1429 Tasting Notes

drank SBT: Orange Creamsicle by 52teas
1429 tasting notes

I hate it when a picture is missing from a tea, so I always try to do a screen capture and add one. This time, it seems a bit messy. (Boo). Hopefully when Frank gets a chance he can change it.

Anyway. This is my second attempt at steeping one of Frank’s SBT blends. I really, really wish they came loose so that I could parse out the amount I wanted, as there are few 2-quart containers in my neck of the woods. I will definitely message him to share this, as I think I’d buy more if I could measure it, instead of getting one huge tea bag.

Anyway. Steeped it exactly as shared on the bag: 3 minutes, then added cold water to fill my Teavana glass pitcher. I found it a bit weak, and am going to let it sit in my fridge overnight to really cool. I did notice that as the small amount that I poured for myself cooled, the black base was less apparent, and the orange took over. Initially, all I got was cream and black base.

Also, a question for all you experienced SBT-ers, or at least those experienced to cold steeping: should I leave the tea bag in the water overnight, or use it again for another steep?

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

When I make it, I cold steep the bag for 15-16 hours. However, I only every cold steep them so I am not sure how the flavor would change using a bag that has already been hot brewed and then iced.

VariaTEA

What other SBT did you make btw?

MissB

I’m blanking out as to which one I made, as it was a while ago. We left it in the fridge too long, so it was icky by the time I got around to drinking it. :(

VariaTEA

Oh no. I am trying the last of my SBT teas tomorrow morning and then I will be placing an order for more. I figured I should try what I had so I knew what to restock.

OMGsrsly

LiberTEAS cold steeps overnight, then hot steeps to get the most out of them. Check out their reviews. :)

OMGsrsly

I have to admit, they are tempting. If you’re going to order more, MissB, might I tag along?

VariaTEA

OMGsrsly, I was going to offer to add some to my order for you and then realized that may not be the most effective plan given we don’t live nearly as close as you and MissB. However, if you are only looking to get a couple to try some, they are pretty flat and could probably pass as letter mail and therefore not really cost anything for me to send them to you. I will probably be ordering tomorrow evening so if you want me to add anything, just let me know :)

OMGsrsly

Ooo. Let me go check!

OMGsrsly

UH OH. Eggnog honeybush? Too tempting.

VariaTEA

Haha. I was tempted by that too. But I don’t know if I want 2 oz of it. Mostly because I don’t know if I would like it. Although, no one does honeybush like Frank.

MissB

Heh. I’ve got a LOT of Frank’s stuff on the way from the Kickstarter, plus the new ones. One just showed up now, it was somehow held in transit for weeks. I grabbed eggnog, and will pass along some to both of you if you’d like. :)

OMGsrsly

I’d really appreciate that, MissB!

I have to admit the cart I built (Malted Chocomate!) is only $40. Tempting to just buy. Are all the SBT caffeinated? I don’t see any honeybush ones.

VariaTEA

They are all black teas…I think.

VariaTEA

And I just wish someone had reviewed the eggnog honeybush so at least there is something to guess how the tea tastes. I may just cave and order it anyways. I have a nice balance on my paypal account that can go towards my order.

I am also debating the Pineapple Angel Food Cake. It was so tasty the first time I had it but the second time around I was not that impressed. The fear that I won’t be able to have it again is pushing me towards getting it even though I am not sure that I would want so much of it.

OMGsrsly

Hmm. Umm. I might just order now and ship to MissB. hides head

VariaTEA

haha. I think you should go for it.

OMGsrsly

Ok, ok… Let’s see. Oh no! It worked! Haha. MissB, you should be expecting a parcel for me…

VariaTEA

What did you end up getting??

OMGsrsly

Too much! LOL. Rootbeer Float, Butterbeer, Strawberry Zabaglione, Honey Ginger, Almond Milk (?!), Gingerbread Smoke, Eggnog Honeybush, Malted ChocoMate. Oh boy, oh boy. :D

VariaTEA

Haha. My cart right now is sitting at about $50 and that includes 13 diff SBTs (multiples of a couple) and the Pineapple Angel Food Cake. I made the mistake of looking through the Available Now and I am currently debating the Eggnog Honeybush, the Cinnamon Roll Honeybush, and the Frankenberry (but only because I saw it has Marshmallow root). I think I have a problem…

NayLynn

I have not had any SBT yet but have wondered for a while if you could just cut the tea bag open and get what you needed and repackage the rest. Is there a reason this would not work?

