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Recent Tasting Notes

60
drank Sladki ingver by Cha
16 tasting notes

This is a whole lot better when brewed in a western style. I have quite stuffed nose so I can’t be sure about the smells, but with a teaspoon of sugar, this is not too bad.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 15 sec 4 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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60
drank Sladki ingver by Cha
16 tasting notes

Sweet ginger flavoured sencha. A terrible combination if you ask me, and a reminder why I prefer non flavoured teas. The ginger’s “bite” completelly overwhelms the aromas and flavours of sencha. The smell is great, but when tasting it, I can never be sure if the bitternes comes from ginger or from tea. I do not recommend that tea. At all.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 0 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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100
drank Cacao Tea by Cha
2221 tasting notes

Sipdown! 870. Finishing off the last of my sample from Raritea today.

Smells delicious (like hot chocolate), but unfortunately tastes a bit bitter – I’m wondering if it’s because it was the bottom of the jar, and there was a bunch of crushed up stuff in there. Either way, it’s still totally drinkable, and would probably be great with a bit of sugar.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

i’ve tried to get more of this like 5 times but the store is always closed randomly whenever i go to get it… it’s REALLY irritating..

Kittenna

I have a partial bag if you’re dying for some more :)

Sil

lol a cup would be nice..so i can compare it to the one from american tea room i had yesterday

Kittenna

For sure. Note it on the spreadsheet and I’ll bring it over when I can.

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drank South African Red Tea by Cha
417 tasting notes

1 tablespoon for 375 ml

I’m getting the tomato-y scent from the brewed tea that I sometimes detect in rooibos tisanes. Juiciness. Mild honey sweetness.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Cacao Tea by Cha
4046 tasting notes

Sipdown!

Thanks to rarietea for a sample of this one! I’m not sure if herbal infusions is selling this at their store or if its another version of this but I want more. It’s totally like when you make hot chocolate from cocoa powder on the stove top. I’m sure if I added just a bit of sugar it’d be exactly like that. But I don’t want the sugar, I just want the roasty goodness of this. Oh this is super tasty if that’s what you’re looking for.

Also, the sample packaging was super cute. Little glass bottle with a cork top!

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100
drank Cacao Tea by Cha
2221 tasting notes

Ok, well I brewed this up for the boy tonight. He didn’t pick up any of the chocolate aromas (which were definitely present!), and thought it tasted like hot flavoured water. Which is it… but still! I was happy that he was willing to try it, but sad that he couldn’t taste anything… and as I’m writing this I’m realizing that I TOTALLY MEANT TO SWEETEN IT! Ack! Of course he didn’t like it! Bleh. Maybe I can get him to try it again someday with sweetener.

Anyways, I told him that if he wasn’t going to enjoy it, I’d prefer to drink it as I would enjoy it (and I didn’t want to force him to drink something he didn’t like). It didn’t taste quite as good today; a bit bark-like, but still chocolatey, so I’d still like some of this to be in my cupboard :)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Indigobloom

btw, how much of this do you want when I manage to hit the shop? (when they are actually open!)

Kittenna

Not a ton. If more than one of us wants some, I’d be quite happy splitting up a 50g bag. I’d prefer about 15g, but I’d guess they don’t sell in small quantities.

Indigobloom

I think they do sell in smaller quantities actually!
But I’m getting some for myself, my Aunt, you, and whoever else wants some… cuz it is sooooo good :P

Kittenna

Ooh, good to know! Yeah, it’s quite tasty. Drinking a re-steep now :D

Sil

IB….are you going before saturday? lol

Indigobloom

Sil, I’m gonna try and go tomorrow. How much you want? lol
(or you can have a sample from mine! if you wanna risk not loving it haha)

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100
drank Cacao Tea by Cha
2221 tasting notes

Thanks so much to Raritea (and Indigobloom?) for grabbing a gift box of this tea for me!

I’m pretty sure that I’ve had roasted cacao shells in tea before, but I haven’t ever had an infusion of JUST roasted cacao shells. I had no idea how this was going to taste (but I had high hopes!)

Anyways, so I was brewing up a bunch of teas, and noticed this intense, delicious chocolate smell wafting over. Like an amazing dark hot chocolate. Sometimes this happens in my kitchen (random smells), so I didn’t think a great deal of it until I went over and noticed that the smell was emanating from this cup! (You’d think I might have figured this out sooner, given what I was infusing!) So yes, cue SUPEREXCITEMENT to try this tea!

