1116 Tasting Notes

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drank Green Darjeeling by Fru P Kaffe & The
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Green Darjeeling? I had to look it up. It’s as simple as it sounds: same tea bush, it’s just the green isn’t oxidized. Which makes it a green tea (hey, I had to check!) and thus I brewed it correctly. It’s a basic green tea with something apricot-ish in the background. I like it, and I’m glad I had the opportunity to try it. I likely wouldn’t order more, but now I know what to expect with a green darjeeling. Yay!

Another Fru P Kaffe find from Angrboda – thank you again! It’s a lovely thing, being a tea tourist in a country I have yet to get to, and I really, truly appreciate it.

Flavors: Apricot, Grass

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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90
drank Sweet Toffee by Tea Desire
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For the first time, my son turned his nose up at this tea last night. I get it… there was something less desirable about it. More floral, less caramel goodness, a touch drying. Not the normal cuppa I’ve had, although that’s likely because it was the end of the bag…

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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79
drank Caramel Chai Red by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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Had a cup of this last night: 2 teabags for a 12 oz. cup. A pretty good brew, especially because it’s rooibos. Yes, I can taste the rooibos, however it’s faint and way in the background. This is mostly caramel with only a hint of chai spices. I wish the chai was more present, but otherwise I’ll have zero issue drinking this down – especially since it’s so rich and has zero added sweeteners.

Flavors: Caramel

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Blue Lagoon by DAVIDsTEA
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This smells like candy, tastes like candy, and needs zero sweetener added to it, it’s got that much sugar already in it. Having said that, it’s far from cloying. I preferred it hot over cold (just had a sip now with a tiny bit left from last night) and all I got was blueberry soap… ugh.. so definitely better hot. I could see my kids downing this as a juice replacement – although I have to question just how much sugar there is in here. As well, each sip I have, I have a mild allergic reaction (mild in that I can feel an allergic reaction, yet fail to break out in hives, have heart palpitations, or anything else that severe… it’s just the buildup). I’m assuming this is from the sulphites – which are listed on the bag that I bought, however not on the website. So, sulphite haters, be warned! :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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87
drank Kashmir Tchai by Kusmi Tea
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A smooth chai with little heat to it, just something mellow and calming. There’s an interesting flavor in here I’m new to in a chai, and I think it may be the ingredient whose name escapes me currently that’s in the same family as Bay Leaves. Whatever it is, its tasty, and the six-year-old said this is his favorite of the three chais on my desk today.

Thank you OMGsrlsy for sharing this with me, and for taking time out of your day to meet with me and surprise me with this huge bag of tea treats!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
OMGsrsly

:D You should have expected it! You warned me you had samples, and a warning = time for me to prepare.

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An error of mine (well, PayPal’s) found me getting my stash of this three months after ordering it, and having completely forgotten that I even grabbed it. So, I wanted to really check out some of these teas ASAP, as I realized they’re mostly new, with few reviews posted. Since I’ve been on a huge chai kick of late, I thought this was a fun place to start.

1/2 tb per cup? Hm. Well, I brewed this with 4 tsp in 12oz, which is 1.25 tb… I guess on par with the recommendations. It makes for a very, VERY strong brew. Fine with me, because I kinda like it. Very chai-like, however the first and most present note is the mint, which both cools the throat and the tea’s heat/spice. It’s almost like having one of those icy hot candies in your mouth, with both the heat and the cool present at the same time – but with a chai background instead of chocolate.

With cream added, the mint almost completely disappears, and this becomes a mild chai with a hint of something tart and almost… drying. I get the mint feel and faint flavor if I open my mouth to inhale through it after, but otherwise (for me) the mint goes poof bye-bye.

