18 Tasting Notes

83
drank Grumpy Dinosaur by T-We Tea
18 tasting notes

83! That little slider is hell to use on mobile. Close enough!

As you see from mom’s (ashmanra’s) review, I cleverly ordered this tea so as to be waiting for me when I got home from Mexico. It was a fun vacation but not a relaxing one. It’s the kind where you come home sunburned and mosquito bitten after climbing Mayan pyramids and riding bikes in the jungle.

And waiting for me it was! T-We is on top of their shipping, let me tell you. They even noted it was my third order since April. Lol. Uh oh.

Now we should know by now that I’m a huge fan of minty teas so putting two mints together on me wasn’t really fair. Coming off the airplane I was, in fact, a very grumpy dinosaur myself (memo: never fly through Cancun, if you can help it). It’s a nice tea, the sweet spearmint fills out the peppermint but I didn’t really get much vanilla. Maybe I can tweak my steep and pull it out more.

Overall recommended for us minty types. If you want something more serious try their Madame Morocco.

I used boiling water, 2 tsp per 6oz, 5 minutes steep. Sliders. Mobile.

But seriously don’t fly through Cancun. It’s a zoo. I haven’t seen that many people teeming for customs since Hong Kong.

Flavors: Peppermint, Spearmint

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 45 sec 10 tsp 30 OZ / 887 ML

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83
drank Grumpy Dinosaur by T-We Tea
18 tasting notes

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80

I’m a sucker for Christmas and teas called White Christmas. Whatever. Fight me.

Mom aka ashmanra had been holding out on me for this one because I don’t really care for artificial almond flavored stuff or amaretto and this has almond flavor, both natural and artificial, but eventually she gave in and showed up with it one day near Christmas.

You may notice that the flavors on the rating for this tea are allll over the place. Yeah. You have to make it exactly right. If you do, it’s great. It’s warm and smooth and cozy and there’s vanilla and something a little nutty. It tastes like twinkly Christmas tree lights, the pretend fireplace on, my favorite ugly blanket, and Bing Crosby music. Until it gets cold or if you didn’t make it right.

So don’t touch it once it gets cold and make sure you make it right. Think of it like a mogwai. Totally worth it.

Flavors: Almond, Vanilla

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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80

Thank goodness for white matcha! I love green matcha but it’s too hard on my stomach. The white matcha doesn’t have that bright green flavor, rather that very delicate white tea flavor, but also doesn’t make me throw up, which is even better. I’ve been adding a few shakes of it to my favorite white teas and it blends right in.

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85

A great mint tea, I’ve bought several boxes. The mint is sweet and has a bold flavor but doesn’t get bitter or oily like peppermint tea can. As a bonus it’s a grocery store brand so it’s not hard to find in a pinch.

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

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95

I am a huge fan of Walt Disney World. I had never been before my now-husband took me right after we got engaged in 2012. I’ve been twice more since then (to Epcot, my favoritest). Joffrey’s is the provider of the tea and coffee in the Disney parks. They have kiosks all over, and a brick and mortar shop at Disney Springs.

Here’s a review where my favorite Disney Food Blog goes to review the shop: http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2015/07/06/news-and-review-joffreys-tea-traders-cafe-at-disney-springs/

Yep it’s awesome.

Now I love me a chai latte, they taste like cozy. The blend is very important though. I want spicy, but balanced. Starbucks has too much cinnamon. I love cinnamon but not that much in my chai. The cinnamon chai latte Starbucks did last year, I was not a fan of in any sense. But this Masala Chai is perfect. It’s just the right blend. All you have to do is smell it. All of the spices are in perfect alignment with one another.

Get the chai latte at the Joffrey’s kiosk. I got four the last time I was at Epcot. It’s so creamy and comforting. Definitely my favorite chai. I got the loose leaf last time I visited the shop so I can make my own and the only difference is I can’t froth the milk just like they do.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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100

I’m re-reviewing this tea again because I’ve been drinking it for years. I don’t know why, it speaks to me.

So, I drink this tea in the loose leaf and also the bags. I buy the bags 250 at a time from the Stash website, a couple times a year. If I happen to see it out and about at a grocery store around the holidays I’ll grab an extra box or six. I drink at least 3 cups a day, every day.

Firstly, I haven’t died, so if this tea had a high lead content, I’d have announced it by now with my death, so that’s good to know.

I’m not sure why I’m so particularly attached to this tea. I’ve rated it 100 again cause its my favorite and I do what I want. It’s white, and I prefer white. It says it also has peppermint and ginger root. Peppermint I love, but sometimes peppermint tea is too oily for me. This is mostly all white tea with a little peppermint, and little flecks of ginger root. It’s got a nice light pepperminty flavor, and the ginger root you don’t taste at all, which is great for me because ginger is not my cup of tea, if you get me. HOWEVER, tea often makes me feel sick as I drink it often on an empty stomach, but this stuff is a concoction for a better tummy, which is awesome.

Now I’ve started doing something even funner which is I got some white matcha and I’ve started sifting a little bit of that into my White Christmas. You can’t even taste it because the white tea and the white matcha meld beautifully.

Make sure you use a lower temperature for it so it doesn’t get bitter. I’ve been using 176F.

Now the loose leaf is a little iffy for me. I looooove the bags. But for some reason I get wildly different results from the loose leaf pot to pot so usually I just use the bags cause I’m stodgy. With the loose leaf you need to be precise, and you need to shake the bag. It’s got really big pieces and if you’re not careful you end up with a big scoop of only one ingredient. With the bags I just chill out with the bag in the hot water, with the leaves they HAVE TO COME OUT or it will taste baaaaaaaaaaaaaaad.

Overall it’s the best and you all need to drink it so Stash will never discontinue it.

Stash, still waiting on that sponsorship.

Flavors: Peppermint

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85

My husband is Irish and I’ve been to the UK six times, sometimes for a few months together. Eventually you get to a point where on a rainy day you could use a cuppa. This nails the concept of a cuppa. It’s not fancy. It’s not frilly. But its smooth and well-balanced. My husband just made a cup and yelled “Good normal cup of English tea” to me from his office.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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100

Joins Stash White Christmas to be my top two teas. It’s sweet, its got some licorice, its got some minty, some cinnamon-y and it just gets better as it cools. Seriously good stuff.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Licorice, Marshmallow, Mint, Vanilla

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100

This is the best tea that ever existed.

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 2 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

It IS very good and I found it to be a very comforting tea. It makes a little happy place inside.

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I live in NC with my Irish husband and our two furbabies, Olaf the Hedgehog and his little brother Hugo the peekapoo. My mom is the tea guru ashmanra. I have an uneducated interest in tea. I began drinking green tea a few years ago to be healthy and have developed a taste for white, puerh, and some black. My go-to is Stash White Christmas which I drink in amounts that should probably be studied long-term. Stash should probably be sponsoring me.

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