1474 Tasting Notes

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drank Snow Day by DAVIDsTEA
1474 tasting notes

Uh, so this was in my cupboard yesterday… and now it’s not. Bah. Re-adding.

This is my new comfort tea. I love it. I smell it, and instantly I feel all zen-like, calm and cool. I prefer it when it’s cooled (a bit minty-er, a bit more chocolatey goodness) but frankly, I’ll drink it any way I can. It, along with Hot Chocolate, will be in my stable of teas for a bit, until of course I find other local finds that I enjoy more. :P

Flavors: Chocolate, Mint

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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86
drank Yu Lu Yan Cha Black by Verdant Tea
1474 tasting notes

Yummy yum yum.

But seriously, who tasted cannabis in this?!

Flavors: Cocoa, Malt

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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86
drank Toasty Almond by Tealish
1474 tasting notes

Still love it, still tastes like a liquid cinnamon bun to me.: :)

Flavors: Cinnamon, Fruity

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

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drank Joy by Teavana & Starbucks
1474 tasting notes

Ok, this stuff is just weird. I didn’t expect jasmine from an oolong black blend, nor did I from the smell. When I think Christmas, joyful teas (the ones I’ve had in England, anyway) they were all spiced, like a gingerbread or plum pudding or something along those lines. Warm, earthy, comforting, like you’re sitting in front of the fire sipping cozily once the gifts are wrapped and the kids in bed. Y’know?

This tea… this is just weird. Why I’d think jasmine… why would anyone? I dunno. Not my cup of tea. There’s nothing really special or even multifaceted to it… it’s a floral jasmine, and surprisingly light for a black (it looks like more black than oolong in the tin, but what do I know).

Flavors: Floral, Jasmine

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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84
drank Hot Chocolate by DAVIDsTEA
1474 tasting notes

Yes, yes, oh my goodness, yes. I love this tea. I’m drinking it every day. Every morning actually. It’s earthy yet chocolatey, yummy and rich, it does need a bit of sweetener to make things pop, but … yes… I love this. Is it hot chocolate-like? Well, I’m assuming more so if you add some sort of creamy milkishness to it? I don’t. I like it just the way it is. 50g will not be nearly enough for this puerh lover.

I should note I don’t drink this at boiling temperate. It’s richer, I find, at a touch before boiling.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Earth, Thick

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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79
drank Thé à l'Opéra by Mariage Frères
1474 tasting notes

I drink this whenever I’m at a local French patisserie, which sells it both loose and in a tin. It’s lovely – as long as you don’t oversteep it. More than three or four minutes, and it’s just plain ick. Grassy, astringent, tart, bitter… no. But when it’s lightly steeped, with a less-than boiling temperature, I quite love it. Light, somewhat fruity, vanilla soft, and a touch of creaminess to it.

Flavors: Creamy, Fruity, Grass, Vanilla

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

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79

My last pot of tea, usually, every night. It’s not amazing, but it sure does get me to sleep. I find it soothing, and well, inexpensive, plus comforting.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
gmathis

Win, win, win! I discovered it recently; doesn’t put me out like it does for some, but it’s lovely and soothing!

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84
drank Chandernagor by Mariage Frères
1474 tasting notes

Yes, this is still an exceptional tea. Really, truly. Yes, I still love it, and get it every possible chance when I go to one of the local French bakeries that serves it. Today, I had it blended with butter (Bulletproof-style), andi t was amazing. Truly. A life changing experience.

Flavors: Creamy, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
OMGsrsly

Ooh that sounds neat.

MissB

It’s like the butter tea served in…. I don’t know where? Basically you grab butter (grass-fed, organic, the best of the best… or ghee) and then use a blender or something along those lines to emulsify the butter into the tea. Add sweetener, and, voila! Breakfast. Great for those avoiding milks but still want the creaminess and fat (with ghee, anyway).

OMGsrsly

Yak butter tea. :)

Lindsay

The guy who invented the whole “bulletproof coffee” phenomenon was apparently inspired by a cup of yak butter tea he had while traveling in Tibet. :)

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76

This was a bit off for me this time around, not sure why. Still malty, a touch astringent, deep, rich, and yet… off. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it just wasn’t what I wanted. Boo.

Flavors: Astringent, Malt

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80
drank Melange Laduree by Ladurée
1474 tasting notes

Still a soft and gentle, creamy bergamot/earl grey sort of concoction. It’s not a LOVE LOVE, but it is a really nice, soothing, lovely tea that I can dig into. For whatever reason I hoard it though – I really just need to drink and enjoy it. :)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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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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