1474 Tasting Notes

79

Oh my goodness. What on earth did I do wrong here? This was, by far, the worst cup of tea I’ve had in years. One sip and it was so bitter, I had to dump 1200mL of it. Even did it up in the Breville the “proper” way, because my daughter had asked for some to put in a jug for tomorrow.

1.5 tsp per 8oz.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
LiberTEAS

I would have gone 2 minutes in the breville.

MissB

Less time and I overleafed. Thanks for the suggestion!

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72
drank Cherry Cheesecake Green Tea by 52teas
1474 tasting notes

Wanna hear weird? I definitely get cheesecake out of this, however it’s missing any sort of cherry whatsoever. How on earth did I manage that? Also getting a bit of the metallic taste as I did with the Cantaloupe Watermelon as it cools. Oh, wait. There’s the cherry, kind of, well after the sip. Think I’ll let this one marinate a bit before trying it again.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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72
drank Cantaloupe Watermelon by 52teas
1474 tasting notes

Hm. Much better hot than cold, this is very cantaloupe-y with less watermelon than I’d expected in the mix. Also, was a bit disappointed to see this was a 1 oz. bag, when it’s the same price as the 2oz. bags in the same order. Yes, I realize white tea takes up more space – however I also need more of it to brew, and if I’d known it was double the price, I likely would have passed. My bad for ignoring this important aspect of buying.

Really though, it’s a very authentic cantaloupe, even if it gets a bit metallic as it cools. Watermelon comes in a bit at the end of the sip.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90
drank Wedding Impérial by Mariage Frères
1474 tasting notes

This is delicious cup of mostly creamy caramel, with a tiny hint of chocolate at the end. It’s really quite lovely both hot and cold, although I do prefer it warm-ish.

I think (?) I bought this from Starfevre in her tea sale, and I feel badly that I bought it at a time when I’d yet to think of marking each sample with the handle of the person who sent it to me. :$ Silly MissB. So, to whomever sold this to me at a greatly discounted price because it was in a different tea’s bad – thank you!

Flavors: Caramel, Cocoa, Cream

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Tuscanteal

I adore this tea as well… so delicious!

MissB

Where do you get yours, Tuscanteal?

Starfevre

Nope! Not from me.

Starfevre

I haven’t had a tea sale.

Tuscanteal

When The Urban Tea Merchant carried MF, that’s where I got it… now I am SOL

Dustin

Dean and Deluca has it. Not sure if it is a good price or if they ship to Canada.

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93

Want to go with a guaranteed winner this morning with the matcha -so this naturally is what I reached for! So delicious, and so surprising each time just how bang-on it really is.

Had to overleaf significantly for some reason; I’m a bit confused as to why. Perhaps the high fat content of the heavy cream I’m having to drink? Will need to investigate. 1 tsp in 1/3 cup of heavy cream.

Flavors: Caramel, Cream

Preparation
Iced 1 tsp 3 OZ / 78 ML
VariaTEA

This one is amazing!! Now that my matchas got here I will have to send half off to my friend and that means sending away the rest of this. I will definitely be getting this in my next order though.

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78

A hint of orange with some sweeter spices in there (cinnamon, maybe? it’s hard to tell), this is a lovely tea that I’m quite happy to start my day off with.

Trying something new with Steepster today. Due to the snippets only showing the first certain number of characters from a community review, I’m sharing my thanks, my stories, my personal details later in my tealogs. Why? Because while I truly LOVE hearing about all of your lives, when I’m looking up a tea, I only want to read details of the tea specifically in those blurbs. Thus…

Thanks to TeaTiff for sharing such a lovely brew for Day Two of the 12 Days of Christmas Swap. This sipdown is a bit of a sad one, because this is the kind of tea that reminds me of growing up, and the kind of thing my Mom would make for me.

1.5 tsp in 12oz.

Flavors: Orange Zest

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Starfevre

That’s a really good idea.

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72

Hello nondescript honeybush that still tastes yummy. You may be missing a lot of the elements (for me) in the label for this tea, however I still think you’re delicioso.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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93

I love this tea WAY too much. I crave it, sometimes I want to have it nightly. Unfortunately, I’m getting seriously scratchy throat drinking it, which makes me very sad. Perhaps I’ll just put it to bed for a few nights and try again.

Flavors: Cream

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Butiki Teas

Oh no, sorry to hear about the scratchy throat.

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91
drank Birthday Cake by Butiki Teas
1474 tasting notes

I love this tea. I still wonder why, because I think like Sil said, it’s very creamy eggonog-ish minus any form of caffeine. Maybe that’s why? Regardless, it’s yum-a-licious.

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
VariaTEA

MMMMMmmmmm

ifjuly

I am obsessed with this one! So goooood. I can drink down a whole huge pot before bed sometimes with no regrets, hee.

MissB

Stacy has also offered to make more for VariaTEA and I! :)

Butiki Teas

ifjuly-If you want in on that, send me a PM.

MissB-Will be getting in touch soon-ish about finalizing thish.

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63

Hm. I’m finding this super syrupy and exceptionally tart, and I’m missing the chili entirely. Phooey. This is a sipdown, and I’m cool with that. Thanks to OMGsrsly for sharing!

Flavors: Orange Zest

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 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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