1114 Tasting Notes

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drank Chocolate Chili Chai by DAVIDsTEA
1114 tasting notes

Well, I can see the chili’s, I just wish I could taste them. Even so, it’s a decadent, thick and very rich tea, although I get more ‘chocolate tea’ than I do even chai. Hm. Still tasty, it’s just… completely different than what Iexpected based on the ingredient list and name.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cream

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

I didn’t get any heat from them either, and yes, chocolate more than anything else!

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72
drank Cherry Cheesecake Green Tea by 52teas
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Bleh. Just not enjoying this at all. It tastes like… old cheesecake. I dunno what I did wrong, so back in the cupboard it goes to marinate some more.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Anna

Was it at least old cherry cheesecake? =(

Fjellrev

Yikes. :/

MissB

Nope, no cherry this time either. I’ve shared a tiny bit with some of you to see if I’m on crack, or at least if my tastebuds are.

Dustin

I only enjoy this one iced. Have you tried it that way?

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drank Cinnamon Star by Tea Desire
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I grabbed more of this during the holidays, however I’m just cracking the bag now. Yep, it’s a lot like a gooey cinnamon bun, and much more enjoyable than the rooibos TeaGschwendner puts out by the same name. Much more! I did however oversteep this dramatically as I packed up teas to send off, so it’s a bit.. harsh at times. That’s my own darn fault though; I refuse to blame the tea for my oversight. ;)

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

Oh yeah, this one is so freakishly tasty.

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Oh TARDIS Blend, you’re amazing as per usual. I had to grab more of you when I lucked out and got a Sherlock set at Adagio’s sale, and so now I can stop hoarding you.

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

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Steep #: Unsure if I’ll steep this more, as I screwed up and burned the leaves this time. It’s still yummy, however nowhere near as much so as the first two steeps. Less… full and fruity, more dulled and almost burnt-tasting. Boo me. :(

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

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Somehow I brewed this so that it actually does taste like a slightly tangy, gingery, pumpkin cheesecake. What I did differently tonight than most nights? Zero clue. Maybe it’s that I used my (new) Timolino? That’s the only variation from my norm… oh, and I used slightly heaping teaspoonfulls of tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
keychange

which timolino did you get?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!?

mewakeling

Is it one of the new colours of Timonlinos? Is it gorgeous??

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74
drank Turmeric Ginger by Rishi Tea
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Love turmeric in your tea? Then I’m your kinda gal. Or, maybe one you want to swap with, as I’ve just discovered I have four teas with the main ingredient as turmeric. Yay!

This one I picked up while ‘on vacation’ (read: took a break from my family while my daughter’s Dad visited for a week) during my first ever visit to Whole Foods in Canada. Kinda wish there was one closer…

This smells like orange licorice, if there was such a thing. Is there? Like, bright, shiny orange? If so, I’d eat it… and it would remind me of this tea.

Flavors: Licorice, Orange Zest

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Anna

I don’t know how I feel about turmeric tea, but I do love Whole Foods…

Ysaurella

I had to translate turmeric…ok yes I love Turmeric now I know this is what we call Curcuma in French :) but never I had it in a tea but seems really interesting.

gmathis

Oh, yeah…this one will clear your sinuses and the rubber cement out of yoru throat!

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93
drank Autumn Laoshan Green by Verdant Tea
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Steep #2: My 6-year-old got to this before I did, and he asked, “What kind of tea is this, Mommy?” and then had a slurp. “Yummm!!” He said, wide-eyed, and downed about half the cup.

Yep, so we agree. This really is delicious – and wowed a green-food-hating boy. I’m impressed.

1.5 tsp in 12 oz. re-steeped.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sami Kelsh

This makes me happy.

Anna

Cute!

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93
drank Chocolate Chai by Chico Chai
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Thankfully, there’s more than a cup or two in this tiny little tin (looks are deceiving!) and so I enjoyed another hefty cuppa earlier today. What can I say? It’s a cacao chai, and it’s absolutely divine.

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

Yay! I’m so glad to see other people enjoying Chico Chai!

MissB

Yikes! I forgot to thank *JustJames& for this… if it weren’t for him, I’d probably still be unaware of just how amazing they are.

Suziqzer

You’ve been into the chocolate chai’s lately :)

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If I didn’t just open this, I’d SWEAR this was another tea. I’m so puzzled, and yet so in love. Yes, I said it: I’m in love with this tea, whatever it is.

First off, it’s beautiful. I admired it for a bit before steeping it. I did it Western-style (1.5 tsp for 12 oz) and only let it steep a short while with the intention (hope) of many re-steeps. What I got was.. fresh ripe peaches, with a hint of something like pea shoots or grass or something along those lines. Really though? It’s peach. Authentic, juicy peach. .. or maybe I’m messing up whatever the flavoring is, because I see zero mentions of peach here in other tasting notes. Regardless – it’s sweet, juicy and fresh, and most definitely a green.

Flavors: Grass, Peach, Peas

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sami Kelsh

Ooh, shiny. Love peachy teas!

Stephanie

Love this tea so much. I gave it a 100% and I never do that!

MissB

It’s just a straight green though, which again, really surprised me. On steep #3 now, and just as juicy and tangy as the first.

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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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Burnaby, BC, Canada

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