1455 Tasting Notes

79
drank Ginger Herbal Tea by Fresh & Easy
1455 tasting notes

This is a really spicy ginger tea! I mean, I purposely oversteeped it to bring out the ginger, but holy wow! Really yummy. Getting only hints of the cinnamon and fennel in here, and zero mint at all. Really tasty though, and it feels very soothing, it spicy.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Fennel, Ginger

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

We used to mystery shop Fresh & Easy until they sold.

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80

Grabbed a loose leaf tin of this at the San Jose store, and am glad I did. It’s a mild chai, smooth and mellow, with a hint of vanilla. I might be slightly biased here, as I bought it from a lovely young gent that told me I’d have to come back to try more… just to have my tell him I live in Vancouver, Canada, and that the trip I just returned from might be my last to that specific area.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Clove, Vanilla

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

Fingers crossed that he’s there if you go back ;)

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79

Odd how the reviews for this are quite poor, yet I had it iced the other day in-house at one of the San Jose stores, and I really liked it. Couldn’t even taste the rooibos, found it sweet even with zero sweetener, and lightly spiced. I’d definitely have more if I were to find myself in that same parking lot in the middle of nowhere again.

Preparation
Iced 12 OZ / 354 ML

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75
drank Awakening Tea by Algonquin Tea Co
1455 tasting notes

Mint is definitely the strongest of the flavors here, however you can tell it’s a fresh, wild mint (if that makes any sense).. it reminds me of going camping, and the smells and herbs surrounding me when they’re fresh and spring-like. I don’t get much of anything else in here, although I did look up Labrador tea (the first, main ingredient) to get the story. It’s part of the rhododendron family, caffeine-free, and often used as a tea substitute. Interestingly, it was hung up in closets to deter mothballs and ghosts. Seriously. Considering how I’ve been having very clear images of those departed of late, as well as ‘knowing’ things there’s zero way I could know, perhaps this is a tea I should drink more of, or less? :)

Flavors: Mint

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

I would love to hear more about that!

MissB

The tea, or the weird/interesting things I’ve seen of late?

Marzipan

The things you have seen.

MissB

Oh! Well, I’ve ‘known’ things my entire life: when my Mom went into the hospital before she passed, I literally walked out of my class mid-conversation because I knew she needed me. My teachers weren’t impressed. ;) As recently as yesterday a gal pal was telling me about a text she received from a coworker: “I’ve got some urgent and exciting news to share, please call me ASAP.” I said, “Oh, she’s pregnant! That’s wonderful!” and my friend said, “No way, she’s 42”. Today I get a text asking, “How on earth did you know she was pregnant?!” I also just… see things. So was doing a tarot card reading for a total stranger, and prior to the reading, I saw a beautiful white sparkly path up to the heavens, with dancing hearts along it. I told the woman before touching any cards, and she started bawling. “That’s a message from my son. He LOVED hearts,” and then in bits and spurts told me of her son that had just passed, and how disconnected she’d felt from him. Everything I saw, she had a personal reference for, and knew what it referred to. We were both shocked at what I ‘knew’… it was quite emotional. Since then it’s happened a few times, with more details each time.

Suziqzer

Wow! Sounds interesting to say the least. My son will sometimes say things to us and we are like, “what?”. The one that sticks out the most in my memory was when he was probably 2 or 3 yrs old. We were on vacation, driving somewhere and he says something about it raining. Now we had checked the forecast and it was a nice sunny summer day with no rain in sight. Sure enough, not but a few hours later we drove through a downpour ! Where did that come from and how did he know? I have no idea. Now when he speaks up about something we always listen and take note.

Marzipan

I waited until I was at a “real” keyboard to respond to this again, because I hate typing long things on my iPad. A little background, I grew up in a religious household. My mother was (and still is) the church organist of a Southern Baptist Church. We were there every time the doors opened. As an adult I am pretty much agnostic. So I tend to lean more to science than metaphysical. BUT, there are so many things that can’t be explained that I always find myself very interested and leaving myself open to the idea that we don’t know it all/can’t explain it all, so my mind is open.

