162 Tasting Notes

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I don’t drink iced tea to often but this summer I have been finding myself preparing or ordering it more when I’m out. I always thought iced tea tasted very different from hot tea and it never really suited me so it seems things are changing with my palette!

This iced tea appealed to me because of the ease of making it. I simply had to place the tea bag in a bottle of water for an hour, take it out and I had iced tea. I put my water bottle with the tea bag in the fridge while I was getting ready this morning to test this out. Right before I left I discarded the bag and my water bottle went with me for the morning events. The tea definitely tastes green. Very green actually. The mint peeks in underneath giving the green taste a little extra something special. I quite like this and am glad to have found a cold brew iced tea for an on the go water bottle!

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It has been quite a while since I drank a Houjicha and I had forgotten how comforting they can be. After a busy day I made myself a cup of this and relished in the toasted goodness that came over me. There was no bitterness or odd flavors sticking out. I have had a not-so-nice Houjicha before and I am thankful this one was not a repeat experience! I found this tea had a roasty toasty flavor that was simply yummy. It helped to relax me after an eventful day and I just might have to add this to my list of teas to keep around!

Preparation
1 min, 0 sec

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91

Got back late last night from my trip to Michigan where I sadly had hardly any tea. So what better way to get back into the swing of things than to drink my favorite tea.

Oh…and some good news…I’m engaged!!

S

Congratulations jennlea!!

Erin

Congrats!!!

Auggy

Yay! Congratulations!

~lauren.

WOW – congratulations!

Angrboda

congratulations. :)

jennlea

Thanks everyone :)

Bethany

Congrats!

JacquelineM

Much happiness to both of you!

LENA

Awesome! Congrats!!!

takgoti

Eee! Congratulations indeed!

laurenpressley

Yay! Congratulations!

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drank Golden Yunnan by Rishi Tea
162 tasting notes

Drinking this again today because I really like it! Although I should probably stick to teas today that don’t have caffeine because I am jittery enough as it is. My sister-in-law is going to have a baby today or tomorrow and sadly they are in Texas which I hate. And I leave tomorrow for Michigan to meet my boyfriend’s family. So, yeah. I have a lot of nervous energy running through me. Definitely gonna be packing this in my suitcase for my trip!

takgoti

So much excitement! Congratulations on the future niece and good luck on your trip!

jennlea

Thanks so much!!

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drank Golden Yunnan by Rishi Tea
162 tasting notes

Wow, I am quite impressed with this tea! Has a wonderful smooth taste that is malty and has a dark sweetness to it. No astringency or bitterness and has a small hint of earthy pepper. To top it off, I was able to get 3 infusions out of 1 tsp and probably could get another one or two but have to head off to a rehearsal. I am really glad I picked this up!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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87
drank Sakura Sencha by Den's Tea
162 tasting notes

I am ready for Spring and after drinking this I want Spring to be here right this moment. This has a really nice flavor. The sencha and the cherry flavor blend together in an excellent way. Neither one overpowers or sticks out above the other. The cherry flavor is not fake at all which really surprised me. I have another cherry flavor tea in my collection that is so incredibly sickly sweet and fake that I really have to be in the mood for. This one however is perfectly refreshing, green, and sweet reminding me of Spring.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 45 sec
Cofftea

Ah! I wish I could drink this today, it seems to be Sakura Sencha day:)

Auggy

I’ve heard good things about this sencha but have always wondered – how close to cough syrup taste is the cherry flavoring?

jennlea

I despise the taste of cough syrup! Even the thought of it makes me gag. I did not think of cough syrup what-so-ever when I tasted this. The cherry isn’t overly cherry now that I think about it. Subtle and somewhat slightly floral.

Cofftea

Auggy, that’s exactly my worry as well. I don’t even like cherry flavored anything but real cherries. jennlea, the floral aspect makes sense if they use cherry blossoms.

Auggy

Awesome! Knowing that (and that you seem to be a co-sufferer in the fake-cherry nastiness) makes this very tempting now!

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91

The world at work is right again seeing as I have restocked the pyramid teabags at my tea station. Yay!!

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90

I am too exhausted to really write much, however this tea is wonderful. Has a floral oolong taste that is accompanied by a baked quality that compliments it perfectly. Had 2 steeps so far and will continue until I have sucked the life out of the leaves.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Haha I’m doing the same thing. Although I’m at the point where I want my leaves to die.

jennlea

Lol. I hate it when I want to move onto the next tea but the previous one isn’t dead yet and I feel like I waste them if I don’t use ‘em until they can’t give anymore.

Cofftea

lol yeah especially when you expected them to die a long? time ago. That’s why I love teas that morph as I infuse them so I don’t get sick of it.

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drank Valentines by Adagio Teas
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My students are celebrating Valentines Day today and the craziness is rampant. I figured I would drink the last of my sample today in hopes that I might get in the spirit. Is it working? No. I hated this day while I was in school and I still hate it. They are all getting stuff and comparing with other students who is most liked/loved. Even the teachers secretly compare who gets the most stuff. And it bugs me. At least I have a pile of candy on my desk to get me through the day even though I already feel sick from junk food…

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

It’s ok, I hate it too. We’ll get thru it together:)

Jillian

Boo, another holiday destroyed by rampant commercialism. :(

Cofftea

Jillian, Nah- I can trace the destruction (at least for me) on one specific person, which is much worse.

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84

Oh my goodness, oh my goodness! As I am drinking this it just hit me…this tastes like liquid Big Red!!! I haven’t had that gum in ages!

takgoti

HAHAHA! Did Big Red have a jingle? I remember Double Mint… All I can think of is the Mentos song now. …Oh no.

jennlea

I can’t think of a Big Red jingle but I just might pick up a pack at the store today, lol!

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