1400 Tasting Notes

drank Mulberry White Tea by RiverTea
1400 tasting notes

Hm. I loved this hot – it was really quite lovely, and very, very similar to the other mulberry tea I just had – down to them both having papaya in them. They smell the same, they look the same, however this one got really weird and off-putting as it cooled. Something tart and drying made it into the mix, instead of the initial sweet juiciness. If I get my hands on this again I’ll try to see if I can get something else out of it, however right now? I can’t finish the cup. :(

I’m pretty sure this came from Cavocorax and for that, I thank you.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cavocorax

Oh no! I’m sorry it didn’t work out for you. If you ever feel like trying it again, let me know and I can send more your way. I like it enough that I’ll probably try to keep some on hand.

MissB

I’m really wondering if it’s user error… it may well be. I’d love to try more, eventually. When my cupboard is more manageable. ;)

Cavocorax

Cool – I made a note so I can check back later on. ;D

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drank Japanese Sour Cherry by Silk Road
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Hm. This is the second time I’ve had this? I’m obviously feeling a bit off to have completely forgotten. Regardless, made with 2 tsp/8 oz, this truly is a silky cherry tea, with zero medicinal flavor that I normally associate with any cherry flavorings. Upping the rating slightly because it’s better than my original 72.

Thanks OMGsrlsy for sharing, this was a lovely sipdown today!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank White Mulberry by A C Perch's
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Do I know what mulberries taste like? No. Yet, I have this and another mulberry tea sitting in my sample container, just begging to be enjoyed. RiverTea’s Mulberry Magic is next up.

Having said that, I was a bit leery to try this. I know there’s papaya something-or-other in it, having read other people’s notes. My first (and only) run-in with papaya was in high school during a writing course – and if you’re friends with me on Facebook you likely read this story already from two of my classmates way back when. Long story short: my inspiring, amazing prof (who at one time brought in a chunk of the then newly-demolished Berlin Wall) brought in an “unknown fruit” for us to try, and then write about. I HATED it. I wanted to puke. Floral mango-y sweetness? No thanks. So I wrote about it, and my classmates then still remember my vitriol today. It’s been more than 20 years now… Bah, how am I old enough to say that?

Anyway. This tea. It’s really pleasant, and while I do recognize the floral sweet notes of the papaya in here, plus other floral notes that are relatively subdued, there’s something light berry-ish that makes me think of summer, and then the lovely base that I’m really enjoying. I thought I overleafed, and wished I’d put the whole sample in now, because it is slightly weak. Still, I could see myself trying to find more of this, perhaps when my cupboard is a bit more… normal. Human. Less showing the world I have a tea obsession. ;)

Flavors: Berries, Flowers

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sami Kelsh

My grandmother has a mulberry tree in her back garden, they’re lovely!

(Though I’m not a huge fan of raw papaya either – albeit less vitriolically so!)

Suziqzer

There are mulberry trees in the area and they can be such a nuisance tree… seedlings come up everywhere. I have to admit that I’ve never tried them, that I know of. They can be pretty trees, but because they come up everywhere… flowerbeds seem to be their favorite spot, we tend to cut them out.

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drank Blueberry Pie by The Whistling Kettle
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The leaves are gorgeous, all curled up in pretty little swirls. Smells like blueberries, brews up a clear greenish yellow and surprisingly dark. Tastes like a creamy blueberry, although I’m missing the sweetness I associate with pie, as well as anything crust-like or flaky. Still delicious, and wish I had more.

Almost positive I received this from KittyLovesTea although it might have been Angrboda. Thank you ladies, as I’m grateful to you both for sharing teas with me that I’d only be able to try with the help of lovely folks like yourselves.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Wow, I downed this before I had a chance to log it. A very tasty vanilla tea. Soft, smooth and almost silky. Who was on a quest for the perfect vanilla tea? I should send you some of this, although I’d doubt it’ll win the top honor, it is pretty tasty.

Flavors: Vanilla

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

angrboda!

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drank Amande Amaretti by Dammann Freres
1400 tasting notes

If you’re looking for an Amaretto (the booze) replacement, look no further than this tea. It’s a smooth almond black, with a hint of marzipan to it. Really lovely, quite simple, and a must-have for almond lovers. I am definitely enjoying this cup!

Thank you Dinosara for sharing the perfect sized-sample with me!

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

Ooh, wizard. I love marzipan-almondy stuff something fierce, and have been meaning to put in a DF order just as soon as I have an income… /adds to basket

Suziqzer

Yum… sounds amazing! An amaretto/almond that’s not green!

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drank Lemon & Ginger by Clipper
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A solid bagged tea: definitely bite from the ginger, sweet/tart from the lemon, and altogether wonderful. This may replace several ingredients in my hot toddy for sickos in the future.

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

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drank Shanti Ayurvedic Tea by DAVIDsTEA
1400 tasting notes

I love herbals. I drink them often. So when one purports to “calm” me down, I’ll try it. I yelled at one of my kids tonight, made the other cry…. so yes, some calm is in order.

Boy this is a super sweet herbal, and I need to drink it straight in the future. Licorice, ginger maybe, something with bite, orange. Wow. Not bad.

Thanks Janelle for sharing this with me!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Suziqzer

I don’t enjoy evenings like that, although they do happen.. Gotta love kids, even when they drive ya crazy!

Hope things are better today!

khamilton611

Oh, I have days like that. Tea does help!

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drank Ginger Lime by The Tea Place
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This seriously rivals TeaGschwendner’s Bamboo Pomelo for unusual juicy herbal amazingness. Oversteeped it brings out the bite of the ginger, while the lime is still fresh and juicy. And the smell…..!! Oh, the smell. It’s pure lime, and it’s amazing.. I just leave the bag out sometimes, it smells so good.

Only about a pot left, so I’ve got to convince my Edmontonian friend to grab me some more and ship it down. :$

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Suziqzer

Ooo… Hubby might like this one since he enjoyed Bamboo Pomelo iced… and he loves lime in cokes, and some beer.. Ugh, not my thing. I like lime, just not in other drinks- with the exception of a margarita, but I guess that’s a lime drink..

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Darn it, I know I logged this the other night. Ah well. This is infinitely better hot; cold, it’s just a faintly flavored rooibos. Hot, it’s all juicy tangerine/orange with something granular added to the mix.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 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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