1442 Tasting Notes

98

Soooooo good. Thank you so much Dexter3657 for this surprise gift.

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

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80
drank Lemon & Ginger by Clipper
1442 tasting notes

I’m going to need more of this, I’m drinking it way too fast. It’s so good! Even though I do want more ginger… always… more ginger.

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

Hope you’re feeling better today!

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52

This is much better cold than hot, although it’s still.. weird. It’s grapefruit, kind of, with something weird in there that’s still fruity yet… I dunno. Tart in a way that seems weird to me. It’s… tea tart? Hard to explain this one.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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79

Really just a chai, with a hint of something chocolatey in the end. Oh wait, caramel lingers after. I do like it… kinda makes me feel like I’m making out with Watson after he’s had a long drag off a pipe. A chocolate pipe, of course.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
221tea

WHERE DO I SIGN UP? Make-out sessions with Dr. Hotson? COUNT ME IN.

MissB

Ha! I’m definitely sending you some of this. :)

Suziqzer

I have to admit that I had to look up who Watson was … blush…, but your comment made me laugh.

Cavocorax

heheh. I’ve never heard Hotson before but I’m filing that in my mental lexicon.

Cavocorax

(also, 221tea, I think I sent you some Sherlock)

Roswell Strange

(221, if you’re interested in doing a small swap, I can send you some of the Irene Adler blend if only just to try another Sherlock tea – I could also probably do a couple matcha samples. Though I don’t have a ton left at this point…)

221tea

I am literally bouncing up and down in my chair with excitement…and maybe too much caffeine…

SAMPLE ALL THE SHERLOCK TEAS!!!

Cav…I got “Hotson” from a fic where john was still in the army…his mates called him Hotson to get under his skin…hehe.

Roswell…I forgot to PM you about the Matcha…gonna do that now.

MissB…sorry for hijacking your post…I get excitable…

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80
drank Cold 911 (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1442 tasting notes

More of a tummy tea for me, and I hope it works tonight. Bleh.

This cup is more juniper berry than anything, which is weird. Or, maybe I really am in the midst of some sort of stomach bug that’s thrown me off. All I know is, today this tastes weird, offputting, metallic and biting. I’m still drinking it.

Preparation
2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Jillian

Feel better soon!

jump62359

Oh my gosh I am so sorry.
Please oh please, I hope you feel better!

MissB

No Miss jump, it’s not the tea prior – I’ve had a stomach bug for most of the week now.

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Bah. Strawberry flavor. Now, I only had a very mild reaction to this, so it’s obviously minute in detail. Still, it kinda sorta ruined the cup for me, which blows, as jump62359 so graciously sent this to me. And the name! The name!! I love it. In turn, I wanted to love this tea.

All I got from the two sips I had was an earthy sort of chai-like tea, with some weird background flavoring that I can’t quite place.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
jump62359

I AM SO SORRY.
Had I known you were allergic to strawberries, I wouldn’t have sent this!! I promise, I’m not out to kill you haha.
Hoping that the other teas are still good and no allergic reactions happen1!

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83

Well, I royally messed up the steeping of this. According to the directions on the bag (which differ from the website): 2g in 150mL for 30-60 seconds at 158-176F for the first few infusions, and increasing steeping time and heat thereafter.

I weighed one of the surprisingly large balls, and it was 3.38 grams. So I plunked two into a large mug, 200F water cooled to 185F, and steeped it for two minutes. As that wasn’t strong enough, I added another minute to the steep.

This tea smells like chocolate out of the bag and even more so as it steeps. It’s got a really sweet flavor to it, almost too sweet. That’s the majority of what I got from the first steep, although when it was hotter, it had an earthy cocoa quality to it as well as a malty flavor.

Do I like this? Yes. However I need to play with it a LOT more before I can say that I love it.

Got it here: http://www.aliexpress.com/item/wholesale-100g-Handmade-Black-Dragon-balls-Organic-Black-Pearl-3-5-OZ-free-shipping/487099430.html

Flavors: Chocolate, Honey, Malt

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 7 g 18 OZ / 532 ML
Ubacat

I’m really curious about some of the teas from this store! Looks like great stuff. I checked it out but everything is in huge amounts.

