1108 Tasting Notes

100
drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1108 tasting notes

Sigh. I’m doing something weird with my matchas. Even my beloved caramel is only tasting so-so to me today. :(

Heaping 1/4 tsp in 1/4 cup of heavy cream, mixed well with a chasen, added only a sprinkle of sweetener.

Flavors: Caramel, Cream

Preparation
Iced 0 tsp 2 OZ / 59 ML
OMGsrsly

:( Hopefully you’re not coming down with anything.

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77
drank The Pint by Custom-Adagio Teas
1108 tasting notes

An interesting assam and gunpowder -based tea with interesting notes of tartness, ginger, cream and something else a bit darker back there in the mix. I wish there was more ginger in here.. right now it’s a bit mellow in the background, almost like a faint ginger creme. It’s still lovely, and I’m glad I steeped it for a short time to eradicate all possible bitterness.

Thanks to Khaleesical for sharing this in the 12 Days of Christmas tea swap!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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76
drank Irish Cream Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Note to self: try this with a black base, and robust flavoring. Right now, at delicate flavoring and the green base, I’m just missing out on anything Irish Cream-ish. It’s still yummy and creamy, however I want some of the ole Irish in me. ;)

In unrelated news, my son got another notice home saying there’s a lice infestation at his school. Sigh. For whatever reason, the four times this has happened in the past two years, I’m the only one that gets it. For those (like me) trying to avoid the harshest of chemicals in those lice treatments – use Listerine. Dump half a bottle over your head (I use a lot, because I have very long, thick hair), leave it in for an hour, and then wash your hair normally. It works like a charm, although frankly I do feel slightly ill after — I’m told because the alcohol in the Listerine gets absorbed by your skin. Also, this is a much cheaper option… $2 vs $37.

Now on to our regularly scheduled programming…

Heaping 1.4 tsp in 1/4 cup of heavy cream.

Flavors: Cream

Preparation
Iced 0 tsp 2 OZ / 59 ML
OMGsrsly

Good luck!

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78

My first reaction to sipping this tea was, “Oh, wow.”Yep, it surprised me with it’s smooth-as-silky-cream feel, and the very light peppermint flavoring. Would I immediately think Candy Cane when drinking this tea? Hm. Likely not, and I’m confuzzled as to why I’m saying that. It’s a lovely, creamy peppermint tea… it’s just not candy cane to me. It’s still delicious, and I’ll be happy happy sipping this one down.

Thank you to KittyLovesTea for sharing the cutest little package of this with me!

Flavors: Cream

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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93
drank Campfire Blend by Verdant Tea
1108 tasting notes

How can a tea be more perfect than this? It is divine, it is indescribable, it is sheer bliss. Oh yeah, and the re-steep is equally as fantastic. Holy cow!

First steep: 5 minutes. Second steep: 24 minutes.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

I’ll have to try a super long steep on my second or third

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68
drank Cloud Nine by Clipper
1108 tasting notes

Apple, hibiscus, pineapple, something oddly bitter (melon?), more apple. I think this would be really fun cold-brewed and given to the kids; kids that love apples! An interesting tea, however I think I steeped it a bit too long, or perhaps used too much (two teabags for 12oz).

Thanks to KittyLovesTea for sharing this with me! Something I probably wouldn’t have found on my own, which is always one of my favorite things – to discover things within someone else’s wheelhouse.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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93
drank Campfire Blend by Verdant Tea
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71

Forgot I even had this tea, and also forgot how much I like a Monk’s Blend. Reminds me of the Shirley Temples my parents let me have each time that we went out for dinner. This time though, there’s a floral note that I’m just meh about. I’d rather the grenadine, with zero flowers in this blend.

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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69

Most definitely creamy, lush coconut in here. So creamy it’s actually serving as a lip balm at the moment as I lick my lips. Cheesecake? Hm. Maybe, if the coconut wiped out most of the cheesecake twang.

Flavors: Coconut, Cream

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Suziqzer

Mmm… coconout :) Too bad you lost the cheesecake!

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79

Made it again from scratch, underleafing it this time like others suggested. NOW it’s delicious. NOW I can recommend it wholeheartedly. I get every note in there that’s supposed to be: cream cheese icing, blueberry, danish pastry. So glad I re-did this so that my daughter had something nice to wake up to! Not so happy about the 10 tsp of tea I wasted prior, though.

Which makes me wonder: does Frank try his teas before making them? If so, why does he avoid offering any sort of steeping instructions to help his customers avoid such mishaps? Thank goodness for y’all here though, or else I would have given up on it.

1.5 tsp in 16oz.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
VariaTEA

I don’t know why companies don’t make recommendations. It is quite annoying when you are trying to figure out how to best brew their teas. You would think they would know.

Sil

No comment on that one.

keychange

Yeah, I find that frustrating as well, although often I find that if you wing it, you’re more likely to (eventually) find parameters that work for you. Verdant comes to mind—I’m not a fan of one-minute steeps for blacks and such, but it’s what they suggest—and hey, maybe that works for some people.

Suziqzer

So glad you got this one to work for you.

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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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Burnaby, BC, Canada

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