2221 Tasting Notes

drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
2221 tasting notes

I can’t remember if I bought this in Chicago, or if I bought it at some random shop over the summer. Whenever I bought it, it was such a good choice.

Sometimes I just want a black tea later in the evening. This one is perfect.

With milk, as always.

YES. I went to Chicago, where there’s an Adagio and a TeaG, and I BOUGHT NO TEA.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Dustin

Bought no tea?! That was either a huge missed opportunity or you have a super power to resit tea buying temptation! LOL!

Sil

that’s happened to me the past 2 trips :(

OMGsrsly

Ehhhh, I just wasn’t feeling it. I almost bought the white tea and blueberry Tardis blend, but it was over $30 Canadian. In TeaG, there were only a couple staff members and they were busy and not acknowledging anyone wandering into the store.

OMGsrsly

Ehhhh, I just wasn’t feeling it. I almost bought the white tea and blueberry Tardis blend, but it was over $30 Canadian. In TeaG, there were only a couple staff members and they were busy and not acknowledging anyone wandering into the store.

Dustin

Ignoring customers is irritating. That is the experience I had at Harney & Sons in NYC. :/

OMGsrsly

I find that a lot of people who work in customer service don’t acknowledge the people who come in when they’re already helping someone. When staff who are busy look up and nod, or say hello, it adds to the experience and I’m more likely to go back.

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drank Dark Rose Tea by TeaSource
2221 tasting notes

This one is from Sil, who got it from Stephanie, who apparently got it from TeaNecromancer.

What a journey.

I rinsed, and am steeping one heart for a while in my usual mug. It kinda smells like just a floral black tea. Tastes kinda like a floral black tea. Has the puerh been sitting too long? IDK. There’s no funk. Just a little astringency.

Not bad, but not really my ahem cup of tea.

ALSO, I forgot to mention this. I made a gluten free bread dough that’s actually OK. I have calzones in the oven. CALZONES. SO EXCITE.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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OMG.

Am I back?

I might be back.

Anyways, IDK what this tea is. Vanilla? Something else? No clue. But it’s pretty darn tasty with a spoonful of maple whipped cream.

Thank you, Bear with Me! I’ve had this FOREVER, but I swear I’m going to finish trying All The Teas™.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
Maddy Barone

I’m glad you’re back!

Plunkybug

I just had this yesterday. Weird. I had a hard tome figuring out the flavour, but it wen down so smoothly. No milk or sugar needed.

CrowKettle

OMG, maple whipped cream… I forgot how much I missed your creative food insights on here! XD

OMGsrsly

MAPLE WHIPPED CREAM!

I am also glad I’m back. And I’m surprised I liked it so much! I was expecting mint wahooey, but it wasn’t. :)

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drank Birthday Cake by David's Tea
2221 tasting notes

Some friends got me this for my birthday last spring, and then I didn’t see them until November, and this is the first time I’m having the tea.

It IS tasty, but whoa nelly, that is SWEET. I only usually put sugar/honey/maple into some herbal teas, or lapsang souchong.

This is more of an occasional tea, I think. But it is nice, and they also gave me one of those super cute cupcake tea infusers. :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Dustin

I’m not sure if I have had this one solo before. I usually drink it with equal parts Coffee Puer and it’s perfect! Very tiramisu like.

OMGsrsly

Huh. I bet that would be good, although I am not a huge fan of coffee flavoured tea. Maybe I’ll try steeping some in coffee. :D

Dustin

Oh! I’d be interested to hear how it goes!

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Even though this isn’t as smoky as I’d prefer, I like this tea.

It’s a strong black tea with smoky/toasted notes, and a nice caramel flavour.

Good with maple whipped cream.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Evol Ving Ness

I like the concept a lot. It sounds very delicious.

OMGsrsly

It’s pretty good! And it’s Murchie’s, so it’s cheap. :)

Evol Ving Ness

Double bonus. I will keep my eyes open for this one.

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drank Weaver's Blend by The Capilano
2221 tasting notes

This tea is incredibly fluffy due to the blackberry leaves and sage.

Dry, and steeping, it smells intensely sweet due to the blackberry. Upon drinking, the sage is very present.

I quite like the tea, but then, I like sage tea. It would be really good with honey as well.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
mrs.stenhouse12

As a fellow sage tea drinker, this sounds great!

Maddy Barone

I have Cricket from Whispering Pines. Very sage-y. This Weaver’s Blend sounds good too.

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From Sil. :) TY!

Tea smells pretty rich and malty.

This is pretty good. A bit thin and astringent for texture, but the flavour is nicely malty. I’m totally happy drinking this, but probably wouldn’t search it out to buy.

(My One True Love is Assam. So.)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
Sil

who are you? ;)

OMGsrsly

An existential question, my nemesis!

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drank Senakw Village by The Capilano
2221 tasting notes

I grabbed this because it’s a berry tea with no apple! Apples and me aren’t getting along so much lately, but so many herbal/berry teas are full of it. Makes me sad.

This is pretty darn tasty. I accidentally steeped it for about 10 minutes instead of my usual 4-5 minutes, but it’s still nice and berry-y. Probably more hibiscus flavour than usual, but that’s ok. I just added a spoon of honey.

They’re mostly selling via their website, but will have their teas in a couple galleries in Vancouver, and possibly in some shops in the States… Very exciting.

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drank Silencio by August Uncommon Tea
2221 tasting notes

LET IT BE KNOWN that I’m just here to post a note and then I’ll likely disappear again. Hello! Goodbye!

