1865 Tasting Notes

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drank Candy Cane Crush by DAVIDsTEA
1865 tasting notes

Today this does not taste like anything at all! Why! Gahh!
I mean, the water in my cup is tea colored (though tea-with-milk-in colored, which is odd, as I have not added any milk), but I am not getting flavor out of this.
What gives, tea? What actually gives?
I’m somewhat cross with myself now, that I’ve got more of this to drink. It will only be good for keeping me warm through the power of boiled water.
So disappointing. I wanted so much holiday cheer type flavor!

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I have brought this, one of my favorite peppermint teas, with me to work. Its a self preservation thing, because I’ve been feeling highly wobbly and sad lately, so when I’m really starting to feel it, but still have things to do, I can brew myself this.
That was a long sentence.
I love this, and when its gone, as it will be all too-soon, I’ll have to wait till next winter to get some more. (Damn you, limited edition teas!). But I’m making a point this year of not hording things, not saving things for best, or agonizing over the right time to drink/wear/read/use something. I want to use what I have. Also I’ve got so much that I want to work on narrowing down my collection of teas, and keeping it manageable. I don’t want to feel overwhelmed by my cupboard. I want to find it inspiring, and have plenty of space to try new things in it as well, without feeling like I’m neglecting other teas.
Whew.
Long winded way of saying that this is hitting the spot exactly right, lately.

gmathis

This post made me smile, simply because I am guilty on all of the above I think I shall amen you on all points and remember to wear some of Grandma’s vintage jewelry tomorrow! With jeans and sneakers. :) Hope all is well.

tea-sipper

Yes, this post inspires me too Rosehips. Thanks :D

Evol Ving Ness

And me three. Hurray for not hoarding!

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Good lord but this is strong. It is so very maple-y.
I can’t decide if I like that or not. I find myself wishing for a bit more balance, and maybe more of the vanilla coming out. As it is I get MAPLE, followed by bergamot, and no vanilla to speak of. I’d like these three to live in harmony, because I think it would be a wonderful blend if it had more balance.
As it is, its very interesting to drink, so I would encourage anyone who is interested to give it a shot!

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drank Candy Cane Crush by DAVIDsTEA
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I’ve brought this as a work tea, and I’m not really getting my money out of it.
I’d hoped, when this came out, that this would be a creamier version of Santa’s Secret, but I am constantly blown away by how bland it is. There is the worlds tiniest hint of peppermint, and a ghost of cream, but mostly it just tastes like hot, oily water.
Not what I was hoping for at all.
I have, unfortunately, a lot of this. So it will be used as a work tea, which is to say largely ignored as much as I can.
I feel a little nostalgic that I’m growing out of David’s Tea. I used to love them, and while there are blends that I still really like, I’m finding them less and less compelling as I go along.
Boo.

Evol Ving Ness

To be fair though, the majority of their good blends have been discontinued and the majority of the new additions have been either kind of same-y, or over sweetened, or artificial overload. So, boo.

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drank Red Rocks by The Tea Spot
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Backlogged from last night.
I let this steep a very long time, letting the liquid reach a very dark brown color, before I started to drink it. It helped to bring out the almond/vanilla flavors I was really hoping to find in this blend.
That said, I think I’m really over Rooibos now. I’ll be finishing my tin of this (of which there seems to be a lot), but I’m not going to be consciously bringing Rooibos blends into my cupboard in future.

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Its one of those mornings where I woke up to hear the rain on my roof, and spent the morning moving lightly through the world, not quite able to focus.
This tea was good for that. I didn’t want anything stronger today, nothing with such flavor as to pull me out of this. It gave me just enough pep to get going, not enough to dislodge me.
I love black current blends. Currents and tea go very well together, in my experience, and this is a perfectly presentable version of the type. It has a good current flavor that never gets overwhelming, and it keeps things interesting over a fairly basic black tea base.
A good way to start today.

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drank Capri by Harney & Sons
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I don’t know how much I’m going to be posting lately. Over the weekend my boyfriend and I broke up. We’d been together for six years.
Its a no-fault break-up. We still love each other, we still love being with one another. But our lives do not seem to be going in the same direction, and we needed to go apart and think about the future.
It doesn’t feel real. I feel blank, and am having trouble eating.
I’m working on being super nice to myself. Thats where some of this tea comes in.
Nothing too bold or daring right now. I’m just going to have nice teas for a while.
I hope you don’t mind if I’m not writing too much right now. But I will be reading. This is such a nice place to be.

Roswell Strange

Really sorry to hear that Rosehips. Just remember we’re all here, for whatever you need.

gmathis

Change is hard. Praying for you today.

tea-sipper

I’m sorry!

Evol Ving Ness

These things are terribly hard. Big hugs to you, Rosehips. I hope the transition is kind to you. You will come through this. Remember that.

CelticBrew

Sorry to hear that. Being super nice to yourself is the best thing you can do! Cozy and comforting teas, relaxing baths and nice home-spa products helped a lot with mine.

Maddy Barone

Oh, no. I’m so sorry.

Fjellrev

Oh Rosehips, I Am so sorry to hear that. :(

ashmanra

Hugs to you! You know if you need someone to talk to, there are lots of kind hearts here. Sometimes amazing things come out of a hard place and we look back and see that one required the other. Thinking of you this evening.

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drank Estus Black by A Quarter to Tea
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Is there coconut in this? I seem to be experiencing coconut….. hmm. Could be my imagination, but I’m tasting a new flavor today….

Evol Ving Ness

Hmm, I don’t recall coconut in this one. But I could be wrong. It’s been a while.

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