389 Tasting Notes

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Big day at work. I barely slept and woke up nauseous. Time for some ginger tea! This didn’t taste especially ginger-y, but it quite did the trick. Got me out the door, at least.

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drank Alice's Blend by Alice's Tea Cup
389 tasting notes

Oh boo. I wasn’t paying attention this morning and ended up overbrewing. The result was still drinkable, but the magic was gone :-( It was just kind of generically green and black. Smooth and not at all astringent, but…meh. Which I suppose doesn’t matter much, because I ended up losing my travel mug. My awesome, spill-proof, keep-tea-warm-for-ages travel mug.

Go a few days without constant easy access to high quality tea? Whatever shall I do? ::promptly orders a new travel mug::

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Thanks again to whatshesaid for the sample!

This is really pleasant tonight. I’m having it after some Bailey’s Irish Cream and it’s actually a great chaser (to the extent that tea can be a chaser and Bailey’s needs chasing). Next time I think I’ll just pour the booze right into the tea. How have I not thought of adding creamy alcohol to dessert-y teas before?!?

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I had what I believe to be a sipdown of this tea earlier today. I see from my previous tasting note that I enjoyed the ginger flavor. Unfortunately, I could barely taste the ginger today. It just seemed very weak all around – maybe the water wasn’t hot enough? I did let it steep for a good long while…

Oh well. I have better ginger teas and better Wissotzky teas, so it’s no big loss to be done with this one.

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drank Sencha Fuka-midori by Den's Tea
389 tasting notes

Mmmm. This is a great palate cleanser. Clean, toasty, roasty goodness. Green tea at 9pm probably isn’t the best idea I’ve ever had, but I needed something proper and savory to get out the taste of my previous drink. Definitely something that I’d like to keep in stock if I can actually get my numbers under control first.

Stephanie

Mmm sencha!

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drank Macaroon Rooibos by Gaia Tea
389 tasting notes

So I tried this with honey and rice milk this time. I ended up with a nice little latte with hints of cocoa, carob, and coconut. Nothing special though, and not a bit like a macaroon. It is less smoky than last time (probably because of the honey and rice milk), but there’s still a touch of smoke in the aftertaste. See my previous note for more detail!

Hey guess what?! This is another sipdown for Kaylee!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Sil

Yay for sip downs!

Kaylee

I’m pretty sure this is more sipdowns than I’ve ever managed in a week before, let alone a day. I’m kind of cheating though – this is mostly teabags and samples. I’m nowhere near sipdowns on most of my loose teas.

Sil

Doesn’t matter! Still counts :)

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Well this certainly smells like a macaroon! It doesn’t quite taste like one though. There’s a good bit of almond creaminess going on that’s rather pleasant. The aftertaste is closer to macaroon than the sip is. A bit too dry for my taste, but very shredded coconut-y. I usually (really, really) dislike coconut teas, but this is the exception.

This isn’t astounding, but it’s quite solid! Nice for an evening dessert tea. Thanks to whatshesaid for the sample.

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I had some of this last night to help out a headache (not a migraine, thankfully). The brew is an extremely pale yellow. As to the taste – I know there’s no mint in this, but it totally tastes minty to me. That might be because I store it next to the Whisper of the Woods tea :-) Pine plus mint is actually a lovely and refreshing taste. The underlying tea is oh so slightly buttery and quite smooth. This blend becomes even more refreshing as it cools. Very reminiscent of walking through the woods in that seasonal sweet spot where summer has ended but fall hasn’t truly set in (so, pretty much right now).

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Mmm pine and mint is one of my favorites! :) Have you tried our Cherokee Mint black tea? It’s our wonderful Ashes of Autumn lapsang souchong mixed with organic peppermint leaves. Its a delicious mix of smokey pine and peppermint :) So glad you like this one!

Kaylee

I shouldn’t drink black tea – it makes my stomach hurt :( And I’ve quite quickly learned that I do NOT like smokiness in my tea.

Now if there was a green tea version… or would that be the Whisper of the Woods?

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Ahh, so sad :( Whisper of the Woods and Moroccan Mint are my two best two green+mint blends. I think the Sleeping Bear blend is a bit too light for peppermint, too. I do, however, think that my Wild Winter White Buds would be fantastic with mint, and it has notes of pine :)

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Huh. This is tastier than I was expecting. Despite the ridiculous number of ingredients, this really just tastes like blueberry and green tea. There’s a tad of hibiscus contributing nicely to the blueberry flavor without being overwhelming. I can’t taste the stevia, thankfully – I really don’t like stevia anything in my tea.

Overall, this is pretty tasty. As is often the case with Yogi teas, the list of ingredients is fairly lengthy and makes me nervous. This isn’t a tea that I would go out of my way to stock. However, I wouldn’t turn it down if offered.

Thanks to moraiwe for the sample! Another sipdown.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank 4 Fruits Rouges by Nina's Paris
389 tasting notes

Many thanks to Laurent at Nina’s Paris for the sample. I admit that I was a bit apprehensive about this tea – it’s a black tea (which makes my stomach hurt) AND a berry tea (which I rarely enjoy). Still, it’s Nina’s and I wanted the sipdown, so I decided to give it a shot.

I had the teabag version, which comes in a pyramid bag. Even before brewing, this tea smells utterly fantastic. Although it’s a blend of berry flavors, it doesn’t smell generic or artificial. The brewed tea is a nice deep red berry color. The taste is hard for me to describe… the berry flavors blend together very well, but are also distinctly identifiable. This is really quite wonderful. I can’t make out much about the underlying tea base. I’m not very good with black teas anyway, since I drink them so rarely. I can say that I’m not picking up any astringency and that there is just a slight touch of dryness.

This tea goes quite well with a berry-based dessert (in my case, a raspberry Milano cookie). I’m a little sad to say that this is a sipdown.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec

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