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drank Unknown Samples by Various
560 tasting notes

Red Leaf Tea – Sample #13
Side by side comparison with Sample 14, 15 July 2014

Dry: Nice, bright, and lovely! It looks so similiar to #14

Straight: A darker shade of green for the liquor, but it has a nice bright froth. Both froth and liquor are lighter/brighter compared to #14. Hmm grassy. That’s it ahha. Not super gitter, but really grassy! Very matcha-esque haha

Latte: Nice and smooth but hmm… it’s just /okay/ right now. Not the best matcha I’ve had. The good ones don’t need extra sweetener on top of my vanilla almond milk to pull the flavours out, but this one tastes a tad bland. Good, but slightly bland on its own.


Colour: 85
Flavour: 78
Bitterness: 876
Suggested Price: $11

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drank Unknown Samples by Various
560 tasting notes

Red Leaf Tea – Sample #14
Side by side comparison with Sample 13, 15 July 2014

Dry: Nice, bright, and lovely! It looks so similiar to #13

Straight: This one has a darker liquor and a darker froth as compared to #13 as well as others. Now this one does have a bit more bitterness and grassiness to it. Not the best, but still good. #13 is better in this round.

Latte: Oh so this one is just okay. It does taste a bit more bland compared to #13! Huh, maybe it’s me? But the two matcha bases were just okay so that carried onto the latte.


Colour: 83
Flavour: 72
Bitterness: 70
Suggested Price: $9

((and with this, I’m finally done with all the samples!! Dang, that took a long time, but at least I’ve finished!))

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560 tasting notes

Red Leaf Tea – Sample #12
1 July 2014

Dry: Dark, yet a vibrant colour. Kinda like the colour of the face up near the 100 rating!

Straight: Not bitter, and actually quite smooth! Dark liquor colour, nice vibrant froth.

Latte: So good, and so smooth with the addition of the vanilla almond milk! Definitely one of the better matchas I’ve had. I compare everything to sample #6 cuz that was seriously the BEST matcha I’ve ever tasted, but this isn’t quite up there with it, but just a few notches down. Definitely better than a lot of the other matchas I’ve had though :)


Colour: 90
Flavour: 85
Bitterness: 82
Suggested Price: $19

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drank Unknown Samples by Various
560 tasting notes

Red Leaf Tea – Sample #11
24 June 2014

Dry: Darker green, grassier scent.

Straight: Dark green liquor, brighter, but slightly duller froth on top. Bitter, but not overkill.

Latte: I love my lattes so much okay. The vanilla almond milk definitely helps. It took the bitterness out a bit, and added more sweet :) All in all, a lovely matcha, but I’ve definitely had better from the bunch that I received from Red Leaf.


Colour: 67
Flavour: 72
Bitterness: 72
Suggested Price: $8

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560 tasting notes

Red Leaf Tea – Sample #10
30 May 2014, side-by-side comparison with Sample #9

Dry: Lighter than #9, almost like a Spring Meadow Green. Has a more leafy dry leaf smell compared to #9

Straight: Almost like a hunter green luquor, with a pale green froth. Not bitter :)

Latte: Ahh it was great straight, and it was just as great as a latte! Definitely finding myself reaching for this mug more than the other :)


Colour: 70
Flavour: 82
Bitterness: 80
Suggested Price: $13

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drank Unknown Samples by Various
560 tasting notes

Red Leaf Tea – Sample #9
30 May 2014, side-by-side comparison with Sample #10

Dry: Darker, not so much olive, but.. same shade, a tad brighter.

Straight: Dark forest green liquor with an olive-like froth. Slight bitterness detected.

Latte: Nice! But a tad bland. A touch of sugar (on top of the already sweet vanilla almond milk) is needed to bring flavours out more.


Colour: 79
Flavour: 80
Bitterness: 73
Suggested Price: $11

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drank Unknown Samples by Various
235 tasting notes

Grapefruit black tea from some company I can’t remember the name of (sample is at work), from the Tea and Cards TTB. Horrible. Black tea and grapefruit is just a terrible TERRIBLE combination that should never exist. I love grapefruit. I love black tea. I hate them together. The grapefruit flavour was spot on but the combination was just a sad, sad waste of black tea. Very blech.

Cameron B.

