1415 Tasting Notes

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Finally writing about this despite being over 2/3 done with my pouch. I’ll say right away that while it’s good, it’s not super amazeballs ZOMG best EVAR like WOWZA. It’s indeed majorly chocolatey and nutty, but hazelnut rather than chestnut, which is unsurprising seeing that this actually has hazelnuts in the dry leaf. The cocoa husks, I’d say, play an important part in enhancing the chocolate notes in here.

I prefer this black rather than with milk, which seems to drown out the gourmand, desserty vibe this tea has, and oddly makes the chocolate note waxier and more artificial? Highly strange. You’d think it would just make it like milk chocolate, but no.

For a fraction of the price, I’d rather have Bayswater’s nutty/chocolatey teas: Divine Temptation, Creme Brûlée, and Chocolate Macchiato. Would I ever pass up a cup of this? Of course not, it’s delicious. Would I have problems finishing this? No way, it’s definitely enjoyable. But I won’t be crying in my sauerkraut once it’s gone either.

Sil

Agreed. But to be fair I got a sale and by happy accident 200g instead of 200g so it was cheaper than bays water for me. Haha

Fjellrev

I waited until it went on sale, and even for the sale price, it’s a little steep for what it is haha. Uh oh, here come the pitchforks?

tigress_al

Haha "crying in my sauerkraut "

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drank Caramel by American Tea Room
1415 tasting notes

Sipdown! Had it with milk to try to make it a little more interesting. Meh. Won’t be missing it.

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Sip down! The last cup was quite astringent since I overleafed (the whole too much for one cup but not enough for two dilemma). I tasted mostly astringent black base with a hint of spice in the background. The unfortunate thing about this tea is it smells so freakishly scrumptious, especially fresh. Spicy yet effervescent from the citrus, but it doesn’t taste nearly as amazing as it smells. At least it makes things slightly easier for me when I place an order.

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Today is a total write-off. Couldn’t sleep so I got out of bed at 5am, browsed online for a couple hours, tried to go back to bed but keep drifting in and out of light sleep until 1pm, and now my brain is numb and I’m being a lazy bum. Also really dehydrated, possibly from the 2-hour workout yesterday evening so I’m chugging cold brew like a boss.

Turkish Apple, eh? When I opened the jar in the store, I was hit with a cloud of sunny lemon. Totally not expected. I grabbed some specifically to cold brew and I’m glad I did. This makes a happy lemonade-like cold brew without any weird sweet undertones. I don’t taste any apple in this whatsoever despite the fact that the so-called dry leaf looks like nothing but dried apple pieces. That’s how strong the lemon is in here.

It’s nice to have something different to cold brew since I’ve been running out of options as of late. As much as I like cold brewing DAVIDs Ginger Beer and Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait, it’s nice to switch it up.

Sil

i feel the same way but only about having fruit teas…all i can say is that tea gschwedner better not let me down. Want moar pina colada!

Fjellrev

It’s that good, eh? I’ll take a note of that so whenever I finally get off my ass to order from them, I’ll grab some.

Sil

I enjoy it. Once I pick some up I can also just send you some to try lady! Not like your cupboard can’t handle it heh

Fjellrev

Seriously, no worries! I need to sometime, anyway. Looks like they don’t carry Buttermilk Lemon anymore? That seemed like a super popular, tasty-sounding one.

Sil

i think the teas rotate seasonally as well…so it may be back but later in the year?

Fjellrev

Ah, I didn’t think they would do that but I’m glad to hear.

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drank Caramel by American Tea Room
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Despite the scattered, but mostly mediocre reviews, I opted for a sample since it never hurts to try a caramel black. I had a feeling it would be boring and lacklustre, and unfortunately, my gut was right. The dry leaf doesn’t smell like much other than plain, slightly sweetened black tea. There are two caramel pieces in the 20g sample size so I allowed myself to have one of them in this cup. 7g went into a nearly two-cup mug.

I let the water cool for a while before steeping and it still turned out rather astringent, like a standard Ceylon. After a few sips, I added some homo milk to cut the astringency and while it’s better, I still don’t taste any caramel whatsoever. If I could, I’d add something like Bailey’s or Caramilk cream liqueur (although I’ve never had it before) because I’m sure either would elevate this.

Evol Ving Ness

So sad. This held such promise.

Evol Ving Ness

In my imagination, of course.

Fjellrev

Ha! Yeah, caramel black teas always do. It seems hard to find really good ones, though.

