1789 Tasting Notes

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drank Blackberry Hazelnut by 52teas
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Rooibos is tricky for me since it can be a little too dry and woodsy for my taste. Here, it’s not bad. It works with the hazelnut, which I pick up more on than the blackberry, which lends a berry sweetness to the mix. It smells more blackberry-ish than it tastes. Actually, after adding the half and half especially, the scent reminds me of raspberry truffles.

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drank Choco Chai by Čaj Chai Teahouse
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My ex very kindly picked this up for me when he was on tour in Barcelona a couple years ago. This was the cutest chai shop I have ever seen, at least, according to the pictures he showed me. Looks like a quaint little shop, which as he described, as soon as you walked in, smelled very heavily of spices. Yes please!

The dry leaf is 3/4 cocoa powder and 1/4 spices and tea leaves, I’d say. Adding sugar and half and half instantly reminds me of my grandma’s hot cocoa recipe, which she makes with Fry’s cocoa, except this of course has the chai spices mixed in. I can’t taste the tea. It’s like drinking Aztec hot chocolate, except with cardamom and cloves added in with the cinnamon (and no heat, of course). This is so, so good.

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drank Blueberry Pie by Elevation Tea
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Nice blueberry tea! It’s a beautiful mix of blueberry, cinnamon, and lemon, and the light-handed addition of rooibos makes it a little more desserty. It cuts the astringency of the black base and blends effortlessly with the cinnamon. It reminds me more of an oatmeal cookie speckled with blueberries than pie since it’s not a super jammy blueberry and it’s not as buttery as pie- or pastry-flavoured teas.

Lately, I’ve been drinking coffee for breakfast but this is a fabulous change. Maybe give the coffee pot a rest and start drinking more tea again! It’s no Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish (BEST. EVER.) but I’ll still happily drink this up.

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drank Grand Cru Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
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Oh yeah, I finished this before Christmas. Know what I made with it? Matcha spritz cookies. The dough was so sticky from the cream cheese. They turned out alright taste-wise but were a nightmare in the cookie press. They were too sad looking to actually give to anyone, so my waistline was crying trying to finish them up. My boyfriend tried to help but he was too distracted by the lemon poppyseed thumbprint cookies and rum/brandy balls.

tea-sipper

The joy yet problems of making too many types of cookies at once. :D

Fjellrev

Haha that’s true!

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drank PMS Oolong by 52teas
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TMI, but I’m currently going through an annoying adjustment period switching birth control after the last one started messing with my cycle. But now, I’ve been ultra bloated (gained 8 lbs in a month!), sore, and the cycles have been whiny. I was hoping this would help me considering the name. Perfect time to try it.

I ike this more than I thought I would. I went through oolong burnout after drinking it nonstop a few years ago and thought I would never want to touch it again. This is a lovely floral oolong on its own, supported by mostly strawberry and a hint of pineapple. I don’t get any mango. Mostly strawberry for me.

Has it helped my symptoms? I’m not sure, but it’s a nice one.

52Teas

It’s not intended to help with the PMS symptoms, it’s just a fruity Oolong with *P*ineapple, *M*ango & *S*trawberry. :) I’m not confident enough with my herbal knowledge to put together a blend that would help with symptoms of any kind. Sorry!

Fjellrev

I know! I still wanted to use it as an excuse to try it though since I haven’t been touching my tea and oolong sounded comforting. And it was!

52Teas

I’m glad it was comforting! I really wish I knew what I was doing when it comes to herbs – back when I was blending teas as LiberTEAS, the person who supplied me with my herbs knew a thing or two about herbs and the best way to utilize them – I knew how to blend teas – so we made a pretty good team and were able to come up with some good blends – unfortunately, she stopped growing the herbs (which is one of the main reasons why I closed LiberTEAS) and a couple of years before I took over 52Teas, she passed away so I’m not able to turn to her for the contribution she made to those blends. :(

Fjellrev

Aww, I’m so sorry. I didn’t know that about LiberTEAS. Maybe someday, you’ll back back into working with herbs? Either way, keep doing what you’re doing! I’m always excited to tear open a new pouch and try your blends. :)

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drank Candy Cane White Tea by 52teas
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I was really sad to finish my peppermint tea last month but luckily found a taster of this from last year. Another great tea to help me warm at work! I wasn’t sure how white tea and peppermint would work together but they worked marvellously together. I would have liked a little more candy cane flavour in here but it did have a pleasant kiss of peppermint bark that was about on par with the strength of the base.

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I need to clean up my online cupboard and actually write about the teas I have been drinking and finishing up at work. I ripped through this pouch during our cold -35C spell a few weeks ago. It was so freezing being close to an automatic door all evening day in and day out that I could barely feel my toes. So I’d fill up my Contigo twice per shift in hopes it would help.

This was nice but not as creamy or marshmallowy as I would have liked. I think my problem is I prefer spices with milk, like a traditional chai. Green tea with spice, for me, normally means I won’t add milk, so then the spices can be a little bitter. This was heavy on the cinnamon, but to be fair, chai spices works a lot better with toasty genmaicha than, say, a sencha. The rice balances things out a little more to my liking.

Sil

miss you lady! nice to see some catch up :)

Fjellrev

Yeah! I miss you all too. I wish we all had more time for virtual tea parties haha.

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I might have had too high expectations for this seeing that coconut and cardamom are two of my favourite things. I didn’t get enough of either for my liking. Just a hint of cardamom and some mild coconut sweetness which was easily hidden once milk was added. Typing out tea notes on a phone is brutal, evidently.

But! As much as I loved DAVIDs Cardamom French Toast for the flavouring, that one was too sweet for me after a while, while this one has the perfect amount of sweetness.

Sil

awe..but at least it wasn’t too sweet!

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This was way better than expected! A delightful surprise. Caraway always rubbed me the wrong way. Those everything bagels? Seeing those little dried up wormy caraway seeds instantly spoiled the breakfast fun. But here it’s more mellowed out, and I’m not being slammed up against the wall with bitterness, plus it pairs beautifully with the dark chocolate notes. I’m tempted to order more but as you can tell, I have rarely been touching my tea stash. The sale email from these guys is the very reason I decided to fire up the kettle on this obnoxiously cold day.

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drank German Peppermint by The Tea Guy
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I have been drinking this faithfully at work this past week. I forgot how delicious and refreshing peppermint tea can be. This one in particular is slightly sweet and not bitter at all like some can be. I feel soothed and it keeps my calm through my shift. It also makes an amazing iced tea.

gmathis

Mint tea is a pharmacy unto itself.

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