300 Tasting Notes

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drank Blueberry by The Tea Emporium
300 tasting notes

Mmm blueberry. Less astringent this time around, mostly just lots of berry and floral with a nice black base that carries the flavours well.

Flavors: Blueberry, Floral

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80

Mmm lovely. Moderately smokey, but it’s mostly on the nose.

Flavors: Smoke

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Masquerade by Indie Tea
300 tasting notes

I tried a cup of this last night, but it was stored in a thin bag and who knows how old it is. I had some flavour but nothing distinctive, just that sort of old tisane stored too close to other tisanes kind of taste. Oh well.

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77
drank Passion Fruit by Cornelia Bean
300 tasting notes

The black base is a bit rough but works fairly well with the passion fruit flavour. The fruit is quite distinct tasting – no generic fruitiness. I quite enjoyed this.

Flavors: Passion Fruits

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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33

Both dry and steeped leaf smell musty, like old books.

One quick rinse and then first steep, 100ml, 40 seconds, boiling water. The liquor is very dark brown.

My first impression is bitterness, followed by earth and must. Not really feeling this steep at all.

2nd, 15 seconds. Not great yet, but developing. Less bitter, a bit richer tasting, with the puerh numbness starting to peek in. Still missing some dimension.

20s, 25s, 30s. This isn’t developing much with subsequent steeps. It’s totally drinkable, just really boring. You know how sometimes a black tea just tastes like tea and there are no real discernible notes that aren’t “tea”? This is kind of like that – it tastes like generic puerh.

Flavors: Bitter, Earth, Musty

Preparation
Boiling 2 tsp 3 OZ / 88 ML

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83

The dry leaf is silvery green and very fuzzy. It smells faintly floral but there’s not much to it.

Steeped, it takes on a sweet, nutty fragrance with a hint of butter and hay. I sampled it at 3, 3.5 and 4 minutes and then ended up steeping it for 5 total.

The liquor is a medium yellow and very mild tasting. A bit sweet with hay and squash notes. Just a hint of vegetal tang on the finish.

I feel like this probably isn’t really anything special, but it’s so what I’m in the mood for right now and I’m enjoying it immensely.

Flavors: Butter, Butternut Squash, Floral, Hay, Nutty, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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95
drank Grand Cru Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
300 tasting notes

Yup, obsessed. I think I should probably pick up some cheaper matcha for making daily lattes and save this stuff for preparing more traditionally. But omg it’s soooo tasty. I feel like I could drink this all day long.

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63

Hmm, this was interesting. I tried it last night while I was kind of distracted.

Lots of tart citrus and lemongrass, a bit of cranberry, a very faint back of the throat heat, and a fragrance and flavour that I can only describe as horses. Not in a bad way, just slightly confusing – I feel like it might have been the chilis, but I really don’t know. My partner gave me the oddest look when I told him the tea tasted like horses.

The colour of the liquor was an incredible, intense reddish orange. I couldn’t stop looking at the last couple of sips in the bottom of my cup.

Not bad, interesting, and I’ll have to give it another try to see if I can draw out a bit more of the chili heat. I also wonder if the horse thing was just me last night. I gave the steeped leaves another sniff just now and not even a trace of that is present. Who knows.

Flavors: Barnyard, Citrus, Cranberry, Lemongrass, Spicy, Tart

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90
drank Calm Me Teatoxy by Teatoxy
300 tasting notes

Had this again tonight as our caffeine free selection. I had my one partner over for the first time since my other partner moved in a few months ago. It was a nice visit, lots of tea, and I’m looking forward to getting to spend time at both our homes again.

I just really like how balanced this is. Minty and pleasantly bitter and tart and it all just works so well.

Preparation
Boiling 5 tsp 21 OZ / 621 ML

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95
drank Grand Cru Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
300 tasting notes

Omnomnom more matcha latte. These are so easy to drink.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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I grew up drinking jasmine green tea with meals, but really fell in love with tea on a trip to Britain in elementary school. My first great love was Earl Grey, and I still adore it and all its variants.

I discovered the beauty of loose leaf tea much later, when, on impulse, I picked up a few teas that were on clearance at a home store. My introduction to loose leaf teas were Masala Chai and Provence Rooibos by the Metropolitan Tea Co and an unknown brand of kukicha and gyokuro (little did I know what a precious treasure I’d stumbled onto with that.)

At the time I was lucky to live in a place with multiple tea shops and several places to have afternoon tea, which is a delight I still miss.

Tea is part of my daily ritual and a nice, affordable way to appease the collector in me.

I enjoy distinctive whites, greens and oolongs, flavoured blacks, and herbals that are heavy on the citrus, lavender or mint.

Rating rubric, to give myself some consistency:
0-15 Yuck, not even drinkable.
16-30 Disappointing, not really inclined to give it a second try.
31-45 Disappointing, but maybe there’s potential? Worth one more try, prepped differently.
46-60 Mediocre, not terrible but not memorable.
61-75 Not bad. I’ll definitely finish what I have and might buy again.
76-90 Very enjoyable. Tasty, complex, it’ll keep me coming back.
91-100 BEST! I love everything about it and I will drink it forever.

Beyond tea, I’m a sex educator, polyamory activist, and radical queer. I love backwoods camping, abstract painting, baking & cooking, nail polish, cats, ceramic sculpture, and home nesting.

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