1455 Tasting Notes

78

Definitely needs a much longer steep and lower temperature to bring out the best in this brew. Will try at an even lower temp in the next few days to see if it makes more of a difference.

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

Good tip, I will have to try this

Suziqzer

I’ll keep your steeping note in mind when I try this one ;)

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77

Interesting how I rated this so highly when I rarely reach for it, and have actually avoided it on a few occasions. I find it tastes too much like rooibos to me, or at least that’s my memory of it, so I avoid it. I do like it – it’s very good at mimicking what I remember as apple stolen. I just… am learning that I like apple teas less and less, and this is okay, however far from amazing.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Yvonne

The name sounds so much more promising :(

Suziqzer

How does this compare to Bluebird Tea’s apple strudel?

MissB

I wasn’t a fan of either one; I think I gave you the last of the Bluebird.

Suziqzer

Yes you did …. It was one of the ones in your stash sale I wanted to try & I enjoy it, right now anyway. Using it sparingly.. :)

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88
drank Turmeric Snap (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1455 tasting notes

So… I’m almost out of this lovely bit that Janelle shared with me (thank you so much, again!) and I need to figure out what I’ll do next. Perhaps make my own version, sans rooibos, and see if I can get it just right? I think that’s likely my best bet… I just need to get myself down to Commercial Drive, where the best (and freshest) herbs for this kinda thing are… or at least in my opinion, they are.

I guzzled this down cold, because it was like drinking turmeric candy. Yea, I know that sounds weird. I’m a weirdo. :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 30 sec

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80
drank Cold 911 (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1455 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
1455 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
1455 tasting notes

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
1455 tasting notes

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
1455 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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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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