1429 Tasting Notes

88
drank Super Ginger (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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So… uh…. TMI alert…. this tea does wonders for when Aunt Flo’s visiting, and she’s more than you can handle. New discovery!

Christina / BooksandTea

Interesting! Do you think it was the ginger, the rooibos, or the combination that’s responsible?

MissB

Ginger, definitely the ginger. Same reaction if I have candied ginger.

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81
drank Kapha Organic by TeaGschwendner
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Had at least five cups of this in the past two days, trying to kick a cold before it settles in. So far, so good! Glad I have more of this, I may need to bring it with me on my next trip.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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83
drank Grumpy Dinosaur by T-We Tea
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Kind of reminds me of Twining’s Buttermint, but it’s easier to find here. :P Still, not that easy, but, tasty enough and with enough in my cupboard that it’ll do me! Yay…. minty vanilla, who knew I’d love you so much.

Flavors: Candy, Mint, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

Love these names :)

MissB

I love this company! Their names are amazing.

Sil

need to place an order with them someday if i ever get back to tea control lol. no more travelling for me to tea places! haha

MissB

Every place is a tea place! I’ll send you some of what I have left.

Sil

lol that’s the problem MissB…that’s the problem!

ashmanra

The young man who owns this company went to our church years ago. His family is so nice, and his mom just wrote a book. I think it is called From Wedding Bells to Hand Grenades. It is all about being an army wife. Her name is Nicole Lee if you want to look up the book!

Sil

oh that’s really interesting ash!

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89

Thank you, whomever posted the right pic for this tea! I always get it mixed up with the Cara McGee version on Steepster (and this one, I like more). Today however it just wasn’t it’s normal AMAZING self – I may be getting sick, this is usually my first sign, that few teas appeal or taste good suddenly. Sigh.

Cooled however, this was almost it’s normal amazing self. Almost….

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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75
drank Celtic Twist by Pekoe Tea Lounge
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For future reference? Oversteeped, this tastes like a burnt whiskey keg tea. Seriously.

Flavors: Burnt, Whiskey, Wood

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80
drank Cold 911 (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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This is my comfort, go-to tea, and I now buy it in batches of 100g whenever there’s a sale. I’ve missed you Cold 911, even when I’m feeling well… you just rock my casbah.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Christina / BooksandTea

I only have this when I’m sick, but it’s great for opening up the sinuses!

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84

Steeped this all night, downed it this morning, trying to fight off a tickle in my throat.

This is THE tea from WP that I’d order in ridiculous amounts, and it was never enough. I could drink it every day, it’s spicy and rough and tumble, blunt, this-is-how-it-is tea. In your face tea. I AM IN CHARGE TEA! I own you, tea. Yes, I love this stuff, because it’s so akin to my personality (which is to say, a bit abrasive with a lot of spice and passion).

This version of the tea (which I ordered prior to my six month exploration of Europe, but it only got here after I left) is VERY different to the versions I’ve had in the past. This version, and I don’t know what’s changed, is dark, dark purple, almost black. It tastes strongly of molasses and little else. I still drink it, I still feel amazeballs, but it’s less — me — than it was in the past.

Flavors: Molasses, Spicy

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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78
drank The Morning Star by Beastly Beverages
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Still love this tea, and knew I could count on it for some yum amidst the ick I’ve found so far in my cupboard today. I WANT MORE CHILI! There’s really none in any sip I’ve had (last time or this time) and this makes me sad. I also get no pineapple – it’s really just a fantastic, luscious, mango tea with enormous mango chunks in it.

Oh wait — I taste pineapple this time. Hooray!

If anyone wants any, let me know – this is one of those “hard to get teas” (not even sure if you can get it anymore), and while I do love it, it’s not on my must-have list.

Flavors: Mango, Pineapple

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

i’d try a little. :)

MissB

… and marked off for you. :)

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35
drank Chocolate Bacon Black Tea by Man Teas
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Pretty sure this is one of the original blends (before it was called Man Teas, it was 52 Teas, in it’s first incarnation). Regardless, over ever opened the bag for swaps at people’s requests, thought it was high time I tried it.

Uh… so… dry this smells okay. Smokey? Steeped this is just plain gross. Granular, fake chocolate (like, really fake, bad chocolate), something fake smoke-ish, and then well, none of the goodness that is bacon.

Nope, not doing this one again. Five or so sips and it’s gone.

Flavors: Chocolate, Paper, Smoke

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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64
drank Peppermint Bark by 52teas
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Unsure if this is a reblend or the original, but I know that it’s from the original 52Teas (i.e. Frank). Regardless, it’s just… I can feel where it wants to go, but it’s just not getting there for me. The base tastes like wet paper, the mint is there, underneath some chocolate, but it’s just… fake. Faint. uh… another f-word I’ll refrain from using here.

Lowering the rating from 82, which was likely another, previous version of this.

Flavors: Chocolate, Mint, Paper

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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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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