485 Tasting Notes

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drank White Chocolate Moon by SpecialTeas
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I really enjoyed this tea! I may hunt down TinaS for the rest of the sample that Jessie split between us.

Dry, the leaves didn’t smell overwhelmingly of much at all, but once steeped it lived up to the name in a big way, a mellow tea with a smooth and sweet white chocolate creaminess. I wanted to just hold each swallow in my mouth for a while until it melted. Next time I might steep it a little shorter to bring out the sweet chocolate without the white tea getting more astringent. There was a kind of oily film on the top of the cup, I guess from the milk drops, but it didn’t put me off at all. Overall, a deliciously dessert tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Opposites Attract by DAVIDsTEA
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Yum. Smokey, minty, just what my headache wanted. If it had the same caffeine jolt as a Red Bull, I would have found the perfect migraine antedote.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Peppermint by Tim Hortons
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When I was in high school, I actually worked at Tim Hortons for almost a year. I wasn’t a tea- or coffee-drinker at the time, but I would make an extra-large hot chocolate almost every shift. Two squirts of cream and a peppermint tea bag before pouring the hot chocolate made a divine drink.

To me, Tim’s peppermint will always be the addition to a rich cup of hot chocolate. On its own, as I had it today, it’s just underwhelming. Not quite enough of anything to be satisfying, but good in a pinch to deal with headache or tummy troubles.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Dug a bag of this out of the Mystery Box of tea on our counter, I don’t know from whence it came, but I was craving something for headache-busting and the ginger sounded good.

This started off as a surprisingly tasty, robust tea. The eponymous ginger and peach balanced each other out for a taste that wasn’t too spicy or wasn’t too sweet. I probably could have steeped it for a little longer to bring out more of the flavour, but I read the bag of the packet as it was brewing and I discovered that there was hibiscus in it, and hibiscus steeped too long becomes the Day of the Triffids of tea.

Unfortunately, as it cooled, the Triffids had their day. The more I drank it, the more I got a back-hint of hibiscus and rubber balloon. Don’t think I’d go for this one again, even though it started out so promising.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Ceylon Lemon Gunpowder by Say Tea
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Big Thermos. Was delicious, as usual. I moved this tea to another tin, on a lower shelf, so hopefully I’ll find myself reaching for it more now.

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

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Needed an anti-headache pick-me-up today (and, apparently, ALL THE HYPHENS) so my lovely wife made me a cup of this to take to work. It made it all the way to the bus stop with me and was quickly gone. I have so much love in my heart for the peppermint tea. It’s just so blissfully unadulterated.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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drank OH LA LA OOLONG by Tealish
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I got more of an Huh La La from this than any specific Ooh.

It was very fruity, no disappointment there. The scent of the dry leaf definitely lived up to the tea, but the overall flavour was very heady and overwhelming; I’d say “oppressive” but it’s only oppressive in that way that an old lady’s perfume is oppressive when she’s standing right beside you. Very off-putting. I don’t know if I would reach for it again.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Moroccan Mint by Red Leaf Tea
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Finally got around to trying this, combating a bit of a headache and mint and a bit of caffeine usually helps. Red Leaf does an amazing Earl, but I have been underwhelmed by the rest of their offerings. The mint was very mild and the green tea tasted stale and dusty. It was better than a kick in the teeth.

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

okay both Mum and I had a headache on Monday. Could it be something in the air? weather??

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80
drank Earl Grey by Higgins & Burke
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Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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76
drank Fields of Peaches by The Tea Emporium
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This came out a little bit bitter, but it’s still got a fuzzy peach ripple through it, not even a mild back-hint of ass. Not the overwhelming peachy flavour I was expecting from the smell of the dry leaf, but an enjoyable black all the same. It will take some experimenting to find the proper steeping time and temp.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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Mmmm. Tea. I have become a believer.

I like oolongs and greens, and dark smoky flavours. And Earl Greys. All the Earl Greys. I have bent my nerd powers to learning as much as I can about tea and tea culture. I have started to ramble about tea.

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