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96
drank Golden Monkey Black Tea by Teavivre
709 tasting notes

Received this one from Teavivre’s free tasting activity. Thanks Angel!

The brewed tea smells deliciously sweet. I immediately thought of wild honey.

The brewed tea tastes wonderful. First tastes that come to mind were clean, malty, wild honey flavours. As I get into the mid sip, I definitely get a sweet potatoe taste, like crispy sweet potatoe fries. There is definitely a lingering sweetness. This tea tastes full and bold. Slightly creamy taste and feel to the liquor. No astringency.

I love Fujian blacks, and this one is no exception. Next time I would like to brew for a but longer to get stronger flavours.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec
K S

LOVE this one.

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I had to get an eye exam today where my eyes were dilated with eye drops. I still have quite blurry vision although it is improving. I still can’t read anything on my cellphone, but I can now watch TV. Computer is not too bad as long as I am not looking at it for too long. But I still feel quite nauseous and dizzy from having blurry vision.

So anyway, I decided to have some ginger tea. I am not sure if it will help my stomach because the problem is not really upset stomach but my eye problem, but anyway. I bought some dried ginger root, just to keep on hand for when I didn’t have fresh ginger root in the house. I mixed the ginger root and some honey, steeped that in boiling for 2 minutes, then added one of these teabags and steeped for another minute. I needed to use decaf tea because it is getting a little late in the day for caffeine for me.

It is actually quite good. The green tea and honey taste smooth and sweet. The ginger is moderately strong. Not as strong as I would like. All the ingredients are mixing well together. I quite like this. (It is doing nothing to help with my stomach, or my eyes, but my tongue likes it).

Fjellrev

Aww no! My mom had her dilated the other day too, and she nearly slipped on the icy sidewalks like a dozen times. Must be annoying.

Lala

I had severe motion sickness when I was a child (like throw up with just the car backing out of the driveway). Its gotten significantly better with age. I managed to do the kiddie tilt-a-whirl this summer, but needed to sit and take a break for a while after. After my eyes were dilated, I got that old sensation of motion sickness, felt like that for about 4 hours. Definitely hope it doesn’t have to happen too often, not pleasant.

Anna

I remember how that felt – it was extremely disorienting. I had to stay at the hospital while they processed some tests or something, so I went with my mom (I was just a kid) to the cafeteria. I still remember the weirdness of trying to force my eyes to see the green marzipan cake I was eating, but it just escaped into a blur every time I blinked. I hope the tea works – that motion sickness feeling is the worst.

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83
drank Mon Secret by Nina's Paris
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Tried this one a few times today. To me, it tastes better with a bit of brown rock sugar added. It just enhances the fruit flavours in the tea. I definitely can tell the base is a keemun. It is sweet, and smooth, just the tiniest hint of smoke. I do get a taste of papaya and some melon flavour. I am not really getting any peach flavour in the tea, but there is a bit of peach in the aftertaste. The liquor is thick, reminiscent of a juicy slice of papaya.

I do like this tea, however, I think it would be a bit better with a different or lighter base. I think the keemun just overpowers the papaya and melon a bit.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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66
drank Grapefruit Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Based on a few other reviews of this tea, I made this one again, cold shaken without any sweetener. It was not good though. Hardly any taste. Some generic citrus overtop of the green matcha taste. It definitely tasted better to me with the addition of sweetener. I am thinking the distinctive level flavouring is not enough for me on this flavour.

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66
drank Lychee Coconut by Tea Forte
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Made this one again because I was going through my tea cupboard(s) and was debating whether or not I should get rid of this one. I had only had it once before and to be honest, it was gross. So I thought I better try it again to see if I would keep it or not. I did end up sending half of this one out in the Canadian Travelling Tea Box, but that still leaves me with a lot. (Long story but I bought a 100g tin without trying it because I wanted it so bad based on the other Tea Fort Coconut teas I have tried).

