865 Tasting Notes

98

And my 1st yr. on steepster comes to a close. Celebrating w/ matcha OJ!

Lori

Congrats!

Caitlin

Congrats! who else’s one yr anniversary is in September (besides me, cofftea and humangirl)?

Jaime

Congrats on 1 year! That’s awesome!

LENA

Me me me!!! September marks my 1 year anniversary on Steepster.

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92
drank Decaffeinated Chai by Twinings
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Ok… this is getting a major rating boost. Made it the way I normally have my chai 1 cup each water and Fat Free Smart Balance milk and added a min of steeping time. No sweetener. This is the best non chocolate chai I’ve EVER had… and I’m shocked it’s a decaf bag. The spices aren’t strong, they’re very smooth… I’m not sure why, but I swear this even has a different texture than my Mayan Chocolate Chai. This has a lot of similar qualities to the authentic Indian chai I had at a restaurant once only it’s actually drinkable lol. I’m thinking the milk in that chai just had scorched milk… I dunno. Anyway REALLY good. I suggest making it w/ chocolate milk.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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92
drank Decaffeinated Chai by Twinings
865 tasting notes

TWININGS ORDER 2/27

Kinda surprised I had to enter this one. I admit I don’t have high expectations for this. I don’t prefer bags and I’ve only had one decaf chai… which was a loose leaf disaster. But why not?

I find it weird Twinnings doesn’t package their bagged teas consistantly. The last tea I had was in a box not wrapped in plastic and the bags were not wrapped individually and did not contain tags… all 3 are true of this box.

When I open the box I immediately think “instant chai mix” which is odd cuz I’ve never had a bagged or loose chai that smelled like that.

1 bag/8oz water, served clean.

Once steeped, the very dark brown liquor w/ red tones smells much like it did raw. Definitely spicy- not much of the tea.

Ok, this is MUCH better than my last decaf chai experience. It’s pretty much all spice and no tea, but that’s ok- I didn’t get either in my last decaf chai experience. The mouthfeel is smooth and heavy. Not bad at all if you want a black chai w/o caffeine.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec
Janefan

I was going to place an order, but couldn’t justify $10 shipping for $15 worth of tea! Especially considering they have a distro center (but no retail store) like 20 min from me! I’ll just wait and buy the tins I want in the grocery store when I see them. Prince of Wales may be hard to find but Lady Grey and Irish breakfast aren’t. I’m looking forward to your reviews though, esp. the new organic samples!

Cofftea

Yeah I know, but I bought enough to justify it lol. Funny though… I got the free samples AND the code takes off $4.49 so that’s like getting the samples free plus only paying half the shipping. And I got some teas that were on sale as well.

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70

Twinings Order 1/27

I couldn’t resist a Twinnings order, my 1st, when they were giving away free samples of their new organic teas. But my order is shocking. It contains 11 fruit or herbal blends (6 purchased, 5 free samples) and are ALL bagged teas. I did this simply for the sake of cost and the fact that I knew I could get thru a box of tea faster than I could a tin of loose leaf. Storage of the tins was also a factor.

Made 24oz and had it w/ a sun dried tomato and pepper chicken pesto flat bread lean cuisine.

It’s kinda hard to tell, but the leaf seems to be EXTREMELY fine and there’s an odd scent I can’t place. Steeped, the tea smells like an orange green tea (mandarin specifically).

Once steeped the flavor is definitely of orange. Almost those orange gummy candies only w/o the sugar. At first I thought there was also note of bitter pith or orange peel, but unfortunately it’s the green tea base. There also seems to be notes of flower, but I’ve never had lotus so I can only guess that’s what it is. It was a fairly goood tea, I just wish the bitterness wasn’t there.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Peggie Bennett

Lotus is my favorite favorite favorite Tazo tea, this one sounds like I might like it!

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91
drank Dancong Aria by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

2nd infusion w/ dinner. Left over Chinese- Lemon Chicken w/ white rice… my FAVE! My family are not Chinese food eaters so I only get it on my birthday.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Lori

Happy Birthday!

Caitlin

How can they not like Chinese food?!? And Happy Birthday!

Meghann M

Happy bday:)

Jaime

Happy Birthday!

Dorothy

Happy Birthday!

Lainie Petersen

This is a good tea!

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91
drank Dancong Aria by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

Made 24oz of this today. I bought this when it was featured for the roots campaign and am just now opening it. Not sure I’m getting honey notes in this or not… there’s a lot of sweetness, but it’s hard to tell if it’s honey-eque. I do find it funny that they don’t mention peach. This is a wonderfully sweet, peachy, and floral tea. I think this time I’ve gotten more floral notes than usual and less peach… A wonderful light, but not green, pseudo flavored oolong

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
teabird

Definitely peachy!

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100

2nd infusion w/ lunch… some sort of REALLY spicy, REALLY good chicken fajitas (started out as a combo plater, but mom had the shrimp ones) that mom brought home left over from her business lunch at Applebees, but I can’t find them on the menu for some reason. Just a touch stronger than the 1st infusion.

