1400 Tasting Notes

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drank Peppermint Mocha by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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Sigh. After the four comment eaten, I’m giving up on trying to comment and be social on Steepster tonight. Growl.

This is a pleasant cup, more so as it cools, and the minty chocolate comes out to play more.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Suziqzer

Sooo gonna have to grab this if I stumble upon it on a shopping trip. So far I’ve only found a sampler of their chai’s, another sampler pack I wasn’t interested in at the time, and a raspberry mint. Grabbed the chai and the mint. Hopeful I will find some more flavors sometime in the near future…providing they have any tea next time at all at my TJMax store.

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drank Chaud Les Marrons! by Lupicia
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A smoky chestnut instead of a sweet, glacée one, this is a simple, straightforward chestnut black tea. Huge thanks to Dinosara for sharing such a perfect sample size!

Flavors: Chestnut

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

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drank Tropical Mango by Teajo Teas
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Hm. Very different experience than last time I made this. Still tasty, however it’s more of a mango EG than purely mango today. Definitely strong floral notes that I would have remembered and noted last time, had I tasted it then.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Best tea of the morning, by far. I oversteeped it though when the mailman showed up, so I expected it to be horribly bitter. Surprisingly, it’s only a touch bitter, and I’m getting primarily jasmine with a sweeter nut. Zero pine, which surprised me. Even with the oversteep though, this is an excellent tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 8 min or more 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Whispering Pines Tea Company

Zero pine? Hmmm…perhaps the green tea took over because of the long steep time?

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drank Caramel Delight by Praise Tea Company
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Opening the bag reminded me strongly of the tobacco my Dad used to roll into cigars. Thankfully, after steeping the smell changed, although there’s still echoes of tobacco in the flavor. Funny, it’s a first for me to say I like this. Normally, I shy away from anything tobacco-ish, other than maybe when it’s leather. Anyway, I digress.

I understand the intention behind this tea, however it’s too drying and tobacco-y for it to be a true, chewy caramel. It’s still nice, full-bodied and rich, it’s just not the cup I wanted this afternoon.

This came from (I think) my first swap on Steepster, from Allie. Thank you again!

Flavors: Caramel, Tobacco

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

My father-in-law went through a pipe smoking phase, and though I don’t smoke or like it secondhand at all, I did love the scent of his pipe tobacco.

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When I opened the bag of Kickstarter teas this morning, this was the first I HAD to make. Yes, I special ordered this as a “Create Your Own Flavor” reward level. Why? Because I love tea, and I love Haagen Daaz Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream — a little too much. I was hoping this could replace that fix in a much healthier way.

Well folks, I must admit, it smells like my favorite ice cream. And while I wish the flavors were a bit stronger, it really IS chocolate peanut butter ice cream. I get the chocolate (albeit a bit faint), I get the creaminess from the ice cream, and I definitely get peanut butter along with a drying flavor (not feel) that I associate with eating too many nuts.

I kinda sorta wish I’d grabbed more of these now. :$

Brewed hot 200F for 2 minutes, then poured cold water over it to make just under 2L.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
Iced 2 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

I am glad it worked out :)

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drank Cotton Candy Black Tea by 52teas
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Like VariaTEA the lovely gal who shared this with me, I’m getting little out of this. I have to wonder if what she’s sent me is a re-blend, and thus why the differentiation in experiences between her and I, and many others. It’s just a slightly astringent black tea, I’m not even getting anything sweet out of it. Boo.

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

I think it might have been a reblend but I am not 100% sure. I picked it up in October, I think. I am sorry it wasn’t really anything. I had the same issue.

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drank Morning Cranky by Fru P Kaffe & The
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Bah, I messed this up royally. 30+ minute steep?! I am so sorry Angrboda, as you graciously sent me some of this, and I’ve just plain been bad. In my defense, as soon as I brewed this, the mailman delivered an order of tea…

Leaves are long and pretty, with some yellow flowers scattered throughout. Smells tropical, like a mango or pineapple maybe, very sweet and juicy. Due to the ridiculous oversteeping, it’s bitter. I can still pull out the fruit flavoring though, and quite enjoy it once I stop scolding myself.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 8 min or more 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Angrboda

I think you can be excused. Postmen provide very serious distractions.

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Standard chai spices, with a solid chai flavor. A bit much licorice/anise for me, but otherwise, lovely.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Chai Chai by J-TEA
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Weird, I thought I’d had this already, as the package was open. Yet… this is my first tasting note. Well, enjoy it, whomever I sent some to! :) This is a basic chai, nothing really stands out other than some sweetness from the cardamom. Tasty!

1.5 tsp in 12 oz.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 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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