I made sure to use a lower water temp and much shorter steep this time. It is actually not as horrible this time around. Still definitely more perfume/chemical tasting lychee flavour, but it is not terrible. I feel like I am getting much more coconut flavour and am getting a bit of cocoa flavour (even though that is not an ingredient). Will probably be able to finish this tea now that I found the right parameters.

Edit: You also have to drink it right away when it is hot, because it gets less desirable again when as it cools.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Anna

You reminded me I have three Tea Forte bags to sample, thank you. I think I’ll get right on that.

Tabby

I agree, this one does get a little weird when it’s room temp. It’s pretty good iced, though! I could take it off your hands, hehe.

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66
drank Grapefruit Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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I got this one because I wanted that juicy, tart, peppery, grapefruit taste. I decided to go with the distinctive flavouring as some of the previous fruity flavours of matcha I had tried as robust flavouring had a very chemical taste. So I thought it I cut down in the amount of flavouring that would help.

When I first opened the bag, it smelled like orange flavoured chewable vitamin c. One of the flavours I had trouble with regarding chemical taste was orange, and the orange matcha smelled exactly like this. So I proceeded with caution.

I made this one cold shake, 1tsp in 8 oz water with a dash of white sugar.

The taste was ok. Very underwhelming. There is definitely an artificial orange taste, similar to the chewable vitamin c. I am disappointed there is not more grapefruit flavour. There is just a tinge of chemicalness to the drink, like I am right on the edge of it. So I am happy I got distinctive flavouring but sad it is not more grapefruit like.

Next time I am going to add a bit more sweetener and see what happens.

Oh well, you can’t win all the time.

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72
drank Eggnog Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Made this with just regular hot water today. It was ok. There is not much eggnog taste. Mostly just a vanilla, caramel, creamy taste. This one was definitely better as a hot latte.

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Totally bought this for this tin.

This is a royal blue tin with red writing on it that says keep calm and carry on. It has a bit of history of the “keep calm” on the back which essentially says that during WWII the British Government created a bunch of posters that said “Keep calm and carry on” in order to help keep peace among citizens. But the posters were never used, and years later someone found one and resurrected the saying. So I thought that was pretty neat.

What’s not pretty neat is that I can find no information on this tea anywhere on the expanse of the internet. All I can find is that is it “afternoon blend” but what is in an afternoon blend?

The tea bag looks and smells like a crushed up Ceylon blend. The brewed tea is the colour of a Celyon tea, really reminds me of Red Rose. The smell of the brewed tea, smells of Ceylon but there is something else creamy in it. Not too sharp, maybe something like vanilla.

The brewed tea tastes like Ceylon (big surprise here – haha). But it is not harsh or astringent like I find a lot of Ceylon teas. There is definitely something creamy in there. Not necessarily vanilla, but kind of feels like that. It is much more mellow that I expected – maybe that is the afternoon part.

Definitely surprised at this tea. I anticipated it to be just a really cheap bagged tea (and therefore taste like a really cheap bagged tea), but it tastes pretty good. Maybe I will drink this in the afternoons :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Anna

I found this:

“Afternoon Tea Blend
Most tea importers’ catalogs, British or American, will include a lighter blend that is perfect when accompanied by light sandwiches or sweets at the afternoon tea table. Some are made up of just Sri Lankan Orange Pekoe grade teas; others are composed of a medley of Darjeeling, Assam, and Nilgiri that give an all-Indian flavor; and a few combine teas from both Sri Lanka and India. The blender’s aim is to create a tea that complements, rather than masks, the delicate flavor of the afternoon tea meal.”

http://www.teatimemagazine.com/content.aspx?id=918

I also feel a need to add that I have a NOW PANIC AND FREAK OUT poster in my living room in the country.

Lala

Thanks Anna! After writing the review, I found a sticker on the bottom of the tea that says it is black tea from Sri Lanka (doesn’t narrow it down too much). I love the idea of “Now panic and Freak out”, that is awesome. I wonder what that tea would taste like…

Anna

Probably a hibiscus-flavoured rooibos, going by the peeves of most Steepsterites, haha.

Lala

Ha ha. Totally true.

