1635 Tasting Notes

On to my 9th Herbal Infusions tea!

Why I am so sleepy? This is my 7th tea with caffeine in it today. The base is really nice – I’m starting to identify this from some of the other blends.

The Chai isn’t as spicy as I thought Chai would be, but it’s nice.
Everything is nice.
I’m gonna grab some jelly beans now.

(I’m so sleepy. Maybe it’s because we’ve had people over for 11 hours and I have a Doctor Who episode to watch, and a Dean/Castiel fic I’m halfway through and I also wanted to see if there was anything on Boxing Day worth buying)

Hi guys!
/sleepy wave

ETA WHOOPS! I thought this was the Masala chai. I guess that’s why I didn’t get ANY chai spices from it and was confused. I do remember it being soft and minty. LOL. (dumbass)

Fjellrev

Haha that’s awesome. The mint should have woken you up then!

Cavocorax

You would think so, right? I can’t believe I got them mixed up like that. :P Especially when the chai was actually super spicy.

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I’m on 8/12! Well maybe I have hope for getting through all of these.

(Probably not!)

The cherry in this is interesting. It’s like the cherries using in baking – very strong and sweet. I think I may have used too hot of water for the green tea as it’s almost… salty? But when I rescue my variable kettle from tea jail tomorrow or the next day I can do it again properly!

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The apple-ginger is an interesting mix. It’s very much apple cider with a little bit of a kick. I feel like I’m going to fall asleep right now on the computer – too much dinner and cookies? Probably. Not a bad day though! Our little bear got a lot of great toys and we had a good time visiting people.

7/12

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drank Spiked Eggnog by Herbal Infusions
1635 tasting notes

Ok, I drank this one and I enjoyed it, but I can’t really remember what it was like because I was in the middle of OMG-get-dinner-ready-hows-the-turkey-make-the-gravy-lets-eat. I remember that it smelled amazing.

I’ll have to do a real review once I can sit down and pay attention to the cup, but I can tell you guys that I totally nailed dinner! :P (And that’s with instant stuffing and instant gravy and pre-made salad)

6/12

JustJames

lol!!! of course you nailed dinner =0)

Fjellrev

Haha good job on the dinner.

Cavocorax

Thanks! I still feel like I have no idea what I’m doing and that it’s a miracle it all works, but it does. :P Maybe in 10 more years I’ll feel like I can do it.

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This is 5/12 Christmas Teas! Maybe I can finish the night at 9? I’m so slow. Also so busy getting stuff ready and dealing with the kiddo. :)

I was hoping this would help to settle my stomach as I have had TOO MANY cookies today. I can’t believe I’m 32 and this is still a thing I do, but they were so good, and there are so many more treats to eat and I just can’t do it. Just…. can’t.

I better go for a big walk tomorrow!

Also, I better have room for turkey in two hours.

Time for a nice mint tea. I assumed absinthe meant mint, and I was right. Mint and a little bit of licorice sweetness providing a little bit of coolness to my mouth. This is great.

ETA Wooo! This was my 1000th tasting note!

JustJames

ummmm….. absinthe is booze, is it not? the banned hallucinogenic one from france (in its legit form)….. there’s no mint in it, is there? 9so clueless, lol)

JustJames

okay…. yes mint, (teachable moment for james) but holy hell…. also pure grain alcohol and WORMWOOD?

Cavocorax

It’s not entirely banned! We bought some when I lived in Alberta because I wanted to see what the fuss was about! It had some wormwood in it as well, but now a days you can’t get ones with enough wormwood to make you hallucinate. (apparently)

I was only able to drink HALF a shot and even that was a struggle. My friends had 2-3 and it was enough to really mess them up. That’s enough for me!

You can get it in BC, or you could a few years ago, but maybe not with the wormwood.

JustJames

i have a friend with a friend who has a legit/legal distillery in the EU. it’s not allowed to be exported. not to anywhere in north america at least. you can buy the name and the soft stuff in liquor stores…. the real stuff (again i’m clueless) one shot equates to several hits of acid, apparently.

Cavocorax

Yikes. Yeah I think I’d be afraid of that!

JustJames

yeah. i know a few people that travel to the EU in order to indulge. soooooooooo not my thing. nice enough individuals, but we aren’t close, lol. i hve no prob saying chemicals like that terrify me! and (surprise, surprise) they think i’m allergic to them anyway.

JustJames

ARE YOU WATCHING THE XMAS INVASION????

JustJames

=0)))))))))))

Cavocorax

I WISH!!!!! We have company and I’m the ONLY WHOVIAN HERE. :O
(Until TK gets old enough that I can get her to watch them with me. I’ll probably watch it at 3 AM once I’m alone!)

