1264 Tasting Notes

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drank Lemon & Ginger by Clipper
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A solid bagged tea: definitely bite from the ginger, sweet/tart from the lemon, and altogether wonderful. This may replace several ingredients in my hot toddy for sickos in the future.

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

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drank Shanti Ayurvedic Tea by DAVIDsTEA
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I love herbals. I drink them often. So when one purports to “calm” me down, I’ll try it. I yelled at one of my kids tonight, made the other cry…. so yes, some calm is in order.

Boy this is a super sweet herbal, and I need to drink it straight in the future. Licorice, ginger maybe, something with bite, orange. Wow. Not bad.

Thanks Janelle for sharing this with me!

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

I don’t enjoy evenings like that, although they do happen.. Gotta love kids, even when they drive ya crazy!

Hope things are better today!

khamilton611

Oh, I have days like that. Tea does help!

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83
drank Ginger Lime by The Tea Place
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This seriously rivals TeaGschwendner’s Bamboo Pomelo for unusual juicy herbal amazingness. Oversteeped it brings out the bite of the ginger, while the lime is still fresh and juicy. And the smell…..!! Oh, the smell. It’s pure lime, and it’s amazing.. I just leave the bag out sometimes, it smells so good.

Only about a pot left, so I’ve got to convince my Edmontonian friend to grab me some more and ship it down. :$

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Suziqzer

Ooo… Hubby might like this one since he enjoyed Bamboo Pomelo iced… and he loves lime in cokes, and some beer.. Ugh, not my thing. I like lime, just not in other drinks- with the exception of a margarita, but I guess that’s a lime drink..

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71

Darn it, I know I logged this the other night. Ah well. This is infinitely better hot; cold, it’s just a faintly flavored rooibos. Hot, it’s all juicy tangerine/orange with something granular added to the mix.

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

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72
drank Peppermint Mocha by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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Sigh. After the four comment eaten, I’m giving up on trying to comment and be social on Steepster tonight. Growl.

This is a pleasant cup, more so as it cools, and the minty chocolate comes out to play more.

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

Sooo gonna have to grab this if I stumble upon it on a shopping trip. So far I’ve only found a sampler of their chai’s, another sampler pack I wasn’t interested in at the time, and a raspberry mint. Grabbed the chai and the mint. Hopeful I will find some more flavors sometime in the near future…providing they have any tea next time at all at my TJMax store.

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84
drank Chaud Les Marrons! by Lupicia
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A smoky chestnut instead of a sweet, glacée one, this is a simple, straightforward chestnut black tea. Huge thanks to Dinosara for sharing such a perfect sample size!

Flavors: Chestnut

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

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80
drank Tropical Mango by Teajo Teas
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Hm. Very different experience than last time I made this. Still tasty, however it’s more of a mango EG than purely mango today. Definitely strong floral notes that I would have remembered and noted last time, had I tasted it then.

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

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Best tea of the morning, by far. I oversteeped it though when the mailman showed up, so I expected it to be horribly bitter. Surprisingly, it’s only a touch bitter, and I’m getting primarily jasmine with a sweeter nut. Zero pine, which surprised me. Even with the oversteep though, this is an excellent tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 8 min or more 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Whispering Pines Tea Company

Zero pine? Hmmm…perhaps the green tea took over because of the long steep time?

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72
drank Caramel Delight by Praise Tea Company
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Opening the bag reminded me strongly of the tobacco my Dad used to roll into cigars. Thankfully, after steeping the smell changed, although there’s still echoes of tobacco in the flavor. Funny, it’s a first for me to say I like this. Normally, I shy away from anything tobacco-ish, other than maybe when it’s leather. Anyway, I digress.

I understand the intention behind this tea, however it’s too drying and tobacco-y for it to be a true, chewy caramel. It’s still nice, full-bodied and rich, it’s just not the cup I wanted this afternoon.

This came from (I think) my first swap on Steepster, from Allie. Thank you again!

Flavors: Caramel, Tobacco

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
gmathis

My father-in-law went through a pipe smoking phase, and though I don’t smoke or like it secondhand at all, I did love the scent of his pipe tobacco.

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90

When I opened the bag of Kickstarter teas this morning, this was the first I HAD to make. Yes, I special ordered this as a “Create Your Own Flavor” reward level. Why? Because I love tea, and I love Haagen Daaz Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream — a little too much. I was hoping this could replace that fix in a much healthier way.

Well folks, I must admit, it smells like my favorite ice cream. And while I wish the flavors were a bit stronger, it really IS chocolate peanut butter ice cream. I get the chocolate (albeit a bit faint), I get the creaminess from the ice cream, and I definitely get peanut butter along with a drying flavor (not feel) that I associate with eating too many nuts.

I kinda sorta wish I’d grabbed more of these now. :$

Brewed hot 200F for 2 minutes, then poured cold water over it to make just under 2L.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
Iced 2 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

I am glad it worked out :)

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Teaholic! Currently loving flavored blacks, greens, whites, green 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.

I own an obscene amount of tea, and am always happy to share. Having said that, I’m traveling indefinitely (currently in France, was in Ireland and England prior, next up Belgium) so my stash will sit and wait for me, as I send back tea to explore more when I get home again.

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 exploring, playing board games, reading, hiking, hanging with friends.

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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