1422 Tasting Notes

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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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drank Kalahari / Khalahari by Tea Desire
1422 tasting notes

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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92
drank Peppermint Patty by Butiki Teas
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Missed a handful of tealogs the other night, so I’m backlogging now.

Had a less-than-lovely cup of this the other night, and I’m hoping it was only because I accidentally both under leafed and under steeped it.

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

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90
drank Christmas Tea Vert by Dammann Freres
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This is tasting… less amazing than the first time or two that I steeped it. It’s just… okay now, although a bit buttery and fruit-like, I’m just missing anything really wowza tonight. Unsure why, I’ll have to try again soon, considering how darn expensive this tin was!

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

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93
drank Boo-Berry Cotton Candy by 52teas
1422 tasting notes

Wow. WOW! So delicious, and surprisingly so. I’ve had a bit of interesting luck with 52 Teas of late, so when an order came in today, I said… hell yes! I’m trying this.

Huge pieces of blueberries adorn this tea, and it smells absolutely divine – like a strong blueberry spun sugar, the kind you’d get at some festival that focuses on yesteryear or maybe a 60’s themed candy shop (of which yes, I’ve been to both!)

Drinking this is amazing. I’m so blown away by it. It’s light blueberry with sweet, sweet, sweet sugar attached. Far from cloying, it’s just perfectly light and airy. I may need to order more before Frank runs out of reblends.

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

Oh wow, this sounds delicious! Glad you like it so much!

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drank Soursop by Tea Time
1422 tasting notes

Pretty sure this is what I had at the newly opened coffee/tea shop just a few blocks from my place. Interestingly, it’s called Camellia yet they’re more of a coffee place, AND there’s a tea house also opening next door.

So, I wanted to try something unique, and this called to me. Soursop?! Okay. It smelled like a dark berry with a hint of sourness, however brewed it smelled more.. floral. I ended up dumping it unfortunately, as it was all floral and soapy tasting to me. I’ll have to talk to the shop owners to see if it was perhaps their first brewed tea made (it well could have been) or if this is how the tea is naturally supposed to taste.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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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.

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