1400 Tasting Notes

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Thanks to Sil for sharing this with me!

A really pretty tea, with pieces of what looks like pear and some orangish flower petals and other small flowers inside. Brewed up, it smells like pear, and has the taste of a very ripe pear… it reminds me of pear-picking on Salt Spring Island at the yoga centre, where we took oodles of pears, peeled them, and made pear-sauce out of half of them, juicing the rest in this huge hand-cranked contraption bolted to the back of a truck. Anyway. This reminds me of those pears – almost overripe, and very juicy.

I have to say that I wihs there was a better base here though, as I think this tea could really shine with something crisper.

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

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drank Turtle Cheesecake by 52teas
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Realized this had been sitting for a bit, and it’s almost gone anyway because I shared so much in swaps, so perhaps I’ll get to sipping it down this week.

Brewed at a really low temperature because I was also brewing a green at the same time, and it seems to have change little. It smells right, I definitely get caramel and a hint of chocolate in here, however I’m still missing cheesecake. Boo.

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

Still sounds absolutely delicious.

MissB

It’s… just okay. I had hoped for more out of it. Or maybe I’m just demanding! :)

Fjellrev

I found myself saying that about a lot of 52teas blends, really…

Allie

Agreed. I find many of the 52teas blends lacking, this one included. I didn’t log it yet, because I thought it was by an error on my part.

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drank Love Potion Sencha by Tealish
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Hm. Forgotten I’d tried this one already – must be how memorable it was?

I’m getting the strong smell of both blueberries and strawberries again, and this concerns me. I did get a note back saying there are zero strawberries in this mix, and yet still…

This is a muted cup, likely due to my miniscule steep time. It’s creamy, it’s blueberry (more so after the sip, and lingering) and a slight touch from the pink peppercorns. Interestingly, I have few of the blue (what I assume are) cornflowers in my bag, while the picture shows them dazzlingly everywhere.

It’s light, it’s tasty, its… missing something still, although I think I do enjoy this shorter steep time.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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78

This is my first tulsi (I think) thanks to Dinosara. Thank you for your generosity!

I had to look it up: does tulsi have caffeine in it? Oh, silly me. It’s part of the basil family. Okay, so I should technically love this. I love basil, I love herbals and/or medicinals…

I oversteeped this slightly from what I do most of my herbals, only because I was trying to get the kidlets to bed at a decent time. Well… before midnight, at least. It’s a weekend, yes, however my youngest seems to need less sleep the later he goes to bed. Kinda cruddy for me, the gal who has been working all night and sleeping all day until 4-5pm of late when the kids get home.

Anyway. To the tea! This is a fragrant blend of mostly mint and a few things I fail to place. It seems naturally sweet, slightly buttery/creamy, and has a nice minty savoriness to it. Each sip is a bit different than the last, and I’m surprised there’s rooibos on here; I saw zero in the bag, and I’m failing to taste it as well. All in all, I like this, and am so grateful to have finally tried tulsi!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec

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I have several incarnations of this, however this is the first one I’m trying. With so many high ratings, it only makes sense! :)

Steeped it low, because I’m trying to be respectful of my greens and whites of late. It smelled AMAZING out of the bag. Truly, deliciously mouth-watering blueberry cream cheese danish. I could easily pick out each of the flavors, shockingly.

Steeped, well, I was a bit disappointed. I get a buttery feel, I definitely get blueberry, and everything else is missing. Boo. It’s still tasty, however I must have done something wrong to have missed out on the other, crucial flavors here.

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

I don’t often like green tea – well actually, I NEVER seem to like green tea – but I still want to give this one a try one day.

VariaTEA

I have this as a black tea and a SBT. I always wondered how the green compared so I will keep an eye on your tasting notes to see your thoughts.

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drank Snow Fairy by Della Terra Teas
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Thank you Janelle for sharing with me this lovely cup, especially as it’s no longer available. This also happens to be a sipdown, since I had just enough for a 12 ounce cup. (434)

So Janelle put on the bag this should be steeped at 150F (really?!) and for 1-3 minutes. I only saw the super low temp after I steeped it (silly me) so I removed it just under three minutes in turn. Sigh. Wish I was paying more attention.

Straight, I got plain buttery green tea out of this. That’s it. With a touch of sweetener, I’m getting plain buttery green tea yet again, this time with a hint of something vanilla and bright. It’s a nice, pleasant cup, and I’m glad I’ve tried it, however I’m missing the WOW factor that many of you seem to have felt with it.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec
JennyFur

That tea was one of the first teas I had that I thought was just icky. I sent the rest off in a trade without tryin it again I disliked it so much. Now I see I over heated it but I don’t regret it.

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Inspired to delve into this bag again with the news it was reblended, I tried another small cup of this today. Still just as delicious as before, although I am finding some astringency as it cools, sadly.

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

Noooo, I ordered some of the reblend. I hope I won’t get the same. Maybe it’s a picky little whiny thing.

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drank Emperor's Pomegranate by CaesarsTea
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Wow. Well, this is definitely pomegranate! I’m actually a bit surprised at how juicy it is, especially as it’s cooled since I first steeped it.

Thank you VariaTEA for sharing this with me.. even more so because it’s a local-to-you tea shoppe, which is one of the favorite parts of swapping, for me.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Yvonne

Oh wow, this sounds refreshingly different!

VariaTEA

Yay! I am glad you liked it. I thought it was a pretty good blend and figured it would be something nice to share since no one on steepster seemed to even hear of CaesarsTea.

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drank Pumpkin Toffee Dragonwell by 52teas
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A huge thanks to Dinosara for sharing this with me in a swap bag I just received today. So excited!

I can smell the pumpkin in here, very much the same flavoring as Frank’s Ginger Pumpkin Cheeesecake Honeybush. This one however, I only smell the pumpkin… oh wait, there’s the flavor a few seconds after the sip. Well, I do get buttery, I do get pumpkin, I’m missing a bit of toffee, however with a touch of sweetener, that may change. A nice, light cup.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Plunkybug

Pumpkin and toffee, can it get much better? Unfortunately, I have not had the best of luck with some of the 52Teas blends. Still, always worth putting on my wish list to try.

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drank Midnight Magic by Shanti Tea
1400 tasting notes

From a gift via CelebriTEA. Thank you so much!

I’ll put this out there right now: I’m rarely a fan of florals in my tea, unless perhaps it’s a French tea. They seem to understand how to do them properly, at least to my palate. So, when I smelled this and saw the rose petals, I was… concerned.

So. It smells like oranges and it tastes like orange rose petals. Which could be lovely if you’re into that sort of thing? I’m going to pass.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 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.

Love: fruity, dessert, chai, spicy, all types of tea.

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