1696 Tasting Notes

drank Peach Tranquility by Teavana
1696 tasting notes

Super fake, like fuzzy peach slices. Super sweet, PLUS I added some honey. Not something that I’ll get again, although you never know. Sbux is now carrying Teavana teas, and apparently they don’t have many decaf options. So I might be getting this a lot in the future!

Still, I’m finding it really soothing right now. I’m feeling better than this morning, but I’m still considering another nap!

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

Feel better.

AllanK

For me Teavana has one great benefit. It is fifteen minutes away. The next nearest tea shop is 40 minutes from me.

OMGsrsly

Thanks!

I’m lucky I have a lot of tea shops close by. I happened to stop in Teavana when they still had loads of the after Christmas sale stuff, and let myself be talked into this one.

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
1696 tasting notes

I got some coconut creamer to have in some of my teas that don’t necessarily go so well with eggnog. :)

Yum. I love the fruit and bergamot together in this tea. It’s a perfect balance for me. Still earl grey, but not so in your face that it exacerbates the nausea.

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

lol – what in the world are you going to do when eggnog is out of the stores!?

OMGsrsly

Make my own! Or wait impatiently till fall. :)

Nightshifter

Haha, I was wondering about that, too, whathesaid. :P

AllanK

I have the decaf version of Paris, its good too.

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drank Ginger - Rooibos by Zen Tea
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As… an eggnog latte. Hahaha, omg. I found MORE almond noel nog stuff at yet a different grocery store today. WHEE! So of course I bought it.

This tea is really woody. I’m not sure if it’s gotten worse as it’s aged or what, but it’s REALLY woody. The ginger is pretty mild right now. Thankfully it does go pretty well with the nog. I’m getting a teensy bit of warmth from the ginger, but I really can’t taste it.

I don’t know if I’ll buy this one again, but I did enjoy it last winter.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

Ahh! I haven’t been able to find Noel Nog since after xmas, and the almond one has been gone too. The Island is NON-DAIRY NOGLESS.

OMGsrsly

There weren’t any at Safeway, but there was some Almond at Donald’s. :) Made me SO happy.

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drank Earl of Anxi by Verdant Tea
1696 tasting notes

I did this one iced, then used the last of my packet to do a cold brew. To see what the difference was, etc.

Iced, I really enjoyed the tea. It is intensely floral and the frankincense is still SO strong, even though this is an older sample (yay I get to open a new bag!). With a little honey in it, it was really thirst quenching and delicious. Which is why I tried a cold brew.

No. No cold brewing. It was spinach and flowers. So much spinach. I tasted it, sniffed it, tasted it again, and dumped it down the sink. :/

Oh well. You win some, you lose some.

Preparation
4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

Oh god, I can’t imagine experiencing frankincense in anything cold/iced.

OMGsrsly

The oolong killed the cold brew. The frankincense was actually really nice in the iced version. But I do love this tea, so that probably colours my experience with it. :)

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Yum yum yum. Strong black tea with a little soy nog in it (because I still don’t have plain milky stuff!) instead of a coffee eggnog latte.

Delicious. I really like this tea. And I will miss it.

Now to get into Outside Clothes (instead of old PJs) to go get some groceries and do some meal prep for the week. I have an idea and a plan, so we’ll see what actually happens!

(2 steeps!)

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

I almost had this instead of Malty Irish Breakfast today. :)

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drank Tea Rex by Adagio Teas
1696 tasting notes

Tea rex! Woo! Thanks Sil. :)

This tastes weird. As in, it’s fruity but it’s kind of muddled. And there’s a weird note in it that I can’t identify but isn’t honeybush or rooibos.

So reading the ingredients, it’s apple-raspberry-cherry? Weird! I totally would not have picked that out, but now that I’m thinking about it I guess that’s cherry flavour. And there’s chocolate in it? Wow. Tastebud fail. I do not get chocolate at all.

I guess the result of this one is… thank you for the tea, but I don’t really get it so I’m going to call it a no. I mean, it’s drinkable but I don’t understand why it doesn’t taste like the stuff that’s apparently in it! (And also, it’s going honeybush-sour as it cools, so that’s another point against it.)

Sorry, tea.

(2 bags in 12 oz)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

hahaha

Fjellrev

What a waste of a clever name then!

OMGsrsly

Heh. I know Cavo likes it, and I was oo-ing over the clever packaging for the tea. :)

Cavocorax

I like it but I think the kid likes it more than I do. :) Not sure I’d rec it for adults? (whoops)

OMGsrsly

Haha! That’s OK, Cavo. It was an experience. :)

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drank Tamarind Gui Fei by Butiki Teas
1696 tasting notes

Oh, this one is really nice! I do like the base tea, although my tummy’s been upset and the oolong didn’t sit too well with me today.

The tamarind flavour is really neat. I don’t really know how to describe it, just fruity and floral and tamarind-y.

This was a great suggestion on my part! ;) Hopefully the person this was a gift for likes it as much as I do!

Kittenna

Ugh, I hate when my tummy rejects tea. Mine has been a bit unhappy tonight and therefore I haven’t had much, which sucks because I need to empty some infusers so I can have different teas at work tomorrow.

Kittenna

Also, glad you enjoy :D So much better than the original blend IMO.

OMGsrsly

I totally agree! I like this base a LOT more. I look forward to having it again, and trying it iced. Unfortunately I sometimes have to be careful with oolongs. My first really bad tea drunk (I was so unpleasantly woozy!) was with an oolong!

Amariel

I can’t wait to try mine. I think it is coming soon. My friend and I are doing an exchange, and this is one she is sending me in exchange for the crapton of teas I recently sent her.

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I am a leetle overwhelmed with tea right now (again, always), so I chose this one with the help of my friend =randbetween(2, 225) (I have a couple duplicates I count as one tea).

Good, as always. I added a little more leaf than I usually do, and steeped the usual 3 minutes. I’ll get 1-2 more nice steeps out of the leaves tonight, I think. Definitely a favourite. I’m so glad I have “enough”.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 4 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Today, this is horrible. It’s probably a combination of upset tummy and new medication along with steeping this in a basket so it has loads and loads of floaties. This tea is one for a mesh strainer or tea bag, for sure.

So it’s going to be dumped. :(

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Smoked Maple Banana by Butiki Teas
1696 tasting notes

Aww yeah. I don’t usually like banana flavoured things, but since the other one I had tried (Hello Sweetie? IDK, brain has left me) was good, I thought I’d try this one.

WOW. It’s not super smoky. The banana is very present but not overwhelming. The maple lends a feeling of sweetness, although I’m drinking this black.

So far I’m really liking this tea. Yum yum yum. I’ll revisit in a few weeks/days and see what I think of it then!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Suziqzer

I’m with you in not liking banana flavored things.. yuck! I too have tried Hello Sweetie and a tea from 52teas that both surprised me. Somehow in tea it hasn’t repulsed me.. yet. This one sounds good too… I like to make whole wheat banana nut pancakes and this makes me thing of them and a good cup of coffee.

OMGsrsly

In general I prefer green bananas so having banana flavored things that aren’t too sweet or ‘ripe’ is pretty amazing. :)

Amariel

I was interested in this one, but I opted not to try it because i am not a fan of smokey teas. But the maple banana was still begging interest since I like both. In the end, I decided against trying it, but maybe I should have if it is not that smokey. Oh well.

OMGsrsly

Others have wished for less smoke, so I think it’s a matter of what you like/don’t like, and what you’re sensitive to.

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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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