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4224 Tasting Notes

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drank Matcha Miyabi by Den's Tea
4224 tasting notes

I bought a new chawan last week on etsy (purchased from this studio: http://www.etsy.com/shop/KoideStudio) and I just got the PO Box to pick it up today – and so to commemorate its new home I decided to make some Matcha… now that I think about it I probably should have christened it with some DoMatcha, but, that’s ok.

I’m using the last of this – I still have a little of this tea left, but will be sending what I have left to a friend.

Beautiful, lightly frothy (my matcha seems to fall between koicha and usucha), sweet, just barely there bitter, and just YUM!

Now that I have finished off this, I guess I should finish off my DoMatcha… Matcha is not something that should be kept forever, I suppose (which is bad news for hoarders like me).

LiberTEAS

And it’s gone already… maybe I want a second bowl of Matcha today. It was so yummy……

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97
drank Earl Grey by Lupicia
4224 tasting notes

This is my first cup of tea of the day. Last night was a late night for me, because we spent most of the night watching Lost, and then I spent a good amount of time contemplating it. So when I did wake up this morning, hubby wanted to go run errands. So I haven’t had time to make myself a pot of tea until a little while ago.

I just realized that I’m running a little low on this tea, so I guess I will need to buy more then next time I place an order with Lupicia. This is one that I cannot fathom not having in my cupboard.

I LOVE Earl Grey teas. This is the best of the best, in my humble opinion (although I still have yet to do a side-by-side with the Steven Smith Lord Bergamot, which is either equal to, or only 1 or 2 points behind this one). I love the black tea base, which is Keemun instead of the traditionally used Ceylon, which brings a depth of flavor to the blend that most Ceylon teas are incapable of doing. Rich, almost wine-like, slight smoky notes, even slightly toasty-ish.

The Bergamot is citrus-y with pleasing floral notes – and not too strong so that it comes off as perfume-y. It toes that line very well.

Of all the Earl Grey teas that I’ve tried, this one is just about as perfect as they can get.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
LiberTEAS

The second infusion of this tea is even better than the first – it is sweeter, smoother, and richer. Excellent!

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100
drank Ancient Yellow Buds by Rishi Tea
4224 tasting notes

Ah… my precious!

Of all the teas – yellow is my favorite. I don’t drink it very often (as you might notice from my tasting notes) because it is so precious… I tend to hoard it and only treat myself to it every once in a while. I really need to get myself out of this tendency… I deserve yellow tea more often. :)

This tea reminds me of spring at my gramma’s house. The room where I would sleep, just outside the window, there was a beautiful honeysuckle vine that covered that corner of the house… and when the windows were open in my room and the winds would blow (it was So Cal, so there was usually always a breeze) I would be treated with the most delightful aroma imaginable – honeysuckle and fruit tree blossoms! (she had a lot of fruit trees in the back yard too!) This tea smells like that… and tastes like it too.

I love this tea.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

You deserve yellow tea daily! That’s why I’m a daily matcha drinker:)

LiberTEAS

I generally get at least 4 very flavorful infusions from my yellow tea… so I will be drinking this for a while. I think … maybe what I fear more than the price of drinking yellow tea daily is that if I do drink it daily I might grow weary of it. I don’t want that to happen. I want it to be something that I treasure when I do drink it.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

You make this sound so amazing. Makes me feel like it can make dreams come true. I must try some.

malomorgen

you made me put it on the shopping list. not good ;)

LENA

This is a special tea for me too…and for the same honeysuckle reason. :)

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87
drank Maple Sugar by Tea Guys
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My first tasting note today, and using up the last that I have of this tea. Sorry to see it go, but, glad to have more space in my tea cupboard. (actually, it’s more 4 shelves, plus TWO DRAWERS in my china cabinet/tea cabinet of tea, plus a rather large bowl and a box of samples).

I’m currently on my second infusion of this tea. The first was lovely… I made it a latte (but I didn’t froth the milk), and this makes it sort of more like a “breakfast blend” sort of tea rather than a maple-y tea. I like this one much better without the milk.

