1363 Tasting Notes

Thanks, Sil? I think? I mean, you didn’t like it and I certainly am not enjoying it.

I only steeped for 2 minutes and it’s ridiculously overly strong. I do like the cloves, but can’t taste anything over the bitterness of the CTC base tea.

Next time I’ll put some into warm almond milk. If I keep it. I might give it away before I have a chance, though.

(I added 1/3 cup almond milk and almost 1 tbsp sugar to help. Not helping. Still doesn’t taste sweet – just bitter.)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

Yeah. This was one of those…“maybe someone else will love this” tea

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drank Hibiscus Berry Rose by Verdant Tea
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Well, I’m going to try cold brewing this, but I think this one is a miss. I had to add some honey to cut the licorice root taste (there’s hardly any licorice root in it, but the aftertaste just lingers for me). I think it might be the coriander that’s just not working for me.

The idea of hibiscus and rose is a lovely one. I could see rose petals working really well in Agua de Jamaica.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

Yeah. I like hubby but this blend was a miss. I actually only liked one of te most recent new ones

OMGsrsly

Which one did you like?

Chizakura

I’ve been really curious about this one. I had originally planned to grab some on my most recent Verdant order, but they were out of stock. And I wasn’t willing to wait, heh. :D So next order after THAT then.

OMGsrsly

It is so weird! Total hit or miss I think. :)

Sil

Uh the one I liked was the vanilla one? vanilla citrus

OMGsrsly

Ooh. That’s my favourite, but the others were pretty good for me as well.

Chizakura

Maybe I’ll buy this as a sample size. I think you’re right about it being hit or miss, people tend to love it or REALLY not care for it from what I’m seeing.

I love the Vanilla Citrus Spice as well. x3 So good and unique with its combo of flavors. I’m about to try out Orchard Spice now too~

OMGsrsly

I like orchard spice, but it needs more apple. Good thing I just made some applesauce. :) I’ll add it to the tea like one can do with jam, for a little something different.

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I wish this was a black tea.

As a green tea, it’s only OK. I don’t really care for the base, which isn’t surprising as I don’t really like green teas. It’s also striking me as really floral right now, which isn’t cool. Strawberry tea should not smell of a flower store. No idea if that’s my cold, or just the way the tea has aged.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Northern Wilds by Verdant Tea
1363 tasting notes

Nope.

I thought I’d try it because I did, after all, pay for it. I keep sipping to try to tease out the other flavours, but it’s not growing on me. I can’t get past the spearmint.

Without the spearmint (and peppermint, honestly), I think I could really like this. The base tea is really interesting. I’m going to have to add it to my “to try” list.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Chizakura

Is this an old blend? Or was I completely blind when I visited Verdant the other day? ’cause I do NOT remember this one xD

OMGsrsly

Blends club! So far not worth it. I’ll see what next month brings, but if it’s loads of mint again, I’m going to cancel.

Chizakura

OH I see. I almost joined it myself but then whimpered about shipping to Canada and decided to wait and see if any of the blends become a main part of the shop. xD; Haha. Well looking forward to seeing your notes for next month’s. Hopefully it’ll be better :)

OMGsrsly

It’s like 4 fancy coffees, so I easily justified it to myself. I haven’t been to a cafe for a froo-froo drink in ages!

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drank Paul et Virginie by Dammann Freres
1363 tasting notes

Thanks Sil, for completely overloading my cupboard with flavoured tea goodness.

Just. OMG. There are a LOT of teas here laying on my desk.

I grabbed this one first as it reminded me of eating caramels as a kid. I’m sick, I need the comfort.

The tea, as far as I can tell, delivers on its promise. I’m going to add some sugar to it to help me taste it better, but so far, so good!

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

Mwahahahahahaha

OMGsrsly

If this cold lets up I’ll hit 300 teas tried within a week. This is ridiculous! Thank you! :) (The Special Dark from Mandala might not make it to my brother’s. I’ve been eyeing that tea for ages!)

Sil

Lol it’s fine. I just started tossing in random things. I figured if nothing else the two of you could have a tea party and share :p

OMGsrsly

Haha. Awesome. He’s coming over next week some time to pick up some honey we bulk ordered, so I’ll make him sit there and try a bunch of teas. I might lure him over to the flavoured side, who knows…

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So I decided to look for some homemade cold remedies. There’s one where you take lemon and ginger (and chili), and pour honey over and keep it in the fridge.

