865 Tasting Notes

100
drank Ginger Matcha by Art of Tea
865 tasting notes

Done w/ work for now. My position is newly created and my boss is really behind so I often don’t work for long periods at a time- that will DEFINITELY change in the future though. Paid my phone bill (for the next 3 months- YAY!) and my credit cards (not yay). It was my first payment since getting my computer fixed and it wasn’t recognized so I had to enter a verification code… that’s when I noticed 2 phone numbers were shown on my account. This can NOT be good. Grrr… I need matcha. Good ol’ fashioned hot matcha in my chawan. I may even have a full bowl.

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100

Was sooo tired last night I actually fell asleep at 9. Then woke up when breaking news started and forced myself to go to bed at 11:30. Really should have been up at 7:30, but I slept til 8:30. Having coffee w/ a tsp of chai and a tsp of cocoa powder to try to wake me up.

MelissaPicoli

Missoula Born! Go Tipu’s.

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100
drank Ginger Matcha by Art of Tea
865 tasting notes

Decided to sleep in so I chugged some matcha protein water before work. Didn’t help my headache though. :(

TeaEqualsBliss

Matcha Day, Matcha Day…hey baby, hey!

Cofftea

HAHA! You crack me up. Did you ever imagine you’d be so hooked on matcha? I better be careful- you may steal the term “matcha master” from me lol.

TeaEqualsBliss

Nah…I’ll never be the matcha master…people would freak if they saw me and my matcha methods! But…I do know what I like! :) What is it that they say??? GETTING THERE is half the journey!? Oh! If they only saw how I ‘get there’ LOL

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100

Bucked up and actually tried this plain today. …And it’s surprisingly good! It tastes like a mixture of chocolate, coffee, and tea (in spite of this being an herbal)- and I can’t taste the licorice at ALL. YAY!=D Definitely still affective. Much more delicious than any other alternative.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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100
drank Ginger Matcha by Art of Tea
865 tasting notes

Matcha OJ- not a large amount of added flavor, but a nice freshness.

Preparation
Iced

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100
drank Ginger Matcha by Art of Tea
865 tasting notes

Matcha protein water and blackberries is the extent of my lunch today.

Preparation
Iced

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100

Rough morning. Watched a movie til 1am, my dog kept me up til 2am, and I had to be up by 8am (thank God I have no commute to work or I’d really be in rough shape). Just as my alarm went off my boss sent me a text saying he forgot he had a meeting at 9 so we’d have to push back training. Decided to get up anyway rather than going back to bed to force myself to practice. Needed massive caffeine today so I made my morning eye opener: 1tsp chai and one packet instant coffee in a cup of boiling water w/ 1tsp caramel creamer. I’d be a zombie without it today.

Preparation
Boiling

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100
drank Ginger Matcha by Art of Tea
865 tasting notes

Have to get up at 2am tomorrow and breakfast isn’t til 7. Decided to have some matcha protein water before bed in case I’m too tired tomorrow.

Preparation
Iced

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100

Getting really low on this… never imagined that I’d go thru almost 100g of matcha in 15 days. Added lemon juice to my strawberry protein water this morning. I generally like lime over lemon in water, but I thought the lemon would go better w/ the strawberry than the lime. It looks like sewer water, but it’s really good!

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100
drank Ginger Matcha by Art of Tea
865 tasting notes

Made my strawberry protein water w/ this today. Didn’t necessarily make it taste like ginger, but it did tone down the strawberry so it doesn’t taste like strawberry juice. Something I didn’t mention yesterday… this is a LOT foamier than the pink lemonade version… weird.

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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.

Favorite Movies: Romantic comedies mostly. My Sister’s Keeper, P.S. I Love You, Fireproof, National Treasure Trilogy (I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE 3rd ONE TO COME OUT!), Night at the Museum 1 & 2, Sister Act 1 & 2, Yes Man, Bruce & Evan Almighty, rarely watch animated movies but LOVE anything 3D.

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

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