This is one of my favorites from Tea Guys (my favorite is their Papaya Ginger, which I have hidden from myself in my large stash of tea LOL). It has a nice, maple flavor, sweet, but not too sweet, the black tea has a very smooth taste to it. Maybe the next time I order from Tea Guys, I might just have to order this one again…

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Cofftea

I made a latte once from this… can’t remember it, but I’m pretty sure it was disappointing.

Cofftea

Ok never mind. I guess it was very good after all- it was just 3 months ago:) I’d like to try it latte form blended w/ half chai (not Mayan Chocolate) or just chai spices.

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Know what? I like having enough of this on hand so that I can drink it whenever I want without worrying that I’ll run out and not have it on a day that I really crave it. Thank you for reblending it Frank. :)

Yum. Yum. Yum.

As I said in my Butter Pecan Post, I am not normally a big fan of bananas. I do like bananas with ice cream (cold stone), I like chocolate covered frozen bananas (but they aren’t really a favorite treat, they are more like a treat that I have when I’m someplace like Disneyland more because its a “tradition” than because it’s my favorite), I like bananas in smoothies and now, I like banana flavored tea… (I have a banana green tea that I haven’t yet tried from Tea Farm, going to have to actually crack that one open and try it soon). But, as for peeling a banana and eating it… well, I’d rather eat just about any other fruit. I like bananas ok… but they aren’t my favorite fruit, not by a long shot.

And, I’m not particularly crazy about rooibos. I don’t DISLIKE rooibos, but, I prefer honeybush (or even green rooibos) to red rooibos. And sometimes I do dislike rooibos if they happen to have been blended in such a way so that the saccharine-y taste comes out. Because that is just icky. I don’t have to drink saccharine sweetened drinks anymore because I don’t live with my stepmother anymore… (cue the little munchkins to sing that song when the house landed on the witch)

I actually probably wouldn’t have tried this tea if it weren’t for Frank’s explanation of how it came to exist in the first place. I felt sorry for Chelsea. So I ordered this tea.

And I LOVED IT. It is my favorite from 52Teas…. well, that I’ve tried thus far.

Chocolate. Bananas. YUM. YUM. YUM.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Stephanie

lol about your stepmother!! :)

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I received some of this in a swap with a friend of mine.

Nice and fruity. I prefer green rooibos to red rooibos, the green rooibos seems to have more of a fresh, light taste instead of the woodsy taste I get from the red. I also find that there is less of that artificial saccharine-y taste to the green rooibos.

Very pleasant tropical flavor. Sweet. Nice.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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I ordered several samples from Upton a while ago, and the package arrived as I was sick so I had to put off trying them… and I’m just getting around to trying the first of them now…

Hmm… Breakfast Blend at 7:20 in the evening. OK!

I tried it first without any sweetener or milk… and it’s really good like that, but, I think I prefer it with a little milk and honey. Without the milk and honey: wine-like quality to it, hints of black currant. Also a woodsy note as well as a deep, yet subtle spicy tone.

With milk and honey: much nicer! the spicy notes come out to play a little more, the woodsy note seems to have been replaced with a molasses-y, honey-ish sort of characteristic. The wine note is less discernible but still present in the finish. It has a very tannic quality to it.

Nice! Now, I’m off to the TRB to submit a review of it!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

OooooO! Interesting!

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85
drank Bungalow by Steven Smith Teamaker
4224 tasting notes

This is a bit of a backlog because I was away from the computer this afternoon whilst I was enjoying this tea.

This is definitely one of my favorite Darjeeling teas (I love Darjeeling, so, I have several “favorites”) It has a very nice fruit quality to it. I could taste apples and grapes. It was a little less woodsy this time than I remember it from previous tastings, and a bit less musky. But, still extraordinarily delicious.

Since I didn’t rate it numerically last time I logged, I shall do so now, since I can taste again!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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96
drank Butter Pecan Black Tea by 52teas
4224 tasting notes

Yay! I got my order today!

YUMMMMMMMM! Nutty, smooth, buttery, creamy – DELICIOUS! I like this one A LOT. I am almost (almost) liking it as much as the chocolate banana.

