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382 Tasting Notes

68
drank Maghreb Mint by Rishi Tea
382 tasting notes

I continue to taste mostly mint. And..a little bit of onion? That can’t be right. Not sure where that came from, it’s not like I have onion tea for there to be residue of in the mug.

Very strange.

Rabs

Onion juice!

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85
drank Malted ChocoMaté by 52teas
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I feel you all should know that the best part of waking (best being a relative term of course) is malted chocomate in my cup.

mpierce87

Now I have a malted chocomate version of the Folger’s song playing over and over in my head!

Ewa

mwahahahaha, and the rhythm totally doesn’t scan, does it? you have fallen into my trap!

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76
drank Vanilla Berry Truffle by Art of Tea
382 tasting notes

This was very currant-y today, yum!

(why yes, I AM avoiding the Hawaiian fruity sample thing from Teafrog – I can’t help it! I am very busy employing “Dessert Tea Stress Therapy” to keep from going insane over the trip :P )

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Well that was the LAST bit of this stuff that I will ever have! That is so sad, because it really is super good although (and this will probably sounds blasphemous) after having the malted chocomate which has roastiness going on it was kind of…without character…I think I like quite a few of my current teas more than I liked this particular cup.

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67
drank Tiramisu by TeaFrog
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It did that thing again where it failed to taste like Tiramisu until there was just one sip left in the cup and it cooled whereupon it suddenly tasted like Tiramisu…
I really need to just let it cool before drinking it. (But I get THIRSTY)

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76
drank Stress Reliever by TeaFrog
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So as my trip to Japan approaches I start to feel more and more stressed. Still have a bunch of stuff to do beforehand, not to mention there’s the whole “imminent long trip to Japan” aspect to be worried about. I get really freaked out about traveling, making my plane and that sort of thing – and the fact that I’m leaving from hell LAX isn’t really helping. (hate that airport) Thank god it’s a nonstop flight though.

Anyway, so I REALLY need to de-stress, good thing I have stress relief tea! Unfortunately it has gone too far and made me sleepy again. Find a middle ground stress relief tea! Also, I forgot about it for too long again and didn’t get that nice light lemony taste…I am gonna ding it a few points for being finicky :P

So here’s a thought. Should I take tea with me to Japan? (for comfort mostly) Just some blacks and rooiboses since those aren’t that easy to find in Japan – at least not the nifty flavored ones I like :D. I’ll be living in a “weekly mansion” which is basically a long stay hotel. It’ll have a microwave, hotplate and fridge, and I could take my little clampy tea ball thing…I’ll DEFINITELY need something for mornings. (ugh mornings)

Rabs

I’d definitely try and take some comfort tea with ya. :)

__Morgana__

Only if you don’t think it will cause trouble for you crossing the border. Would be a bummer to have to deal with hassles like that.

gmathis

Of late, I’ve been relaxing my standards a little and taking decent bagged tea when I travel rather than loose. A little less fuss, at both airport and hotel, and considering the quality of most hotel water, why ruin the good stuff?

Ewa

Honestly, Japanese water can’t be worse than Santa Barbara water, that stuff is so full of sediment it’s a wonder it’s not solid. And if this program is as grueling as they say it is, I am gonna need some heavy duty comfort tea.

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89
drank Earl Grey Special by TeaFrog
382 tasting notes

I continue to like this more each time I drink it. Which is good.
Going to leave the rest of the bag for my mum to try when she visits – she’s a big earl grey fan as well.

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96
drank Almond Biscotti by Teavana
382 tasting notes

…so what I’m trying to say is, I have no self-control.

Rabs

Tea-hee! XD

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80
drank 1001 Nights by TeaFrog
382 tasting notes

Tried this again with the water at a much lower temperature. The result, predictably, was less bitter in terms of base tea-ness, but the flavorings still seem unable to decide if they want to be fruity or floral. I think I’m definitely getting more green tea out of it this time around which, so far is making for a much “smoother” tea, but the combination isn’t really wowing me, to be honest.

I will admit that might just be because Rabs’ note on Almond Biscotti has made me want to drink some, myself :P

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Rabs

Mwahahaaaa! My evil plan is working ::twirls invisible mustache::

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96
drank Ceremonial Grade DoMatcha by DoMatcha
382 tasting notes

Needed something refreshing this afternoon so I made myself a Jade Lemonade except instead of using lemonade I used Pomegranate Limeade from Trader Joe’s (and soda water, of course). As usual, the result was extremely tasty, with the matcha providing a creamy note of contrast to the tang of the limeade.

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I’m a Pole who grew up in Texas, is currently a graduate student in California studying Japan. How’s THAT for random?

Being Polish, my family has always drunk a lot of tea, and I am no different. I may drink more tea than water. On the other hand, I can’t say that I’m very particular about it; I’m generally pretty careless with steeping times and water temperature and I don’t even have a proper teapot (mostly because the lid broke during the move to California ;_;).

I always drink my tea unsweetened and I only add milk in the case of the most egregiously chai-ish of chais. (not really a big fan of milk in general)

Given that so many of my entries seem to be about my morning tea, I felt I should add something here about me and mornings: I fail at mornings. I fail at them a LOT. Therefore I often also fail at proper tea making in the mornings.

Location

Santa Barbara

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