Fjellrev

I think I saw these at Winners and also assumed that they would be your average cheap bagged tea.

Lala

That’s where I bought it from, Winner’s/Home Sense.

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This is more of a tasting note for me to rant and complain, so feel free to skip on by if you don’t want to read about it.

So I do not get at all why companies think that when you are sick you want yellow dye # whatever and massive doses of sugar to help you feel better. I would figure the all natural route would be the way to go. By the way, all you “all natural ingredients” companies, any type of colour dye # whatever is not a natural ingredient. Just saying.

I made basic noodle soup (powder and noodles from a packet), full of dye and sugar. I don’t think neon yellow soup broth is why I want to eat this right now. Same with the neocitron I rarely drink but am giving a chance today, I don’t need my mouth to pucker from the amount of sugar in it. Let’s be clear, no one drinks this because it tastes good. Anyway, jeez!!!

So I am drinking a cup of neocitron at the same time I am drinking this tea. The lemon flavoured aftertaste of the neocitron actually tastes pretty good with the oolong. I may have to try to add some lemon next time I brew this tea. I am finding the oolong to be not too bold, there is just a slight orange blossom flavour. Not too chemical tasting which I find some orange blossom teas taste so that is a plus today.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

I don’t get that either. Slightly off-topic, but that reminds me of a conversation I had the other day with my mom about bought soups. Packed full of sodium and chemicals. I feel sad for people whose only idea of soup is that kind of stuff.

I only tried Neocitron once and it didn’t seem to do anything. But I hope you’ll nevertheless feel better soon!

Lala

I really wanted to make homemade chicken soup but didn’t have the ingredients and wasn’t in any shape to go out. So I had to settle for what in the cupboard. Ha ha. I am feeling better today than I was yesterday. I just have to watch how fast I move.

Fjellrev

Haha yeah, that is the thing. Homemade soup requires ingredients, time, and energy. When I used to live near my family, my grandma would load me up on containers of her homemade turkey vegetable soup and borscht, so whenever I needed some healthy hearty food, I’d just fetch one out of the freezer and warm it on the stove. That seems to be the only way to get good soup when you’re sick!

yyz

My aunt used to brew a earl grey tea bag in neocitron. I onlynhad it once and I was so sick I could barely walk but I remember it making the neocitron taste a little less sweet and medicinal. I prefer to avoid the dyes and additives when possible too! I love either having soup or daal in my fridge in winter. Easy and comforting.

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Second keemun of the day, comparing to the keemun grade 1 I just tried. The leaves of this premium keemun were a bit smaller than the grade 1 but they appeared to all be the same shape and size.

The smell of the brewed tea is slightly smokey but also a lot more of a sweet smell. The tea tastes very smooth and clean, no astringency. There is a slight bitter smoke taste, but it is a good taste. There is a sweet, red fruit taste, maybe a bit of currant. There is not much earthy taste like I had with the grade 1. There is a bit of a metallic aftertaste that lingers, it tingles on my tongue.

I referred to the grade 1 as a gulping tea, and this one is more of the sipping tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I am a lifetime tea lover.

I did foray into the world of coffee for a period of time, but I returned to my true love. I still, however, enjoy a good cup of java.

My all time favorite tea is Earl Grey, which I drink every morning, the stronger the bergamot the better. I definitely prefer natural oil of bergamot to artificial flavouring.

I mostly like black and dark oolong teas. My current favs are Fujian blacks, Keemun and Assams, and Wuyi oolongs. I gravitate towards anything with lychee in it. I also drink a lot of herbal blends but am wary of hibiscus. I do not favour mate, or pu’erh tea, although I have found a few blends that I like. (I so badly want to like straight pu’erh tea but it all tastes gross to me. I keep trying though). Rooibos, green and white teas fall somewhere in the middle. I find myself gravitating towards heavily roasted oolongs and teas from Paris/France based companies.

I love iced teas and cold brews.

My current tea goal is to make the perfect cup of chai from scratch – almost there…I think.

I am in love with the whole experience of tea.

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