1427 Tasting Notes

drank Juicy Blueberry by Zen Tea
1427 tasting notes

Cold brew! Delicious. I don’t have much left, which makes me sad. I’ll have to restock at some point!

(HI TEA FRIENDS! I am busy. Bought the CUTEST CAT FABRIC for a dress. Also fabric for hiking pants. WHEE.
http://lizzyhouse.squarespace.com/sustainablyhappyblog/2014/1/24/catnap-dress-contest It looks like everyone who’s made a dress of this has done it in the green colourway, but I’m much more a purple-and-orange person. :D )

Preparation
Iced 5 tsp 34 OZ / 1005 ML
Courtney

I love the fabric!

OMGsrsly

It’s gonna be SO girly and twee! Not anything that I usually wear, but I couldn’t resist. :)

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drank English Breakfast by Tea Centre
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Umm, ok. So there’s no notes for this tea? That’s weird, since I’m almost done my 100g of it (thanks mom… ;) )

Unfortunately, this tea is nothing to write home about. It’s an Assam blend, that seems to pull those cardboardy flavours instead of delicious malty and fruity and somewhat astringent flavours. I think I prefer Grandpa’s Anytime Blend, or their Rungagora for an early morning kick in the pants. They are both CTC, but somehow the maltiness overpowers any cardboard.

I know. Talking about a tea tasting like cardboard. At least it’s not chicken soup?

Flavors: Cardboard, Malt

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Pu-erh Ginger by Rishi Tea
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SSTTB #16.

Still not feeling so great, and while I had a ginger tea at work, I wanted something less sweet at home. Enter this.

I steeped somewhere around 5 minutes, as I was baking toast and didn’t feel like setting the timer twice. It’s really nice! Earthy mineral puerh, lots of ginger. I added 1/2 tsp honey just to punch it up a little, but although it tastes good like this, I’m not sure it really needs it.

Definitely a decent tea. Not something I need to stock, but I’m glad I had it around this evening.

Flavors: Earth, Ginger, Mineral

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Champagne Cider by Butiki Teas
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There is a backhoe outside my living room window. The next two weeks will be trying, I think.

Made this to share with my BFF. We both really like it. I even did two steeps, and am sipping on the second now. So appley, with a nice spice background. I don’t really get champagne, but that doesn’t worry me. I’ve only had this hot so far, I think. I feel a need to try it iced, but I’m not sure if I’ll remember before I finish the tea.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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drank Root Beer by Simpson & Vail
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Ok, so. Root beer teas. For sheer depth and forcefulness of flavour, DavidsTea Root Beer Float wins, hands down.

This one is definitely a black tea, that has had a dollop of root beer flavouring added. Because of this, there isn’t that extra-ness in the flavour. I think if there was some sarsaparilla or something in here, it’d be way better.

That being said, this is not a bad tea. It just pales beside other root beer teas. The black base is reasonable, and shows up under the root beer flavour. The root beer is indeed root beer, although the smell is truer than the taste. And it’s good with cream. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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Sipdown! I like this tea, and am sad to see it go. However, I’m plotting a trip to Victoria so I should be able to restock a bit by the end of summer! YAY!

I keep on thinking about it as “Janet’s Special Orange” because my brain is so foggy.

It’s nice. Orange, creamy, vanilla. Yum. So good with a bit of cream. I still need to try it as a latte!

Flavors: Cream, Orange, Vanilla

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

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drank Cinnamon Stars by TeaGschwendner
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SSTTB #15.

This tastes like it says! Cinnamon and vanilla pastry. Very vanilla pastry, with a touch of cinnamon. I can’t say how relieved I am that the “stars” portion isn’t candy sprinkles in the tea. PHEW. It’s dessert-like enough without added sugar (For me. Others may disagree!).

I quite like it, actually, although with warmer weather coming again, I don’t think I’d drink it much.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Pastries, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Sad sipdown!

I decided to have this one (I found it when I was organizing my cupboard. I seriously need to go through EVERYTHING again to make sure my spreadsheet is up to date!) because my tummy is angry and the rest of my body is angry and it smells so good. Tulsi and cinnamon and puerh, OH MY!

I steeped it for some unmeasured amount of time, and added some honey. Mmm… I’ll definitely have more steeps of this today. And it’s on my list of Blends To Get from Verdant.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Earth, Tulsi

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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drank Star Spangled Chai by The Devotea
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SSTTB #14.

I’m not sure if it’s because I’m out of cream and having this with almond milk, or what, but nope. This is very drying, and the spice flavours have blended together to be quite licorice-y, with a bit of burnt flavour. IDK.

If I really needed another chai, I’d try it again once I got some cream, but this one is going back into the box for someone else.

Flavors: Anise, Drying

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Robert Godden

I could’t imagine this with either almond milk or cream, so I bought both and tried it. Not good with either.
Works best as a straight black, particularly iced , or made up on a stovetop with 100% milk and some honey.

OMGsrsly

I’ll have to try it iced. Just an FYI, cream is 18-35% pourable milk here. I usually use 18%. I can’t do milk, definitely not 100% milk in a tea! It’s why I prefer almond milk for most tea-applications. :)

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drank Fruits d'Alsace by Harney & Sons
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Sipdown.(Yay, since I bought more teas and stuff… :) )

This morning I got up, not feeling well at all, made some tea, sliced some GF bread for breakfast, and took it all back to bed… and fell back asleep. I was glutened over the weekend and I feel so incredibly awful. I even slept on the bus/ferry yesterday on my way home, which is something I wouldn’t normally do.

So now I’m drinking this cold, with almond milk in it. I do like the tea, but I don’t know that I’d get it again. It’s not a flavour that I crave often, or feel a strong need for. That being said, I really did enjoy the 2 oz I got. Yum, tea.

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
ashmanra

I loved this one iced!

OMGsrsly

I don’t care for most black teas iced, so I didn’t even try it. Oops. :)

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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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