Yeah that sounds like a perfect combination for a horribly bitter and sour tea…

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drank Unknown Samples by Various
560 tasting notes

Red Leaf Tea – Sample #8
30 May 2014, side-by-side comparison with Sample #7

Dry: Is it weird if I said that this was a really fluffy matcha? Like it didn’t clump all that much as I was scooping it out, which was different. It was lighter and took up a lot more space compared to other matchas I’ve had. Slightly dull, olive colour.

Straight: Just on the /edge/ of being bitter compared to #7. Forest green liquor with a brighter froth.

Latte: Used regular milk since my vanilla almond milk was finished yesterday. Ahh it’s good. I blame the milk! But it is a tasty tea, just not as great as #6 and #2


Colour: 71
Flavour: 72
Bitterness: 65
Suggested Price: $9

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560 tasting notes

Red Leaf Tea – Sample #7
30 May 2014, side-by-side comparison with Sample #8

Dry: Brighter than #8, definitely not as bright as #6 though! Looks more asparagus-y

Straight: Why is it that all my matchas taste bitter! Or maybe it’s just the tea? I made sure that it’s was well below 170 this time so it can’t be my water temperature! Looks a bit hunter green with a brighter shade/pale froth.

Latte: Used regular milk since my vanilla almond milk was finished yesterday. Ahh it’s good. I blame the milk! But it is a tasty tea, just not as great as #6 and #2


Colour: 79
Flavour: 76
Bitterness: 71
Suggested Price: $10

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560 tasting notes

Red Leaf Tea – Sample #6
30 May 2014, side-by-side comparison with Sample #5

Dry: Quite possibly the brightest matcha I’ve ever seen! SO vibrant and SO green. Picture like a really bright, granny smith apple.

Straight: Oh my gosh. This can possibly be the BEST matcha I’ve ever had. It has the brightest green liquor to it, the brightest froth on top, and it isn’t bitter at all! I think I can actually enjoy this STRAIGHT. Like I don’t like straight matcha all that much, I almost always have it as a latte with vanilla almond milk, but this is so good that I can just SHOVE THE MATCHA POWDER DOWN MY THROAT. Okay probably not that but this tea is crazy amazing.

Latte: And this tea does well yet again! Seriously. The milk helps bring the flavour out a lot more. In comparison to #5, this has really stuck out since opening the package. The colour was amazing from start to finish, and the taste was just heavenly. I can tell that this is probably one of the higher grade matchas I received. Thank you SO much Red Leaf Tea for giving me the opportunity to try all these matchas!! This is definitely something I enjoyed :)


Colour: 95
Flavour: 88
Bitterness: 89
Suggested Price: $1 ((hehe because I want more at an affordable price! But in all honesty, I feel like this is deserving of $40-$50. It is by far the best matcha I’ve ever had… and I have 8 more samples to go!))

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Red Leaf Tea – Sample #5
30 May 2014, side-by-side comparison with Sample #6

Dry: Wow. This has a very dull and dark green colour, almost like moss. Grassy scent is very pronounced.

Straight: This matcha is so dark and so bitter. And I KNOW that my water wasn’t too hot since I legit waited so long and my thermometer read 170 and thats 5 degress less than recommended! Or at least, from what I’ve read, 175 is ideal temp, right?

Latte: Weak and bland, but at least the milk helps a little bit. Well actually, this as a latte isn’t that bad. I’ll just probably never drink it straight because… no. You know, I’ll probably just cook with this matcha. Throw it in my dough when I make my pasta, or like make cupcakes out of it! Sad to say that I really didn’t enjoy this all that much :(


Colour: 35
Flavour: 55
Bitterness: 50
Suggested Price: $5

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Red Leaf Tea – Sample #3
30 May 2014, side-by-side comparison with Sample #4

Dry: Hmm.. not as vibrant as prrevious matchas. A bit brighter than 4 though.

Straight: Dark green liquor. GRASSY AND BITTER :/ Dang. My water may have been too hot since my other matcha was very bitter as well. It was at 180! Ahh well, 5° may have been a bit too much. I’ll see how it tastes as a latte

Latte: Hmm… did’t do that much of a difference? No bitterness, but the sweetness of the milk was just not present. Added sugar and made a bit of a difference, but the other cup is still significantly better.


