1429 Tasting Notes

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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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67
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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87
drank Rootbeer Tea by Sweet Cherubim
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I definitely need to grab more of this soon, and get the full ingredient list. This tea solely got me through the night last night – it was comforting and soothing with the dry, scratchy, raw throat, and more so than any other tea I had last night.

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

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I keep on forgetting that there’s maté in here; I need to write it on the bag. It would be perfect without the maté, to be frank…. I’d much prefer it actually (only because I find maté gives me too much of a matein, aka caffeine in maté, rush).

Oddly , I’m smelling (what seems like?) cigarette ashes. I get little else in the smell department, while in the flavor department it’s sweet and very maté-like, with something else in there that rounds it all out, saffron perhaps? It’s the kind of thing I’m drawn to when feeling under the weather — oh wow, yes, that’s why I grabbed it today. ;)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

i hope you feel better soooooooon!

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92
drank Peppermint Patty by Butiki Teas
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Read in a fantastic article called 22 Natural Sore Throat Remedies, and one of the items listed was marshmallow root. Yes! I have some of that via this tea. Definitely soothing for the throat, especially last night when I felt like I hacked up part of my lung.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
mj

Feel better soon!

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84
drank Chandernagor by Mariage Frères
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Had a cup of this yesterday. It was perfect, as always. Will make a trip to Faubourg soon to grab another tin.

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

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91
drank Hot Chocolate Chai by Tealish
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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
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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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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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