1429 Tasting Notes

93
drank Thé Chaï by Thé de Cru
1429 tasting notes

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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80
drank Puritea by Look Organic Tea
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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
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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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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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