1349 Tasting Notes

drank Lemon Spice by Acquired Taste Tea Co.
1349 tasting notes

This likely came from either Murchie’s or Market Spice originally, however I grabbed it from Acquired Taste in Edmonton.

Smells like lemon, tastes like a lemony chai, sort of. A bit drying. All it is supposedly is lemon and cinnamon with Ceylon, and I get the faint idea of a lemon flavored cinnamon heart. Mild though, just… drying, and it feels like it’s from the cinnamon. It’s not a bad tea, just probably better suited for someone else. I also brewed it wrong, as it looks like a green… maybe it was mislabeled? Dunno.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Lemon Zest

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I’m going to hazard that this is the same blend that Bayswater here in Vancouver, BC sells, and that both companies grabbed it from Simpson & Vail (but they call it Citrus Paradisi Tea). Ah, I wish this process were easier. :) Maybe a name, supplier and where purchased needs to be added?

Anyway. This is a lovely tea, and I’m super happy that I grabbed it. A tiny bit tart like grapefruit, juicy and sweet, with zero flowery blergamot that I can detect. It smells amazing too!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This is one of the teas I grabbed from Acquired Taste in Edmonton, AB. Huge dried blackberries litter the blend, and I both smell and taste very little sage, but it’s in there. It’s primarily a juicy, fully flavored blackberry tea, and I’m quite happy with that. Will have to try it iced, and send some off to OMGsrsly and Suziquer to try out.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
gmathis

Haven’t had this in years, but remember loving it…at the time, you couldn’t get a loose-leaf version!

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drank Rooibos Chai by Zen Tea
1349 tasting notes

Gosh I love this tea, and keep on forgetting about it. Sweet and delicious, I gulp it down faster than I made it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Almost positive this is The Tao of Tea’s 500 Mile Chai, however I still need confirmation so I’m putting this here.

Hoo boy, this is one strong chai. The base is a bit much for me; I like my chai less in-your-face. Hasn’t stopped me from drinking it… the ginger is quite lovely here, as is the cardamom and something sweet, sweeter than normal in a straight chai. I do like it, it’s just something I probably shouldn’t have had at 12:41am…

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sami Kelsh

I keep making midnight teas too – I’ll be too tired all evening to get up and make my tea, and by the time I do, it keeps me awake until half past 2. WHOOPS!

Suziqzer

Oops.. I know what happens when I forget and drink too much black tea too late! Hope you got to sleep ok.

MissB

I was sooo tired, and I read a study recently saying that chai tea (even caffeinated) somehow helps folks fall asleep faster. I’d hoped this might have been the case last night. ;)

Angrboda

That probably has something to do with warm milk.

Suziqzer

Hmm.. Interesting idea… might have to try it sometime and see how it works for me.

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I’m sure this is an offering from some other company, but I’m at a loss to figure out which. It’s definitely strong on the lemon and quite lovely, however there’s zero ginger in it – and I’ve had this three times now, all oversteeped in the hopes to pull some ginger out of it. Boo. It’s not a bad tea, it’s actually quite lovely… I just wanted ginger.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Ginger Lime by The Tea Place
1349 tasting notes

Definitely upping the rating on this, and already making plans to order more. Oversteeped it dramatically last night, and it’s amazing! Very juicy lime candy quality to it, with a bite of ginger in the finish. A real bite too, not just…. meh ginger. I will drink this often. It did leave quite a bit of residue in the cup though, likely from the powdered ginger.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
Sil

on to the wishlist!

MissB

I’ll send you some Sil; I think I’ll need to grab more really soon.

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drank Coconut Cocoa by The Republic of Tea
1349 tasting notes

Surprisingly thick and rich, this really does taste strongly like a coconut cocoa, although more coconut than chocolate. I used two sachets for 12oz, and I think this is the perfect amount.

Flavors: Cocoa, Coconut

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

Agreed: I think “double up” is the secret to RoT teas, especially the desserty ones.

MissB

Ah! Good to know. This may have been my first, or one of my first teas from The Republic of Tea.

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drank Ceylon Chai by Acquired Taste Tea Co.
1349 tasting notes

A straightforward chai, almost gingerbread-like in the smell and taste. It’s leaving a weird feeling on my teeth though, almost like it’s stripping the enamel? Hard to describe, it just makes my teeth feel… dry.

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

That is certainly very weird. I wonder what could be causing that…

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drank Bamboo Shoots by TeaFrog
1349 tasting notes

Same name, same ingredients, with a tea that looks the same? I’m thinking this is what Acquired Taste in Edmonton, AB sells.

Pleasant, fruity and light – although something I’m drinking, I’m having an allergic reaction to. Very pineapple-y, depending on the sip, with little coconut, but it’s still in there vaguely.

Flavors: Coconut

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Teaholic! Currently loving flavored blacks, greens, whites, green 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.

I own an obscene amount of tea, and am always happy to share. Just got back from a six month exploration of Western Europe, so I’ve got some pretty lovely tea that we just can’t easily find this side of the pond. Woot!

In addition to loving tea, I’m a dating columnist, nerd, and avid knitter. I read way too much, type even more, and spend my ‘free’ time exploring, playing board games, reading, hiking, hanging with friends.

Allergies: Strawberries and all grains. I’m having a mild allergic reaction to both lavender and some roses in tea, although for some reason the French seem to have figured out how to do this without making me ill. I also avoid sugar and Splenda where possible.

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