1299 Tasting Notes

93
drank Caramel Pu Erh by Tea Desire
1299 tasting notes

Yep, again. I’m addicted. Cup #4 in less than 24 hours.

OMGsrsly

So you’re going to be ordering again soon? :) I had been hoping to grab some for you (and for me).

Pandeme

You’re really making it hard for me not to run downtown to my local Tea Desire and buy some of this.

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drank Chestnut by Adagio Teas
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I’m already well aware that I like the custom Adagio blends more than the basic teas, however anything chestnut calls to me. I literally can eat a bag of the cooked ones I find in a local Asian grocery store in two minutes flat. So, this tea appeals to me on several levels, even if I had lower-than-normal expectations.

I steeped it less than recommended as I find Adagio’s bases sometimes get bitter, fast. This definitely worked for me. Interestingly, this reminds me strongly of one of the TARDIS blends; this must be the base in it. I’m getting little chestnut however and more of a… hm. Creamy EG, with more cream than EG? Odd. Still tasty, just wondering if somehow the wrong tea was put in the wrong bag – or maybe I’m feeling more off than I thought. Holding off on rating, for now.

EDIT: Looked at the tea again; this is definitely not chestnut. Emailing Adagio now.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Dexter

LOL I like it, it reads as Chestnut to me. :))

MissB

Heh. This may well be my tastebuds… there’s just no chestnut pieces in it, as per the pics? That’s what threw me.

Fjellrev

Confession. I haven’t had chestnuts before. At least not since I was too young to remember. But I hear they’re fabulous.

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85
drank Cinnamon Roll Honeybush by 52teas
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Started this last night/this morning, and just finishing it now. Whatever was bugging my stomach last night has now moved lower on down, and while I feel better, I’m still a bit off. Going to take it easy today, knit, drink a lot of tea, and hopefully get a bit of writing done to boot. This tea? Amazing, as always. One of the few 52 Teas I’ve purchased more than one bag of.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

I hope you feel better soon, MissB!

Dustin

You just reminded me that I have a sample of this! I’m going to try it now! Feel better!

MissB

Thank you both. :)

OMGsrsly

I hope you had a good day, and you’re feeling better.

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93
drank Caramel Pu Erh by Tea Desire
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Third cup of this tonight, and this is a re-steep. Surprisingly, tastes just as good as the first, although this time I had to strain the tea through a paper filter because of all the clumpy (I assume caramel) bits — so many that they actually clogged the bag and stopped water from pouring through!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Super Ginger (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Okay Superhero of Teas. Work your magic! All I want to see is your cheap red cape, blowing in the breeze behind you as you fly away to save your next ingestor, after having saved my stomach from the perils of bad, evil food.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
TheTeaFairy

Love me some Superhero! Did he come to rescue???

MissB

Heh. It definitely helped soothe my stomach!

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93
drank Caramel Pu Erh by Tea Desire
1299 tasting notes

My bag says only pu-erh and caramel pieces in it, sans ‘natural flavor’. Regardless, this is fantastic. There are chunks of caramel in here, and it’flavors the pu-erh beautifully. I find pu-erh’s really help my stomach and get my digestive juices flowing, and thus why I’m trying this tonight… so amazingly delicious, even oversteeped.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
OMGsrsly

Why did they have to close all their local stores? Why didn’t I ever see this one on the shelf when I went in? These are important tea-questions to ask. :)

OMGsrsly

I wonder if I can convince my mom to stop into the Nanaimo store tomorrow… Ahem.

MissB

Heh. I only saw this online after I specifically went looking for it — if that helps? I’m going to go through this fast. Already on cup #2.

Fjellrev

Oh crap, I didn’t look at the pu-erhs when I was at the Edmonton location the other day. Wonder if they had it.

OMGsrsly

The Nanaimo store is apparently closed. Seriously choked. :/

MissB

What?! Argh. Well that blows. When I order more, I’ll grab you some OMGsrsly, although frankly I’ll be AWOL still in person for a bit.

OMGsrsly

I called the number and apparently they’ve moved the store. But I was on the ferry already. :) I’m just really frustrated because that keeps happening with this company.

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69

Definitely suffering from massive stomach upset, so this is in order tonight. Brewed it extra strong with two teabags for 12 ounces, and I hope it does the trick! Flavor-wise it’s basically a mint with some herbals in the background. Definitely drinking this for something other than the flavor. ;)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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92

A pound of this is on it’s way to me. That’s how much I love this. Soon to be a sipdown, unless the package beats me! Also finding that oversteeping makes it less yummy, and I like it better with just a hint of sweetener (stevia).

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec
Fjellrev

Gee, someone likes this tea haha. I regret not picking it up with my order but I’ll definitely do so next time.

OMGsrsly

1lb is a lot of tea. :)

MissB

It’s so cheap, and only available until early January… I wanted it to last the year. :P

OMGsrsly

Ahh. I might do something similar with Gingerbread. It’s about half gone already.

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92
drank Peppermint Patty by Butiki Teas
1299 tasting notes

I have this off feeling like I swallowed a piece of plastic accidentally, and now it’s stuck at the bottom of my chest. Weird.

Hoping to feel better with this tea, because (as always) it’s spectacular. Creamy, lovely, chocolatey goodness.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
VariaTEA

I got this because I LOVED Birthday Cake and that is not available anymore. The marshmallow root drew me in and I am glad I tried it because it really is great (although I do still really miss Birthday Cake :P)

MissB

I only have a tiny amount of Birthday Cake left, so I’m definitely hoarding that one. So good!

VariaTEA

A good plan indeed. It is just so tasty that I would hoard it too.

Butiki Teas

If you guys are interested in picking up larger amounts of it, let me know. From time to time I have to make more of it for my friend. Her kid loves it and I can’t bring myself to disappoint him.

VariaTEA

I would definitely be happy to buy a large amount if it meant I got to have more of the delicious Birthday Cake tea :)

MissB

Definitely interested! When I’m ready to buy more tea (and when you’re done your holiday time Miss Stacy!) I’ll send you a note.

Butiki Teas

Great! Would love to coordinate it so that I can make a batch for both of you guys and a little extra for my friend’s son. :)

OMGsrsly

MissB, count me in! I love this one. :)

OMGsrsly

The Birthday Cake “this one”, that is. I need to stop hoarding it.

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64
drank Lemon Zen by Herbal Infusions
1299 tasting notes

Unsure why I kept this out for weeks to try again. It’s the same experience as last time – too rind-y for me, and just shy of a lemon pledge -type lemon.. which is weird, considering I love lemon anything, as well as mints. There’s just something more medicinal about this lemon that isn’t sitting quite right with me. Lowering my rating a bit.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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Teaholic! Currently loving flavored blacks, greens, whites, green 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.

I own an obscene amount of tea, and am always happy to share. Just got back from a six month exploration of Western Europe, so I’ve got some pretty lovely tea that we just can’t easily find this side of the pond. Woot!

In addition to loving tea, I’m a dating columnist, nerd, and avid knitter. I read way too much, type even more, and spend my ‘free’ time exploring, playing board games, reading, hiking, hanging with friends.

Allergies: Strawberries and all grains. I’m having a mild allergic reaction to both lavender and some roses in tea, although for some reason the French seem to have figured out how to do this without making me ill. I also avoid sugar and Splenda where possible.

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