1144 Tasting Notes

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drank Eggnog Honeybush by 52teas
1144 tasting notes

Just not feeling this one, and can’t get anything eggnog-ish out of it anymore – just something cloyingly sweet that’s not sitting right. Into the swap box it goes…

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

Oh no. I am sorry you haven’t been enjoying this although this does make me feel better about not ordering this one.

OMGsrsly

I’m testing different additives for mine, in order to make it more. I would say you’re not missing a lot, VariaTEA. If MissB isn’t sending you any, I could… :D

VariaTEA

That’s okay. It doesn’t seem like I am missing out.

VariaTEA

But thank you for offering :)

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88
drank Black Chai by Fru P Kaffe & The
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Like the first time I had it, this is a beautiful, rich, well-balanced chai. I most definitely want to get more, and will see if the email I have, works.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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78
drank No. 10 by Murchie's Tea & Coffee
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Of course I see this “treat as a green” after I brew it up! Heh. Silly me. It’s still tasty at 200F instead of OMGsrsly’s recommended 185F, it’s just much more tasty when still hot. Cold, it’s an unremarkable black. Hot? A honeyed, deep, very rich, almost coffee-like brew.

Thank you OMGsrsly for sharing this, and so many other Murchie’s blends with me!

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

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This has sat here for a bit with me wanting to wait to drink it for whatever reason. Today, I grabbed it and just started making it… so I guess today is the day! Started with just a small chunk in a 12oz. cup, and then added the other/last chunk to it, because it was brewing up a bit too lightly for my liking with a pu-erh.

First steep, 3 min, 200F: fishy, earthy, creamy, something dried berry-ish, and a lingering taste that I can only describe as metallic in a good way.

A huge thank you to akgrowngirl for sharing this very precious tea with me.

Flavors: Earth, Metallic, Raisins

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

Metallic and raisins sounds weirdly good!

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drank Garrus by Custom-Adagio Teas
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I was hoping/thinking this would be a chocolate chai blend, or at least that’s how I imagined it would turn out in my head. It does have a strong chocolate flavor to it (although more of a… burnt chocolate spice than chocolate itself), and there are elements of chai in it as well, along with a hint of orange. It’s also a bit of lingering dryness, which I’m learning is the nut flavoring that Adagio uses. If it weren’t for this last bit, I’d give this a strong recommendation, however the dry factor is really ruining drinking anything else for me, as it’s sticking round well past the sip.

Thank you Cavocorax for sharing this with me! This was on my list to try for some time now, so I’m glad I finally got the opportunity thanks to our swap.

Flavors: Chocolate, Nuts, Orange Zest

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

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drank Mind Palace by Beastly Beverages
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I grabbed this in a mystery pack bundle, hoping that I’d get some great stuff, and for much less than the original pricing (100g is a lot of tea, with zero tasting opportunities). This is one of the teas that I grabbed, and I know I’ll keep the bag just for the name and artwork alone. It’s fantastic!

So, Mind Palace. I love the concept and the terminology, and it’s a well-used tactic of mine to remember things, that I learned in a few books related to memory, body language and magic (i.e. how magicians remember each card and where it is in the deck). When it was mentioned in one of the Sherlock episodes, I was all aglow — and therefore when I saw the name of this tea, I was even more excited to try it.

Sadly, it’s a weird tea. Weird in that… I swear it’s a Lapsang instead of a blend of blacks. It’s exceptionally dark – think as dark of a purple as you can find – and it’s just… weird. Smoky, sweetly metallic, a bit granular… I just don’t know what to do with this tea, to be frank. There are zero steeping instructions, and just… maybe I did something wrong. Suggestions welcome!

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

haha sounds fun. If you end up sending any teas this way, i’d happily try some lol random weird teas for the….win? :)

MissB

Heh. I’m one step ahead of you… already packaged some up for you and it’s ready to mail off shortly! :)

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93
drank Vanilla Cacao by Herbal Infusions
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When I want a Mexican Hot Chocolate, this is what I drink instead now. So delicious, knowing that’s exactly what this is (or, originated from), although the label – while authentic and correct, technically – is misleading. Had a lovely cup last night, and the smell alone lifted my spirits.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Vanilla

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

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69

Had a cup of this last night. Left it way too long and it got a bit metallic tasting. Love the creaminess and the coconut, not a fan of the metallic or the lack of cheesecake in this specific cup.

Flavors: Coconut, Metallic

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

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81
drank Kapha Organic by TeaGschwendner
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Made another cup of this last night because I enjoy it so, and my eldest decided she had to have it before bed. “It’s spicy!” I warned her, as I’d left it to steep for quite a while to add to heat of the brew. “Mmmm… but it’s good!” she said, as she ran off with it, gleefully downing it before leaving the empty cup on my desk.

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

Aww, blessums.

Suziqzer

Love how kids know they can get away with taking things from our mouths, rather than ask if they can have a cup of their own.

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72

This is still just okay. I want more spice, some sort of heat from the chili, and a richer tea base for what is supposed to be a truffle flavored tea. Drinkable, just… something I’ll down without thinking too much.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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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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