Interesting, unusual tea. I have a feeling I’ll go through this small size quickly because of the quantity needed, and to see if I have a different experience next time.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Whispering Pines Tea Company

:) So glad your order is finally in the right persons hands! As for this tea, I would recommend steeping it using the traditional style parameters, which can be found here: http://lifethroughthepines.blogspot.com/2014/02/chai-guide.html

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88
drank Black Chai by Fru P Kaffe & The
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The problem with exchanging tea with Steepsterites from exotic (to me!) locales like Denmark is that you get amazing teas that you must have more of, yet will need to rely on that person to get them to you – and vice versa. Because OH MY GOODNESS this is a lovely chai.

Smooth and rich, with all of the requisite spices present yet none taking center stage. It’s sweet and creamy too, even without any milk or cream, and mild yet wonderfully satisfying.

Yes Angrboda, I may need to make arrangements with you to get more of this. :) Thank you so much for all of the wonderful and local-to-you teas that you sent!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sil

Fru P needs an online store. that is all.

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78
drank Candy Corn Black Tea by 52teas
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So, if you love candy corn, this is probably a tea you want to try. Me? This is my first experience with it, and I must admit it’s just too sweet for me. My son has picked out all of the (huge) chunks of candy corn in the brew and is currently sucking on one like a lollipop as I sip this and enjoy it as much as I can. It’s zero fault of Frank – this really is very accurate – it’s just too sweet for my tastes. It does have a thick, honey-like feel to the tea, which surprised me, with a touch of bitterness at the end as it cools. Higher rating because it’s definitely accurate and well-done, it’s just something I’ll pass on to others.

N, my six-year-old: “Mommy, what is your destiny?”
Me: “I’m not sure yet honey”.
N: “MY destiny is candy corn!”

Thanks to Frank at 52Teas for this freebie package with my last order!

Flavors: Honey

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Ysaurella

how cute :)

gmathis

This sounds like a child not to be messed with!

Suziqzer

That’s a kid that knows what they want :)

OMGsrsly

I totally support your son in his choice of destiny. Candy corn is so good (so sweet, but so good).

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81
drank Kapha Organic by TeaGschwendner
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I find this tea inherently soothing when I want junk out of my throat or just a nice, relaxing evening where my mouth is surprised with spice. Yes, it’s hot and spicy the longer you brew it (and I think the last batch I ordered was less spicy than this one), and that’s just the way I like it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sil

need to try this one. sounds like it would be up my alley.

OMGsrsly

Sure thing, Sil. :) (I am slowly building you a box. Very slowly.)

Sil

slow is good.. i like slow lol

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75
drank Anti-Strain - Herb by Zen Tea
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Holy sweet licorice batman! I doubt I could drink this all the time, but if I was craving a super sweet licorice tea, I might go for this one.

Flavors: Licorice

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
OMGsrsly

I picked all the licorice out of mine. :)

JustJames

by the by…. would you like me to send my ‘evening lights’ by zen to you? =0)

Suziqzer

Love the intro to your description!

MissB

Heh, I reference Batman a lot. :)

Not a bad idea to pick out the licorice, although, I do like licorice… more so the black salty licorice though than anything.

JustJames: I’m always happy to have more Zen, although I’ll have a LOT of it coming my way soon enough. Stay tuned for that news.

Shmiracles

should i reference batman in this conversation/comment/text/email etc?

the only right answer is always YES.

OMGsrsly

I just can’t deal with licorice root in tea. :) I’ll try it, but chances are it’ll end up getting poured out.

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Teaholic! Currently loving flavored blacks, greens, whites and 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 (like Laoshan Black, any of Verdant’s chai’s and Whispering Pines’ Mint Chocolate Chip). Missing living near a tea shoppe that offers a lot of options; other than DAVIDs a few blocks away, I’m buying most of my stuff online. Still, I have more than two cupboards devoted to tea, and a ridiculous amount of it!

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 either running, swinging kettlebells, or hanging with friends.

I love tea swaps, and will gladly swap anything I have that I have enough of to share.

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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Burnaby, BC, Canada

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