911 Tasting Notes

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Hello Berry! This smells mouthwateringly berry-y. Like a bowl of fresh mixed berries. Berry teas have a tendency to be too tart for me, but this one isn’t at all. I assume that’s the ‘crème’ part but the taste is pretty smooth and creamy for something berry-flavored. The berry taste is definitely there but it’s more of a cooked berry dessert taste but without the dessert (it’s sweet but not dessert-sweet). I thought about adding a little sugar to make it more of a berry dessert with the dessert, but I drank the cup too quickly so I didn’t. I guess that means it’s pretty good! Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for giving me the chance try this one!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Ceylon OP1 by Teas Etc
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Last time I had this with additives and it was surprisingly tasty so I thought I’d try it straight. Once again, it is surprisingly tasty! It’s a bit bolder than the typical Ceylon with some almost malty Assam notes, but nicely smooth and it has a very sweet, fruity finish. Really quite delightful. I’m bumping the rating up a point or two because this is one Ceylon I could definitely see having in my pantry on a regular basis.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Angrboda

Ha! We’re ALL having Ceylon today. :)

Auggy

I noticed that! I suppose today is unofficial Ceylon day!

Angrboda

The Ceylon Sensation. :p

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79
drank Bi Luo Chun by Teahouse Kuan Yin
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This one is another sample from TeaEqualsBliss (which I keep typing as TeaEqualsBills – a subconscious adjustment perhaps?) The scent is a lot like Rishi’s Jade Cloud and there’s a lot of similarity in the taste, too. But this is smoother and has a much prettier taste. There’s something sort of expansive about the taste – it feels very full and relaxing. Chinese greens aren’t really my favorite type of tea but this one is very tasty!
3.6g/7oz

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

haha, tea does equal bills :)

Stephanie

lol!! I like that! “TeaEqualsBills” exactly!

Batrachoid

Tea certainly clocks in as the most expensive part of my food bills, at least. _;

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83

The dry leaf smells so fantastic. I can’t quite place the smells but there is some brine, some grass, some sweet fruit. It’s intoxicating. It brews up a bright, vibrant green and the smell becomes more like buttered grass. I almost expected something like Yutaka Midori since the brewed smell is so similar but wow, it’s not. This is so buttery and creamy. The mouthfeel is deliciously silky, it’s quite fantastic. Then there’s a sharpish, fresh cut grass taste. Then there’s a fruity, almost honeydew rind aftertaste.

This is a difficult one to rate because I can’t help but compare it to the Yutaka Midori I just had. The YM is the epitome of the stereotypical sencha profile. This one though, is the buttercream-icing version of sencha. If I could only have one sencha in my pantry, I’d go for the YM since it’s so perfectly sencha. But the creaminess and mouthfeel of this tea just really blows me away.

3.1g/6oz/ Pour started at 30s, finished at 45s

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec
LiberTEAS

I have this one… I just haven’t tried it yet! LOL

Batrachoid

Mmm, buttercream for breakfast. I hope they still have some next week. I spent this month’s tea budget already. orz

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drank Top Leaf by Mellow Monk
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I’m excited to try something from The Mellow Monk. I’ve heard good things about their teas but never had any. Now, thanks to TeaEqualsBliss, I get to try my first one today!

The smell of the wet leaves and the liquid have a crazy warm cinnamon note to them. The taste is just as nuts. More so even. It tastes like a plum spice tea. A mild plum spice tea with a grassy undernote, but still a plum spice tea. It almost makes me think that I didn’t clean my teapot out enough before I brewed this, but I used my kyusu dedicated to sencha so I know that’s not it. Hmm. Maybe this tea absorbed the flavor of another tea because I can’t imagine any sencha actually tasting like that. But maybe I’m wrong and this is just one weird-ass sencha. Regardless, this is too weird and wrong for me to rate.
3g/6oz

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec
__Morgana__

Love the name, too. I need a mellow monk in my life!

Auggy

I’ll take the mellow but hold the monk, please! :)

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76

It’s been a while since I’ve had a Darjeeling and after having this tea (another Seattle souvenir from my lovely SIL), I have to wonder why. Pouring the tea, I got nice whiffs of honey, something that also comes through lightly when I sip. It’s fresh-tasting, smooth, a bit green like a new tree sprout. It’s got that bright sparkle that I associate with Darjeelings but, because of the tea itself or the short steep time and low temp, doesn’t approach the sharp bite that I also associate with Darjeelings. A very nice afternoon cuppa.