Colour: 60
Flavour: 60
Bitterness: 50
Suggested Price: ((I’ll edit this later))

//will try again later with a lower temperature water haha

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560 tasting notes

Red Leaf Tea – Sample #4
30 May 2014, side-by-side comparison with Sample #3

Dry: Not as vibrant as previous matchas.

Straight: Dark green liquor. Grassy and bitter as well. Ahh my water might have been a bit too hot? Ahh well, I’ll see how well it does when I add milk to it.

Latte: So SO much better. I the milk definitely helped; the bitterness was replaced by nice and sweet flavours. No need to sweeten :)


Colour: 60
Flavour: 65
Bitterness: 63
Suggested Price: ((I’ll edit this later))

//will try again later with a lower temperature water haha

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560 tasting notes

Red Leaf Tea – Sample #1
30 May 2014, side-by-side comparison with Sample #2

Dry: Nice vibrant green colour. A bit less aromatic as compared to Sample #2

Straight: Just tastes like watered down green tea? Decent, but I’ve had better.

Latte: Ahh well, this is how I like my matchas! It’s still okay though. The matcha base was a bit bland, even with a touch of sugar for an attempt to bring the flavours out more. The vanilla almond milk helped bring it out, but there’s only so much you can do with an okay matcha base.


Colour: 80
Flavour: 70
Bitterness: 70
Suggested Price: $10

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Red Leaf Tea – Sample #2
30 May 2014, side-by-side comparison with Sample #1

Dry: Nice vibrant green colour. Slightly more aromatic than Sample #1

Straight: A really nice matcha! Great green colour, and tastes… like grass. Which is how it should taste haha.

Latte: Oh this is wonderful! I really like this matcha. At first I was slightly afraid when I saw the package. I’ve only ever had just a couple matchas before, and I definitely thought that all these teas were going to taste the exact same, but I really do see a difference between Sample #1 and #2. This one was much more flavourful from start to finish. I find myself reaching for this cup more often, so sample #2 wins this round!


Colour: 86
Flavour: 88
Bitterness: 89
Suggested Price: $15

Cheri

I hope we get to find out which is what. This sounds good.

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drank Kerbal Krunch by Various
1247 tasting notes

Anna – this is for you. I don’t have a keemun so I opted for Moscow Nights from Empire Tea Services combined with Creamy Earl Grey from Zenjala. MN is a smoky LS with a touch of bergamot. CEG is EG with vanilla. Close as I can come this morning to rocket fuel and toasted Kerbals.

Both teas are sipdowns so there are no do overs, just like hitting Mun at 500m/s because you ran out of fuel – again. I love the smell of toasty Kerbals in the morning.

Just thinking a Genmaicha Earl Grey might work even better and if it had just a touch of mallow to give that squishy tiny brain feel. Mmmm Mmmm.

TheTeaFairy

Hahaha! Good one, I remember yesterday’s thread, Anna will be pleased :-)

gmathis

Kerbal Krunch…that could be a breakfast cereal!

TheTeaFairy

Ahah! Agreed gmatis! But steepster being a top notch learning institution, I now know what a Kerbal is…definitely not cereal…though they do seem crunchy. KS, have you tried eating one yet???

mrmopar

You have to stop hitting the Mun!

K S

Once the Kerbals hit Mun it is really more of a lightly crunchy liquid diet. :)

Mrmopar at least I’m hitting what I’m aiming at now. Just need to hit it with a feather pillow instead of a bus.

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90

Drinking puerh at 2 AM means I’ve pretty much given up on “tomorrow”. I’ll be up all night with this awesome fruity leather tea. I’m on like steep #8 and still going. Sa da tey my dammies.

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90

It’s 20 year old tea. That’s cool. My tasting notes on this aren’t very concise because I’m also smoking hookah and eating pizza rolls, but lemme tell you, it’s some dark tea. Full bodied, full flavored, earth, and leather. I’ve never really been much of a puerh drinker but I seriously appreciate that there’s no fishyness in this one like I get with some shu puerhs. It’s just very leathery with a sweetness on the finish. It’s probably not the best 20 year old puerh out there but, it’s ok.

EDIT: No, you know what? It’s better than ok. It’s fruity after five steepings. I’m bumping up my rating.

