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drank Bubble Tea by Custom
814 tasting notes

I’ve been too lazy to log the teas I’ve been drinking lately but not everyday do I grab a bubble tea. I had to go buy new toner after the union meeting (zzz…) and figured that since I was in the area, it’s Friday, and I need some excitement in my life, I skipped over to the nearby tea house and ordered one of their new flavours: chocolate banana. Crazy, right? I usually go for coconut or taro, or some random fruit, but chocolate banana sounded mightily intriguing. And it is!

It tastes more chocolatey than I had imagined. Almost like chocolate pudding, which makes sense since this tea house has other pudding flavours like strawberry pudding, which was a close second. This reminds me of Booster Juice’s funky monkey, only with more chocolate, plus tapioca pearls.

I promised myself that I will go to the library to work on my proposal revision today, so I’ll do that after I’m finished my bubble tea. Translation: I’m going to try to saviour this like crazy.

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drank Bubble Tea by Custom
1991 tasting notes

I ordered lunch to be delivered to my house today; and I got a really big meal so now I have a ton of leftovers and wont have to do any cooking for a while.

I ended up getting stuff from the same restaurant as last time; Nellie’s Kitchen. I had been less than impressed with their food, but their bubble tea was the best bubble tea I’ve ever had so even though the meal wasn’t super awesome, it still wound up being worth ordering just to get another bubble tea. Man; if their delivery fee wasn’t so steep I’d order bubble tea ALL THE DAMN TIME.

This time I got Strawberry because, even though Honeydew was awesome, I wanted to try something else. Watermelon was a high contender – but I did a melon tea last time, so I switched things up. I’d have loved to have gone with Pineapple but I think my expectations for pineapple bubble tea would just be impossibly high.

This was delicious though! It was exactly like a Strawberry Milkshake in taste (actually Red Leaf’s Strawberry & Cream Matcha tasted exactly like this) but without a milkshake texture – and probably slightly healthier. I’d totally drink it again, but overall Honeydew was better because it just seemed more “unusual” and uncommon. Strawberry, while amazing tasting, almost seemed like the most plain/average choice. The “vanilla ice cream” of bubble tea, if you will.

And totally getting used to the weird gelatin balls/cubes!

Starfevre

I love leftovers.

JennyFur

So envious of your Bubble Tea. I haven’t had a good one recently, everywhere that makes them near me freezes their tapioca pearls and it makes the texture weird.

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drank Bubble Tea by Custom
1991 tasting notes

I ordered lunch from another new restaurant today called Nellie’s Kitchen (hooray for broadening my food horizons) because I realized the only things I had at home to cook called for milk, and I’m actually all out for the moment.

Today’s meal was relatively simple; Fries, Garlic Bread, French Toast w. Maple Syrup, Lemon Meringue Pie, and Honeydew Bubble Tea! It’s so cool that Skip The Dishes (the site I’ve been using) is partnered with so many restaurants in the city; I mean how else are you gonna order French Toast and Bubble Tea to your door?

I think, overall, the food from today was not as impressive as yesterdays which just seemed so fancy. There was nothing special about these restaurant fries or whatever. Although, the pie was really really good. It had the perfect crust and the meringue to lemon pie filling ratio was excellent.

But now on to the “tea portion”; the bubble tea. Firstly, they’ve got a lot of cool flavours to choose from; I had a hard time deciding on one. Here’s the options:

- Avacado
- Cantaloupe
- Honeydew
- Lychee
- Mango
- Pineapple
- Strawberry
- Taro
- Watermelon

Like, c’mon! All the melon flavours!? And lychee and pineapple? You’re gonna kill me – thats’s basically like the summation of my favourite fruits less pears. Not fair. But eventually I settled on Honeydew because I figured it was maybe more uncommon than the others I was tempted by. It was really, really good! Definitely the best part of the meal by far.

The honeydew flavour was so strong and sweet – and the drink itself was frothy and icy and the perfect balance of thick ice and juicy liquid. Does that make sense? Yeah; I think it does. Also – my biggest problem with bubble tea is actually the “bubbles”. Usually I can’t get over the gross little gelatin balls but this one actually had little teeny tiny gelatin cubes in it, and unlike anything I’ve experienced in other bubble teas they were actually honeydew flavoured as well. They were still sorta gross, but much better than anything else I’ve ever had in bubble tea.

It’s a shame the rest of the meal was so mediocre; ‘cause I’d love to try the other flavours of bubble tea this restaurant serves but with the delivery fee it’s just so not cost effective to only order bubble tea and now a whole meal.

