702 Tasting Notes

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”.


Good luck!


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


Good luck!!


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


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


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.


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


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


And I just tried French Vanilla, which was lovely.


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!


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


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


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…


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.


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


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.


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


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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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.


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!

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!

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

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Another from Roswell Strange!

I saw both Roswell Strange and VariaTEA had this one cold, so I thought I would take the road less travelled.

This one is reminding me of Watermelon Mint Chiller from Teavana, because yes that one tasted like raspberry. This one isn’t bad at all. I am tempted to cold-brew it, but I’m not getting any coffee-like flavours, and I don’t think I want them haha.

Thanks Roswell Strange!

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drank Walnut Orange by Tea Desire
702 tasting notes

This one was sent my way from Roswell Strange. I’m almost completely through her parcel! Yes!

The rooibos is a bit too much for me here, but I can get some orange flavour. I have a feeling the sandalwood exacerbates the rooibos.

Thanks for sharing Roswell Strange!

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drank Tangerine Blossom by Shang Tea
702 tasting notes

I am wholly confused that this tea says “black tea” as the tea type, yet in the ingredients it says “organic white tea leaves”, and in the description it mentions “red tea base” (which, as far as I know, is a type of black tea?)

Regardless of that, this is decent. It’s definitely a nice quality tea, but the flowery aspect isn’t really doing it for me. It isn’t repulsive, as I find most floral teas, but it just doesn’t tickle my fancy either. I’ll have to pay more attention to see if I can get any citrus, but it certainly isn’t jumping out at me.

Thanks for sharing MirandaGou!

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Good morning! This tea is amazing, as I’m sure you all know. Waffle-y goodness.

As I was measuring this out it occurred to me I should have added some in to my recent Butiki order. I drink this one slowly, so I’m sure there will be another order before I’m out.


Good Morning!!!

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Sad sipdown. Thanks EvaGrimm for sending me another couple sups of this one.

Now that I know I have to ship within the US, I hope I can nab some of this one if Fava releases it again come fall.

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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.

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

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



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