TheTeaFairy

Almost bought this one on my last spectacularly large sample order from Tealux. Will definitely put it on the list.
Blame it on the hookah, but now I’m wondering if there were any pu’erh lovers in The Sergent Pepper Lonely Heart Club Band… That’s what your review made me think of…imagination running wild tonight! (major lack of sleep)
One thing I’m sure though is they weren’t eating pizza rolls :-)

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, I was just thinking, that’s a pretty interesting combination :)

My Friend Rashad

I was also reading Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance while sitting in a papasan if that helps your visual.

TheTeaFairy

Awww, thank you, now the visual is complete! PS, are you really reading Robert Pirsig? Read it in French for school many years ago as a mandatory philosophy reading…

My Friend Rashad

I am totally reading Mr. Pirsig’s inquiry into values for fun right now. And I’m still drinking puerh 3 hours later.

TheTeaFairy

I don’t remember much, but the urge to leave on a road trip to Montana did come to mind at the time…unless I am mistaking with another novel? Could be…

My Friend Rashad

No that’s correct. Rural Minnesota is insanely beautiful in the spring. You should go.

ashmanra

My “Experimental Techniques of the 20th Century” music professor was obsessed with that book! He talked about it all the time. Sounds like you had a great evening and some great tea.

Shmiracles

i knew my kindle was missing something…. just uploaded! thanks for the reminder!

Terri HarpLady

I read that book the year I bought my Harley!
And yes, Rashad, that’s a great visual, & I bet you were barefoot too! :)

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drank Tea Cookies by Various
60 tasting notes

In the photo for this ‘tea’ the cookies I made are in this order from L to R- Loki, Honeybush Chocolate, Luna Lovegood, Earl Grey Lavender

LUNA LOVEGOOD- earl grey lavender, rooibos jasmine, guanabana
These cookies are delicately floral with a sweet fruitiness that sneaks in towards the back of your mouth as you eat them. Delicious!

LOKI – gunpowder, spearmint, rooibos jasmine
The Loki shortbread is by far my favorite. Delightfully minty with a hint of sweet smoke and lingering floral undertone. Seriously everyone should make cookies with Loki.

HONEYBUSH CHOCOLATE-
Very bright cocoa-y flavor. The natural sweetness of the honeybush is perfect for baking with. However I wish I’d have crushed the tea a little finer (I don’t have a food processor or blender so I put all the teas between coffee filters and used a heavy jar to crush them) because this tea is particularly firm & the pieces can get kind of stuck in your teeth which is kind of offputting. The flavor is great though, so I’ll risk it! :D

EARL GREY LAVENDER
These cookies didn’t turn out quite right. I actually had to toss out all but a few because they spread out weird and got brown & too crunchy & kind of icky. Not sure if it was a lack of butter or too much butter… No idea. I made the mistake of deciding once I’d already creamed all the suger/butter for a big batch of shortbread that I wanted to do multiple flavors & these cookies clearly didn’t get the same amount of butter as the other flavors…

That being said though, the few cookies that didn’t turn out as weirdly were good. The flavor was really subtle (maybe the errors in the recipe contributed) but you could detect a gentle floral & ever so light bergamot taste. I’ll try making these again another time & correct my mistakes & see if it helps the flavors :)

Azzrian

Wow!!! Wish I lived by you! :)

Tawny Kira

want me to send you some? :D

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drank Cold Brew Teas 4 by Various
101 tasting notes

For three of the four teas reviewed here, I used a slightly different technique. I covered the teabags with very hot tap water [45 sec to 1 min at about 120-130F]. I did this instead of heating the kettle, which is heated to a 30-40 degree higher temperature. Then, I filled my press with cold filtered water and refrigerated for a nice cold brew.

Ginger & Honey Green Tea-St. Dalfour

I used 4 teabags and steeped in my tea glass for 13 hours. This second time cold brewing this tea yielded similar results as noted in my * Cold Brew Teas 2* review. Full green tea flavor and pucker factor without astringency or bitterness. Little to no honey flavor noticeable. Basically, the green tea and ginger [kicking as usual-just the way I like it!] have the same [or nearly so] fullness, strength, and presence I tasted & noted in my first review. You can’t go wrong with this one. It is a very refreshing cold brew! :)) Score: 88.

Cupped: Monday, July 9, 2012. Reviewed: Thursday, July 12, 2012.

