417 Tasting Notes

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The weather has suddenly gone from muggy-hot to a little chilly with a crispness to the wind in a matter of two days. Interesting. Anyway, the sudden change prompted me to brew up a warm cup of this delicious tea. The first cup had a strong (for me) black tea body followed by a jasmine taste that lingered afterward. When I steeped it for a second time, the black tea was definitely fading, but the floral tastes grew stronger, which I liked.

I’m also always amazed at how the tea leaves expand and really make themselves at home after being all scrunched up in tea storage. Oh, and my mouth is feeling kinda dry after drinking this. Does this happen to people? I never paid attention to it before, but now I’ll try.

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First day of school and I had morning classes, eek. As a non-morning person, I made sure to bring some of this tea on the go in my handy new Aladdin travel mug. I have found that the little basket in my mug tends to droop, leading to some unintended extra steeping time. However, unlike Precious White Peach (Teavana), this tea was a lot more forgiving in terms of bitterness. Of course, the other tea is a white peach tea, so I don’t know how that factors in. I just know I love peachy teas. Anyway, I have some down time between classes, so I’m going to go hunting for some hot water to resteep!

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Thanks to Josie Jade for sending me a few bags of this tea to try out! The dry tea bag smells like vanilla and reminds me of coffee (full disclosure, I’m not a coffee drinker, so you may disagree). After brewing, I can definitely smell more of the nuttiness coming through. It also is very dark like coffee (again, not a coffee drinker, bear with me). The tea tastes like vanilla at first and finishes with a nutty aftertaste. The black tea base seems weak but I’m not sure if that’s because it’s decaf. I think it would taste great with some milk added, but as I am still unpacking, I don’t want to swim through my stuff to go get some. I’m super sensitive to caffeine, so I’ve been on the hunt (sorta) for some good decafs and herbals. Next time I will try this with milk to determine whether to add this more permanently to my stash (haha, Stash, get it?).

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I’m all about convenience these past few days, so I’ve been grabbing a bunch of these tea bags. They’re forgiving if I leave them hanging out in my mug for a long time. I especially like drinking this with really spicy or perhaps even sweet foods because it has a grounding, almost palate-cleansing effect with the brown rice.

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Backlogging this from yesterday. I have been in the process of moving across the country, but I finally took a break from all the boxes of stuff I forgot I had to have some tea. I usually don’t really like unflavored teas. That being said, I like this tea because while it is flavored with apple, the black tea is the main star of this one. So it almost feels like I’m drinking a straight black tea but I still get the benefit of the flavor. Anyway, it was a nice tea to re-energize me and get me back up on my feet and unpacking!

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I was at the mall today and passed by Teavana. I’ve had some unpleasant in-store experiences, so I just passed right on by. On my way out of the mall, though, I was in a pretty good mood and thought I could probably handle any pushy salespeople. As soon as I entered, I told them I wanted an iced tea to go so they didn’t even have a chance to try to push things on me. The girl working was actually pretty nice and showed me some teas I might enjoy without pushing me to purchase any. Phew. I feel like this is turning into a diary entry, so let me just cut to the actual tea tasting part.

While my experience at Teavana was surprisingly pleasant, I was disappointed somewhat by this tea. I love love love asian pear, but this tea was not as sweet as the title might suggest. Also, the aftertaste is heavily floral/perfume-y. Not sure what elderflowers are, but maybe it was that? Whatever asian pear taste there might be was quickly replaced by the sensation that I had accidentally swallowed someone’s perfume. I had this tea on my shopping list originally to try, but I don’t think I will be purchasing more for myself. Oh well, at least I tried a cup (a ridiculously expensive one) before buying a bunch and regretting it!

