1422 Tasting Notes

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drank Hot Chocolate Chai by Tealish
1422 tasting notes

Made the mistake of having this alongside Mariage Frères Chandernaggor, which is the epitome of chai’s for me. It still held it’s own though! Just a bit smoother, more creamy, and less chai spicy than it’s competitor. I will definitely re-order more of this when I run out.

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

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80
drank Cold 911 (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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I’ve had this countless times over the past two days. It makes me feel… cool. Refreshed. Clear. I did notice that steeping this as a green (because of the other tea that I drank at the same time), made it more potent and brought the breeziness of the menthol out more.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cavocorax

That’s a good tip! I’ll try to remember.
Actually, I’ll just write it on my bag bc if I’m sick enough to need it, I won’t remember. :P

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63
drank Black/Green Toasted Almond by ZenTea
1422 tasting notes

Hm. Glad I tried it (I most definitely was curious) however this is far from a must-have for me too. It’s roasty and sweet, almost like a vanilla marzipan, however it’s just too… I dunno. Green? Tart? Off? Dunno. Something is just not my style.

Thanks to Dinosara for sharing this with me!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Dinosara

Not sure why this had to be a black/green blend. Black tea base only would have been better!

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This is from a sample Dexter3569 sent to me ages ago, and that I’m finally sipping down (yet it was already out of my cupboard – bah!) Anyway. Slightly floral, sweet, a bit honey-ish. I remember asking to try this, and now I’m wondering why? Ice wine is a common offering in these parts, and I’ve yet to really love it. I think it’s the concept that got me (ice wine tea? Yes, please) more than the reality of it.

Regardless, this is a sipdown, and I’m always grateful to Miss Dexter for sharing so much with me.

Flavors: Flowers, Honey

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Dexter

LOL Don’t you hate it when you go to remove something from your cupboard and it’s already gone – disappointing somehow. This tea didn’t “wow” me either, but it’s one of those that sound “intriguing”.

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drank Buddha's Blend by DAVIDsTEA
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Oh my goodness, this is horrid. I wanted to love it – my daughter got me two of the automatically locking tins at DAVIDs with her allowance – and yet, this is repulsive to me. Bitter, fake and… of course, fake strawberry flavoring in it, or something I’m wildly allergic to. Bleh. This is the worst face I’ve made all day for a tea. Just disgusting.

Who was it that asked for a tea that I HATE? Yeah, you’re getting some of this. :)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

lmao

Virginia

Hahaha it’s ME! I’ve had this before…Girl it ain’t THAT bad! XD I thought it was ok. This is why I love asking people to send me one sample of something they really dislike, I find it so interesting to compare. Tastes vary so much from one person to the next.

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Description from Adagio: leather… a distinguished, if tired blend. Yep, I’d say that’s pretty accurate. There’s something nutty and… old… it’s just not my thing, although I could see my Dad having wanted to drink this as he smoked one of his pipes. Yep, that’s what this tastes like — hazelnut tobacco, the good kind. (Is there a good kind?)

Anyway. Not for me. Anyone else like this sorta flavor? I’ll send it along.

Flavors: Leather, Tobacco

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
jump62359

Oh but Lestrade though! I purchased him like two years ago, wow. But I remember loving him a ton because he was like the first tea I’ve ever purchased out of my Lupicia bubble haha

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81
drank Kapha Organic by TeaGschwendner
1422 tasting notes

Yes! This firey, kick-my-ass kinda tea is exactly what I need right now.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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84
drank Chaud Les Marrons! by Lupicia
1422 tasting notes

Okay, this is much better. While it’s still missing “roasted chestnut” for me to be spot-on, it is pretty close. To note, I eat a LOT of roasted chestnuts, although usually in a bag from a local Asian grocery. Comforting, rich, sweet, and a touch smoky in a roasted chestnut or carmelized onion sort of way – it’s far from a lapsang.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Suziqzer

Glad this is at least better than the last two tonight! .. And drinkable. :)

MissB

I’m laughing, because I always forget how many hours ahead of me you are. ;) It’s only 4:15om here!

Suziqzer

Lol… I often don’t think about that. I almost called you a night owl one evening when I was up late and caught myself when I thought about the time difference. I am sometimes up too late… That’s when I often get my own time.

OMGsrsly

This is more like fresh roasted chestnuts in Stanley Park. :) I agree it doesn’t have that almost buttery nuttiness that the bagged ones have!

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drank Female by Sweet Cherubim
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Yea, this is definitely blended for it’s medicinal benefits. Tasted like… yea, I’ll spare y’all.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
whatshesaid

Haha I’m dying to know

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32
drank Sakurambo (cherry) by Lupicia
1422 tasting notes

Yea, this isn’t the tea from me. It smells so strongly, it’s making me a bit ill – and it smells like a floral apple instead of cherry to me. One sip and it’s gone down the drain.

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

Yikes !

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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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