1441 Tasting Notes

71
drank Apple Strudel by Bluebird Tea Co.
1441 tasting notes

Surprised I had yet to crack this in my cupboard, considering I’ve got another Apple Strudel tea (Tea Gschwendner) that I love.

Brewing this is a bit tricky, or at least it was for me. The apple pieces were all stuck together, and they basically clung to the rooibos. I decided to make two cups at once so that I could get one teaspoon of apple pieces and one of the rest of the ingredients.

Steeped (and I steeped it too long) there’s definitely an apple strudel feel and taste. Having said that, the apples are tasting like there’s a chemical base (odd, considering I can see the apple pieces), and the rooibos is mighty strong. I’m finding I have issues with some red rooibos, and unfortunately this is one of them.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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92
drank Peppermint Patty by Butiki Teas
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Creamy awesome deliciousness. So glad I grabbed as much of this in the Black Friday order that I did!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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92

Oh green rooibos candy cane yumminess, how I love you!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Figue Fraîche by Dammann Freres
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Like Ysurella, I smell figs when I opened the bag. Ripe, juicy figs. It smells a bit less so after steeping, and I’m getting astringency from the brew after sipping, however in a good way? I find it pleasant and fitting the tea, oddly. I’ll have to play with this one a bit more on the steeping parameters however; I think I can get it more… fleshy. Juicy. Better.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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88

Craving this all yesterday, so I decided to make a small cup this ‘morning’. Wish I’d remembered I need to steep this for only two minutes… just a touch of bitterness. :(

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Bamboo Integrity by Zen Tea
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Interestingly, the bag says steep this at 203F, and when I did, this is SO good! I mean, it’s good at boiling, but it’s infinitely better at a slightly lower temperature. Holy moly! Increasing rating.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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93
drank Vanilla Cacao by Herbal Infusions
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Again, this tea needs renaming, and I’m putting it forward to the gent over at Herbal Infusions with my suggestion. For those wanting “vanilla”, you’ll fail to find it. If however you’re looking for a true cacao like you’d get in Mexico, replete with history (look at my last tasting note for those details), this is definitely a go-to. More mild spice cacao than anything, and still utterly delicious.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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67

Hm. Either I did something wrong, or Random Carpe Diem and I have very different tastebuds.

This is okay, however I’m missing anything really.. minty. There’s some chocolate in here, more so with a touch of stevia. I do taste the green base, which is okay if unmemorable.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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72
drank Lemon Tart by CaesarsTea
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Thank you to VariaTEA for sending this my way in a swap!

Smells lovely in the package, light lemony loveliness. I get the lemon bit drinking it, however it’s missing anything creamy, custardy, or tart-like. It’s okay, however my mind is wandering, wondering how Butiki’s Stacy would make this…

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec
VariaTEA

I definitely agree with you

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94
drank Cantaloupe and Cream by Butiki Teas
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Wow, this is delicious. Light and fruity, both in the flavoring and the feel. It is exactly as promised, and a stunning work of art, this blend.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Courtney

This one really is a work of art.

Plunkybug

It’s a fave of mine…what sucked me in to Butiki.

keychange

Also my first Butiki love!

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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.

Now, it’s purge time. Time to gather what’s needed and let go of the rest. Almost all of the tea was given away, sold, or otherwise shared. A few relics still remain. 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. And so, I’m happy to share (anytime!) and will occasionally desire small amounts of tea for swaps, just to try.

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

No-can-do: lavender, overly floral (French florals, or florals that are creamy rather than, well, floral work well!), sugar, Splenda, all grains.

Love: fruity, dessert, chai, spicy, all types of tea.

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