442 Tasting Notes

drank Kalahari / Khalahari by Tea Desire
442 tasting notes

I needed something without caffeine to try and this seemed like a good idea. Still not quite tasting everything, but I could get the Orange (quite nice) and a hint of chocolate. I’m not sure if the chocolate wasn’t strong enough for me or it’s my taste still being off from the antibiotics. I’ll have to try this one again.

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Oooh…I’m starting to be able to taste jasmine again. That has been one of the flavors that I haven’t been able to taste for the last few days. It’s just barely there, but I can really smell it. I’m overleafing so maybe I can taste something. So it’s just barely there, but it’s good. I have gotten all this new tea lately and I’m not drinking any of it because it just seems like a waste. I’ve still got some of these local teas that I might as well drink up now, right?

I wish I had something stronger here at work, though, higher in the caffeine. I went to robotics after work, and we didn’t get home until almost midnight. And then the coughing started back up for me, after not much coughing during the day for the first time in a while. Yeah, so not much sleep. I don’t have much hope for the day here at work being an easy one, either, because we’re down half of our team, and we just released a new version of our software.

But I came into work early so I could leave early. I’m headed back out to robotics because it’s the FIRST Robotics Michigan State Championships. I’ve been a key volunteer at four events this season, so I took this one off. I just was asked to come as early as I can today because they need me. I guess it’s good to be wanted, but I was kind of looking forward to not being responsible for anything. Ah well.

But I can taste jasmine!

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I have all this wonderful new tea, so why am I drinking this one? Sigh. My antibiotics seem to have impacted my tastebuds. (According to my pharmacist friends this is not common, but not unknown.) But it’s warm and I can smell it, so I’ll use this for a few days. Hopefully it doesn’t last long.

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First note: I’m really glad I decided to get the Simple Loose Leaf subscription. These teas are great, and you get so much of them. Next month, I might just go ahead and get some of all 5. I haven’t decided yet.

Anyway this tea…I like how cranberry it is, although today I’m getting more of the cherry. It’s a nice tea for at night, but I could definitely see drinking this in afternoon well. (I need my caffeine the morning.)

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I came home from work today and took a nap. Obviously, I’m still sick. I decided against anything with caffeine tonight to be sure I can fall asleep when I go to bed. This tea was nice the last time I had it, so I thought I’d go with it again. Yum. I got more of the mint in this mugful, but it’s still nice and lemony and rosy. I’m glad I took a chance while it was on sale to get this one. (I think I might throw it in my pitcher and try a cold steep for tomorrow, too.)

Boiling 6 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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Yeah, this is tired and old. I found a tin of it here at work and I thought I’d try it. It’s so old, though, that it’s no longer on their website.

It makes a beautiful looking infusion, but it’s just MEH to drink. It’s old, rather bland, not very lemony anymore. The Rooibos is there, but that tastes old and sad, too.

I’m not giving this a ranking or anything because this just doesn’t count.

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Wow. This one smelled amazing when I opened the sample packet. Green and fresh (although it’s actually almost a year old now) and oh so delicious. And so bright green, too. Lovely to look at.

I approximated the western brewing directions, using 5g and 14oz of water.

Once the water hit the leaves, the aroma was even more veggie. Mmmmm.

It tastes very green, vegetable, fresh, slightly floral. It’s almost creamy in texture in my mouth. (I guess that’s buttery. Seems a weird way to describe it.) Someone said green beans in an earlier review, and I could buy that, although I thought more spinach. I really like this.

The second infusion was not so spinachy, but it seemed creamier. It was quite satisfying both first and second infusion. I tried a third and it was alright, but not spectacular. It just tasted like average green tea by that point.

I will try the other sample pack of this gong fu style.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 5 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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Another one from last night.

This is a nice, fruity herbal. I quite liked it. When I added the dry tea (I can’t call it leaf, since it’s not leaf) to my infuser, I was worried it would be too tart just because of the amount of cranberries. My fears were set aside once I tasted this. Yes, it tasted like cranberry, but it was very well balanced with the cherry in that it wasn’t tart. It wasn’t too sweet, but it was nice and fruity. It was a nice, dark pinky rosy color.

I would like to try this one iced.

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I had this one yesterday evening. Whoa, is this one different.

I tasted almost a honey flavor, a floral flavor (probably the chamomile), and a berry something, it was also mildly spicy. Definitely different. I did a second infusion and it wasn’t as honey or chamomile, but it was still different and delicious. I like this. I don’t know that I would drink it often, but I’m glad I have enough for a few more mugs.

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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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