1416 Tasting Notes

98

A sad sipdown from a stash that CelebriTEA shared with me. I oversteeped this (purposely) and still it’s amazing and delicious. Needed something with elderberry in it to help kick another cold, and this was the first, albeit the most delicious, that I could find.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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80
drank Cold 911 (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Made a cup of this as soon as the shipment came in this AM. What can I say? Even though I live within walking distance of a DAVIDs, I’m so swaped with work right now and had a discount coupon for online only, I decided it was faster/easier to just order online. This was my biggest haul, and one I’d yet to get into my cupboard.

Came at the perfect time, too. I’ve been struggling with sleep, and I find the less sleep I get, the more susceptible I am to an actual cold (instead of this general stomach ick I’ve had for the past few weeks now). I woke up early this morning with what felt like the beginnings of a cold in my sinuses. I’m clear, I feel okay, and yet… it’s like there’s something back there, clogging up the joint.

So, Cold 911 to the rescue. I’d drink my beloved Clari Tea from Whispering Pines, however it seems to be AWOL somewhere in the US still, weeks after shipping. Cold 911 does the trick – I feel like it’s getting stuff moving, or at the very least, culled into shape.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

Well hopefully it is successful in stopping anything before it starts.

Kamyria

Oh, I hope whatever it is, it got stopped in its track… :)

OMGsrsly

Fingers crossed you stay healthy, and the stomach ick disappears too. :/

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64
drank Peppermint Bark by 52teas
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When I brewed this as the kids went off to school, it smelled delicious. I however still needed to sleep, so I had a sip and then put it on the counter. The brief sip I had was nice, surprising. I could definitely get the mint and the chocolate, although it was just too hot to enjoy.

Now, it’s cold. Very, very cold. I’m cool with that, because it’s like a syrupy sweet chocolate mint thin. It’s still a bit thin, and I think I should overleaf it in the future, as well as continue steeping it at a lower temperature. This is good… I just need to find the sweet spot to make it amazing.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

I was very tempted to buy this one when I saw it but honestly I think I typically like the idea of chocolate mint more than the taste. I am glad you are enjoying it though. Plus it is always nice when a tea is still good, or better, after it cooled.

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92

Double leaf this one, I dare you all! It’s amazing. Like syrupy, sweet juice that’s still light and refreshing from the faint eucalyptus. Amazing! Had this yesterday, however I think I may need some more now.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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59

Too much rooibos, missing the kind of flavoring that I love. Any flavoring, really… I just got almonds out of it. Which is cool and all, however the predominant flavor I got (when I had it, a few hours ago) was rooibos. Boo.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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93
drank Caramel Pu Erh by Tea Desire
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Just had to have another cup of this tonight. A bit less amazing than before, until the bottom of the cup. ;)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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90
drank Sweet Toffee by Tea Desire
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This smells like coffee, has a whallop of rooibos, and tastes strongly of toffee and caramel – so basically, I need to avoid sending any of this to JustJames! :)

For anyone missing that trifecta however, I do strongly recommend this tea. There’s zero rooibos flavor, and just toffee caramel deliciousness. Huge thanks to Roswell Strange for reviewing it, just in time for me to order some along with my beloved Caramel Pu-erh.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Suziqzer

Sounds like yum in a cup…

Yvonne

Mmmm, sounds wonderful!

Roswell Strange

I enjoy this one a lot :)

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73
drank Kalahari / Khalahari by Tea Desire
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This smelled an awful lot like rooibos out of the bag, and after steeping, which concerned me somewhat. I can still taste rooibos, which drops it down a few notches for me. I do get orange right off the bat, although it smells strongly of lemongrass to me out of the bag. I’m missing any chocolate anything, although perhaps I’m comparing this to L’Automne by Fauchon, which has the chocolate right at the front of the sip. This is okay, and I’ll be good finishing it off, however I doubt I’ll order more.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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80
drank Pina Colada Honeybush by 52teas
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I so wish I’d grabbed more of this when it was available. I find this really delicious, and would drink it more often if I weren’t trying to hoard it until the next (hopeful) reblend.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 45 sec
Suziqzer

Sounds like one to grab for summer time when he does reblend it. Do you think it would be good iced?

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89

Dammit, I love this tea. Really, truly love it. I dunno why I gave it such a low rating before, because I’ve been craving it… so much so that I had a cup very, very late last night, be damned the caffeine! So incredibly delicious. I’ll have to order more of this when I (eventually) run out. Also made me want to try the other TARDIS I have, that one the TARDIS (Blend) by Cara McGee. Sadly, I’ve yet to find it in my out-of-control stash. Upping the rating.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

Oh man. This tea is SO GOOD. I’m saving the second packet you gave me, but IDK why. Maybe I’ll have it in the morning. If I remember.

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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).

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Love: fruity, dessert, chai, spicy, all types of tea.

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