So as soon as it was cool enough, I took a sip… and HOLYCRAP! This is so incredibly good! Looking for an authentic chocolate flavour in tea? Well, here ya go! This tastes like unsweetened dark hot chocolate. But it’s not bitter, it still has a sweet edge, making it super drinkable. Seriously, this stuff is amazing! I’d drink this over hot chocolate any day, because it has got to have far fewer calories (I’d assume zero, but it’s way too delicious to be zero… but that would be so awesome…)

I am going to have the boy try some of this sometime this weekend, as he loves hot chocolate. I expect he won’t really like it, because it won’t be sweet/creamy enough, but I still am going to have him try it, haha. I really need to get some more of this delicious stuff…

ETA: Second infusion still has enough flavour to be enjoyable. I still can’t get over this tea (ok, tisane). It’s literally like drinking liquid chocolate. Liquid cocoa powder, I guess, but without any of the nasty powderiness (that said, I wonder if an infusion of cocoa powder would have essentially the same flavour? Would have to infuse it in a VERY fine filter though, to prevent sediment.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Sil

Hmm…

Bonnie

Be careful…it has a laxative effect in some people. (You just gave 100% to a non-tea might be a first.)

Kittenna

Sil – I don’t have enough of this to share, since I want the boy to try it and only had enough for 2-3 cups to begin with. However, we need to find a source of this! If not Chá tea itself (Raritea/Indigobloom can shed more light on where we could get more, I’d imagine).

Bonnie – you’re right, 100 to a non-tea! I think it’s because I have been dying to find something I could use as a replacement for hot chocolate, and no “chocolate” tea I’ve tried has come close (except for a tisane I had from LiberTEAS, which I’m quite certain contains a good amount of this stuff.) Also – I didn’t notice any laxative effect, but did only drink a single cup, so probably not enough to cause any harm. Good warning though, because it’s tasty enough that I could go through quite a lot of it…

Bonnie

I like this used instead of artificial chocolate flavoring by far!

Indigobloom

I tried one of my samples with milk and a dash of sugar…. heavenly! Glad you like it!

Kittenna

I wasn’t super clear on where you guys got this – as in, I want more……

Indigobloom

We got this at the opening for Cha, sortof like Amoda but for nebwies. BUT the guy who runs it also owns Herbal Infussions and he sells it there to. I’ll see if I can grab some for you!

Kittenna

No hurry! Just wanted to make sure it was locally available. Whew :P

Indigobloom

kk! I want some for myself to so its an excellent bulk purchase opp!!

Kittenna

Ok, good to know! If you could find out cost that would be great :)

Sil

It’s 14.95 for the tin with the sachets….can’t easily see if they sell it loose but I vague remember that they do. I can always go down there this weekend and get some so ppl have it for next weekend

Kittenna

No rush, really! :P

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drank Key Lime Pie by Cha
1258 tasting notes

Come on Cha, I know you can do better than this!
Maybe it’s just that I’m not a fan of the base, or something in the flavouring, but this just did not do as key lime pie.
Lime is dominant here, along with an odd background note that I think is supposed to be coconut. (only it reminds me more of dirty socks)
With a little milk, it was sour, not as in milk sour but more of a too much lime pucker sour. Oh well, I’m sure their other teas are fantastic!

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58
drank Lapacho Orange by Cha
417 tasting notes

0.9 tablespoons for 375 ml of water

Primary flavour is orange. I’m getting a citrus tartness that almost becomes bitter near the end of the sip. The overall flavour is too thin. Sweetness in the background. I’m getting the tingly sensation on my tongue that is typically associated with a citrus fruit.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Sil

this “sounds” like it would be tasty based on the name only :(

Raritea

This tisane smells a lot better than the taste. Funny thing is that I don’t think it even has an official name. It was given to me in a plastic test tube with a description of the ingredients.

Sil

ooh that was the “what tea are you?” thing

Raritea

Yup! I totally missed it the first time we went around. I visited the booth later with Indigobloom. They had a selection of teas but this one sounded the most interesting.

Indigobloom

Boo!! well Herbal Infusions sells a similar one. I wonder if they are the same? oh and Tea Haus!

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95
drank Irish Morning by Cha
5 tasting notes

A wonderful aroma and great taste.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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87

This tea has more greenish than blackish look but the taste is definitely that of a black tea. It has a very soft note to it so it’s not your typical assam tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90
drank TAMARYOKUCHA by Cha
6 tasting notes

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Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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71
drank Divja Češnja by Cha
35 tasting notes

Less time, less bitter…less taste too :(

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Earl Grey Superior by Cha
35 tasting notes

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Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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95
drank South Sea Magic by Cha
35 tasting notes

Very tasteful and fruity. Highly recommended!

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99
drank Irish Morning by Cha
35 tasting notes

One of the best sweet black teas I’ve ever tasted.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Earl Grey Superior by Cha
35 tasting notes

As the name says – this Earl Grey is superior to others. Really good!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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34
drank Kokos by Cha
35 tasting notes

I love coconut so my expectations were big…but this tea unfortunately does not deliver…at all…

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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71
drank Divja Češnja by Cha
35 tasting notes

Bitter sweet symphony was named after this…

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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