1441 Tasting Notes

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I decided to do a bit of a taste test today, with Sil’s distinctive flavoring of the hazelnut matcha in the traditional base, and then Dinosara ‘s robust flavoring in the black base. I was so excited to try this earlier – it’s my first ever black base matcha (and I’ve had thousands of cups of matcha in my lifetime, so this is really saying something).

Mixed 1/4 tsp of matcha with 1/4 cup of whipping cream (again, needing the high fat content due to some medical needs) and the teensiest amount of pure stevia. It smells strangely of traditional (green) matcha, which surprised me. I was a bit worried the smell would translate into the flavor, to be honest – I wanted this cup very different than the distinctive green I’d just had prior. Luckily, I had zero to worry about. THIS is perfection. THIS is sublime. It’s like I’m actually eating hazelnuts that have been pureed and somehow fluffed into liquid whipping cream. Robust flavoring is perfect here, and the black base really makes the nut shine.

Preparation
Iced
BrewTEAlly Sweet

I must have this!

Dinosara

Glad you like it! I will have to dig it out again myself and have a cup sometime.

OMGsrsly

MissB, that sounds divine! (Also: Whipping cream is soooo good!)

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drank Hazelnut Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1441 tasting notes

Oh my goodness. Sil, you are magic. Really. Thank you SO much for sharing this with me!

Mixed with 1/4 tsp of distinctively-flavored hazelnut matcha, 1/4 cup of whipping cream (I’m currently on an extremely high fat diet for medical reasons) and the tiniest possible amount of pure stevia (maybe an eighth of a pinch, if that)… and this is hazelnut creamy deliciousness. I could drink this all day. It is perfect, and the only thing I can say I want more of is hazelnut flavoring – which came about in my next tasting note!

Preparation
Iced

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drank Hot Cinnamon Spice by Harney & Sons
1441 tasting notes

I have a whole whack of this, and someone (who? I forget now) had some yesterday on here, so I’m drinking it in their honor, as well as to chase away the lingering sinus congestion.

It really, truly tastes like a liquid hot cinnamon heart. Creamy, spicy, hot and delicious. I am remembering however that, while I do really enjoy this and think it’s perfect, I rarely eat hot cinnamon hearts. If I had to pick, chocolate would win every single time in the candy department, and so it’s probably best if I pass this along to someone who loooooves cinnamon hearts.

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

I think I started the hot cinnamon spiceism yesterday, and I do hope you find a good home for this tea! one of my winter favourites, which is why I have a ton. :)

MissB

Heh. If you had less than a ton, I’d be messaging you to send you what I have left! :) (and thank you for starting the trend, I really needed to try this one out)

Yvonne

Quite honestly, I don’t remember the last time I had a cinnamon heart! I should get on that :P

keychange

Cinnamon hearts are the flavor of the season, so I’m glad we’re all busting out our cinnamon candy tea :). And haha missB, I toss my stash around too—that’s Roswell is getting like three ounces of Boston!

OMGsrsly

I love Cinnamon Hearts, but not in my tea. :) Which reminds me. I should go get some fresh ones at Purdy’s.

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drank O'Connor's Cream by TeaGschwendner
1441 tasting notes

Yes OMGsrlsy, I’m drinking this in your honor today, after you having reminded me just how darn good it is. Also, my bag notes this is meant to be a whiskey -inspired tea – and really, it’s just bang on! Creamy whiskey is what I get from it, with a touch of vanilla. It’s thick, it’s delicious, and just perfect.

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

So good! :)

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drank Sweet Toffee by Tea Desire
1441 tasting notes

Less rooibos taste = less steeping time. The bits and pieces still melt. How do I know this? Because I brewed it up today with my son, who wanted a replacement for the Maple Pecan black he grabbed a bit of earlier, and so I made this with only lukewarm water. It was like liquid toffee! Tried it again just for myself tonight, and lo and behold, same result. Yes!!

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 30 sec
keychange

I’m going to try a reduced steeping time for my (very few) rooibos teas also!

MissB

I’m only going to try it for the rooibos teas that taste, well, like rooibos. I do have a few (greens, mostly) that I find are cool with longer steep times. Hopefully you have the same yummy results!

Dexter

Hmmmm this is interesting. Will have to try it – I usually use pretty hot water and long steeps for rooibos.

Roswell Strange

I love this one!

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drank Cold 911 (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1441 tasting notes

Interestingly, I like this more when it’s steeped properly than oversteeped. Why surprising? Because normally I like kick-in-the-pants kinda tea when I’m fighting something sinus-y. This time though, it was pleasantly sweet (I’m assuming I had a bit extra orange peel and juniper berry this time around), and a hint of cool to open up my nasal passages. Yay!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Kapha Organic by TeaGschwendner
1441 tasting notes

With the help of some of you lovely enablers, I think I’ve found this tea’s sweet spot, depending on mood. You want something mellow, mildly sweet and savory? Brew it for 4-5 minutes, tops. You want something spicy to knock your socks off and heat everything up to get rid of a cold, warm up, or get going? Brew it for 10+ minutes. This one was 20 minutes or so, it’s now cold, and FINALLY I feel like I can call this spicy. Zero burning or anything, however I should note I do like my spice. ;)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 8 min or more

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1441 tasting notes

Hm. This is tasting a bit weird to me tonight, likely because I’m also sipping TARDIS from Adagio, and it’s so just darn good. Creamier, too. Downgrading this tea a bit.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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Because, you know, I had to have some after packing up a bit for Cavo. ;)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Maple Pecan Black Tea by Design a Tea
1441 tasting notes

So very glad that I’m having more of this tonight! Holy moly, what a different steep does to this tea.

I’m getting maple, I’m getting creamy, I’m getting pecan, I’m getting sweet. It’s really fantastic – so much so that my 6-year-old took a sip, and asked if he could “have as many sips as I want”. I said no, because it is caffeinated, and made him some of Tea Desire’s Sweet Toffee (rooibos) instead. He says it’s “ahhh.. makes me feel better – tea”.

Anyway. This is delicious! Upping the rating significantly.

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

Sounds delish!

OMGsrsly

That’s so cute!

MissB

OMG I suck! I forgot to thank Dexter3657 for this, as she sent it to me in a swap a while back. Bad me!

Also, it makes me want to peruse Design a Tea more; the concept of creating my own tea blends just plain rocks.

Nxtdoor

As soon as I see “design a tea” I think Dexter. :)

Dexter

I haven’t loved all the teas I got from them, but it’s hard to blame them when you choose what’s in it. Brian is just amazing, helpful, funny – great guy to work with. If you are at all interested in playing “mad scientist” this is a fun company to do it with. (It’s also really inexpensive – bonus!!)

Cavocorax

That’s awesome Dexter – have you ordered full size blends, or just the sample?

Dexter

I’ve ordered from them twice, both times I got full sized blends (and some samples the first time). The first time I stayed pretty conservative – regular base plus two flavors -off the main design page. The second time I dug way deep into the site and choose some of the specialty bases and added all kinds of stuff. Brian is great – just because your “dream” doesn’t fit into the drop down boxes doesn’t mean you can’t get it. I wrote almost a full page of “special instructions” and I got everything I asked for – no problems at all – fun emails from Brian to clarify. Great experience.

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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).

No-can-do: lavender, overly floral (French florals, or florals that are creamy rather than, well, floral work well!), sugar, Splenda, all grains.

Love: fruity, dessert, chai, spicy, all types of tea.

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