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TTB Tea #8:

1 bag (2.11g)/6oz water.

Steeped liquor is a medium, dull brown. Aroma is very toasty (personal “uh oh”). I’m not a fan of toasty teas, but this one has a sweetness that smooths and balances the toastyness. I won’t buy this based on my distaste for roasty teas, but for anyone that does enjoy them this is a pretty darn good bagged tea.

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

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54
drank Ginger Twist by Lipton
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TTB Tea #7:

1 bag (2.11g) in 6oz boiling water- picked a 3 min steeping time at random because none was listed.

Whoa… ok, I should have checked here 1st. This is obviously isn’t just ginger root as I thought. The liquor is a medium reddish brown- not colorless like pure ginger root. The aroma is mostly ginger, but also other spices. WHen I taste it, I get lemon notes and unidentifiable spices along w/ the ginger. Not bad, But I prefer pure ginger.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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51
drank Kuuipo by Lupicia
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TTB Tea #6

Ok… I have no clue what this is. No steeping directions on the bag or on here… I can’t even find it on their website. I do know that it isn’t the flowering tea it used to say here (I changed it), and it’s black. It does smell like the discription here though- nice and fruity w/ hints of rose.

The liquor is a darkish read color and the aroma is that of the raw leaf only I can smell more of the base.

This isn’t anything special. More fruity than floral… and unfortunately the base does come thrue… as a tad bitter.

1 bag (3.14g)/6oz just below boiling water.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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99
drank Matcha (100g) by Lupicia
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Ok, I’m not good at distinguishing what a 1/2 of a scoop of matcha is, but I wanted to make Usucha… so? Problem solved. I made a double batch!=D There’s never such a thing as too much matcha, right? 3 scoops/5oz water. A bit bitter. Sweet. GREEN!=D

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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99
drank Matcha (100g) by Lupicia
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Ok, can someone explain why I did what I just did? I don’t like cold matcha. I don’t like milk in my matcha. And I don’t like slim fast. And yet… What did I do? I added 1tsp matcha to my french vanilla slim fast powder and 1 cup Smart Balance milk. (In my chawan of course) Yep. Tastes exactly like it should. Cold and matcha flavored slim fast. But… I do like it better than just adding cold milk (or even hot, I like that least). I still don’t get matcha lattes though.

Preparation
Iced

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100
drank Mandarin Matcha by 52teas
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For some reason… that even I can’t tell you… I never had my matcha this morning. Which is odd since my FedEx guy delivered my new DoMatcha chasen and chasen holder at 7:45 this morning- an hr earlier than normal! The prongs of my new chasen (around the edge as well as the center ones) are much curlier than my last.

1 scoop/3oz water. 52teas’s matchas always have mixed w/ the water very quickly- independently even, but I’m surprised that after a quick whisk my chasen is absolutely clean even considering the thicker consistancy. No vessicles. No matcha. Wow.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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51

Suggested parameters (1c. each), cold. There are both the licoricey sweet burn and the sugary sweetness I’ve tasted the past 2 times I’ve tried it, but both are more tolerable this time. Comparable to the Tazo brand Starbucks uses (another reaso why it seems there’s anise in here)… it’s not however worth the extra 40 calories (or 70 if you use Fat free Smart Balance milk even considering the thicker texture)… not sure I would like it using plain fat free milk… but then again I don’t think the Tazo concentrate is worth the 200 cal for a grande either.

Preparation
Iced
Lori

I like anise but don’t like when it overpowers chai

Cofftea

I can’t stand it.

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100
drank Strawberry Matcha by 52teas
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Given the awesome giveaway by DoMatcha, I couldn’t resist having another serving before bed. 1 scoop/3oz water. Thick, creamy, smooth, sweet, bitter, vegetal, fruity, and GREEN! And not enough liquid to fill my bladder before morning lol;)

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51

Swapped the milk out for coffee this time. Thankfully no anise…! But… there is strong and sickening sweetness (not the same as from licorice)… not enough spice either…

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99
drank Matcha (100g) by Lupicia
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In honor of today’s Steepster Select I had to make sure that I had my matcha before leaving for Prayer + Share this morning. I used my favorite ratio: 1 scoop/3oz water. Perfection.

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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!

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