517 Tasting Notes

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drank Raspberry Vanilla by Zen Tea
517 tasting notes

Drinking this again after forever. One of my friend’s friends (who is becoming my friend) is helping me clean my place and she can’t have caffeine so I made this and it’s still really good. I put in a bit extra because it is so old at this point.

A bit too much milk in it, I think, but it did bring out the cream flavour very nicely. I still love this combination of flavours.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Made this again (hey, I liked it okay?!) but a bit differently so I thought it was worth it’s own tasting note.

For the first time ever I deviated from my milk-and-sugar routine with black tea and added chocolate soy milk and sugar. I liked it, but I don’t think I prefer it over the original way. Slight chocolatey flavour is nice but the soy taste that lingers is distracting and I can’t really taste the tea at all anymore.

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I don’t actually remember if I purchased this one or if it came as a sample but thanks regardless, Mahamosa Tea!

This is a really nice vanilla tea. It’s currently competing with my other favourite vanilla black tea to be on top but I don’t have any of the other right now to compare them side by side so I can’t for sure say which one I like better.

The smell is almost caramel and sweet but the vanilla taste, along with the actual vanilla bean pieces in the loose tea make this a really nice nice vanilla tea. Not quite as overwhelming as I like my vanilla to be but it’s a great tea nonetheless. I added a bit more sweetener than usual and I steeped for a shorter time than the package indicated (because I never steep a black tea for 4-5 minutes on the first try, wow that seems like such a long time).

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

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Trying this cold this time around. Made a double batch because I put a few too many ice cubes into the blender so 16 oz of skim milk, 2 Tbs of matchaccino and a bunch of ice cubes. Blended it all up and WOW. I can see why Red Leaf Tea says that this is the best way to go. I can totally just drink this whole thing down stat. It’s amazing. Just wow.

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90
drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
517 tasting notes

So, I probably brewed this wrong, having JUST looked at the Verdant website and seeing a steep time of 1 minute (I did 2) and a temp a little lower than boiling. Also I think I may have underleafed. By at least a teaspoon. (Having made about 27 fl oz of tea (according to my quick and dirty ml to oz conversion) and put in 3 heaping teaspoons. more like 3 teaspoons. yeaaaah. I’ve gotten out of the habit of using my breville and I forgot that ~750 ml is actually ~3 cups and not 2… Oh well. Next steep I’ll add some new leaves. So yeah, this is weaker than probably it would be at it’s best.

Another reason I’m probably not liking this as much as I probably would be otherwise is that I’m out of practice with tea tasting. With the summer and my inability to make iced tea in a reasonable fashion without it sucking and then my need to be out of my house as much as possible to try to keep from sinking into a deeper depression…there’s not been much time for tea from my own collection. At least, made the way I like it.

Still, this is very enjoyable even with those caveats. Hikaru the kitty knows it has my attention and not her so she’s trying to knock it over with her head. She’s been much more needy since my Groucho kitty died on Monday.

Anyway, it tastes very silky as said in the outline on Verdant, and I can definitely taste some very warm spices, possibly the cinnamon mentioned, though I like it a lot better than actual cinnamon, which I don’t like so much. The morels come through more on the aftertaste. All in all, it’s quite pleasant and I’m sure I’ll enjoy it even more as my ability to taste more nuances comes back.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

About iced tea sucking… if you switch to cold brewing maybe you’ll find that you’ll be more successful. Leaves in the bottle and that’s it. I have one of those filter tops for cold brewing.
If you have a gaiwan (or you can use a teacup and saucer) brew a little tea this way to reeducate your taste buds. Sometimes after a series of migraines, I lose my sense of taste for a week or two. I have to reeducate my brain.

Starfevre

No, I can’t reliably do cold brewing. Mostly because I am a scatterbrain and it would probably steep for days on end before I would remember that I am steeping iced tea. If I have a defined time period I will be at home, maybe. Worth looking into anyway. I do really well with very very specific instructions.

I have a gaiwan…somewhere…packed in a box. I’ve always put a little sugar in though, even at my most sensitive, plain black tea ( my favourite) always tasted BITTER AND NOTHING ELSE without 1/2-1 tsp of sugar per 16 oz or so. Hard to do with a gaiwan. :(

Bonnie

You can pour two steeps into a mug and then sweeten using a gaiwan (I sweeten black tea also). Many times I cold brew using leaves I’ve already hot brewed such as a great oolong or my laoshan black tea because there’s still lots of life left. No worry that the tea will be bitter and overbrewed if I forget about it.

Starfevre

Hmm. I kind of feel a little dumb for not thinking of that gaiwan tactic. Thanks for telling me. I’ll try to remember your cold brew techniques for when it’s not below freezing outside. I keep the inside at below 60F so I’m not really craving iced tea right now at all. Currently buried in blankets.

Starfevre

Second steep with added new tea is going much better. A very rich black tea now. Definitely lovely.

Indigobloom

So sorry to hear about your Groucho :(

Tabby

Aww, sorry about your kitty. :( That’s always so hard.