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Warm weather means more outdoor walking for me again, which means I skipped down to Acquired Taste and immediately went for this one since it’s been out of stock forever. The dry leaf kind of reminds me of Bi Luo Chun with beautiful gold tips.

First steep was so incredibly full-bodied and malty with a hint of honey in the background. I think I used a little too much leaf so it was really bold so I’m looking forward to try it again with slightly different ratios.

Second steep was substantially less malty, but still roasted and slightly honeyish. The first was definitely better, at least this time around.

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drank Masala Chai by American Tea Room
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Oh boy, I didn’t realize I got down to 39 teas (thirty-freaking-nine!) the other day until now. My ATR order arrived the other day so it’s back up but not by too much.

So glad I ordered a sample of this. I love chai but sometimes so many are basically the same as not as complex as I’d like, but I took a chance on this just to justify my order more. It’s pleasantly heavy on the cardamom. Like DAVIDsTEA’s Cardamom French Toast with extra added cinnamon and ginger.

I steeped this with some homo milk and added a bit of brown sugar. Delightful. Cardamom note is the most prominent, followed by the ginger, and then the cinnamon, I’d say. The base is a bold Nilgiri but it doesn’t override any of the spices. Rather than doing a 4-5 minute steep (didn’t time it), I’m sure this would really benefit from a stovetop treatment.

Would I buy more? Not entirely sure yet but it’s been the best loose leaf chai I’ve purchased in a good while. I’m biased when it comes to cardamom, however, as I love that stuff.

Sil

wow 39….soooo little.

Evol Ving Ness

Thirty-freaking-nine! Shocking.

You and I are on the same page with the cardamom. This chai is going on my list. Sounds great.

Kristal

You’re doing well! Got any goals in mind?

Fjellrev

No goals in specific! Just trying to finish up some older stuff. It’s too bad that I have quite a bit still packed up that I’d love to finish up but I’m trying to work on the DF teas, at least. Just drink up!

Cardamom is so delicious, so I’m sure you’d enjoy this one, Evol.

Sil

cardamom is the best. i have a blueberry smoothie that i make that has just a little in it with some cinnamon and turmeric. so good.

Fjellrev

That’s a great idea, Sil!

Indigobloom

Wowwwwww now that is something to aspire for! good on you :)

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Sipped this down cold brew style the other day. My DF stash has been dwindling, but I’m glad since some are starting to show their age. Would I get more of this? No, but it was packed with yummy fruits and was good hot or cold.

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drank The Glow (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown! Great when it’s fresh but it lost a lot of its flavour over the past two years so I’m Glow’d out for a while. Must get this in smaller amounts when I feel like having it again in the future.

Kristal

Gah I know what you mean- for that reason, I really want to get my collection 6months old or less for the vast majority of the teas I known. It’s so gross to drink stale/rancid teas.

Fjellrev

That’s a fantastic goal. Man, I wish I could have nothing more than six months old in my cupboard. Imagine the freshness everywhere you look!

Kristal

(*meant to say *own, not KNOWN above ;) )
Taking a look at my cupboard, about a third of the teas I currently own are 6months or older. I can make exception for 2-3 of them but mostly I’m sick of looking at them lol. I hope to have used up 2 teas by the end of the week (one old, one not). I think for me the trick is knowing what I like/dislike, buying samples when possible, and if I don’t like something I use it up/pass it along right away instead of dreading it.

Fjellrev

Do you have a lot left of the ones that you are sick of or maybe only a few cups left? It sucks when you’re tired of something and you still have like 50g+ to go haha.

Kristal

I would say it’s about half and half- some teas I only have 1/4cup or even less of leaf, others I have anywhere from a half to a full tin of (1-2 cups of leaf). I also caved and bought a total of 200g of tea combined from DAVIDs and Verdant in the last few days, but I will be diligent in always packing my older teas for work to use them up there ;).

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This wasn’t so bad today? But when you’re ridiculously thirsty after having a sodium-packed meal (ugh), I guess anything will taste pretty good. I normally get the shaken iced tea lemonade with equal parts black, green, and hibiscus but the location I went to only listed this as an option for some reason. Yeah, it was sweeter than what I’m used to since I normally never add any sugar to tea, especially iced/cold brewed, but it wasn’t as sweet as expected.

The green tea base was more prevalent than expected. It had a slightly bitter bite which helped cut the sweetness from the lemonade. I could taste the peach and lemon equally, which was cool beans. Kind of expensive for what it is though, as it was over $4 for a grande. Like please.

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