Ginger Tea by Yamamotoyama-Stash Tea

This tea was also prepared per instructions & refrigerated for 15 hours!! I had wanted to cool it no more than 12 hours but forgot about it. It probably turned out a bit stronger at 15 hours, but I didn’t care. I LOVE GINGER!! I really couldn’t taste the green tea or safflower. YES the ginger was strong, and DELICIOUS! The ginger played on my tongue like a guitarist abusing a triple neck guitar-and I loved every minute of it!! :)) All I can do is shout, ENCORE!! ENCORE!! :D Score: 97.

Cupped: Tuesday, July 10, 2012. Reviewed: Thursday, July 12, 2012.

Perfect Peach-Bigelow Tea

I made a quick Iced Tea using these old teabags, putting my remaining 4 teabags in my glass press, covering it with boiling water, steeping it for 5 minutes, adding about one cup (8 oz) of ice, and cold water. Here are the ingredients:

Ingredients: rose hips, hibiscus, peaches, natural and artificial peach flavor (soy lecithin), spices, orange peel, lemon peel, apples, strawberry leaves, roasted chicory.

The steeping tea was a dark orange and smelled of rose hips, hibiscus, & peaches. Then I tasted it. It mainly tasted like rosehips and HICH-biscus. :// After I swallowed the tartness (& it faded a little), I was picking up the peach flavor and the orange peel. I was glad to be tasting flavors other than HICH-biscus. There just wasn’t enough peach flavor in this blend. It was a little to tart, and didn’t have enough peach flavor for me; especially since it’s labeled “Perfect Peach”. It was a fairly good herbal tea, but not even close to a perfect peach! :// Score: 73.

Cupped & Reviewed: Thursday, July 12, 2012.

Earl Grey Tea-Twinings of London

Using the steeping method above, I used 4 teabags and refrigerated for 10.5 hours. Probably could have shortened the steep time to 8 hours. There was a tremendous aroma of bergamot!! The tea flavor noted in my hot brew review, is completely overpowered by the bergamot here. That’s O.K.-IT’S ALL GOOD! :)) The bergamot is very refreshing, & only intensifies on the back of my palate. :)) A great cold brewed tea! :D Score: 91.

Cupped & Reviewed: Thursday, July 12, 2012.

Preparation
Iced 1 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

All this cold tea, you should be shivering!

ScottTeaMan

I had 9 cups of tea Thursday, at 8-9 Oz each, that’s 72-81 oz, plus I had milk & water! That’s well over 100 oz of fluids, and alot of caffeine. I was running most of the day, ya know?! ://

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drank Cold Brew Tea 3 by Various
101 tasting notes

Good Day Steepies! Here’s my third iced tea review where I used my cold brew method giving the leaves a 30-45 second wake up call [using water no
hotter than 170-180F], then I added cold water and let the teas steep in the fridge.

Arizona-Green Tea With Ginseng and Honey

INGREDIENTS: Premium Brewed Green Tea Using Filtered Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Honey, Citric Acid, Natural Flavors, Ginseng Extract, Vitamin C.

Every once in a while I like a quick glass of this bottled, store shelf tea. It is my favorite bottled tea because it is not too sweet. The green tea flavor is there, but it is light tasting and seems barely noticeable. I really like the honey flavor, and I’m sure some of what I’m tasting is the HFCS. The ginseng is very light and barely there. You must be thinking to yourself, “If the tea and ginseng are on the light side, why do I like the tea?”. Well, even though that is the case, the honey and sweetness of this tea is light, yet quite flavorful, thirst-quenching and delicious. :)) Score: 73.

Cupped: Thursday, June 28, 2012.

Reviewed: Monday, July 2, 2012.

AriZona-Arnold Palmer Lite Half & Half Iced Tea Lemonade 23-Ounce Cans

*Half iced tea and half lemonade
*Widely known for its refreshing taste and ability to revive senses
*Great tasting tea with 1/3 less calories

OK, here’s one more store bought tea I enjoy. I’ve always liked iced tea & lemonade, and I like this because it is not over sweetened. The tea is good but mellow. The lemonade is lightly tart, and only a little more up front and noticeable on my palate than the tea. I’m sure part of the reason for that is the citric acid. Overall, this is a nicely balanced and refreshing summer beverage that is great anytime. :)) Score: 72.

Cupped: Thursday, June 28, 2012.

Reviewed: Monday, July 2, 2012.

