1422 Tasting Notes

Steeped up my last bit of this, and was having problems identifying the lingering toasted/charred flavour. Almost like roasted chestnuts, but without the sweet creamy nuttiness that makes the flavour delicious.

Oh. Oolong. But definitely not a green oolong at all.

If it weren’t for this aftertaste, I’d really like the tea. It tastes cake- or pastry- like, and was really good with a little milk.

Thank you for sharing, Shmiracles! :)

(1.5 tsp in 12 oz)

Flavors: Cake, Roasted, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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So strong. So good. If you like kick-in-the-pants teas, or have a fondness for CTCs, then find this and try it. This version is barely bitter, with a touch of that cardboardy assam-isness. Takes milk SO well. I would call this a comforting, easy tea… although you do have to be aware of the short steep time. Steeping in paper would add a papery taste reminiscent of bagged tea, although the tea flavour is so much nicer.

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Flavors: Malt

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is what I drank all day. A travel cup in the morning, a thermos at work, more at home. I kept the “leaves” (aka cinnamon chunks) and am resteeping to top up my pitcher.

#captivated

And here I was thinking I wasn’t as into DavidsTea anymore.

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2014 Version of the tea.

I did it. I bought 100g. Then I looked at the size of the pitcher packs, and came home and made a pitcher of iced tea. 16g tea in 1L water, 2-3 tbsp sweetened condensed milk (not that sweet, could add more), and poured over THREE trays of ice to fill the 2L Takeya pitcher. What.

It’s good, but underleafed. I wouldn’t be happy with this tea if I got the pitcher packs. Much better yesterday with 5 tsps tea to 1L final product iced. That’d be ~23-25g of tea for 2L final product, and really close to the 3 tbsp I usually use. This is where Teavana has it right, recommending about 1/4 cup (4 tbsp) for one of these pitchers. While that’s more tea than what I’d use, pouring it over more ice and drinking it on a hot and melty day… it would be pretty close to perfect.

Moral of the story: I should buy loose, not pitcher packs. Overleafing is better. Sweetened condensed milk is awesome in “creamy” teas. Tea, tea, tea.

Also, neener to Sil.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

Booooo on you! Keep it up and I’ll. mail YOU half my cupboard

OMGsrsly

Uhh, please no. My numbers are still higher than 250. I don’t need more tea.

Sil

i need to save like there’s no tomorrow now… so my cupboard should steadily decrease until august…i hope.

OMGsrsly

Drink ALL the teas. :)

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drank Redberry Tonic by DAVIDsTEA
1422 tasting notes

Went into DavidsTea after work to get 100g of Root beer Float. Mmm… I was thirsty, so I got this favourite to go. Delicious as always. A little sweet, a little tart, delicious iced.

I might need a tin of this one as well, this summer. Iced tea is delicious.

Sil

stop it. stop stop stop it.

VariaTEA

I got this and found it too tart hot. That was before I tried cold brewing though so I may need to revisit this blend and see how it does iced. Now that I bought the ice tea mug, I can get it as one of my $1 refills.

OMGsrsly

LOL, Sil. :) I like a little tart in my cold brewed teas, I’m finding. Not a lot, but a little is nice. I do prefer it cold brewed, but I’ll take it hot and over ice if necessary.

Cavocorax

I actually like it so long as it’s cold!

Roswell Strange

I have a tin of this one for cold brewing :)

Sil

La la la la la la I can’t hear you guys

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drank Tourbillon by Dammann Freres
1422 tasting notes

I wouldn’t call this a fruit tea, it tastes more like the chestnuts and biscuits to me! Maybe a little bit of floral fruit, but I added cream which can take down flavours like orange blossom.

So delicious.

I would like more, please and thank you.

hearts to Shmiracles for sharing it with me!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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This is the new one from Summer 2014. It’s not labelled as organic, I don’t think, and the ingredients are in a different order. Also, safflower isn’t listed on their website or on the tin, but it’s obviously present. The girls in the store emailed for clarification on that one. There’s also lemongrass in the Cherry Snowcone. So.

Anyways. I made this iced for myself and my BFF. 2 cups of tea, added 2 tbsp sweetened condensed milk, and then topped up to 4 cups with ice.

SO GOOD.

I do taste the cinnamon and vanilla, for sure. But the root beer flavouring they use is fab. Not quite a soda, not quite a float, but something delicious anyways. :) Highly recommend. I have a feeling I"ll be getting a tin of this.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Root Beer, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
VariaTEA

A giant tin perhaps?!?

Sil

i hate you guys lol

OMGsrsly

No, I think just 100g. I do like the s&v one as well though it’s not so creamy, and the Butiki one. :)

Roswell Strange

Blerg. I need to empty a tin out for this one but nothing is quite at sipdown level that I’m ok with parting with. And I totally can’t afford the closet space for a new tin…

OMGsrsly

Just… get a bag. Or two. Or three. :D

oddree

Root beer & condensed milk iced tea – wow, sounds so good!

OMGsrsly

Iced milky teas = awesome, I don’t really think it matters what the flavour is as long as you like it with milk. :)

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While this chai is pretty good, it does not compare to the classic masala of Chandernagor by MF. This one has all sorts of different flavours that all try to work together, but it’s just not working so well for me this morning.

It’s – dare I say – too complex.

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

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drank Chaud Les Marrons! by Lupicia
1422 tasting notes

Yay! I have this tea again! So awesome. :D I love the flavours so much. (50g! WOO!)

It’s more like roasted chestnuts that you get on the city streets in the winter. There’s a bite to the flavour that tastes like the roasted shell. So awesome. The tea itself is a little thin this morning, but the water was cooling and I was lazy, etc. I’m also drinking alongside some Welsh Cakes I made last night (baked because, again, lazy) which are surprisingly rich for a dry-ish biscuit. What a great (late) breakfast.

Thanks for enabling me, Sil, and sending me this and those delightful samples. :)

(In other news, I’m dressed up for work today because I’m interviewing people. OMG, some of these applicants are SO terrible. Others are SO annoying. I applaud anyone in HR who does this sort of thing for a living.)

Flavors: Chestnut, Roasted, Sweet

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
Amariel

It’s a pretty good tea, right? I like it a lot.

Sami Kelsh

Chestnut tea and Welsh cakes? That’s living the dream, right there. Mmmm, baby.

OMGsrsly

It was so good! And now I’m drinking a resteep of this tea, which although more roasted-shell flavoured than sweet nut flavoured, is delicious.

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drank Bolder Breakfast by The Tea Spot
1422 tasting notes

Seriously, Steepster? THREE copies of this tea? Isn’t that a little excessive?

This sample is from Sil, and I kinda hate her for it. This is sooooo good! Rich, a little earthy, chocolatey. YUM. I could probably stand to steep it a bit longer, but since it’s a puerh blend I can try that in a second steep.

How do I get more?

;)

Flavors: Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Earth

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

Talk to Terri heh

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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.

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