1263 Tasting Notes

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I’ve had this at least four times in the past week, as evidenced that I only have one package left. Boo. Still junky/fake food tea, but oh-so-yum.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 12 OZ / 354 ML
DeliriumsFrogs

Sometimes junky/fake is the best thing in the world. lol

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drank Intensely Buttermint by Twinings
1263 tasting notes

I don’t know how to tell you guys this, so I’ll just say it: this is one of the best teas on the planet. It tastes EXACTLY like a buttermint, like you’d expect one to taste. Creamy, dreamy vanilla and a hint of refreshing mint at the end. Like, well, a buttermint. Like a hard candy, but in liquid form… I’ve already had six cups today. It’s that good.

Flavors: Butter, Creamy, Mint, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mikumofu

“Intensely” is a word you don’t often find in a tea name, looks like it’s accurate!

Anlina

Oh that sounds amazing. I’m not allowed to order more tea but here I am poking around Britsuperstore, contemplating an order.

MissB

I doubt I’ll have enough left over to share at this point, but I may need to grab another box.. so I might be able to send over a few, depending. Mikumofu, their entire Intensely series is actually quite good! Although, I didn’t have any of the chamomile ones, so perhaps they aren’t as amazing.

Mikumofu

This still sounds like the best Intensely of the lot! :)

Maddy Barone

That really sounds good!

Sil

Oh wow….

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drank Apple & Pear Green Tea by Twinings
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This be some weird ass tea. Hay and burnt apples, that’s what I get from it. Pear? Hm…. pushing it. I’ve cleaned the kettle of all limescale/hard water deposits, so I know it’s the tea. I might? save some for Sil & co to send back, but I’ll likely just leave it here for the family to try out, since tea isn’t terribly easy or cheap to get in Switzerland.

Flavors: Apple, Burnt Food, Hay

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
whatshesaid

so sad, they can’t easily get tea there!?

No one around here wants to try that weird ass tea anyway ;)

MissB

You can get tea here, just limited kinds, and event is crazy expensive. Dinner at the restaurant down the street, the cheapest item on the menu is 30 Swiss francs, which is about $40 CDN right now. It’s a nice place, but not that nice.

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drank Chai by T2
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The Australian family that I’m housesitting for loves this chai so much, they had their eldest daughter bring back a few boxes with her, to Switzerland. So, I had to try it.

It smells divine, although it has really large bits and pieces, which I never really find appealing other than to smell – it’s hard to brew a whole cardamom pod or anise star with a tea and not have it overtake the entire cup. I found it… okay. Underwhelming. Didn’t really get much chai anything out of it, and wondered if perhaps I should have brewed it longer? Also though, and this is notable, there’s a ton of limescale here in the water, and I’m sure it’s affecting the taste.

Glad I tried it, doubt I’ll ever go out of my way to again though.

Flavors: Clove, Paper, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
OMGsrsly

Oh dear. Yeah, the water can make a huge difference to the tea.

MissB

Agreed. Sadly, it’s the norm here in Europe more than anything. I’ve bought a bottle of vinegar now in every place I’ve housesat.

OMGsrsly

Yes, boil the kettle, temporarily stink up the house. :) I wonder if there’s a portable water filter (like those filtering water bottles?) that would work on your water…

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drank Kashmir Tchai by Kusmi Tea
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I do love this… I do…. just not brewed with water in kettles swimming with hard limescale deposits.

Fjellrev

Yikes. :/

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drank Yunnan (Doux/Mild) by Twinings
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There’s another Twinings Yunnan in the database already, but, the description, bag and flavors differ greatly, including the packaging, so I’m creating another.

I want to say it’s a standard, solid black tea, yet I’m getting dog flavor again… Have to wonder if it’s the limescale buildup or the fact that I’m housesitting another dog (this time in Switzerland). Otherwise tasty though, nothing terribly exciting.

Kittenna

My vote is hard water. Same thing happened to me using unfiltered water and a friend’s kettle in town – dog flavour. Makes me gag (I actually can’t drink Guelph’s tap water warm if it’s unfiltered – it’s very hard).

