1478 Tasting Notes

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drank Eggnog Rooibos by Lucas Teas (TM)
1478 tasting notes

Very aromatic tea. Flavorful smell, like a creamy maple roasted drink. I wouldn’t have thought maple, if I’m honest – more eggnog than anything – but the description on the package gave it away.

I’ve had this a few times. Someone left it in my box for me during the holidays while living at the hostel, and I graciously accepted the gift. I prefer it without cream/milk (usually in my case this is coconut milk). I find it gets too sweet otherwise, and the creaminess is almost overkill.

Otherwise, a truly decadent eggnog tea. I’m impressed with the blending prowess of Lucas Teas, and some of their offerings.

Flavors: Creamy, Maple, Sweet, Thick

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80

There is CHOCOLATE in this tea, folks. White chocolate, okay… but it’s still chocolate. Thus, I’m trying it first.

Well, that’s a misnomer, because I’ve tried all of the vials of tea Brooke & Bradford sent me to try out and review. All but one – the vial that magically opened in transit and fully mingled with a few others that managed to keep most of themselves intact. (Caramel Apple, was the escape artist, if anyone’s wondering).

So, Berries and Creeeaaam.

FIrst off, I’m a bit skeptical with anything labelled “Berries”. I’m allergic to strawberries and told the folks over at Brooke & Bradford… but I’m still hesitant. I reviewed the ingredient list. Perhaps? Maybe? “Natural Flavor” can be a challenge to work around. Whatever. I’ll risk it. I won’t die.

I mean… chocolate…

The description of this tea says that Bradford loves cream and berries as his (?) favorite dessert, so this is the nod to that delectable feast.

Did it manage to do it a service? Well…. yes and no.

The cream is definitely not cream, like real whipped cream. However, it’s still creamy and full, buttery and rich.

The berries are definitely berrylicious, and so much so that I downed the first cup in one sip. Yes, this is goood..

Second time I made it, my partner almost drank the whole thing at once, too. We fought for it, he had half the cup in one gulp, and now I’m guiltly sipping the rest.

One note: oversteep this baby. You want the chocolate to melt fully (I found it took about 15 minutes both times). I didn’t get any bitterness that I normally do with rooibos – probably because this is a rooibos honeybush blend.

One more thing? It shines with sweetener. My partner hates “adulterated” tea (read: adding sugar or sweetener). I snuck in some stevia, and this really made the flavors come alive. Yum.

2.5 tsp in 12 oz of boiling water for 15 minutes.

Flavors: Berries, Butter, Creamy, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Starfevre

Oh man, this sounds so lovely, but it’s got honeybush in it!

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A strong, intensely herbal tea – definitely nothing tastless here!

I have a hard time reviewing this one. It’s not a bad taste, if you like medicinal or herbal teas (I do). I’ve had quite a few friends try it, too. The consensus: “it tastes like it’s supposed to do something”, ie magick, or healing, or otherwise good for you.

Right now it’s in a batch of cold brew with some extra nettle and Throat Coat, because that’s what we need right now.

I need to sit and think a bit about how to review this accurately… the owners of the company graciously sent me two, HUGE bags of tea to review. I really want to do them, and this tea, justice.

Flavors: Grass, Green, Herbaceous, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 12 tsp 14 OZ / 400 ML

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78
drank Sencha Sagi by Yannoko Tea
1478 tasting notes

Stonefruit, butter and grass. That’s what I get from this tea.

My partner: “c’est legerement corcé, mais c’est probablement le sweetener”. Translated: “it’s a bit heavy-handed with the flavor, but it’s probably the sweetener”. He doesn’t like his tea sweetened. Oops.

I’m not normally a huge sencha fan, but I could easily drink this one daily.

Next steep, we’ll try it dry (without sweetener) and see what happens.

First Steep: 80C, one minute, stevia sweetened, 2.5 tsp of tea, 8oz water.

MANY thanks to Yannoko Tea on Gabriola Island for sending me this, and a few other great samples to try out in exchange for a review.

Flavors: Butter, Grass, Heavy, Stonefruits

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Right into it – this smells like a dewy, honeyed nectarine dripping all over my face. It’s so luscious and full, I literally fell back when I stuck my nose in the bag.

Brewed it smells more like cocoa, nutty and with a hint of stonefruit.

The flavor is completely different piping hot over as it cools. Hot, (perhaps a bit too hot, I admit) it’s cloyingly sweet, like drinking pure honey from a fruit tree. As it cools, it gets multifaceted – we have honey notes, but strong nectarine still, some cocoa, straw, and back to the sweetness again. The final notes are more honeyed hay.

