2663 Tasting Notes


It’s strawberry season here and I decided I was going to make a smoothie with the strawberries I got yesterday, a bit of pineapple, hemp seeds and this matcha. Overall my concoction isn’t bad, it’s a bit on the tart side. Normally I add bananas to smoothies but this morning I was all out. At least this is a healthy breakfast, though you can’t really taste the matcha in it.

Oddly enough I woke up in the middle of the night again with arm pain and swelling in my hands and fingers. I don’t quite understand how a shoulder fracture could be causing all these issues but my PT seems to think it’s due to the time I was immobolized in the sling. I haven’t been wearing the sling for 3 weeks, I wonder when my body will adjust?

At least it looks like a gorgeous day here…

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Sipdown of the day…

I’ve gone through a few tins of this since I discovered it, well technically they are mesh teabags inside a tin and not loose leaf, but I still love this Moroccan mint. It’s good hot or iced and today I’m having it iced since I steeped some up this morning to save it for later. I find that moroccan mint is not as good with stevia as it is with sugar.

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Banana Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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We are having a beautiful warm and sunny day here…
I’m not back at work yet so I’ve been trying to relax and enjoy myself. I haven’t tried this one cold yet, so I thought I’d make a cold matcha latte, threw this in a blender with soymilk and some ice and it’s sheer perfection! The blender gave my matcha drink a nice frothy top. I love this and am seriously tempted to buy a few more from Red Leaf.

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drank Malted ChocoMaté by 52teas
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I’ve discovered I’m not really a huge fan of maté and this is the only maté blend in my cupboard right now. Somehow I just can’t get into it. I do like the way the chocolate and malt notes here complement the roasted maté flaor and I definitely feel the energy boost from this one so I’ll have to be careful about how much other caffeine I drink this morning. A tasty blend…

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Ying De Hong Cha by jing tea shop
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Tea of the morning I’ve unearthed from my stash pile…

I am happy that I slept through the night and I don’t remember getting up once! 9 weeks post injury, this is a major achievement for me. I credit the massage I got yesterday and sleeping with a teddy bear under my arm, lol. Let’s hope this is a trend that continues.

This is a delicious chinese red tea I described in my original tasting note, It’s still so good. I love the mellowness of this tea. Even steeping for 3 minutes Western style like I did this morning, I am detecting no bitterness at all, just very mellow and rich chocolate and caramel notes. Perhaps it’s time to think about placing another order with Jing, maybe when the 2014 teas are out.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sami Kelsh

Teddy bears always make sleep better!

And that tea sounds lush. Good Gosh.

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Here’s my afternoon tea, generally I’m not a big RoT fan but I do like this lemony green rooibos for some reason. It’s a tasty blend that goes well with the soymilk I like and actually tastes kind of dessert-y.

I haven’t done a whole lot today, I got a foam roller to do some stretching, went for a walk and had a massage. I started an interesting book called “Women of the Silk” by Gail Tsukiyama. All in all, it’s been a nice day for healing and rest. It’s good to have some non-caffeinated options that I like.

Flavors: Lemon Zest


Have you tired Della Terra’s Lemon Chiffon? I’m wondering how it compares.


yes I was not a fan of the Della Terra version especially as it contains dairy products which is not something I want to see in a tea.

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I haven’t been drinking too many of my darker oolongs lately. Perhaps it’s because I’m not really worried about them going stale like green oolongs and green teas. I figure they should be good for at least 5 years.

For some reason I was really craving this type of tea this morning. Steeped Western style for 3 minutes it has the characteristic roasted plum notes of a wuyi oolong that I really love. I’m getting nice raisin notes from this one as well. Might have to cold steep the leaves overnight to see if I get some extra flavor out of this one. It’s hitting the spot today and smells wonderful too. Bumped the rating up a few points….

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp
Michelle Butler Hallett

It’s a lovely tea.

I can’t access any sort of ‘like’ button here.


hmm, strange about the like button since other people don’t seem to be having a problem…

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Tea of the morning here. I notice I am sleeping a bit better through the night. Yesterday I was trying to prop myself up with various pillows and notice I am more comfortable with my teddy bear propping my elbow up, lol. I’m sure it looks quite silly. ;-)

So I finally decided I like this one, 3 minutes is plenty of steeping time for it. Yes it has a bold malt note with chocolate and I do think “stout” is an appropriate adjective. I’m not altogether crazy about the finishing note which is a bit too brisk and winey for me, but it is tempered a lot with soymilk and a pinch of sugar.

Probably not a replacement for the resident assam, which I no longer have, but I’ve enjoyed the sample.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

What did the doctor say?


He said I probably have tendonitis as well as excessive scar tissue from my injury. He wants me to try and work through it with PT in the next month. I may need to get a cortisone shot to keep from developing a frozen shoulder. Good times. :-P

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This is a sample I got with my last Upton tea order a little while ago. It sounds good on the package, definitely got bad reviews on Steepster though…

It’s a green rooibos blend with various fruits. I think it smells like cherry cought syrup upon opening the package. After steeping my impressions are pretty much the same. It’s got this sour cherry flaor which might have been more tolerable with a red rooibos or black tea base but the green rooibos isn’t doing much to temper it. I added a bit of sugar that helped mellow it out some, but I don’t think I need to order any of this or even finish the rest of the sample. Goes in the “ick” category unless you really like the flavor of cough medicine.

Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Adagio by Lupicia
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Last night I steeped this up the normal way but then stuck it in the fridge overnight. Right now I am enjoying it in a glass with some ice cubes. I definitely think I prefer this one iced vs. hot, it is very refreshing and reminds me a bit of a citrus soda. At times the grapefruit note can seem kind of intense but it is very tasty, after I finished off the glass I was drinking I went to go make another one for later. ;)

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

I love that a tea from Lupicia is named Adagio (yes, I know Adagio didn’t invent the word. haha.) Adagio should have a tea named Lupicia.

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I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

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I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

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