508 Tasting Notes

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drank Vanilla Bean Green by Vida pour Tea
508 tasting notes

I made up some of this in my carry mug and took it with me to Relay For Life yesterday. I’m really glad I did. It was a perfect tea for warming back up. I also love that in the carry mug I can smell the tea and taste it. (Of course, please don’t try to drink tea from the travel mug while the driver is accelerating. I wound up wearing a little bit of tea. (Not too much, but still.))

Suziqzer

Enjoy seeing your & keychanges comments about the carry mug.. The two of you may well convince me I need one when I’m ready to carry hot tea w/me this Fall. :)

Cheri

She’s the one that convinced me to get the carry mug in the first place. I resisted for a while, even though I was interested, but I’m so glad I did. Find a few Davids Teas that you like so you can get free shipping and just do it. It’s well worth it.

Suziqzer

Right now I’m mainly drinking hot tea in the mornings and evenings and iced in the afternoon. I’m using my Tervis during the afternoon and limping along with my so/so travel mug until I’m ready to make the jump and order the carry mug. I’m hoping they have some new colors if I wait awhile. :)

Cheri

I like this one so much that I could see myself getting another one if they added a dark blue or a true blue. I’m not as much of a fan of the ice blue color as I’d hoped. It’s not bad, but I’d prefer a darker color.

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This tea makes the morning so much better. I am not a morning person, so if I say that, it really does help. I should try adding a little touch of sugar to this one. I’ll probably do that when I’m getting toward the end of the mug. (I’m only partway in so far. I just enjoy it so much I want to tell you about it now.)

Heading out in a little bit to our Relay For Life. I’ve managed to raise over $1000 in only two weeks this year. I started much later than I normally do, so I’m pleased with how well I’ve done. Unfortunately, it’s a chilly day here, with a good chance of rain. This is now how I want to spend the day outside. (This is part of why I’m taking it easy and enjoying my tea this morning. I’ll also probably take a few mugs of tea with me in travel mugs and my carry mug because I can.) (And if you wanted to donate the American Cancer Society, let me know and I’ll PM you my link.)


Okay, I added a touch of sugar to this tea when the mug was half full. Why didn’t I do this earlier?!?! Mostly, because I don’t generally sweeten anything. This tea is somehow even better with just a few crystals of sugar. Just a few, mind you, and it becomes amazing. I really need to remember to trust Stacy when she tells me to add just a touch of sugar.

I only ordered a little bit of this tea. I think I’m going to need more in a week. I guess I should try these samples Stacy has sent so that I know what I want to order.

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This is nice. I had just enough for one mug of it, and tonight was the night. I hate drinking boiling hot teas, so I let this one sit some to cool, and wow, it is perfect. It’s nice and chocolaty. it’s not something I would want all the time, but on occasion, this would be a nice treat.

I decided to add some milk to see if that would make it more like a hot chocolate, since it’s really chocolate, but I’ve decided that it was better without. Ah well.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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drank Organic Long Jing by Steepster
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I don’t know why, but this tasted bitter to me. I followed the directions on the packet exactly, so maybe I need to try a lower temp or less time….or both. I didn’t like it, but I could tell there was potential.

TheTeaFairy

Cheri, what temp. did you brew it at?

Cheri

I forget. Whatever the packet said to do it at. I’m pretty sure it was 180° but I don’t remember for sure. I have a nice bonavita at work now, so I know the temp was right.

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76
drank Berber by Tay Tea
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This is a nice tea. I like spearmint a lot. This tea is a good spearmint and green blend. I’ll try this one iced to see how it is, but it’s good hot. I do have to say that I like The Tea Spot’s Moroccan Mint better, but that’s just me.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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drank Da Hong Pao Red Robe by Steepster
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Other people seem to really like this one, but I don’t really. It kind of tastes just…meh….to me.

Well, it was free in a free Steepster Select box, so I’m not going to complain too much. I tried it. This one just isn’t for me.

Stephanie

Free is good.

Cheri

Yep. And I don’t feel guilty or like I’m wasting my money when I decided I’m not going to have any more of this one. Since other people have liked this one, though, I’ll probably add the other packet of this to a TTB I’m in and hopefully it will find a good home.

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This tea is great for the drive into work. The biggest problem for me is that I have to get the water boiling to start, and then 6 minute steeping. Right when I’m trying to get out the door. Really, what I need to do is get it going well before then, and then it’ll have a little time to cool off before I run out as well. Ah well.

Otherwise….I love this tea. The lime is spectacular. The blackberry is delicious. The base guayusa tea is perfect. And it helps wake me up i the morning. So wonderful!

Cheri

You came up with a great idea and Stacy executed perfectly. I love it when a plan comes together. =D

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I decided I wanted this tea as an evening tea. I hope the little bit of caffeine doesn’t mess me up, but I don’t think it will.

I like this tea. I like this tea a lot. Until the very last sip. Both times the last sip was really blah. I thought the first time it was just me, but it happened again. Weird.

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drank A Day in Provence by Tay Tea
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I apparently didn’t write the tasting note I thought I did last night. Maybe I never saved it? I don’t know.

This was the end of this tea from my May tea box. I will miss this tea. I will miss this tea a lot. So much so that I looked at ordering it from Tay Tea even though I’m kinda not supposed to be buying more tea. Of course, this isn’t a cheap tea. It’s $16 for the tea in a tin, plus $4.95 shipping…. You do get a pretty good amount of tea, and a tin (I love when tea has its own tin) but…I’m not supposed to be buying more tea right now.

So I will wait a little while. We’ll see how long that lasts.

But, I really liked this tea a lot. I didn’t even think I liked lavender until I tried this tea. Wow. I really liked this tea. Thank you so much Amoda!!!

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87
drank Grapefruit Dragon by Butiki Teas
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Delicious!

I decided to add just a touch of sugar this time, and that made this amazing. It’s still got this amazing grapefruit flavor, but it actually is even juicier and grapefruity bitter than without the sugar. I don’t know how that works, but it’s true. I think the sugar opened my tastebuds more or something. Who knows. So good.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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Still relatively new to drinking teas, or so I feel, even though I’ve been at it for several months now.

I’m drinking more and more of different varieties of tea.

It’s been a few months that I’ve been on here. I’ve expanded from greens and flavored teas to now I’m all about the oolongs and some unflavored blacks. I’m mostly drinking unflavored teas now, but there are a few of those flavored ones that have a special place in my heart.

Pu-erh is also something I’ve recently found that I enjoy.

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