1114 Tasting Notes

84
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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Yummy! Wish I’d grabbed the 1lb bag instead of the sachets!

Like a vanilla hug, in decaf format. Creamy and delicious.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
gmathis

Vanilla hug. That describes it perfectly!

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drank Pumpkin Spice by Harney & Sons
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Hm. I get nothing from this, other than when it’s sweetened, and even then, zero pumpkin. I mean, it’s okay – for a free tin with my pre-Black Firday order.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec
TeaKlutz

Yeah, that sounds about right. I got rooibos with a vaguely pumpkin accent.

OMGsrsly

As a spiced rooibos, I quite liked this one. :) But I agree – no pumpkin!

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85

I’m swimming in tea. I got (almost) everyone’s tea from Black Friday sent out, save anything from Butiki (looks like it was shipped today) and Herbal Infusions order #2. Woot! 13 packages now on to their varied destinations including Canada, the US, the UK and Australia.

I grabbed this tea because I’m a huge turmeric fan, and wanted a replacement for DAVID’s turmeric tea that they’ve discontinued (and that I love).

It’s a strong smelling tea, and of course the bag is stained from the turmeric. Strong, as in it smells like butter chicken sauce to me. Yum!

Drinking it, I mostly get licorice first, then heat, a slight touch of lemon, strong turmeric, and bite from the ginger. I’d love to try this with honey, it’ll just have to wait when I have more time.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec
Dexter

OMG – you have THIRTEEN packages sent out!!!! WOW – bowing to the master of organizational skills…

Cavocorax

Yeah, that’s pretty amazing!

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93

Maybe I received a reblend, or perhaps adding some sweetener is the way to go with this tea. I’m unsure as to why my rating and enjoyment of this is so much higher than other’s experiences, and that makes me a touch sad. Because this is an excellent tea, and tastes just like a carrot cake cupcake, complete with vanilla icing on top. Maybe even cream cheese icing, depending on the sip. The spices all meld together well… very cake/cupcake-like, and definitely carrot cake. On my must-have-in-stock list now, which again, surprises me considering the low ratings from quite a few others.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Is the base really strong?

OMGsrsly

Green rooibos? Green rooibos > red.

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92

My first Simpson & Vail tea! I’m so excited. Can you tell I’m moseying (very slowly) through the Black Friday tea boxes?

Many of the teas are exceptionally fragrant in the S&V order, for those of you who decided they wanted to share with me. Which, by the way, I’ve now packed up all the S&V and have gotten it ready to mail off. Four of you still have other boxes here for me to go through; the rest will get mailed or delivered tomorrow. Yay!

Onto the tea! Really fragrant, smells strongly of minty, creamy candy canes, with an almost medicinal smell to it, perhaps because it’s so strong. Brewing it is divine, and drinking it? Oh. My. Goodness. Creamy, mint candy cane. It’s a dead ringer. Love!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 15 sec
Cavocorax

Wow – sounds like you got involved n a pretty big order eh?
This sounds really good though! I hope you enjoy the others ones too.

MissB

I’m the tea mule for us West Coast Canadians, it seems. ;) Still waiting for a few more Black Friday shipments though, which surprises me a bit. Also, the place at the border (literally called At The Border), is RIGHT at the border. Like, I wish I’d parked the car and walked over, because it’s right in between the two crossings, almost making it like I could walk, grab the boxes, and walk back to the car, without even going through customs.

Which, incidentally: longest wait to get through the border ever (coming back into Canada), but also easily explained once we got to the agent. He was a friendly sort, and when he asked about my job, he then grilled me for holiday gift advice for his wife. Looking forward to writing about that one!

OMGsrsly

Ha! That’s funny. :) If you find a place to park in Canada that doesn’t require you to drive through after, let me know. The Duty Free store says you have to go into the US after going into their store, IDK how true that is.