Red Rose-Original Blend

I used four teabags & cold brewed in the refrigerator. I had intended to leave it cold brewing for 12 hours which would have been perfect, but I forgot about it and left it for 19.5 hours! Luckily, Red Rose is a rather mild blend, so the results weren’t terrible. The color was like a murky medium to dark brown. There was a good tea flavor, and the taste wasn’t harsh. The tea and its flavor were not quite as smooth as I would have liked, being somewhat heavy on my tongue. There was a mild astringency, and slight pucker factor on the back of my palate. Dispite my mistake, this experience was worth it and the tea tasted better than I expected. Score: 77.

Cupped: Sunday, July 1, 2012. Reviewed: Monday, July 2, 2012.

Irish Breakfast Tea-Twinings

I used four teabags & left this tea in the refrigerator for 12 hours. The tea is a dark brownish-red and I could really smell the Assam tea in this blend. The Assam was most noteable in the flavor too, giving it a deep malty character. This gave the tea a fullness while remaining smooth. What I found interesting was how flavor clung to my palate for quite a while after my tea was gone. A very satisfying & inexpensive cold brewed tea. :)) Score: 79.

Originally Cupped & Reviewed: Monday, July 2, 2012.

Preparation
Iced 0 min, 30 sec
Azzrian

The wake up call idea is pretty cool. I’ll have to try that!

ScottTeaMan

I do that, and it is similar to washing Oolongs or Puerhs, because it not only washes the tea, but also makes the leaves open a tad and brings out more flavors. Preparing it this way, it is still cold brewed, but is more flavorful than a straight cold brew.

ScottTeaMan

That’s also why I use water well below boiling and keep steeps extremely short. I want to maintain the cold brewing process and character as closely as possible, while giving the tea more flavor. It’s a minor compromise, without compromising the process. :))

Kittenna

I like the idea, and have tried it successfully myself with tea blends I want to cold-steep. Tisanes it’s probably unnecessary for, I would imagine(?)

ScottTeaMan

I’m not sure about the tisanes part of it, but it could be true. I mean it would subdue a strong peppermint a bit I’m sure. ;))

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drank Cold Brew Teas 2 by Various
101 tasting notes

Another cold brewed tea review using three different teas! I steeped all teas in my glass press which is 18-20 oz. Also, I rinsed the leaves for 30-45 seconds at around 175F.

Ceylon Silver Striped, Ratnapura, Sri Lanka-The Tao of Tea

Using one level TBSP, with the water just covering the leaves, then I filled with cold water & put tea in refrigerator for 12 hours. This was a really good cold tea. I was getting a dark, full flavor with quite a bit of the molasses character. It also had a malty aspect that I enjoyed very much! This Ceylon had no lemony or minty characteristics that many Ceylons do. I also wasn’t picking up any astringency on my palate, which makes this tea ideal for an enjoyable cold brewed summer tea. :)) Score: 91.

Cupped: Sunday, June 10, 2012. Reviewed: Saturday, June 23, 2012.

Orange Cranberry Herbal Iced Tea-Stash Tea

I found this, and it was old, so I decided to use it up. My teabag was packaged in a silver foil bag and made 1/2 a gallon. I put it in the refrigerator for 8 hours. Here are the ingredients for this blend: hibiscus, rosehips, lemongrass, orange peel, natural cranberry flavor, natural wild sweet orange flavor.

So here’s the deal. As you can see the main ingredient is the dreaded Hibiscus. I hate the way the tartness from the dreaded H overpowered everything! Maybe there was some Cranberry flavor in there, but it was hard to tell where the tartness from the hibiscus ended and the cranberry flavoring began! :-// It took me two days to drink this crap. YUCK!!! Score: WAY below a 40, and after that who cares!

Cupped: Monday & Tuesday, June 11-12, 2012.

Reviewed: Saturday, June 23, 2012.

Ginger & Honey Green Tea-St. Dalfour

I used 5 teabags and steeped in my tea glass for 12 hours. This is another green tea that I like better cold brewed than hot. The Sri Lankan green tea is not astringent or bitter, but does have a full green tea flavor that makes my mouth pucker. I’m not tasting the honey, but the ginger has a stronger presence. The green tea pleasantly coats my palate, while the ginger dances [with chest high kicks] on the back of my tongue bringing a smile to my face. :)) I may use the rest of my teabags strictly for cold brewing refreshment. :)) Score: 88.