ETA: The second steep (at 2:30) is really quite brilliant. Smooth, faintly nutty, almost creamy. I’m bumping up the rating a couple of points.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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76

Mmm. Can I tell you that after making up come Mate Chocolate for the husband to try, this smells simply delightful? Because it does. Like angelfood cake with some strawberries spread over it. Sadly, the taste doesn’t match up to the smell but it’s not the blend’s fault – it’s the Adagio flavored tea base. It’s too strong and not very smooth and just overtakes things. Sigh. This is why I always have Adagio flavored teas with sugar and creamer. Sadly, with additives, the tea base is made to take a step back, but it kind of mutes the lovely strawberry flavor. Now it tastes like vanilla cake with a hint of strawberry syrup decorating the icing. All in all, a tasty, fluffy tea that has the potential for awesome-ness but ends up as just good.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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71
drank Estate Earl Grey by Estate
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Today has been a bit of a crazy day. Before I left the house, I got a call saying that the church I worked for had been vandalized. The caller wasn’t able to give me details because the cops showed up so they had to get off the phone. With almost zero information, I ended up spending my entire drive in to work worrying about what happened and what was going to have to be done to get it fixed. Fortunately, once I got to work things it turned out that things weren’t as bad as they could have been (kids apparently decided to go mudding in the back yard of the church, their truck kicked up a rock and it hit a glass door, shattering it). But by the time that had been established, I had already finished this tea (another lovely goodie from TeaEqualsBliss – thanks girlie!) in a rather distracted state.

Because I was so distracted while drinking it, I can’t give a lot of detail about this tea beyond the fact that it was a good, relatively mild EG that fell slightly on the floral end of the EG spectrum (though not into perfume-y). It was nice – not overly special but eminently drinkable. Much better than the Taylors of Harrogate EG (which is my grocery store brand EG), so I wish my grocery store carried this for when I needed emergency Earl Grey.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

I’m sorry you’ve had a stressful day! I do understand your tea tasting note, however, because, I too, have had similar “afterthought” tea tasting notes. Hope your day improves!

Auggy

Thanks! I’m sure it will – and if not I’ll make it by having more tea! :)

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90
drank Snowflake by Georgia Tea Company
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I’m so excited to be trying this tea, another goodie from TeaEqualsBliss! It smells so awesome! Like a coconut macaroon covered in icing. So yeah, awesome. Brewed it’s like fresh macaroons. So yeah, still awesome.

The taste? Well, that’s pretty awesome, too. It tastes like the much loved Almond Cookie, but minus the cinnamon and plus a dash of coconut (so almond and bake-y plus coconut). I imagine this is pretty freakin’ tasty with some sugar and milk, too, but it totally doesn’t need it. It’s dessert in a cup already. Awesome dessert.

Yeah, totally gonna have to order some of this. In case you haven’t guessed, it’s pretty awesome. Thanks TeaEqualsBliss!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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71
drank Swiss Vervaine Melange by Teavana
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My mom picked up a couple of ounces of this one when she was in Minneapolis for the GIG (Gluten Intolerance Group) Conference earlier this month and when I was visiting the parents last weekend she let me swipe some of it.

I think the smell of it is pretty nifty – sweet, citrusy, fresh… it actually smells like a fizzy fruit flavored drink, carbonated ‘tingle’ and everything. Once brewed, the carbonated fruit beverage smell is joined by a more herbal-y smell that makes me think of chamomile and grass (neither of which are in this tea so I’m guessing it’s the verbena).

Taste-wise, it’s more in line with the chamomile/grass smell, not the fruit fizzy smell, but there’s a fruit fizzy aftertaste which is nifty. It’s fairly obvious there is mint in this, but it’s tamed down nicely by the other stuff going on. There’s also a nice (but again not overpowering) lemon flavor to this – more of an herbal-y lemon instead of fruit or candy lemon. There’s a gentle warmness that I’m guessing is the ginger, but like all of the other flavors, it’s nicely muted. And every so often I get a bit of a woody taste that is very mild but makes me associate this tea with autumn.

There’s a lot going on in this tea – sweet, tingly, herbal-y, fruity, minty, citrus-y – but no single flavor dominates. Instead they just all sort of mesh together in a mild but sweet and fairly enjoyable way. It takes a lot for me to like a full on herbal blend, but this stuff is pretty good. I don’t know if I’d go out of my way to buy it but I might steal some more from my mom.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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I’m trying to be a better tea logger and actually post semi-regularly again! I’ve let my tea tasting senses become too complacent – it’s time for some focused and attentive tea drinking!

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1 – 10 – Bleck. Didn’t finish the cup.
11 – 25 – Drinkable. But don’t punish me by making me have it again.
26 – 40 – Meh. Most likely will see if the husband likes it iced.
41 – 60 – Okayish. Maybe one day I’ll kill off what I have in my pantry.
61 – 75 – Decent. I might pick some up if I needed tea.
76 – 85 – Nice. I’d probably buy but wouldn’t hunt it down.
86 – 100 – Yum! I will hunt down the vendor to get this tea!

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