517 Tasting Notes

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drank Razzleberry Genmaicha by 52teas
517 tasting notes

Well this is a delightful tea indeed. I think I have another bag around somewhere in the room of boxes but I bought another one because I wanted some of the sugar plum and some kittea for the new kitten. He’s a handful but I haven’t seen him high on catnip yet. (He’s 8 months so it’s safe).

I forgot I was using the smaller mugs today so I over-sugared but the sweetness does it well, though I will do less for the next cup. The genmaicha is just the right flavour of toasty and the razzleberry is delicious. I am impressed, Frank. Truly I am.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec
JustJames

are there age/safety ranges for kittens and catnip? i had no idea.

Starfevre

below six month it is not recommended. Sometimes it can make them sick but that is rare. most of the time they just do not react.

JustJames

good to know, still better to be safe.

Tabby

My kitty doesn’t react to catnip, which is kind of disappointing since I grow it.

Starfevre

It happens. My Hikaru doesn’t get jazzed at all, she just wants to eat it. It’s good for digestion so sometimes I sprinkle it on her food, or let her lick for some seconds from the container of it.

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What is this? A seasonal tea that I don’t actually hate? Will wonders never cease?

Really, this doesn’t come across as pumpkin to me at all but it’s named seasonally so it counts! The ingredients confuse me and I was a little hesitant because of the rooibos and melon but I went looking for a holiday tea without ginger or cinnamon or cloves and such and Mahamosa certainly delivered.

I brewed up basically my whole sample in the Breville and only after I poured it into my cup did I realize I had no milk. So first cup, no milk, just sugar. Tastes super sweet (which I like). Sweeter than a tea ordinarily would with the amount of sugar that I added. I think it is the melon. And it is super surprising that I even like the melon because I ordinarily don’t like any kind of melon at all, although I will tolerate watermelon. It doesn’t sit on my most-hated melon list though, that belongs to cantaloupe.

I don’t even like rooibos all that much and I can hardly taste it at all in here, it’s so far in the background of flavours. As I let my tongue still after the aftertaste has lingered a while I get sort of a rooibos-y feel but that’s it.

Now I need to get my fat ass off the couch and evict the adorable kitties out of my lap (15 year age difference and they are cuddling like no tomorrow) and go to the store because I’ve been away for a week and a half and the cat sitter cleaned my fridge and there is now nothing in it at all beyond some apple sauce and chocolate soy milk and maple syrup. Seriously, that’s all that I have. And some weird weird soda from I don’t know when. But anyway, yes milk.

And I keep hearing about tea soda being made so I’m going to buy some soda water too just to try it out because I am damn curious.

Tea obsession back into full swing. I missed ye.

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

Yay!

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drank Awake by Tazo
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Let’s put this in the right category this time.

This originally mediocre tea is definitively not improved by altitude. It cools too quickly on the steep and I only had cream available on the aircraft and not milk and I’ve heard that tastebuds are funny that high so I don’t know exactly what was wrong but it was all wrong. But it was something to drink so I drank it and it’s resteep because it was a 6+ hour plane ride and I needed to stay hydrated and I was tired of water. C’est la vie.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
sherapop

I think that all of the Tazo filterbags have been reformulated. Pre-Starbucks they were pretty good (for filterbags). I’ve noticed that the newer (post-Starbucks acquisition) white enveloped varieties (in the whitish boxes) are not very good. The whole leaf sachets in the tins are pretty good, though. It’s all very confusing because they use the same names but the compositions of the sachets and the filter bags are not the same.

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drank Wild Sweet Orange by Tazo
517 tasting notes

So I was trapped in an airplane for more than 6 hours (all flying time, gotta love cross-country trips, coast to coast) and this was offered up under the tea selections. Since they had no hot chocolate and I was thirsty for something that was not water, I gave it a try.

First time I’ve flown first class on my own dime so I was trying to appreciate the super service. Seriously, I’m thinking of calling the airline to commend one of the flight attendants. I got a really nice real ceramic mug and a short juice glass to put the bag in afterward.

I steeped this tea for the 5 minutes that the package stated and it tasted very very tart. I didn’t taste any ginger or licorice root but there was orange flavour and definitely hibiscus all over this. I added a couple of sugars to try to tone down the hibiscus (seriously, how much sugar is in one of those sugar packets, can’t be a teaspoon) and it was marginally better. Added some sweetness obviously and the orange flavour came through more as well as the lemongrass which I do not approve of in this brew at all.

Second steep at 7 minutes was very lightly flavoured orange water that was not worth the steep but I had to try. Drank it anyway. Gotta stay hydrated on an airplane!

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

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Late at night, just called the New Year. I have an early flight so I just decided to stay up and drink tea.

My second tea of the new year, this came in the first steepster select package. I could not get the temp exact in a regular kettle so this poured at 180 degrees F according to the repurposed meat thermometer. Hey, we use what we got.

This smells very oolong and quite floral. I’m fairly new to oolongs in general so this note might be a bit uninspired. Still pretty much in the ‘it tastes like a green oolong’ phase of oolongs.