And now, I think it’s time for a power nap?

Mikumofu

Bubble tea is one of my guilty pleasures :) most places can leave out the bubbles or add something else if you request.

OMGsrsly

That all sounds SO awesome! I wonder what Vancouver has that’s similar…

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drank Bubble Tea by Custom
1991 tasting notes

I wasn’t really sure if “Bubble Tea” counted as tea and whether or not people logged it on Steepster regularly, but after a quick search I guess it does have a place so I might as well log what I had today.

In the mall I work at, there’s an Asian food restaurant (the name is escaping me – it’s not really a place I often eat) that sells bubble tea. They come in about 30 different flavours, and I’ve been curious about them since I started working there. I have had bubble tea in the past, but not often and I don’t really remember much of my experience having it other than I didn’t like the ‘bubbles’ (gelatin balls) themselves in the same way I liked the drink.

Today I had a lychee flavoured bubble tea. Lychee is one of my favourite flavours and this popped out of the list of choices for me; maybe that was because it was spelled incorrectly (‘lichee’), but still…

I really liked it initially: it was sweet and frosty. But, the more I drank the nastier it taste. It got TOO sweet and sugary, and I felt overwhelmed by the amount of flavour. Plus, the gelatin balls were disgusting and I couldn’t stand eating (drinking?) any of them. Eventually I just threw out the rest of my drink (about a third was left).

Maybe I’ll try a different flavour before I totally make my mind up, though. Anyway, since this is an amalgamation of teas under one heading I wont make an ‘official’ rating – but for the Lychee Bubble Tea I had today, I think I’d rate it somewhere between 45 to 55.

Jennkay

Aw, sorry you didn’t have such a good experience. I am addicted to bubble teas but I do find that many places make it too sweet. Some places offer the option of putting 1/2 or no sugar so you can taste more of the actual tea. I also had better luck with non-fruit flavored ones (plain black milk tea, genmaicha milk tea, etc). I hope you find one you like!

Cavocorax

If you don’t like the bubbles/pearls at the bottom, you can probably get it without – or get something else put in at the bottom. It’s an odd sensation drinking them – I didn’t like it at first, but I do know, although I understand why others don’t.

I like bubble tea, but I’m starting to get to the point where I agree with you about it being too sweet!

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drank Jasmine Pearls by Custom
206 tasting notes

Mmmmmmmmmmm! I got jasmine pearls from Stephanie from an unknown source. I am a sucker for jasmine tea. This one was very light. But not bitter what so ever. The jasmine strength was perfect! Watching these little guys steep was so amazing. They were so pretty as they opened. Not only is this a tasty tea but an entertaining one too ha ha.
Thank you for this sample!

Stephanie

I don’t remember where I got those particular pearls, heh. Glad you enjoyed!

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
361 tasting notes

Laoshan Black Chocolate Genmaicha (Verdant) + Special Dark (Mandala)

I wanted puer blend this AM, but all my blends are cinnamon ones and that didn’t sound like what I wanted. So I looked through my cupboard and saw the most obvious of pairings in the whole wide world.

So dark and rich and chocolaty with some earthiness to balance it out. I didn’t get the proportions quite right, but I don’t think I could really go wrong either. If you have both and want a rich treat, this is for you!

Bonnie

SOUNDS GOOD. I add a pinch of Laoshan Black to lots of eh tea’s to make them taste better or blend with a little puerh in the morning. Finding your comfort zone with tea is wonderfully liberating.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
361 tasting notes

School hasn’t even started yet and our house has come down with a minor cold. Nothing too bad, just annoying that its the last day before school starts and we’re all sick. So I mixed a few teas together to make an ideal healing tea in my opinion. I started with After Dinner Ginger from sTEAp shoppe. It’s got ginger, lemon, and chamomile. Then I added winter fire guarusa from butiki to get some spiciness and clear headedness. Once steeped, I added mazuka honey. It is so tasty! This will be my go to cold season tea.

Terri HarpLady

Nice combo!

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drank Bubble Tea by Custom
1482 tasting notes

This morning I had coffee, and there’s not really any place to brew tea in the area I work (no really, it’s a 5 minute walk to the filtered water and nice kettle), so I went for bubble tea.

Lemon “red” tea with lemon jelly.

Yummers. I usually get stuff 1/2 sweet when I get jelly or tapioca, as the additives tend to be rather sweet. I didn’t, but it’s still good. Super strong tea, fresh lemon juice, chewy lemon jelly, yay!

