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drank Plum Oolong by Teaopia
603 tasting notes

So, this was the the first of two tea lattes I got from Teaopia today. I had initially only planned on one, but while this one was being made, I was tempted into getting the other one later…a seed was planted and it was in the back of my mind all day. Last night, as I was leaving work, I decided to stop by Teaopia and smell a bunch to decide what I was going to have today…it was better to take that time, off the clock, rather than on. I smelled a bunch, though this was the first. And while many had possibilities, I decided oolong over black, and the plum over the creamy nut, since I have had that one before, and I decided to try something new so I could write about it here. And so it goes…

So, I first asked the SA whether she thought it would be ok as a latte, or whether it would be better to go with a black. I have had a white tea or green tea latte and, well, it was not stellar. She had thought it should be ok, but thought it best to use a little more leaf than usual and make it a bit stronger. That’s ok with me as I sometimes find the teas to go a little weak.

I admit, while the overall beverage was tasty, it was mostly the taste of sweetened milk, and just a hint of the tea. I think the steamed milk overpowered it. I can’t fault the tea, nor the SA (who IS awesome, btw), and I do want to try this tea again, though either not as a latte and just a wee dash of milk, or sans milk totally.

So while my experience with this tea isn’t fabulous, it was good, and I gave it a higher rating due to seeing the potential in this tea if prepared differently.

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I generally like a lot of tea. I do find I have a preference for flavored over unflavoured, but I do love a good straight tea as well.

Likes are too hard, since there are a lot. Dislikes are easier, so here they are.

Hibiscus. Blech. I can tolerate a little, depending on the brew, like Berry Good from Davids and Ruby Pie from Butiki…but in general, it’s too tart and too strong for me.

Licorice. Anything that remotely resembles licorice is out too, so that includes fennel and anise. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

Florals. I’m cool with petals in the tea to make them look pretty, and I’m cool with teas like oolongs having a floral note, but strong florals can give me migraines. Rose and jasmine are the biggest offenders. This is one where it can vary on the blend, as I can handle Teavivre’s Peach Jasmine Dragon Pearl tea because there is very little jasmine actually detectable in it.

Rooibos is hit or miss. I can do some, but not others. I handle green better than red, and honeybush better than rooibos.

Um, I have an extensive wishlist. It is both a list of things I want to get again, and things I want to try. If you are sending me something, and you want to know which is which, I’ll tell you via PM.

My ratings don’t have a particular scale or method, and may on occasion contradict themselves, but I’m honestly not fussed about that. Sometimes I don’t even rate at all.

Uh, guess that’s it.

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