1715 Tasting Notes

drank Bravissimo by DAVIDsTEA
1715 tasting notes

While I have the first cup of the morning, Secret Weapon by DavidsTea, I am brewing a pot of this, hoping that it will help to soothe my throat and clear my head a bit.

The licorice is supposed to be good for the throat. The peppermint should open my sinuses.

Terri HarpLady

Still the sore throat? Licorice is definitely good for that, as is honey & echinacea.
And don’t forget to gargle salt water 4X a day!
I hope it passes quickly :)

Terri HarpLady

Oh yeah…sucking on a clove of garlic is also good for a sore throat, if it is caused by a virus or bacteria especially. I recommend only doing that before bed though, unless your staying home still. And sips of the juice of lacto cultured pickles, kimchi, sauerkraut, etc. Or even brags cider vinegar, although I’d delete that in a little water first.

Spencer

Thankfully, of everything you mentioned, I love licorice and garlic. Salt water gargle gets interesting, as the salt usually triggers a gag reflex. All the more reason to get it done faster, I suppose!

Thanks for the tips, Terri!

ashmanra

Remember to use non-iodized salt for the gargle!

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drank Secret Weapon by DAVIDsTEA
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Trying a new blend from DavidsTea with the hope that it will help these allergies. Making this back-to-back with a pot of DavidsTea Bravissimo.

It smells more like cocoa nibs than the almonds or licorice it claims to have. Well…taking another sniff…maybe peanuts? Strange.
Fruity taste and…almonds? cocoa? It is hard to tell exactly what is going on in this tea.

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drank Tango Roybos by Busch Tea Company
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Herbal TTB provided me the opportunity to taste this fruity/spicy-tasting rooibos. Not bad, but not something I will be adding to my cupboard any time, soon.

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drank Marshmallow Macaron by Teavana
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From the Herbal TTB

Okay, smells like marshmallow…hmmm. I did not look at the ingredients list until I went to log this, and then I noted Flyawaybirdie’s comments about the papaya. Sitting here with the log window open, preparing to sip…

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drank Nutty Almond Cream by Tiesta Tea
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Herbal TTB Reminds me a lot of a chocolate breakfast cereal!

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drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
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Brewed in an all-too-infrequently-used yixing pot…a delicious afternoon.

TheTeaFairy

Yay! Hope it also helped that nasty cough of yours :-)

Spencer

It did, until right now, which is probably due to me not drinking any for the past twenty minutes! Time for a resteep.

Garret

Special Dark! Just brewed this up for a coffee-addicted friend in the shop yesterday. I don’t think he’s gonna be coffee-addicted for long. He adored it. He sent a message a couple of hours later and said the energy he got from that tea is so much cleaner than coffee. I’m not saying he should quit coffee. I’m just saying he should start drinking tea. The rest will take care of itself :)

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For being a fake-aged shou pu’erh, this was not bad at all!
(Yes, they even say it on their website: “This particular tea is part of the new school of pu’erh production. Called a “cooked” (shou) pu’erh, it’s heated and fully dried to simulate aging.” Note: “simulate.”)

The price is really good, too. It certainly does not quite have the same earthiness as a true, aged-underground, shou would, but they have done a good job of emulating a 6- or 8-year aged pu’erh.

The aroma of the tea is similar to a normal shou pu’erh, though the aroma of the wet leaves differs a bit, probably due to the lack of true earthiness.

In terms of resteepability, it is decent, though not amazing, but I was not expecting a whole load of steeps, so getting four decent steeps from a gong fu session with a gaiwan was good.

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drank Bravissimo by DAVIDsTEA
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Rough cough from allergies and yuck, so this is actually the first of the morning. (Kind of unusual for me to be drinking an herbal, first thing.)

The small amount of sweetness was interesting, but I liked the rest of the blend better.

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drank Super Ginger (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Super ginger indeed! But I love the taste!

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drank Bear Trap by DAVIDsTEA
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Another Herbal TTB special, smelling strongly of strawberries, mostly. The taste is much the same. I wonder, though, how it would taste cold?

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The above was my bio when I joined five years ago, and I felt it needed to be updated. I still love pu’erh, though I have begun to take preference toward cooked, shou. Oolongs are certainly still a go-to tea for me, but I have expanded my horizons to begin including greens and blacks based upon the weather and how I am feeling.

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