1416 Tasting Notes

92
drank Peppermint Patty by Butiki Teas
1416 tasting notes

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
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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
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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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72
drank Detox Herbal Tisane by Simpson & Vail
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… and one more time, I’m drinking this tea. It just… helps. Maybe it’s all in my head, however I actually do feel better after drinking it, especially with this wicked headache the past few days with the massive dietary changes.

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

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97
drank Mon Secret by Nina's Paris
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I’m enjoying this a bit less than last time, however unsure as to why. Perhaps I need a shorter steeping time? It’s still delicious, just less juicy than the last time hot… more so cold. Still, it’s a lovely tea, and I’m so glad that JustJames sent some to me.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

I tend to steep Nina’s teas for about 2 minutes and that usually works out quite well.

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88
drank Super Ginger (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1416 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
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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
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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
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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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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.

Location

Vancouver, BC, Canada

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