1431 Tasting Notes

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This was a bit off for me this time around, not sure why. Still malty, a touch astringent, deep, rich, and yet… off. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it just wasn’t what I wanted. Boo.

Flavors: Astringent, Malt

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

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80
drank Melange Laduree by Ladurée
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Still a soft and gentle, creamy bergamot/earl grey sort of concoction. It’s not a LOVE LOVE, but it is a really nice, soothing, lovely tea that I can dig into. For whatever reason I hoard it though – I really just need to drink and enjoy it. :)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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93
drank Thé Chaï by Thé de Cru
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Silly B, you bought this (around) this time last year while in Montreal, yet never drank it!? Oh yes, because you couldn’t – you sent it back to yourself from Montreal, to Vancouver, before you headed off to Europe. Yes, of course. Still! :)

So, finally trying this tea. The leaves were stunning, and smelled deliciously chocolately, with long spindles and great art to each one – I spent some time just enjoying them as I tried to make them fit into my teaspoon. They didn’t.

Saw a few rose petals and cardamom in the mix, not sure what else. It is a beautiful, subtle, very French chai though, one that I’ll savor a long, long time. It’s creamy and malty, a touch sweet, lightly spiced and with a hint of chocolate. It’s very, very good… I may have to give Chandernagor a taste today to compare. I think this one might win…

Flavors: Chocolate, Creamy, Spices

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

Oooo neat!

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87
drank Vanilla Citrus Spice by Verdant Tea
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Somehow, I steeped this for 16 minutes – and it’s still really tasty if a bit astringent. I feel icky that I didn’t give it the love and attention it deserves. In my defense, I was working on something creative that had me instantly focused and in the zone. Still, it’s no excuse, I need to be more present, and that includes (especially) with steeping my tea.

Regardless, this is a chai-like, chocolate-y aroma-d, subtle vanilla-y tea. It’s nuanced, although again, likely not the best description or depiction based on my ridiculous oversight.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Spices, Vanilla

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

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75
drank Ginger Beer by DAVIDsTEA
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A surprisingly similar Ginger Beer flavor, even without the fizz (although i could see it being eery if it was made as a tea pop). I liked it, but didn’t LOVE it, perhaps it was just a bit too sweet and apple-y for me, which I’ve learned I’m not much of a fan of in my teas or juices.

Flavors: Apple, Ginger, Sweet

Preparation
1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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84
drank Kashmir Chai by Pekoe Tea Lounge
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Still one of my favorite chai teas, likely because of the green tea base, and well, the spices kinda rock. It’s not as good as say, the Kashmire Chai in Edmonton (that you can only buy there), or even Chandernagor (MF), but it’s still my go-to. I’m a touch surprised I have any left.

Flavors: Cardamon

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Reki275

Where in Edmonton do you get the exclusive Chai that you mention?

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84
drank Ginger Pu'erh by Look Organic Tea
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Oh, yes…. as a lover of all things puerh and ginger, this tea hits the spot. Nothing life-changing, just a solid tea that makes my tummy happy and my soul soar.

Flavors: Earth, Ginger

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80
drank Puritea by Look Organic Tea
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Really pushing it with this tea, having it twice within a few days of one another. I’m on a massive purge – mostly energetic, a good part physical, and definitely emotional as well – and this tea helps. Plus, it doesn’t make me sick. Or, if it does, I’m embracing it now, and allowing my body to let go of whatever it needs to, using this tea as a method to do so.

As with last time, I notice the mouthfeel of this tea – it’s buttery, almost (not quite) oily. Really odd, really fun, really interesting.

Flavors: Butter

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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86
drank Toasty Almond by Tealish
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I have it on good authority that this is the source for, um, another tea with the exact same ingredients over at DAVIDs. Shh. It’s still yummy, and I still love it.

Found this at Chapters of all places, and immediately grabbed it. Tealish has been hit or miss for me – I loved Lemon Meringue so much, I grabbed almost a pound of it, but their macaron fell flat – so this was a risky choice. Well, for a few bucks.

I saw the ingredient list and say – hey, wait a minute. I know another tea with exactly the same stuffola. So I ask… and yes… same tea. Shh. Really.

What about the tea? It’s amazing oversteeped/overnight/cold brewed, and reminds me of a cinnamon bun every time I have it hot. Ultimate indulgence.

Flavors: Almond, Cinnamon, Sweet, Toasty

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

nice to see you around darling

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80
drank Eugene Breakfast by J-TEA
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Uh, so… oversteeped, this is still drinkable. (For 20 minutes…) It’ll never be my all-time favorite due to the smoky notes, but it’s a decent pick-me-up and really robust, flavorful, almost coffee-like (zero coffee, I assure you) and thick.

Buh-bye Eugene, it was nice to have you around a wee bit.

Flavors: Smoke, Thick

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
OMGsrsly

Hello! Lovely to see you around. If you need anything, please let me know. I have, umm, plenty of tea. ;)

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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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London, England

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