1401 Tasting Notes

drank Banana Fudge by Arthur Dove Tea Co.
1401 tasting notes

Had a cup of this straight earlier in the week and felt so-so about it. The banana felt pretty light to me and hidden behind the tea base. I think I steeped it at 200 for 3 minutes. Today I did boiling for 3 minutes and I want to say it’s stronger, but it’s still more subtle than I like my banana teas. I added a little cream and sugar in this cup and that made the banana flavor feel more rounded and lively. I’m also not sure I get a proper fudge flavor. There is a deepness to the flavor that implies fudge, but it feels faint to me as well. The other AD teas I got are bursting with flavor and this one is much more subtle in comparison. I’ll keep messing with the steeping parameters to see if I can coax bolder flavors out of this.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Over leafed this a bit in a successful mission to sip down this sample that VariaTEA sent my way. I think I like it better this time. It is super buttery with an almost thick feeling. The coconut seems to blend into the buttery taste and not stand out much on it’s own. The maple crystals aren’t distracting in here like I found them to be in a different DBD blend. There is something in the sip that starts off like it wants to be tart and then quickly changes it’s mind and disappears. I still don’t get the toffee notes. I feel like buttercream frosting would have been a better name for this, especially if there was vanilla in there. Or maybe a pun off of Paula Dean’s apparent tendency to drink melted butter? Man I’m glad her window of fame has appeared to come to a close. It was a little jarring seeing her super excited intense smile all over the place for a while when you weren’t expecting it! Teeth so white and glowing you know she never drinks tea. It’s unnatural to not drink tea. Just can’t trust a smile like that. ;D
Back to this cup of tea… It has a nice long buttery finish to it which I like and might be my favorite part about each sip. I’m not getting rooibos standing out at all which I appreciate. It’s a good cup that I’d have again if we crossed paths, but not something I’m moved to buy.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
AJRimmer

Ha yeah, I haven’t gone to the dentist in a year because I don’t want to take my mask off in public. My teeth are BROWN.

Dustin

I’ve tried at home whitening stuff, but my teeth are so sensitive that it was an awful experience. I should talk to my dentist about whitening options, but I’m with ya on not wanting to de-mask anywhere. My vanity will have to wait. Not like anyone is going to see the state of my mouth with a mask on anyways!

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I wish we had the ingredients listed here because I can’t figure out what I’m tasting. This tea isn’t on the website anymore and my purchase didn’t come with an ingredients list. I can see that there are lime leaves (that like to sink below the top layer of tea in the tin and hide) and peppercorns. This is my second time having this tea and I think I steeped it a little too long/high temp because it has a harsh edge that wasn’t there the first time. Maybe I’ll try 200 at 2m next time?
I woke up with the Pogues stuck in my head this morning. I then went down a 5 minute rabbit hole on the Wikipedia page for Fairytale of New York, the song this tea is based on (which is what prompted me to buy it) and wow there is a lot of info on it! Also read the lyrics which I hadn’t always caught. It’s a little more gritty than I remember or than the music suggests and I’ve listened to it multiple times while drinking this cup. I’d describe this tea as having a gritty edge too. I’m not sure what I’m tasting, but I keep coming back to turpentine being the best description which sounds really gross and isn’t how I mean it. It just has this edge to it that I can’t pinpoint. I don’t know if it’s the lime leaves that are giving it an almost piney flavor, but there is something fruity in it too. Cherry? Visually the tea looks very Xmasy when you scoop it. The green from the lime leaves pop up among the little red peppercorn balls. There is a little bit of tartness in the start of the sip that changes into fruitiness and the finish has a nice light smoke to it. Looses a little something when it cools, so I need to remember to not let the cup linger. It’s such a strange blend and I kinda like it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Roswell Strange

IIRC, this is essentially a green apple chai with Lapsang?

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This tea is my choice for National Compliment Day!

This is one of a couple teas that I keep hidden in the back of my cupboard so if one were to be selecting a tea to have, this would likely remain secreted away. It’s one of the teas I have a hard time finishing because I don’t want to say goodbye and one of my two favorite AQ2T blends. I love banana flavoring and that includes in my tea. I also love smoky teas. This blend does a really good job balancing the smoke with the banana. The cognac notes seem to tie everything together. The start of the sip has a slight tart imbalance to it, but that passes quickly. The finish is all mild smoke that I find comforting, especially on a rainy day. This tea is around three years now and I seem to remember the banana being more present in the past. I’ll have to see if I can find a way to recharge the banana to bring it back to it’s former glory because holy hell I love this tea! <3

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Inkling

So jealous that you still have some of your favorite AQTT blends in stock!

gmathis

I am a fan of neither banana nor smoke and you’ve still managed to make this sound tasty!

Dustin

I think I still have 8 AQ2T blends, 3 are ones I love pretty hard. I don’t know that I’m doing them any favors (or myself) by holding onto them. I tried adding banana extract to my second steeping and that didn’t solve the issue of the disappearing banana.
Thanks, Gmathis! That is a lovely compliment on National Compliment day!

