1431 Tasting Notes

88

Drank this a few days ago; I’m way behind with my tea logs. I wish I had more! Sadly, this was a sipdown, so I’ve added it to my ever-expanding list of teas on my wishlist/to-buy list. Thanks again Suziqser for this surprise gift!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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82

Hm. As a straight tea (steeped in water) this is just okay. If anything, a touch bitter. I may need to try it again ASAP as a proper chai just to see if I want more or not.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Flyawaybirdie

What do you mean when you say “as a proper chai”? =)

MissB

Oh, I just mean steeping it in milk/cream instead of water, with some sweetener, instead of steeping it in water straight like I did.

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drank Turmeric Ginger by Rishi Tea
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I want to love this tea, and it’s a good replacement for DAVIDs Turmeric Snap. I have to wonder if this IS Turmeric Snap; a DAVIDs staffer told me that DAVIDs blend came from another company, and that she’d found it online herself… I need to look at the ingredient lists. Regardless, for a turmeric tea, this is a pretty potent and okay blend. Just okay.

Flavors: Ginger

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Dustin

I have found one or two David’s teas that were a match to tea from other companies, so it is possible this one matches too.

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89

Bad MissB, oversteeping a perfectly good chai! This was lovely and wonderful, however 4 minutes is too long – it gets a touch bitter.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Vanilla

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

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drank Midnight Magic by Shanti Tea
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I gave it two solid go-arounds, and this tea is just better suited for someone else. Something in the floral aspect of this tea makes my chest feel tight and labored, so I dumped it after a couple of sips. Sorry, tea. I know you were sent to me by CelebriTEA with the best of intentions, and I hope the next person who gets the last little bit enjoys it infinitely more.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78

Another attempt at this creamy, slightly spicy/chai tea. It really is quite lovely, just not so lovely that I want to go out and buy 3oz of it. I am however very, very grateful to jump62359 for sharing a few cups with me so that I could try it!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Creamy

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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70

Grabbed this while on my jaunt of sicko-ness, at the recommendation of the staffer who seemed to have similar tea-tastes. I said to her, “Oh, this is just a green chai?” Which seemed to surprise her that she hadn’t thought of it herself. “Yea, I guess it is,” was the reply. Personally, I’d call this a minty lighter chai, with a hint of creaminess. I like it, but not enough to go out of my way to buy more of it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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88
drank Peppermint Bark by Della Terra Teas
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I keep on forgetting how great of a tea this is, at least if I want something decadent and not hit-you-over-the-head flavorful. Might be a re-order, if one of maybe two from my massive Della Terra order last year.

Flavors: Cream, Mint

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML
Suziqzer

I love this one too! I think I only have a couple of servings left .. and I’m hoarding them!

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drank Detox by Two Hills Tea
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Quarantined and away from home, so I grabbed some of this from London Drugs, expecting little. I think it should be called Ginger Puer or something along those lines — unsure why it’s called Detox. Anyway…

This is one STRONG tea. Holy moly. Three minute steep (forgot to rinse, and should have), and I’m bouncing off the walls. VERY strong ginger in here, the most bite I’ve found so far. When I opened the bag it looked like powdered ginger with some tea added (seriously) so I knew this would be potent stuff. I still should have rinsed this first, because it’s smelling a bit musty to me. Now, I realize this is a puer, however this isn’t a “good” smell, or one that I normally associated with puer.

Next time: trying it with a shorter steep and a rinse first.

Flavors: Earth, Ginger, Mushrooms

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Lala

My guess for the detox name would be pu’erh’s “effects” on the digestive system.

Cavocorax

I hope you feel better soon.

OMGsrsly

I saw that one today. Good to know! Hope you start feeling better.

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So… I’m currently quarantined in a hotel room until I’m rid of this cold – the worst of my life, by far. I thought it was strep (it’s not), however it’s pretty darn nasty. A tsp of muddled garlic, cayenne and honey has definitely made a HUGE difference, although I stink…

Anyway. I have zero access to my “real” tea, so I grabbed some of this earlier at London Drugs. My taste buds are off, so I need to give this another chance, however it’s just a yuck for me. Too much fake raspberry in here for me — although this might be from my oversteeping of it by a few minutes. Sigh. I’ll need to send this out to Roswell Stranger I think!

Also, for those asking if I’m okay (or if I was offended and thus why I’m not replying to emails!) this is 100% my bad. I know I have a few swaps and sales to send off, however I need to get better (and get home again) before I can even think about packaging up any tea for anyone with a good conscience. I hope y’all understand!

Flavors: Raspberry

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

Hope you’re feeling better madam!

VariaTEA

Feel better MissB!!

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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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