1117 Tasting Notes

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drank Awakening Tea by Algonquin Tea Co
1117 tasting notes

Mint is definitely the strongest of the flavors here, however you can tell it’s a fresh, wild mint (if that makes any sense).. it reminds me of going camping, and the smells and herbs surrounding me when they’re fresh and spring-like. I don’t get much of anything else in here, although I did look up Labrador tea (the first, main ingredient) to get the story. It’s part of the rhododendron family, caffeine-free, and often used as a tea substitute. Interestingly, it was hung up in closets to deter mothballs and ghosts. Seriously. Considering how I’ve been having very clear images of those departed of late, as well as ‘knowing’ things there’s zero way I could know, perhaps this is a tea I should drink more of, or less? :)

Flavors: Mint

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Marzipan

I would love to hear more about that!

MissB

The tea, or the weird/interesting things I’ve seen of late?

Marzipan

The things you have seen.

MissB

Oh! Well, I’ve ‘known’ things my entire life: when my Mom went into the hospital before she passed, I literally walked out of my class mid-conversation because I knew she needed me. My teachers weren’t impressed. ;) As recently as yesterday a gal pal was telling me about a text she received from a coworker: “I’ve got some urgent and exciting news to share, please call me ASAP.” I said, “Oh, she’s pregnant! That’s wonderful!” and my friend said, “No way, she’s 42”. Today I get a text asking, “How on earth did you know she was pregnant?!” I also just… see things. So was doing a tarot card reading for a total stranger, and prior to the reading, I saw a beautiful white sparkly path up to the heavens, with dancing hearts along it. I told the woman before touching any cards, and she started bawling. “That’s a message from my son. He LOVED hearts,” and then in bits and spurts told me of her son that had just passed, and how disconnected she’d felt from him. Everything I saw, she had a personal reference for, and knew what it referred to. We were both shocked at what I ‘knew’… it was quite emotional. Since then it’s happened a few times, with more details each time.

Suziqzer

Wow! Sounds interesting to say the least. My son will sometimes say things to us and we are like, “what?”. The one that sticks out the most in my memory was when he was probably 2 or 3 yrs old. We were on vacation, driving somewhere and he says something about it raining. Now we had checked the forecast and it was a nice sunny summer day with no rain in sight. Sure enough, not but a few hours later we drove through a downpour ! Where did that come from and how did he know? I have no idea. Now when he speaks up about something we always listen and take note.

Marzipan

I waited until I was at a “real” keyboard to respond to this again, because I hate typing long things on my iPad. A little background, I grew up in a religious household. My mother was (and still is) the church organist of a Southern Baptist Church. We were there every time the doors opened. As an adult I am pretty much agnostic. So I tend to lean more to science than metaphysical. BUT, there are so many things that can’t be explained that I always find myself very interested and leaving myself open to the idea that we don’t know it all/can’t explain it all, so my mind is open.

Now, I grew up next door to my grandparents. I had a mom, but my grandmother was effectively the mom. She was the one who was always baking and making Halloween costumes and all of those type things. I adored her and was at her house just about every day from the time I was born until I went to college. She was the most positive person I ever knew, and never said a bad thing about anyone. She certainly never dwelled on death or anything like that. So it was a surprise when she started talking about it quite a bit, for a year or so before her death. It’s as if she knew. She walked one of my aunts around her house and pointed out what things she wanted specific people to inherit (REALLY out of character). One day she scolded my grandfather for keeping so much of their money tied up in investments and said, “You haven’t left enough in our daily account to bury either of us.” There were several things like that that were just….really out of character.

My grandmother went into the hospital for a very minor procedure. She had a tear duct that was clogged and it needed to be cleared. She had it done at a hospital where my sister was a nurse, so after the procedure my sister went to see her in recovery, talked with her and then left the room. My grandmother had a massive stroke and was essentially gone moments later. My sister was the head nurse in neuro intensive care where they took my grandmother, so we were privy to some inside information, and her stroke was so massive and so unusual that it was studied at a national neuro conference that year.

