1474 Tasting Notes

93
drank Caramel Pu Erh by Tea Desire
1474 tasting notes

Third cup of this tonight, and this is a re-steep. Surprisingly, tastes just as good as the first, although this time I had to strain the tea through a paper filter because of all the clumpy (I assume caramel) bits — so many that they actually clogged the bag and stopped water from pouring through!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Super Ginger (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1474 tasting notes

Okay Superhero of Teas. Work your magic! All I want to see is your cheap red cape, blowing in the breeze behind you as you fly away to save your next ingestor, after having saved my stomach from the perils of bad, evil food.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
TheTeaFairy

Love me some Superhero! Did he come to rescue???

MissB

Heh. It definitely helped soothe my stomach!

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93
drank Caramel Pu Erh by Tea Desire
1474 tasting notes

My bag says only pu-erh and caramel pieces in it, sans ‘natural flavor’. Regardless, this is fantastic. There are chunks of caramel in here, and it’flavors the pu-erh beautifully. I find pu-erh’s really help my stomach and get my digestive juices flowing, and thus why I’m trying this tonight… so amazingly delicious, even oversteeped.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
OMGsrsly

Why did they have to close all their local stores? Why didn’t I ever see this one on the shelf when I went in? These are important tea-questions to ask. :)

OMGsrsly

I wonder if I can convince my mom to stop into the Nanaimo store tomorrow… Ahem.

MissB

Heh. I only saw this online after I specifically went looking for it — if that helps? I’m going to go through this fast. Already on cup #2.

Fjellrev

Oh crap, I didn’t look at the pu-erhs when I was at the Edmonton location the other day. Wonder if they had it.

OMGsrsly

The Nanaimo store is apparently closed. Seriously choked. :/

MissB

What?! Argh. Well that blows. When I order more, I’ll grab you some OMGsrsly, although frankly I’ll be AWOL still in person for a bit.

OMGsrsly

I called the number and apparently they’ve moved the store. But I was on the ferry already. :) I’m just really frustrated because that keeps happening with this company.

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69

Definitely suffering from massive stomach upset, so this is in order tonight. Brewed it extra strong with two teabags for 12 ounces, and I hope it does the trick! Flavor-wise it’s basically a mint with some herbals in the background. Definitely drinking this for something other than the flavor. ;)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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92

A pound of this is on it’s way to me. That’s how much I love this. Soon to be a sipdown, unless the package beats me! Also finding that oversteeping makes it less yummy, and I like it better with just a hint of sweetener (stevia).

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec
Fjellrev

Gee, someone likes this tea haha. I regret not picking it up with my order but I’ll definitely do so next time.

OMGsrsly

1lb is a lot of tea. :)

MissB

It’s so cheap, and only available until early January… I wanted it to last the year. :P

OMGsrsly

Ahh. I might do something similar with Gingerbread. It’s about half gone already.

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92
drank Peppermint Patty by Butiki Teas
1474 tasting notes

I have this off feeling like I swallowed a piece of plastic accidentally, and now it’s stuck at the bottom of my chest. Weird.

Hoping to feel better with this tea, because (as always) it’s spectacular. Creamy, lovely, chocolatey goodness.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
VariaTEA

I got this because I LOVED Birthday Cake and that is not available anymore. The marshmallow root drew me in and I am glad I tried it because it really is great (although I do still really miss Birthday Cake :P)

MissB

I only have a tiny amount of Birthday Cake left, so I’m definitely hoarding that one. So good!

VariaTEA

A good plan indeed. It is just so tasty that I would hoard it too.

Butiki Teas

If you guys are interested in picking up larger amounts of it, let me know. From time to time I have to make more of it for my friend. Her kid loves it and I can’t bring myself to disappoint him.

VariaTEA

I would definitely be happy to buy a large amount if it meant I got to have more of the delicious Birthday Cake tea :)

MissB

Definitely interested! When I’m ready to buy more tea (and when you’re done your holiday time Miss Stacy!) I’ll send you a note.

Butiki Teas

Great! Would love to coordinate it so that I can make a batch for both of you guys and a little extra for my friend’s son. :)

OMGsrsly

MissB, count me in! I love this one. :)

OMGsrsly

The Birthday Cake “this one”, that is. I need to stop hoarding it.

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64
drank Lemon Zen by Herbal Infusions
1474 tasting notes

Unsure why I kept this out for weeks to try again. It’s the same experience as last time – too rind-y for me, and just shy of a lemon pledge -type lemon.. which is weird, considering I love lemon anything, as well as mints. There’s just something more medicinal about this lemon that isn’t sitting quite right with me. Lowering my rating a bit.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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71
drank Vanilla Velvet by Teajo Teas
1474 tasting notes

I want to love this. I mean, I adore vanilla, and rooibos is my go-to most nights, although I’m finding red rooibos a bit hit or miss of late. This one, I’m getting zero throat fuzziness though so this makes me happy.

Out of the bag and steeped it smells strongly of vanilla. Steeped, I get rooibos first, then vanilla, and had to add a touch of stevia to make it creamy vanilla awesomeness.

It’s good, it’s just… one dimensional, to me. I wanted zero rooibos taste and just vanilla cream. If I were on the hunt for a vanilla rooibos though, I could see this being a staple for some.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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84

A sad sipdown, however I have 4 ounces on their way, so really it’s very temporary. Gosh I love this stuff, especially to kick my immune system into gear when I’m fighting something. I wish I could portal some to all of you also under the weather!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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80

Definitely smells like a cinnamon bun. This would get a much higher rating from me, as would all of Della Terra’s offerings, if there were less ‘stuff’ in it. The added sweeteners and/or chocolate chips in many of their blends are just a huge deterrent. Having said that, this is a really close approximation of a cinnamon bun, although I get less cake and more creamy cinnamon and icing.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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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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