594 Tasting Notes

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drank Mojito Marmalade by Tea Forte
594 tasting notes

A surprising sipdown! And a happy one at that :)
Nice pepperminty flavour with hints of lemon loveliness :) Sad to see it go, but happy it’s one less tea in my cupboard. Not to mention one more tin to store a sample in!

//end tasting note


Pointless life update:
DONE WITH FINANCE. I’M SO HAPPY.
Starting my Anthro paper right now. I’ve already mapped the coordinates, and organized our data. Now I just have to do the written portion of it! Pretty much she got animal remains (not necessarily human, but like bits of horse, dog and pig) and scattered them throughout the quad. We had to map it with a compass and our map has to be good enough to like recreate the scene. Dang.
But my forensic anthropology professor is WAY COOL. She said that this is a chance for creativity. Some people say the person got attacked by ninjas or zombies and whatnot. Just as long as we can explain how that person’s remains got scattered, we’re good!
I’ve decided that it’s going to be Doomsday round 2 with Daleks and Cybermen. They both attacked my university and everyone got evacuated to the Conference center (since that’s the direction of travel), but there was this one lone student that wasn’t fast enough. A Dalek caught up to him and did the suction cup thing and sucked the life out of him and enjoyed it a bit too much, hence the burnt bone fragments. Then a Cyberman got hold of the student and tore him to pieces as they marched over to the Conference center, hence all scatter throughout the quad. Oh this is going to be great :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 4 g 16 OZ / 473 ML
Cheri

That’s great that you can come up with something fun. It also probably makes reading all of the papers much easier for her.

carol who

Love the way you brought it back to my favorite, Doctor Who!

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drank Guava Goddess by G.T. Kombucha
594 tasting notes

Dude. I definitely feel like kombucha is an acquired taste.
Personally, I don’t lie straight kombucha. This is my sister’s favourite one from GT, but I prefer my kombucha with chia seed since I feel like it takes a bit of the vinegar-y/acidic taste.
This is good! I like guava so much more than the gingery Trilogy.
I’ve decided to just add chia seed to the bottles of kombucha in the fridge. Makes it much tastier :)

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drank Unknown Samples by Various
594 tasting notes

Red Leaf Tea – Sample #6
30 May 2014, side-by-side comparison with Sample #5

Dry: Quite possibly the brightest matcha I’ve ever seen! SO vibrant and SO green. Picture like a really bright, granny smith apple.

Straight: Oh my gosh. This can possibly be the BEST matcha I’ve ever had. It has the brightest green liquor to it, the brightest froth on top, and it isn’t bitter at all! I think I can actually enjoy this STRAIGHT. Like I don’t like straight matcha all that much, I almost always have it as a latte with vanilla almond milk, but this is so good that I can just SHOVE THE MATCHA POWDER DOWN MY THROAT. Okay probably not that but this tea is crazy amazing.

Latte: And this tea does well yet again! Seriously. The milk helps bring the flavour out a lot more. In comparison to #5, this has really stuck out since opening the package. The colour was amazing from start to finish, and the taste was just heavenly. I can tell that this is probably one of the higher grade matchas I received. Thank you SO much Red Leaf Tea for giving me the opportunity to try all these matchas!! This is definitely something I enjoyed :)


Colour: 95
Flavour: 88
Bitterness: 89
Suggested Price: $1 ((hehe because I want more at an affordable price! But in all honesty, I feel like this is deserving of $40-$50. It is by far the best matcha I’ve ever had… and I have 8 more samples to go!))

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drank Unknown Samples by Various
594 tasting notes

Red Leaf Tea – Sample #5
30 May 2014, side-by-side comparison with Sample #6

Dry: Wow. This has a very dull and dark green colour, almost like moss. Grassy scent is very pronounced.

Straight: This matcha is so dark and so bitter. And I KNOW that my water wasn’t too hot since I legit waited so long and my thermometer read 170 and thats 5 degress less than recommended! Or at least, from what I’ve read, 175 is ideal temp, right?

Latte: Weak and bland, but at least the milk helps a little bit. Well actually, this as a latte isn’t that bad. I’ll just probably never drink it straight because… no. You know, I’ll probably just cook with this matcha. Throw it in my dough when I make my pasta, or like make cupcakes out of it! Sad to say that I really didn’t enjoy this all that much :(


Colour: 35
Flavour: 55
Bitterness: 50
Suggested Price: $5

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100
drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
594 tasting notes

My leg hurts so much that it’s come to the point where I decided to sit in my desk chair and have my roommates roll me around the apartment ahhaa :)

But it’s 10 minutes past midnight and I still have a LOT of stuff to do in preparation for finals week next week! Wanted a cup of tea, but it’s also tasting note #500 sooo my special Honey Dew tea in my Troy & Abed in the Morning mug it is! And it’s perfect since it’s caffeine-free :)

also can I point out that they FINALLY updated their flavour suggestions. Dang, that took a while.

Flavors: Honeydew, Melon

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Memily

YESSSSSS best mug ever.

Shmiracles

happy 500 notes!! ♥ ♥ ♥

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50
drank Trilogy by G.T. Kombucha
594 tasting notes

Ahh yes. First cup of tea for the day because today was so freakin busy okay.
I didn’t get to my morning matcha so I was like falling asleep in class dang :/

But yeah. This is… okay. It’s very ginger-y and weird and ahh just drinking it to get rid of it


In other news, I think I pulled a muscle and I’m like limping all over the house right now.
I’ve got a midterm tomorrow and I barely studied.
I have lunch reservations for RKR, the student-run restaurant on campus (I’ll be taking that class next year!), and I’ve had those reservations for MONTHS now, and like half my party bailed on me today even when I asked them last week they said they’d be there.
I seem to be the only one who understands how to map for our anthro project and everyone’s emailing me and I’m like I HAVE OTHER THINGS TO TEND TO. GOODBYE.
I’m not even going to study for one of my midterms cuz I’ll need a 65% to pass that class with an A.
I have a nasty attitude when I get stressed out and I feel like everyone hates me because I don’t want to help them. Am v sorry. Going to tend to my needs first. kthxbai.

