687 Tasting Notes

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This is my morning cup. I have taken to just letting the boiled water cool a lot before steeping to avoid any risk of astringency. Therefore I always have an awesome cup of creamy black tea.

On another note, I feel like crap but I’m not full-blown sick. Bleh. I picked up a bunch of oranges, so freshly squeezed orange juice will be plentiful today.

keychange

Feel better! I know we’ve talked about this before, about how we often don’t get outright sick but can frequently feel really crappy. Ugggh.

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I’ve had a slight tickle in my throat for nearly a week and tonight I felt like ginger. I’ve been essentially overdosing on vitamin C and lots of fruit to fight it all week. I still have 4 exams and a paper to write so I cannot afford to get sick.

I love the gingery spiciness this tea brings. I am close to a sipdown which means I need to make time to run to David’s. I never really enjoy going to the mall, but if it means I’ll have more of this, I’m sure I’ll survive. :P

TeaBrat

I like it too!

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This is a sipdown. Well, until my matcha order from VariaTEA arrives. :)

I needed a little boost because I’m fading but I still need to get just a little bit more studying done before tomorrow. I’m not so much one of those people that can wake up early to get in last minute studying.

Jennkay

I’d rather stay up late than wake up early to study any day! Hooray for matcha boosts :)

Memily

I’d rather stay up late than wake up early in general ;) go go gadget studying!

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Sil

love love love….

VariaTEA

It is so tasty!! A couple weeks back, I had an influx of nougat teas in my life. This is definitely one of the better ones. Also, RiverTea’s Sweet Seduction was really tasty.

Courtney

This is maybe the first one I’ve tried? Maybe. It is awesome. I’ve added Sweet Seduction to my wishlist now though. :)

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drank Root Beer by Simpson & Vail
687 tasting notes

I couldn’t decide what to have and my S&V teas have been neglected lately, so I chose this one. The scent is so root beer-like it’s amazing. The taste less so, but still I really enjoy this one.

My next exam is 9am tomorrow, so it will be a full night of studying. But each exam down, is one step closer to Vancouver!

MissLena

Good luck on all your tests! They will be over in no time :)

scribbles

Good luck!

CHAroma

Good luck!

VariaTEA

You can do it!!!

OMGsrsly

Woohoo! (Umm. For finishing exams and Vancouver, obviously… :) )

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First exam today, and I decided to go with LB and Cacao this morning. And a bowl of Fruit Loops. YUM.

This class has been frustrating all term and I’m finally almost through. For the exam he told us “This isn’t the sort of exam you can study for, so there’s no point in poring over your notes”, and in the next breath, “but you will need the entire 3 hours to write it”.

caile

Good luck!

donkeytiara

some folks shouldn’t be instructors. plain and simple. hope it went well.

whatshesaid

Good luck!!

VariaTEA

Good luck!! My first exam is today as well. However, it is for my pass/fail course so there isn’t much stress.

Courtney

Thanks! And good luck VariaTEA, even if it isn’t too stressful. :)

keychange

Good luck on the exam! it’ll feel wonderful to have it behind you.

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Just had this one as matcha milk. I think I may be outgrowing this matcha, for the time being at least. Not that there’s anything wrong with this one at all, just I’m much more enamoured with the new flavours I’ve been exploring.

Now onto my fresh cup of Jardin Bleu! And more studying.

whatshesaid

Which new flavours do you prefer., just curious :)

Courtney

Banana & Cream is awesome! And French Butter Cookie surprised me.

Courtney

And I just tried French Vanilla, which was lovely.

whatshesaid

I’ve got some French vanilla but never tried the other two. Will have to add them to my future buy list! :) actually I think the butter cookie was already on that list, hehe. You’re just confirming my suspicions!

Courtney

The Caramel Popcorn has also been getting lots of love. I may be brave with my next order and add that one in.

whatshesaid

Really? Yeah I don’t know if i would be brave enough to want to drink anything popcorn tasting!

Courtney

I didn’t think so either. I’m not a huge popcorn fan, but I must say I trust VariaTEA’s matcha wisdom. I took her word alone on French Butter Cookie. I’m getting more adventurous with matcha now that I’ve found a way to drink it I enjoy. :)

Roswell Strange

I’m really loving the Watermelon, right now…

Courtney

Aw the Watermelon didn’t work for me. :( But none of the fruity ones have so far. However it has awesome ratings, so I may be the only one.

whatshesaid

How do you drink it?

