1400 Tasting Notes

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drank Spiced Fantasy by LuxBerry Tea
1400 tasting notes

Hm. Do I get gingerbread? Only if I sweeten the tea with Truvia. Orange gingerbread, although I’d say more spice (with bite) and orange than anything. Still delightful!

Gosh I love Sherlock, and am so sad having just realized how few episodes there are.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Dustin

Did you see the latest Sherlock episode?! I was really excited there was finally a new one!

Roswell Strange

The latest episode was amazing!

Dustin

I agree, amaaaaaziiiing! I am going to watch it again with my sister soon. It really reminded about how disconnected Sherlock is from society and individuals. I bet he’d make a great Vulcan, which reminds me that I still need to see the lastest Star Trek movie with Mr. Cumbermatch in it!

OMGsrsly

Have you watched the Jeremy Brett series?

tea-sipper

LOVE Sherlock! There will be 12 episodes (or more) at some point.. it’s like 12 Sherlock movies!

MissB

Jeremy Brett series? Looking now…

OMGsrsly

Jeremy Brett. Amazing! Just don’t get too attached to S1 Watson.

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drank Secret Garden by LuxBerry Tea
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Wasn’t sure what to think of this tea, as it’s been in my cupboard for a few months now, and I’m totally blanking out on my last experiences with it. So, fresh palate it is!

There’s a lot going on in this cup – 8 ounces of water, 2 tsp of tea, steeped for about 10 minutes. The colour is dark brown, similar to many black teas, although the flavour is very different. I’m getting a fair amount of different flavours in here: raisin, carrot, lemongrass, tart apple, something herbal I yet to taste otherwise. A dark berry in there too somewhere. It’s juicy yet subtle if that makes any sense, and I think I understand more now why it’s called Secret Garden – it makes me think of the wonderful book by the same name that I read as a child.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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So… my last sample (that was a sipdown) came from OMGsrsly. This sample (a full pouch!) came from CelebriTEA. Wowza! So glad I love this.

Working on transitioning to a brand new laptop. Whee! I just wish it were a bit easier. Win 8 is a bit… weird. Love the keyboard though, and the actual laptop itself. And so, I’ll be up late tweaking. May even set up the new printer, too.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
VariaTEA

I had to switch to Windows 8 a couple months back when I dropped my old laptop and I hated it at first but once you adjust, it is amazing. Hope you adjust soon!

JustJames

for me windows 8 boiled down to ’don’t overthink it’, now it’s easy. =0)

Dexter

I’m rebelling against Windows 8 – choosing to use the desktop not the apps…so far that’s working for me. (I still miss the start key)

MissB

You can get the start key again; I used a program called Iobit just now that basically got rid of all the crud the system auto-installed, and gave me my Start Menu back. That was really the only thing I had to have. :)

Tuscanteal

I wasn’t a fan either… it seems designed for a tablet, which isn’t what I have. I installed the interface that makes it look like classic windows though.

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I understand now why everyone is raving about this tea. It really is very tasty!

I see white snowflake sugar bits in the tea, as well as black tea and some cornflowers. Little else.

Straight, I found the tea a bit harsh similarly to the other EGs I’ve had today. With Truvia however, it smoothed out and became all yummy and fluffy and delicious.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec
VariaTEA

YAY! I am glad you liked it. I LOVE this tea!!

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drank Noël à Londres by Dammann Freres
1400 tasting notes

Dammann Frères calendar day I-forget-which.

Smells strongly of marzipan, and little else. I think it likely needs some sort of sweetener, but I just left it as-is. It’s okay, however I found it really one dimensional.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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drank Christmas by Adagio Teas
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As per usual these days, I oversteeped this one. Thus it’s all clove, and my mouth has now gone numb. Silly me! Refusing to rate until I can do it justice.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 30 sec

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Tried a cup of this before sending off the rest to an Earl Grey -loving Steepster. I’ve sent this out to someone else already as well, I’m just blanking out as to who.

Plain, I found it a bit harsh, smoky and dry. Sweetened with a bit of Truvia, it perks up considerably. The bergamot presents more fully, the smokiness is still there, and the dryness is still present. While I’m far from an earl grey aficionado, I’d say this is a pretty solid blend.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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drank Lemon Meringue Rooibos by Tealish
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Had this last night before bed, and enjoyed more just now as well that was left over. Even oversteeped (overnight!) it’s still a delight.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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I get more icing than cupcake in here when I sweeten it, yet it’s still really delicious, and definitely a carrot cake. Yum!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Cacao Mint by Samovar Tea Lounge
1400 tasting notes

I love the idea of this tea, and had wanted to try Samovar for a while. if I’d known however how much lavender was in this blend, I would have passed.

Brewed, this smells so strongly of lavender, it’s a bit cloying. If you like that sort of thing, this is probably your kind of tea. Me? I sipped hesitantly. One sip and I had to dump it. While I did taste the cacao and mint at the start of the sip, the lavender quickly took over and owned me.

It seems I really overleafed this one (1 tbsp for 8 oz, even though I swear that’s what it said on the package), however for the cost involved, I’d much rather just pass this along to someone who will enjoy it more.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Anna

Lavender is so tricky – just right, and it’s the loveliest thing ever, too much, and it’s an instant pour-out.

(I had lavender and white chocolate gelato a few weeks back, and they managed to balance it just right. Nom.)

Dustin

^That gelato sounds delicious!

OMGsrsly

I’ll try it, but can’t promise to love it because of the mint. :) I love lavender.

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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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