708 Tasting Notes

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Sipdown…

I, uh, decided to dump the whole packet in my timolino and cold steep all afternoon, but when I was ready to drink it, it was not steeped enough and was too weak. I knew I shoulda used a bit of hot water at the bottom first.

Oh well, this one is gone, but not forgotten. I do still like it, but I like the strawberry oolong best.

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My love for this has dwindled. It’s still way better than the Coffee Cake and Red Velvet Cake teas from DAVIDs, but there is still an artificial eh taste to it…so I am dropping my rating on this one, though I do still like it, so it will still be high-ish, but not as high.

All I’m really tasting is the cherry artificial taste right now. I might see if that changes with a cold steep…which reminds me, I have a cold steep in the fridge steeping and it is probably ready by now.

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83

Broke this out this morning. It’s the first, and probably only February Amoda tea I’ll have, because the others are too floral for me, and I have sensitivities to florals.

This is pretty tasty, but honestly, it is no better than the Sheng Pu Erh I can get locally from David’s. They’re extremely similar.

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86

Got this earlier today from CrowKettle when we met up for matcha earlier. She just gave me the last of what was in the bag.

So, the leaves are long and silverly, with a little fuzz, but less than I’ve seen before on other silver needle teas. Does it matter how much or how little fuzz there is? I don’t think so, but maybe there is something about that I don’t know.

I have a bit of a cold so I can’t really smell the tea much, but the taste is quite smooth. I’m getting a little citrus on the back of my tongue. The rest is sort of almond and apricot. I’m not really getting wood so much, though I am getting a nice body and mouthfeel, despite how the tea looks. It seems quite pale.

It’s a very good white tea, I’m reminded I need to have more straight teas like this more often.

Preparation
3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Anna

I had to read this three times. ‘Met up for a match of what?’

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Maybe it’s because I used maple syrup to sweeten, and perhaps too much, but this tasted funny. I’m gonna try it again with my organic cane sugar next time and see how it goes.

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90

Seriously love this tea.

Chocolate and coconut with delicate chai spices, simply wonderful. The base is just right, not overly astringent, smoky or strong…very mellow and balanced.

Fjellrev

I’m still shocked I didn’t grab a sample of this too haha. But there will always be a next time.

Plunkybug

It’s really good. I may try making a latte with the rest. I don’t know if I will get anymore right away, seeing as I need to pare stuff down. But for a chai, I think it may work as a year round one. The coconut makes it spring and summer, and the rest is hearty enough for fall and winter.

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Sipdown on this one…

I’m being bad and having a third serving of caffeine tea today instead of two. Oh well, from here out it’s caffeine free tonight.

I had thought about saving this one for the summer, and cold steeping it, but I decided I’d rather do a sipdown, since I have plenty of other teas to cold steep, and by then, I expect more. So, not worried for a lack of cold steeps…

I’ve sweetened this, but it is light and nutty, and there is body for a green tea. I do like this one, but I don’t know if it is my favorite. It might be in my rotation on a seasonal basis, but I’m not sure I’d get this too regularly, since there is so much more that I like better.

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Balcklog/sipdown…I had this a few days ago, thanks to Cavocorax and I do seem to remember liking it. It was light, but has some sweet notes to it, but I’m afraid I don’t remember exactly. I only had enough for one serving, and I made two steeps of this for work.

Like I said, it was pleasant and tasty enough, but I can’t recall specifics about the taste.

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79

Haven’t had this in a while; it was tasty but not my fave…probably a few servings left. Ido like the banana, but I find the base is too strong, so I def need milk with it.

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87

Decided to pop by the mall on the way to downtown after work, to kill some time before a show. I knew I wanted some caffeine to get me through the show later, but I knew I wanted tea instead of coffee. I was just gonna go to Starbucks or Timmies, but remembered the Teavana in the mall. So I opted to go there instead, and this is the drink I chose. I’ve had it before, so I played it safe. I had this only with sweetener, no milk this time, and it was fine. Mostly chocolate and coconut notes. Not a terribly strong brew, but it was fine.

As in the past, it’s pretty tasty, and one of the few teas from them I like. But I don’t know if I’d ever buy a tin of this or not. Might have a few more to go cups of this before deciding, as it is tasty, but I generally dislike going there.

Fjellrev

You’re mighty brave for even bothering! That place is just a waste of money for me, personally haha.

Plunkybug

Ha! Thanks!

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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 (except rose), 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.

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.

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.

Yes, I do trades…usually on request though. See something you want to try in my cupboard? Just shoot me a message and I’ll see what I can do!

Uh, guess that’s it.

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