1422 Tasting Notes

80
drank Eugene Breakfast by J-TEA
1422 tasting notes

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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80
drank Puritea by Look Organic Tea
1422 tasting notes

So, my body and I (up until now!) have had a love-hate relationship with oolong tea. I don’t know why, no one has really ever explained it to me, I just know that if I drink oolong – even without knowing it – I get sick within a minute. Violently nauseous, usually.

Someone along my path suggested I drink more oolong, because the reaction was flushing impurities out of my body. Bah. I resisted. Screw that.

Well, now in my new being, I’m saying yes. I’m trying everything. If it hurts, it’s painful, it feels weird or just “new”, I’m leaning into it. Sitting with it. Seeing how it feels. Playing with it even! So far, I’ve had massive breakthroughs because of it, albelt… well let’s just say I’ve had more change, and dramatically so, in the past few months than my entire life combined. And it’s mine. I own it. I’m also proud of it, and of me, for my courage.

So, this tea. I knew I had to try it, so I grabbed a cup. Just a cup. I knew i’d have to give it a few go-rounds before I could move on to other teas… but I had to really sit with this one. “Crap, there’s senna in it?” said my resistant brain. My mouth however said, “Cool, I’ll try it”.

I really enjoyed this (novel-worthy) tea, although I can’t remember why exactly. I just know that when I finished it, as I returned home from the library, I still hadn’t gotten sick.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

Hey you, good to see you around!

Sil

yay!

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78
drank Exotic Escape by Look Organic Tea
1422 tasting notes

Delicate, very fruity (even unsweetened), with only a touch of floral – just the way I like these kinds of “tropical” greens. Definitely one i’ll enjoy again, although nothing I’d go bonkers over to have in my cupboard. Just, solid.

Grabbed a mini-package of this in-store, as I try to stop in every time I hit the downtown public library. Fitting for my first review in what feels like ages…

Flavors: Flowers, Fruity, Green

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

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62
drank Just Peachy by DAVIDsTEA
1422 tasting notes

Really had to search for this one through the entire DAVIDs catalog on here because it wouldn’t show up in search. Sigh. It’s just… okay. I can drink it easily, but it’s far from a favorite like, say, Hot Tropic.

Flavors: Peach

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

the way davids teas don’t really sort of kinda show up but not really in the search drives me nuts. not surprising there are a bunch of duplicates in the non capitalised versions.

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45
drank Shirley Temple by DAVIDsTEA
1422 tasting notes

I used to drink Shirley Temples when I was a kid like little else – it was my “treat” whenever I visited my mom at work. So, even though it’s been a while since I’ve had one (I occasionally still order one), this isn’t at all what I love about a Shirley Temple. Nope, nope, nope. There’s waaaaayy too much hibiscus, not enough cherry realness, and just… nope. Fizzy tis might work better for me (as a tea pop), but… nope. Did it iced, and, nope.

Flavors: Artificial, Cherry, Hibiscus, Tart

Preparation
Iced 4 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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85
drank Cashew Turtle by 52teas
1422 tasting notes

Iced, and, well, old.. this is nowhere near as amazing as when it was in it’s heyday, but it’s the first 52 Teas from the former company that still tastes palatable. Creamy and chocolaty even, although not a lot of nut going on other than some dryness. Still, a lovely iced tea treat!

Flavors: Chocolate, Creamy, Drying

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

Have you been going through your older bags of 52 and finding them stale? I just dumped the rest of my tiramisu oolong because it had gone stale and flavorless. Guess I better check the others. :(

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86
drank Chilli Kiss by T2
1422 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
1422 tasting notes

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
1422 tasting notes

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
1422 tasting notes

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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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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