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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100

Ugh… Madison has been getting up @ 7:30 when mom leaves for work the past 3 days. And because I took melatonin last nite I’m pretty out of it. My throat isn’t up to par, but at least I’m not hacking today. I remembered I had this and thought it would be good on my throat since I don’t have mint. Whites aren’t my 1st choice to make since I don’t have my scale replaced yet, but I’m drinking it more for functionality this morning so I figure I’ll be fine.

4TB leaf/16oz hot water (see below) then 8oz cold water (note to self: Get bigger IngenuiTEA)

The light orange liquor smells light and sweet. The base is still pretty substantial, definitely not wimpy. The honey gives it body and a slight thickness, but does not coat my throat (yay!). This is actually probably the best cuppa of a tea I’ve made w/o my scale that I use my scale for. That makes me happy.

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Meghann M

They make a bigger ingenuiTEA? Going to Adagio’s site right now!!!!

Cofftea

HAHA! Yep. Always have.

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drank After 5 by Lupicia
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How did I ever manage for 3 months as a telemarketer? Sure, I was REALLY horse by the end of my work week which included working 36 hrs in 4 days, 2 of which were 12 hr days… but I’ve only been calling 4 days now, about 6 hrs a day and I’m coughing so hard I’m almost making myself sick. I NEED mint green tea… unfortunately this is the only bag I have and I have no loose either.

I’m definitely drinking this for functionality tonite- I didn’t even check their suggested prep. Steeped a bit hotter and longer than usual to bring out more peppermint.

Inspite of my abuse, it still does have light and smooth qualities in addition to the slight bitterness from the battered green tea. The mint isn’t as strong as I need it to be, but it’s still very nice.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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98

Added a tsp to the Raspberry V8 V-Fusion +Tea. Luckily the color wasn’t as nasty as I expected, but I really couldn’t taste the matcha either. I need a stronger tasting matcha.

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Tea tastes:
I will ALWAYS pick loose leaf over tea bags. I only drink bagged tea if that’s my only choice or I find a flavor that I can’t find a loose leaf version for. When I do drink bagged; however, I always weigh my bag and am constantly curious as to the weight/flavor ratio- sometimes I am quite surprised by the flavor punch of light bags.

I have a preference for organic and fair trade teas (preferably both), but would never pass up an amzing tea just because it isn’t organic and/or fair trade.

I love savory teas.

I’m currently searching for a chai flavored soy powder or a soy based chai mix (either already mixed or a recipe).

I hardly EVER sweeten my teas. I feel that sweeteners (unless flavored like tea honeys, brown sugar, ice cream topping syrups, flavored coffee syrups, etc) do not add anything to the flavor profile of tea- in fact, I’ve found that they dumb down the flavors.

I NEVER serve my tea over regular iced cubes- I always make tea cubes.

I LOVE cooking w/ tea and making smoothTEAS.

I LOVE tea blending.

I rarely drink herbal teas unless they are mixed with true teas. My favorite herbals to mix with true teas are: spearmint, peppermint, lemongrass, rose hips, and gingeroot.

I can’t stand anything w/ fennel or anise. Hot black teas (except orange pekoe bagged tea that you get when you go out to eat and chai teas) tend to upset my stomach.

I drink matcha daily and love flavoring it. I’m also in a constant search of preflavored matchas.

I’m constantly searching for information on how to prepare tea authentically according to its country of origin.

My Tasting Notes Ratings (edited 8/8/10)
1: I can’t even stand the raw leaf enough to make this (I’ve never owned a tea w/ this rating, but I’ve smelled some before buying resulting in me NOT buying them that were that bad)

2: I steeped this tea but couldn’t stand the aroma enough to get it past my nose

3: I immediately gagged at the 1st sip and spit it out.

4: I manageed to get the 1st sip down, but I tossed the rest.

5: I drank the 1st cup but I can’t bring myself to resteep

6: Made it thru the entire set of infusions but I can’t bring myself to tinker w/ the parameters and won’t be making it again.

7-10: Does not taste anything like the ingredients or name suggests (i.e. Adagio’s Sour apple)

11-25: I can taste some of the ingredients, but the flavor is severely lacking

25-49: Teas that I would not consider bad in their flavor profile, but certainly below average

50: Average.

51-69: Teas above averge, but I wouldn’t go as far as calling them “good”.

70-75: Very good, but still room for improvement

76-85: Above average flavor profile

86-90: REALLY good flavors

91-99: Almost PERFECTLY achieves the goal of the ingredients and name of the tea.

100: Abosolutely perfect teas!

Other Interests: GOD! and all things pertaining to Him and His children, my dog Madison, travelling, and coffee.

Favorite Music: ANYTHING Christian. I don’t normally listen to secular music, but I do love jazz and swing.

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Favorite Books: THE BIBLE!!! & My Sister’s Keeper

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“Mom was right, ‘because I say so’ is enough- at least when it comes to God.”- me

Favorite Foods: fried calamari, lemon chicken, anything w/ buffalo sauce.

Favorite Places: WA state, Switzerland, Orlando

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