I need to find a recipe for the flavoured jellies so I can make them and add them to my iced teas at home. So good.

JustJames

i LOVE bubble tea…. tapioca balls included. everybody thinks i’m nuts. who doesn’t like a beverage that’s also a meal???

OMGsrsly

That’s the other reason I went and got it yesterday! It’s a lot of sugar, but I was hungry and needed caffeine. :) The fun part is I was making agarose gels in the lab, and I was eating agar jellies whenever I stepped out. Whee!

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drank Backyard Botanicals by Custom
1720 tasting notes

Chamomile laced with fresh chocolate mint just snipped off the stem. Love it…all the benefits of chamomile with deep minty goodness that beats the chamomile-iness into submission. Delicious. I’d write more but there is a black cat that has shifted into autumn cuddle mode. Cuteness wins.

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drank Backyard Botanicals by Custom
1720 tasting notes

Wouldn’t you know it…threw together a second steep of last night’s tulsi, some chamomile, and a spoonish of dried apple mint from the back porch, ended up with a cup of evening nirvana (I’d swear there was some vanilla voodoo going on in the background)…and paid absolutely no attention to the proportions or steep time so I may never be able to replicate it again!

Apple mint is much better dried than it is fresh, but the leaves are fuzzy instead of smooth like regular mint, so it looks almost a little moldy in the jar. In case you need to know.

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drank Backyard Botanicals by Custom
1720 tasting notes

Have any of you tried pineapple mint? It’s the prettiest one growing by the back door; ruffly green leaves with creamy white edges. But I still can’t decide what it really tastes like. Stuffed a jar full in the fridge with one decaf Red Rose bag to make it tea-y, left it overnight. It’s gentle and satisfying, but I can’t determine if it’s “pineapple” or “unclassified somewhat citrusy” mint. Ah well, it was lovely to come home to a gentle, quiet cup of anything after a mind-blowingly plate-juggling workday.

Sarsonator

Sounds yummy!

Mercuryhime

I can’t get my pineapple mint to thrive. :( It’s such a prissy little plant. My chocolate mint on the other hand…send help!

gmathis

Our chocolate mint “kraken” experiment (routing the tentacles to another pot) succeeded beyond expectations. Want some more? ;)

Mercuryhime

I could probably make a ton more chocolate mints all by myself, thanks. :)
I had to trim the thing down so I ended up making a tea so strong it was like gargling mouthwash. This was very convenient as we had just run out of Listerine. :D Great for diluting into straight greens too. :)

K S

Pretty sure mint would be classified as a weed if it didn’t taste so good. Keeping it locked up in a pot is about the only way to contain it, and even that won’t work if a branch reaches the ground.

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drank Backyard Botanicals by Custom
1720 tasting notes

Too many cookies and student helpers that sneak me chocolate when I can’t leave my little charges. (I pick ‘em well!) Plus, hubby taking advantages of my afternoons off for ice cream dates. Who am I to refuse? But I’m starting to feel the effects of sugar bloat, so I’ve made myself a little calendula-orange mint after-dinner steep. Orange mint is pretty mild, but does add a little freshness to the calendula. This would probably be more refreshing chilled.

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drank Backyard Botanicals by Custom
1720 tasting notes

Tonight’s blend: pineapple mint and basil. Works well, but it’s very mild…loooooooong steep time and keep those leaves in.

TheTeaFairy

Mmmmmm…..

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drank Backyard Botanicals by Custom
1720 tasting notes

Of all the plants in our back porch mint-speriment, the chocolate mint has flourished the most. It’s put out more tentacles than a kraken, so we’re trying a (Little Shop of )Horror-ticultural mutation: Set a pot next to it, anchored a couple of tentacles under an inch or so of soil, and are waiting for it to take root before cutting it loose and separating the pots. We’ll see…

Also, of the varieties of mint we’ve cultivated, this one makes the best stand-alone tisane—the chocolate flavor is truly and noticeably present, and though it’s mild, it does taste like mint tea instead of minty water. Come on over and I’ll cut you some sprigs.

TheTeaFairy

Please do!!!!

gmathis

Need to refine my drying technique so it’ll be mailable. I’d like it to be finer and crumblier than my first few attempts.

OMGsrsly

Oh geez, the images! :D

ashmanra

Should work! That is how my azaleas and Fairy Roses get propagated! (Can we say that here? LOL!)

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drank Backyard Botanicals by Custom
1720 tasting notes

OK, this is the last of the homegrowns I had not yet tried—pineapple mint. It’s interesting: leaves are thick and a little fuzzy, long olive-green ovals with cream-colored edges.

