559 Tasting Notes

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Got another sample of this from a trade with ToiToi. I should really keep track of what I’m requesting so I don’t get stuff twice like this. At any rate, I had a lot of bitterness the last time I made this so on some advice, I’m trying this with a cooler temperature this time. Hopefully that will help with the bitterness and astringency I got last time.

I sipped before I stirred and this isn’t too bad unsweetened, but I prefer it sweetened slightly. I’m also eating oatmeal right now, with brown sugar and cranberries, so that’s pretty sweet and will be affecting how the tea tastes, hopefully not for the worse. I didn’t get more than 45 minutes of sleep last night so I need the energy from food. Usually I skip breakfast.

This is still slightly bitter, as I continue to drink this, but it’s now working with the tea rather than against it. Still has a super awesome aftertaste. If I had more to try again, I think I’d try with a shorter steep time as well. Bumping the rating up a couple of points.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
ToiToi

I made milk tea out of it.. (actually never tried it straight!) and it just felt like as named :)

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91

I’m totally in love with this tea. Perfect for a leisurely start to the morning when I didn’t sleep at all last night due to a good story to read and an inadequate respect for tomorrow.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Ahaha, good story to read and an inadequate respect for tomorrow. Love it!

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90

First off, I made this badly. Must remember to dissolve in hot water BEFORE adding milk. Possibly also use hotter water. Or at least warmer than room temperature milk.

Champagne is not my favourite thing so I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this. It is a gift in trade from momo since I asked her to surprise me.

I added a bit of german rock sugar and it sank to the bottom and is dissolving now but I took a sip and I don’t think it actually needs sugar. There isn’t the horrible sea weed flavour I got from the peanut butter pie matcha I had last week so I’m very happy about that. I also think this is pretty true to the champagne taste, from what I remember about champagne. I haven’t had it in years since I stopped drinking alcohol a couple of years ago because of medication conflict issues so the memory of it all is fading. Much like I don’t remember what meat tastes like anymore since I’ve been a vegetarian for almost 8 years now.

Drinking more of this, I like it a lot, surprisingly. I could totally down this like water, lots of it. Something to think about for my next Red Leaf Tea order. All the ones I’ve ordered myself have been black matcha base but I haven’t actually tried them out yet. I bought a matcha whisk that came the other day and I should really try it out. Here at work with this champagne matcha, I’m just stirring really fast with a fork.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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67

I want to like this. I want to like this so much. momo who sent this to me in trade seems to, as does the other reviewer and yet while I do kind of like this in some ways, other ways I really do not.

If I sip this slowly, lukewarm, this tea isn’t too bad. Taken one sip at a time, just at the tip of my tongue tasting it before I swallow, this tea is pretty nice. Very peachy and a bit of strawberry.

On the other hand, when my tea gets this cold, I tend to drink it much faster than that, because I need the use of my hands and can’t be holding a tea mug for a long time at a time so I gulp it, and that’s where it gets not so good. When I drink this fast, there is such an artificial aftertaste left behind that I just shudder. It’s completely a turn off. I don’t like it at all. Of course, this tells me that I should just sip it slowly to drink it, but I’m much more impatient than that. I’ll sip a little and gulp a little and it takes me about an hour to get through a mug of tea even with the gulping so just sipping would take all day and I don’t have time for that. There’s other teas to drink. So I’ll give this a middle of the road rating and see if it catches my fancy to drink again some time or if I’ll give it away. I’m so conflicted.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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74

Got this in trade from Alphakitty who is so nice and gave me so much tea this trade.

I can definitely taste the caramel in this tea, layering pleasantly over the black tea base. It’s creamy so that’s probably the cheesecake flavouring, though it doesn’t really taste like cheesecake to me, but then I always get the chocolate mousse cheesecake whenever I go out for cheesecake so I’m possibly just missing that. I really can’t taste the cherry at all, even when this has cooled down and the flavours have come out more.

This isn’t a great tea, but it’s a good tea and one that I’ll drink the rest of my sample. I’m enjoying it, which is really all I can ask for. Probably a good thing I don’t love it, actually, because I have too much tea already and really shouldn’t be buying more, yet I just signed up for the Della Terra try-me of the month club so apparently I’m just not listening to myself.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Yunnan Gold by Adagio Teas
559 tasting notes

Smooth and malty and sweet. Everything a Yunnan black should be. Very nice way to start the morning with half a pot in my regular mug and half a pot in my travel mug. Now I just have to nail down the time such that I can make a pot of tea and it will be just cool enough to drink before I leave for work.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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95

Totally accidentally added milk to this. Definitely don’t like it better this way. Detracting from the taste considerably.

It is still strawberry-y and creamy but I think I pretty much ruined this cup. I have one other from this pot and I hope I remember not to put milk in it. I’ve been drinking so much black tea and I almost always put milk in that that the change to a herbal fruit tea just sort of threw me when I was making this. Ah well. Note, this tea does not take milk well at all.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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70

I’m a little bit disappointed in this tea. Maybe my expectations were too high, given what I thought of the other teas in my order, but I thought this one would be better than it is.

Let me start off with the fact that this is a very pretty tea with a lot going on in the dry leaf with the big what look like freeze dried raspberries and the peppermint pieces. The taste is mostly black tea and mint with the barest taste of chocolate in the sip and I didn’t pick up much raspberry at all save a bit of sweetness in the aftertaste. I really wish those flavours were stronger. Perhaps after the bag has time to sit a little. I’ve heard that Ovation teas need to meld a little to get the best flavour. I’m rating this tea based on today’s pot but I’m open to changing it later, maybe in a few months.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
tea-sipper

You won’t be disappointed in Zen’s Chocolate Mint I’ll be sending you soon! :D

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drank Pear Black Tea by Ovation Teas
559 tasting notes

First to log this one I guess. Well I got a pound of this in Ovation’s going out of business sale so this is likely the first of many tasting notes.

The dry tea is very interesting to look at, with large chunks of dried pear in it. The pear flavour is actually more subtle than I expected, given that. I wish it were a bit stronger but it is nice all the same. It is definitely pear though. Not my perfect pear tea yet but perhaps as the tea sits and melds for a while it will be better. I did just get it after all and I have heard that this is the case with many Ovation teas. Maybe a longer steep time next time too.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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60

I got my pound on order of this from Ovation last week and trying it out for the first time now. On my last cup of this pot that I made and I’m enjoying it quite a bit. Which is good because I have a pound of tea to get through and I like to switch it up a lot.

This is a very pretty tea to look at and also to smell. Lots of big raspberry pieces as well as raspberry flavouring to this, according to the ingredients. There is a nice bright flavour to it, citrusy from the bergamot and orange peel and also the tanginess of the raspberries. This is a nicely done earl grey and I don’t like a lot of earl greys so I’m glad that I like this one.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 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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