Cupped: Friday, June 22, 2012. Reviewed: Saturday, June 23, 2012.

Preparation
Iced 0 min, 45 sec
Missy

Glad to see you back!

ScottTeaMan

Thanks Missy…….I guess you MISSed me. ;))

Bonnie

Misseded you too!

Charles Thomas Draper

I am glad you enjoy this process of brewing.

Missy

lol :D

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I haven’t cold brewed green tea before, but I thought I’d give it a try using three different green teas! I steeped all teas in my glass press which is 18-20 oz.

Gu Zhang Mao Jian Organic (ZG54)-Upton Tea Imports

Using two level TBSP, I rinsed the leaves for 30 seconds at approximately 170 degrees—just long enough to wake them up. :)) The water just covering
the leaves, then I filled with cold water & put tea in refrigerator for 18 hours.

The tea looked cloudy until I poured it in my glass. It smelled a little sweet. There wasn’t any creamy, or vegetal aspects I noted in my other review. It did have a full mouth pucker to it-quite astringent, but short of being bitter. It was flavorful and quenching, but not as sweet as I thought it would be. Slightly less tea, and/or cold steep (say 12 hours), would make this better. It was still enjoyable. Score: 79.

Note: The leaves did not fully open, so I had two decent cups of hot tea with the same leaves.

Cupped: Monday, June 4, 2012. Reviewed: Tuesday, June 5, 2012.

Arya Estate Emerald Second Flush 2010-Thunderbolt Tea

This larger leaf tea is harder to judge and measure, but a best guess would be 3 to 4 TBSP at 170-180 for 30 second rinse as above. Refrigerated for 12
hours. Tea seemed only slightly cloudy, and lighter in color. This tea had a sweet smell to it. The taste was clean and sweet, with a creamy nature, & a light tangy grape-like quality. This was a really smooth, delicious chilled green tea. I could drink this cold all summer. Score: 91.

Note: Had one additional cup of hot tea. :))

Cupped & Reviewed: Tuesday, June 5, 2012.

Bangkok Blend-Harney & Sons

I used one heaping TBSP at around 180 and a 30 second rinse as above. Refrigerated for 12 hours. Tea had a nice yellow-green color. I could smell the sweetness of the coconut and lemongrass immediately! The taste was so naturally sweet and thirst quenching! Light, yet flavorful, the flavors of the coconut and lemongrass washed over my palate. The Bancha was in perfect balance, its light quality had strength & very light astringency. This character only added to the tastiness of the brew-adding a pop that rejuvenated my spirit. :)) To me, the ginger was lacking, but overall this blend-dare I say…….excited me!

The only disappointment was that I wish I would have made more. :-// The flavors and strength were not as full as brewing this tea hot, but for a cold brew it earns higher marks. Score: 93.

A cup or two of hot tea will be just right before I fall asleep tonight. :))

Cupped & Reviewed: Wednesday, June 6, 2012. D-Day.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Bonnie

When Steepster got stuck, your review was hanging there at the top for a long time! Was that the plan! Attention gitter!!! Hahaha!

SimpliciTEA

I appreciate your notes on how to best brew these teas to make iced tea: do a hot ‘rinse’ to wake up the leaves, then ice them; very interesting. I will definitely have to try this!

ScottTeaMan

It works for me, and it will not hurt to try it. :))

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drank Mugicha by Various
1287 tasting notes

Mmmmmm one of my favourites, despite that I only have the bagged variety… and I know how amazing it can be when done up right!! (ie. looseleaf, brewed proper) It is easier to make this simple bagged kind though… just place the bag in a pot, fill with water… and wait an hour or so- if you prefer an extra chill, put it in the fridge, but I have sensitive teeth so room temperature is great for me.
It is a cold tea though, not really one that goes down easy when hot.
Anyhow… I love the roasted flavour that comes out, and the mild bitterness that follows in the aftertaste… and I think there is a nutty flavour to, which I also like but can get a little abrasive at times.
On those days when I feel hydration is in order, this is what I rely on. The flavour comes out almost immediately after dunking so I often don’t bother waiting for it to steep- essentially giving me simple flavoured water :)
—this tea is a great source of calcium to, and with my dislike of milk I need all the calcium I can get!!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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