681 Tasting Notes

80
drank Yume by Lupicia
681 tasting notes

This was a tea that I wasn’t actually planning on getting.
I wanted to get another tea, but they were sold out of it when I visited. The lady told me that this was similar, just this was black and the other was green buuuut I caved and got it!
I’ve had it before (like years ago) and I thought it was okay.
But now, it’s just decent? Not the best tea I’ve ever tasted, but decent. I still have a dislike for rose petals but I didn’t think that the rose was going to stand out so much. I smelled the dry leaves in the store and it was good! But steeping, the rose comes out a lot.
Not my favourites, but still drinkable and enjoyable :)

EDIT: I feel like I really like my teas as they cool down a bit. The taste of this tea was really strong in the rose when it was piping hot, but after a couple minutes to let it cool, I could actually taste some of the other flavours! Nice all around :)

Flavors: Flowers

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

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80
drank Nina's Japon by Nina's Paris
681 tasting notes

400th tasting note and I drank this hours ago but I never wrote down how I felt about the tea because I was skyping with one of my friends ahhh!

But I saved #400 just for this, because VariaTEA loves this tea so much!
From what I remember, this was darn good tea :)
I could taste each of the teas separately, and each tea brought out each flavour. I read the ingredients and was quite surprised that this blend had several distinct flavours, but dang it was good :)

Hopefully next time I have this tea, I’ll actually jot down what I actually felt about this tea instead of leaving to write it nearly 4 hours later! But definitely a great tea for tasting note #400 :)

Preparation
3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
VariaTEA

Congrats on 400 and I am glad you enjoyed this tea :)

Sil

Woot woot! Grats one 400!!!

jump62359

Thank you!

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70
drank Big Apple by DAVIDsTEA
681 tasting notes

Tea. Sipdown. Apples and things.
I’ve got projects and things so please excuse this terrible tasting note haha

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML
VariaTEA

Haha good luck on your projects. And the note is not terribl. I mean, you covered the basics and that’s what counts.

VariaTEA

*terrible. Wow I am having issues with spelling today.

jump62359

Hahha thank you! It’s week 4 right now so I pretty much have a project/midterm/paper whatever the heck it is every week till finals week :/ Ahh well, I’ve got the tea to keep me going :)

VariaTEA

That sucks. Don’t worry though, you will get through it and it will be wonderful. Right now I am working on my very last final for my bachelors degree. I have already passed the class so I am so tempted to not do anything, which probably explains my slacking off until now when it is due at 9 am tomorrow. Ooops. Oh well. I figured I will do what I can and hand it in and whatever I get, I get.

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70

From shmiracles!

I think I’ve finally come into realization that I drink too much tea. Like there actually is a thing called too much tea, and this lady drank like 1-2 gallons of black tea a day and her bones became weak soooo I don’t want that to happen to me! Yeah I don’t drink only black tea, and I don’t even come close to a single gallon, but you can never be too careful, right?
So I’ve decided that during the weekdays, that’s my tea drinking days. And weekends are my strengthen my bones days where I drink all the milk and eat all the vitamins to attempt to strengthen my bones!
And yes, this is partially because I’m taking a Forensic Anthropology class and I’m learning about our skeletal structure and the different things that people do and how it effects our skeleton and I’m just.. I DON’T WANT MY BONES TO LOSE THEIR MASS. Like I’m already tiny enough so I’ll do whatever it takes to keep them strong ahha.
Seriously though. In Anthro, I just think about all the stuff I do and al lthe stuff I eat and what it does to my bones. My professor warned us about this. About how we’re just going to be thinking about the fact that WE’RE DETERIORATING EVERY SINGLE DAY FOR THE REST OF OUR LIFE. It’s great. I highly recommend taking a Forensic Anthropology class if anyone has the chance :)


BUT THIS TEA.
Ahh I have so much tea to get through. This is close to a sipdown so I’m very happy about that :)
It smells nice dry. A bit like a sweet, yet dark candy.. if that makes any sense? It’s probably the blackberry and almond that I’m tasting. The hints of vanilla come out after, and it tastes like a faintly flavoured berry cookie. I could have done with a bit more blackberry and almond, and less vanilla because it’s a bit bland for me!

Flavors: Berries

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
carol who

Wow! What a change that is going to be. Have you thought about matcha lattes. Maybe the milk/soy will balance the tea. I haven’t heard much about green tea being being bad for the bones.
When I was in college ( a million years ago) I had to take a class in Functional Anatomy and Physiology while I was a Special Ed major. They spent a LOT of time on birth defects. All of us were scared to ever have children and worried about every thing we did. So I know how you feel. It is a good thing to follow your instincts about making changes. Good for you!

jump62359

I don’t know about green tea, but when I read the article, I completely ignored the whole black tea but and just made it tea in general.
Ahh well. I do think I drink too much tea so maybe this may be a good thing? Everything is good in moderation so I’m taking wee baby steps!

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71

I feel like because I was so happy to rid this tea from my shelf, this tasted much better than I remembered it.
Decent tea. Seems like any regular red rooibos soooo yeah.