This is an exquisite white tea, and I’ll go out of my way to order it.

Thank you to teabento for sharing this tea with me so I could review it.

Flavors: Cocoa, Hay, Honey, Nutty, Stonefruits

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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83

Talking too long, I oversteeped, undereafed and oversweetened this.

It’s still tasty.

I get a malty, thick mouthfeel, almost like a honeyed quality. A touch drying but not in a bad way, almost like it adds to the flavor if that makes sense. Hint of spice (might be the cayenne tea I just drank though), hint of cocoa, something floral, and… fruity?

Honeyed, malty, thinly chocolaty juicy. Yep, that’s about right. Quite spectacular if I do say so, for a severely long steep.

Flavors: Chocolate, Fruity, Honey, Malt, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80

Whoa. This is a bold, complex green tea.

The steeped tea smells like the bagged (not fresh) roasted chestnuts that I get whenever I’m in a Chinatown around North America. This is a good thing – I love those chestnuts! I used to eat them by the bagful… uh.. moving on.

There’s also a lot of vegetal notes in this tea. I taste… peas? A bit of grassiness, and some sweet notes, too. In the description there’s also unami, and I definitely get that as the tea cools, it becomes the primary note.

A lovely tea. Not one I’d reach for every day like I did the chestnuts, although I might if it were piping pot and I needed a green tea.

A huge thanks to TeaBento for sharing this tea with me so I could review it.

Flavors: Chestnut, Grass, Peas, Vegetal

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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92

This starts out so yummy smelling from the bag – chocolate roasty toastedness. Plus, cute little black sheep curls – I love the presentation of TeaBento’s teas for sale.

This is light, sweet, with a touch of chocolate. Only a small amount of malt, and it’s a thinner, buttery tea. I could drink this all day. It’s smooth and luxurious, without overpowering anything. Even though I normally like a bolder taste to my straight black teas, this one is a daily drink.

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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65
drank The Candy Bar by Dear Camellia
1478 tasting notes

Three times isn’t a charm for this tea, sadly.

I’ve tried. Oh, I’ve tried. I added leaf, took it out, less hot water, piping hot, more sweetener, no sweetener… it’s just not what I want from something called Candy Bar Tea.

All I get from it is a thin generic Darjeeling. It isn’t bad, but it isn’t awesome either. I won’t remember this tea. Other than, of course, that there were both popcorn bits in it and caramel pieces, and I couldn’t taste either no matter what I did.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90
drank Jiri Horse by teabento
1478 tasting notes

Holy wow. This is a thick, warm, almost spicy malty chocolate tea. Holy wow.

The leaf smells chocolaty. There’s no question about it, it’s a rich dark tea. It’s hearty. It’s full bodied, and it’s rich.

I could drink this allllll day. I kind of wish I’d kept it piping hot, instead of letting it cool. It’s less.. thick? creamy? warming? as it cools, and it gets more of a potato type of taste to it.

A huge thanks to TeaBento to sharing this tea with me so that I could review it. I’ll add more steeps to this as I go through them. I’m so excited to see how this matures and changes with each steep.

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt, Sweet Potatoes, Thick

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sil

yes! hot = delicious…cooled = less so haha

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A few years ago, the obsession with tea started. The cupboard got bigger and bigger, more swaps occurred, group buys, secret rendezvous with local teapassionistas… and that’s how you end up with 500+ different kinds of tea in your home. At one time.

Almost all of the tea was given away, sold, or otherwise shared. A few relics still remain. I now travel full time with only two carryon bags to my name. One quarter of those bags are tea.

It’s still a challenge to avoid the chipmunk-like hoarding of The Teas, yet, the lightness of being from having so little compels me more.

If I have enough, I’m happy to share. If I’m in your area, I’d love to swap, meet for tea, and explore together.

As for the day-to-day stuff, I’m focused almost entirely on Love, (yes, with a capital L), Spirit/Self, transformation, travel and my writing and speaking work.

What kinds of teas do I normally like?

YES: flavored teas, fruity, dessert, chai, and spicy (REALLY spicy).

A FONDNESS FOR: all white teas, malty black teas, any herbal or medicinal teas, strange/weird teas you can only get in one place.

ALLERGIC TO: strawberries, lavender

DISLIKES: any added sugars, grains, lapsang souchong, and overly floral teas – I might enjoy a Jasmine Green every once in a while, but unless it’s a creamy floral tea (think roses in a chai, or the smoothness of a floral note in a French tea), I’ll likely pass. Earl Greys are a hit or miss with me; heavy on the cream or fruit notes and I might like it, heavy on the blergamot and I definitely won’t.

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