MissB

Oh? It was all so cheap, I didn’t notice. I can send you some if you’d like? Or, just go in with someone nearby maybe if you’d rather, it’s all so very inexpensive.

Ubacat

Oh cost wise I think it was good. It was just that you couldn’t order anything less than 100g. My tea cupboard is so full , I can’t imagine ordering 100g of even my fav tea. I would be interested in getting some samples from you on mostly the greens, whites, & puerhs (with an occasional black). If you want to swap anything with me or do it as sample surprise pack where I pay, I’m good with that.

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81
drank Blueberry Lagoon by Tealish
1442 tasting notes

I’ve had this at least five times in the past few days, and I’ve noticed a few things:
- it’s too sweet cold, and as it cools;
- it’s infinitely better hot, and with a shorter than five minute steep;
- the apple takes over if you re-steep, oversteep, or let it cool too long.

I do love it, however it’s a bit finicky. This is a partial re-steep (I re-steeped the last cup and added more leaf), and probably my least favorite of all the times I’ve had it. The last cup however – 3 minute steep with 200F water and all brand new leaf – was amazing while still hot/warm.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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93
drank Caramel Pu Erh by Tea Desire
1442 tasting notes

My stomach is really upset again today, so after (I think it was) Roswell Strange tealogged this earlier, I thought, “Why am I not having some, too?” And so I am, and as always, it’s delicioso.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
__Morgana__

I’m sorry about your tummy. But I’ve been wondering what it is about pu erh that helps with stomach upset. Is it the fermentation? Like the “good bacteria” in yogurt? (Probably should ask OMGsrsly, the rescuer of bacteria.)

MissB

It’s interesting you ask, because I was told (several times) it’s an oolong I should reach for with an upset stomach, yet that (sadly) makes me even more ill. I’ll assume it’s the fermentation on my end that helps, although I’m sure OMGsrsly knows, or at least has something more scientific to share on the matter.

__Morgana__

My BF often has stomach upset (perhaps if he stopped eating like an 8 year old he’d have less) and I’ve been giving him pu erh, and he says it helps. There’s so much anecdotal evidence from various Steepsterites that I think pu ehr definitely has something magical about it. Unless it’s placebo effect ;-). But hey, whatever works. FWIW I would not dream of reaching for oolong with an upset tummy. I fear I would resort to some carbonated beverage or other.

Suziqzer

I’m afraid I often turn to ginger ale or Sprite when my stomach is upset. I’m trying to change my habit to peppermint teas now that I’m into tea :). So far Hubby has given the thumbs up for peppermint. I think a mild ginger tea mint be good too.. I bought a box of tea when I was pregnant to help aid a pregnant stomach & I believe it was mainly ginger. Sometimes you just do with whatever tastes good at the time too.

__Morgana__

Yeah, ginger ale is v. good. Also for me, Coke products though I tend to drink only Diet Coke. Ginger can be good. I bought crystallized ginger when I was pregnant, though I never had a lot of morning sickness, just sort of morning queasiness, and it seemed to help.

MissB

Ginger works well for me, and I’ll even take it in capsule format if I’m pukey. Only thing that worked for me when I was pregnant with my daughter though? Grapefruit essential oil that I dabbed on a kleenex and kept in my pocket at all times.

Suziqzer

I envy you for not having morning sickness. I had just gotten past the time during pregnancy when most women have it and I had only had mild nausea in the mornings… then it started, leave it to me to be different. I tried several things.. pregnancy tea, ginger snaps (didn’t like them at the time), something else the health food store recommended, and nothing helped much except gas drops they give babies w/gas.

I’ve never heard of grapefruit oil being good for nausea. Was it the fragrance that helped you? Interesting.

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Hm. Intriguing blend, although I’m unsure what exactly to make of it. Very ginger-y, earthy, and a touch chai-like sweet with some caramel in there. I like "dangerous"in the description, it seems fitting. There is something I’m finding a bit offputting in this though, some sort of smokey earth that is probably the puerh, or maybe the ginger, not sure — and usually I love both these ingredients, so I’m hesitant to blame either one. A shorter steep would likely help.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 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.

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.

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