556 Tasting Notes

75
drank Boulder Blues by The Tea Spot
556 tasting notes

Boulder Blues – The Tea Spot – 2/5/14
2 minutes, 175 degrees.

Strawberry Rhubarb? Well it certainly smells like pie innards. I put some sugar in (as I usually do) but I took a sip before stirring and it’s actually still quite nice. Not entirely to my taste but nice. After stirring, the flavours come out more, especially the rhubarb. I wish it had been the strawberry instead because rhubarb is not my favourite thing but alas. The green base is both subdued and sharp at the same time in several different places in the sip. I can taste it in my cheeks after the sip, somewhat metallic, and during it is quite mellow, allowing the rhubarb to come forth.

TTBB #3 (The work editions)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
AlexaK.

Hmm, pie innards! Haha!

keychange

I know what you mean about tasting the aftertaste in your cheeks…great way to put it!

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TTBB #2. I’m not going to add these to my cupboard unless I keep more than the cup I drink so there won’t be any sipdowns for a while.

I’ve never tried green rooibos before, though I’ve been meaning to. I have some….somewhere in the tea tubs but I couldn’t even tell you what brand it is. This smells very strongly of fruit, mostly pear as other commenters have mentioned.

Just took a drink and it’s reminding me of SOMETHING very very strongly. I’m having a sense memory but I couldn’t tell you what. Maybe…root beer? Something in root beer is twigging at me. Pear up front but this mystery flavour in the back. In the middle is something vaguely horrible that I think is the green rooibos. What is that?? Anyway, aside from the visceral shudder reaction, I think this tastes good. I would never buy it, but it’s good.

I am getting a quick onset headache since drinking this so I might have found another food sensitivity. Crap. I suspect the rooibos but I don’t have enough data points to tell. Possibly a flavouring.

In other news, my kidneys have been sore all day and I’m not sure why. It’s very irritating.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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First tea of the Traveling Tea Box B! I just took a little over a teaspoon out of this so the rest will go back into the box. It brewed up quite dark. Smells very generic tropical fruit.

It actually tastes quite mango with little hints of other fruits that aren’t strong enough for me to identify. One of them feels quite ‘sharp’ at the back of my throat but I don’t know what it is. As I drink more of this it is becoming less tasty and more ‘woody’ somehow. I don’t know how old this sample is.

Happy to have tried it, but I wouldn’t order any.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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90

More of this! Getting one step closer to a sipdown. Hot latte, as always at work. Just over a half teaspoon was all I dared to put in and it’s a tinge chemically tasting but it’s not awful. Still creamy smooth though I’m mostly getting cream and not so much cookie this time. Ah well. This will hopefully keep me awake on my drive home in 15 minutes (if only because I’ll have to pee).

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92
drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
556 tasting notes

Sipdown (539)!

This is the last of a sample from someone I traded with a long time ago that was lost to the depths of time last year. The rest of my work samples I have labeled with who gave it to me, but not this one. I had enough left here to just barely be enough for my teapot. I didn’t really want to break out the gravity infuser this afternoon, but I might still have to if the network doesn’t come up. We’re at an hour and a half of downtime so far as of writing this. I’ve been sort of cleaning my desk and organizing things but I’m really not sure what to do with myself with all this time that I should be working but I can’t work on anything because they push us to have everything on the server and it is and now we can’t work on it because the server is down. It’s very frustrating.

This is a touch bitter and mapley (?) somehow. It hasn’t been stored very well (ziplock bag) but it also hasn’t been stored next to a maple tea of any sort so it’s odd. The maple flavour is stronger in the aftertaste. I know this is supposed to taste like Red Velvet Cake but really I’m getting maple syrup. Not the good kind, the fake Aunt Jamima’s type of “maple” syrup that’s great on cheap pancakes when you don’t want to break out the expensive stuff. Not that I do that or anything… I may have underleafed a bit but the flavour on this is surprisingly clear and strong. The sip tastes like almost nothing with a touch of bitterness but as soon as I swallow BAM maple.

Yeah, I don’t know.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML

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96
drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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I’m writing this on a Word document because our network is down here at work and has been for the past 45 minutes as of writing this. I’m very bored and kind of anxious because I really need to get shit done today. I’ve only done 2 pomodoros so far because I got in late because of a couple of doctor appointments and then having to drive 35 miles in traffic. But one of the benefits of coming to work around lunchtime is that there are parking spaces near the building.

Anyway, the tea. This is a SIPDOWN (540) so there’s that. I will miss it until I order it again though because it is definitely a reorder. I used a bit more matcha than usual in order to get the last bits from the can. I’ll wash it as soon as I’m finished drinking if the network is still down. I’ve still got 6 opened matchas here at work so it’s still a sipdown work in progress. But anyway, this still tastes nice, though the flavouring has been fading with time. Not bitter at all and still quite tasty but I taste more matcha than flavouring. The hot latte is quite creamy today so I’m enjoying this.