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I got this from VariaTEA pretty recently!
She was so eager to get rid of it, but the second I smelled the package, it was nice! A nice mellow chocolate/peppermint tea. It smells like chocolate peppermint cookies, but with the woodsiness of rooibos! Ahh smells so good okay.
It does have a kick with the peppermint, and a nice flavour from the chocolate.
I’m just using this as tummy tea okay. Peppermint is great, but I wanted something a little bit more than just plain old peppermint so this one it is!
It is a good tea, and I really do like it :)

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 45 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
Memily

Yessss! I have a similar blend from an Aussie company and I go nuts for it during winter, like a tea hot chocolate with a little choc soy milk. Almost time to crack it out again down here too…

VariaTEA

Thank goodness. I hated this so I am glad it went to someone who will enjoy it.

jump62359

Dude. I really like this tea! It reminds me a whole lot of Santa’s Secret (which I love a BUTT TON) but take the sweet sugar cookie-like black tea, and replace it with the rooibos.
It’s good and I love how it’s caffeine-free. It’s like a nice peppermint hot coco, just as memily suggested hehe :)
Thank you so much for the tea, Rachel! I’ll take care of it, no worries. It’s gone to a good home :)

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78

Cold brew. Sipdown.

This is much better than the hot brew I made last night! Still slightly disappointed that the woodsy rooibos taste was overshadowing the tart and juicy blueberries though. Sweetened with a touch of agave and it’s so much better! A nice refreshing drink now that SoCal is starting to heat up again.
Had a very nice and pink colour which I loved! It’s in the fridge right now in my Coronado cup thing which I honestly didn’t think I’d actually use.
Once again, thank you MissB for sending me some of this!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 6 g 18 OZ / 532 ML

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83

Shout out to QueenOfTarts for sending me a sample of this!
Well, her sample was humongo and I’m just WOW THANK YOU <33

This is my first time trying a matchaccino and I think it went well? I still don’t know if I’m making it correctly, but it tastes yummy so it’s all good to me :) I did almost a tablespoon of this (don’t know if this was the correct amount) and poured 12oz cold 2% milk right on top and mixed it up with my frother. It’s nice! I like how I don’t have to go looking for the caramel. It’s legit right there and you taste it the secon you take your first sip! It’s really nice and smooth, and it has just the right amount of sweetness, just enough that I don’t have to add anything to enhance the flavour.

Overall, Red Leaf, thank you for making this wonderful tea :)

Flavors: Caramel, Cream

Preparation
Iced 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cheri

I think Red Leaf was looking for people to write reviews of this for Amazon….

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100

OH.
MY.
GOSH.
THIS FREAKIN TEA SMELLS LIKE ROOT BEER FLOAT. LIKE LEGIT ROOT BEER FLOAT. NOT REGULAR ROOT BEER, BUT IT SMELLS LIKE LEGIT ROOT BEER WITH A SCOOP OF VANILLA BEAN ICE CREAM.
THANKS A TON TO NAYLYNN FOR SENDING ME SOME OF THIS TEA BECAUSE OH MY GOSH I SMELLS AMAZING DRY AND AS IT STEEPS AND IT TASTES LIKE ROOT BEER FLOAT OH MY GOSH IT EVEN HAS THE CARBONATION FEEL TO IT
I’M GOING TO KEEP THIS TEA FOREVER AND I’M LEGIT GOING TO CRY IF I EVER RUN OUT HOW HAVE I LIVED LIFE WITHOUT THIS TEA

110% WOULD RECOMMEND. THIS TEA IS FREAKIN PERFECT

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
Memily

actual lol, exceptional review

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88

Am v happy for QueenOfTarts for contacting me and wanting to swap because if if wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t have had this tea!
Ahhh I freakin love rooibos because now I’m forcing myself to actually listen to my doctor and try to cut caffeine out of my diet. I stop it with the caffeine at 5 now, and soon enough, that’ll slowly creep up to 12 dang. Not cutting caffeine out completely, but this is the closest I’ll get!

But ahhh THIS SMELLS SO GOOD.
It like cake and dessert and caramel and cream and luscious goodness.
Steeping and it smells a smidge like blueberries because I didn’t bother cleaning out my infuser completely before moving onto this one oops. I better not taste the blueberries when I drink it!
Mmmm it tastes like caramel cake. Ahh so good! I really like this tea wow. I freakin LOVE how it’s rooibos, too! Like seriously. I wanna thank all the people I’ve been swapping with who gave me a ton of caffeine-free teas. Like I freakin LOVE my flavoured blacks, but I actually need the rooibos and herbals. If only all my favourite teas were all caffeine-free.

Flavors: Caramel, Cream

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
QueenOfTarts

Yay! This one is one of my favorites.

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Kyra.
22.
Tea lover.
Food and Beverage lover (food, wine, beer, TEA)
DCP Alumni (WDW Fall 2013 and DLR Fall 2014)
Future management intern, WDW Fall 2016
(jump62359 is my everything okay)

Teas in my cupboard are in my personal collection.
I’m always looking forward to reducing my stash so let me know if you wanna swap :)
Likes/dislikes here:
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Tea rating guide:
100-95: Best thing to ever touch my mouth and I want more. Restocking is a must
94-80: 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 teas 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, Tea Queen 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 (try to) drink tea daily. Usually just straight up, no sugar or milk. This little obsession started young and just… kept going, I guess.

also I apologize in advance for lazy tasting notes and horrible grammar in everything I write. I was an avid fandom blogger on tumblr and tumblr talk can get in the way of everything kthxbai

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