413 Tasting Notes

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It’s nice having an old stand by to get me through the day. I think I’m on my fifth infusion of this one for today. I just need enough something – caffeine, comfort, something – to get me through the day. Another conference call, and then I’m off to robots for the weekend.

You should see how much the leaves have grown and expanded in my infusion basket. A small layer of pearls at the bottom of the basket now takes up the whole thing. That’s one of the reasons I enjoy pearls.

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This was a very nice treat for myself this morning. I even stopped on my way home last night to pick up milk so I could make an iced latte with it.

Delicious. Adult chocolate. I could see making this sweeter, but I didn’t need it sweet, and that would not have fit my mood this morning.

I ordered this at a robust flavor level, and I’m glad I did. I really wanted to taste the chocolate, and it’s chocolate. Not overwhelming out of this world chocolate, but it’s chocolate. Like I said, it was adult chocolate.

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drank Immortalitea by Red Leaf Tea
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I had this tea driving to robotics tonight. I wish I’d sat down with a mug of it so I could really sit and think and evaluate it instead of concentrating on not hitting potholes. It’s got some interesting flavors and some nice flavors and some unique flavors. I will definitely have to have this one again to decide how I feel about it.

This tea did not come in a resealable bag, so I’m really glad I bought some tins at IKEA over the weekend. (Less than 15 minutes spent in IKEA on a Saturday, and we didn’t even know where in the store the tins would be. And we also got a little turned around in the maze. And that includes parking lot time, too. My husband says it’s like we hacked the Matrix or something.)

carol who

No kidding! It’s almost impossible to get in and out that fast! :)

Cheri

I’m still not quite sure how we managed it. I did get some new tins for tea, that I am already using, so it was well worthwhile trip.

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drank SWEET SIN (ROOIBOS) by SereneTeaz
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I got this one from carol who (THANKS!) and it smelled delicious. It was a beautiful color. I’m just not sure about it. I like all of the things in this tea, and yet…. it just doesn’t quite taste right. I’m not sure what’s off about it. It has a weird aftertaste. (Even my husband agreed on the aftertaste.) I’m really not sure if I did something wrong with it, or it’s just not a tea for me. I’ve got enough left for another cup, so I’ll try it again. I’m not giving it a rating until then.

carol who

That’s sort of what I thought. Great aroma, not much in the way of flavor. I’ve tried different brewing temps and times. I haven’t found the right combo yet. Let me know if you solve the mystery.

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83

I’m drinking this one again. Those other teas better show up soon so I have something different for my tasting notes. My Teavivre order was lost at the post office and when I contacted them, they’re reshipping it. My Yunomi order isn’t here yet. My Tea Company samples aren’t here yet. I keep ordering from Red Leaf Tea because I can get a new matcha delivered in a couple of days. (Seriously, I ordered on Sunday night after resisting the on sale Belgium chocolate all weekend, and it will be delivered today. Yay!)

I drank an iced matcha on my way to work – not the wisest choice with my allergies causing all kinds of throat irritation. When I got here, I immediately made myself a mug of this, and then joined my conference call. It ran over by a lot. 2 mugs of tea and a 16oz iced matcha. Yes, I needed the call to end because I was doing the dance in my desk chair.

This tea did calm my throat nicely, and I love how floral it is. It resteeps very nicely as well, so once I was finished in the ladies’ room, I immediately started on my second mugful.

And this tea is one that I find relaxing. I don’t know why. It definitely is helping me calmly deal with the stress of a major work issue that we identified this morning in our just release product. Oops.

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drank Citrus Green by Red Leaf Tea
413 tasting notes

This is a nice tea, but it’s still not as nice as the first time I had it. I think I got all the lemon peel in the first cup and just not as much since then. It’s still nice, though, but not like that first cup.

I woke with a bit of a stuffy head this morning. We’re getting new furniture and are moving things that haven’t been moved in 11 years. Oh the dust. Oh my allergies! So I decided to sit and enjoy a mug of tea before getting ready for work. It’s really helping.

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drank Amaretto Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
413 tasting notes

I really like this one. A lot.

Even though it’s cold and snowing again, I decided that I wanted this as an iced latte for my drive into the office. Delicious. I ordered a bigger cocktail shaker, and I also got a milk frother, just because I love this matcha.

I also ordered the Belgium Chocolate one when it was on sale a couple of days ago, just because of this one. I really shouldn’t have, but I couldn’t resist.

Anyway, this really made my morning.

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77

This was the end of the tea I had. Just a little more than what I needed for a mugful, so I added it in. Plus, it was dusty being the end of the packet. I will leave it in my cupboard because I love genmaicha in general, so I’ll probably go get some more of this next time I’m at the grocery.

I love the way genmaicha smells while steeping.

I slept like crud last night, and had an early conference call this morning. Fortunately, I could be on said call in my jammies at home. With a mug of genmaicha. The timer went off while the call was connecting, so I had a mug for the whole conversation. It made that so much easier to deal with.

Toasty rice, grassy green, delicious. Comforting. Warm. Happy thoughts.

There was more sediment in this mug than normal, but it was totally expected being as it was the last of the packet and I was not awake enough to avoid the dust. In fact, I was having trouble getting the rest of the rice, so I just dumped. Yes, I know, I shouldn’t do that, but I needed tea for this call, so dump I did.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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drank Citrus Green by Red Leaf Tea
413 tasting notes

I had this again this morning on my way to work. It was better than when I had it Saturday morning, but still nowhere near as delicious as it was the first time I had it. I have decided to lower my rating.

I think the first time I had it there was a lot more lemon peel in the tea than either of the other two times. This time was more of a balance of how it should be, I’m guessing. It was citrus, but not too citrus. I finished it just before I got to work.

I overleafed it, too, to see if that would help. Maybe it did. I don’t know. It’s Monday and I slept cruddy last night.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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81

I’m having some of this tea this morning, trying to clear my throat and head after allergy and asthma nastiness from cleaning yesterday. I’m also on a conference call, so that doesn’t help either. (I have nothing to add, nothing to gain from this call, but I had to be on it, because my boss might have been on it.)

This is an interesting tea, although I’m betting that it’s actually from last year and therefore old tea, but it still has a nice taste. The description on the company’s website says this is a clear tea. Mine is not. It’s pretty dusty and while it clears up pretty well when it sits, it’s not entirely clear.

It has a “fresh” flavor, even though I said I think it’s old. It is very “Green” tasting, grassy, but still light. There is nothing astringent about this tea at all. It’s quite nice. It tastes like I think spring should taste, if that makes sense.

I need to get moving, but I just don’t want to. I hate Monday mornings.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 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.

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