2582 Tasting Notes

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I’m making an exception to my no caffeine rule this afternoon. I am sooo sleepy but that’s what I get for eating a bowl of potatoes for lunch. Perhaps I should try this more often. ;-)

I was in the mood for something sweet and dessert like. This tea has an amazing almond pastry type aroma. I’m a little less enamored with the flavor but it’s better with soymilk and sugar added. This has been good but probably not a repurchase for me. Happy Monday everyone!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sami Kelsh

Oh man, I want to be shoving potatoes into my gob right now. Potatoes are magic.

TeaBrat

yeah mine were purple potatoes, very tasty

Amariel

It is really tasty.

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drank Genmaicha Extra Green by Den's Tea
2582 tasting notes

I’m back from spending the night at my BF’s house in Berkeley. Unfortunately I am not sleeping any better over there than I am over here but it was definitely nice to have a change of scenery.

I’ve been neglecting this genmaicha for a while and had been wondering if it went stale. I made some this afternoon and it still seems ok to me. I followed Den’s instructions for just steeping for 30 seconds with boiling water. Nice nutty and seaweed flavors along with some sweetness that the matcha provides. I should try to finish the packet soon. Hope everyone is having a great weekend.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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78
drank Cheesecake Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Decided to have a matcha smoothie this morning: ingredients were banana, pineapple, soymilk, chia seeds and the cheesecake matcha. This definitely seems “desserty” but I also remember the time I had a really bad stomach ache from eating too much cheesecake when I was a kid! So the taste of cheesecake is not altogether a positive sensation.

I will need to try this with blueberries or strawberries as that’s more of a normal cheesecake fruit, I guess.

Have a great day everyone!

Sami Kelsh

I was so confused by the idea of cheesecake matcha, but it actually does make a lot more sense in the context of a berry smoothie. Nom.

TeaBrat

It isn’t too bad as a latte either, I just can’t imagine drinking it plain.

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drank White Peony by thepuriTea
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Back from the PT- I was really put through the wringer today and was wondering if I’d even be able to move when I got home. I know I need to do this for my long term benefit but it still hurts!

Anyway enough whining for now. I received a sample of this from thePuritea shortly before they went out of business. I had been wondering if I forgot to rinse my dishes properly because something smells slightly “chemically” when I hold my nose up to the cup.

Steeping this for 3 minutes produced a dark yellow clear tea liquor. As far as flavor is concerned it is definitely on the mild side and good for a relaxing moment. As the cup cools I am getting the woody notes along with some nutty ones and peach. The finish is a bit sweet on your tongue. I don’t know that much about white teas but this seems very soothing to me. Perhaps I should look into stocking a white peony?

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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59

I think it might be time for a nap already but I’ve been up since 4 am!

I remembered I had this decaf Earl Grey in my cupboard and I was thinking it couldn’t possibly be as bad as I remember it to be. I don’t like a lot of bergamot so it’s kind of a mystery as to why I bought this and as I’m sitting here I’m not even sure I want to finish the cup. To me it just seems bitter and soapy. If anyone in the US wants the remaining teabags please let me know and I’ll be happy to send them to you! Otherwise this is destined for the compost… life is too short to be drinking teas I don’t even like.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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93

I’m still on a quest to reduce my caffeine consumption at least temporarily… it isn’t helping my sleep and it might also be aggravating some of my muscle tension so I will focus on lower caffeine options today BUT

I wanted to start the morning off with a bang and this is one of my favorite breakfast blends currently. Thanks Devotea for making a blend that is worth waking up for!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Robert Godden

Caffeine be damned: Full steam ahead. I like that attitude. Thank you for your comments

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76

Tea of the afternoon here… planning to take it easy for the day since the Aleve regime the Dr. has put me on is making me totally nauseous. Not fun when you have to make a choice between being in pain or feeling sick to your stomach.

Anyway rooibos does seem to be good for settling the tummy and this is a good bagged tisane to have for that purpose. It doesn’t have a lot of funky flavors, just the nice creamy vanilla. Good with a splash of soymilk today. I think I’ll need to keep a box of this on hand.

