1221 Tasting Notes

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Every time I have this, it’s wildly different. Sometimes I love it, other times…

Last night I steeped this for a few hours, and I’d say this was the easiest to down out of all of the permutations I’ve tried now. Think a chai-like cacao, weak on the cacao, with strong notes of ginger and cinnamon. While far from my favorite cacao blend, I think I’ll be okay now with drinking it down… the last time I had this, I seriously considered throwing the rest in the swap pile. So glad I didn’t!

Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon

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

That name would certainly raise expectations, haha.

Fjellrev

It’s wildly different because enlightenment in itself is a shape-shifter. Experience that chocolate enlightenment as if it’s a new journey every time.

Ok I’ll stop.

MissB

Ha! Awesome. :) Of course, I should have taken a much more zen approach to this tea.

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drank Rooibos Chai by Zen Tea
1221 tasting notes

I’ve had this a good five or six times now over the past two weeks, however with traveling and whatnot, I’ve missed writing down any sort of tasting notes. I do find myself reaching for this at night before most of my other teas, and it stands up well to oversteeping (with zero rooibos bitterness in there – surprisingly). It’s a solid non-caffeinated chai replacement, and I have a feeling I’ll order more of this soon. The tins are so pretty!

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

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drank Earl Grey Cheesecake by 52teas
1221 tasting notes

I cracked open this and Lemon Meringue Chai, and I must admit it took me a bit to determine which was which after sipping them. Now, they taste VERY different, it’s just that both have a lemon/bergamot angle to them… this one is much smoother, more rounded, a fuller taste to it. Creamy. I definitely get EG when I sit and think of it. Do I love it. Eh… it’s really good. It’s a bit shy of love though, perhaps because there’s a weird bitter taste in my mouth that’s pervading the end of the sip. This may however be from the Lemon Meringue Chai, so I’m reserving my full judgement until I have more of this solo.

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

I know what you’re talking about. When I have one tea right after another, I sometimes have trouble breaking down the taste. I think wine tasters have the same problem.

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drank Chocolate Truffle by Tea Desire
1221 tasting notes

This smells like a chocolate truffle – the earthy kind that you’d dig from the ground, and then add some dark chocolate to. Seriously, that’s the kind of truffle I get out of this – if you like that kind of earthy pu-erh, you’ll love this. Well, and if you love chocolate, too. It’s earthy, rich, deep and velvety.

Flavors: Chocolate, Earth

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

This sounds sexy.

Dustin

I love truffles!

tigress_al

Oooooh, that sounds amazing!

MissB

I love it, although I should note it’s probably something that new-to-puerh folks should wait to try out. Definitely sexy! :)

OMGsrsly

So you’re saying I need to get this as well as the caramel the next time I’m in Nanaimo? :)

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80
drank Pumpkin Creme Brulee by Butiki Teas
1221 tasting notes

A truly lovely tea, even though I only get pumpkin at the very end of the sip and after I sit with it a bit – it’s a lot like the creamy filling of a pumpkin pie, although really subtle (for me).

1.5 tsp in 12 oz.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Amariel

Have you had Pumkin Milkshake? How does this compare if you have?

Fjellrev

To jump in, this was heavier on the cinnamon for me. I’m sure it would be nice with cream, but I agree, the pumpkin was a little subtle. But one of those that if you were to throw in 1 oz. into an order, it’s no loss since it’s easy and pleasant enough to drink, if that makes sense.

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drank Patisserie by Tealish
1221 tasting notes

Hm. How have I yet to open this? Okay, I will today. It smells of a bakery (odd considering the ingredients) and it does remind me of one as well. Have to admit though, I preferred this on the heavier side (suggested portioning is 1 tsp per 6-8oz. so I used 2 tsp for 16oz.) and only when it was almost cold. Hot, it was… meh. Ice cold, it got bitter. Warm on the cold side, it was… pleasant. Pastry-like. Rich. Sweet.

