1400 Tasting Notes

88
drank Super Ginger (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1400 tasting notes

It’s only fitting that my 500th tasting note is with this superhero of a tea, right? I mean, I drink it more than any other tea in my cupboard of late while trying to bite whatever stomach issue my body seems to want to hold onto.

As always, this is tasty, to the point of being syrupy ginger in liquid form, and I’m quite happy with that.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Roswell Strange

Yay! Congrats on 500!

VariaTEA

Congrats on 500 MissB!!

sherapop

Good show, MissB!

OMGsrsly

Yay 500! Hope you start feeling better soon.

MissLena

I drink this tea so often as well, love it! Happy 500 notes!

Fjellrev

w00t 500! Hope you’ll feel better soon.

Veronica

Congrats on 500!!!

Kamyria

Congrats on 500, feel better!!

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79
drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
1400 tasting notes

Had a cup of this last night. For whatever reason, the oiliness was offputting, when normally I quite enjoy this. Also, I wanted it thicker, and it just seemed thin and oily. Sigh. Ended up dumping most of it.

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

All that melted food (as in many of the Teavana blends) kind of gets to me too…

Plunkybug

I like to overleaf this one a bit so it is thick, but I have had it thinner and I know what you mean…it is not the same.

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81
drank Kapha Organic by TeaGschwendner
1400 tasting notes

When I drink this, I call this tea, “The Tea That Burned JustJames” because it was so darn spicy. This is the first time, in the however many times I’ve had it, that I too have found it spicy. Really spicy!

I need to mix this bag a bit better, methinks. I still love it, even more so with some sweetener.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Lala

That sounds like a horror movie, The Tea that Burned. Ha ha

MissB

Heh. A fun one, like Cabin in the Woods!

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72
drank Detox Herbal Tisane by Simpson & Vail
1400 tasting notes

Had a cup of this last night/this morning – which of course means 9:00am today as my last night, and 2:30pm today as my morning. Ha!

Been feeling out of sorts again, and have a sneaky feeling I’ve been somehow eating gluten/grains by accident. So, I’m going to the other route and detoxing, which started with this tea, and then moving on to a super high fat diet to get back on track again.

This tea definitely helped clear my head and my body of whatever was plaguing it last night/this morning. It still tasted mostly of licorice, however I’m cool with that.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Suziqzer

Oh no… I thought you were on the mend.. Hope you get feeling better soon!

MissB

Thanks, me too! :)

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93

How does this resteep? This resteeps?! Oh my goodness, this resteeps. Yay!!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Suziqzer

Loves resteeps & looking for a good root beer for son & Hubby, & who knows, maybe I’ll like it iced in the summer. Gonna have to try this one…. Going on my shopping list.

Courtney

Haha this note is awesome.

gmathis

I realize I won’t be able to replicate the professional blend, but you’ve got me wanting to try this with my homebrew ingredients.

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92
drank Peppermint Patty by Butiki Teas
1400 tasting notes

Another cup of absolute creamy, buttery, fluffy deliciousness.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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93

Brewed it hot, drank it cold, and literally gulped it down as fast as I could. Delicious!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
TheTeaFairy

This tea was a surprise to me, didn’t expect to like it as much!

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92
drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
1400 tasting notes

This may well be my first Mandala tea, so I wanted to go big with the first try.

This is one multi-faced tea. I’m only on steep one, and already I can tell this will be a nuanced experience with each sip. Almost all of my sips are dark cocoa, which is interesting because I just had some 90% dark chocolate, and both the mouthfeel and taste are almost identical. It kind of reminds me of the texture of coffee, although it’s been so many years since I’ve had anything even remotely coffee-like (if I do drink it, it’s always espresso-based, which is a very different experience for me than drip). Regardless, this is thick in flavor, rich in taste, nuanced and multi-faceted. I look forward to many more steeps, to see how it evolves.

EDIT: Okay, so how do I do re-steeps? New tasting notes? It is a new cup of tea. And yet… same leaf.

Steep 2: 9 minutes, only because I forgot about it. A bit more cocoa, something sweet as well, really sweet. Surprisingly sweet. I want to say caramel, but it’s thinner and more candy-sweet.

Steep 3: 19 minutes, again because I forgot about it. Really thin now, which always ‘tastes’ odd to me in a pu-erh. Cocoa notes are all gone, and now it’s more earthy and sweet.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

Oh man! I’ve had this for about a month (and it was the only one from Mandal I could justify ordering) but I haven’t tried it yet. I really need to make time for it where I can re-steep it and enjoy it…

ifjuly

It’s so intense! The chocolate-iest pu erh (granted I’m no expert in them), and one of for tea in general, I’ve had.

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84
drank Chandernagor by Mariage Frères
1400 tasting notes

Brewed at a really low temperature because I had a green going as well. Surprisingly, this is the first time I’ve had this, even though it’s one of the more expensive teas in my cupboard, and I’ve shared a fair amount of it with Steepsterites already. I saw OMGsrsly’s note the other day on this though, and thought to myself, “I should really try this!”

I also think her review was perfect. With a touch of sweetener, this is just like candy. Delicious, creamy, sweet, chai candy.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

Oh, now I want a cup! But not at 1am. :)

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86

Yep, just as delicious as the first time. Bang-on Irish Cream flavor, minus the heaviness and sugar of the real thing.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Wow, I pretty much brushed past this one because I thought it would be a let down.

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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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Vancouver, BC, Canada

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