DISNEY IN LESS THAN TEN. ANOTHER THING TO STRESS OVER WOW.

Shmiracles

aww man i love this kombucha! it’s the one i always buy (if it’m not getting one from the tap) hahah

Mandy

Student run restaurant? That sound so cool! Good look with finals!

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85

The perfect tea to end the night withI Just your nice bedtime peppermint tea :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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78

I’m not the biggest fan of coconut, but this smelled more cake-y rather than coconut and ahhh such a wonderful dry leaf scent :)
Steeping, this takes on a light amber liquor, and the coconut does get more pronounced.
I really like how this has a slight vanilla flavour, and the coconut isn’t overpowering. I despise coconut, and I’m still trying coconut teas, and this one is definitely one of the better ones! Sorta hoped that the cake scent

Thank you QueenOfTarts for sending this my way!

Flavors: Coconut

Preparation
4 min, 15 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cheri

You’re braver than I am. I generally skip anything that is at least called coconut something.

jump62359

Ahh I forgot to thank QueenOfTarts for this sample!
Yeah, I never willingly buy anything with coconut or other flavours I’m not a fan of, but since it was given to me in a swap, it’s a chance for me to try something I probably would have never picked up :)

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81
drank Kukicha by Aiya
594 tasting notes

Took this from the TTTTB!

This was actually one that I didn’t sample, but I smelled it and it smelled sooo good so I just took it, hoping that my nose wasn’t playing with me. Crossing my fingers that this is a great tea!
Smells very green. Much like nori. Reminds me of that one green tea from December’s Steepster Select box; Karigace #22.
Opaque, light green liquor.
Slight vegetal taste, not as vegetal as other straight greens I’ve had and I really like this tea! Good job, nose. You’ve done well :)

Flavors: Grass, Spinach

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cheri

I really have enjoyed the kukicha that I’ve had before.

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Dude. I’ve been wanting to try this tea for so long now! I actually bought it like a good 2 months or so ago when I did my massive DAVIDsTEA haul and this was on the top of my list!
It smells very very much like a nice oolong throughout. From dry to steeping. Ahh I love oolongs so much. I love how it has tones of green tea and tones of black. I love the smokiness/roasty smell of oolongs as well. And the fact that when they unravel, you see humongo leaves ahh I just love them so much!

Mmmm so nice and smooth. A slightly stronger roasted oolong taste compared to other oolongs I’ve had. It tastes roasted, jut light and fluffy. Ahh I really like this so much! Definitely one of the better oolongs I’ve tasted :)

Flavors: Caramel

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cheri

I didn’t like this one. I noticed that they’ve recently started adding flavoring to it. Is your flavored or unflavored? (You supposedly can tell by the ingredients listed on the bag. If it doesn’t list flavor, it’s from before they added the flavoring.)

jump62359

“Chinese oolong tea from the Wuyi Mountains, natural flavouring.”

So I’m guessing it’s flavoured. Dang. Ahh well, I still really like it :)

Cheri

That’s the important part. Mine is unflavored, which means it’s older, but I ordered it less than a month ago. Crazy.

Mandy

I love oolongs too! I love watching the leaves expand in my french press, I find it endlessly fascinating!

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Kyra.
20.
Tea lover.
Chef in training.
Hospitality Management major.
DCP Alumni/Participant (starting June)
(jump62359 is my everything okay)

Teas in my cupboard are in my personal collection.
I’m always looking forward to reducing my stash so swappable teas are listed here:
http://odetopotato.tumblr.com/tea
(last updated: 11 Apr 2014)
Likes/dislikes here:
http://odetopotato.tumblr.com/teaprofile

Tea rating guide:
100-90: Best thing to ever touch my mouth and I want more. Restocking is a must
89-80: Love this tea. Restock if I can
79-70: Decent tea. Neither love nor hate.
69-60: I won’t be upset when it runs out. I’ll drink it but won’t restock.
59-30: I’ve done whatever I can to like this tea and I’ll finish the cup.
29-10: I’ve done whatever I can to like this tea. It may or may not have gone down the sink…
9-below: Let’s not even hide it. This definitely went down the drain.

I love tea.
I drink it.
I log it.
I have a good time.
Lather, rinse, repeat.

I first discovered my love for tea with Jasmine because that’s all my mother would buy, so for the longest time, I thought that all teas were jasmine! And then in 4th grade, I watched the tea episode of Good Eats and that’s when the education started! I’d like to blame Alton Brown for starting this obsession because now I only like loose leaf tea.
It wasn’t until my second year of college that I actually expanded my tea taste buds. Special shout out to Cara McGee, Queen Tea for her Adagio Fandom blends. Because of Cara, I actually started drinking blacks, herbals and whites and pretty much everything else in between. I still have a special love for my jasmine though :)
I drink tea daily. Usually just straight up, no sugar or milk with the exception of chai. I like chai with just a wee dash of milk and a sprinkle of sugar! This little obsession started young and just… kept going, I guess. I have friends who think I have a problem with tea, but I really don’t. Everything is good in moderation.
I also have a mug buying problem and I’ve got Disney to blame for that. At least all my mugs are being put to good use!

also I apologize in advance for lazy tasting notes and horrible grammar in everything I write. I’m an avid fandom blogger on tumblr we have some weird way of talking to each other and sometimes I forget that this isn’t tumblr oops

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