1349 Tasting Notes

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drank Lime and Ginger Sensation by Twinings
1349 tasting notes

I’m sure I’ve had this at least a few times in the past five months, but regardless, same experience as before. Oversteeped, it’s more lime than ginger, and I want the ginger, dammit! Mind you, people who don’t like ginger seem to pick it out well with this one, so maybe I’m just picky.

Flavors: Ginger, Lime, Smooth

Preparation
1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Liu An Gua Pian Green Tea by Teavivre
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Wow. This is.. wow. I actually thought it was a black until I grabbed the bag to log it – it tastes surprisingly like a Yunnan. Really, really enjoyed it, and wish I had a bit more.

So… I can picture who I got this from, I’m just so horrible with handles…. please forgive me, lovely Canadian I had tea with in Edinburgh, and did this tea swap with! (I know your real name, just not going to say it here).

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Packaged a bit up to send off yesterday, and wanted to try it (finally). Really, truly beautiful leaves, and smells absolutely divine. My crop seems to be more of a malty, rich, creamy batch than anything fruity – I discern zero fruit, but there are a lot of layers to this. Something to definitely savor and re-steep… which will have to wait, as I need to go send out some packages and then grab a plane.

Flavors: Creamy, Honey, Malt

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML
Michelle Butler Hallett

Ohhhh, that sounds good. I adore Yunnan teas.

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drank Tribute by THE O DOR
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Hm. A nice tea, but nothing terribly extra special about it. Not sure what the hubbub was about? Perhaps I steeped it incorrectly.

Having a cup before packing the itty bitty bit left up for Dinosara, and realizing I never drank this when it came – nor did I note who it came from! Argh. Likely OMGsrsly or Ysurella. Either way, thank you — I’m finding tons of great tea from the both of you now that I’m home!

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

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This was literally beyond belief in-store, at Covent Garden in London. Just brewed it now – thankfully I wrote down it’s a white tea and brewed it at a lower temperature – and it’s just okay. I think it was heavily, HEAVILY sweetened in-store, and I just haven’t done it up as much. Or, that because there are so many bits and pieces to this tea, it’s something I need to brew larger quantities of to get everyowthing in there.

Does it taste like white chocolate? Kind of. It’s creamy and whatnot, a bit of white chocolate -ish, but.. nowhere near enough.

Flavors: Butter, White Chocolate

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML
Nattie

I know it’s a different shop, but the Whittard’s in Newcastle never sweeten anything. They have sugar you can add to the samples if you want it! (:

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Hm. Loved this in Europe, not so much at home. Perhaps brewed at too low of a temperature? (I let the water sit a bit before using it). Took quite a bit of sweetener to get the peach to pop this time around, and even then, it was really drying. Hm.

Flavors: Drying, Peach

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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85
drank Mon Premier Thé by Fauchon
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So with the “proper” conditions, this really is a must-try tea. A touch sweet, with varying degrees of chocolate, I definitely get the raspberry in every sip. Sigh. Yes.

Flavors: Chocolate, Raspberry

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML
TeaNTees

Ooo this sounds indulgent!

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Grabbed this at a Kusmi store in Paris, and thought it was Kusmi until I tried putting it into Steepster. Uh.. okay, so similar branding, different company? Got it.

The smell in the tin was divine, so I thought, why not, I’ll grab a tin… you can only buy a tin of this. Sadly, I couldn’t bring the tin home. Brewed up it’s okay, but I want more flavor to it. It’s really, really subtle. Might be lovely as an iced tea, like Sil suggested? It’s just that blueberry isn’t as yummy as I want it.

Fun fact: blueberries are called bleuets in Québec, but myrtilles in Belgium, France and Swizerland. This led to a heated debate between me and a Starbucks employee in Grenoble, France, trying to figure out just what those blue things were a the muffin.

1.5 tsp in 12 oz. water, 185F for three minutes.

Flavors: Blueberry, Coconut, Drying, Soap

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

“Blue things in the muffin” LOL!

OMGsrsly

Oh that’s so funny. :) And yes, Quebec/Canadian French is quite different.

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85
drank Hot Tropic by DAVIDsTEA
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Had two large cups of this tonight, one right after the other. Both were a bit astringent and drying, needing some sweetener to pop… interesting.

Flavors: Astringent, banana, Drying, Pineapple

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 8 min or more 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Gawd, I love this tea. Not as much as previous incarnations, but still better than 90% of the tea I’ve had.

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Teaholic! Currently loving flavored blacks, greens, whites, green rooibos blends, straight blacks and greens, and have a long-standing adoration for herbals/medicinals. Dessert teas top my list along with anything cocoa-y.

I own an obscene amount of tea, and am always happy to share. Just got back from a six month exploration of Western Europe, so I’ve got some pretty lovely tea that we just can’t easily find this side of the pond. Woot!

In addition to loving tea, I’m a dating columnist, nerd, and avid knitter. I read way too much, type even more, and spend my ‘free’ time exploring, playing board games, reading, hiking, hanging with friends.

Allergies: Strawberries and all grains. I’m having a mild allergic reaction to both lavender and some roses in tea, although for some reason the French seem to have figured out how to do this without making me ill. I also avoid sugar and Splenda where possible.

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