1114 Tasting Notes

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drank Samurai Chai Maté by Teavana
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Walking by Teavana, knowing I have a doozy of an article to write tonight, prompted me to stop in for some mate. This was the only mate they had that was appealing, so I asked for it neat, and cold. While it steeped we discussed the four yuck teas I was gifted with my Breville purchase (all discontinued), and why I’m feeling violent nausea whenever I drink oolong (supposedly, it’s healing my gut and so I should drink more. Discuss?)

I was surprised at first sip; it’s sweet with zero sweetener added, while spicy and tangy too. Cinnamon takes over here, and while I LOVE it, like others have mentioned, my tongue is now numb. I keep on drinking it though, because its the punch-in-the-face I needed, and that’s just how I like my flavors, too.

VariaTEA

You should try their blend of this and Maharajah Chai Oolong if you have not already. It is great – although if it is steeped too long the cinnamon becomes overpoweringly sweet.

MissB

The lady behind the counter said it’s better blended, however with the oolong-induced nausea, I was scared to try, knowing I had to buckle down and work. I’ll definitely try it the next time I’m by, and maybe have something to eat, first? Dunno what my issue is, because I really do love oolong.

MissB

.. and thanks for the suggestion! :)

VariaTEA

Oops…I probably should have gone to bed last night rather than being on steepster because I realize now I did some silly things such as suggesting oolong to someone who just clearly stated oolong makes then nauseous :( I am sorry to hear that btw…I guess keep this suggestion in mind for if you ever build up enough tolerance to oolong? Perhaps if they suggest to drink more oolong, a blend would be a good place to start because there won’t be as much of it to upset you stomach?

MissB

That’s what I’m hoping. I’m going to research this a bit more, because it’s the first I’ve heard that oolong will somehow ‘cure’ my stomach issues (this is a first too because I rarely have stomach issues). I’m curious more than anything, because if it’s true, I’ll definitely make a point of drinking more.

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88
drank Super Ginger (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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More gingery goodness for me this morning. Tastes better cooled if I’ve sweetened it, almost like candied ginger. Yum!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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74
drank Ginger Lemon Green Tea by Zen Tea
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First tea out of my new stash from Zen. So excited to try something local again!

First off, I should note that I ordered online, and had every intention of picking it up. So, I paid for zero shipping. Yet lo and behold, Zen shipped it FOR FREE, and it arrived two days after I ordered it. Seriously?! Wowza. Thank you. I will definitely make contact to see if I need to pay them some extra for their time.

All I’ve been drinking the past 24hrs has been some form of ginger tea or another, so I knew my tastebuds were a bit off. I smelled zero ginger or anything other than green tea from the bag, as well as while it steeped. As it cools, I can smell a bit of lemongrass, however it’s very faint.

Flavor-wise, this is definitely a green tea, with only a smidgen of lemongrass flavor, while the lemon follows shortly after sipping (and again, oh-so-very-faintly). I taste zero ginger, which makes me a bit sad.

I’ll mix this with some stronger ginger tea in the future, because I do like the delicateness of the green tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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63
drank Almond Plum Perfection by Teavana
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Finished this sample off today with my daughter, who really loved the juiciness of this brew. I found it cloying today, and and the almond wasn’t sitting right. I’m feeling a bit off though (slightly sore throat, bad sleep due to the youngest waking up at 2am last night asking to drink a LITER of chocolate almond milk).

I’m glad we finished this off. Unless my daughter begs for it, I’ll grab something else in the future.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Drank this for the first time earlier today, in the hopes of kicking a slightly tickly throat. Was hoping for the gingery goodness of Super Ginger, and maybe that’s what I should have steeped instead, because this felt weak to me.

Can definitely smell the ginger and lemongrass as you open the pouch. Steeped, it’s mostly a green tea/ginger blend on the palate, while cold the lemongrass smell and taste shine through more than anything. It’s nice and light, although I think in the future I’ll mix this with Super Ginger to get the gingery mouthfeel I love.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Super Ginger (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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I LOVE ginger, and especially ginger tea. I used to get this weird powdered granular stuff in small crinkly gold packages from a local Chinese grocer, and because I speak only English and French, I could only decipher that it was ginger with honey tea. The stuff was STRONG, sweet, and perfect… even though I always wondered if it was truly tea. Ever since I had to swear off sugar, I’ve been looking for another ginger tea to take it’s place. Thus, Super Ginger.

Tummy is upset tonight, probably from the oolong earlier. Therefore my requirements were low, yet specific: taste strongly of ginger, and get rid of my tummyache. This definitely did both, and quickly.

Smells strongly of ginger in the tin, although a bit more faintly when steeped. I made sure to give it extra time, as well as exactly the right measurement (1.25 tsp) because I wanted to make sure this had enough bite. Yes, it definitely does, and should I have downed more of it, my nose would be running. (It’s 2:35am, and my youngest just woke up… so bedtime for me). Looking forward to this cooled cup in the AM, and I hope it tingles my tongue just as much as it is, now.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec
MissLena

I am having a mug of this this morning, and saw MissB drank Super Ginger and misread it as me, MissLena LOL I was like what, I already logged it? Haha, a very good tea though, I agree!

