1473 Tasting Notes


I don’t know how I feel about the name of this one. My aunt won a car on the Price is Right…but that same aunt also sent me bible verses when I invited her to my lesbian wedding. And don’t get me started on Bob Barker. Ass.

…okay, so I don’t like the name, apparently.

We hadn’t intended to purchase any, but when I tried it as the tea of the day I really liked it. So fast forward, we came home with 50 grams of this beauty.

It smells so, so good. I love the spicy cinnamon-ness of it. The sip isn’t quite as strong as I would like it to be, but then the cinnamon stays on the tongue and it is lovely.

I don’t get much of anything beyond spicy cinnamon and just a touch of orange. But that is more than okay with me!

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Sipdown! 391/381 Good bye, sunshine. It was okay while it lasted, but I’m not sorry to see you go.

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Jebus, this tea is such a gorgeous color. If I don’t like the flavor, I’ll have no trouble using it up to color rice and for my wife to dye yarn.

And thank god for that. Cold isn’t doing this tea any favors. It tastes musty. I get the sugar snap peas comparison…maybe I need to rinse it more than once.

The fact that I bought this on Etsy for $20 CAD (including shipping) for 40 grams blows my mind. What was I thinking? I wish I could have bought a smaller bag, but that wasn’t an option. When it arrived, it was packaged in a manilla envelope and a fair number of flowers had been crushed to bits. The flavor is faint and far overshadowed by the mustiness of the tea. It tastes like a mug full of dusty old snap peas.

I am far from happy with this tea, but at least the color is pretty?


Awww, I hate buyers remorse. Hope it works well as a dye for you.

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In an effort to use up the coconut milk I opened yesterday, the wife and I are having matcha lattes this morning. I opted for Strawberry matcha because if the coconut comes through, it will taste like a Miami Vice, which I lived for on the cruise last year. If not, it will be a creamy strawberry delight. Win win. I added vanilla agave and cold water and used my milk frother to blend it all together.

No Miami Vice, but a very yummy vanilla strawberry blend. I really adore this matcha, I’m glad I pulled it out.

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drank Bollywood Chai by DAVIDsTEA
1473 tasting notes

I was opening a can of coconut milk to make a latte for my wife with Perfect Carlos, so I decided to make a latte as well. When I think latte, I think chai, so I grabbed for this tea and got the double whammy of a sipdown!

So this is…okay. The chai is overpowered by the coconut milk, which is sad. I may have messed this up, but I won’t be buying more to try and figure it out.

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I’m not sure how I feel about this. I will add my voice to the others in saying that the blue of this tea is absolutely gorgeous. Think TARDIS blue.

I always sweeten my teas, and the back of the package says it goes well with honey, so I added honey instead of my usual sugar. I will not be doing this again. The honey makes it…I don’t know, it brings out the tang and the…funkiness of the tea. I’m not sure how to describe it. It’s very vegetal, and the honey makes it taste almost sour. Not lip-puckering sour, but kinda like milk gone off.

It’s not awful, but I need to try this without honey before I rate it.

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Now this is what I call a sipdown. I’m almost sad to see it go, but not quite. I’m more excited to make more room in my cupboard!

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The problem with our cupboard is there are a great many teas that are 4-5 cups away from a sipdown, so we’re drinking tea we don’t care for without the triumph of it being out of our cupboard.

This is one such example. It’s okay. Hot all I could taste was the guayusa, but when it cooled I could taste some other flavors, sweet citrus, mostly, but it still wasn’t stellar. Okay, not great.

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This is a lovely nighttime tea. I enjoy chamomile, but it makes me crazy sleepy. This is mostly chamomile with some apple. I didn’t taste much blueberry until it started to cool…oh there it is.

This is very nice and I won’t have any trouble finishing off the sachets in order to get to the tin .

180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

I wish chamomile made me crazy sleepy! It would nice to have an alternative to a shot of tequila on the nights my brain won’t turn off!

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Formerly aisling of tea, now you can call me ele .

“You can forgive a murder, but never a mistake while preparing tea.” Chinese proverb

Labels? Here you go: Femme, Wife, Lesbian, Homemaker, Happy. Don’t forget tea fanatic!

New label as of May, 2015: Diabetic. I’m using tea to satisfy my sweet tooth cravings and keep me hydrated without hurting my system or messing with my blood sugar.

Ah, tea. My love for you is ever changing. At my last update, I was all about the rooibos and now I hardly drink it. I only occasionally had an oolong and now I have one just about every day. I’ve learned the art of resteeping and coldbrewing and kombucha. I have a lovely little tea pet named…well, I haven’t decided on a name for him yet. I also have five! live pets, a tabby cat named Rosabella Francis (Bella for short), a ginger cat named Orange Julius Pekoe (Pekoe), a white and grey cat named Earl Jean Grey (Earlie), a tuxedo cat (and the only boy in the house) Prince Erik Darien Darjeeling (JiJi) and a red foot tortoise named Da Hong Pao (Pao). So if you see me referring to my girls, I don’t have kids, just animals.

As for tea, I love oolongs, herbals, and black tea. Since I am no longer working, I no longer feel the constant need for a mate energy boost, though I do still reach for it from time to time. I also drink less matcha, though I do throw a spoonful or two in when I’m making smoothies. Most of my tea I drink coldbrewed, and since I discovered coldbrewed rooibos was giving me headaches, I’m drinking less and less of it. Straight pu-erh is not a thing I enjoy, but there are a few flavored blends I like. Greens are still too finicky for me to bother with hot, but they make great cold brews.

I am by no means a tea purist. I greatly enjoy flavored teas and I put stevia in all of my teas. It’s just how I do.

I think I’m going to name my tea pet Mr. Turtle. Even though he’s a tortoise.


Scarborough, ON



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