1411 Tasting Notes

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Holy jeepers I still have some of this left!! It slipped my mind to label the tiny tin and got tucked away to the side. It still makes for a pleasant cup. I’ll be sad when its all gone!
Hey maybe I’ll try this one iced… at least on the final steep (cold brew!)

boychik

I liked it with touch of salt. it was like real potato pancakes with applesause

Indigobloom

Hmmm so you add salt to the cup after brewing? I must try this!! Thanks for the tip! :D

boychik

very little

Fjellrev

I’ll have to try that, boychik!

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75
drank Peach Apricot Tea by MlesnA
1411 tasting notes

A good solid tea.
For a few reasons I just wasn’t in the mood to deal with much loose tea (I made two cups at once). This really hit the spot.
I had to add an entire teaspoon of sugar to suss out any peachy flavour and even then it was super mild. I prefer not to add anything at all, or if I must just a quarter/half of a teaspoon so this won’t be one I’ll purchase again.
Also, like the tea I had yesterday, this wouldn’t do so well iced.
I’m on the hunt for a tea that I adore iced, besides Darjeeling. Trouble is, I tend to prefer most teas hot and I hate to “waste” it trying out all the iced tea making methods…

Kirkoneill1988

peachy flavor eh? sounds yummy

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82

Sipdown!! Just in time for summer… hmm. This is one I really enjoy and like to have in my cupboard, even though I don’t have it often enough. It sounds like one that should be great iced, but half the time when I make it iced, the profile just takes a really odd spin. The lemon note gets swallowed up and all I taste is the tea part but not in a nice way. More heavy and thick feeling (even when I underleaf/understeep!).
This, despite me measuring things precisely etc. Hot, I do enjoy it… so perhaps I’ll give it a rest for a few months to see how I feel about grabbing more at that point?
Unless someone out there has any input on how to do it up iced!

OMGsrsly

No input here I’m afraid. I went through 100g of it and sometimes it’d be great cold and other times it would be horrid. It wasn’t consistent enough for me.

Indigobloom

Yeah same here. 100g for me overall, in multiple purchases. Glad to know I’m not the only one!!

Roswell Strange

I was never able to get this one to really work for me cold :/

Indigobloom

I find it so odd! I feel like this one was designed with cold tea in mind, and yet it fails so badly…

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80

Mint and chai, two flavours I love to have in my tea cupboard. Yum!!
Thank you to Cavorax for sharing!
The blend of spices and mint was perfect in this cup. I really enjoyed it. Though I can’t pinpoint what was in it exactly as the mint seemed to obscure things a tad. Not that I mind, delish is delish and I’ll take it :)

Kirkoneill1988

happily headless….. doesn’t sound right lol. nice review though :)

Indigobloom

I know right? I think it refers to a cartoon. thanks!!

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85

I’m sad my review for this has disappeared.
My palate lately seems to have died and a lot of teas have been tasting the same.
But here is my take on it anyhow. This is a really fruity tea. It reminds me of fruitcake in that dried fruit soaked in alcohol way. Quite wine-ey. There is some mild astringency, just enough to be pleasant. Overall, a very good Darjeeling. It sets the bar high!
Too bad I only have a bit left. Would be willing to send it to anyone wanting a taste

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79
drank Keemum by Sassy Teas
1411 tasting notes

Mum and a bunch of family came here for high tea today. It’s a lovely shop and the service is great. I’d recommend the place to anyone, no question! Every item served was super yummy. Oh and the decor, love it. Makes me feel as if I’m in a seaside garden.

I chose this tea because I wasn’t sure about any of the other black teas they have (I’m not a big English Breakfast fan and most of their other blacks seem to be of higher elevation and thus best enjoyed on its own to fully enjoy the taste!)
Not a bad one. Pretty standard, and good quality. Nice and brisk, a little smoky with that round sweetness I’ve come to like. Some depth there as well. Maybe some hay? I was too busy chatting, and forgot to pay attention haha. Anyhow. Anyone who lives nearby really should check out Sassy Teas!!!

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73
drank Cherry Black by Riston
1411 tasting notes

This was really good today. Perfect balance of tea and cherry. Noms.

As for my meds… All of the bad side effects and none of the useful ones (at this strength). Self aware panic attacks are the strangest sensation. Like I’m high on something. Floaty and panicky for no reason at all… At least I was warned about this! I’ve had them before, but it usually centers around some difficult situation I’m mired in. Oh well. These episodes should pass in a few weeks, I’m told. Small price to pay, overall, :)

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Yup. This is still in my cupboard. Still delicious, but losing serious steam. Starting to taste stale. Gotta finish this up asap!!!

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77

I keep forgetting to make this in my tumbler.
In my regular mug, its pretty tame. Very mild and unassuming. A summer Assam?
(see previous note for more in depth review)
Blah. I’m tired of wanting Assam milk tea every day. I can’t seem to enjoy anything else until I’ve had it, and sometimes that is all I have time for and then I end up having the same tea every day!(one of two Assams in my cupboard atm). Geeze am I getting old or what! I’m hoping that summer weather will bring about a shift in my preferences so I can move some of the older green teas outta my cupboard!

Personal stuff…. Today is a pretty good day for me. Not exactly bouncing with energy, but I’ve been able to get a few needed things done. Still not at the level I need to be.
I’ve had days like this before. Infrequently though. What I’m not sure of is what influence, if any, my meds have had on that. Would I have had this “up” day without them? Have they merely enhanced an up day? or am I adjusting to the meds finally, despite research saying that on this drug, it doesn’t really happen over time (it IS immmediate, or not at all for the most part). Who knows. Nobody reacts the same to these meds either. Apparently we each have a “genetic code” that dictates which ones work better, and at what dose, and studies aren’t elaborate enough to identify them with certainty just yet… hence the lottery game. Anyhow. Feeling a bit less frantic now about the whole thing. Monday will be a whole other story.

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Let’s see… I’m a tea and workout fanatic, I work in HR, and most of my friends consider me to be an egg. White on the outside, Asian on the inside :)
-from philosophy to food, I love it all
Otherwise, what you see is what you get! I can be very straightforward and yet shy.

Also, I’ve started taking tea sommelier classes and it is an absolute blast! Well, so far I’ve only finished the first out of eight courses, but I am really looking forward to the next one.

Anyhow, if your curious as to how I rate things, this is how I work…

0-25
Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

25-50
You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

50-70
This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

70-80
I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

80-90
Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

90-95
Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

95-100
Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!

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