This is a bit roasty and a little bit cloying from the flower, I suppose lilac. It’s quite interesting. I added a bit of sugar to bring out the flavour for me and I’m drinking it quite hot for me. Cooled down a bit brings out more of the oolong for me though there is still a bit of lilac aftertaste. If further steeps are better or worse I will edit.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Drinking this up, is it a sip down if we don’t know if we have more in the giant box of tea in my living room and I have no intention go looking for it? This tea bag came in my catalogue a while ago and traveled with me to Mass.

This is actually really quite pleasant. I would drink this again absolutely. I don’t pick up much of the tea base but the fruit flavours are lovely, sweet and tart in equal measures. It perhaps tastes a bit medicinal in the after aftertaste but I’m someone who likes cherry cough drops so I’m okay with that. Would like to try again with the correct water to teabag ratio because I was just guessing with this one. Perhaps in the future.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Starfevre

Royal we I guess, I live by myself with cats.

JustJames

cats count as ‘we’. =0)

Cavocorax

Cats may have invented the royal we.

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My first impression of the dry leaf is that it is extremely smelly. Smells like traditional Xmas but I don’t actually like traditional Xmas smells so there’s that. Very smelly. If I liked it I might say aromatic, but I don’t.

Well now that it has cooled down a bit, I don’t hate it. It finishes with cinnamon which I am not a fan of but it is not overwhelming. The bergamot is strong enough to turn my mother off when she took a sip. It kind of tastes like stale crackers with an aftertaste of spice to me. Not very appealing since my last experience with stale crackers involved a meal worm in it. Yesterday. So this is 0 for 3 for this Verdant box for me. Hopefully January will be better.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I need to fix this tea entry when I get back to having a real computer.

This is a really deep intense rich black tea out of Kenya. Apparently a Chinese hybrid varietal. Very interesting. I gentled it down a bit with milk and sugar and it is really quite pleasant. I’ll start heating water up for the second steep in a minute but the first was very very nice. Ever since I discovered Justea, I have found a fondness for nice Kenyan teas. Also any of my friends living in Vancouver BC should PM me, speaking of Justea.

ETA: 2nd steep was good but the 3rd was really weak. A two steep tea for me.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Starfevre

Seriously, it’s about a free thing.

Sil

lol if i lived in vancouver i’d bug you. I’m really like justea’s kenyan black. it’s on the reorder list at some point :)

Starfevre

It’s a thing actually. A tea cupping class I got from supporting their most recent campaign that I can’t get to so I thought I’d offer it to the people on here. If it weren’t a week long in the evenings I’d drive up myself.

Sil

oh that’s awesome!

MissB

Oh? I’m in Vancouver. Do you need me to get it to you somehow?

Starfevre

It is a class to attend by the Justea guys.

Sil

missB..she’s offering to let YOU go silly goose… (well someone in vancouver)

Cavocorax

Sil – I… bought the 3 pack so I can share some Justea with you, or slip some into a little envelope once it shows up here.

Starfevre – that’s too bad about missing the cupping class! That sounds like it’d be quite the experience.

Sil

hahahahahaha of course you did

Starfevre

In theory I could attend but I am just not up for that much driving anytime soon.

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Trying this out since it came in my club. It smells very spicy and the back of my throat is already protesting the dry smell. It seems exactly like the teas that I hate very much. Waiting for the water to heat up.

Have to close this note to look at the ingredients to see what it is that I’m smelling besides ginger. The Verdant website doesn’t show it.

Edit: I don’t know where my previous edit went. Boo. I think the spice is sasparilla because I can’t recognize it and I’m not familiar with that one. It is very spicy. I’m hoping the sugar I put in wil gentle this blend.

First steep was 2ish minutes. The blend is sweet but the ginger and yabao itself put a shudder down my spine and there is an unpleasant pricking at the back of my throat from one of the spices. Warming sensation from more than just the warm water. Trying to drink this quickly because I do not like.

Thinking I won’t go for any more steeps due to the headache onset almost immediately after I started drinking. Not the tea for me.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C

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86
drank Karigane #22 by Tea Wing
517 tasting notes

I really think I am not experienced enough in the various green tea flavours, being a green tea newbie for the most part, to really fully appreciate this tea. It smells very robustly green and vegetal, although I could not tell you what plant. It smells like a strange combination of edamame and spinach to me but I have no idea what nori smells like so it could be that too. Not so much grass.

I managed with the tools I have to steep this in approximately 175 degree temp as stated by the really unrefined meat thermometer my mom got me for this purpose. Best I could get on short notice from a pretty rural Massachusetts grocery store, really, and I broke her crappy gravity infuser the first day so I was grateful for the teabags that came with this. The tea ball she has is not a very fine mesh.

First steep: definitely a deep and rich cup, nothing simple about this. Picking up some grass now, especially in the aftertaste. I can sort of taste the nuttiness in the cup but nothing specifically hazelnut.

I am super craving something sweet so I am debating whether to go to the next steep now or make a detour. I have about 3 more tea hours this afternoon to play with.

Second steep: the vegetal smell is weaker and the grass is much brighter this steep. I drank this one warmer and I definitely get ‘chewy’ this time around. There is more taste up front and it matches the aftertaste better and soy beans is what I am getting. I like this steep better than the first.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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Single, vegetarian, asexual, 5 cats. Airplane Engineer. I drink most of my tea with a bit of sugar and all the ones with a black tea base with a little bit of milk too. I’m super sensitive to bitterness and spiciness so I tend to avoid those.

I am also a flavoured matcha latte fanatic.

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