507 Tasting Notes

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When I first opened this this afternoon, I was overwhelmed with nausea by the sickly sweet scent. I definitely didn’t know if I wanted to be drinking it today, but I made some anyway. With a bit of sugar because reverse psychology or something. Anyway. I was happy to drink this, the flavour was better though the smell is still too sweet. I think I’m getting tired of it though. Probably won’t be a reorder.

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Kind of a sipdown. This package is finished, but there is more in the freezer waiting for me because I got all of the cherry ones to compare at some point and got more of this for that.

Didn’t measure very well because I was just trying to get the stuff out of the tin but it seems to have worked out anyway. I still really really like this, it is my happy matcha. I’m progressing well at work, only 7 matchas left to get through before I can reload.

VariaTEA

Haha when I saw all the cherry ones I had the plan to compare them all one day as well. I shall keep an eye on your notes to see your thoughts :)

Sil

i envy your matcha sipdowns… i need to share my stash with ppl

VariaTEA

But matcha is so easy to drink Sil. You can do it!

Sil

VariaTEA…yeah… uh..i haven’t NOT been able to drink any recently..just haven’t had the time/inclination. I have 13 unopened packages to get through…after i finish up the 3? opened ones in my fridge.

VariaTEA

Haha you are surrounded by matcha. I have a fair bit as well but I can only drink 1 tsp of it a day. If I could drink more I would though :)

Sil

come see me before you buy more haha

VariaTEA

I already have an order placed. Haha.

Starfevre

Being unaffected by caffeine does have some benefits.

Sil

starfevre – i TOTALLY agree… haha love it!

VariaTEA

I wish it were the caffeine. The issue is I like it in milk and I can only have 2 milk servings a day.

Starfevre

Milk fat does me in, so I make everything with fat-free dairy stuff. Maybe try it in another type of milk? Soy, rice, almond, coconut?

VariaTEA

I am on Jenny Craig so I need to have milk, and it needs to be two cups a day. If I wasn’t bound by that I would probably go through matcha and bags of milk daily :P

OMGsrsly

Ooo, bags of milk! I haven’t seen those in forever.

VariaTEA

My American friends were incredibly confused as to what they were and they were so opposed to buying them until they realized how much cheaper it was. I had no idea it was a Canadian thing until I saw the look of pure confusion on their faces.

OMGsrsly

I think it’s more of a specialty thing here. When I was little we got bags of milk delivered (!) every week, or we’d pick them up at a farm.

VariaTEA

That is one of the most adorable things I have ever heard.

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drank Strawberry Zabaglione by 52teas
507 tasting notes

I made this the same as the last 2 tries that turned out successfully, but something was off today. Perhaps I overleafed? I wanted to get the rest of the bag I had into my mouth today and I added more than I usually do. Unfortunately, instead of making a flavour blast, it just brought out the bitter of the black tea. It’s still good, but it’s not GREAT like I wanted. It’s also getting old so that may play a part.

At any rate, this is my second sipdown today. Go Me!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

Yay! Sipdown Wednesday!

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drank Dewy Cherry by Adagio Teas
507 tasting notes

Again I have no tasting notes of this? Well, it was at my desk at work and this is a sip down so out of my cupboard it goes.

I might actually think about reordering this someday, when my stash is under control. The sour cherry flavour compliments the hibiscus if you add a bit of sugar and it turns out quite nice and isn’t completely in your face although it was a little for me here because I overleafed it a bit to get the rest of the tea out (there wasn’t enough for another cup).

All in all, this is my favourite of the old Adagio fruit tea sampler.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

I bet it would be good over ice!

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Attempt #2

I made this into a cold smoothie today. Ice cubes, 16 or so oz of milk, 2 tsp of this, and half a bag of frozen raspberries. Blended it all up and…it didn’t taste very good. It wasn’t bad exactly but it was definitely not good. Aggressively neutral I guess. So after staring at it for a while, I put what was left back in the blender (where more waited for me) and added more ice cubes and also a tsp and a half or so of granulated sugar. After that it was tastier but it still needs either more of everything except the matcha, or less matcha I think. Next time.