This was, to me, the strangest part. She was kept alive for four days, and on the last day we had to make the decision to let her go. She had no will or living will, so there was no directive from her (this was 25 years ago, living wills weren’t as common as they are today). It was a wrenching decision and really hard for our family. But it was the decision we had to make. Afterward we went back to her house and started making coffee for the visitors. Inside one of her kitchen cabinets she had cut out a sample living will from a women’s magazine, signed it, and taped it to the cabinet door. It was dated within two weeks of her hospital visit.

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82
drank Eugene Breakfast by J-TEA
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Interestingly, this tastes almost ridiculously similar to the Bourbon barrel aged puer I grabbed from these guys in the same order. It’s thick and sweet, almost crunchy sweet if that makes any sense, with a smokey orange in there as well. I can tell this is a really great tea, and will rate it accordingly, however it’s just… something I think others will enjoy more.

Flavors: Honey, Malt, Orange, Smoke

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

I still need to get my hands on that Bourbon barrel puerh!

whatshesaid

Interesting!!

TeaBrat

I just want some bourbon, let’s skip the tea. ;)

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72
drank Cinnamon Bun by Della Terra
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I can’t tell if this is me being weird with allergies/lingering cold stuffola, however this is just tasting ‘meh’ to me. There’s cinnamon, and just a hint of something sweet like a cinnamon bun icing -sorta thing… it’s just.. I dunno. I want the flavor to punch more?

This was just a sample from my massive sample purchase last year, and I think I’ll pass the rest of what’s left along so that perhaps someone else can enjoy this more.

Flavors: Cinnamon

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

I’m so tired of allergies this year. The cottonwoods just started here and I’m in agony.

MissB

Decongestants make things even worse for me (heart palpitations, oh my!) but when I take this herbal concoction religiously (BELL Allergy) I find I’m symptom-free. Now I just need to find a tea that does something similar!

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59
drank Caramel Vanilla Chai by 52teas
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Trying this (I think) for the first time. Well, there’s something bitter in this (even though I only steeped it for two minutes), although I do get caramel and vanilla out of it. It’s definitely a 52Teas blend – I can tell from the base. I know it’s far from a must-have tea in the future, however I’m still very grateful to khamilton611 for sending some of this my way!

Flavors: Ash, Bitter, Caramel, Cinnamon, Vanilla

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

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86
drank Tulsi Red Magic by T2
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Eh… not enjoying this today. All I’m getting are cigarette ashes. There had better not be maté in this… (Keeping the rating the same, just in case it’s me tonight with an issue).

Flavors: Ash

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Suziqzer

Yikes! I had a latte from a local coffee shop that tasted like that to me. I never went back!

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86
drank Tulsi Red Magic by T2
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This tea is shockingly delicious. I’ve had it six times now (again, huge backlog) and every single time it’s blown me away. It’s sweet and gentle, and very surprising as to the flavor. It’s a hard one to describe, other than to say I associate this flavor with other saffron teas I’ve had in the past – however this is by far the best. This will be a staple in my cupboard now.

Flavors: Honey, Orange, Saffron

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cheri

This sounds really good. I love saffron, but I’ve never had it in tea.

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drank Fruits d'Alsace by Harney & Sons
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Okay, I give up on this tea. I know many of you luuuurve it, and I’ll have to pass it along in the next SSTTB so that y’all can enjoy it. For me, there’s something fruity that I’m allergic to, and it just tastes wrong to me because of it. Boo.

Flavors: Fruity

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

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62
drank Just Peachy by DAVIDsTEA
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Sigh. Why did I buy a tin of this? Yea, because my daughter asked for it, said it was her “favorite” of all the iced teas this season from DAVIDs. Well, I should just leave it to her then, because both my son and I say, “Yuck!” Brewed it hot, poured over ice, and it just tastes.. bitter. Rooibos-heavy. Something icky. Bleck.

Flavors: Bitter, Peach, Rooibos, Wood

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

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81
drank It's Chai by Informal Tea.
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I have to wonder if I brewed this incorrectly. It’s thin and heavy on high-grade cinnamon (which is lovely, I must admit) however this is more of a cinnamon tea than a chai at this point. I only gave it two minutes though, so perhaps steeping it a bit longer and like a proper chai (in milk, I mean) might bring out more of the other flavors. Yay for tea from New Zealand!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Honey

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

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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.

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