Come to think of it, Frank… bananas would be very good in this blend too. As would a little (little = a lot in LiberTEAS language) chocolate. :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
52teas

Yay! I kept watching to see when we would get our first review of this tea. I’m really excited by this one. I think we might be reblending it pretty soon if the reviews go the way I’m expecting. I think it’s pretty spot on for Butter Pecan ice cream. Banana AND chocolate in this blend? Might be a bit much, but I am sensing a theme here with you. I might have an interesting banana blend for you soon… Stay tuned…

LiberTEAS

You know what? I don’t really even consider myself much of a fan of bananas, either. but I like banana flavored tea, and I like bananas in my ice cream (and smoothies). But, as far as just eating a banana… I would choose just about any other fruit.

LiberTEAS

AND… yours is the first banana tea that I tried. :)

52teas

So, have you had the Banana Peach green tea yet? It’s one of my all-time favorites.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I want this one soooooo bad

Stephanie

@52teas: Banana Peach green tea? That sounds so yummy and refreshing—makes me want to have a smoothie now. :)

@Liberteas: Great review!! “Nutty, smooth, buttery, creamy” – sounds like everything I love rolled into one!

LiberTEAS

@52Teas, no… but, depending upon your new tea for Monday (what will that be?) I will have to order it with my next order. I am also going to have to order the Jalapeno tea … because I have to try it… sigh

Here is an idea for a tea flavor: Habanero chili and pineapple. I cook up crushed pineapple and a minced habanero chili and add just a little sugar to help thicken the pineapple juice into a syrup. Once it is thickened, I chill it. This is my favorite ice cream topping.

TeaEqualsBliss

Would LOVE to try this one someday!

AmazonV

noooooooooooooooo
my tea cupboard is full, my floor is covered in shipping boxes, no more delicious teas hides

LiberTEAS

AmazonV… sounds like my tea cupboard (and garage floor!) haha!

-Jessica-

Ughhhh I think I am going to cave and buy this one…there is only 5 more left says the site…darn pressure! I’ll have to hide this one from my hubby, I am suppose to be on a tea lockdown (he’s starting to give me crazy looks!) lol

LiberTEAS

@Jessica – I know those looks all too well. LOL!

Just order it and hopefully he won’t notice that you’ve received it. Or tell him that a tea friend sent it to you as a gift. LOL!

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88
drank Ginger Matcha by Art of Tea
4224 tasting notes

I’m having another smoothie with this – but this time I’m using organic Kefir instead of organic yogurt – Whole Foods didn’t have a decent price on my favorite yogurt the last time I was there, darn it! – but to be honest with you, I think I like the Kefir better than the yogurt in the smoothie! It has a gentle, sour-cream-ish tangy quality to it that yogurt lacks.

This time around, I also tossed in a banana, mostly because we had one on the counter and I wanted it consumed. To compensate for the extra fruit (I added more peaches too), I used a tablespoon of ginger matcha instead of a couple of heaping scoops.

The result is a yummier smoothie! BETTER than anything I could get from jamba juice. Now, if only I could convince my kids of this. My daughters look at these matcha smoothies and say “eww… it’s green!” LOL

Cofftea

My mother has the same reaction to just plain matcha haha:)

LiberTEAS

The other day, I was walking into the family room with my chawan, and my hubby looked into it, shook his head and said “that LOOKS so weird.”

Aren’t moms supposed to promote the consumption of greens? LOL

Cofftea

Too funny! When I got my mom to finally try the strawberry, I told her “here. this is for making me eat broccoli- only you’re lucking out, this is SO much better.”

Cofftea

I’m gonna make a dreamsicle matcha smoothie tonite- equal parts milk and OJ, ice, and matcha. If I had planned in advance I would have frozen the OJ and used that instead of water ice, but I didn’t. Oh well. I think you should make the same thing tonite:)

LiberTEAS

I think I may make ginger matcha shortbread cookies. I even set butter out to get to room temperature last night with that in mind. We shall see how I feel after dinner!

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In addition to my passion for tea, I am also a mixed media/altered arts artist. You can see some of my art here: http://eccentricpastiche.blogspot.com

I am also a self-proclaimed foodie. I review local restaurants and the food I buy online here: http://hungryinportland.wordpress.com

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My favorite teas are Yellow Teas with most Oolong teas at a close second. As far as “flavored” teas go, I love Earl Grey, Chocolate and Jasmine teas.

I also am intrigued by flavored teas with an unusual or unique flavor combination.

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