305 Tasting Notes

Caffeine-Free/Decaf Traveling Tea Box

This isn’t bad per say, but it reminds me of what my mom used to give me when I was sick growing up, with a generous portion of honey, so I’m not sure it’s something I’d necessary drink for pleasure. I think as far as lemon flavors are concerned, I prefer lemongrass and generally use that for cold-brew/lemonade-esque drinks. I used 1 sachet in my 12oz mug and added sweetener, because otherwise, to me, it tastes like medicine. Actually, it kind of tastes medicinal with sweetener added (funny since I love rooibos which people tend to associate with that word more than this plant), but nonetheless, the rest of the sachets will be continuing on in the box!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Caffeine-Free/Decaf Traveling Tea Box

This is my first time trying a Mariage Freres tea though I think I have a few samples that I’ve received in swaps. This has a nice strawberry flavor but I wouldn’t consider it anything special. I added sweetener. Will be letting this tea go on its journey.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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My husband received an array of bagged Stash teas from a coworker for the holidays (in a mug which was the only thing he was interested in). He gave me the teas.

This wasn’t too shabby! Usually, I’m not the biggest fan of mint teas, but this wasn’t overpowering; it was pretty smooth. Pardon my briefness, I had this at work about 8 hours ago at this point. I got a decent first steep out of my bag, tried a second – a no go. Not something I would expect from your typical bagged tea in any case. Anyway, this is good and I’d accept another bag but probably wouldn’t go out of my way to purchase.

Sipdown!

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(This was generously sent by Nicole quite awhile ago)

I’m trying to get through some of my older samples as I have quite a few thanks to swaps and traveling tea boxes. Also, I was working from home today which allowed me to use my variable kettle.

This is so tasty and manages to last for several steepings (I got 3 today). It’s almost syrupy, but in a good way. I didn’t manage a sipdown today and will probably get a few more cups out of the sample I received but definitely a good one if you like coconut and oolong!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Apparently, it’s about to snow again so a cup of this seemed rather fitting. I think this cup tastes the best of any time I’ve had it or maybe it’s just that I don’t remember it all that well, but it’s delicious. 2 Teavana perfect teaspoons (which I think are more like 1.5 tsp), 7 minute steep and some sweetener. It’s a bit creamy and spicy but not overpowering. I have just a tiny bit left of what my husband brought back from Montreal but then, of course, I also have that huge bag that I recently bought so I have plenty to enjoy!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I hope this doesn’t come off as ranty, but I’m using the chance combinations to do a tasting note of Herbal Infusions Cacao Tea and a few teaspoons of a random tub of cacao nibs I bought at Home Goods.

After trying the HI Cacao Tea, I did some research regarding cacao and the chocolate making process. Apparently, the husks that they are using for their tea are a byproduct of the chocolate making process; the cocoa beans are roasted and the husks/shells are sloughed off, leaving the inner nib that’s processed further into chocolate. Apparently, it’s very common that the husks/shells are sold as mulch ridiculously cheap. We’re talking 22 pounds for under $25 (not affiliated http://www.amazon.com/National-Cocoa-Shell-BLCH001-Blommer/dp/B000VYL2CA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1394904677&sr=8-1&keywords=cocoa+shell+mulch).

So, I wouldn’t necessary go out and buy mulch and make it into tea cause it wasn’t made specifically for human consumption, but the idea of spending so much on something that is sold so cheaply for other purposes seems really unnecessary to me.

I’ve taken a liking to the HI cacao tea and I actually find I like it even more mixed with the cacao nibs I bought. I’m too lazy at the moment to run downstairs, but it was a 8oz tub of organic nibs for $8.

I think though, that one could get a very similar result from buying whole cacao beans (included their shells) that were roasted (and specifically sold for human consumption) and using some kind of food processor to grind them up coarsely to use for tea. If you only like the husks, you can apparently, peel them by hand or by using some type of rolling pin, but I am super lazy and I like it all mixed together anyway. I found a few youtube videos that outlines that process; what’s funny, is these are all chocolate making videos and the husks are thought of as the waste in the process!

Just my two cents!

Sil

nice experiment! :)

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This is surprisingly good, though I did sweeten it so the mango flavor was pretty evident. I brought a whole bunch of bagged teas to work to get through them as I prefer loose leaf at home. Anyway, this didn’t get bitter even when using the office’s hot water (where I can’t tell the temperature). I used the same bag for 2 cups and it held up pretty well. Not something I would seek out, but maybe with a sale or something, I wouldn’t mind it again. I think I have 1 more bag and than I’ll be out.

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Semi-sipdown for this as I’ve finished off my first 2oz of it that I bought in 2013 but I have another 2oz from the Heavenly sale from January. As I say in all of my tasting notes of this tea, sweetened it tastes like raspberry jolly ranchers. I’ve been drinking it more lately as I’ve noticed the bag has been emptying and that still holds true but I think I’m a bit raspberry jolly-ranchered out for the moment.

I’m thinking of making it iced this summer, but it’s still cold enough for hot tea for the time being.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I bought a sampler of Zhenas Gypsy tea a few months ago and I carry it around with me whenever I travel. Today was an especially trying travel day. I left my house at 5am and I got to the hotel in the destination city at 7pm (or 9pm in my normal time zone). So, to unwind, this seemed like the perfect option. I wouldn’t really call this chocolate chai, but it’s a nice smooth blend that doesn’t scream rooibos. Now I’m going to bed!

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This is another tea I picked up in my recent Wegmans haul. It’s very reasonably priced ($39.99 per pound) and the tin that was at my local store had extra large leaves; not broken up dusty leaves. One of the things I like about the bulk tea is that you can be extra certain that your leaves are in peak condition!

Anyway, it’s super light so even filling up a good third of the bag, only resulted in just under an ounce which cost… $1 – pretty awesome!

This is a nice slightly buttery white tea with hints of peach. You definitely get peach in the aroma and a little in the taste, a hint of sweetener brought it out a bit more. It’s not bitter though I did err on the side of caution and only used 175 degree water. Really really nice and I can see myself repurchasing when I finish the sample I have.

It works to about the same price as the Adagio version but you don’t have to buy boatloads of tea to get free shipping, a major plus!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I recently discovered loose leaf tea and am already addicted (much to my husband’s dismay)! I prefer fruity teas iced and savory teas hot. Looking forward to drinking and chatting.

Some likes/dislikes I’ve been noticing:

Likes:
Pineapple
Jasmine
Fruity White Teas
lighters Blacks
Most Oolongs (especially greener varieties)
dessert teas
tisanes iced that don’t require added sweetener

Dislikes:
Spicy flavors unless in chai
astringent black teas
heavy ginger teas
teas with licorice (as primary ingredients – somehow I like some where the licorice is in the back drop)
heavily oxidized oolongs

For my own reference, I’m only placing “full size” teas in my cupboard.

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