1416 Tasting Notes
Grabbed a tiny bit of this while at DAVIDs; the staffer suggested I “had” to try it. It really does smell and taste like mulled wine, surprisingly. The oolong works well with the spices – I honestly believed this would be something I’d have to add wine to, for “authenticity”. Nope, it’s surprisingly good as-is, if a bit, um, watery. Glad I tried it, will happily finish it, that’s about it.
Flavors: Red Wine, Spices
I love this tea, I have a huge amount of it (I think more than anything else in my cupboard)… it’s the one I’m a bit surprised no one grabbed it in my free-for-all when I let go of (almost) everything. So obviously, this was meant to be, me sipping this tea, on a glorious day. (Fooled ya! No rhyme there).
A quick rinse and a five minute steep (no lecturing Tea Friends, I’m getting over the stomach flu – oh yeah, and this is normal for me).
Watching Leap Year, a movie (supposedly) about a woman going to Ireland on Feb 29th to propose to her boyfriend, because he’s got to accept. Old Irish folklore, supposedly.
So, I want to love this movie right from the start. Obviously, whomever wrote it has never been to Ireland, or Dingle – one of my favorite places on this planet. How do you fly to Dublin from Boston, end up in Wales because of a horrible storm (plausible, sort of), and then TAKE A BOAT to CORK, which gets diverted to DINGLE?! Seriously. Then, of course, the shore she washes up upon cannot on any planet be Dingle, or Ireland… until the shot pans, and then, I believe it, sort of, kind of. The writing however, takes me right back to Dingle, and all the oddities of a super small Irish town – including the way people call each other names (eediot, crackpaught), the pace of life, that’s it’s almost all men you encounter, that the landscape stuns beyond words, that North American’s preoccupation with labels and formalities means little elsewhere.
Gosh, I miss Dingle. Funny, considering I was deathly ill there, too… went for a walk, got stuck in a storm and nearly swept out to sea, ended up staying a week instead of a few days just to recover.
Thanks to OMGsrsly for sharing some of this with me! “May the rowd rise up ta meet cha”.
Flavors: Honey, Moss, Tobacco, Wet Wood
I thought this tea would undersell when I bought it, but surprisingly, I love it. It’s definitely got the cake/bread thing going on, with a bit of sweetness, and definitely the cardamom. Not normally a flavor I’d reach for, and yet, this is strangely and wonderfully comforting. It’s nothing that I’ll HAVE to have, but it’s lovely while it’s here.
Flavors: Cardamon, Sweet, Toast
Any chocolate tea, I will try. If you read any of my reviews, you’ll see I often put this into practice… in the hopes of one day finding that “perfect” chocolate tea. I’ve come close.
This tea, sadly, isn’t it. I grabbed it immediately upon seeing the ingredients – chocolate and.. gasp.. blueberries? Really? Okay, I’m in. The staffer helping me at DAVIDs didn’t believe me when I pointed it out in both the marketing materials and on the label, and then one of her colleagues was all, “Yea, there’s blueberries in it, but it’s not my favorite. Try Hot Chocolate”. (I did, and that’s.. ohgoshdon’tgetmestartedgood).
This… this is a weird tea. I over steeped it accidentally on purpose. The first time I had it, the blueberries were lost in the brew and the whole tea fell flat. So this time I really wanted it to pop and shine, or, at least get a better idea of what this tea is all about. Plus, I had another good-sized cup of tea left.
Over steeped, it’s… ew. Artificial blueberry with a hint of chocolate weirdness. It’s.. um.. barely palatable. So yea, don’t over steep this teafrienz. Maybe just pass on it altogether?
Flavors: Artificial, Astringent, Blueberry, Cocoa, Tart
Ooohh, this has aged well. The strangest combination of flavors ever, and yet, it still works. I love the base tea as well, it just makes it all that much more flavorful, pretty and fun. Anyway. Steeped this twice, the flavors actually came out more in the second steep. I’m glad I have a bunch of this left (am a bit surprised I do, actually).
Flavors: banana, Caramel
I really like this tea, surprisingly so. It’s a black with some sort of “gingerbread spice” in it. No idea what it is, but I can see how it would be so divine as a latte. I’ve had it the past few times I’ve visited the Blenz by my house. As long as I take the teabag out after a few minutes… really lovely. A bit better with some sweetener.
This is one of the more unusual teas I’ve ever tried, and when the staff told me they hand-blend all the teas themselves, that explained it. Almonds and goji, cocoa nibs and licorice, encompassed in a white tea base.
The smell is absolutely to die for, and hard to explain. Light and fruity, mostly. Depth of something. It’s the kind of tea that needs sweetener to pop though, and I had none to try it with (that I can actually use). So.. it’s pretty flavorless on its own, a touch buttery, very light.
Flavors: Almond, Fruity, Smooth
Drank most of the whole bag of this, and will likely buy more again someday. It’ll forever remind me of Galway, Ireland… alas, it’s done, and so it’s time to say goodbye and drink my other teas.
Not that spicy at all, more of a light chocolate warmth than anything. Nothing Kapha-esque about this (TeaGschwender).
Flavors: Cardamon, Cocoa, Spices