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1165 Tasting Notes

I haven’t had a kick-in-the-pants assam for a while.

This is that tea.

So good. So assam-y. Tasty with cranberry honey and almond milk.

I’ll need to try it plain at some point, but wow. Strong teas to have at breakfast err, brunch. I’ve MISSED you.

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

The additives sound wonderful!

OMGsrsly

This is a super fruity assam. I have plum jelly in the fridge that would be fantastic in it too. :)

TheTeaFairy

Oh, never heard of cranberry honey, sounds interesting…

OMGsrsly

Muahahaha.
http://www.honeybeecentre.com/honeybee-products/infused-honey-spreads/cranberries-infused-in-honey-500-g#.Uw1jHM7EFi8
http://www.honeybeecentre.com/honeybee-products/pure-honey/liquid-honey/cranberry-honey-500-g#.Uw1jLs7EFi8
I have both kinds. The one with cranberries in it is better with fruit teas, and I also recommend putting it into the basket so you don’t have floaties. :)

Courtney

Oh cranberry honey.

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80
drank Honey Lavender Rooibos by Tea Time
1165 tasting notes

SMELLS SO GOOD OMG.

I might put more chamomile in it because this is going to be an evening tea for me for SURE.

And actually, it’s really nice. It smells a lot like DavidsTea Honey Bee, which can be cloying (although it’s delicious and caffeinated). Taste-wise, it’s quite mild. I can taste the rooibos and some sweetness from the chamomile. The lavender is surprisingly faint, which is perfect. I was concerned it would be soapy.

The honey taste is more of a smell/evaporating off the tongue type taste than any sweetness or extra flavour during the sip. I think it’d be really nice sweetened with a wildflower honey. I’m just having it with a splash of almond milk tonight.

Yum. Glad I decided to pick this one up instead of another caffeinated tea!

(PS. Tea Time also sells some Mountain Rose Herbs blends. Like Fidnemed. Which they were sadly out of. Super excited to find it locally, though.)

PS: 1024 made me giggle.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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I had this while I was out today, because I’m cold. It wasn’t bad for a hibiscus based herbal. I had it with honey. The blackberry flavours were a nice alternative to the usual herbal offerings (orange, lemon, chamomile…).

It hailed the saddest, teensiest hail on us today. Like little seed beads. But we walked, and went into the forest, and that was nice.

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London Fog from Cafe Artigiano. Made with a ‘Russian Earl Grey’. This time ‘Russian’ means ‘orange’. Not bad, although the syrup makes it really sweet and I forgot and just got regular dairy. Oops. :)

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drank Alphonso Mango by Lupicia
1165 tasting notes

Thanks for the tea, Dinosara!

So it looks like I severely underleafed it. 3g for 5oz water? What?!

Water Measurement: One 5.0fl.oz (150ml)-cup Amount of Tea Leaves: 0.10oz(2.5-3g) Water Temprature: Boiling water Brewing Time: 2.5-3min.

Oh well. It’s pretty tasty, although the base is stronger and more bitter/astringent/less smooth than I thought it would be. It smells like the Chime Mango Ginger Chews… I don’t really get ginger from the taste.

I kind of hate to say it, but I almost like the over-flavoured TWG Alfonso Mango tea better. The base was smoother, even though it tasted like I was drinking perfume for that first steep.

Thanks for the opportunity to try this, Dinosara! I’ll use the last bit of the packet with their directions, maybe it’ll work out better for me. :)

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

I don’t know if I ever follow Lupicia’s directions, haha. And yeah, some of their black bases can be a bit harsh. Bet this one would be good cold, though.

OMGsrsly

2 minutes might be better, and yes. I think it’d be a fabulous iced tea. :)

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88
drank After Dark by Steam Tea House
1165 tasting notes

Oh so good. With almond milk and 1/2 tsp maple syrup tonight.

Om nom nom.

Both dehydrated and cold this evening, so I’m probably going to have one more gigantic mug of tea before going to bed with a large bottle of water. :)

(10 min at boiling. Might just resteep this one as the chicory is good for that.)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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80
drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
1165 tasting notes

So long, Birthday Cake. I might see you or maybe your cousin Creme Brulee around some time…

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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80

Mmm, so good. It’s a little thin feeling today, but I was eyeing the coffee in my cupboard (latte!) so that might be why.

Definitely making a latte next.

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

Do you add anything to this, like milk or sugar?

OMGsrsly

I did both today. Usually I just put fake milk or creamer in it. The stuff in the tea is sweet enough for me.

Fjellrev

Cool, me too. Grab some half and half and I’m a happy camper. :)

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80
drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
1165 tasting notes

A complete 180 from the last tea. I didn’t quite finish the mug of that one due to the sour really coming out. A second steep is in the fridge chilling.

So. Birthday Cake. Sweet enough due to the sprinkles and ice cream. Very very sweet vanilla. Rooibos.

I only have one cup left, and I’m kind of glad. The dairy bits in the tea make me really sad, so I might end up moving on to Creme Brulee and its dairy-free-ness.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Thank you for the sample, MissB!

This tea is a hibiscusy mess. I knew it would be going in (and it’s only a mess because it’s not my favourite flavour). The ginger shines through in flavour and heat. The orange is discernible. I suppose the elderberries add sweetness, but I needed honey. Wow, did I ever.

I looked up the tea on their website rather than flipping the package over for steeping instructions. 1/2 tbsp for 5 min, OK I can do that. I had just over 1 tbsp in the bag for a big 16 oz mug. And then after I added the water and put down the packet, I noticed it said “1 tsp per cup”. So yeah. Let that be a lesson or something.

If you like hibiscus and ginger, this could be for you. It would be fantastic iced, for sure. I might do that with the second steep. Sadly it’s just not for me. The ginger is amazing, but the hibiscus is just too much for me without a spoonful of honey, and I’m trying to avoid that. :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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