1461 Tasting Notes

Oh. Mah. Goodness.

Another one from Bear With Me. Thank you!

It’s so good. Extremely fruity, not too rooibos-y, and divine with milk just like I was told! It’s like nicely ripe plums, how when you smell them they are a little tart and a little floral and a little almost-alcoholic. Kinda like that.

I’m super happy this ended up being the “weird and non caffeinated” choice. :) Thanks!

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Plums, Tart

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Bear With Me

Woo! glad you like it! I’m a bit addicted actually.

Janet has some of the BEST flavoured rooibos blends! She’s not a fan of rooibos’ flavour, so that probably helps them taste so good, haha!

She says hi, by the way :)

OMGsrsly

:D Hi Janet! I’m so glad that she’s not a fan of the twiggy flavour, because it’s making these teas taste less same-y, if that makes sense. There’s a bit of base to keep them similar, but they don’t just taste of rooibos.

(I really have to make it over to the Island and visit and tea shop.)

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gasp! I had to add this tea myself! Hey, Bear With Me, do you have any additional info on it? :)

This is actually really nice. It’s a rooibos without being too twiggy. I think there might be stevia or something in here though (Maybe blackberry leaves? Or strawberry leaves? IDK, it’s weird.) because I’m getting that weird sweet lemony aftertaste. Haha. Kind of weird with pumpkin pie.

Oh, and the flavours! I can actually taste pumpkin and it’s not completely overwhelmed by spices. It’s blowing my mind.

It’d be better without that weird lemony aftertaste, but I am enjoying it and will happily finish the bag. And heck, as a pumpkin tea that tastes more like pumpkin than the spices, I’d probably even repurchase this!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Bear With Me

Yeah….I haven’t had time to write any notes on what I’ve been sipping lately with the new blog! Too busy answering trans* related questions and junk.

The bag only says organic rooibos, pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin, and I know she uses natural flavouring with no sulphates and junk. It’s brand new this fall and she’d JUST put it on the wall as I walked through the door! As for the leaf, I wonder if it’s from the pumpkin plant itself? She doesn’t use stevia, I know that much. She can’t consume it and she doesn’t use anything she can’t have!

I freaking adore her, I’ve been spending way too much time at her shop lately :P

OMGsrsly

It’s really nice! If I have time tomorrow I’ll call and ask what the green bits are. :)

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Eeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you SO MUCH, Bear With Me, for the teasplosion! :D

So excited. This tea is SO GOOD and I have a whole 50g of it.

I also have 4 (FOUR!) new rooibos blends to try, one of which is plum, and smells fantabulous.

So yeah. I came home, got the perfectly sized package (no really, it fit in my tiny mailbox), and immediately put the kettle on. This is Tea 1, but I shall be having a Tea 2, and possibly also a Tea 3. :)

Just as good as I remember, especially since I added some milk. Creamy orangey goodness. No wonder I always refer to it as “Janet’s Special Orange”.

Flavors: Malt, Orange, Orange Blossom, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Fjellrev

Oh yeah, this one is gorgeous. I need to pick up more.

OMGsrsly

It is SOOOO good! :D

Bear With Me

and it came from a fresh batch! Just put out before I walked in :D Only the best from Janet’s!

OMGsrsly

I still need to try it as a latte. I think it’ll be fabulous. Oh, and maybe to flavour ice cream. Hmm…

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drank Earl of Anxi by Verdant Tea
1461 tasting notes

I don’t have this tea often, but that just makes it even more special when I do.

Multiple random steeps tonight as I unearthed my printer, organized some CDs a friend gave me when she moved (“some” = close to 200! I need to start listening to them, before I end up with a computer that has no CD drive!), and then printing a new pattern to make some athletic shorts. http://www.fehrtrade.com/shop/827/duathlon-shorts-pattern I’ll be doing something in between the booty and biker shorts.

Anyways, this tea. I love it. It’s so delicious. Yes, it’s floral. Yes, it’s green oolong. Yes, it has some weird spiciness from the frankincense. Combined, I like it a lot. :)

Flavors: Floral, Green, Jasmine, Sweet

gmathis

Salute to your sewing skills! That pattern looks a little more complicated than I could handle. (The only practice I get these days is straight seams and mending.)

ashmanra

I sew only a very little, and sometimes I say what what we call “sewing words.” I can’t sew around children…

OMGsrsly

Most of the sewing I do is straight seams, gmathis! :) But putting the pieces together is a puzzle I don’t mind. (I’m at the point where I make most of my clothes – simple blouses and tshirts, straight skirts and 1/2 circle skirts. I buy pants!)

I say similar words, ashmanra. :) It’s why I sew mostly simple things. I have plans for a dress and jacket but I’ll go very slow on those because I’m more likely to make some catastrophic error.

gmathis

Someday I would like to refresh my quiltmaking skills…we don’t have many that my mom made that made it through our disaster unscathed.

OMGsrsly

Oh, homemade quilts are the best. My gramma made me one and filled it with hand-carded wool. :) It’s just plain pink flannel and pink poly scraps, but since the wool can’t be washed I’ve always used duvet covers with it.

gmathis

That is one special quilt!

