485 Tasting Notes

93
drank Yerba Mate Mango by The Tea Haus
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83
drank Valentino by The Tea Haus
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I am consistently impressed by the quality of the Tea Haus’s black teas. They do not give into the temptation of using a lower-quality black just because the blend is stuffed with other goodies.

That said, this was definitely an interesting drinking experience – and I think a part of that is becasue it took me six hours to finish one travel mug of it at work. At first, when still almost-boiling, it was overwhelming in both scent and flavour, with a lot of sweetness from the apple and a bit of zip from the lemon, and the underlying ginger fuzziness. As it cooled, it lost a lot of that sweetness and gained kind of a leafy taste. I’m not sure exactly how to explain it, but it was floral without being sweet, more like a very earthy herbal. Strangely, it reminded me of DT’s Chocolate Rocket when it begins to cool. It was definitely an odd drinking experience. I wouldn’t say it’s unpleasant, but I also wouldn’t say it was delicious. It was just . . . odd. I must mull this over another cuppa.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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94
drank Lime Fizz by The Tea Haus
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Yummy! My mistake with this one was, unfortunately, making an herbal to take to work when I needed a mate-infused matcha. I agree with TinaS in that it is very similar to my beloved Ginger Sparkle; it has the same sweet tingle from the ginger and other parts of the blend, but this tea definitely has a strong streak of sweet/tart limeade. Very, very tasty. I don’t know yet if I’ll restock, but it’s a good caffeine-free alternative to my Sparkle.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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93
drank Ginger by The Tea Haus
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I am developing such a love for ginger in my tea, and this is one of the best examples I’ve had yet. The black ceylon base is a very full-bodied flavour that’s also very soothing and mellow. The ginger adds a warm sweet fuzz to the top of that, not sharp or fizzy like I’ve experienced before. I am very, very happy to have more of this to explore.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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98
drank Ginger Sparkle by Tealish
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Tried a cup of this in a desperate attempt to stay awake longer after a full day of tea tasting and shopping.

It did not work.

Goodnight, Steepster.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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88
drank Gingko Sencha by The Tea Haus
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Had to break this one open as soon as I got home, and I was not disappointed. It’s a crisp, invigorating flavour, even if I’m not sure how much of the peach I’m getting. This will be a nice sencha to break up my day. I enjoyed it greatly.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Mauka by The Tea Haus
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Even though it was a green tea tasting, after exclaiming over the Ola’a tea, also from Hawaii, the wonderful Stefanie prepared this oolong for us, as it is also of Hawaiian origin. This is a tea that was meant to be prepared gong fu style: slowly, with great respect, and with as many resteeps as possible.

It starts as a dark vegetal flavour, mellowing into a sweet note that’s between floral and fruity. Tina described it as being like jasmine without the actual jasmine. There’s also a spicy note on top of the sweet, of nutmeg or cardamom. This is a tea that can be sipped a hundred tips and taste of a hundred different things. We lingered over our cups and it was like watching clouds, calling out everything you saw – this one looks like a bunny, that one tastes like a chai.

Again, I was very lucky to be able to try this special offering. Drink Hawaiian tea!

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

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100
drank Ola'a by The Tea Haus
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There is just one word written in the comments column of my tasting notes: AMAZEBALLS.

As part of the tasting, not only were we given the chance to try this amazing tea, we learned about the growing tea production in Hawaii; if given the chance, I think Hawaii could be a major competitor in the specialty tea market. The two Hawaiian teas we sampled today were so incredibly beyond anything I have tasted of their type that I almost cried when I found out the price tag.

This is a straight green. This is not a blend of any kind. So imagine my shock when I took the first sip – the tea being extremely pale in colour, almost clear – and immediately tasted pineapple and mangos. It was light, fruity, sweet without being cloying, and with a fuzzy edge to it that kept it from being too severe. The second steep, while even clearer in colour, was even more fruity, the complex notes and flavours of the tea coming out in force.

I feel extremely lucky to have been able to try some of this tea, and afford a small sample of it. I know it’s an indulgence, but teas like this are rare, and they need to be enjoyed while they can, and in the proper way (with an eye to time and the low temperature). Amazeballs.

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

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96
drank Mao Feng by The Tea Haus
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One of my favourite teas from the tasting today; the only tea of which I immediately bought 50g.

The dry leaf, which I got to smell, was very seaweed/fishy, much more like a very strong sencha, which, if I had smelled the leaf first, would have turned me off the tea entirely. I’m glad it didn’t, because the taste is absolutely amazing. It is sweet and light, with a surprising touch of an alcohol burn as it goes down. There is also a faint floral backhint, but not off-putting.

An amazing straight green, and a beautiful alternative to the senchas that I don’t care for.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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83
drank Organic China Green by The Tea Haus
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Yet another tea from the tasting at the Tea Haus. I would have enjoyed this cup much more if it hadn’t been oversteeped, because it was definitely bitter, with a touch of acidity. The tea itself was a light golden yellow, very pretty. The flavour was faintly vegetal but mild; I heard this tea described as a work-a-day tea, and I would agree. A solid standard green.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Mmmm. Tea. I have become a believer.

I like oolongs and greens, and dark smoky flavours. And Earl Greys. All the Earl Greys. I have bent my nerd powers to learning as much as I can about tea and tea culture. I have started to ramble about tea.

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