I feel like the fruity ones may not be for me, though admittedly I’ve never tried them. But I’m not a huge fan of fruity teas, so I am playing it safe and sticking with the desserty ones

Courtney

I agree with you there. I’m partial to some fruits in teas, but most just don’t seem to work all that well. I make ‘matcha milk’ now aka a cold latte. I’m sure there’s no difference to drinking it immediately, but I fill up a mason jar with milk, add my 1/2-1 tsp of matcha and let it sit in the fridge for a bit. I was struggling before I tried this method because I don’t like straight matcha, or hot matcha. Bit of a long response haha.

Roswell Strange

I either do the matcha/milk thing (but right away – not delayed like Courtney) or, typically for fruit flavours, I make Matcha Soda by mixing the matcha in with club soda and sweetening it.

whatshesaid

Does that method dissolve the matcha powder? Sounds intriguing!

Matcha soda might work for fruity ones, neat!
Again same question though…I’d be worried about the green silt at the bottom of my cup, ew

Courtney

Yeah I shake mine periodically in it’s time in the fridge to dissolve it more. It’s definitely a lazy way to make it. I have considered dissolving the matcha in a wee bit of hot water before adding it to the milk, but that’s a bit too high maintenance for me. :P I also periodically shake it around if it’s taking me a while to drink so it doesn’t settle. The things I’ve done to enjoy a tea I don’t enjoy straight that’s crazy expensive haha!

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94

I knew I put this in the fridge earlier for a reason. I’ve had a frustrating day working on writing a paper that has little relevance to anything meaningfully related to the class, when I should be studying for the 4 exams I have this week.

Now studying for something different and drinking this delightful banana medicine-esque tea, and soon I will be in bed. Ending this day on a good note.

keychange

Great choice of matcha!!

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Another from Angrboda. Thanks! To compare with rhubarb green from Fru P.

I fully expected to enjoy the rhubarb vanilla white/green blend more, and I actually don’t. It’s funny how your own tastes can surprise you at times. The vanilla overtakes the rhubarb a bit more than I’d like, though it’s still tasty. The vanilla scent is awesome though. Fru P seems to know her vanilla. I’m enjoying the base here too, yet the rhubarb green just seemed crisper. This one is more comforting (thank you vanilla), and while still great, I find myself wanting more rhubarb.

I would still be happy to drink this one semi-regularly though.

I believe that finishes up my envelope from Angrboda! I am flying through my swap-in pile, yay!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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I decided to brew up this one and Rhubarb Vanilla together for a bit of a comparison. They aren’t directly comparable, but close enough.

Upon first sip this one is exactly what it claims to be – rhubarb green. It’s tasty. I was slight wary that the combination of rhubarb and green tea would be some sort of bitter disaster, but it isn’t at all. I am very picky about greens, and they generally get neglected in my swap pile because they are “high maintenance” – aka can’t be steeped at boiling with a high chance they won’t be enjoyed. However, all the Fru P teas Angrboda sent have been awesome.

I really enjoy rhubarb everywhere, including tea. This is definitely a tea I could get behind. Like cupboard-worthy. And a cupboard-worthy green is quite something.

Thanks Angrboda!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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Lover of tea, animals, the ocean (http://eastcoastbest.tumblr.com/), science, travel, and all things summer.

That’s my mug! I may have a slight love of Star Trek.

I love black teas. I pretty well always drink my tea straight. I’m also fond of herbals, but they rarely make my permanent collection. I prefer my tea hot, but occasionally I’ll cold brew.

Oolongs I enjoy, but I’m not generally in the mood for them. I only truly enjoy subtly fruity flavoured greens. Whites have to be pretty amazing (see Butiki’s White Rhino).

Pu’erhs I’m working on at a snail’s pace, but so far I’m not loving them. Rooibos/honeybush have to be well hidden for me to enjoy them. Mates and are not for me at all.

Likes:
Coconut, creaminess, yogurt, toffee, cacao (true dark chocolate flavour), rhubarb.

Dislikes:
Any smokiness, bergamot, flowers (rose, jasmine, chamomile), hibiscus is hit and miss.

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