MissB

Yep, definitely hard water. I hate it, it’s unavoidable here.

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drank mystery puerh by Unknown
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No idea what this is, as it’s all in Chinese characters except “Yunnan Tuocha Thé”. I’d expected a bunch of mini tuocha’s (which is what I’ve only come across so far) but instead it’s one mondo tuocha, and hard as a rock. Fellow lovely Steepsterites suggested cutting off a chunk with a dull knife, so this is what I did. Well, more like sawed it off, as it was ridiculously dry and hard.

I knew just before I took the first sip that I should have rinsed it first, because it was FISHY. Oh my goodness, like drinking straight fish sauce fishy. FISHY. I can still smell it hours later. Once it mellowed a bit though and cooled down, this was a really elegant, full-bodied, rich puer that I savoured. Nothing WOW about it, but really nice way to spend my afternoon, nursing this one and re-steeping it.

Preparation
1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mikumofu

Sounds like an adventure!

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drank Kérala by Terre d'Arome
1263 tasting notes

Thick like coffee (well, chicory in this case) I get mostly chicory and ginger, with the feel of cinnamon (as if you took a bunch dry in your mouth?) and that’s about it, although there is cardamom in here I’m sure… it reminds me of the coffee my son’s grandparents make, where they grind cardamom with their coffee before brewing it. Hearty. The darkest brown of any tea I’ve encountered so far (including that mondo tucha I cut up earlier today).

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Coffee, Ginger, Thick

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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77

Trying to remember this tasting review that somehow got lost. Needed sweetener to get anything to pop, and then the mango came shining through. Almost, not quite cloyingly sweet, and okay… nothing to write home about. I’ll have to try this again.

Flavors: Mango

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drank Gingen 100% Instant Ginger by Gingen
1263 tasting notes

This is one of those messed up (yet always wonderful) purchases that I made in a Brussels-based Asian grocery store called Tinie’s (tiny’s). I wanted an instant ginger tea/drink but without all the extra crud, and found this. Only ingredient? Ginger. Yes! Tricky to discover though, I had to really scour the packaging (it’s all in Thai) and then the ONLY native part of the packaging in English, other htan “Ginger Extract 100%” and a blurb I’ll share on the tea page, was the URL gingen.com. Excellent!

Anyway, to the tea/drink. It’s spicy, it comes in those cute little individual packages, it’s solid, it’s dependable. Is it amazing? No… but it’s instant ginger granules, and I always want some of those on hand in cold weather.

Flavors: Ginger, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
rosebudmelissa

I am definitely a fan of ginger. I love the taste (although I usually go for Ginger Lemon tea), and it usually really helps if I’m I’m feeling sick to my stomach. I don’t think I’ve seen instant ginger tea, though. Sounds kind of strange.

MissB

In my experience, instant ginger tea is only (usually) found in Asian grocery stores. It’s basically powdered ginger with some added something or other so that it doesn’t clump into a gooey mess. There’s a ginger lemon version of this (with extra sugar added) and a ginger matcha latte version (which I tried the other day, amazing)… usually really cheap and great to add to things where you want some extra ginger kick, even in your cooking.

rosebudmelissa

Interesting. I use a lot of Ginger in cooking (I love Gingerbread and Stir Fry with Ginger), and drink a fair amount of Ginger tea (Jammin’ Lemon Ginger is my current fave), so I’ll have to keep an eye out for this.

Ubacat

I was buying ginger and lemongrass at the grocery store when the cashier told me someone had told to make a tea out of the two. She said it helped her get over her cold really quick. I did try it and it wasn’t bad but I only did an infusion like regular tea. I think it’s meant to be boiled and simmered for an hour on the stove. If you google it there’s many different ideas on how to prepare it.

AnnaEA

I have a sweet ginger granule from my local Asian place – makes a wicked good hot drink for colds, especially with lemon juice.

OMGsrsly

I like the ginger-and-honey ones. :) Perfect for camping and hiking.

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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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