Again, using a bag of Red Rose decaf as the backdrop—I think it’s a winner because there are no strong tea flavors to compete with the mint so I can get a fair impression of the flavor profile. I’m not entirely sure I’m getting pineapple out of it, but there is a fruity-something happening along with the mint.

Wish y’all were here to share with. The applemint has gone bananas; almost growing faster than I can prune. I have several large clumps drying upside down in the garage. It’s beginning to look like a tobacco barn.

TheTeaFairy

Haha! I wish I was closer to get my hands on that applemint of yours ;-)

gmathis

We’ve had an odd spell of weather…a 5-20 minute shower daily between 3-ish and 6-ish for close to two weeks. The plants are in happyland.

Mercuryhime

Can’t wait for my own mint plants to do as well as yours!

ashmanra

Oh my! I just replanted my peppermint and bought some spearmint, but it isn’t doing as well as yours! Also, I have failed at growing lavender here. The tag always says, full sun, well drained soil. We have plenty of both. It dies. This time I planted it in a pot, in the shade, and it is thriving and blooming. Hurray! I want to get a whole trail of lavender pots going along that side of the house! It is even blooming. A first! (Where I live, the nurseries tell you that if it says full sun, it means at least partial shade for us.)

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drank Backyard Botanicals by Custom
1720 tasting notes

Whoops, forgot this category existed, and with all our recent homegrown experiments, I could be filling it up. We bought two chocolate mint plants from local nursery; one for a bed in front, the other in a back porch pot. Now that they are flourishing, it is clear there are two varieties. One has long, pointed leaves; the other has leaves that are more spade shaped.

We’re drinking long and pointy tonight, with a bag of Red Rose decaf tossed in to give the cup a little density. If you’ve never tried chocolate mint, it is well worth the $3.49 experiment—steeped straight up, you can detect the essence of chocolate. With some tea to give it a little heft, you can almost taste an Andes mint.

Nicole

Sounds interesting.

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drank Backyard Botanicals by Custom
1720 tasting notes

Weary, worried day left my neck and back crunkled like a wad of aluminum foil.

Thoughtful husband welcomed me home with a Yankee Candle Macintosh candle already burning and encouragement to sit, stare, drool, and relax. After all of the above, I combined a teaspoon of the no-name cut-leaf green tea Fox Farm sells in bulk and a touch less of the wonderful chocolate mint that k s recently shared. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh! I think chocolate mint could make grass clippings taste special. The Hershey-bar goodness that is highly noticeable when you try it solo is muffled by the green tea, but still a wonderfully refreshing, un-crumpling treat.

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drank Backyard Botanicals by Custom
1720 tasting notes

OK, k s, you have done it now: created a chocolate mint addict. I had a quart steeping in the fridge to relax with this afternoon and am already trying to figure out where we can grow us a patch on the homestead. This from someone who kills marigolds.

K S

Happy to feed the addiction.

We have had it come back up in the spring. We bury it under leaves in the winter. You have grown mint before so I guess you know it will spread like crazy if you don’t keep it under control.

Terri HarpLady

All of my mints are in large pots, which doesn’t guarantee that they won’t spread, but at least helps. I made the mistake of planting my lemon balm in the ground though, now it’s cropping up all over the place, including clear across the yard.

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drank Backyard Botanicals by Custom
1720 tasting notes

Thought some of you might like to post to this generic category, something like the Chance Combinations that gets a fair amount of traffic.
Feel free to edit the description as you see fit.

In this case, courtesy of k s and company, we’re enjoying homegrown chocolate mint. You’ll have to ask him for the particulars of the variety, but you better believe this is pleasant! Cold steeped a couple of teaspoons in the fridge on a hot afternoon. There is definitely something in the baseline of this tisane that has a Hershey bar aftertaste. So I ate a Hershey bar with it. It just had to be.

K S

It came in a white package with black letters and read chocolate mint. (I guess now a days it would be blue letters) Actually I got it at the local greenhouse this spring.

I have never tried this on its own. I always add it to something, usually puerh. However, the Hershey bar and this idea I must try. I always have a stash of Hershey dark chocolate bars around.

Glad you enjoyed it.

Terri HarpLady

I have some chocolate mint growing in my herb garden this year. I haven’t tried it yet, but it’s getting bushy enough now that I will have to start using it.

