2219 Tasting Notes

drank Spiked Eggnog by Herbal Infusions
2219 tasting notes

No sugar added, although I didn’t fuss too much about removing all the sprinkles. No milky stuff added, either. :( Yes, I have a very sad face. I love additives in my teas! Makes them so much more comforting.

Oh well.

I steeped with cooler water this time, and although I can tell it’s going to get bitter as it cools, it’s much better to start with. A little boozy, I’m definitely getting the nutmeg-custard taste and smell. The tea base is somewhat sharp… maybe an even cooler temperature would work better. It definitely needs a shorter steep.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec
keychange

Hear hear to additives in tea!

Starfevre

I loves my tea additives.

Tealizzy

Ya, this one needs a shorter steep! Even 3 minutes seemed a bit too much.

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drank Nutmeg Cream by Butiki Teas
2219 tasting notes

This tea is SO good. I overleafed a little bit (by maybe 1/4 tsp) and steeped 4 minutes, trusting Butiki’s recommendations. Ohhhhh, yes. Fingers crossed Butiki/Amoda offer this in the future. I also really like Champagne Cider, and would be super happy for a caffeine free apple tea from Butiki as well.

And day 1 of an allergen free month is already a fail. I had milk in the fridge and automatically added it to my tea. Oh well. I’m sort of doing an elimination diet/paleo mashup. The last time I did an elimination diet, I still ate corn and rice. This time, they’re out. And oops, the coconut milk I got has carrageenan in it. headdesk Oh well. The money’s spent, I’m drinking it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

I have never done an elimination diet before. How long are you going to do it for?

OMGsrsly

1 month. I was thinking of a full-on Whole30, but I can’t cut carbs that much without getting the shakes. Sweet potatoes and a piece of fruit at (almost) every meal! Maybe some Kasha, as well.

The hardest thing is not being able to add anything to my tea! I’ve cut down a lot, but that last 1/4 tsp of honey or sugar is so hard to give up!

Fjellrev

Wow, you’re mightily brave! What was the end result last time you did it? Like, did you successfully pinpoint any problematic foods, lose weight, etc?

OMGsrsly

I’m not really worried about losing weight. I mean, I’m rather chubby, and sure losing weight might be nice, but it’s not a goal. The goal is to reduce dependence on GF baked goods, grains, and sugar, and also make sure I’m not intolerant of corn or rice..

I know I can’t have gluten, and I shouldn’t have dairy. Soy is also a problem, as are beans that aren’t sprouted/well soaked. That was, umm, “fun” to figure out.

Fjellrev

Oh geez, that sounds like such an obstacle. I’m lucky I don’t have any problems, or at least I don’t think I do? Doing something like this would be interesting.

OMGsrsly

Haha. Yeah, it can be tough. My mom finally admitted she can’t have dairy. They do a 2 week “cleanse” every year, and every year she’d complain after she added the cheese back. :) I had been having HORRIBLE tummy problems, and successfully pinpointed and cut dairy the last time. I’ve added it back after being gluten free for 2 years, and I’m thinking that was a mistake..

Satsuma

Good luck with your elimination diet. Maybe you can try stevia? I’m gluten free, dairy free and sugar free for a year now. I use stevia and almond milk. It’s hard at the begining, but after a while you got use to that. It look me five months to get ride of inflammation and pain (arthrisis). I’m also intolerant to corn but not rice. It’s hard but worth the efforts.

OMGsrsly

Sadly I can’t do stevia. I found some dates in the fridge and ate one this morning. SO GOOD. Maybe a little mushed date steeped with my tea?

You have arthritis and you’re not sensitive to nightshades? That’s one of the first things they suggest eliminating if you have inflammation. I have a few friends who can’t have them.

Satsuma

I don’t do the paleo diet, but the hypotoxic diet. It’s less restrictive than the paleo and it work well for me. Here in Quebec, it become more and more popular with Jacqueline Lagacée’s books, and it’s derived from Dr. Seignalet’s diet, a french doctor.

OMGsrsly

Oh, that’s interesting. I ate a raw diet for about 4 months before I just had to stop – too much raw food is just unpleasant for me. :(

I’m essentially doing this elimination diet: http://www.precisionnutrition.com/elimination-diet
I’m also avoiding strawberries as they are a common allergy. I am drinking tea as I already know it’s coffee that I don’t tolerate.

