1416 Tasting Notes

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drank Hot Chocolate by DAVIDsTEA
1416 tasting notes

No idea why I can never find this in the database; I have to look at my cupboard every time.

I love this tea. It’s a bit metallic for me today (likely more to do with my dental work healing than anything), but it’s so comforting… so earthy… so chocolately.. I love it.

Flavors: Chocolate, Earth

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

This one is confusing as I think the base is pu’erh though to me it seems like it should be a black. Then again, I may be dreaming that up.

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73
drank Happy Trails by Butiki Teas
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Haven’t a clue what this is, haven’t a clue what the story is, no idea about anything really. Other than, of course. OMGsrlsy gave this to me on a dark and stormy night in downtown Vancouver, as if we were dealing (gasp) drugs! The horrors.

Package had someone else’s name on it (sorry James), with the instructions to steep for one minute. Really?! It’s a… gosh words, come to me now… the kind of tea that looks like coffee grounds, and of course the word escapes me. Anyway. Butiki’s Premium Chai has the same base (I think), and I luuuuuv’s me that tea. So, I’m in. Let’s try it. Just enough for 12 oz.

I steep it for one minute, and I’m confused. It doesn’t taste like much of anything. It smells a touch fruity though… so I’m in, I steep it a bit longer.

Steeped a bit longer (another 3-4 minutes) I get a bit of… licorice? something fruity still, and, no, that’s black licorice. Isn’t it? Jeepers. I can’t tell. I’m also eating salted chocolate and feel like a truck hit me since about 9pm last night, so, you know, really professional review here and all folks.

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

Haven’t tried this, but I think I recall this being a CTC. That chocolate sounds yummy and I hope you feel better soon!

OMGsrsly

It’s a really badly scribbled “Jones” actually. Hahaha. :) It’s just… fruity I think. I really like the base tea – Crimson Horizon.

MissB

Haha! Really? Cuz there’s a last name listed, too.. I thought maybe it was that it’s coffee flavored, and that was what I didn’t catch initially in the flavor.

Sil

was that my scribbling? if so..oopsy if not.. YAAAY! haha

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She handed it to me with two hands. “ooh,” I thought, “This is special tea”. So it’s one of the first I’m trying from the batch shared with me, and I’ve left the first steep off to the side to resteep a few times tomorrow.

First off: leather. I get that more than anything here, both in smell and taste. It even has the velvety leather feel to it that I’d imagine what drinking leather should be like (but probably isn’t). It’s super comforting and rich, and more than surprised me. I also didn’t get much else out of this first steep, even though leather was a new one for me, and a surprising like at that.

An enormous thanks to shezza for sharing some of her favorite teas with me, this being one of them. Eternally grateful and appreciative!

Flavors: Leather, Thick

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

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75
drank Noël Nouveau by Mariage Frères
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Hm. How to rate this tea. Okay, it’s a green Christmas tea, so I have high expectations. It smells very holiday-like (*OMGsrsly smelled the bag I gave her and said, “This smells like Christmas!”) It tastes like it too, sort of… although it dried out really badly and got astringent and weird as it cooled.

So, yes to the almond (the drying-ness as it cooled as well), yes to the Christmas flavors (very much like a strongly spiced chai) no to the weirdness… there’s just something off about this, and I can’t put my finger on what exactly.

Flavors: Almond, Orange, Spices, Thick

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

It’s reminding me of that Celestial Seasonings tea… the mandarin and clove one. But with green tea instead of hibiscus as the base.

MissB

There’s a mandarin and clove celestial seasonings? News to me. :)

OMGsrsly

There was at some point. I remember drinking it ALL THE TIME when I was a kid.

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drank Organic Detox Infusion by Clipper
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As I’m walking back from meeting up with OMGsrsly tonight for a quickie tea swap in the middle of Granville Street, what I can only call an “energy bolt of thought” hit me. “Go get Detox tonight,” it said. I knew it meant this tea.

I promptly finished what I was doing, headed over to the store, and grabbed this. I’ve brewed it, and… well…. I knew hibiscus was #1 in there, so it shouldn’t surprise me it’s blood red, right? Well, it does. It’s a bit stunning and unsettling.

Still, I’m drinking it. It’s not as odd as I’d think it should/would be (normally I stay away from hibiscus). Pleasant if oddly sweet (aloe vera, maybe?) Dunno. If it helps me get out of my body whatever I ingested today though that I can feel like a lump moving through me? I’m thrilled.

Flavors: Herbs, Raspberry, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Christmas Cookie White Tea by 52teas
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Hm. Well, it’s a light tea, in that it’s not heavy, thick or malty. It is however very, very strong on the ginger and clove (this be good with me, to a point). The clove is actually making my mouth a bit dry and losing feeling – also not a bad thing per say, just wasn’t expecting it.

I almost feel like i’m drinking one of those spiced oranges I’d make as a kid (cloves plugged into an orange and then left out for the smell). There’s a touch of orange, maybe? in here, dunno. Something slightly sweet. Cookie? No, sorry.

Thank you shezza for sharing this with me! I’m happy with the one mugful that I got.

Flavors: Clove, Fruity, Ginger

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
shezza

I know what you mean about this one, I kind of get “Christmas” from the cloves and the orange, but there really isn’t any cookie anywhere in here. I always think of it as a chai with a really light base, so I completely forgot about the misleading name.

MissB

Eh, I don’t really look at names much, other than… well… if they name it Cookie versus Chai, well, I want cookie. :P I’m always happy with a chai though; I should have waited to swap with you, I have more tea today! lol

shezza

We’ll have to do another swap sometime, I still have to wait for all my black friday stuff to come in! (I was not so good this year)

MissB

Woohoo, yes! Just note that usually I’m traveling, so swaps are more me sending tea back from far off lands. :)

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First off, I’m an arse – I just got this in a swap, and yet I oversteeped it. Of course. Because that’s my way! So, uh, 12 minutes.

Shockingly, it’s really really yummy. It smells a bit like plum pudding or fruit cake. I don’t get much out of the flavor other than an interesting, plummy-type of dryness.. again… I messed this up. Thank goodness there’s another good mug-full of tea to play with.

Thank you shezza, for so surreptitiously sharing some of this with me in LOOK Tea yesterday.

EDIT: What? caramel, pineapple, sweet orange, and maraschino… um… okay I get the orange (fruitcake, that’s what I identified it as) and marasschino (same thing), and possibly pineapple… but caramel? No. Well, maybe. Well… darn it, I so wish I hadn’t oversteeped this.

Flavors: Drying, Plums, Tart

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

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drank Snow Day by DAVIDsTEA
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Uh, so this was in my cupboard yesterday… and now it’s not. Bah. Re-adding.

This is my new comfort tea. I love it. I smell it, and instantly I feel all zen-like, calm and cool. I prefer it when it’s cooled (a bit minty-er, a bit more chocolatey goodness) but frankly, I’ll drink it any way I can. It, along with Hot Chocolate, will be in my stable of teas for a bit, until of course I find other local finds that I enjoy more. :P

Flavors: Chocolate, Mint

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

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86
drank Yu Lu Yan Cha Black by Verdant Tea
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Yummy yum yum.

But seriously, who tasted cannabis in this?!

Flavors: Cocoa, Malt

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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86
drank Toasty Almond by Tealish
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Still love it, still tastes like a liquid cinnamon bun to me.: :)

Flavors: Cinnamon, Fruity

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 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.

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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