1416 Tasting Notes

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drank Masala Chai by Zen Tea
1416 tasting notes

Note to self: only drink chai on it’s own, instead of with another chai. While I LOVE this chai, I brewed it next to Verdant’s Yu Lu Wu Chai (I’m sure I’ve mixed that up somehow). Verdant’s blows all other chai’s out of the water, and I should know better. This however, is still very, very tasty…

A huge thanks to Dexter3657 for sending me a surprise package of this, and a few other teas on my wishlist.

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

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90

Had another big cup of this today. Drank it like I was a woman lost in the desert.

Preparation
Iced
VariaTEA

I would definitely pick some of this up if it became available on the site. I buy SBTs that I think my brother and I would both enjoy and this is something that I think he would be fond of.

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76

Still wondering what’s in here, so I just omitted the red chunks of whatever-it-is, and brewed it up. Hot, it really is lemon meringue pie – more thick creamy lemon than anything though. As it cools it got a bit metallic, although I’m still finding it delicious.

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

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84

Reached for this last night as I’ve been feeling… off. Like I have a migraine and the stomach flu coupled with that-time-of-the-month crampiness. It’s a very weird body-place to be! Clari Tea always makes me feel better, so I brewed some. Still have some left over today (was too sloshy to drink more last night) and it’s less biting than normal, yet still really tasty. I will always have this in my cupboard.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
Courtney

I hope you’re feeling better soon!

Kaylee

Feel better!

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78
drank Dark Chocolate Mint by Teajo Teas
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Again fooled myself thinking this was a black, and almost brewed it as such. Luckily I caught it in time, because this one lovely cup when brewed correctly. Creamy chocolate and mint, although both are pretty mild flavors, it’s a pleasant sip and one that I’m enjoying.

Flavors: Chocolate

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

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78
drank Pitta Ayurvedic by DAVIDsTEA
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Had this last night again, yet for the life of me can remember little of drinking it.

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

When I get to the bottom of a cup and can’t remember drinking it… It must have been good :)

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drank Mulberry White Tea by RiverTea
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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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78
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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85
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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82
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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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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