MissB

Ha! Love it. I did a double take with your name as well the other day. Great minds…

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72
drank The Skinny (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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I just had an interesting time with some oolong the other day, so I’m a bit surprised this is the first tea I wanted to try out of my new DAVID’s Tea shipment (other than a sample). What can I say? I love the ingredient list (orange? ginger? YUM), and thought it was most what I felt like.

It smells divine right out of the bag, and even more so after it’s been steeped – like a freshly zested orange next to some grated ginger. First sip was weak, to say the least, and it’s taken about a cup for me to really get the flavors feeling fuller as it cools. The oolong is exceptionally faint, almost completely overshadowed by the orange flavor. The orange lingers too, and it zings a bit on my tongue even minutes after I’ve had a sip. The ginger adds heat and little else, and it builds as I drink it.

Unfortunately, my stomach is bugging me again, even though the caption on the bag specifically says it should soothe my stomach. Sigh. Me and oolongs.. I love ‘em, and yet, it’s a one-sided thang. I’ll eat something, and hopefully the queasiness disappears.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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100
reviewed One Touch Tea Maker by Breville
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I bought this a few days ago, and already I want to roll my eyes at all of the tea filters I have now. Really? Who makes tea that way? ;)

Obviously, I’ve spoiled myself with this machine. It’s beautiful, works perfectly, and is easy to clean. My only (small) beefs are that rooibos still goes everywhere when steeping (yet the pour spout does an excellent job of keeping the crud in the pot), and that I can only keep things heated for about 30 minutes or so. Maybe it’s an hour (I read that somewhere, blanking out where) however it seems more like 30 minutes to me.

Other than that, it’s sheer perfection. My 5-year-old and I enjoy watching it rise and fall on basket mode, our private meditative bonding moment.

CelebriTEA

Thinking I may need one of these in the future :-)

MissB

It’s completely changed how I drink tea. I still have yet to figure out how to increase the keeping tea hot/warm time from one hour, however I’m drinking in excess of several liters a day – much more than I ever did before. Amazon has them for the cheapest that I’ve seen, although I grabbed mine at Teavana on sale.

CelebriTEA

After Christmas some time, I will have to order one.
I drink enough tea for it to be a worthwhile purchase.
I have an electric teakettle, but it is no where as nice.

Tuscanteal

Miss B – unfortunately there is no way to keep it hot after an hour…

As for the sale price, if you don’t want to buy it online, you can go into any Futureshop or Bestbuy and they will do a price match. I would agree I drink WAY more tea and it’s a crowd pleaser when people come over. They think it’s the coolest thing since sliced bread. Love it :)

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Wait a minute. As this cools, I can definitely taste the fig. Oh, it’s quite lovely, even decadent. I wish I had more to play around a bit. Hopefully it’ll show up for sale around the same time the DAVID’s store opens down the street next month, and I can grab a small amount to see what’s really what.

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I may be the first to try out this tea; my DAVID’s Tea order came today, and with it three samples from the Winter Collection. So excited!

Then, I saw the sample size, and thought… what do I do with this? It’s so small. Can I even get a cup out of it? I decided to see what came out of the package (literally, 5 chunks of what looked like grey fuzzy coal), and then steep it twice the recommended amount to get at least a hint of the flavors.

Smells like water, looks like a light amber. Steeped twice for 7 minutes each, just trying my best to milk out everything I could, flavor-wise.

The flavor is so vague and faint, it’s hard to tell what this is. Some spice, maybe? A hint of apple. I added some Truvia to see if the flavors come out to play a bit more. I get apple now, most definitely, and plum oddly. Fig is a bit of a stretch (even though I’m pretty sure those chunks I saw were figs).

Dammit. I need more than 5g to tell if this is something I want to purchase. Right now? It’s just faintly flavored water. Note for next time: less water, smaller cup, extra long steeping for these mini-samples.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
M Mack

This tea is so chunky and heavy 5g is no where near enough for a good taste!

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Teaholic! Currently loving flavored blacks, greens, whites and rooibos blends, straight blacks and greens, and have a long-standing adoration for herbals/medicinals. Dessert teas top my list along with anything cocoa-y (like Laoshan Black, any of Verdant’s chai’s and Whispering Pines’ Mint Chocolate Chip). Missing living near a tea shoppe that offers a lot of options; other than DAVIDs a few blocks away, I’m buying most of my stuff online. Still, I have more than two cupboards devoted to tea, and a ridiculous amount of it!

In addition to loving tea, I’m a dating columnist, single mom, nerd, and avid knitter. I read way too much, type even more, and spend my ‘free’ time either running, swinging kettlebells, or hanging with friends.

I love tea swaps, and will gladly swap anything I have that I have enough of to share.

Allergies: Strawberries and all grains. I’m having a mild allergic reaction to both lavender and some roses in tea, and thus I’m avoiding these for now as well. I also avoid sugar and Splenda where possible.

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