1108 Tasting Notes

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drank Turmeric Ginger by Rishi Tea
1108 tasting notes

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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83
drank Chai Chocolate by Simpson & Vail
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So comforting today… whatever it is about chai of late, I’m both craving and having it often. Also a bit surprised as to how much I actually have in the house…

This tastes a lot like Zen’s Masala Chai that I had last night, and today the chocolate is barely there. Still enjoying it, just more chocolate, darn it!

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

(a couple or 5 chocolate chips into your steeper will fix that little problem) :))

Suziqzer

I agree with Dexter.. Throw in the chocolate chips.

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83
drank Masala Chai by Zen Tea
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Had this last night and it was exactly, perfectly what I both wanted and needed. Steeped it longer than I do most blacks, and then added a touch of sweetener and some cream. I definitely need to order more.

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

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93
drank Caramel Pu Erh by Tea Desire
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Yes ole faithful caramel pu-erh, you’re still my favorite of the caramel teas. I’d strongly recommend you to anyone who likes a good, hearty pu-erh, although I’d probably only steep it 2 minutes if I were worried, or if I was new to pu-erhs. Me? I gave it a goooooood 20 minute steep, and then another hour or two for the re-steep.

Flavors: Caramel, Earth

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Amariel

I love caramel pu erhs…they go together so well.

Sami Kelsh

Oh HELL YES. Caramel and pu erh should just, like, get married.

Sil

agreed.

Kamyria

Oh, caramel pu’erh… I don’t think I ever had one. I love caramel and I love pu’erh and putting them together sounds like a great marriage to me… Have to put it on my list.

Sil

scottish toffee caramel puerh is a common one from a number of companies Kam :)

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82
drank Caramel Creme by Della Terra Teas
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Interestingly, this is almost identical to my beloved Caramel Pu-erh from Tea Desire – although this is a black tea. How do I know they’re almost identical? Because I’ve been sipping them both all afternoon, and at times I have to question myself which is which. I like the pu-erh more (oversteeped it to get more depth out of it), however this Caramel Creme is quite yum as well. I might even buy more. Maybe.

Flavors: Caramel, Cream

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

Caramel is good in all shapes and forms! ;-)

gmathis

Caramel should be its own food group!

Amariel

Caramelllll….

Suziqzer

I have yet to be sipping on two teas at once… It might be something to try sometime. :)

Sami Kelsh

Caramel is magic. There’s nothing that can’t be improved by caramel!

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85
drank Cashew Turtle by 52teas
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It always surprises me when I’ve got an idea stuck in my head about a tea, try it anyway, and it surprises me. I grabbed this in the re-blend extravaganza, thinking I’d probably like it enough to drink a bag of it, and then be quite happy passing on by after that.

I was wrong. I may need to order more if there’s still some available. Ack. Of course, it’s gone already. :(

Yes, this is good. Very, very good. The strongest note is caramel, then chocolate, then definitely a salty cashew-type flavor. I eat a lot of cashews, so I’m thinking the flavoring is a bit off from what I’m used to, however it’s still very, very VERY tasty. I may need to try making this as a chai next.

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Nuts

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sil

I have some of this i can share with you if you need a quick fix :)

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drank Peach HoppiTea by Butiki Teas
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There’s something about this tea that’s not sitting right with me – which is frustrating, because I want to love it. Something in the hops part of the brew that I’m missing. I’ve had peach beer (albeit it’s been a very long time) and I remember it as something very different than.. this. I wanted juicy peach with a slight beer reminder, and I’m getting strong bitter beer with only hints of peach waaaay back there in the background.

Did I steep it incorrectly? Am I doing something else wrong? Will have to try again.

Flavors: Malt

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

This one is a bit on the bitter side. We were going for a heavy hoppy tea and used a very strong and almost grapefuity type of hops (cascade). This was based off of a peach lambic that Azzrian had tried in the past. Sugar will tone done the hops and will give the tea a fruity taste. Basically, you would want to add just the right amount of sugar in order to decrease the hop flavor without completely suppressing the hops.

Butiki Teas

*down not done

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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.

Location

Burnaby, BC, Canada

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