1431 Tasting Notes

drank Blood Cleansing by Sweet Cherubim
1431 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
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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
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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
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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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drank Mulled Wine by DAVIDsTEA
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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

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

I can’t think about anything but bubblegum when I smell this one. But a coworker loves it.

MissB

Yes!! It definitely smells like bubblegum, I was more than a bit surprised.

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drank Zhu Rong Chai by Verdant Tea
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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).

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

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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

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
rosebudmelissa

That is a cute movie

MissB

“Always kiss like it’s the first time, and the last time”. Holy moly, my fellow Italians showed us how! I so wish this movie was accurate geographically, it keeps throwing me off and taking me out of the story.

rosebudmelissa

I’ve never been to Ireland, so that wasn’t a concern for me.

yyz

I had to laugh at that too. You’d have to miss the Ivergh Peninsula first and Dingle has a nice neat harbour. ( It is a fishing village after all). I’m pretty sure the beach the have her dropped off on is Inch beach made famous in several movies such as Far and Away. It is on the Dingle Peninsula but not really an easy walking distance. That part of the movie always bothers me but I still like watching it for the memories it brings back to me as well.

Crimson Lotus Tea

I’m a Leap Year baby. :-)

rosebudmelissa

Oh, fun. I remember when my brother was turning four, one of the teacher’s assistant’s at his preschool was having her fourth actual birthday. We all thought that was really cool.

JC

I like this one. I still have some and I’m just leave it alone so I can treat myself on days that I need it.

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drank Cardamom French Toast by DAVIDsTEA
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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

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
scribbles

I really like this one with bailey’s irish cream…adds that sumpin, sumpin…. although straight up is good too

Fay

Mmm…Bailey’s. I’ll have to try that!

TeaBrat

yum. I love cardamom but trying to resist the urge to buy more tea!

Rosehips

I agree. This was an unexpected hit with me as well.

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drank Dark Chocolate Delight by DAVIDsTEA
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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

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

If you’re looking for a chocolate blueberry tea to try, I like this one: http://thaytea.com/products/chocolate-blueberry-biotea/

MissB

Nope, just thought it was a weird combo. :) I’m not in the position where I can accept packages right now anyway. Good to know!

rosebudmelissa

I haven’t found many chocolate blends that impress me. I actually make my own now. I’ve found that throwing in a little bit (like a quarter teaspoon) of mugicha/roasted barley often makes chocolate flavors taste much richer.

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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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