Now, I grew up next door to my grandparents. I had a mom, but my grandmother was effectively the mom. She was the one who was always baking and making Halloween costumes and all of those type things. I adored her and was at her house just about every day from the time I was born until I went to college. She was the most positive person I ever knew, and never said a bad thing about anyone. She certainly never dwelled on death or anything like that. So it was a surprise when she started talking about it quite a bit, for a year or so before her death. It’s as if she knew. She walked one of my aunts around her house and pointed out what things she wanted specific people to inherit (REALLY out of character). One day she scolded my grandfather for keeping so much of their money tied up in investments and said, “You haven’t left enough in our daily account to bury either of us.” There were several things like that that were just….really out of character.

My grandmother went into the hospital for a very minor procedure. She had a tear duct that was clogged and it needed to be cleared. She had it done at a hospital where my sister was a nurse, so after the procedure my sister went to see her in recovery, talked with her and then left the room. My grandmother had a massive stroke and was essentially gone moments later. My sister was the head nurse in neuro intensive care where they took my grandmother, so we were privy to some inside information, and her stroke was so massive and so unusual that it was studied at a national neuro conference that year.

This was, to me, the strangest part. She was kept alive for four days, and on the last day we had to make the decision to let her go. She had no will or living will, so there was no directive from her (this was 25 years ago, living wills weren’t as common as they are today). It was a wrenching decision and really hard for our family. But it was the decision we had to make. Afterward we went back to her house and started making coffee for the visitors. Inside one of her kitchen cabinets she had cut out a sample living will from a women’s magazine, signed it, and taped it to the cabinet door. It was dated within two weeks of her hospital visit.

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80
drank Eugene Breakfast by J-TEA
1455 tasting notes

Interestingly, this tastes almost ridiculously similar to the Bourbon barrel aged puer I grabbed from these guys in the same order. It’s thick and sweet, almost crunchy sweet if that makes any sense, with a smokey orange in there as well. I can tell this is a really great tea, and will rate it accordingly, however it’s just… something I think others will enjoy more.

Flavors: Honey, Malt, Orange, Smoke

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

I still need to get my hands on that Bourbon barrel puerh!

TeaBrat

I just want some bourbon, let’s skip the tea. ;)

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72
drank Cinnamon Bun by Della Terra
1455 tasting notes

I can’t tell if this is me being weird with allergies/lingering cold stuffola, however this is just tasting ‘meh’ to me. There’s cinnamon, and just a hint of something sweet like a cinnamon bun icing -sorta thing… it’s just.. I dunno. I want the flavor to punch more?

This was just a sample from my massive sample purchase last year, and I think I’ll pass the rest of what’s left along so that perhaps someone else can enjoy this more.

Flavors: Cinnamon

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

I’m so tired of allergies this year. The cottonwoods just started here and I’m in agony.

MissB

Decongestants make things even worse for me (heart palpitations, oh my!) but when I take this herbal concoction religiously (BELL Allergy) I find I’m symptom-free. Now I just need to find a tea that does something similar!

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59
drank Caramel Vanilla Chai by 52teas
1455 tasting notes

Trying this (I think) for the first time. Well, there’s something bitter in this (even though I only steeped it for two minutes), although I do get caramel and vanilla out of it. It’s definitely a 52Teas blend – I can tell from the base. I know it’s far from a must-have tea in the future, however I’m still very grateful to khamilton611 for sending some of this my way!

Flavors: Ash, Bitter, Caramel, Cinnamon, Vanilla

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

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86
drank Tulsi Red Magic by T2
1455 tasting notes

Eh… not enjoying this today. All I’m getting are cigarette ashes. There had better not be maté in this… (Keeping the rating the same, just in case it’s me tonight with an issue).

Flavors: Ash

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

Yikes! I had a latte from a local coffee shop that tasted like that to me. I never went back!

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86
drank Tulsi Red Magic by T2
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This tea is shockingly delicious. I’ve had it six times now (again, huge backlog) and every single time it’s blown me away. It’s sweet and gentle, and very surprising as to the flavor. It’s a hard one to describe, other than to say I associate this flavor with other saffron teas I’ve had in the past – however this is by far the best. This will be a staple in my cupboard now.

Flavors: Honey, Orange, Saffron

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cheri

This sounds really good. I love saffron, but I’ve never had it in tea.

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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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