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97 Tasting Notes

85

I got a sample of this and I will be going back for more. I’d never tried holy basil before… but I think I really like it. =] It blends well with the cinnamon, and the puerh in the background… I’ll pay a little more attention on the subsequent steeps, but it was a lovely end to my night.

OMGsrsly

I find the tulsi disappears in the subsequent steeps, but since I also love cinnamon I don’t mind so much. :)

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80

Wow, this stuff is pretty addicting. I got it because it was on sale, and my 5 oz package disappeared in just a few days… I didn’t bother using the blender, I just shook it up in a mason jar with whole milk and a dash of cream. I tried it with almond milk too, but I wasn’t a fan of that particular combo.

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drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
97 tasting notes

Let the record show that I have tried this one. Once. I got a sample from Lupicia through the newsletter thingummy, I used boiling water, and I’m pretty sure I overbrewed it… and it’s okay. I’m pretty sure I like the black version better, though. If I buy this again I’ll get the black version.

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85

I spent a loooong time today standing in front of my tea cabinet and wandering around my kitchen, trying to decide what tea to drink. It was that kind of day. But I’m glad I picked this one, because it’s made my whole room smell like oatmeal cookies. And it tastes like one too!

Sil

looking forward to trying my sample of this one soon!

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65
drank Grenada by Lupicia
97 tasting notes

I had a sample sachet from the newsletter. I didn’t really think much of it — it tasted kind of generically fruity to me. It went cold before I could finish the cup, but I enjoyed it more iced anyway — the guava really came out then and it was quite pleasant.

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drank Orange Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
97 tasting notes

I’m not even going to really review this one, because I’m pretty sure this is just me. For some reason, it smells almost exactly like Goo Gone to me. Like, the stuff you use to remove labels from jars… I can’t drink that! But I’m sure it’s not the tea’s fault. I might try a little bit hot with milk later…

Preparation
Iced

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drank Peach Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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I got this one from Lala, who warned me that she didn’t care for it, that it has a very chemical taste to it, and that it doesn’t taste like it smells. Which is unfortunate, because it smells pretty good! Like peach candy, kind of on the artificial end, which I happen to really like.

First tiny little sip: Wow, this is pretty chemical tasting. Not too bad, though. Oddly enough, it reminds me of the Harry Potter potions set that I had when I was little, although goodness knows what they put in those things.

Second, bigger sip: OH GOD YOU WERE RIGHT ABOUT THE BURNING. I’m… not really sure I can drink this. I think I’m going to try it as a latte, with lots of sugar. … and then I’ll probably send it along to the next person crazy enough to try it. =]

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Iced
Lala

Your post makes me laugh. It is exactly like the experience I had. I am happy you were at least willing to try it.

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drank Earl of Anxi by Verdant Tea
97 tasting notes

So after steeping them once in hot water, I decided to cold brew this one for the second infusion. One thing’s certain — it looks very pretty swirling around in the jar. I’m still not terribly impressed by this one, but I’m finding that if I drink it quickly, without stopping to think about every sip, then it’s pretty inoffensive. The goji berries with the fruitiness of the tieguanyin is pretty nice, and the pepperiness makes it a little more interesting. But I’m not blown away by it, either. I just don’t think this one’s for me. Probably won’t drink again.

Preparation
Iced

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drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
97 tasting notes

I was a little skeptical because of all the hype this tea gets, but I have to admit I’m pretty impressed. I’m finding this tea really good in a really subtle sort of way. It’s very light and very smooth, and there nothing even a little bit thorny or offensive about it. All the flavors melt together perfectly, nothing really sticks out. And it tastes… like what a black tea should taste like.

(It also reminds me a lot of the Zhu Rong Yunnan Black, but vanilla instead of chocolate. =])

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Drinking a cold steeped blend of the autumn and spring harvest tieguanyins from Verdant. I’m pretty sure cold brewed tieguanyin is one of my favorite things now.

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Iced

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Hi! I’m a linguistics major at a certain infamous east coast tech school, I write, I rock climb, and I have a mild obsession with Diana Wynne Jones.

I’m also Russian, which means I’ve been drinking tea all my life — always loose leaf, and always black. Black teas are still my favorite, but of course I dabble in a bit of everything. I really like ceylon, I recently discovered puer, and I’m having a lot of fun exploring flavored black teas (and making silly fandom blends on adagio…).

My tea cabinet may or may not be accurate at the moment, as I am transitioning between locations…

Rating system (work in progress):
95 – Wow!
85 – My favorites. Cupboard staple material.
75 – Really good. Debating whether to keep it around…
65 – Quite pleasant, but not for me. I probably won’t (re)purchase.
55 – Just okay.

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