1422 Tasting Notes

73
drank Earl Grey Chocolat by Lupicia
1422 tasting notes

So…. I’m far from a huge EG fan, however I do find that EGs mixed with something else to temper them are quite to my liking. So, I grabbed some of this in the hopes that it would an orange-y chocolate kinda tea.

Nope. This is more floral than anything, with some chocolate richness in the background. I’ll give it another few tries when my sinuses have cleared.

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

I like bergamot, but was unimpressed with this one. Doesn’t matter cause I liked all my other Lupicia teas :-)

TeaBrat

I’m usually not a fan of anything Earl Grey or bergamot related!

MissB

Trying to think of the EGs I’ve enjoyed. Teajo has a lovely one, and the Marshmallow EG from Herbal Infusions was really lovely. The more floral ones though? I’ll pass. I had high hopes for this! I’ll just have to share it with my EG loving friends — yes, I’m looking at you, CelebriTEA.

Suziqzer

CelebriTEA certainly does love her EG’s. I’m slowly coming around to them, only had two so far I think. I’m still in awe of the fact that I can do citrus teas and enjoy them… I still won’t put a lemon slice in my iced tea, but a tea that’s blended w/citrus I’m finding a liking for sometimes, esp orange flavors.

Suziqzer

I think bergamot is a love or hate it thing. I thought I’d hate it, but finding I might enjoy it if it’s not overdone. Count me out of most florals though, unless they are light and well done.

Dinosara

I’ve always been curious about this one but also skeptical. The only other Chocolate Earl Grey I’ve had was not really pleasant.

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drank Sunny Fruits Puer by Lupicia
1422 tasting notes

I’m confused as to the high rating on this one, and am hoping it’s just that my taste buds are off with the throat irritation. While I like this tea – dark and faintly earthy with hints of mango – there’s something about it that tastes almost like flowery soap to me, and it’s just not sitting well. The floral soapy bit comes out more as it’s cooling, so I’m going to dump it and try something else.

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

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70
drank Cold & Flu Remedy by Herbion Naturals
1422 tasting notes

Woke up with a severely sore throat and sinus inflammation, so I’ve been doing all sorts of fun things to help my body purge. Hot water, clay (externally), later on I’m getting a massage and hitting the sauna, salt water gargling, some spicy food, and now this: a herbal tea cold and flu remedy. Woot!

Tastes surprisingly yummy, like a sweetened methol candy. No idea what kind of tea is in here, I’m assuming black, and thus what I stuck in the type of tea category. Yep, I’ll have this again, although frankly? I could just make myself a Hot Toddy with Cold 911 (DAVIDs), and likely will later when it’s a more appropriate time to put some whiskey in said beverage. ;)

Preparation
1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Suziqzer

We’ve had that sore throat thing too.. Ugh. Sounds like you’ve got an awesome plan to tackle it! A massage, spicy food, sauna, a hot toddy .. I might want to be sick for the day if I could make all that happen.. Hmm.. I wonder if I can set that plan in motion the next time I’m under the weather. :). I do hope you’re feeling better soon!

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80
drank Marron Chocolat by Lupicia
1422 tasting notes

Chesnut flavoring always smells a bit weird to me, so this tea definitely has that smell… and I’m finding it comforting. I wish there were more chocolate in here than just at the end of the sip, and it’s very much a milk, light chocolate flavor. The chestnuts come through in the flavor as well, although I doubt I’d know if someone didn’t tell me. Still, really creamy, vanilla-y, kinda roasty (almost) and comforting. I can see myself ordering more of this eventually.

Yay for Lupicia orders, and for having a tea mule to grab packages for me across the border from my box over there! :)

Flavors: Chocolate, Nuts, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Marzipan

Tea mule – you are so funny.

Plunkybug

I have this one to try. It looks interesting, for sure.

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74
drank Orange Chai by Look Organic Tea
1422 tasting notes

New tea company in Library Square (Vancouver), so I had to try it. This is the one I brought home with me; the other tea I had in store tasted of plastic. Yeah. Boo. :( So… had a cup of this today. I’d say it’s more orange than chai anything, and the rooibos pulled through more than I would have liked… I’ll try again and steep it for less than five minutes, perhaps that will help?

Flavors: Orange Zest, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

is this the expensive one IN the library?

MissB

Hm. I mean, it’s across the hallway? There’s a tea place actually on one of the floors of the main downtown library, after you walk through security? I’ll have to find that.

