1212 Tasting Notes

drank Cotton Candy Black Tea by 52teas
1212 tasting notes

Ahhhh 12 Teas of Christmas, your time has come on such a horrible day.

I like what the White House Spokesman had to say:
‎"I think it’s important on a day like today to view this as I know the president, as a father does and I as a father and others who are parents certainly do, which is to feel enormous sympathy for families that are affected and to do everything we can to support state and local law enforcement and support those who are enduring what appears to be a very tragic event. There is, I’m sure, will be, rather, a day for discussion of the usual Washington policy debates but I don’t think today is that day."

Anyway. I needed to get that off my chest. I wish so many people would show some respect first or go write their Senators and House Rep without blathering on and on via social media and just do something right without making it about them.

I opened this at midnight and knew what it was immediately after smelling.

I’d never tried it hot since it came out at the perfect time for iced tea, so I thought I’d try that first this morning.

I figure I’ve had a lot of the teas in this box but it will be good to revisit some and hopefully be motivated to get them back out of the cabinet or wherever they are. I haven’t had this one in awhile because I think I’ve more or less been hoarding it.

It’s definitely not as amazing hot as it is iced, at least for me. It still has all the sweet, sugary flavors but I feel like they just pop more when the tea is cold. So I left the mug to cool and am enjoying the sweet, sweet tastes of pink cotton candy.

That’s about it. I can’t think of anything else to say because I’m pretty upset about the news today. I just imagine this tea would be popular with kindergarteners, because what 5 year old doesn’t love cotton candy and it breaks my heart even more. It might be kind of odd to dedicate a cup of tea, but that is how I feel right now. This is sweet just like I imagine every single one of those babies. RIP <3

LiberTEAS

So very sad. My heart is broken for the kids, the parents… I am still in disbelief. I can’t imagine what the families of those babies must be going through. They were just babies! So young … and to be lost in such a horrific way.

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drank Catuaba by Infussion
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AHHHH I GOT A C IN HEALTH ECONOMICS SO I DON’T NEED TO RETAKE IT. I’m pretty sure I did worse than that but I guess he realized he was terrible so everyone deserves a C. (C- = retake. BLEH)

Anyway I had this last night because I wanted to see if it would make me sleepy. I cannot tell you about the “aphrodisiac uses” but I will tell you about the 1 tbsp in 12 oz of water method of gettin’ sleepy.

It works quickly! It tastes terrible though, at least to me. Very effective, but has the flavor of cedar chips.

I’m not sure if this would taste very good if you tried to sweeten it but ugh, it made me tired but the taste was not worth it. I think I’ll try mixing it with the Schisandra berries I got just to get rid of that bitterness/woodsy flavor. I mean, it is bark so obviously there’s no way to get rid of that.

But it’s definitely a cool herbal tea, especially for falling asleep. And you feel warm and fuzzy first. If chamomile fails you, catuaba is here to back you up.

Shmiracles

congratulations on the awesome sparkling C!

Tea Sipper

That is too weird. I just got on steepster to look up the infusion times for the catuaba and since I was only going to use a bit, I was thinking of mixing the Schisandra berries with it! Apparently the catuaba will wake me up with 1-3 grams but will make me sleepy with more of it? That’s odd.

Cavocorax

Crazy. I wouldn’t expect the same tea to work as an aphrodisiac and a sleep aide.

The DJBooth

This one is weird I’ve been trying it as well.

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Still meh about this one. I have had it for awhile now but it’s been stored properly and everything. Given my last note from it, I think my tastebuds have just grown out of taste for this one. There’s still enough for a couple cups though, I think it might be interesting in the oatmeal experiment.

It still smells so good, but I just don’t get the sweet flavors that I used to taste. And I know I’m not the only one who was in love with it with the first cup and subsequently didn’t like it after that.