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94
drank Lemon Meringue Rooibos by Tealish
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Ah, I’ve been hoarding this for reasons I’m still confused by. I can always re-order it, so why would I hoard it?

Anyway. Made a cup up earlier tonight, and it was, as always, absolutely delicious and divine. Smells and tastes identically to a lemon meringue pie.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

Yum! I will have to remember to go to Tealish and try this when I am back in Toronto.

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78

Of all the 52 Teas blends, this was the one I hoped, prayed, that Frank would reblend. This is how, in my insanity that was Black Friday (NINE boxes of tea right now, NINE), I ended up cracking this one first.

This smells really… odd out of the bag. I was a bit concerned, only because it’s hard to put my finger on it. Sweet dirt, perhaps? Not a bad smell, almost like some pu-erh I guess. Just… odd.

Drinking it is okay, however I’m grasping to find much other than cheesecake (fairly prominent) and a teensy bit of peanut. I can smell chocolate after steeping, and there’s a bit of it on my tongue with mouthfeel. Sweetening it definitely gave it more punch, and more chocolate, but then I’m stretching for the cheesecake and the peanut.

I do like this, I may just need to play with it more to get the steeping directions right. Overleafed purposely (1.5 tsp/cup).

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Weird, I wonder if the sweet dirt comes from the flavouring or the base, Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake is just about one of the greatest tea flavouring ideas.

MissB

Maybe when I’ve had a bit of sleep I’ll be able to place the smell. I mean, it’s not a bad smell, it’s just nothing like what I’d expected. His other honeybush blends definitely don’t smell like this… thinking of Pina Colada particularly.

I grabbed one of the make-your-own blends in the Kickstarter project, and chose Haagen Daaz Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream as mine. I can’t wait to try that either, even though I know it’s similar (yet not the same) as this. I also asked for extra peanut butter flavoring. Frank said he could do that.

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67

I suspect this comes from somewhere else and gets repackaged, although I have no idea where; this is where I purchased it from however.

A pretty straightforward vanilla rooibos, with a hint of something caramel in there after a few sips. I wanted more hit-me-in-the-face flavor, and it’s just okay.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more
Tea Sipper

It looks like a tea than zentealife carries.

OMGsrsly

Everywhere carries something similar. Pearl Drops also has one, but it tends to be quite caramelly/boozy.

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81
drank Kapha Organic by TeaGschwendner
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Ooh, I got more the spice today out of this than last time, which makes me love it more than before. I loves me some spice, especially in my teas that (I think) are meant to get things moving! Great for cold winter mornings, or when I want things to start moving around in my sinus area.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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70
drank Chocolate Chai by Tea Desire
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Why did I rate this so highly before? It’s a strongly flavored anise/licorice chai, with little chocolate in it. I still quite enjoy it, however it’s no longer as spectacular as I thought it was. Reducing rating.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec
Fjellrev

Damn, this one seems to get mixed ratings. I’m curious to smell it in the store.

MissB

I can send you a sample if you’re far from a store. Very licorice smelling, with a bit of chai spices. I’ll have to try it again soon to see if maybe I did something wrong. Initially, I loved this.

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Teaholic! Currently loving flavored blacks, greens, whites and 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 (like Laoshan Black, any of Verdant’s chai’s and Whispering Pines’ Mint Chocolate Chip). Missing living near a tea shoppe that offers a lot of options; other than DAVIDs a few blocks away, I’m buying most of my stuff online. Still, I have more than two cupboards devoted to tea, and a ridiculous amount of it!

In addition to loving tea, I’m a dating columnist, single mom, nerd, and avid knitter. I read way too much, type even more, and spend my ‘free’ time either running, swinging kettlebells, or hanging with friends.

I love tea swaps, and will gladly swap anything I have that I have enough of to share.

Allergies: Strawberries and all grains. I’m having a mild allergic reaction to both lavender and some roses in tea, and thus I’m avoiding these for now as well. I also avoid sugar and Splenda where possible.

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