1426 Tasting Notes

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Found this lovely, local company at a co-op along Commercial Drive in Vancouver, Canada. All packaged in cute little paper bags, mostly local ingredients, all interesting flavor combinations that I wanted to try. Peach Cobbler sounded lovely, and with actual pieces of dried peach? I’m in.

So, red rooibos (not really my thing) but still tasty. I get a bit of breadiness, it definitely needs sweetening to bring out all the flavors, and I did get peach in here. Authentic peach. I was quite surprised. Happy to finish this up, think I shared some with the Murchies gals, curious what they think of it.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Peach, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
OMGsrsly

Trudy Ann’s Chai was at the tea festival! Some of it seemed interesting, but not what I was in the market for. :)

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Grabbed this the other day in White Rock from two lovely gals that I’ve now Steepster-indoctrinated. (Muahahaha! And, welcome ladies!)

This, along with Paris Breakfast (that I also grabbed) came highly recommended with my requests (not floral or jasmine, flavored, dessert-y, earth-y or the like). I tried this the other night, and again today. I had the same reaction each time – I LOVE the smell. It’s decadent, buttery and gooey, like caramel should be. Drinking it isn’t as amazing, but as one of the staffers pointed out, if it did, it would be artificial.

Which I think is why I don’t love this tea. I need to drink it a few more times, but, it’s just not fully “real”. There’s something vaguely artificial to me, which might be the red rooibos (not normally a huge fan), or perhaps the flavoring used. Not sure. I still like it, it’s still really tasty, I’m happy to share… I just won’t reach for it consistently like I do the Caramel Puerh from Tea Desire.

Flavors: Caramel, Thick

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Pina Colada by Tetley
1426 tasting notes

Still tasty, especially for a bagged tea. Much better over steeped hot than any other combination I’ve tried so far.

Flavors: Coconut, Creamy, Pineapple, Smooth

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Earthy. Mushroom-y. Really odd tea, but I was expecting that considering the ingredient list. (What medicinal tea tastes ah-MAY-zing?!)

Flavors: Earth, Mushrooms

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Met some new tea friends at Murchies today, including some amazeballs lady with a TEA TATTOO!!

Alas, this is about the tea, not the awesomeness that is the Murchies staff in White Rock. :)

Grabbed this today, which is technically a spice and not a tea, but I drank it as a tea ((and it’s meant to be added to a tea, so, yeah). Oh so good. Truly, perfect blend of spices, and exactly what I needed tonight.

Preparation
2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Blood Cleansing by Sweet Cherubim
1426 tasting notes

Whoa. This is one intense tea. There’s a warning on the bottle saying this is a very effective tea, and that if you want something gentler, try another (I think the kidney blend).

Um, yeah. It works. It’s definitely cleansing. I recommend not eating much before/after having it…

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Christina / BooksandTea

This sounds kind of scary – blood cleansing? Ominous, even.

Fjellrev

I imagine that this tea likes to go on murderous rages, metaphorically-speaking.

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drank Weight Loss by Sweet Cherubim
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Unsure why I haven’t reviewed this yet – grabbed another small baggie of it the other day. This sounds like I’m buying drugs — well, this is Vancouver — but really, it’s one of those super-hippie leftover vegetarian restaurants/grocery store, where you can buy any amount of handmade herbal teas in the very back. Yes, that kind of place!

This is a surprisingly sweet tea, even with the maté in it. I kinda, sorta like it. Of all the herbals I’ve grabbed from Sweet Cherubim, this is by far the best tasting. Does it work? Too soon to tell… but it sure works as a diruetic.

Flavors: Roasted, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mookit

LOL @ the Vancouver jab :P

OMGsrsly

Mookit, I think I finally have more medical marijuana places near my apartment than massage parlours. :D

Mookit

Well it’s like weeds: police raid one, three more open.
Haha… weeds… I didn’t even intend that pun.

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drank Thé Chaï by Thé de Cru
1426 tasting notes

Oversteeped, it was still really good. Can I mess this tea up? No…. it’s crazy.

Flavors: Spices, Sweet, Thick

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

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drank Mulled Wine by DAVIDsTEA
1426 tasting notes

Severely overleafed, this is strangely like bubblegum tea. I mean, it smells like it (see previous review) but now it tastes like it, too. So strange. Okay, so if you like – or, hey, want to try bubblegum tea, the pink junky kind from childhood that’s almost impossible to find these days – try this tea.

Flavors: Candy, Sugar

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
OMGsrsly

Those little rectangular ones with the jokes on the inside of the wrapper?

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drank Snow Day by DAVIDsTEA
1426 tasting notes

Why, oh why do I find this tea so comforting? I just do. It’s my go-to after a long day, even if the “long” consisted of walking along Commercial Drive, eating raw Nanaimo bars, drinking tea in a lovely shop, writing, using the sauna, visiting friends, and then more visiting friends. The perfect slacker/awesome day.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

mmmmm sounds lovely

gmathis

Looking forward to some slacker days very soon!

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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.

As for the day-to-day stuff, I’m focused almost entirely on Love, (yes, with a capital L), Spirit/Self, transformation, and work (dating columnist and consultant).

No-can-do: lavender, overly floral (French florals, or florals that are creamy rather than, well, floral work well!), sugar, Splenda, all grains.

Love: fruity, dessert, chai, spicy, all types of tea.

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