23 Tasting Notes

34

I am 0 for 3 today on my new teas!

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

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drank MateVana by Teavana
23 tasting notes

I don’t like coffee, I never have, and now I can be certain that I don’t like tea that kind of tastes like coffee. It’s not offensive, but it’s vaguely chocolatey and has a thin coffee flavor. Meh.

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195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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80

Not bad… not knock-my-socks-off, but for a windy Saturday morning on the high desert when I’m trying to work up the steam to keep up with two toddler boys, it’ll do. This is my first mate/caffeine tea in a while, and I’m enjoying the little buzz. ;-)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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100

Good God, this tea makes me happy.

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In the tin, this smelled delicious… until I realized there was a scent of something like bananas, and I started to try to break it down. I resorted to the ingredients list, which showed “vanilla and coconut flavor”. Which, of course, means almost anything but actual vanilla or coconut.

Steeping, it did smell enticing, but when it was ready to drink it seemed like nothing more than hot water. Reminiscent of banana.

Reading the 1st tasting note, I wonder if I used water that was a little too hot. More likely, this tea is just too delicate for my palate, which tends to prefer really tasty spicy chais.

I’ll keep it in my cupboard, but will be happy to send a sample (it’s in bags) to anyone who’d like to give it a try despite my experience…

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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100

Mmm. Just as I took the first sip from the second glass, the sun broke over the Sangre de Christo mountains and shot its low gold blaze across the desert.

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100

Bliss.

A tall tumbler of this tea, made from a newly-filled tin… just the smell of it makes me happy.

The desert sky is lightening on this new year, pale pink to the east, still darker to the west as the full blue moon sets gently over the Jemez mountains. The baby is pulling out toys, one after another, seeming to choose and favor anything with jingling bells, which is a sweet, sweet sound on this cold morning. The wood stove is roaring with a new morning fire, so the heat is concentrated around it while the rest of the room holds its nighttime chill.

Perfection can be so simple.

Happy new year to all.

— Andrea in New Mexico

p.s. It’s New Year’s Day! I hope to not see anyone drinking anything they’ve rated less than a perfect 100 this morning, OK?

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I just want to note that while I haven’t brewed any of this yet (and probably won’t for a couple of days), this arrived this afternoon—and as I was putting it into a tin, all I could think is that it looks and smells like something that would be put out in bowls as bar snacks at the Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Santa Fe, something I’d eat way too much of as we set out on an unforgettable night of tequila shots and tattoos.

Cofftea

hmmm… kind of a spicy valentine’s tisane. Sounds yummy!

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100

I have an order in with Essencha for this, my near-daily morning wake-up, and it’s on back order! Their web site assures that by the time something’s listed as backordered that it’s probably already on the way to their warehouse, but I’m not sure what I’d do without this in my cupboard.

(Oh, I know exactly what I’ll do: My white Ayurvedic chai from Teavana will be here Saturday and I’ll spoil myself for a little while…)

takgoti

We all deserve a little spoiling now and then.

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85

(Notes taken from my own comments after Cofftea’s tasting note on Den’s Teas Matcha Kaze, to which she added drinking chocolate):

Well, that was truly inspired, Ms. Cofftea!

I had to wing it on the amounts of chocolate and milk, lacking measuring implements here, but as a gesture of compensation, I did use my chasen, which survived just fine. :-)

One scoop of Essencha’s Jade Bliss Matcha plus 3 spoonfuls of Lake Champlain’s Aztec Hot Chocolate added to some amount of unsweetend vanilla almond milk heated just to the point of small bubbles forming on top.

Holy moly. This was nothing less than exquisite liquid truffle. I wish I could sigh and say that oh, I couldn’t possibly have something this rich more than once a week, but that would be a bald-faced lie. I’ll probably do it again before the day is done.

I’ll be playing close attention to any future tweaks you make to this, Ms. Cofftea. The only thing I’ll do differently next time myself is drink it while it’s hotter. I, too, only taste the matcha “in the very back”, and I like the way it works. Maybe I’ll try a different chocolate next time—I do have one that isn’t spicy but has notes of almond and orange in it. That could be brilliant, I think.

Cofftea

hehe So glad you loved it! This’ll have me smiling all day=P

Cofftea

I think it was especially delicous because it was breakfast and in a bowl. Drinking chocolate from a bowl for breakfast just seems so naughty lol. Isn’t it great to be an adult and be able to do this kinda stuff?:)

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I’m a writer and a documentary filmmaker, and also a mama to one 13 month-old boy—with another baby on the way this spring! I’m pretty much caffeine-free these days, and learning to love the Rooibos. I grew up in Wisconsin and after 5 years in Chicago and 11 in NYC, I now live in a ghost town in the desert. And I love it.

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