1416 Tasting Notes

86
drank Chilli Kiss by T2
1416 tasting notes

I think I prefer this tea iced! The chili really comes through in the cold brew, almost (not quite) as much as Kapha from TeaGschenwnder. I’ll always remember JustJames’ “the burn! the burn!” from that one, and this is… similar. Hot steeped I didn’t get nearly enough spicey chili from this, but this cold steep? Divine. Perfect. Exactly what I wanted.

Flavors: Creamy, Peppercorn, Spicy, Thick

Preparation
Iced 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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87
drank Rootbeer Float Black Tea by 52teas
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Um… so… not sure why I tried this, but it sounded like a good idea at the time. Made it iced, I knew it’s an old, old batch (likely two years old), I’ve had issues with all of the older 52 Teas tasting like cardboard. Sadly… this also tasted like cardboard. Root beer flavored cardboard, alas, not for me.

So hard to find this tea on here (didn’t think of spelling it this way).

Flavors: Cardboard, Cream, Root Beer

Preparation
Iced 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
Dustin

That is about what I got from the butterbeer. :/

MissB

Yep, I’m about ready to pitch the whole lot of it, and that’s a LOT of tea. :(

Sil

can’t wait to try the new improved blends from liberteas!

Liquid Proust

This sounds like a tea my brother would love

silvermage2000

What a nice review. This sounds really good.

TeaNTees

I had this today and mine was bereft of any root beer flavour whatsoever. :(

MissB

I think hot most of them have lost their flavoring, but cold it’s still coming through (thankfully). Still, cardboard. :( Sil, I agree!

Dustin

The 52teas Tiramisu tea that I loved so much has lost all it’s delicious flavor. :( I’ll have to try it cold brewed and see if it is salvageable that way.

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73
drank Pina Colada by Tetley
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Another one that I’ve had iced now, and I enjoy it considerably less than the Bellini from Tetley. (Iced: threw tea bags in a pitcher of purified water and left it overnight).

There’s something oily about this one, and I can’t put my finger on it. Coconut, perhaps? No idea, but I can see it in the brew, as well as feel it when I drink it. Almost like the consistency of peach juice, or castor oil… which I’m sadly quite familiar with and not terribly fond of.

Not getting a ton of pina colada out of this either… maybe a tropical type fruit, with some coconut oily in here. Sure, I’ll drink it, it’s definitely not going to waste, but it’s something I won’t stock up on again.

Flavors: Coconut, Olive Oil, Thick, Tropical

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 16 tsp 68 OZ / 2000 ML

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79
drank Bellini by Tetley
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Gosh I love this stuff. Made up a huge batch iced (just threw in teabags into purified water and left it in my fridge overnight), and with a touch of sweetener, I guzzled it down like it was candy from the Universe. Truly, yum! Upping the rating, just because it’s more of a junk food tea than anything soul-infusing, yet still, I’ve reached for this often the past few days.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 16 tsp 68 OZ / 2000 ML
Marzipan

Huh, I don’t think I have ever seen this here.

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84

Oooh, this is tasty. Not quite spicy (heat), more like spicy (flavorful and smooth), with a hint of chocolate and a tiny bit of kick from the … cinnamon? Yes, I like this tea very, very much. Even more so that it came straight from Galway, for less shipping than I ever thought possible.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Spicy

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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87

Grabbed this while in San Fran last year, just now getting around to trying it. It’s one of those whites that brews up like a black (thick, chocolatey, full-bodied brew) yet is still light and refreshing. Likely my favorite kind of white tea, other than maybe something fruity that’s brewed up cold.

Flavors: Chocolate, Creamy, Sweet, Thick, Vegetal

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

i love those sorts of whites…really interesting

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83
drank African Chai by Justea
1416 tasting notes

Hm. I like this tea – it reminds me of the amazeballs Kashmir chai in Edmonton, but that one is SOOOOO much better – yet it’s got a weird flavor to it that I’m just not digging. I think it’s partially one of the spices (too strong – and that’s saying a lot for me, I love me my spices) plus the floral/rose is a bit too heavy for my liking. Really, the French should teach EVERY TEA BLENDER IN THE WORLD how to use flowers in tea. For the most part, they’re the only ones where I can even tolerate flowers.

Having said all that – I do like that there’s a bit of kick and spice to this, some minor heat. It’s actually burning my tongue a bit (again, I love this) but it’s just too much, uh, flavor. Like, dial down the nutmeg or something, maybe cloves. It’s just too much.

Flavors: Clove, Nutmeg, Rose, Spicy

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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87
drank Pu-erh Vanilla Mint by Zen Tea
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Ah, this tea. Normally a comforting cup of pure pleasure, I decided I wanted to try all my “vanilla mint” combination teas, to see if I could find a replacement for Twining’s Buttermint (which truly is divine for a cheapo bagged herbal – but only available in the UK and some parts of Europe).

This isn’t a replacement, sadly. It’s still lovely – creamy from the vanilla without really the flavor, cool from the mint again without the flavor, a bit earthy from the puerh, a bit rugged and windswept… this is kind of like the Fabio of tea, all smooth and sassy yet with an outdoorsy, bearded edge. Yep, I think this’ll do. :)

Flavors: Earth, Mint, Smooth, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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52

Nope, nope. Dunno what’s with this tea, but it’s more of a fake weird chemical orange than anything. Nope. Buh-bye.

Flavors: Orange

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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81

Had a cup today before packing up the rest – blew it though by oversteeping. Ah well.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more

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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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