This tea. I’m blaming Dexter for this. But it was a free sample, so I suppose that’s ok.

It smells like cacao shells and pineapple when I sniff it dry. Really chocolatey and fruity. So nice. The most interesting notes are tobacco. So, for example, when you have a really nice pipe tobacco and it smells earthy and rich and fruity. Like that. Not like smoke. Tobacco as a perfume fragrance is never smoke. This is what it evokes. Vanilla and warm woods. Sweet fruits. Cacao shell (similar to chocolate, but not the same).

So good.

Steeped, and sipping it, the pepper comes out. It’s a really nice flavour. Still the vanilla and warm woods and juicy fruit, some cacao shells (but not enough for me right now… I find cacao shells smell more than they tend to taste), delicious black tea.

I’m having it with some milk, which might take down the pepper somewhat.

I really like this tea. I might be considering an order. Which is weird. Because I think I’ve spent $30 on tea in the last 8 months.

Flavors: Cherry Wood, Earth, Pepper, Pineapple, Tobacco, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Dexter

All I did was mention that you could get a free sample…. I’m not sure this was my fault :) Happy you like it.

OMGsrsly

It’s that lure. Free. :D

Sil

I didn’t try this one…went with the herbal…. opinions on whether this might be up my alley?

Roswell Strange

I need to try this one again; it was so drastically not what I’d expected that I think my first impression was definitely prejudiced. Interesting that @OMGsrsly didn’t get as much cacao as she wanted. I almost thought the chocolate was too strong.

OMGsrsly

Idk that there will be enough pineapple for you, Sil, but it’s a really neat combination. The pineapple is a good one imo.

Roswell, I’m just undergoing some massive chocolate cravings right now. Haha. I’m sure if I try the tea in a week I will find the chocolate to be ‘enough’.

I definitely like this tea better with milk, but then, I’m a milky tea person.

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drank Grilled Pineapple by DAVIDsTEA
2221 tasting notes

I got sucked into a DavidsTea the other day, and since this one is being discontinued, I thought I’d give it a go.

First things first, though. WTF is up with their new shitty steeping directions? 1-2 “PS”? “Hot water”?! Way to be freaking non-specific, DavidsTea. No wonder you have to add stevia and candied fruits to everything to make it taste OK.

Now.. the tea. It smells kind of OK in the bag. A little toasted, fruity, and I can smell rooibos for sure. Steeped, it’s… sugary-sour, rooibosy, and a little toasty. It’s not good. Really, not good.

Now.. the tea. It smells kind of OK in the bag. A little toasted, fruity, and I can smell rooibos for sure. Steeped, it’s… sugary-sour, rooibosy, and a little toasty. It’s not good. Really, not good.Oh gods, that is terrifying.

Now.. the tea. It smells kind of OK in the bag. A little toasted, fruity, and I can smell rooibos for sure. Steeped, it’s… sugary-sour, rooibosy, and a little toasty. It’s not good. Really, not good.Oh gods, that is terrifying.My tongue doesn’t know what to do.

Now.. the tea. It smells kind of OK in the bag. A little toasted, fruity, and I can smell rooibos for sure. Steeped, it’s… sugary-sour, rooibosy, and a little toasty. It’s not good. Really, not good.Oh gods, that is terrifying.My tongue doesn’t know what to do.It tastes burned from the toasty rice and rooibos. There’s some fresh pineapple, but it’s not a nice pineapple flavour. Sweet from all the candied fruit.

Now.. the tea. It smells kind of OK in the bag. A little toasted, fruity, and I can smell rooibos for sure. Steeped, it’s… sugary-sour, rooibosy, and a little toasty. It’s not good. Really, not good.Oh gods, that is terrifying.My tongue doesn’t know what to do.It tastes burned from the toasty rice and rooibos. There’s some fresh pineapple, but it’s not a nice pineapple flavour. Sweet from all the candied fruit.Not nearly as bad as cherry cola, but this is bad.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
OMGsrsly

Oh gods, and it’s weirdly SOUR too. D:

Mookit

“No wonder you have to add stevia and candied fruits to everything to make it taste OK.”

LOL. I totally agree.

Fjellrev

Ugh, this one terrified my taste buds.

OMGsrsly

Wow there are a lot of repeats in my post on my phone. What fun.

This was awful. I still have some but I’m not sure a cold brew will redeem it.

Plunkybug

I just got more of this today to try…I forgot it has blackberry leaves. I hate blackberry leaves in tea. I seemed to remember liking it last year, so I wanted to try it again before it is gone. And…

“First things first, though. WTF is up with their new shitty steeping directions? 1-2 “PS”? “Hot water”?! Way to be freaking non-specific, DavidsTea. No wonder you have to add stevia and candied fruits to everything to make it taste OK.”

Agreed. WTF? I finally figured out that PS is perfect spoon (the one they sell which I don’t think is anything different than a teaspoon)…but the temperature of the water is CRUCIAL for the right cup of tea! I hate that they are adding stevia and sugar to teas…I don’t mind the coconut sugar so much, but criminy…let ME add the sugar or sweetener of MY choice, IF I choose to. I told an SA this today, and I need to mail them about this too. This plus the new directions and so on…Ihave definitely sensed a shift in the company over the last few years…not for the better though. Except for sloth mug…sloth mug replaces my beloved kids mug that now has several cracks all inside and is now useless.

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