Holly Faye

Can’t win, eh? I’m sorry you’re not feeling well. I’ve never tried rooibos with nausea, I’ll have to give it a go next time round. Feel better soon!

CHAroma

Hope you feel better soon!

TeaBrat

Thanks guys, I hope to stop complaining soon :)

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100
drank Banana Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
2582 tasting notes

Made a matcha latte this morning. I made this with plain almond milk vs. the Silk soymilk I usually drink. The silk tastes a lot better, more creamy, but we are talking a difference of 30 calories vs. 100. I’m worried I’m getting fat while I sit around my apt. waiting for my arm to get better. This is a good lower calorie option.

Note to self: next order with Red Leaf Tea should include an almond matcha.

carol who

I haven’t tried Almond milk. Does it have enough creaminess? I use the light almond soy, 70 cal. I use half soy milk and half water with a couple ice cubes when I do matcha. Matcha is sooo good. It has become one of mr favorites.

carol who

Oops! many typos because of my broken finger… make that I use " light vanilla soy" and make “mr favorites” to “my favorites”. At least 3 more weeks with the splint. :(

TeaBrat

Hi Carol, I feel that the almond milk is thin and lacks creaminess. It reminds me of skim milk in that regard. I should try to find the unsweetened soymilk, might be fewer cals.

TeaBrat

Hey I’ll trade places with you, broke my shoulder :)

carol who

Broke your shoulder! :( Oh, that sound so painful. I hope it heals quickly!

CharlotteZero

How is it healing, anyway? Is the end in sight yet?

TeaBrat

The fracture is healed but my arm is extremely stiff and sore from being in a sling for 6 weeks so now I have to work on rehab. At least the worst is over but it will take a while.

CharlotteZero

Aw. Yeah. Hopefully it won’t be too much longer until it feels better… :-)

CHAroma

I have heard that the almond matcha is amazing!

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drank Summer Shangri-la by Silk Road
2582 tasting notes

Tea of the morning here, I still have some of this mini tin left so I was trying to decide if I should force myself to drink the rest or just chuck the bit that’s remaining. I can’t really get into lavender as an ingredient in tea although I love it in bath products. What I get here is vanilla, lavender and fruit and it’s definitely girly and more appropriate as an afternoon tea for sure. I’m trying to see if I can forgo caffeine after 12 pm because I’m just having too many problems sleeping these days.

Shelley_Lorraine

I feel the same way about lavender in tea, it always reminds me of bath soap. I did, however, have a really tasty lavender yogurt one time.

MzPriss

I’m having the sleep issue as well and I am doing the same thibg, Decaf after noon. Sadly decaf is less than satifying. I like really full bodied tea and I haven’t found what I’m looking for in a decaf yet.

TeaBrat

The Decaf Paris from Harney and Sons is the best I’ve found yet. Also the decaf Sakurambo from Lupicia is pretty good too.

MzPriss

I have a sample of the decaf Paris. I don’t remember much about it. I should try it again. Also, I would be happy to send you a bit of my favorite Keemun to see if you like it any better than the ones you’ve tried. It is from The Steeping Room in Austin and its really good.

TeaBrat

MzPriss – sure! send me a DM

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78

Another day, another keemun sample, but I believe this is the last of the lot. I’ve been trying to train my palette but I would not say I am a keemun lover yet. The dry leaf smells slightly “tangy” with a hint of smoke.

Brewed the tea for 3 minutes via regular teapot method. It might have needed a bit more time but this keemun is nice. It’s a little more gentle than some I’ve tried. I’m getting a lot of winey/fruity notes with a slight hint of smoke. There’s a bit of bitterness in the finish which I am not altogether enjoying but it isn’t unbearable. I suppose it’s a testament to how I feel about keemuns in general that I thought this was better with some vanilla soymilk.

Not bad at all, but also not something I would bother to stock on a regular basis. I might try blending it too.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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