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drank Quangzhou Milk Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
1401 tasting notes
A friend brought me a sample of a David’s milk oolong and I’m pretty sure this is the right one. It didn’t taste like much when hot, but as my cup cooled a bit the creamy milky flavors came out. I’m not super into oolongs (I want to be, I just don’t often find ones I like) so I don’t know that I’m the best person to be judging this tea. The sip is slightly grassy, but lacking the puckering edge that I usually find coming with that flavor. The finish seems to be where I get the most flavor with the creamy milk coming out. Almost a caramel flavor without the slow cooked sugar flavor. Carmel without the caramel is a weird way to describe this! LOL! I’m enjoying the cup and will resteep it for all it’s worth, but it’s not something I’d buy.
Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Irish Breakfast by Gurman
1401 tasting notes

Holy hell this is brisk! I wanted a kick in the butt this morning and this tea was the right choice for the job! It was so full on that I opted for cream and sugar, which seemed fitting for an Irish breakfast tea. It’s so good. Very malty, the cream takes the edge off the brisk, the sugar brightens it all up a bit. I’m really enjoying this cup. I do enjoy having a good breakfast tea in my cupboard. I long ago finished up my MF French Breakfast, so it’s nice to know I have this to reach for instead. I think this was one of the two teas I double bought in Ireland (remember back when we could travel internationally? :(… ) because the company does two different brand names for it’s teas sold through other retailers vs. what is sold in their tea shops. Glad I like it enough to have it around for a while!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

There are some wonderful teas from Gurman’s! I have been to the one in Dublin. I love Magic, Geisha, and Madame Butterfly. And many others!

gmathis

Putting this on my ever-lengthening list.

Dustin

I only tried three of their teas, all with Irish in the name, but would love to try more if I ever make it back. Did you go to their St. Stephen’s Green shop? I love that building.

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drank Mint Chip Cookie by Dessert by Deb
1401 tasting notes

Having this hot tonight or at least it was hot before I lost an hour online looking at bird and bunny videos. Sometimes you need something fluffy to soothe the soul! I’m liking this hot. It has that cooling mint flavor with darker chocolate like notes behind it. It’s slightly sweet. The rooibos isn’t too prominent, which I like. This would be a nice one to have around for an evening cup.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

This is why I follow so many pug accounts on Instagram… XD

AJRimmer

Yep, I follow every cat subreddit! And then when my cats are annoying me, I look at bunnies :P

ashmanra

You would love to be at my house! A neighbor was raising rabbits and they escaped and the neighbor hasn’t tried to get them back! We have had over a year of lovely bunnies hopping around. Plus we have our Eastern Cottontails. Naturally a few have been killed by another neighbor’s cat that roams freely. There were many, and they have had several batches of babies. There are still three living wild, and one neighbor has captured three more that they keep as pets, and two beautiful white and gray lionhead babies were captured and I gave them to my student!

Dustin

I feel like there needs to be an ASMR type category for animal videos that make you feel better! Some way to label them so you can do a quick search for soul soothing results.

Mastress Alita

I’m all down for a “share your pet photos/favorite cute animal pictures/videos” thread in the forums. Tea and cute animals both soothe the soul, so it’s on topic, right? Right?

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drank Lavender Buttercream by DAVIDsTEA
1401 tasting notes

Sipdown!
I’m excited to have this out of my cupboard. I loved the idea of a creamy lavender frosting tea for the evening, but I never really warmed up to it. It still has that weird stevia taste. I wonder if the pineapple was candied with stevia. I also wish there was a little more going on with the buttercream part. It is creamy-ish, but it’s almost like they were relying on the pineapple to carry that forward. The sip is sweet and slightly tart and the finish is all lavender and a little creaminess that changes to a sour flavor which eventually fades away and then I’m left with just the lavender. Glad it’s gone.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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This definitely has a raspberry scent to it. The flavor is kind of flat. There are a lot of base notes without the high notes that convey fruits and berries. Maybe it’s the chocolate flavor that is making it flat? I can pick out the raspberries, but it’s not the bright almost perfume like flavor that I’ve had in french teas. The raspberry is reminiscent of AQ2T blend with raspberries, but I don’t recall which one. I recall liking that blend, but this one feels more clunky and unharmonious with the flavors. The sip starts out flat, then is tart for a second, the flatness dissipates in the finish where the berry comes out with a little chocolate. Not into this.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Ghost Town by Arthur Dove Tea Co.
1401 tasting notes

Another fun smoky blend! I love The Specials and Halloween and used to have a lovebird named Ghost, so all signs point me to this tea! I was trying to listen to Ghost Town while sipping this, but the song ended and the next few came up that were much more danceable. I need energy and movement right now. The smoke of the lapsang makes me think of campfires, open spaces, mist and solace. The coconut adds a hint of cream which I can imagine being foggy and ghost like. I’m not sure what else is in this blend, but I really like it! It’s smooth with light creamy smoke, balanced well and a consistent flavor from sip to finish. This is making me crave the fake bacon salad topping I make with liquid smoke and coconut shavings and eat by the handful!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
gmathis

The Specials! Great googly moogly, I haven’t listened to them since plaid Vans were a thing the FIRST time around.

Dustin

Are plaid Vans back?!

ashmanra

Did plaid Vans go out? O.O

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I’m an added flavor kind of tea fan, but have had a growing appreciation for plain. I want my tea to remind me of cookies and cakes with coconut and almond slices with a hint of chocolate drizzled on top. I want dancing ponies and flying monkeys shooting off fireworks! And no hibiscus. Hibiscus is the devil.

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