639 Tasting Notes

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Needed some sort of caffeine-free fix tonight, and none of my sweet rooibos teas sounded appealing, so a spicy chai it is!
Ahh this one is lovely! Taken from the Marco Polo TTB

Great balance of spice, and a touch of sugar to pull the flavours out brought it all together :) The liquor is such a deep red, and it’s nice! Definitely doesn’t have that full black chai flavour, but this rooibos chai seems to do the trick. Hmm.. I don’t seem to taste the vanilla though. Just the rooibos and chai.

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drank dragon pearl jasmine by Or Tea
639 tasting notes

I had this tea this morning!
So.
Backstory.

I had the wonderful opportunity to meet with the GM of a hotel since she’s alumni from my college, and the meeting was this morning. Last week when she spoke at the event, she mentioned she was a Tea Master and I was all a;lsdkjfhsdflkjadf OKAY.
So today, when we met up one-on-one, I saw her tea tray on the table across her desk. I mentioned to her that I loved how she had a tea tray in her office, and she gestured over to the table behind her desk where she had all her teas displayed! I was amazed. And she had all her mugs displayed underneath as well.
So we started our meeting, and then she paused and offered me tea, and I’m all oh gosh, yes please! And I mentioned to her earlier that I really enjoyed Jasmine green tea, and she pulled this tea out.
Turns out that she has a friend who is working on a project in Shanghai right now, and when her friend visited, she brought this tea over, and this was the tea that I enjoyed during our meeting this morning :)


NOW ONTO THE TEA.
It was really good! The water that I was given was luckily not too hot. This was one of the lighter jasmines that I’ve had. Very smooth, and not bitter at all! Light and floral, and just a wonderful delicate tasting tea :)

Definitely on my must purchase list next time I happen to stumble upon it here in the States!

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drank Kukicha by Aiya
639 tasting notes

From round one of the Teeny Tiny Tea Box!

I remember loving this tea so much the first time I drank it, but sadly today, I let it steep for too long!
Roommate stepped on a piece of glass sooooo yeah. I kinda had other pressing matters to tend to!

But it’s still a lovely tea. I won’t let it slip my mind when I steep it again!

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A big ol shoutout to VariaTEA for sending this my way!
I just finished off the rest tonight :)

A lovely tea, a lovely rooibos! I haven’t had rooibos in so long, and I actually brewed it the normal way to see if my taste has changed, but nooope. I still like my rooibos in the hottest water ever steeping in 15+ minutes. I steep it for as long as I can!


In other news, my roommate tripped and fell down the stairs this morning sooooo it’s a party at our place and my roommates and I are in her room watching Netflix and drinking tea :))

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drank Caramel & Jasmin by Fauchon
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Got a sample of this from QueenOfTarts last summer!
She knew that I love jasmine teas, and I was just starting to enjoy dessert teas.

Who knew caramel and jasmine would work together?? The second I saw this tea, I was confused. Nice, sweet, dessert caramel, something that seems almost rustic (to me), with bright floral jasmine?? At first sniff, you get the caramel, then you just slowly inhale and you smell the brightness of the jasmine. And let me tell you, it smells impeccable!
It’s so weird! You can smell the caramel and jasmine separate from each other, even after brewing!

It’s so weird.
I’d like to say it works together, but I just get the dark dark caramel, and then an awkward bright floral aftertaste.

A lovely sample, and I was so excited when I get it in the package, so thank you QueenOfTarts, but sadly this is one jasmine tea I probably wouldn’t purchase for my own personal tea collection

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drank Ripe Mango Oolong by Lupicia
639 tasting notes

One midterm down, one more to go! Well, for this week, that is.

I’ve been bringing my laptop to work the past week so during those wee 15 minute break and 30 minute lunches, I would be able to do a bit of studying. It actually helped quite a lot! I just finished the easiest midterm ever, and now I’m enjoying this tea whilst studying for my next midterm.