Bonnie

I don’t know why I didn’t see the part about your kitty when I read this on my Kindle. I’m so stupid! I’m sorry that your Groucho died. There isn’t anything good about the emptiness at all. Only the love of friends, family, people like us odd tea crazies (I’m a crazy) will be of some comfort. We humans have this in common. Loss, Love, Comfort. We need each other.

Starfevre

Thanks everybody. It was really hard, but she’d been sick with cancer for over a year and it was time. Mostly I’ve just been trying to appreciate the (4) cats I have left, especially her brother who has been crying for her sometimes, they were very close.

Tea Sipper

Groucho! I’m so sorry for your loss.

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So I bought this a long while ago because I love the caramel matcha. And then I didn’t open it for forever because I’d lost the scoop that I’d purchased with it. A couple of days ago I tried some conversion tables and found out that 15g that is the serving size is just a tablespoon and then I felt stupid for a while. Today I have milk so I made myself a hot latte. It is below freezing outside and I do not keep the heat above 60 inside so a cold latte is not in the cards.

This is…sweeter than I usually take it, I think. I’ve been avoiding matcha for a while for whatever reason so I can pick up a bit of bitterness that is probably just my tongue having adjusted back to mostly soda and juice rather than tea for a while. I’m sure I’ll get it back soon. Other than that, this is quite tasty and easy to make, although really not that much easier than just regular caramel matcha so I’m not sure I’ll buy it again as the matchaccino form. Still, glad that I purchased.

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80
drank Lomi-Lomi Aloe Vera by Tealux
517 tasting notes

So I’m having trouble drinking tea lately, like there’s some sort of psychological block against tea. Trying to post this comment again because Sinatra tried to crawl into my lap while I was typing and accidentally deleted everything.

So I made some of this today, it had to be herbal because I wasn’t feeling up to a subtle tea and I have no milk so most of my black teas are completely out. Made a pot so I have another mug of this left.

I don’t know if I don’t like this as much as the first time because the tea’s 9 months old at this point or because I’ve gotten out of the habit of tasting a lot of flavours. There is a lot of flavours in this tea and I’m having trouble parsing them out. Hibiscus is the strongest today :P And there’s something sickening that’s pinging at the very back of my tongue that I can’t figure out what it is but it’s putting that shudder down my spine when I drink deeply.

Not going to change the rating, I don’t think, but something to remind myself of if I decide to purchase this again. I think I have one more pot left of this. I used almost 7 tsp to make 850ml or so.

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

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drank Earl Grey tea by Rituals
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Was served this tea at a restaurant that apparently discontinued tea on their menu a while ago. Nice of the waitress to give it to me with no charge but after tasting it, I figured it must have been quite old. There was no real taste to it. If the other tasting note here is any indication age must have turned a mild ea to a really weak one. I couldn’t taste any bergamot at all. Not going to rate this because I suspect it tastes very different than I got.

Bonnie

Bagged tea? If so, it’s tea dust anyway and people pay too much for a one-shot tea. Buy loose leaf that most times can be resteeped 2-3 times or more. Use a finum steeper not a teaball for a single mug or a mug with an insert. I hate blah tea too!

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Brought a bag of teas to the coffee shop today to drink while I hang out there. It takes effort for me not to turn into a hermit when I’m depressed so I try to be out of my house when I can stand to be. I usually end up in a coffee shop or restaurant. Although I used a lot of their hot water that they gave me for free, I did order a drink and a food item to justify taking up their space for hours.

So I had 2 12-oz cups of this with unknown temperature (they quoted me at 190, but it just doesn’t feel that hot to me when I was testing it). First time I put the recommended amount of tea in the bag and it tasted as good as I remember, but much weaker. Possibly age? I’m coming up on a year for this tea rather quickly. Second cup I put about twice as much of the dry tisane and it was much stronger, that nice red colour that hibiscus lends although I usually hate it because it’s too sour, but it’s really pretty okay with a bit of sugar in this. It tasted much better the second try.

I also had an actual conversation with another coffee patron. Nice guy, cute, younger than me, told me he thought I was 26 or 27, which was flattering. Apparently I have vocabulary patterns more common to people younger than me, but I do spend a LOT of time on the internet. We talked for over an hour about ourselves and aspirations and jobs and such. Conversation started because I was airing out my new tattoo after the first washing (about an hour after the tattoo artist finishes with the painful part). So that was pretty nice. Don’t know how we haven’t run into each other before, but overall it was pretty nice, and I usually avoid human contact when I’m not feeling good. Guess I was having a better day than I thought. Anyway enough personal stuff. Hope you all are doing well and enjoying the weekend.

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73
drank Zen by Tazo
517 tasting notes

I ordered this by accident tonight (yesterday? It’s past midnight…) because I mis-remembered which tazo I wanted to try today. I thought this was the other herbal blend, but as it turns out it is the green one. I did not have high hopes about this considering the too-hot water and the fact that I have no idea how long this steeped other than I took it out as soon as I figured out that it had green tea in it.

Amazingly, especially since I really am not fond at all of bagged green tea in general, this was quite nice. Very very mild green flavour (not really vegetal, but still definitely there) and really no bitterness at all. The mint was very nice and the lemon subtle. I’m a big fan of mint. So this was really surprisingly good and I’ll have to try it again when I have better control of temperature and steeping time.

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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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