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drank Bedtime Story by Custom
76 tasting notes

Had to reach for this old friend again tonight. I meet the endocrinologist for the first time in the morning, and get my first dose of testosterone (intra-muscular injection, and I’m needle phobic! well, better get over it asap, i’ve got weekly IM injections from now til I’m dead. Worth it though!), so needless to say I’m SUPER anxious.

My heart is beating out of my chest, my hands are shaking so much I had to fill my cup barely halfway to prevent spilling it all over myself. I’m excited to finally be getting what I’ve wanted for so many years, but terrified that it’s going to turn friends and family against me.

Topped up my cup and the shaking is slowly calming down. It’s crazy how emotions can affect you physically, and so dramatically at that!

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drank Bedtime Story by Custom
76 tasting notes

This is my “emergency kit” tea, the one I keep tucked away in my “emergency kit”, a box with a number of different things that I pull out when I’m having issues with depression, or anxiety.

Had a pretty nasty anxiety attack before bed, but calmed down enough to get into bed. Had some nightmares and woke up in hysterics, which then turned into a full blown panic attack. Running on auto pilot and in one quick motion I leaped out of bed, pressed the button on my kettle, pulled out a pre-filled sachet of tea, and tossed it into a cup, inhaling deeply while the water heated. Poured the hot water, took a sip, and instantly everything that had been on my mind melted away.

Still can’t quite calm down enough to sleep, but at least I can breathe again!

OMGsrsly

<3 Super awesome idea to have tea in an emergency kit.

Shadowfall

I also think the idea of having tea in an emergency kit is awesome.
Is this a blend you mix yourself or do you buy it somewhere? If it helps with anxiety, I might suggest it to a friend of mine that has them now and then.

Bear With Me

I blend it myself, with things I grow or that I get from friends’ gardens. A lot of natural food/health stores also carry some of the ingredients (best place to find St John’s Wort if you don’t know someone who grows it) so that’s another option if you don’t grow them yourself. It definitely helps, and I discovered today that it’s actually quite tasty iced with a bit of honey as a bit of an antidepressant cuppa.

Shadowfall

What’re your ratios? If you don’t mind me asking that is? And do you just do a tsp/8oz or a different amount? I’m thinking of mixing some up to give to her.

Bear With Me

I usually do up a big batch and then make individual bags (using the DAVIDs cinch-close bags) to keep in a smaller tin in my emergency kit. I tend to eyeball it but here’s an approximation:
1 part St John’s Wort
2 parts lavender
1/2 part chamomile flowers
1/2 part chrysanthemum flowers

If you can only find one or the other of the chamomile/chrysanthemum, then just do 1 whole part of whatever you find. I personally like the flavour of chrysanthemum, but I know a lot of people who don’t.

I usually end up using closer to 1 Tbsp for a 12oz cup, but that’s just my tastes vs the size of the mug I usually use for it (a nice, solid one I got as a gift, it’s brown and has the white silhouette of a bear on it <3 )

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drank Queen of Suburbia by Custom
974 tasting notes

Tea of the morning…..

I have had this for several mornings of late. As I drink it, I just keep calculating in my head how much I can blend up before all my ingredients are gone. I’d say that is a pretty obvious indication that it is one of my favorites. (And I think I will run out of the Assam first, but I am hoping not to buy any tea for a few months.)

What this packs is a morning touch of briskness with a roasty chocolate and smooth finish. I completely feel like the queen of something or other while drinking it, even if it is just ’Mom’s taxi service’.

Usual teapot method.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Queen of Suburbia by Custom
974 tasting notes

Tea of the morning…..

I did it. I blended it. My last Franken Breakfast blend has been reblended, making it a favorite of mine. Now to design a label….

Notes of malt, slight briskness yet still smooth, with a punch of cocoa at the end. A great way to wake up!

Usual teapot method.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
616 tasting notes

1 tsp Vanilla Cream Earl Grey (California Tea House)
1 tsp Blood Orange (Adagio)
10 oz water

This is my second time making this concoction and it’s been cold steeped each time. The first time it sat in the fridge for probably 36 hours because it got hidden behind something and I am the master of forgetfulness-fu. I only steeped this one for 8 hours, and it really didn’t seem like the extra time made much difference.

The orange rind/hibiscus combo latches onto the bergamot in the EG and makes this a really bright vibrant cup. The vanilla and cream aspects seem to temper the hibiscus to a degree, so while it is still quite tart, it’s not metallic or overly hibiscusy. I’m actually a bit enamored with this combination and once I have a manageable inventory of tea (so never, really), I would pick up both again to drink this. Especially in the summer.

Rating: 84/100

music27note

I want to try this so bad.

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