Ohhh earlier this afternoon we went to Delta’s small museum and I picked up a teacup for 50 cents and a box of prepackaged green tea sachets for $1. Seriously the gift shop was just as cool as all the planes and memorabilia. You could buy cups, mugs, plates, utensils, etc from first class. They had vintage posters, postcards, travel brochures, first flight cards, pins, models, stickers. I really want to go back just to buy utensils, they were fifty cents each! But the teacup I am really excited about. I’ll get a picture of it later.

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All right, I just used this to make steel cut oatmeal. I added mint chocolate milk because I honestly have no idea, but it is actually okay. I like the combination of mint and cinnamon, and they’re both coming through. This seriously worked better than I thought. I steeped one bag in 6 oz of water for 3 minutes then cooked the oats in the microwave. I can definitely taste the cinnamon and even the vanilla and it tastes much, much better with more substance like this than it did by itself.

I wouldn’t get this tea again but I’ll definitely use the rest of the bags up this way, maybe with regular milk next time haha, this is about too rich!

TeaEqualsBliss

I don’t like this tea but if in oatmeal…hum…sounds interesting!

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drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
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Hey maybe I can finally write this note today.

Last night, I decided I was going to conduct a coconut rum Tropicalia experiment. First I put 8 or 9 tsp of the tea in a 2 cup measuring cup, then covered that with about 1 1/2 oz of coconut rum. While the water was boiling, that was soaking, though I don’t think it really mattered. Then I filled the measuring cup with boiling water and left it to cool, so it was super concentrated.

I planned to try it out last night but this whole go to Cartoon Network thing this morning ruined that. IT WAS SO COOL. The parking garage had the Powerpuff Girls all over it, and everyone’s cubicles were filled with toys and cartoon stuff. This was just the floor with the digital/marketing/research people so I’m hoping next week I can help again on the upper floor.

The thing that amused me most is since this was Turner Studios, across the courtyard was TBS. One of the windows over at Cartoon Network had 3 green pigs from Angry Birds in the window. I didn’t realize until we were getting a final tour before leaving that across the way was a red angry bird.

Anyway, back to this. So obviously it isn’t that strongly alcoholic, I was just wanting a little bit more coconut flavor without adding milk because I don’t really care for this with too much creaminess. And since it was super concentrated, I had to water it down too. This stuff gets pretty thick if you make a really concentrated steep, but it’s just so good when you use 2 – 2 1/2 tsp per cup.

It definitely helped to cut down on the sweetness and make it a bit more coconutty compared to the pineapple. I think it might actually be even better if I also added a bit of pineapple juice, which I of course don’t have.

So of course now I’m almost out of it but I think I’ll be okay until spring anyway.

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drank Blueberry Zabaglione by 52teas
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So tomorrow morning I am helping my coffee friend at Cartoon Network!! by taking video of him making them better coffee. I have to wake up soooo early and now I’m all excited to do something useful during my break.

I had this earlier before going off to a yelp holiday party, and I can’t say I’m a big fan. It came out super smoky and not very blueberry tasting. Definitely didn’t get any cream at all.

I don’t remember now what the water temperature was but I think I could drop it, but the steep was only 3 minutes. I’m glad I’ve given a lot of this away in swaps because it’s not my favorite. I’d rather have Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish.

Sil

Drop the temp a bit and only steep for like 2-2.5 mins should improve the taste

LiberTEAS

I agree with Sil… this is a good tea (although I loved the Blueberry Cream Danish also!) but, with the old black tea base, it is a bit more temperamental than the newer base that 52Teas uses… a slightly lower temp for just 2.5 minutes works WONDERS.

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So apparently there are a couple weather models that claim it’s going to snow her last week. It was 70 for about a week. I can’t deal with this. But it is cold again now, so I am feeling a bit more wintery now and also find myself needing to try the rest of these boxes I bought. This one smells so good after its steeped, like I just baked up cinnamon rolls.

Its taste does not live up to its scent. It seems too fake for me. I find it hard to believe they need to fake cinnamon and vanilla like this, but it just doesn’t taste good. And it’s not the base tea, the black tea is not bad at all for a sachet. The flavors are just not good compared, and it brings the whole thing down. This could be sooooo good if it didn’t taste so artificial.