There’s another where you take cinnamon and honey and mix them together.

Both of these would be spooned into a glass of boiling water to make a tisane.

So I decided to concoct my own. No lemons in my house right now, so I used 1/2 cup honey, 3 tsp ground ginger, 2 tsp ground cinnamon, 1 tsp ground tumeric. I’m drinking some now. I still can’t really taste anything, but I can tell this stuff is SPICY. I’d probably only use 1/4-1/2 tsp tumeric next time. That stuff is strong. And stains everything yellow. :)

JustJames

david’s teas la la lemon with honey and rum make a good toddy (ahem….. tastes like neo citran) lol.

awesome recipe, though i can’t do spice…. mouth yes, gut no. let me know if it helps!

OMGsrsly

Ginger good. :) I like using this recipe, essentially: http://www.maangchi.com/recipe/saenggangcha

I used grated palm sugar, some honey, ginger, and I like to add a pinch of cinnamon and cardamom for extra deliciousness. :)

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Mixed Ginger Puerh and Super Ginger from DavidsTea this morning for my cold. Ugh, colds are terrible. My coworker’s partner is pregnant, so bringing a cold to work is an awful idea.

Anyways. I can’t taste anything. I can sorta smell a bit kinda, but the taste is just sweet, and the sense is just warming. This will be a good time to go through all of those green teas I never drink. :)

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Tasty, but not gingery enough! I know, I know. It’s just that when I see SUPER ginger, I expect it to be SUPER gingery!

Good thing I have ginger in my freezer. I’m gonna grate some of that sucker up and boil it with palm sugar for some seriously super gingery tea.

:)

(I like this tea, and it would be handy at work if I pre-bagged it, but I usually want gingery tea when I’m at home and sick, so it comes in second to grated ginger.)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Courtney

What a great idea! I’ll have to remember that next time I’m not feeling well.

CrowKettle

I want to try this one, but disappointing to hear you don’t think it’s gingery enough. Freshly grated ginger is amazing.

OMGsrsly

It’s very gingery for a ginger tea, but dried ginger is missing some of that fresh bite that makes my nose run. :) That’s what I’m looking for. Overpowering ridiculous gingerness. I’ll grate about 2" of ginger with a microplane for 16 oz of ginger tea when I’m feeling awful, so YMMV.

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drank White Christmas by 52teas
1363 tasting notes

(Note 555!) This one is from Cavocorax. Thanks! :)

Dry, the leaves smell strongly of mint. I was going to say spearmint, but apparently that would be marshmallow and peppermint. Unless the “natural flavours” contain spearmint or wintergreen or something.

Steeped, my first thought was, “OH SHOOT I’ve ruined it!” I’m not so sure I did. It’s a weird minty flavour, but I can tell there’s a black tea base, and something creamy. That must be the marshmallow root.

IDK. I don’t usually drink minty things, but figured that since I have a cold this would be good to try. Well, that and the fact Read My Lips smelled terrible to me today.

I added some honey, and that helps things out a bit I think. I’ll have to try this one again when I’m not sick, but I’ll drink most of it over the next few days as the mint helps clear my sinuses.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 15 sec
Sil

I like this best steeped in milk heh

OMGsrsly

That’s a thought. Maybe almond milk right now, though. I don’t need any dairy right now! (Although I was thinking of making pasta with creamy parmesan sauce. Hmm.)

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Sipdown!

This tea smells a bit like vanilla citrus cake just in the bag. It makes me crave muffins with brown sugar and citrus zest sprinkled onto the top to make it all crunchy and delicious.

Of course, my smelling is rather suspect right now due to a cold, but this is what I wanted, so this is what I’m having.

Steeping it for 2 minutes at a lower temperature (kettle wasn’t quite boiling, then I let it sit for a few minutes before pouring), it smells so delicious. Not really grapefruit, but lots of vanilla.

If they had samples of the loose tea, or any smaller option than a tin of sachets or 1lb of loose, I would probably get it again to try. As it is, it’s a nice vanilla tea with some citrus notes.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 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.

No: Spearmint or peppermint, licorice root, gluten (cookie bits, wheat, rye, barley, I’m OK with oats)

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