1431 Tasting Notes

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drank O'Connor's Cream by TeaGschwendner
1431 tasting notes

Yes OMGsrlsy, I’m drinking this in your honor today, after you having reminded me just how darn good it is. Also, my bag notes this is meant to be a whiskey -inspired tea – and really, it’s just bang on! Creamy whiskey is what I get from it, with a touch of vanilla. It’s thick, it’s delicious, and just perfect.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec
OMGsrsly

So good! :)

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90
drank Sweet Toffee by Tea Desire
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Less rooibos taste = less steeping time. The bits and pieces still melt. How do I know this? Because I brewed it up today with my son, who wanted a replacement for the Maple Pecan black he grabbed a bit of earlier, and so I made this with only lukewarm water. It was like liquid toffee! Tried it again just for myself tonight, and lo and behold, same result. Yes!!

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 30 sec
keychange

I’m going to try a reduced steeping time for my (very few) rooibos teas also!

MissB

I’m only going to try it for the rooibos teas that taste, well, like rooibos. I do have a few (greens, mostly) that I find are cool with longer steep times. Hopefully you have the same yummy results!

Dexter

Hmmmm this is interesting. Will have to try it – I usually use pretty hot water and long steeps for rooibos.

Roswell Strange

I love this one!

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80
drank Cold 911 (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1431 tasting notes

Interestingly, I like this more when it’s steeped properly than oversteeped. Why surprising? Because normally I like kick-in-the-pants kinda tea when I’m fighting something sinus-y. This time though, it was pleasantly sweet (I’m assuming I had a bit extra orange peel and juniper berry this time around), and a hint of cool to open up my nasal passages. Yay!

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

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81
drank Kapha Organic by TeaGschwendner
1431 tasting notes

With the help of some of you lovely enablers, I think I’ve found this tea’s sweet spot, depending on mood. You want something mellow, mildly sweet and savory? Brew it for 4-5 minutes, tops. You want something spicy to knock your socks off and heat everything up to get rid of a cold, warm up, or get going? Brew it for 10+ minutes. This one was 20 minutes or so, it’s now cold, and FINALLY I feel like I can call this spicy. Zero burning or anything, however I should note I do like my spice. ;)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 8 min or more

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84
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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Hm. This is tasting a bit weird to me tonight, likely because I’m also sipping TARDIS from Adagio, and it’s so just darn good. Creamier, too. Downgrading this tea a bit.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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89

Because, you know, I had to have some after packing up a bit for Cavo. ;)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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88
drank Maple Pecan Black Tea by Design a Tea
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So very glad that I’m having more of this tonight! Holy moly, what a different steep does to this tea.

I’m getting maple, I’m getting creamy, I’m getting pecan, I’m getting sweet. It’s really fantastic – so much so that my 6-year-old took a sip, and asked if he could “have as many sips as I want”. I said no, because it is caffeinated, and made him some of Tea Desire’s Sweet Toffee (rooibos) instead. He says it’s “ahhh.. makes me feel better – tea”.

Anyway. This is delicious! Upping the rating significantly.

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

Sounds delish!

OMGsrsly

That’s so cute!

MissB

OMG I suck! I forgot to thank Dexter3657 for this, as she sent it to me in a swap a while back. Bad me!

Also, it makes me want to peruse Design a Tea more; the concept of creating my own tea blends just plain rocks.

Nxtdoor

As soon as I see “design a tea” I think Dexter. :)

Dexter

I haven’t loved all the teas I got from them, but it’s hard to blame them when you choose what’s in it. Brian is just amazing, helpful, funny – great guy to work with. If you are at all interested in playing “mad scientist” this is a fun company to do it with. (It’s also really inexpensive – bonus!!)

Cavocorax

That’s awesome Dexter – have you ordered full size blends, or just the sample?

Dexter

I’ve ordered from them twice, both times I got full sized blends (and some samples the first time). The first time I stayed pretty conservative – regular base plus two flavors -off the main design page. The second time I dug way deep into the site and choose some of the specialty bases and added all kinds of stuff. Brian is great – just because your “dream” doesn’t fit into the drop down boxes doesn’t mean you can’t get it. I wrote almost a full page of “special instructions” and I got everything I asked for – no problems at all – fun emails from Brian to clarify. Great experience.

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drank Apple Pie Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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I finally tried some of this today. Actually, I made two cups of it, because the first was… ick. It smelled like crisp green grass (which yes, I’ve eaten), almost like wheatgrass. Much stronger than normal matcha, and just shy of chemical. Really odd smell, I must add, it’s a new one to me.

