1442 Tasting Notes

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

Funny, I thought oversteeping this for 20+ minutes would make it stronger. Sure, I can really get the eucalyptus now, however it’s soothing, and the elderberries got super sweet and dominant. Still, it’s pretty much the same as when you steep it like, you know, a normal person.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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77
drank Vanilla Cream Pie by CaesarsTea
1442 tasting notes

Hm. I wonder who sent me this cute package from CaesarsTea to try? Of course, it’s VariaTEA. Thank you! :)

This was a delicious cup that I drank way too fast earlier this evening. There’s vanilla, there’s cream, yes, there’s even a custard-like finish to it. I missed the actual crust/pie part, however it’s still delicious as-is.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 45 sec
VariaTEA

Yay! I am glad you liked it.

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74

Oddly, I thought I’d tried this one out already. It seems I’ve just parsed out some to the lot of you. ;)

This smells a lot like the TARDIS blends. It’s definitely got an EG feel to it, plus some caramel and perhaps a nut of some sorts for good measure. It’s creamy, bright yet full, and I like it, even if there’s something in it that’s missing for me. Perhaps it’s that I just love TARDIS so much.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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86
drank Toffee Dream by Zen Tea
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I need to up the rating on this. It’s consistently good, even if I only steep it once (it’s rare I steep a white twice, especially a flavored one). As long as I keep that temperature down, it’s pure toffee.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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75

Hm. It smells delicious (and strongly! this one is quarantined from the rest of my tea), and smells lovely brewed up as well. I do get brownie quite distinctively out of this. Cakey and gooey brownie. I’m missing the cinnamon until well after the sip, and then suddenly, I taste it.

It’s a bit off from what I was expecting, yet still a lovely cuppa.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Yvonne

Definitely one for my shopping list! Sounds amazing.

JustJames

sounds lovely… i don’t envy the cinnamon so much though. i’m picky about chocolate and cinnamon together.

Suziqzer

Yummy :)

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67
drank Tropical Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Thank you to Dexter3657 for sharing this with me!

Did it up like I did the other (eggnog) today, which was perfect: 1/4 tsp matcha, 1/3 cup heavy cream, a granule or two of sweetener. And… I got nothing. Zero smell, or flavor, nothing. Added another 1/8 of a tsp of matcha – still nothing. Another 1/8 of a teaspoon, and I can tell it’s matcha, however there’s zero tropical anything, for me.

Methinks this needs a stronger flavoring; I’m assuming it’s distinctive here. It’s good – hell, it’s matcha! – however it’s not tropical anything, sadly.

Preparation
Iced

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99
drank Zhu Rong Yunnan Black by Verdant Tea
1442 tasting notes

What a beautiful-looking tea. Wow.

I had to measure this out with my scale to get the right amount: 1.5g is what I decided on to start with for an 8 ounce cup. I steeped them right after the other, and have both cups here to compare against one another.

Steep One: 200F, 2 minutes – wow. Cocoa and honey. Really? It’s subtle, and yet, hard to miss. The honey comes in after, almost gooey-like, and the cocoa is at the start of the sip, and finishes more with a dry cacao feeling. It’s really quite exquisite.

Steep Two: 200F, 2 minutes, 30 seconds – Holy moly, this is all honey. It’s almost too sweet. How on earth can I say that with a straight black tea?!

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

Straight black teas are my fav. Especially honey-like ones.

Fjellrev

Oh, I had this today for the first time but haven’t logged it. It’s so delicious!

Terri HarpLady

I love this tea. It’s one of the teas I hoard in my attic (bedroom). I don’t ever want to run out of it. :)

Suziqzer

ohh… I didn’t know straight black could be sweet.. ?

Josh Buteau

Now that sounds crazy to hear about a black….but at the same time it sounds delicious!!

MissB

It was just divine, and I’ll have to have more soon. Josh, I highly recommend checking out Verdant; pricey yet worth it (in my opinion).

Donna A

I adore this tea. My current favorite. I hope they get more in stock before I run out completely!

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100
drank Eggnog Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1442 tasting notes

Got a tiny sample pouch of this – can I just say that I LOVE the sample sizes? They’re more than enough for me to try, especially when I’m having mini cups.

Opening the bag is like smelling sweet eggnog right off the bat. Oh, yay! Made it with 1/4 tsp matcha, 1/4 cup whipping cream, and a grain or two of sweetener. Hm. Definitely got the eggnog in here – it’s delicious and bang on – however it’s… too much of something. Maybe somewhat chemical-tasting? Added cream to the 1/3 cup mark, and that’s PERFECT. Tastes identical to eggnog in every way possible. Perfect marks, because it’s perfect.

Preparation
Iced
Veronica

This was the first flavored matcha I tried, and I loved it. I’m going to try a few more samples of other flavors before placing an order. Yay samples!

Suziqzer

Hmm…got me thinking. If you are adding it to whipping cream, can you whip it up like for a dessert topping ? Might be fun to try.

MissB

Great idea! I do really enjoy cooking with matcha, or making ice cream out of it too.

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90

At first, drinking this tea surprised me. I was all, “what is THAT?” with the first few sips, and put it down because it seemed so darn odd to me. I’m thinking it was the sage, but really, I’m just guessing.

Now that it’s right cooled, it’s an amazingly delicious cup – little to compare to those first few hot sips. Sweet and savory, herbal licorice and berryish, I quite like this, and can see myself drinking it often.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

Another tea staple worth playing with. I prefer a bit of honey in this one and sometimes I put in a pinch of laoshan black.

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90
drank Sweet Toffee by Tea Desire
1442 tasting notes

I keep on steeping this colder and colder for my son, and it just gets better each time. He called before bed, “Mommy, make me MY tea please?” Of course, he meant this one. I had the rest of the cup. So delicious!

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 6 min, 30 sec
Yvonne

Adorable!

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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).

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