1497 Tasting Notes

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drank Raspberry Earl by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
1497 tasting notes

A chameleon of a tea: starts of with lovely raspberry taking over the EG notes, then the EG pops up as it cools to say hello, and when cold, it’s lost most of the raspberry and gains the perfumey floral flavor I equate with bergamot oil. Lovely piping hot, loved it less as it cooled.

Flavors: Berries, Flowers

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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79

100% spice cake, maybe with a hint of dried fruit in there, the kind that goes with those uber-heavy Christmas cakes. It’s a bit surprising how accurate the flavoring is, down to the breadiness of the taste (although missing in the mouthfeel). While spice cake has always been something I’ve kinda avoided, this does remind me of a spiced ginger cake my Mom would whip up at Christmas, saying it was a Dutch delicacy that we had to try. Yep, it’s pretty bang-on for that.

Thank you KittyLovesTea for this perfect 2-cup sample!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
JustJames

i am one of those whackos that loves xmas cake….. this is going MY list!!!!

MissB

Oh, I’ll send you the cup or so I have left! It’s already off their website, sadly, until next year (maybe?)

JustJames

how do i consistently set myself up for this? no no, you gave this 100. you finish it. enjoy. you are just as sleep deprived as i am. it’s a lovely thought though.

MissB

I gave it 100? No, I gave it a 79. It’s easy enough to put it in an envelope for next time – and you know as well as I do, I have too much tea! :P

JustJames

oh…. i really need sleep. i saw the 100% fruit cake. geez…..

Anna

…you mean spice cake. JJ, GET SOME SLEEP!

Suziqzer

It’s alright JJ.. I saw fruitcake too (& I’m not a fan). I think maybe because she said spice cake with a hint of fruit… My mind turned that to fruitcake. :)

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100
drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1497 tasting notes

Sigh. I’m doing something weird with my matchas. Even my beloved caramel is only tasting so-so to me today. :(

Heaping 1/4 tsp in 1/4 cup of heavy cream, mixed well with a chasen, added only a sprinkle of sweetener.

Flavors: Caramel, Cream

Preparation
Iced 0 tsp 2 OZ / 59 ML
OMGsrsly

:( Hopefully you’re not coming down with anything.

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77
drank The Pint by Custom-Adagio Teas
1497 tasting notes

An interesting assam and gunpowder -based tea with interesting notes of tartness, ginger, cream and something else a bit darker back there in the mix. I wish there was more ginger in here.. right now it’s a bit mellow in the background, almost like a faint ginger creme. It’s still lovely, and I’m glad I steeped it for a short time to eradicate all possible bitterness.

Thanks to Khaleesical for sharing this in the 12 Days of Christmas tea swap!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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76
drank Irish Cream Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1497 tasting notes

Note to self: try this with a black base, and robust flavoring. Right now, at delicate flavoring and the green base, I’m just missing out on anything Irish Cream-ish. It’s still yummy and creamy, however I want some of the ole Irish in me. ;)

In unrelated news, my son got another notice home saying there’s a lice infestation at his school. Sigh. For whatever reason, the four times this has happened in the past two years, I’m the only one that gets it. For those (like me) trying to avoid the harshest of chemicals in those lice treatments – use Listerine. Dump half a bottle over your head (I use a lot, because I have very long, thick hair), leave it in for an hour, and then wash your hair normally. It works like a charm, although frankly I do feel slightly ill after — I’m told because the alcohol in the Listerine gets absorbed by your skin. Also, this is a much cheaper option… $2 vs $37.

Now on to our regularly scheduled programming…

Heaping 1.4 tsp in 1/4 cup of heavy cream.

Flavors: Cream

Preparation
Iced 0 tsp 2 OZ / 59 ML
OMGsrsly

Good luck!

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78

My first reaction to sipping this tea was, “Oh, wow.”Yep, it surprised me with it’s smooth-as-silky-cream feel, and the very light peppermint flavoring. Would I immediately think Candy Cane when drinking this tea? Hm. Likely not, and I’m confuzzled as to why I’m saying that. It’s a lovely, creamy peppermint tea… it’s just not candy cane to me. It’s still delicious, and I’ll be happy happy sipping this one down.

Thank you to KittyLovesTea for sharing the cutest little package of this with me!

Flavors: Cream

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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93
drank Campfire Blend by Verdant Tea
1497 tasting notes

How can a tea be more perfect than this? It is divine, it is indescribable, it is sheer bliss. Oh yeah, and the re-steep is equally as fantastic. Holy cow!

First steep: 5 minutes. Second steep: 24 minutes.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

I’ll have to try a super long steep on my second or third

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68
drank Cloud Nine by Clipper
1497 tasting notes

Apple, hibiscus, pineapple, something oddly bitter (melon?), more apple. I think this would be really fun cold-brewed and given to the kids; kids that love apples! An interesting tea, however I think I steeped it a bit too long, or perhaps used too much (two teabags for 12oz).

Thanks to KittyLovesTea for sharing this with me! Something I probably wouldn’t have found on my own, which is always one of my favorite things – to discover things within someone else’s wheelhouse.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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93
drank Campfire Blend by Verdant Tea
1497 tasting notes

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71

Forgot I even had this tea, and also forgot how much I like a Monk’s Blend. Reminds me of the Shirley Temples my parents let me have each time that we went out for dinner. This time though, there’s a floral note that I’m just meh about. I’d rather the grenadine, with zero flowers in this blend.

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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A few years ago, the obsession with tea started. The cupboard got bigger and bigger, more swaps occurred, group buys, secret rendezvous with local teapassionistas… and that’s how you end up with 500+ different kinds of tea in your home. At one time.

Almost all of the tea was given away, sold, or otherwise shared. A few relics still remain. I now travel full time with only two carryon bags to my name. One quarter of those bags are tea.

It’s still a challenge to avoid the chipmunk-like hoarding of The Teas, yet, the lightness of being from having so little compels me more.

If I have enough, I’m happy to share. If I’m in your area, I’d love to swap, meet for tea, and explore together.

As for the day-to-day stuff, I’m focused almost entirely on Love, (yes, with a capital L), Spirit/Self, transformation, travel and my writing and speaking work.

What kinds of teas do I normally like?

YES: flavored teas, fruity, dessert, chai, and spicy (REALLY spicy).

A FONDNESS FOR: all white teas, malty black teas, any herbal or medicinal teas, strange/weird teas you can only get in one place.

ALLERGIC TO: strawberries, lavender

DISLIKES: any added sugars, grains, lapsang souchong, and overly floral teas – I might enjoy a Jasmine Green every once in a while, but unless it’s a creamy floral tea (think roses in a chai, or the smoothness of a floral note in a French tea), I’ll likely pass. Earl Greys are a hit or miss with me; heavy on the cream or fruit notes and I might like it, heavy on the blergamot and I definitely won’t.

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