1474 Tasting Notes

93
drank Boo-Berry Cotton Candy by 52teas
1474 tasting notes

A new favorite that I’d left out on the counter, so I decided to have another cup before putting it away. I like it a (touch) less this time around, although it is still delicious. Will have to look at how I steeped it last time to compare, or maybe it’s just that the teas I’ve had earlier today ruined me. They were really, really delicious.

Flavors: Berries

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

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96

How have I avoided this one so long?! This is a beautiful, multifaceted, inspiring tea. I’m looking forward to the re-steeps!

The first sips were most definitely dark chocolate, then a bit of malt and sugarcane. Sugarcane? That’s a first for me. Like of all of Brenden’s creations, I also get something very campfire/outdoorsy in this, almost oaky, or smokey, or both. Fruit? Something light and sweet in there too in the background, although it’s a new flavor for me so I struggle to place it. All in all, this is exquisite. Too bad it took me opening the bag to share with others for me to try it!

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
yyz

That’s OK maybe it’s happening at a time when you can best appreciate it.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

This is only of the teas I’ve put the most work into, I’m so glad you appreciate it :)

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89

This tea is exactly as described, and utterly delicious. I forgot how much I love it!

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Cream

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

Ohh… sounds yummy. Your Simpson & Vail comments are going to kill my budget one of these days. I hope they occasionally have good sales :)

MissB

S&V is the only company that I have a “hard” time ordering enough of to get free shipping. Translation: they’re really inexpensive.

Suziqzer

After we tried the Cinnamon Chocolate Brownie I went to their website to see what all they offered. I signed up for a catalog, which came yesterday! Dangerous! I could see myself ordering several things to try… prices are very good… & I understand shipping would be hard to meet. Gonna hold off awhile.. I have so many goodies yet to try :)

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83
drank Chai Chocolate by Simpson & Vail
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I’d pulled this out to share with a fellow Steepsterite, so I thought it was high time I tried it myself. ;) Very chocolatey, although the chai definitely comes first. I’d say this is my favorite chocolate chai to date, and one of my favorite chais so far – only Chandernagor from Mariage Frères tops it at this point, for me. It holds up beautifully to cream – hell, it’s better made as a proper chai than a mere tea with some cream added to it. Although I would prefer a bit more chocolate, I do really enjoy this, and am glad I have about an ounce or so to play with.

Flavors: Anise, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Cloves, Nutmeg

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

Love Chai.. Haven’t tried one with chocolate … Interesting pairing.

OMGsrsly

It surprised me with how much chocolate there was. I’ll have to make the last of mine in almond milk. :)

Suziqzer

Hmm.. might have to add this one to my shopping list seeing as we have 2 thumbs up here & it sounds yummy.

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70
drank Earl Grey Puerh by Shaktea
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I prefer this one hot over cold; it gets a bit weepy and floral once cold. I still really like it, I may even venture out to Main Street to go and get more. Thanks again OMGsrsly, this is a great, unusual find.

Flavors: Flowers, Mineral

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
OMGsrsly

They do have some interesting teas. :)

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88
drank Maple Pecan Black Tea by Design a Tea
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Enjoying this just as much as the first time, and I’m really glad Dexter3657 shared some with me. I like it better hot to be frank, however cold it’s still a strongly maple and nut blend, with some creaminess and sweetness in there to boot.

Flavors: Cream, Nuts

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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88
drank Cheesecake Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1474 tasting notes

Again, this needs a much stronger flavoring for me to enjoy it again. Boo me! If anyone has suggestions…. let me know. It’s still tasty, it’s just that I need too much matcha for it to taste anything like it should.

3/8 of a tsp in 1/4 cup of heavy cream.

Flavors: Butter

Preparation
Iced 0 tsp 3 OZ / 78 ML

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81
drank Yunnan Cooked Pu-erh by DuvalTea
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I love how the samples were just one-cup increments, and that it’s assumed I’ll re-steep repeatedly. I’ve yet to, and will update this if I do.

I love pu-erh, and this is the first I’ve tried that tastes mildly fishy (in a surprisingly good way), as well as with a touch of minerals and earthiness. It’s complex, has depth to it, and yet there’s an element of sweetness to boot that’s surprising me as well. I could see myself nursing this bag repeatedly all day, and I may just do that.

Flavors: Earth, Honey, Mineral

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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93
drank Campfire Blend by Verdant Tea
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Wow, how delicious is this? Carob-y spice and sweetness – hard for me to put into words. I can see why this is called Campfire Blend, and it’s quite appropriate. I will definitely be buying more of this in the future.

Flavors: Cocoa, Honey, Vanilla

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

4oz live at my place hahaha

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87

Word to the wise: oversteep this. Just try it. It went from campfire marshmallow dropped in pine needles then carmelized, to all that plus honeyed something-or-other. Now I’m a bit sad that this was a sipdown!

Flavors: Chocolate, Honey, Pine

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Suziqzer

i can imagine all of that except the pine needles… Sounds like a great Fall blend.

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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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