1974 Tasting Notes

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I got a free sample of this with one of my recent Teavivre orders because I wanted to try making tea soda with it. So I made a super strong steep of this with a lot of sugar, then mixed with soda water. Pretty tasty! I think perhaps I need to use more syrup and less water because it mainly tasted sweet and a bit tart. I did get a bit of citrusy lemon, which was nice. This is definitely my preferred way of preparing anything with rosehips or hibiscus in it.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Zach Guillian

Hey, do you think if I brewed a tea in soda water over night (cold steeping) that it would make a tea soda similar to what you are talking about? Just wondering.

Dinosara

Hmm, interesting idea but I would be afraid that the soda water would go flat overnight. If you could get around that it might work.

Zach Guillian

I was thinking if I covered it with something, or put the tea leaves in loose leaf…

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78

I drank some of this last night, and it was pretty tasty. I meant to have the rest of it tonight and drink a different tea right now, but I accidentally dumped it into my already-damp infuser basket, and so was pretty much forced to have it now. I didn’t really want an herbal, though. I thought I didn’t have any plain black tea at home, but then remembered that I had a sample of Kenyan Black from JusTea, so I threw that in as well.

Of course, I don’t think there was enough Kenyan black in that sample for the amount of this tea, so I didn’t really taste it anyway. Oh well, this is a pretty tasty herbal blend overall. Probably should have mixed it with Laoshan black for maximum chocolate factor.

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62

Well the blends box for this month is on it’s way, so I figured I should get through some of the old blends. To make room. Also my Cadeux Deco Vendome order arrived today, so I have a lot moar tea!

Finishing off this tea and it really is cementing the fact that this blend is not for me. I mean, I don’t love chais in the first place, but there is something about this blend that is definitely not working for me. Oh well, can’t love them all!

Sil

yeah i didn’t love this one as much as a lot of ppl seemed to. heh

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62

I maybe possibly am doing slightly better today? I hope. I made a pot of this in the hopes that the spices would make it through my fog. Sweetened with maple syrup and mellowed with milk. Not my favorite but I am also not much of a chai person.

Nothing to do with this tea: There are several people that I talked about doing swaps with after the holidays, but I can’t remember who now. If any of you remember talking about a swap with me, let me know!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Glad to hear that you may be feeling better today!

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I picked up some of this at the farmer’s market in the hopes that it would soothe my throat, and to mix up my “cold teas” options a bit.

Honestly I am so stuffed up I don’t think I really tasted this all that much. It is herby, I know that much. And it did soothe my throat for a bit. Ugh, go away cold.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

feel better soon!

gmathis

Sounds like there’s enough other ingredients it might tame the licorice. I know it’s effective for sore throats, but ugh :)

JustJames

you could always try some kapha… trust em, it will burn what ails you right out of your system!

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82

Ughhh, sick as a dog. It started with a bad cough, then fever, and now has turned into powerful congestion. I haven’t even really wanted tea for the past couple of days. Drinking this in the hopes that the elderberries and other stuff in this will give me extra sick-fighting powers. I can hardly taste it, but what its still pretty tasty.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Sil

oh noes.. feel better!

yyz

Ditto! Hope it’s over quick!

JustJames

feel better!

Dexter

Sounds like you’re on phase three – hope that’s the end of it and you’ll feel better soon. :))

Dustin

I feel your pain! I got hit hard with sickness this winter. Hope it clears up quickly for you!

Angrboda

Sounds similar to what we had, only in a different order. Fever and congestion for four days, now coughing and coughing and coughing.

Dinosara

Thanks guys. Here’s hoping my nasal passages open up soon!

Tea Sipper

I hope you feel better!

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77
drank Champagne Rosé by Lupicia
1974 tasting notes

I got this tea as a sample in my last Lupicia newsletter and I remembered to save it until today. Happy new year!

When I see the name of this tea I think it’s going to be champagne and roses, but it’s not. I guess I need to try Butiki’s champagne and rose cream. The sachet smelled like strawberry candy, but it mellowed a bit once steeped. The strawberry flavor is nice but I don’t get champagne from this at all. There is maybe a hint of dryness that reminds me of champagne. Overall decent but I’m not in love.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

Happy 2014!

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Ah, back to relaxing after a busy three days of running around. I did have some tea during that time, although I don’t know what it was. I was staying with a friend for Christmas Bird Count, and she made me some kind of strong black tea at our 4am wakeup. She’s married to an Englishman, so she makes tea that is designed for additions. Even though the plain tea was bitter, some milk made for a perfectly pleasant cup and certainly provided a jolt of energy.

Now today is Christmas part II… we spent actual Christmas at the BF’s parents, and now we’re having Christmas with my parents. A nice way to extend the holidays. :)

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75
drank Tourbillon by Dammann Freres
1974 tasting notes

Aww out of Dammann sachets now. Well I enjoyed them a lot. Coming to appreciate this one more than I first did. The orange blossom and chestnut are working together, making a nice sweet cup.

Preparation
212 °F / 100 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

orange blossom & chestnut? Wow!

Fjellrev

That sure sounds like a wonderful combination!

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95

I got a sachet of this for free in my order from DF, so I saved it for when I was away from home. I thought I would indulge in it today!

Still loving the cookie-ish, marzipan flavor with lots of poppy floral goodness. However, even though I am almost out of this one in my main stash I don’t think I will restock it just now… perhaps in the future.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Shmiracles

You sent me a sample of this in a random swap. And I loved it and it stuck in my head and I just recently received my very own 100g worth. Since then I have drank several pots of it and I love it just as much as I did that very first cup. You’ve totally passed the torch!

Terri HarpLady

I love the name of this one!

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