1458 Tasting Notes

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This one is another quite sour, rather acidic fruity tisane. Unfortunately, it makes my tummy upset, so I’ll be giving away most of what I have left to a friend who likes the sour fruity ones.

The strawberry and apple flavours mix really well with the vanilla, but the sour acid flavour unfortunately ruins it for me. I had high hopes for this as a hot tea, but I think it might do best as a cold infused iced tea. I’m keeping some just to try the other brewing method out.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I think I figured out why I don’t love this tea – it’s the chocolate flavour again.

I ran out of David’s Birthday Cake, and had to order more online because the local shops have been out of it for a few days. I’ll drink this one in the meantime, but I definitely prefer the intense dessert flavour of the birthday cake.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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This smells SO gingery, it’s amazing.

I was drinking a tea with hibiscus (That wasn’t supposed to have hibiscus in it! ARGH!) and it was making my tummy upset, so I decided to try this one. I’ve added a little honey to it already while it’s steeping, since my favourite ginger “tea” is essentially a boatload of grated ginger and lots of dark brown sugar, with maybe a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Steeped, this is making my eyes water. In a good way! I mostly taste ginger, with a bit of a kick in the aftertaste from the pepper. It’s not as strong as just grating a boatload of ginger into a pot and boiling it with sugar (haha), but it’s really tasty. This is definitely something I’ll stock in my cupboard.

I didn’t pour all the tea in my pot, so the rest of it is going to steep till I remember about it and go back for it. I hope it gets ridiculously gingery.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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73
drank Amandine Rose by Teavana
1458 tasting notes

I had this today after a study session at the mall. I’m actually quite surprised that I like it, considering it has rose petals in it. The flavour is strongly almond, then cinnamon, then some floral. I had it unsweetened with almond milk.

I’m not sure I’d buy the tea to make at home, but it’s a tasty option available close to school.

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

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drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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Just drank my last bit of Birthday Cake, and since my BFF is going shopping later, we’re going to swing by David’s Tea to get more!

Om nom nom.

Still: So incredibly sweet due to the sprinkles and ice cream bits. I will probably also get some Creme Brulee, because dessert teas with no caffeine are awesome.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Buccaneer by SerendipiTea
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Inspired by Kittenna I decided to have a cup of this tonight, before I turn to wine or gin. It’s so good! The chocolate and vanilla flavours go so well with the coconut, rooibos and black tea. Yum!

As per usual, I’m drinking it with a tiny bit of (unneeded) honey, and some soy creamer. Next I think I’ll have a G&T to help me get through this calculus and the other readings I have to complete today.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
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Hmm. I’m still not convinced about this tea. It’s nice, but something about the vanilla flavour rubs me the wrong way I think.

Today I did a 30 second rinse, then a 1 minute steep. I strained it, but I think I need to use one of my finer strainers, as there are lots of wee bits of green in the bottom of my cup. I’m going to try another steep, but my hopes aren’t up. As I ended up with 60g of this, I’ll work on drinking it all up (and maybe try to give some of it away!), but definitely won’t repurchase.

(Edit: Ok, I like the second steep much better, as the oolong comes through a bit more. Maybe I’ll just call it “two rinses” and try it that way next time.)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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There’s a Teavana in the mall that one of my classes is in (I know, a legit university in a mall… so weird!), so I popped in the other day to pick some of this up for work. It’s perfect because I don’t need to stock any additives, it’s sweet but not ridiculous, and I can just leave the bits in my mug until I’ve finished drinking it.

I really like the flavour of this one, and I think it’s the lack of hibiscus that really makes this tea taste better to me than David’s Strawberry Ginger.

(The ingredients on the Teavana website are different than those on the tea page. Apple pieces, rosehip peels, apple slices, strawberry slices, strawberry pieces, marigold petals, citric acid, flavoring (strawberry, lemon, lime). Maybe they also use a different strawberry flavour… who knows.)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more
gmathis

My son graduated from the mall last spring :)

OMGsrsly

I was supposed to actually graduate from the mountain last spring, but then I ended up having one more class that’s only offered once a year, and in addition to that I was ‘conned’ into a second degree by an adviser. :) Sweet freedom this spring!

gmathis

In our case, it was high school; made necessary by a tornado that flattened the campus—temporary quarters for juniors and seniors at what used to be a Shopko.

OMGsrsly

Oh wow! That’s incredible that they managed to find space and make it work. This university was an addition to the mall, along with some office towers. Pretty interesting, as it’s quite open and the food court smells up all the classroom. I don’t deny that it was needed, as the mountain has limited building space and there were some problems with designing the expansions on the main campus, but it’s really odd taking classes in a mall.

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drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
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While I love the flavours of chocolate and orange with puerh, it turns out that I am not a fan of chocolate “natural flavour” in my teas. Once I’ve finished what I have, I think I’ll be mixing up some of my own, with dark Callebaut and dried orange zest.

(Terry’s Chocolate Oranges result in a face similar to the red one on the rating chart…)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Black Dragon Pearls by Tealux
1458 tasting notes

Pretty tasty black tea. It’s especially fun to brew this in a clear container, to watch the leaves unfurl.

Like most black teas, I’m drinking this with honey and “creamer”. The flavour is deep, but not extremely strong. I used 5g of tea in 12 oz water, which is pretty standard for me now that I have a scale.

It’s not bitter, not too astringent, and actually tastes pretty good without the additions. The second steep is also delicious, but I can’t be bothered to try a third – I’d rather move on to a different flavour profile.

I’m not sure that I’d go out of my way to keep this tea in my cupboard, but I’m definitely enjoying what I have, and if I do another order from Tealux this will make the re-order list. Unfortunately, I can’t imagine needing to order more tea for many, many months at this point.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 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.

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