Stevia is something I can have, but I think it tastes horrible. :)

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YES. Now this is what I’m talking about when I say ginger tea.

Incredibly sweet, nice and gingery.

This will be perfect for camping. I might even be persuaded to share some with my brother.

sherapop

Okay, now you’ve motivated me to give this another try. I have some envelopes in my cupboard…

TeaBrat

i used to have these, they are good from what I remember

OMGsrsly

It is incredibly sweet, but I don’t mind. :) Lots of ginger!

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Yes, this is weird. Maybe I’ll bake with the rest of it…

(1 tsp matcha, 1/2 tsp sugar, unsweetened almond milk, water to whisk it up in.)

sherapop

I always wonder about these flavored matchas… To me, it sounds like some form of sacrilege! ;-)

MissB

Some of them really are quite amazing. Others… :(

OMGsrsly

I love the coconut, pineapple, and plain caramel. :)

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Such a pretty colour!

Thankfully the bag has all the ingredients listed. It’s just a sample, but I really appreciate that. Apparently all new packaging will come with full ingredient listings… although there still aren’t steeping suggestions. :)

I saw there was hibiscus in this, so I only steeped for about 3 min at boiling. 2 tsp in a 12 oz cup. It smells like delicious orange before steeping, and after steeping it takes on that herbal/medicinal scent. I added a bit of honey, and I’m glad I did.

The flavour of this is so neat. Fresh, bright oranges, sweet grapefruit, lemongrass, and yes I can tell there’s hibiscus here. Definitely on my shopping list. I hope this does well iced and as a cold brew!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
Cavocorax

That’s good news about packaging, although some steeping suggestions would also be appreciated!

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This was a lot better the last time I had it, I think. Not nearly flavourful enough for me today. To me, a yunnan tea is rich honey and roasted squash or sweet potatoes. This wasn’t.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I know they are two completely different beasts, but I prefer Butiki’s Potato Pancakes and Applesauce as an apple cinnamon tea.

The Hot Apple Ginger Toddy tea from Herbal Infusions is divine, but something about the base mixing with the flavours of apple and cinnamon in this one just doesn’t sit right with me.

Definitely needs cream. Or something. It gets so bitter.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Sipdown! Drinking this with a small a mount of honey. Delicious cinnamon, thickness from the potato, the green tea isn’t bad, and the apple is lovely.

Not something I’d buy again, just because I’m not a fan of green teas. However, I’ve enjoyed trying it. :)

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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So. Delicious. I couldn’t decide between this and the Caramel Vanilla, and now I think I need both.

So malty and fruity and sweet and assam-y.

https://twitter.com/omgsrslyfolks/status/416440728890265600/photo/1

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Lilysmom

I wish I could drink black tea at night and not stay awake all night…..it doesnt affect you?…..craving some sort of black tea caramel concoction now…..

OMGsrsly

Oh it does. But my sleep schedule is completely messed up right now so I don’t care. (Also, I’m not due back at work until the 2nd.)

JustJames

doesn’t bug me either…. i take meds at night, an assam just makes them activate faster, lol. 80P

Butiki Teas

Cute mug!

OMGsrsly

Thanks, Stacy, it’s from Sbux. :) One of their winter/Christmas ones.

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A sample from MissB.

I have no idea what this tea is supposed to taste like, but it’s good! Strong and sweet, all on its own. I’m having it with no sugar or milk (GASP!), and enjoying it a lot. I used 2 tsp in a new 12 oz mug, so I did overleaf a bit.

Oh! Cinnamon, ginger, hazelnuts, cacao nibs. Interesting.

I’m really glad I got to try this tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 15 sec
Cavocorax

Mmmm. I might be into this, especially now that I’ve started reading Mycroft/Lestrade. :P

OMGsrsly

LOL. The tea is definitely worth a try, although I’m not sure I’d buy it. I have a hard time reading a lot of new Sherlock fic, because “my” Sherlock and Watson are Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke! :D

Cavocorax

My friend really likes those ones too – IDK if she’s watched the new stuff at all. I should probably try watching that stuff sometime!

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