497 Tasting Notes

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Mmmmmm Cecil. Bless you for your ethnically-ambiguous queer-representin’ smooth-talkin’ self.

Listeners, I am in love. I am in love with this tea. I find that chais tend, for me, to be hit or miss because I only like maybe 75% of the chai spices, and loathe the other 25%, so whether I like or hate a chai depends entirely on the balance in the blend.

So I wouldn’t even call this a chai. I’d say it’s a light, faintly floral white that tastes like a cup of gingerbread cookie. Not like crunchy gingerbread snaps, but the thick soft gingerbread like the faceless old woman who lives in my house used to make. I don’t think I’d go out of my way to restock (as I’m finding with most of the fandom blends) but this was very tasty.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Christina

John Peters (you know, the farmer) told me StrexCorp wanted him to provide some orange peel to add to this blend. Can you let me know if “intermittently phasing in and out of reality” is listed as a side effect on the label?

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It is, along with glowing in the dark and a fruity smell. However, it is 100% free of wheat and wheat by-products!

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drank Sugar Daddy by Adagio Teas
497 tasting notes

This tea brewed up surprisingly pink . . . like almost clear with one little curl of pink right in the centre of the cup. Very odd.

But mmmmmm I really enjoy this! It was a very mellow cuppa, with bits of sweetness and just a hint of something tart. The green didn’t get bitter and wasn’t overpowering. Don’t know if I’d restock, but I’ll definitely be drinking more.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Earl Grey by Higgins & Burke
497 tasting notes

I mark this as a recommended with a caveat – if you can’t get to loose leaf or whatever, then H&B is the best of the bagged when it comes to Earls. It’s McDonald’s house blend, so it’s easy to find. Doesn’t go bitter quickly and stands up to the water they use, which we all know is roughly the temperature of the surface of the sun.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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75
drank Lemon Grove by The Tea Haus
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Backlogging a few days. Attempting a sipdown but we had more of this than we thought – oops! I love all the Tea Haus blacks because the base they use is phenomenal, and this does not disappoint. When I want lemon I usually go for my beloved Lemon Gunpowder or one of the citrus-y oolongs from Davids, but this is a very good alternative. Perfectly balanced flavour.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Before we begin, this is a friendly reminder that there are no dogs allowed in the dog park.

Of course the first Nightvale blend I reached for was the creamy vanilla Earl. I don’t know why this one is the Hooded Figures – it isn’t dark and mysterious at all. Creamy and light. A very tasty Earl, but the black base is very dry and a little bitter. A shorter steep time may be in order.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go enjoy this cuppa with some wheat by-products.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Criss Cross Berry by RiverTea
497 tasting notes

Did I not review this last time I drank it? Because this is definitely the second time I’ve drunk this since we got our big RiverTea order.

I love this tea! Green blends not based on sencha are my happy place. The dried cranberries look gigantic and like if you don’t get one, you won’t get any berry flavour, but that is definitely not the case. This is just delicious. Light and fruity with a nice smoky base.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Seven Legends by RiverTea
497 tasting notes

I like this more and more every time I drink it.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Earl Grey (K-Cup) by Twinings
497 tasting notes

Making tea its very hard when you are drunk and Stepopster doesnot come with spellcheck. THank you. Wait, there it is, I can fix things now. I wanted to put liquor in tea but tea is hard so I made a k-cup! Which is also hard because buttons and levers and things. But! I put in the cup thing and pushed the middle button and I got earl grey and then I put 2 of whipped cream vodka in and it was tasty. No hate for Twinings. Standard but good. Even at DEATH HOT from the Kuerig.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 12 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

The reviews on this one were split, so I wasn’t sure how it was going to go down, but I really liked it! Pu’erh is one of my favourite tea bases because of that earthy dark quality to it, and this was delicious with the fruit bits in. I don’t know if I’d go out of my way to restock it because we don’t generally like the Della Terra teas, and overall it’s a similar flavour profile to many other blends with berries and dried fruit. Long Life Oolong from Davids comes to mind. BUT as long as this bag lasts it will be well enjoyed!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank In The Jungle by RiverTea
497 tasting notes

Had a nice big hot cup of this for breakfast. I got a lot of pineapple from the dry leaf but when it brewed up it was a nice big cup of ginger and licorice. Much closer to a chai or the flavours I associated with Tibetan herbal blends or ayurvedics. There’s still a bit of juicy sweetness from the pineapple, but it’s got that spicy burn at the back of it.

It’s the kind of tea that makes me want to keep drinking it, because I feel like every cup is going to be a little different.

Flavors: Licorice

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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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.

Tea. Mmmm.

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