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drank White Orchard by Mighty Leaf Tea
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BREAKING NEWS! I have slowly but surely been converting my mom into a tea drinker. About a month ago when I first started getting really into tea and discovered Steepster, I would ask my mom if she wanted a sip of whatever I was exploring. She would politely decline and stick with her usual coffee. Eventually curiosity got the best of her and she started taking a few sips at a time. Fast forward to tonight when I got home she casually asked if I was planning on having some tea. I said I probably wouldn’t and she basically demanded that I brew her up her own cup, haha! I’m still exploring teas and now I have someone to try with me (until I move back to Boston at least). Sorry for the rambling, I just wanted to revel in my proud moment there.

Now that storytime is over, I have found myself reaching for this tea more frequently these days almost as a palate cleanser. It’s reliable, clean, light, less caffeinated, and delicious. It can get slightly bitter if I don’t keep my eye on it, but still drinkable. As I’m exploring teas, I have come across some that I don’t like as much, so it’s always nice to have a cup of White Orchard to renew my faith and keep me going.

PS Whole Foods was having a 50% off sale on Mighty Leaf bagged teas, so I’ve basically stockpiled this tea. Yay!

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drank Pisces by Nina's Paris
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Thanks to Laurent for the rooibos samples! I’ve actually only had rooibos once before and did not care for it too much. Anyway, I didn’t look up what flavor this was supposed to be because I’m trying to train my nose/I like surprises. Upon smelling the dry leaves, I definitely detected the sweet tones of caramel. Likewise with the tea, there was a strong caramel scent. The caramel was not as strong in the taste of the tea, but still made for a decently sweet cuppa.

I’m not giving this an official number rating yet because I’m still trying to figure out my feelings about rooibos in general and don’t want this tea to get caught in the crossfire just yet. Good thing I have more samples to explore!

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drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
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So I received a coupon in the mail for $10 off at Sur La Table, hooray! Since I already have most of my baking needs covered, I decided to go for the cutest tea infuser: The Deep TEA Diver. I’m so enamored with it that my mom makes fun of me, haha.

Anyway, newly equipped with my deep tea diver, I turned to Paradise Green. I usually am nervous about green teas because I’ve had quite a few bitter experiences (literally) with green teas. I love this one, though because the fruity, tropical notes complement the green tea well while covering up the bitterness without any sweeteners. Yum!

Next time I may try this iced. Either way, I’m surprisingly happy about this one :)

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Mmmm peachy goodness. I just had this at a bakery that carried Lupicia teas, which was very convenient because I had been wanting to try this tea without having to buy a bunch of it. Now that I’ve tried it, though, I want to buy a bunch of it!

The smell and taste are a punch of peach flavor right away. As the cup cooled, the texture became a little more greasy, but that may be because I was eating at the same time, so I’m not gonna hold it against the tea until I try more of it.

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I’m a California girl temporarily located in Boston for school (brrr). I only recently got into teas because I’ve never really liked coffee (too bitter), but I have been a daily barley tea drinker since I was little.

Through some timid tastings and exploring, I so far like:
-Japanese green teas (genmaicha, hojicha, sencha, etc)
-Oolongs! (Most kinds except formosa and dan cong so far)
-Straight black teas
-English Breakfast teas
-Fruity teas (peach, apple, strawberry, other berries)

NOT a huge fan of rooibos, matcha, heavily artificial tasting teas, or anything gingery or peppery, but I’m trying to keep an open mind and taste everything that I can!

I’m trying to sample more straight teas and have been having pretty awesome discoveries so far. Thank goodness for sample sizes!

My tentative rating system:
90-100: Woohoo! I’m loving it, and I’m definitely restocking when I get the chance and/or crying when I’m out.

80-90: Yum! I’ll try to restock if it fits in my budget when I run out.

70-80: Probably would not buy again, but it was nice enough to finish the cup.

50-70: Would not choose this tea for myself if given the situation, but would not reject it if someone offered it to me and would gulp down politely.

50 or less: Nope. Don’t care to taste that tea again, sorry!

I’m always down to swap, so send me a message if anything in my cupboard is calling your name!

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