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The Art of Tea

Recent Tasting Notes

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Thanks to Memily for sending this one to me!

I have been waiting to try this one because it has chocolate in it, which means sugar, which means a big no-no on my diet. I decided that this morning would be a cheat morning and am trying all my black teas from recent swaps with agave in them.

This one is really good! The chocolate is very subtle, but I like that! The black tea base is malty and delicious! I will save this one for my cheat days!

Memily

Hooray, a winner!

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Thanks to memily for sending me an unopened box of this!
My first experience with this tea was not as good as I had hoped. This tea tasted almost exactly like grape expectations, but without the horrible bitterness. I didn’t get any strawberry or champagne. It also tasted kind of dusty or stale. I think next time I will give it a shorter steep and also try it iced at some point.

Memily

Always a bummer when reality doesn’t match expectations :( happens all too frequently for me with reading so many glowing reviews though!

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drank NUDI-TEA by The Art of Tea
296 tasting notes

Trust me to find the ideal way to drink Toasty Nougat just as I finish this stock off. Seriously, one scoop of each has made me feel so much more enthusiastic about BOTH blends—I’m almost inclined to rush out and restock the nudi… but for the sake of the sipdown, I shan’t.

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60

By some accident I ended up with only this at work today—I’d had a few more options in my backpack but due to the current sipdown challenge is whittled away at them enough and forgotten to take more options this week. It was fine. It didn’t blow my mind but I enjoyed it enough. It was originally a gift from work so I guess it makes sense to be smashing through it at work.

Preparation
1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank NUDI-TEA by The Art of Tea
296 tasting notes

I don’t know. The more I drink this, the more I don’t particularly care for it. I tried to spruce it up with some ginger and lavender this evening. Am I mad?

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drank NUDI-TEA by The Art of Tea
296 tasting notes

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drank NUDI-TEA by The Art of Tea
296 tasting notes

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drank NUDI-TEA by The Art of Tea
296 tasting notes

Ooh chald this is pretty darn good. I picked it up for a swap with ashleyelizabeth and figured it made sense to keep some for myself—boy am I glad I did! Freshly brewed this is very rich and chocolatey without tasting sweetened or fake at all. Yum.

Preparation
1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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90
drank Winter Spice by The Art of Tea
296 tasting notes

This is a really lovely tea, simply black.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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90

I made my partner a cup last night and made another for my morning cuppa for work today for myself. He was blown away by it, which for someone who only a few months ago wouldn’t even try green tea is pretty amazing. He really likes it, especially the vanilla part. He’s happy that he has a lower caffeine option that is perfectly vanilla-y to have at night instead of his Vanilla (black).

And my cup this morning was lovely too!

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90

This is a new one from The Art of Tea, I immediately picked it from all the others as being new when we were setting up the market on Saturday (http://mymissingfactor.wordpress.com/2013/09/01/a-day-in-paradise/). So obviously it had to come home with me.

The vanilla! Wow! Its so creamy and sweet, but in a good way. In the way that only proper real vanilla can give to a cup. It complements the sencha perfectly, adding some creamy sweetness to the light green base. Ah! A new favourite, methinks. I can’t wait to have this iced as the warms up!

Steep conditions – around 5 mins. An accident, damn work getting in the way of my tea testing!
Temperature – I’m guessing it was around 75-80oC, but I forgot to take my thermometer to the kitchen, so its a guess.

I’ll fix this one up with a photo later…

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Memily

I’m so bummed I didn’t make it down to the market! Hopefully you’re back there the weekend my family’s in town later this month.

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77

I’ve been slowly working my way through my box of this one, and after the cup I brewed up for breakfast this morning, I’m down to the last cup of that box. Unfortunately for my attempts to sort out my cupboard/teashelves/swap box craziness, I work for the company that makes this one so getting more is all too easy (practically and on the hip pocket!).

I brewed up a cup to have this morning before breakfast, my first black in about 5 days. I had a headache that lingered with my tummy bug and headaches and caffeine do not mix well in me. Just beautiful. The other half started doing his blacks at 95oC-ish instead of 100oC to wean himself off adding in sweetners as a necessity, and its a good trick! This comes out unbelievably smooth at 95, full of the bergamot flavouring and not a hint of bitterness. Beautiful.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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drank DUPLICATE by The Art of Tea
223 tasting notes

So after my atrocious sleep Sunday night, last night my lovely other half got a good sleep. At my expense. He seemed to like being right in the middle of our bed, with most of the doona. And rolling over on top of me left arm and side. But he slept well! He was so apologetic, and I know it wasn’t deliberate, but I can tell my barre instructor will be say a lot of “no, the other right!” to me tonight in class.

