485 Tasting Notes

drank Fujieda Sencha by The Tea Haus
485 tasting notes

This is the first straight sencha that I have almost actually enjoyed.

The scent of the brewed tea was very strong, with definite seaweed aromas and something else that I couldn’t quite place; almost like the roasted, popcorny taste of a genmaicha. The seaweed tapered down into a light vegetal flavour upon drinking, but that mystery flavour was still very present. Still didn’t turn me into a sencha believer.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Tea Haus Matcha by The Tea Haus
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The second matcha we tried was this one, and I could begin to see how people (like my wife) could enjoy just straight matcha. It was a much smoother, mellow scent. The flavour was still fishy, but it was more like a back hint this time.

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drank Traditional Matcha by The Tea Haus
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The Tea Haus held a “Shades of Green” tea tasting today, so I got my green on! The first three teas we sampled were all Japanese greens, which I don’t usually like. I haven’t rated them, because I know already that I don’t like sencha and I don’t think it would be fair for me to rate one objectively since they all taste like butt to me.

So turns out that I don’t like matcha either! This offering had a very strong scent, very heavy and fishy. The taste was slightly less reeking of fish, but it was still very strong.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Sangria White by The Tea Haus
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I will admit to being superficial and wanting to try this just because of that huge chunk of orange in the picture. I got a cuppa in-store while the wonderfully helpful guy bounced around to fill my four-page list of teas. I think it was both burnt and oversteeped, which dented my enjoyment of it a little. Still, the fruit flavours blended well with the white tea to make a light and fruity drink. It would make a good base for a sangria or an iced tea, but I don’t feel any great need to stock up.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Opposites Attract by DAVIDsTEA
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As I sit me down in the passenger’s seat / I pray the lord my soul to keep / and if I die ‘cause TinaS doesn’t brake / I pray the lord my tea to take / up to heaven with me.

Road trip tea! It was off to London and its incredible Tea Haus for a tasting and a shopping spree, but I had to start the day off right, with one of my all-time favourite teas. Equal parts minty, musty, and smoky, this tea is perfectly balanced between light and dark and sweet and savoury. Just perfect.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Tina S.

I got you home safe and sound! And ask Aisling . . . the fender bender wasn’t my fault. AT ALL. And I’m not being sarcastic there. shakes fist at idiot driver

Jessie

Ahh! Sounds like you guys had a good or at least interesting time? I hope so!

Indigobloom

oh no! see what happens when I get out of the car… ;p
Everyone ok?

De

Tina – stop trying to kill my wife!

Jessie – it was awesome! We kept saying that we missed you and you shoulda been there.

Adrienne – oh yeah, everything’s fine, another car just backed into Tina’s really slowly. No damage.

Tina S.

@De, first I’m a wife stealer, now I’m a wife killah? Can’t I just be a wife appreciator?

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drank Ginger Sparkle by Tealish
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First time I’ve logged this and actually agreed with the “last drank on” box.

Anyway. I like tea again! Yaaaay! And today is St Patrick’s Day, so I decided to start it off with a green (see what I did there?). Now, it’s a big deal for my family. We go out, get blind drunk by noon, and then sleep it off until six. However, I don’t drink any more (yay medication! boo medication.), but I finagled it so we’re hitting up the pub that has the Mystery Box of Tea. Tea for me all day!

Re: the tea. I’ve said it before. I’ll say it again. This tea is simply the best. I do think I oversteeped it, which means the grassy notes from the sencha start to fight back against the tingle of the ginger.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

This sounds yummy, I love ginger!

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drank Earl Grey by Tim Hortons
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drank Strawberry Rhubarb by Tealish
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I wanted to make a cuppa today!

This is actually a pretty big deal. At a certain time during the month – if you know what I mean – I don’t want tea. It’s weird. I just don’t want tea. Black, green, herbal, whatever. Unlike every other foodstuff in existence, I don’t want tea. So when I thought “Hmmm, I could do with a cuppa . . .” I was overjoyed, as its been almost a week of tealessness.

That said, the first half of this cup was delicious.

The second half of this cup was bitter and oversteeped, since I ended up with almost a teaspoon of sediment in the bottom of my cup that kept steeping.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 15 sec
Tina S.

Ugh I hate when that happens!

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drank Peach Earl Grey by Red Leaf Tea
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I. Love. Red Leaf Earl. They are so good. So full and rich and just damn delicious. Better review next time I make a cuppa.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Jessie

This sounds amazing!

looseTman

De, This tea sounds intriguing. Any additional reviews?

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drank Happy Kombucha by DAVIDsTEA
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Got this in store and did not realise that she had left the tea bag in, so it was . . . verrrrrry strong. It’s a generally sweet, kinda fruity tea. The kombucha is very powerful, with the earthy overtones of similarly-fermented pu’erh. I reach for it occasionally, but very occasionally.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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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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