332 Tasting Notes

drank Monk's Mead by SerendipiTea
332 tasting notes

My second tea for soothing the sore throat. I actually did about half this tea, and half spearmint. Chamomile and mint is my absolute trump tea for when I’m sick, but I didn’t have any plain chamomile so I went with this.

It was extremely smooth and soothing on my throat, but one thing that I think I’m learning is that chamomile just isn’t my favorite tea flavor. It helps my throat, but I basically only drink it when I need it.

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drank Chocolate Mint by Teaoli
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Oh boy, I woke up with an intense sore throat today. I just wanted something warm and comforting, preferably with mint to sooth the throat. This did the trick, and I sipped on it while getting ready for work. This wouldn’t be my go-to sick tea, but it’s definitely what I wanted this morning.

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drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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I’ve had this for quite a while, but just haven’t been bothering with matcha at all. Um, how long does matcha stay good?

So I don’t actually know exactly how lattes are made, but I did my best this morning. I combined 3/4 hot milk with 1/4 boiling water and 1.5 tsp of this matcha, and then used my little frother device to get it all mixed up. That’s probably completely wrong, but hey it tasted good and isn’t that what truly matters?

So this definitely has a sweetness, that with the milk is almost too much for me, but I don’t like my drinks to be overly sweet. There is also a bit of a buttery flavor that makes me think of popcorn. This isn’t bad, but isn’t my favorite. However, I don’t know enough about matcha to really say much about the quality

Flavors: Butter, Sweet

Stephanie

Do you keep it in the fridge?

Mookit

I read it’s good for about a year? I can’t imagine you’d need to absolutely throw it out at the 365 day mark, though.

Stephanie

Yeah I’m sure it’s fine :)

Emilie

Does keeping it in the fridge preserve it? And I really don’t remember when I got this, but it might be right around a year actually

Stephanie

I keep mine in the fridge. But I know there are conflicting schools of thought on matcha storage especially flavored matcha!

Dr Jim

The downside of refrigerator storage is that when you open the packet, the cold interior attracts water, which then remains with the tea. The water attracts oxygen and the tea can in theory go bad in ways it wouldn’t in the room.

On the other hand, the main way that a tea ages is via oxidation, a chemical process. One fact that has stuck with my from my physical chemistry class so many years ago is that the rate of a chemical reaction doubles with every 10 degree C increase in temperature. So going from room temperature (about 18 C) to abut 3-5 C in the refrigerator should reduce the aging to roughly 30-40% of what you’d get at room temperature.

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drank Samovar by Kobuk
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My morning tea for today. This one just feels cozy to me. The orange spice makes me think of winter, Alaska, and being with people I care about. I know that’s a very personal interpretation and probably not very helpful, but oh well! I’ve had a slight cold for about a week now, and the weather is getting colder, so this is the perfect warm-me-up and make-me-feel-better tea

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Coconut Assam by Zhi Tea
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I accidentally only steeped this for about two minutes today and there is basically no coconut flavor. Oops!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Mint Rose by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
332 tasting notes

I absolutely love how this looks. I’m a sucker for interesting packaging! My boyfriend’s mom sent this to me.

Brewed hot, as I did last night, this is mostly mint. The rose petals are pretty, but there really isn’t rose flavor. The mint isn’t an overwhelmingly strong mint, but it IS the only flavor.

I’ve also cold brewed this in the past, and that made the mint stronger but still no rose.

I think this would be nice to mix into other blends for mintiness without it being overwhelming, but it’s nothing special on it’s on in my opinion.

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drank Wedding Blend by Teaoli
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This is my “sipping at work” tea. I think I’m getting a cold, so I’m going all out on the warm drinks for my sore throat. With this one, I’m really only getting the white tea base, not much of the rose, lemon, or vanilla. However, I do get a hint of flavor that kinda makes me think of a Fig Newton. I’m not sure why or what that flavor comes from, but that’s what I taste

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drank Chocolate Mint by Teaoli
332 tasting notes

My before work tea today, I seem to be going sweeter and sweeter with these! I’ve had this a few times now and I really like these as an evening tea with a bit of milk, even though I really don’t need that caffeine at night! It’s one I’ve even convinced the boyfriend to drink

Mookit

Haha, convincing the boyfriend to drink tea is an accomplishment in my books as well. :)

Emilie

He’s slowly coming over to the tea side, but it definitely has to be a sweet tea for me to convince him right now

Mookit

My BF only drinks Earl Grey! I wish he would try more different teas!

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drank Coconut Assam by Zhi Tea
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This was my morning tea for work today since I was out of milk. This one is great either way, and I love the creaminess the coconut flavor gives. I took a giant thermos of this to work because I think I’m getting sick, and it was a great comfort to sip on.

Nicole

Mmm… I’ll have to put this on the wish list. I love a good coconut black tea.

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drank Tea Earl Grey Hot by ThinkGeek
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I have been downing this one pretty much every day before work. I still say that it is too harsh for me without milk, but with milk it is perfect for the mornings. It provides enough of a flavor and caffeine kick to wake me up, and the milky tea just goes perfectly with pretty much anything that I’m having for breakfast

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I’ve lived in Hawaii, Mississippi, Colorado, Maryland, Texas, and California, and I’m currently in Oklahoma while the boyfriend gets his grad schooling on.

I’ve been into tea for about five years now and my favorite thing is that there is still so much to learn! I personally prefer black and oolong teas, though I love trying new teas whatever they may be.

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