534 Tasting Notes

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Thank you VariaTEA for sending me this! Unfortunately I’m not tasting the key lime pie you described. It is amazingly creamy—maybe even more so than the Lemon Chiffon—but I’m not getting much lime at all. The rooibos is also very noticeable in this blend, and while I usually don’t mind it I did for this cup. Maybe next time I’ll brew it lower in case the lime is hiding because of the high temperature.

Preparation
Boiling
VariaTEA

Oh no. I am sorry it was a disappointment. I guess it is good you got to sample it before listening to my advice.

bluebelle

Your advice was good! We just have very different tastes, it seems. :)

VariaTEA

That is why swaps work :). Hopefully there are other teas in the package you are enjoying.

bluebelle

So far yes! I’ll try some more out today and we’ll see how those fare.

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100

Resteep with last night’s leaves. This is milder than before, but still really delicious. There’s a balance of oolong flavor and peach flavor and the juicy feeling is still there. I might resteep this again tonight to see how it does, but so far I’m very impressed.

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drank Taurus by Nina's Paris
534 tasting notes

This cup came from Jennkay: thank you! I’ve really been wanting to try some Nina’s teas and this will be my first one.

As it brews this smells like…breakfast cereal? Kind of odd but it’s not a bad smell. Maybe that’s what happens when you mix rooibos and berries, because I noted something similar with the Provence Rooibos I got from MissB. The taste is like freeze-dried strawberries, and there’s a creaminess to the mouthfeel and the flavor. I’d be interested to taste the other zodiac blends! I wonder if my favorite would be mine (Cancer)? :)

ETA: This is now a sipdown as I gave the last cup to mom.

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86

My package from VariaTEA arrived! I didn’t think I’d ever say it, but: too much tea. No more. At least not until I’ve cut down by at least half. Ideally I’d like to stay under 100 teas (why does that sound so unattainable?!).

Anyway, I went for this first because of stomach trouble again. There’s ginger in it and I also remember MissB saying that pu-erhs calm her stomach, so I thought I’d try it out. I admit I have very little experience with pu-erh but this seems like a good way to try it since I know I like oolongs.

Ooh, this tastes good! I’m getting mostly orange and ginger with an earthiness in the background. It tastes sort of like an herbal, actually. I don’t know if the effect will be permanent, but it is soothing my stomach, too. Hooray!

ETA: As this cools the aftertaste is less bitter and more of a candied-ginger kind of thing. I love it so much I’m upping the rating.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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drank Eggnog Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
534 tasting notes

I got my packages from LiberTEAS and QueenOfTarts, which means my cabinet is now overflowing. Good thing this is a sipdown!

I think I didn’t use enough milk in this. The matcha flavor is intense, but it’s still good. The rating stands, although I might want to try this in other flavor levels. At least in the sample it’s too slight to really be eggnog.

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35

For some reason this isn’t tasting so bad to me right now, and I think I’ve been a little unfair to it. I’m upping the rating since it’s not completely undrinkable cold. For hibiscus and other red-fruit lovers this could be really good.

Out of curiosity, if I created a food blog would anyone on here read it? I’m thinking about writing about my attempts to learn how to cook as well as a few other things (possibly reviews, stories about food, etc.). Obviously you’ve already chosen to see my tasting notes regularly, so that’s a good start. :)

MissB

I’m a rare food blog reader myself, unless it’s a diet that I’m experimenting with. That’s just me, though! :)

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90

Sipdown! Although technically not because it wasn’t in my cupboard yet. The look of the dry tea is good: the spice chunks are much larger than I expected. It also smells really spicy, which is a good start.

The taste of this is intensely spiced. For me this is a good thing, but for people who don’t like cloves and ginger I wouldn’t recommend it. It’s not a sweet spice tea at all, so it stands up well to sugar, and when I added a little milk it became the closest thing to pumpkin pie tea I’ve had. This was a great cup to wake up with!

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100

This comes to me from Jennkay—thank you! It smells peachy as it brews, but decidedly like a white peach and not a yellow one. The taste is even better than the smell: oh my goodness! It’s a very clear, refreshing fruit taste. If I haven’t bought any of this by my birthday I’ll have to, because it reminds me of summer.

ETA: As it cools it gets sweeter, almost like candy. Delicious both ways.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C
Anna

Yes! LOVE this!

Jennkay

Yay! Glad you love it, too :)

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88

I think I have one more of these packets so it’s not quite a sipdown, but at least I’m halfway there. This smells very roasty, more so than most oolongs I would reach for. There’s still a sweetness to the smell, though.

This is a nice medium-roasted oolong. I wouldn’t call it dark compared to some I’ve had. It’s very sweet brewed up, to the point that it almost tastes like Golden Moon’s Sugar Caramel Oolong. There’s a slight roasted oolong flavor and a strong brown sugar taste. I don’t know that I’d buy it, but it’s really nice.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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82
drank Fujian Rain by Adagio Teas
534 tasting notes

Time for the Puppy Bowl! Which means no more tea after this for a while because I won’t be able to pull myself away from the TV, haha.

This is the darkest Adagio oolong I’ve tried so far. It smells nice and roasty, but not roasty enough to put me off. There are definitely some woody notes to this, along with some nuttiness and a sweet fruit/honey aftertaste. Very nice!

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Elizabeth, college student, anthropology major, bio and history minor. I love to travel and try new foods (and teas!). I also enjoy music, books, video games as often as I can get my hands on them.

I loved tea as a kid, didn’t drink it for about ten years, and then rediscovered it a couple of years ago. Tea sometimes helps me feel better when chronic illness is making things hard. It’s also fun to experiment with!

I’m still pretty new to the types and brands of tea out there, but I’m interested in trying some of everything. My favorites are earl greys, yunnans, medium-bodied oolongs, Japanese greens, fruit, vanilla, and floral flavors. My least favorites are teas that are overly smoked, bitter, or contain strong hibiscus or orange peel.

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