 Tasting Notes

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drank Peppermint Bark by Della Terra Teas
1416 tasting notes

Okay, this one surprised me. I actually thought it was Teajo’s Raspberry Bark (and posted this there), and then realized it wasn’t. How could I mistake the two? Uh…

Smells beautifully of creamy chocolate bark. Really, it’s bang on. The flavors are pretty mild on their own, however I can taste both cocoa and something fruity in the cup with zero additions. Sweetened with a touch of Truvia, the flavors pop into something creamy and sweet. I get less cocoa this way, but it’s still there in the form of a dark, dry cacao flavor. I’m missing almost all of the black base in this iteration, which is just fine with me. Quite lovely!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

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85
drank Hazelnut by Simpson & Vail
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This is a VERY strong-smelling tea. It requires quarantining from my other teas. Just sayin’. ;)

Smells strongly of hazelnut before and after brewing. Flavor-wise, I get strong hazelnut (almost as if I can chew it, it’s so thick) and then the black base – which seems more apparent as it’s cooled. A touch of Truvia makes this taste decadent. I wish I’d grabbed a bit more.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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71
drank Irish Cream by Tea Desire
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This smells amazing! Glad the bags are sealed well. Irish creamy goodness. Saw very few chocolate drops, which was fine by me.

Steeped, it’s less appealing. There’s a hint of astringency, and bitterness. Truvia perks it up a bit and helps with the bitterness but not the astringency. I’m getting faint irish cream here, and more so when it was piping hot. Need to fiddle I think, perhaps with less of a steep and slightly lower temperature.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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I did something wrong with this last night, still unsure as to what exactly. Maybe oversteeped? Was bitter and I had to dump it after a few sips.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 15 sec
caile

I have had it go a little bitter if oversteeped, so probably that’s it. I usually steep it for a about a couple minutes, which seems good. Hopefully it will be better next time!

Tabby

This one gets too strong really fast!

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94
drank Lemon Meringue Rooibos by Tealish
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Thankfully, this is one of the rooibos teas that still love me, and I them – likely because it’s mostly green? Dunno. This is just plain delicious. I love it so much, I bought an obscene amount last night… creamy, sweet deliciousness, and I noticed with the slightly lower steeping temperature that I could taste the meringue even more.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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88
drank Super Ginger (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Backlogged from last night, when Steepster decided to have a little nap in the wee hours of the night. My standard go-to tea when my tummy is upset, which it was last night for unknown reasons. Always yum, if a bit strong on the ginger side. ;)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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72
drank Secret Garden by LuxBerry Tea
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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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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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