Pretty sure my total will go back up again when I go home and open boxes but for this afternoon, I’ve done one sipdown. And I’m bored so I’m totally editing this for grammar mistakes. I still have a sentence fragment with the green squiggle underline but I think I’m going to leave it.

Flavors: Caramel

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First time I’m having this with the ‘new’ Adagio parameters (aka, not boiling water for black base teas).

This blend is getting old and I’m really going to have to give some of it away if I’m going to get through it in a timely fashion. Maybe as a bonus tea in my next couple of swaps or something. Same with my other Adagio custom blend.

This is still slightly bitter, but not much, not even enough to bother me and I am super bitter sensitive. I pick up the hazelnut mostly and perhaps a touch of caramel but not much and none of the other flavours that are supposed to be in here either. Perhaps my tongue’s not up to it today after I abused it with honeybush yesterday. I have one more mug of this left before I can move on to a different tea. I really need to bring in a Finium basket to work. I bought one for this purpose and I just haven’t gotten around to doing it.

Also note to self, I need to bring in a chocolate tea or two because one of my coworkers wants one.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML

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I really shouldn’t be drinking this tea. Really. Honeybush gives me an awful awful headache and I have a cat who wants attention who is interfering with everything I do right now. I could probably drink it now, it’s a good temperature, except I’m pretty sure the cup would get head booped right down my shirt. It’s taken me 5 minutes to write this paragraph.

Well, it’s sweet. It’s definitely sweet. I’m not in love with stevia, I actually dislike it quite a bit so that’s tempering my enjoyment of this. And it’s definitely giving me a headache, or bringing back the headache that I just managed to get rid of. But I definitely taste the vanilla and chamomile and they are very nice. Not picking up a whole lot of coconut but it’s quite creamy considering I didn’t put any milk in it. I don’t really pick up any lemongrass either.

So yes, I think if I could get over my sensitivities, this would be a pleasant cup but as it is, it is going into my swap bin.

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 4 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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91

I really really wanted a coconut tea this afternoon, on my sick day home from work. I’m not really sick but I got to sleep late and then slept super poorly and just could not get out of bed this morning. And by the time I felt better, it was past noon, so I just gave up on the whole day.

I told myself I wouldn’t open any more packages but I had no coconut teas open and I recently got this from The Tea Merchant in my order of teaware (and this, not a free sample, a whole couple of ounces I think). I’m glad I ordered it though because it is so very VERY nice.

I haven’t had many coconut teas before, much less white tea with coconut but I think right now that it is the perfect combination. There is a definite sweetness to this and a vanilla lingering taste. I’m also picking up something that is trying to taste like alcohol, without the alcohol burningness. Like maybe rum, I think. I usually don’t like rum in any form but it’s combining quite nicely in this. I wonder what’s causing that? Natural flavours ingredient perhaps.

At any rate, I’m glad this is so good because I’ll have to drink it up quickly before the coconut turns to soap. But this is, definitely, a very nice tea.

Flavors: Coconut, Vanilla

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
JustJames

i been sleeping badly too… must be going around =0(

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95

Made another cold smoothie. It tastes good but I need to figure out how to strike a balance between the insane amount of froth my blender produces and how blended the ice cubes are. Because there’s less froth this time but it’s much too chunky and I’m practically chewing this half the time.

A quandary. Have any of you out there encountered or fixed this problem?

Preparation
1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Stephanie

Unless its matchacinno I usually make my cold lattes in a cocktail shaker, so I don’t get ice chunks…

Starfevre

It’s not really a smoothie unless it’s ground up with ice. Possibly I will try your latte suggestion. Unfortunately it still doesn’t help the froth situation since it would still need to go into the blender to get blended up for me because it wouldn’t be hot dissolved.

Stephanie

Ohhh, I’ve totally used about 1oz of hot water to dissolve matcha (and dissolve the sugar) before adding milk and ice and cocktail shaking! If you do decide to try it :)

Starfevre

Ah, well I’ll have to try that. I really like the smoothie texture but not if I’m losing half of the matcha to the foam.

OMGsrsly

Use milk ice cubes too? They’ll be softer, so won’t take so much blending time to become slush.

Starfevre

Milk ice cubes. Interesting. I’d have to go out and get some ice cube trays. Right now my fridge produces all of the ice I use. Maybe I can try the ‘crushed ice’ feature, but I’m not sure that would make it any faster into slush. Do any of you have experience with a magic bullet? Or perhaps think that doing the ice and then adding the milk and the rest would work?

OMGsrsly

I have a super cheap blender. When I do matcha this way, it’s almost always with 1/2 frozen banana, almond milk, and matcha. Ice really doesn’t blend well for me. :)

Starfevre

I have a super powerful blender but apparently power isn’t everything. I’ll have to look into a different kind of milk I guess, I have some vanilla soy milk in the fridge. I can’t stand bananas though, they overwhelm every other flavour for me until everything is BANANA

OMGsrsly

My matcha is coconut, so it works well! :D

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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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