1291 Tasting Notes

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This has sat here for a bit with me wanting to wait to drink it for whatever reason. Today, I grabbed it and just started making it… so I guess today is the day! Started with just a small chunk in a 12oz. cup, and then added the other/last chunk to it, because it was brewing up a bit too lightly for my liking with a pu-erh.

First steep, 3 min, 200F: fishy, earthy, creamy, something dried berry-ish, and a lingering taste that I can only describe as metallic in a good way.

A huge thank you to akgrowngirl for sharing this very precious tea with me.

Flavors: Earth, Metallic, Raisins

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

Metallic and raisins sounds weirdly good!

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drank Garrus by Custom-Adagio Teas
1291 tasting notes

I was hoping/thinking this would be a chocolate chai blend, or at least that’s how I imagined it would turn out in my head. It does have a strong chocolate flavor to it (although more of a… burnt chocolate spice than chocolate itself), and there are elements of chai in it as well, along with a hint of orange. It’s also a bit of lingering dryness, which I’m learning is the nut flavoring that Adagio uses. If it weren’t for this last bit, I’d give this a strong recommendation, however the dry factor is really ruining drinking anything else for me, as it’s sticking round well past the sip.

Thank you Cavocorax for sharing this with me! This was on my list to try for some time now, so I’m glad I finally got the opportunity thanks to our swap.

Flavors: Chocolate, Nuts, Orange Zest

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

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drank Mind Palace by Beastly Beverages
1291 tasting notes

I grabbed this in a mystery pack bundle, hoping that I’d get some great stuff, and for much less than the original pricing (100g is a lot of tea, with zero tasting opportunities). This is one of the teas that I grabbed, and I know I’ll keep the bag just for the name and artwork alone. It’s fantastic!

So, Mind Palace. I love the concept and the terminology, and it’s a well-used tactic of mine to remember things, that I learned in a few books related to memory, body language and magic (i.e. how magicians remember each card and where it is in the deck). When it was mentioned in one of the Sherlock episodes, I was all aglow — and therefore when I saw the name of this tea, I was even more excited to try it.

Sadly, it’s a weird tea. Weird in that… I swear it’s a Lapsang instead of a blend of blacks. It’s exceptionally dark – think as dark of a purple as you can find – and it’s just… weird. Smoky, sweetly metallic, a bit granular… I just don’t know what to do with this tea, to be frank. There are zero steeping instructions, and just… maybe I did something wrong. Suggestions welcome!

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

haha sounds fun. If you end up sending any teas this way, i’d happily try some lol random weird teas for the….win? :)

MissB

Heh. I’m one step ahead of you… already packaged some up for you and it’s ready to mail off shortly! :)

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drank Vanilla Cacao by Herbal Infusions
1291 tasting notes

When I want a Mexican Hot Chocolate, this is what I drink instead now. So delicious, knowing that’s exactly what this is (or, originated from), although the label – while authentic and correct, technically – is misleading. Had a lovely cup last night, and the smell alone lifted my spirits.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Vanilla

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

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Had a cup of this last night. Left it way too long and it got a bit metallic tasting. Love the creaminess and the coconut, not a fan of the metallic or the lack of cheesecake in this specific cup.

Flavors: Coconut, Metallic

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

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drank Kapha Organic by TeaGschwendner
1291 tasting notes

Made another cup of this last night because I enjoy it so, and my eldest decided she had to have it before bed. “It’s spicy!” I warned her, as I’d left it to steep for quite a while to add to heat of the brew. “Mmmm… but it’s good!” she said, as she ran off with it, gleefully downing it before leaving the empty cup on my desk.

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

Aww, blessums.

Suziqzer

Love how kids know they can get away with taking things from our mouths, rather than ask if they can have a cup of their own.

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This is still just okay. I want more spice, some sort of heat from the chili, and a richer tea base for what is supposed to be a truffle flavored tea. Drinkable, just… something I’ll down without thinking too much.

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

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Cavocorax graciously offered me some of this in our last swap, and I immediately wanted to try it. Okay, so I’ve yet to watch anything Hannibal, it’s just those darn ingredients (chocolate? hazelnut? I’m sold!) and the specific tea blender that got me excited.

Brewed up, this is surprisingly mellow – for some reason I was expecting a kick, a twist, a…. you expected something different, why would you, of course you did… kind of tea. That’s what I think of when I think of Hannibal – although admittedly I have zero idea as to who Will is. Yes, I will fix this. :)

So, think mild chai with a light caramel/chocolate finish, and maybe the dryness of a nut in there — and you have Save Will. Tasty!

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Nuts

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

Ooh, I don’t know the first thing about Hannibal, but that’s a good combo.

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Thought I’d passed along all of my Assam samples (which, by the way, are huge 10c samples for $1.95 mostly) however this one seems to have hidden so as to have me drink it. Earlier today I brewed up my large Timolino-full, and was pleasantly surprised. It tastes like tea-infused cranberry sauce, minus a bit of the sweetness, and a hint of orange. It’s nice, it’s flavorful, it’s as described, although I do prefer it hot over this now-cooled temperature, only because it has a hint of bitterness now that eluded the brew before.

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

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drank Phenix MF by Mariage Frères
1291 tasting notes

Holy cow! This is all caramel with a hint of vanilla, and then some honey poured on to boot. A very sweet tea, almost too sweet and decadent… but not quite. ;)

Thank you Ysurella for sharing this with me. Wow, I can see this fulfilling any sweet cravings I have.

Flavors: Caramel, Honey

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

Wow that sounds great!!!

Sil

this is why we need the du loup….

MissB

Is Thé du Loup better/similar? I’m going to see if I can source out where I can get this, again, for a more reasonable price.

Sil

I like this the du loup more than this one but this one reminds me of the du loup….I could probably have both in my cupboard but given a choice, the wolf would win ;)

Ysaurella

I’m happy you appreciate this one. Yes thé du loup is quite similar and also different. I would say Thé du loup is better as Sil said

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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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