JustJames

so many things i want to say but won’t…….!!!!

Terri HarpLady

Tony set it up to record for me. I’ll watch it tomorrow when he takes a bubble bath (yes, real men take very long bubble baths).

JustJames

you better believe real men take bubble baths! although to be honest i prefer bath salts…. but that’s just personal preference. =0)

JustJames

we drink wine and tea while bathing too…. and if we have waterproof phone cases we play video games! =0P

Tea Sipper

happy 1000!

JustJames

Ha! Tea Sipper’s the only one on the ball!!

HAPPY 1000! (wow)

OMGsrsly

My parents got some absinthe with wormwood in it at a BC distillery.. :) Also, Merry Christmas, Happy 1000, and eat all the cookies you want. :D

Fjellrev

w00t happy 1000!

Sil

i missed this somehow. grats on reaching 1000 lady :)

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Ok, here’s 4/12! You can tell I’ve tried it if the pic has been updated to show the tea. :P I said I’d do it – I’m a lady of my worrrrd. (Imagine the Joker saying that – worrrrrd. Man, I love the Dark Knight)

So I over-leafed this because I hate weak tea and I didn’t know what to expect! With the milk & cookie prompt, it’s easy to imagine cookies as I get a touch of creaminess in the blend, as well as maple goodness and sweetness.

There’s something that makes me think of baked goods in the base as well but I’m also getting a little bit of bitterness to it. Not in a bad way – I think it helps add to the thick/baked mouthfeel.

I like this one, but so far it’s my least favourite of the bunch.

VariaTEA

I got bitterness from this one as well.

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And here’s my 3/12. I don’t think it’s realistic to hit 12 by the end of the day but it’s fun to try! :)

This is a really nice Earl Grey. The marshmallow lends a vanilla sweetness to it that lingers long after each sip. It’s very creamy too. OMG

I’m going to have to re-steep this before I move on to the next!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Sil

sounds good..even if it IS an EG lol

VariaTEA

I really like the marshmallow in this one. I think it mellows out the citrus of the earl grey.

NofarS

Sil, do you not like EGs at all? Even ones that don’t feel the need to smash a bergamot tree several times over your head, and then rub your face in it, just because well… EAHRL GREEEHY!!!!! I also hate those, and I’m not a regular EG kind of gal, but sometimes it inexplicably hits the spot.

NofarS

Incidentally, that just made me wonder how many companies use hibiscus and bergamot to cover up the taste of a poor quality tea base…

Sil

i haaaaate EG. bergamot is awful. There have been maybe 2? that haven’t made me want to spit the cup down the drain. I just keep trying them anyway haha

Dinosara

This is the one I wish I could have bought, but alas it was not to be.

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Ok, here’s 2 of hopefully 12!

This definitely smells like licorice. I think there’s lemongrass in there as well. Also, just a touch of mint. I was a little worried that the licorice would be overpowering and dominate the blend, but it’s actually quite subtle, and the tea has all natural flavours. It’s very relaxing, and very well blended!

Again, it’s not candy cane, not like DAVIDsTEA or Della Terra would do it, but, you know what? That’s fine. That’s totally fine. This blend would be well suited all year round this way.

Oh, and I promised to take pictures of each of the teas – so far, so good!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Pumpkin Pie by Herbal Infusions
1635 tasting notes

Merry Christmas!

It’s midnight so I’m allowed to open my Christmas present! I chose these 12 Days of Christmas teas as my Christmas present from J (as he’s not big on Xmas and this takes the pressure off him, while allowing me to get more tea!)

I thought it would be fun to see how many of these I can drink on Christmas! So here’s the first one! It’s really pretty – you can see all the detail in the pic I uploaded. It doesn’t seem like your regular Pumpkin Pie tea, and I’ve had a few of those…

It doesn’t taste like pumpkin pie – it tastes fruity and light and really refreshing. As it cools a little, the flavours shift – the light flavours remind me of the airiness of pumpkin pie, but it doesn’t have the nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger spices that I expected.

Call me crazy, but it’s almost more lemon meringue than it is pumpkin pie.

I like it though! It’s a nice start to Christmas!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Tea: I just started drinking loose tea in the fall of 2012, and once I started I had to get more and more and try ALL THE TEAS. Joining Steepster made this worse/easier.

So far it seems that I prefer unflavoured black teas, although I still drink a few that are flavoured each day too. Oolongs, greens, puerhs and white teas are all very good, but I just don’t crave them as often.

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