My timolino needs… a heavy cleaning. I just poured hot water in it, and I have my tiny box of sachets in my bag so I can drink tea easily on the go, but I smelled my hot water and it smells so much like Harney & Son’s Chocolate Peppermint tea since like the past five times I’ve used my timolino, I had that tea. But luckily it’s just a sliiiiight flavour change, so I taste the mango more, most definitely :)

I love this tea tons! So happy I have more at home. But I love the mango flavouring in it and it’s probably been sitting in my timolino for the past 10 minutes and it still tastes fab. It’s just so refreshing and lovely, and I think this would be really nice iced! it’s starting to warm up here in Southern California so I think it may be time to start cold brewing some of my teas :)

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Sipdown!

Most definitely one of the oldest teas in my cupboard!
Got this from Shmiracles almost a year ago??
From my first swap ever :)

It may be old, but it held its flavour pretTy well! Got slightly bitter though, but nothing that my tastebuds can’t manage :)

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drank Jasmine by Unknown
639 tasting notes

Someone had this tea on Steepster so might as well use it.
My mom bought me some cheap Jasmine tea from the Asian market so I figured I’d use this tea for all my cold brews :) Good tea, but it does get bitter quickly from when I had it a couple weeks back hot.
But now it has been deemed my cold brew tea!

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drank Napa Blanc by Lupicia
639 tasting notes

Aww, this one got a tad bitter! So sad since this is a sipdown :( Maybe my second steeping would be much better!!

But this is such a lovely tea and I’m loving the fact that it tastes almost like white wine :) It’s definitely super different compared to other teas that I’ve had that are flavoured with grape.

This is just a very tea-that-tastes-like-alcohol type of day! First it was the Rosé, and now it’s the white wine!! Ahh I have a bottle of Mango Moscato in the refrigerator soooo… I’ll probably have some of that tonight! It’s not tea though but.. hey, it’s good!
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Backstory:
I’m actually writing my Restaurant review right now for school and I sorta forgot about this tea :( In one of my classes, we had to sit and eat in our fine dining restaurant on campus, and because of class, I had to order a drink, appetizer, entree and dessert. Yesterday, I got the 2011 Fantinel Pinot Grigio that paired with the Rocket Salad and it was so good! I remember when I first wrote the tasting not the first time I drank this tea, I’ve never had any sort of alcohol! Because of my major, ever since I turned 21, I made sure to try all sorts of drinks to develop my palette. I’ve already developed my tea palette, but not my wines or beers palette! And because next quarter, I’m going to be the Cost Control and Beverage Manager, at the beginning of the week, I have to try all the wines we have and make sure its good to serve to the guests :)

Sil

congrats! that sounds like great news :)

jump62359

I just reread my post and wow, so many exclamation points. I think I was just extremely happy when I wrote that hahah

Sil

nothing wrong with happy :)

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Hmm.. I’m still not very impressed with Teavana tea. The only reason why I have so much is because of Starbucks :))
So happy for Starbucks rewards though! My friend told me that this was one of her favourite teas, but it was not the pricier side so she never gets it. I offered to get it for her for my next reward, and we can split it. I just wanted to try it! And so I’m drinking it today and it’s… okay? I taste so much artificial flavouring though. Or maybe it’s just the rose. I’m not the biggest fan of rose teas but Anna loves it!
Instead of splitting the tea, I think I’m just going to give her the full oz :)

Hmm.. I’m still not very impressed with Teavana tea. The only reason why I have so much is because of Starbucks :))
So happy for Starbucks rewards though! My friend told me that this was one of her favourite teas, but it was not the pricier side so she never gets it. I offered to get it for her for my next reward, and we can split it. I just wanted to try it! And so I’m drinking it today and it’s… okay? I taste so much artificial flavouring though. Or maybe it’s just the rose. I’m not the biggest fan of rose teas but Anna loves it!
Instead of splitting the tea, I think I’m just going to give her the full oz :)I won’t be getting it again, even if it’ll be free for me.

Flavors: Artificial

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Kyra.
21.
Tea lover.
Chef in training.
Hospitality Management major.
DCP Alumni (WDW Fall 2013 and DLR Fall 2014)
(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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