Preparation
Iced

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drank Blood Orange by Adagio Teas
507 tasting notes

Just one cup of this, prepared in the gravity infuser. Pretty much the perfect amount of water to fill my mug, though whether I put enough/too much tea in remains to be seen. This time I have NOT eaten an orange ahead of time. I tried, but as I peeled it, it was a sad sad dried up orange so I just threw the rest out. So that taste contaminant is out. So is the reason why I chose this tea in the first place other than I’m trying to sip these things down. This one is not close to a sipdown.

I’m timing this pretty close to the end of my workday. I drink this and then there’s an hour in the van to drive back to my car to drive home. Curse you, long commutes.

With some sugar this time, this is…tolerable. If you asked me what the taste was, I would say hibiscus and citrus, but I definitely would not pin it down to blood orange. But this isn’t actually as awful as I expected. Perhaps I should take some home to try it iced. I think this one would be difficult to screw up provided I didn’t forget about it.

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Just made this. Looked through my old tasting notes and noticed a comment to make an italian soda with this one. I have soda water at home, but I can bring some in, or bring this home, and make a boysenberry soda. That sounds like it would be tastier than just plain because I like berries in general but this one just doesn’t wow me.

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drank Raspberry Patch by Adagio Teas
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Have I never written a tasting note for this? Weird. Well, SIPDOWN anyway. Working to clear out some of these work teas. I had enough for a full pot of this so I’m drinking this this morning. I have another cup in the pot ready to be drunk too, though I’ll have to reheat it. My lead engineer asked for some too. He doesn’t add sugar to it. I guess he just likes hibiscus.

This is a bit too much hibiscus for my tastebuds. It’s very tart. The colour is a nice bright red and the hibiscus and rose hips are very present and I can just about taste the raspberry but it’s not like the raspberry in, say, 52teas raspberry and cream, just a very berry herbal tea. I don’t love it, but it is tolerable when sweetened. And at any rate, this is the last of it and I shall not be getting more!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I made this this morning before I started work, overheated the milk first and then forgot while I was frisking so it didn’t start out well. There’s a pot of herbal berry tea in the Breville waiting for me and also breakfast (orange carrot juice and a clementine). I’m pushing through this because it is just on my ’it’s okay’ list rather than a ‘love it but it’s old’ list of the matcha I have at work.

I don’t love this. From my previous tasting note, I never did. It again tastes on the edge of artificial for me and I’m just not into it. It’s been difficult getting back into matcha after a couple months of absence. At home I can make them into smoothies with fruit which is delicious but at work I have no options other than what I can achieve with a microwave and a milk frother. Does anyone on here have any experience with portable blenders at work?

I’m thinking of giving this up. It’s on the older side, but the flavour is still strong for me. Probably 20g left. Classic matcha, distinctive flavour level.

Stephanie

This is on my “try someday” list if you decide you want to swap it out! :)

Starfevre

I have enough to send to you and stuff into the TTBB if you like. Throw some in a plastic baggie, that’s all I’ve got. I can send you a teaspoon or so, enough for 1 or 2 servings, depending on your taste preference. Do I have your address?

Stephanie

A baggie is totally fine. I think you have my address, but I can PM if you if you want…is TTBB a traveling tea box? I don’t think I’m currently on the list for any of those.

Thanks! This way I’ll know if I like it enough to order in the future. Can I send you anything? My cupboard is pretty well up to date I think.

Starfevre

Traveling Tea Box B. I’m the last stop before it goes back to the initiator. I’ll go find your address when I get home from work. I don’t like the new message setup, but I’m sure I can find you.

Stephanie

Sweet! :D

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At Starbucks because I wanted to read a bit and I knew I wouldn’t if I stayed home. The Seahawks vs 49ers game is on and I’m kinda keeping up with it. My team, the Patriots, already lost this afternoon. Oh well. Next year.

This tea, despite 3 packets of sugar, is still somewhat bitter and I don’t know that I want to put any more in it. It also has more than its fair share of half & half because I forgot to tell them to put milk in it. I can’t say I like it much but I don’t feel like getting my whole thing from the car and setting it up. So swill it is. Perhaps the second steep will be better.

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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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