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87
drank Rootbeer Tea by Sweet Cherubim
1422 tasting notes

One of the few handblended teas that Sweet Cherubim makes that has zero ingredients listed. Having said that, I can see large pieces of star anise and fennel everywhere… the rest could be almost anything. It tastes surprisingly like root beer, and smells even more so – I’m assuming there’s sasparilla root in it. I love this tea!

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

I’ve never heard of that company but Tealux makes a rootbeer tasting tea called Strawberry Sassafras (strange name). It’s a combo of green & white tea with other ingredients too. I’ve really enjoyed it but I know root beer teas are not for everyone.

Suziqzer

That reminds me.. I need to try bit of rootbeer samples I was saving as cold steeps for my son :).

Ubacat.. Strawberry sassafras sounds like an interesting combo

MissB

Oh, it’s just a health food store that sells teas, herbals and spices in big jars you scoop out yourself. The blends come from (interestingly) a book written many years back by a friend of mine.

Rootbeer tea is fun! Because, really, that’s hot root beer started out…

MissB

*how root beer, silly me.

OMGsrsly

I hadn’t even thought to check Sweet Cherubim for tea. I tend to prefer Gaia Garden for herb stuff. Planning a trip now!

MissB

Not sure if I’d make a trip out of it – they mostly have boxed teas (Numi, etc.) and then their teas in the spice area… maybe 7-10, total? I grabbed the ones that interested me: Root Beer, Female, Allergy. They used to have one called Weight Loss that seems to have been discontinued, it was fantastic for stomach/bloating stuff. A few others for kids and sleep, one for aging/general health, and one for men.

I just love that I can grab as much (or little) as I want… including all the spices/herbs. Where’s Gaia Garden?

OMGsrsly

Apparently Broadway and Trafalger now! When I used to work on Granville Island they had a location there and I was always buying stuff to try. I haven’t been for ages, though. I thought they were near the Naam, and they are, but not quite how I remembered.

OMGsrsly

I LOVED the immofort, and they made me 100g with no peppermint at one time. You used to be able to buy any amount you wanted, but I’m not sure if you can anymore. At least, you can’t online.

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85

I so wish that there wasn’t any hibiscus in here, otherwise it would be the perfect blueberry tea. VERY flavorful!

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

mmm blueberry….

Suziqzer

Sometimes I think the same thing w/rooibos. I wish more companies would use the green since it seems more mellow & less woodsy, at least from my experience.

MissB

I found little woodsy-ness in this one, although I do agree completely with you, Suziqzer!

Suziqzer

I have had very few of the green rooibos blends but that’s what I’ve gathered so far. Some flavors work well with the woodsy notes though.

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71

Unsure what to make of this one. I’m finding the cloves a bit too much in the blend, and it’s ruining my enjoyment of other teas, as my mouth is numb almost instantly. It’s a bit of a vanilla-y chai, “but different” like Sil said in her review. I doubt I’ll go out of my way to buy this, however it’s still an okay tea. Super happy I got to try it though – and that’s thanks to jump62359. Mucho gracias!

Flavors: Cloves, Vanilla

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

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83
drank African Chai by Justea
1422 tasting notes

Ah, I remember now why I didn’t order this in my jusTea buy a few months back. While I love the company and want to support it in any way that I can, most of their offerings are just outside my interest… and so I share it with friends and colleagues around the world.

This came in the last (May 2014) Amoda box. Lots of flowers in the blend, which in a chai I’m actually cool with; I find it adds a hint of smooth sweetness to the blend (usually). In this case, that’s exactly what it does, and I quite like it. I’ve obviously had it before from the rating, and I’ll keep it at that, however I doubt I’d go out of my way to order this. I do like it, it’s a very, very good chai.. just outside my tastes at this time.

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

Bummer that Amoda canceled their program. Great price point for a monthly sampler. I’m hoping they come back with something as good or better for us all :)

Marzipan

Handmade tea has a good price one.

Cavocorax

They sound interesting, but sadly it’s US only. At least Amoda was in Vancouver so it gave us Canadians an option. Fingers crossed that their new program is as good or better than the current one!

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81

Again, really tasty (although I prefer the Mint, Lemongrass and Saffron more). Slightly sweet from the apple, cinnamon and clove for a bit of… spice? Almost like a heavily mulled, spicy cider, with again that hint of creaminess from (assuming) the saffron. There are things in here I normally avoid (apple, hibiscus) and I still really love this.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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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.

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