I added almond/coconut milk and agave and it helps round out the flavors a lot. I love this milk so much, especially in this tea because I think it’s really helping tame the vanilla. The cinnamon, not so much, but I’m not sure what I can do about that.

I’ve really been in the mood for cinnamon vanilla teas but all the ones I had disappointed. Good thing I got an ounce of Glitter & Gold, at least that’s close enough to what I’m after to not have to drink things that taste like stale bread or fake cinnamon.

I think I’ll just use this one too for oatmeal. Or it might be good as a latte with brown sugar.

Cavocorax

Oh – I hadn’t thought about using tea in oatmeal. That sounds good.

momo

Yes, I’ve been using it in ones where you usually have to heat it up after adding water but when I run out I plan to use this recipe, that way I can get rid of even more tea I don’t want and seem unable to get rid of in swaps: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/steel-cut-oatmeal-recipe/index.html

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drank Bubbly by DAVIDsTEA
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Hilarious, my Art of Tea order that took them seven business days to bother to ship came a day earlier than UPS said. Well at least I can say I’d use UPS again.

So after learning that a 1 minute steep is good with this tea, I did just that, and poured it over ice. It definitely tastes like wine, but it’s a stretch to say it tastes like champagne, I think. That could easily be fixed in the future with some club soda, I suppose.

But it actually tastes to me like it’s maybe a wine with a name I forgot. Sauvignon Blanc? Something like that maybe. I’m lacking in my wines right now, oops. Pretty sure SB is the one with grassy notes, which you get in here, and then peach and pineapple fruitiness.

Not really champagne. But that’s okay. We’ll see if it gets closer if I involve club soda in some fashion. It might work best if I make a tea syrup and add it, because to me champagne always has that mouthfeel to it.

Second steep: I added agave and didn’t really notice much of a difference, but then again it was the second steep. I had it cold too, but kind of was tired of the tea for the time being.

So I ended up splitting the leaves between two jars and cold steeping them overnight for two final glasses from this bunch of leaves.

Now it reminds me of champagne, I may have to add agave to the second glass when I have it later. This first one without it has this amazing white grape background to it.

Will report back on the other cup later. I didn’t realize how cold it was outside and went out with just a fleece jacket on so hot tea is calling me.

Ashley Bain

I’m pregnant and severely missing wine. I need this tea.

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Made this for on the way to school, except my travel mug wouldn’t open :o after messing with it while waiting for the professor to show up, I finally got to my precious mate.

I had felt pretty groggy this morning thanks to the weather. I wasn’t as bad as Sebastian, who went right back to sleep after I uncovered his cage LOL… Well I had turned off my 8:30 alarm because I woke up at 8:20, and slept until the 9:00am one. Still had plenty of time to fully come up with an answer to the exam’s essay question, check out Steepster, and make this tea.

I was so certain I was going to take a nap when I got home, but finishing off the entire mug has made that out of the question now.

This is still really tasty, though today it seemed to be more spiced elderberry than minty. Though I think I could have steeped it longer if I had enough time. I actually almost left without the tea.

Next, I really want to try it iced.

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Yum! I added some chocolate mint coconut milk to this and it’s incredible. The Assam definitely comes through, and the real mint tastes even better than the flavoring of the milk on its own.

My original plan was tea hot chocolate, but I paid $3 for the quart of this milk, and it’s been extremely disappointing to drink on its own. I’m definitely finishing it up in this tea in the next couple of days because it’s so good this way.

I would also like to announce that I found my parakeet the perfect seasonal Songza station for him: http://songza.com/listen/acoustic-guitar-christmas-songza/ He is a very content feathery puffball now.

Teavangelical

I have an entire list on grooveshark just dedicated to songs that made the bird happy :)

CrowKettle

That’s cute! After 15 years with my lovebird I’m still not sure what music he likes except that he doesn’t like metal and Coldplay makes him sleepy. :/

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