So, black tea it is! This one is still really lovely! The flavours are there, but not really strong, which I’m appreciating this morning. Nothing worse than the tea equivalent of heavy metal music when you’re still half asleep. Everything is just lovely and balanced, and gently coaxing me into the land of the living.

On Sunday we passed through the local T2 after doing a free yoga class at Lululemon and they had their Monk’s Pear for sampling. Not as good as this perfectly flavoured drop.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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97

I’ve been swapping between this and the Vanilla Chai quite extensively because they’re really tasty, Whole30 compliant, and brew with ease (and even tolerate some brewing errors well). I didn’t want to bore you all with repeats of how much I love them both so I’ve calmed down on the repeated posts a bit! But I have been drinking them both, and loving them!

The JEM is surprisingly resilient to some oversteeping. Like yesterday, when I timolino-ed up the tea, then got flooded with phone calls and it ended up getting a 10 minute steep. Usually a travesty for a sencha, but there was only the faintest hint that it had been in the water too long, and even then I’m not sure if it was bitterness or just too much flavouring ending up in the water. Just awesome.

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82

Did two steeps of this today as I had a spot of throat and sinus dryness. All good now. I love the mint in this, a perfect strength.

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Tasting note 200! Woohoo!

I had another one of these awaiting me in my Timolino after I finished my barre class this morning. I actually think I’ve been fighting off a cold (this is a major major thing for me, I used to see a cold then be flat in bed for a week with the cold, then also acquire the flu or a chest infection… not fun. Yay for all those veggies I’ve been eating!), so I would’ve loved a spot of honey in this, but alas, I’m playing by the Whole30 rules.

Still a lovely cuppa.

Memily

Also think I’m currently fighting off a cold, wah. Have been giving a couple of Tastea samples a run.

Sil

Woohoo! Congratulations on 200!

TassieTeaGirl

Oh, mem, she’s good too. She’s a naturopath or something similar, so they’re all ‘functional’ teas. I hope you beat it!

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I started a Whole30 today (http://mymissingfactor.wordpress.com/2013/06/30/one-is-never-enough/), which means some teas are out. Not this one though! Beautiful mix of real spices in black tea. So good…

Sil

looking forward to seeing how you tackle the next 30 days! Hope you kill it! :) sending positive vibes your way!

TassieTeaGirl

Aw thanks! Have you done a Whole30?

Sil

i haven’t…the closest i’ve done to anything like that was a crack at phase 1 on the south beach diet. We did it last year because i needed to get a handle on what i was eating – what was nice was learning and actually taking the time to think about what i was putting in to my body. Made me much more aware of what i eat, even if i’m not actually “dieting” or sticking to something like whole30. The way our apartment/life is set up right now isn’t really condusive to being able to have the space/time that these things take to shift habits…so we’re at least trying to think about the things we buy and have in the apartment as a baby step to when we move to a house…

I applaud your efforts :)

momo

good luck! I quit it to go to a sort of lower carb/less insistence on stuff I can’t afford way of eating. It was bringing me down in that sense, and it’s a struggle for me to eat breakfast, and I got sick of it. Still I feel I got the right idea on everything wrong with how I ate and I think in the 11 days I did get through I lost 1 inch from my waist and almost 2 from my hips and yet I am eating until I am so full.

TassieTeaGirl

I think anything that makes you more aware of what is healthy for your body and what makes it work best is awesome.

momo

Definitely, the ability to eat so much and rarely break 1400 calories has got to be the most exciting thing. And you feel so good doing it! The amount of dishes you constantly have to do shows this haha.

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We had a farewell morning tea today for a contract staff member. I have to admit it was a little bit nice for that person to not be me! I made up a thermos of this to have with our morning tea. Yummy, comforting, and the usual clean taste. Beautiful.

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77

I can’t believe I haven’t added or review this before! Shocking.

This is a lovely tea. The jasmine and earl grey flavours are perfectly balanced without overpowering the black. My prefered steeping method for this is on the short side to ensure the black is still lovely and soft.

Would make an excellent afternoon tea, but its perking me up this morning. Very easily sipped.

And, more importantly, I posted my first blog post about tea this morning: http://mymissingfactor.wordpress.com/2013/06/20/mugful-of-happiness/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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