On a complete aside, I’ve decided to stop adding data into the database until everything gets added so that I can. Otherwise… I’m adding partial data, and that seems like a waste of time to me.

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

You mean flavour data?

MissB

Flavor, ingredients, anything. I sent a note to Jason directly via email, suggesting they enlist some of the keeners amongst us to do that for them, so they can control the database entries yet still have it updated in a timely manner.

Anna

Oh, I didn’t realize until now the ingredients are also an issue. Wow.

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drank Pu-erh Vanilla Mint by Rishi Tea
1221 tasting notes

I’m so confused by this tea. On my box, it’s called Pu-erh Vanilla, yet has the same ingredients as Pu-erh Vanilla Mint. To make things even more bizarre, when I bought this, I almost bought Pu-erh Chocolate Chai (also Rishi), thinking it too sounded yummy, yet it ALSO had the same ingredients. Color me confused.

I do however love this tea, and have had several large cups of this the past few days. I find I’m underleafing most days though (1tb is what’s recommended), and it’s still yummy. It smells strongly of mint, only tastes faintly of it, and the chocolate is more apparent when I leaf it according to the instructions and let it sit for a while.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 45 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Ubacat

I noticed that too. It’s been one of my fav pu-erh’s. When they came out with the one Pu-erh Vanilla, I was really upset thinking “what happened to Pu-erh Vanilla Mint???”. I soon realized it was the same tea repackaged. There’s also one called Pu-erh Vanilla Mint Chai I think. Same tea. Never saw the one called Chocolate Chai.

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drank Citrus Grove by Tealish
1221 tasting notes

Just meh. Maybe I underleafed? 2 tsp in 16 oz, I could go up to 3 tsp, as these are HUGE pieces of orange, sunflower, cardamom, peppercorn, etc. Regardless, this just tastes like a mildly sweet tea with perhaps some cardamom in it.

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

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drank Mayan Chocolate Chai by 52teas
1221 tasting notes

The first thing that came out of my cupboard when I woke up this morning was this. When I say came, I mean literally it flew at me as I opened the tea cupboard. This is good, because I love this fiery, chocolate chai tea.

In other news – I’m back, or at least back home, after a week of work and vacation time. It feels like a lot longer, and I’m already missing my alone time, so I’ve decided to book myself off for a night/weekend once a month to have some solo catchup relaxation time with myself. I’m already looking forward to whenever I can do this in March! :)

I’ve got a huge backlog of teas to note, and I doubt I’ll get to them, so I’m just going to try and move forward, and as I remember, I’ll add them here.

1.5 tsp in 12 oz.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
OMGsrsly

Hi! Good to see you back. :)

__Morgana__

Welcome back! I love when the tea chooses the drinker. LOL

Sami Kelsh

Welcome back! Chocolate chai must have missed you very much ;) Tacklehugs!

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drank Mountain Herbs by Tea Desire
1221 tasting notes

This is pretty darn tasty for a herbal. How do I know? My 6-year-old asked if he could have a sip, and then another, and then, “How many more sips can I have?” I told him to have as many as he wanted. He asked if it was special juice, and I said no. He replied, “Well then Mommy, it’s a special golden tea, and if you drink it as much as I do, your eyes will see better!”

Yep, that’s some pretty special tea alright.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
NayLynn

Too cute:)

Fjellrev

Awww, that’s so cute.

cryptickoi

aww…does he like other stuff like oolong or puer?

MissB

He’s a huge fan of Tea Desire’s Caramel Pu-erh, of course. :) We have zero oolong in the house though, just because I seem to get really nauseous almost instantly from it.

Suziqzer

kids can be so cute!

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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. Having said that, I’m traveling indefinitely (currently in France, was in Ireland and England prior, next up Belgium) so my stash will sit and wait for me, as I send back tea to explore more when I get home again.

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 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, and thus I’m avoiding these for now as well. I also avoid sugar and Splenda where possible.

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