OMGsrsly

I don’t think there’s any reason why that wouldn’t work. They’re just a little more expensive than the loose teas – $12/2oz rather than $8.99. So if there’s a flavour offered loose, I’d probably just get it that way.

OMGsrsly

I wish I could just ‘like’ your comment, VariaTea!

NayLynn

Thanks, that is a good point about the difference in size/value. The main one I would get is sold out in loose & ya’ll are funny

MissB

I have a huge amount of Cinnamon Roll Honeybush, I love it that much!

NayLynn, I could easily cut the bag open, I just think I’d enjoy it more/more often if I was deciding how big my container is to cold steep, and then going from there.

OMGsrsly, sounds good!

keychange

Yeah, I wish I could cold steep smaller amounts also. I don’t even want two quarts. Because hello! I need to cold steep in my mason jar!

OMGsrsly

Both the containers I picked up are “two quarts”. One is actually 2 quarts, but the other is way closer to 3. I’ll probably keep that one for herbals as I prefer cold steeped tea to plain water.

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I have, maybe, one serving of this left. That’s what I get when I share so much and forget to try a tea! :)

Wanted to try something woodsy and earthy today, because that’s what always seems to make me feel better. This definitely fits the bill – as with most of Whispering Pines’ blends, I get a campfire, hiking feel, with sweet notes of marshmallow and graham cracker in there. The chocolate is almost there, I have to reach for it though. Honestly, this tastes like I’d dropped my marshmallow smushed between two pieces of graham cracker, dropped it in some pine needles next to the campfire, put it back on the fire, and then ate it.

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

Great description!

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72

Sigh. Forgot there’s zero chili in here, or at least chili that I can taste. Just when I really needed the chili! :) It’s still a creamy chocolate tea, so I recommend it for that, however anything spicy is completely missing from the blend.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Yvonne

Sounds a lot like the same problem Davids has with their Chocolate Chili Chai.

MissB

Bleh. Really? I have some of that too. Probably better if I just pass it along then. Thanks!

OMGsrsly

Psht. Just add a pinch of chili flakes and steep. :D (And then don’t get it again.)

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98

A sad sipdown from a stash that CelebriTEA shared with me. I oversteeped this (purposely) and still it’s amazing and delicious. Needed something with elderberry in it to help kick another cold, and this was the first, albeit the most delicious, that I could find.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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80
drank Cold 911 (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1429 tasting notes

Made a cup of this as soon as the shipment came in this AM. What can I say? Even though I live within walking distance of a DAVIDs, I’m so swaped with work right now and had a discount coupon for online only, I decided it was faster/easier to just order online. This was my biggest haul, and one I’d yet to get into my cupboard.

Came at the perfect time, too. I’ve been struggling with sleep, and I find the less sleep I get, the more susceptible I am to an actual cold (instead of this general stomach ick I’ve had for the past few weeks now). I woke up early this morning with what felt like the beginnings of a cold in my sinuses. I’m clear, I feel okay, and yet… it’s like there’s something back there, clogging up the joint.

So, Cold 911 to the rescue. I’d drink my beloved Clari Tea from Whispering Pines, however it seems to be AWOL somewhere in the US still, weeks after shipping. Cold 911 does the trick – I feel like it’s getting stuff moving, or at the very least, culled into shape.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

Well hopefully it is successful in stopping anything before it starts.

Kamyria

Oh, I hope whatever it is, it got stopped in its track… :)

OMGsrsly

Fingers crossed you stay healthy, and the stomach ick disappears too. :/

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drank Peppermint Bark by 52teas
1429 tasting notes

When I brewed this as the kids went off to school, it smelled delicious. I however still needed to sleep, so I had a sip and then put it on the counter. The brief sip I had was nice, surprising. I could definitely get the mint and the chocolate, although it was just too hot to enjoy.

Now, it’s cold. Very, very cold. I’m cool with that, because it’s like a syrupy sweet chocolate mint thin. It’s still a bit thin, and I think I should overleaf it in the future, as well as continue steeping it at a lower temperature. This is good… I just need to find the sweet spot to make it amazing.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

I was very tempted to buy this one when I saw it but honestly I think I typically like the idea of chocolate mint more than the taste. I am glad you are enjoying it though. Plus it is always nice when a tea is still good, or better, after it cooled.

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92

Double leaf this one, I dare you all! It’s amazing. Like syrupy, sweet juice that’s still light and refreshing from the faint eucalyptus. Amazing! Had this yesterday, however I think I may need some more now.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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59

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
1429 tasting notes

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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drank Sweet Toffee by Tea Desire
1429 tasting notes

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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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.

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