I mixed it as I normally do, in a chasen with a small amount of liquid, then adding 6-8oz of liquid, mixing again, and sweetening to taste. I want to love it, I want the flavors to just work for me, as they did for the sample I sent VariaTEA from this batch, and yet it leaves me much to be desired. I dumped it, and tried again.

Less matcha, more liquid, more sweetener. Still the icky taste is the first thing I get, although it does blend into something more palatable, and that’s the flavor I understand VariaTEA tastes – apple pie à la mode. I only found it for a second, and after a good five or six sips, I just had to dump it too.

I do wonder however if I overleafed, as I’m still feeling the rush from the matcha hours later. I rarely feel this jazzed when drinking matcha anymore.

Leaving off the rating, because I need to play a teensy bit more.

Preparation
Iced 0 min, 15 sec
VariaTEA

Oh no. I am sorry you didn’t like it.

OMGsrsly

This is a sad tea story.

MissB

VariaTEA, what are your parameters for making this? I’m wondering if this one takes less matcha. I just want to give it one more go before I send the rest off to you. ;)

VariaTEA

I use 1/2 tsp matcha in 8 oz of milk. However when I mix it, I only pour in a little bit of milk at first, then I use my milk frother to make sure the matcha and that milk get mixed together properly. Then I leave the milk frother on and fill the cup as it mixes.

VariaTEA

It is slightly chemical so it is more like store bought apple pie than homemade but I didn’t mind it. Hopefully you can get it to work for you.

Donna A

I have to agree with you. This is the first flavored matcha from Red Leaf that I’m disappointed in. I’ve tried quite a few others. I got it in robust which is how I’ve enjoyed caramel, boysenberry, black cherry, black currant, eggnog and several others others. Oh well. For now, I’m mixing it with caramel matcha and some cinnamon which makes it palatable
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OMGsrsly

I can’t believe you gave me some of your sad tea story! I’ll have to try it tomorrow. :)

MissB

Ha! I gave you some to try because (a) I’m hoping you can magically matcha-whisperer it and tell me your secrets, and (b) I thought (?) you were looking for fruit flavored matchas… which is a bit of a stretch with the pie, and yet, thought you might appreciate.

MissB

Thanks Donna! Good to know it’s not just me. I really will play with it a bit, maybe I’m missing something.

Donna A

Let me know if you discover any secrets MissB!

OMGsrsly

Haha. I do generally like the matchas. :) I’ll have to see what happens with it!

Donna A

I tried using less matcha, frothing 1/2 tsp in about 10 oz milk with stevia, similar to what VariaTEA recommended. Pretty decent. Still, I prefer the other flavors I’ve tried better. I had gotten apple pie in robust like I usually do with other flavors. Normally I’m use 1 tsp/8 oz. Anyway, glad it won’t go to waste, now that I’ve played around with it some.

Plunkybug

See, it’s that chemical taste, almost metallic, that I got with the Coconut matcha, which leads me to believe that maybe it wasn’t my fault in making it.

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81
drank Kapha Organic by TeaGschwendner
1431 tasting notes

Oh mighty spice of doom, please bestow me with your powers so that I can clear this darn sinus infection.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more
Yvonne

:( Get well soon! ♥

Fjellrev

Oh dear, I hope that clears up ASAP.

JustJames

well, then i would recommend a steep of 10 or so…. i know because i tried =0)

Cavocorax

Yay for magic tea? HOpefully?

MissB

Heh, JustJames, you should really read my last review of this, where I felt badly you were so burned by this tea, while I was still seeking out the fire. I have steeped it now 20+ minutes, and am going to take a sip shortly. I may have also quoted you in another tealog, where I had a tea that smelled like coffee, tasted like toffee, and was made out of rooibos. The trifecta to avoid for you.

Thanks all for the kind wishes! :)

JustJames

oh dear…. i am beginning to feel like quite the wuss! B POWER!

OMGsrsly

20 minutes! Hope it worked!

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92

A sad sipdown, however I will most definitely order more whenever I decide I need more Herbal Infusions. :) A tiny bit overleafed just to finish off the bag, and so delicious when it is! Juicy grapefruit with just a hint of eucalyptus to help open the sinus and feel “cool”.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more
Cavocorax

I’m not sure about the eucalyptus but this does sound interesting! I’ll have to remember it for my next order.

OMGsrsly

It’s so good, Cavo! It’s not really minty or anything, just cooling and refreshing.

MissB

Exactly! It’s surprising. I thought it might be Vicks-ish, however it’s more just a feeling of breathing cool air.

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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.

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