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A mix of Carrot Cake and Chicory Dickory Dock (both DavidsTea) with some cream.

Yummers.

It’s quite warm today, but this just feels right. :)

I also had Numi’s Chocolate Puerh this morning, and it was all right. Not fabulous, but it performs well as a work tea.

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Latte.

YES.

This is so good as a hot latte!

Just a couple servings left, and then I’ll have another empty tin! Whee!

(2.5 tsp / 16 oz)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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91
drank Royal Abkhazi by Silk Road
1461 tasting notes

Mmm…

MMM….

I totally forgot how good this is. Really mild Earl Grey with vanilla in it. So delicious. I used 1 tsp in 14 oz, and it’s good enough for me. Sadly, brewing Silk Road teas the Silk Road way means that they last forever and I still have loads of all of them in my cupboard.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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This is another one of those never-ending teas! Thank goodness, since it is a favourite.

Drank it with a tiny bit of sugar added, while painting my nails. Or, well. Attempting to paint my nails. And then I remembered I didn’t have any acrylic paint left so I couldn’t finish the manicure but that’s OK. Just the sponging took for-freaking ever. http://instagram.com/p/s5v4tAR5Ay/ The nail on my middle finger is honestly even. It curls as it grows, which annoys me.

The tea is as delicious as usual. Yet another I should drink more of, but I continuously reach for black teas without thinking. Maybe I should organize my cupboard by steeping temperature? Then I could set the kettle, and pull down a bin. It’d be faster than choosing a tea then setting the kettle!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Anlina

Nice manicure! Nail polish is my other obsession, though it’s been ages since I’ve made the time to do my nails.

It’s almost a good thing that tea doesn’t last forever, or I’d have as much tea as I have nail polish and no one needs that much of anything.

OMGsrsly

Thanks! I’ve finally found a base coat that works for me, so I can actually do my nails and they’ll only start chipping on day 3 or 4, instead of being half gone the next morning. I also have a gel kit, but removing it with acetone just kills my nails.

Fjellrev

Beautiful! I’ve been going a little crazy on nail polish these past few months but haven’t gotten into trying any of these techniques. It does look very time-consuming.

OMGsrsly

I really want a dotting tool so I can do polka dots. That seems fun, and like it wouldn’t take too long!

Fjellrev

Yeah, that should be pretty straight forward. I’d consider getting that striping tape maybe too. But for now I’ve been too lazy for that haha. Just toppers and that’s it.

Anlina

I used to have a base coat that worked fabulously for me, but my body chemistry has changed and now it makes my nails peel, so I need to do some experimenting.

You can use a toothpick or the tip of a pencil as a makeshift dotting tool, and scotch tape works well for masking – just touch the back of it with your finger a few times to make it less super sticky.

I really love colourful french manicures. One of my favourites was a black nail and tip with a white line dividing them, and then red on the underside of my nails, though it’s been ages since my nails were long enough to pull that off.

I’m feeling very inspired to do my nails now. Maybe that’ll be on my to do list for tomorrow.

OMGsrsly

I’ve been sucked in by textured nail polishes. I keep buying more when I see them on sale! I think they’re so neat, although annoying on the toes as the texture catches the sheets.

OMGsrsly

Thanks for the tips, Anlina! I’ll have to play around a bit more. :)

Anlina

I have one of the pebbly nail polishes but it’s untried at the moment. I think it looks very cool, but I’m extremely neurotic and I’m pretty sure if I do put it on I’ll be touching my nails constant from the moment it’s dry till the moment I remove it.

OMGsrsly

That’s why I like it! :) It’s very soothing to me.

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drank Coconut Oolong by SOKO Tea House
1461 tasting notes

So busy at work = not drinking much tea, but definitely double-fisting the coffee. (Gosh that sounds bad.)

Now that I’m home for the weekend, I’m making burgers with cream sauce and steamed spinach for dinner, and this coconutty oolong caught my eye.

It’s so good. It’s weird, because often I think, “Coconut? Nah. Too overdone.” But then I have this tea and I forget about all the other teas that coconut is in. It’s that good. :)

Hi tea frens. I’m back, at least for a couple days.

Flavors: Cake, Coconut, Flowers

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Sipdown (yay!). While I really liked the herbal notes in this, I’d prefer it without the oolong. This last cup, which was mostly tulsi, was really nice. :)

Thank you for sharing, Dinosara.

I don’t think I’ll be wanting this again. I have a bunch of my favourite tulsi tea, and I think I’m happy with that.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Black teas are my favourite, although I do drink the occasional green tea. I am exploring herbal and fruity teas for summer icing and winter evenings, and oolong and pu erh are new and exciting… although I do not like a tea that tastes mostly of seaweed.

No: Spearmint or peppermint, licorice root, gluten (cookie bits, wheat, rye, barley, I’m OK with oats)

After sending my first box to the USA, bubble-envelope swaps are where it’s at.

When I rate, my ratings are based on the little faces, and depend on what face I make when I sip the tea! :)

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