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drank matcha LOVE Sweetened by Ito En
674 tasting notes

Okay so I totally went to the LA International Tea Festival today and IT WAS FANTASTIC OH MY GOSH.
I went with a couple friends who enjoyed tea, and they knew I liked tea, but I think today was the day they realized that I freakin loved tea.

Anyway, I had a TON of tea today and I want to write about all the teas that I had, but I forgot to write down the names/tasting notes for all of them D: The only one that I remember was this one.

Just a super simple sweetened canned matcha drink. Like an energy drink for matcha lovers :) It definitely can’t replace real matcha, but this is just a super easy way to drink it AND it was only a dollar each so I was okay with that (I bought 5 hehe)


I had tons of fun at the festival and my friends and I even saw a Japanese Tea Ceremony (and I saw my manager at the theater it was held in as well???).
We walked around places, I was talking to a bunch of the vendors about tea and it was so nice talking to their travels. I ALSO MET //THE// ROSA LI FROM ROSALI TEA. And freakin Alex Harney was there and I talked to him as well. SO MANY PEOPLE I NEARLY DIED.

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drank Butterfly Jasmine by DAVIDsTEA
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Oh my gosh what is this, I’m losing my touch. I forgot how to brew tea DDD:

I haven’t had tea in nearly 3 months?? I’ve been moving from one place to another and all my kitchen and tea stuff has been all over the place and I lost my kettle for a while.. but I wanna get back into tea becauseeee I’M GOING TO THE LA INTERNATIONAL TEA FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND AHHH. I’m so excited! I think I might go to the two Japanese classes bc why not. But the Darjeeling class is at the same time as the Green Tea class D:

But anyway TEA THINGS. I forgot how to brew tea and forgot what my favourite way to brew this tea D: I did 4g into a wee small mug, but I think I let my water sit out for too long bc it wasn’t strong enough for me. Ahh well, a second steeping with hotter water should do the trick :)


POINTLESS LIFE UPDATES.
I got Lead in my location at Disneyland which is FAB. Don’t know if I posted that on here??
Uhh tomorrow is my last day of undergrad BC I’M FREAKIN GRADUATING THIS WEEK. Tomorrow is my last day in class, and I just have 1.5 tests to take by next week, but I might just take it early just to get it over with. I’m expecting 3 A’s and 1 B this quarter which isn’t too bad :)
Now that I’ll be done with school, all I have to worry about is work. And don’t worry, I have plans to do (hopefully) fantastic things in life, however, the programs that I want to participate in don’t start till summer of next year so I have to wait. Meanwhile, I think I might study to take the Level 1 (and 2??) Somm test next year. I’m going to buy all the wine textbooks and work my way up to being a Wine master. And possibly a Beer and Tea Master as well… I have the most fastastic urls saved on tumblr and I think that might be my diary of all things Wine/Beer/Tea Master learning stuff.

Flavors: Floral, Jasmine

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 8 min or more 4 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
__Morgana__

Congrats on your graduation!

boychik

Congrats!!!

jump62359

Ahh thank you guys so much!! :))

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drank Irish Cream by Tea Desire
674 tasting notes

From the Teeny Tiny Tea Box!

This tea smells like just your average black tea. There were tiny nodes of… tan stuff in it? It looked like tiny chunks of brown sugar or something.
Steeping it, it smells like a bright black tea. No irish cream smell.

Tasting it… blech. I don’t know??? Is this how Irish Cream is supposed to smell like? Maybe it’s just gone bad since I’ve had it for so long D:

Reading all the other notes, I think my tea has just gone bad. Darn. I wish I drank it when I got it!


I’ve never had Irish Cream before, but I did have the chance to try it a couple months ago! I took a class called Wines, Beers and Spirits where we mainly learned about the process of making wines and different wines and all. Of the 20 meetings we had, 18 of them was wine related, 1 day for beer, and 1 day for spirits. Spirits day we had 9 different ones and they were in teeny tiny little cups. Probably not even 1/2 an oz of each spirit, but by the end, I was gone hahaha. IT WAS ALL FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES OKAY. But at the end, my professor told us about other stuff and he brought out a thing of Bailey’s and all the people who wanted to could get a taste of Bailey’s, but I opted out bc I couldn’t hold that much alcohol in my body ahha.
I’m a lightweight okay. I’m like 5 foot 2, weighing 110 pounds, and I always just limit myself to 1 drink whenever I go out with my friends, and that’s probably just once a month. So yes, very much a lightweight ahhaha.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I’m legit on a tea streak. Three cups and it’s just half past noon?! Ahh I love tea tons :)

This is just your usual black tea. Nothing too special.
I think I added too much sugar though, but it’s still pretty yummy!

Thank you tons to TeaNTees for sending this my way!


ALSO sorta pointless since I haven’t been on in forever and I’m sure none of you missed my pointless posts about life, buuuuut it was just publicly announced yesterday, I got the Lead position in my department! For those of you who forgot, I work at Disneyland and it’s tons of fun and I’ve been there for almost a year and a half now. I decided to apply for Lead aaaand they announced everyone yesterday. I’m quite chuffed :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Roswell Strange

Congrats! I missed living vicariously through your job – it’s really interesting to hear about, and I’m happy it’s still such a fun place to work :)

Nichole/CuppaGeek

That’s great! Congrats!!

jump62359

Thank you both so much! If you ever make it to Disneyland, let me know. I met up with Shermeen (keychange on Steepster) last year and it was tooons of fun :))

TeaNTees

Correction: TeaNTees* (but I still love ya Kyra) :P

TeaNTees

& Congrats on your promotion!! :)

jump62359

Tees!??!? I thought it was trees the entire time!!!

jump62359

It’s been almost a year and I’m quite embarrassed. So sorry!

TeaNTees

Ha ha ha, too funny XD

TeaNTees

No worries my dear! I love trees as well as tees in any case. :)

carol who

Congrats! i remember how excited you were about getting the Disney job. I’m glad the job has been working out so well. :D

sundaysipping

Congratulations!

ashmanra

Fabulous! My daughter and her hubby are going to Disney Thursday through Sunday to meet up with her hubby’s dad and his gf who are visiting from Ireland, and just by coincidence, my son and his gf and gf’s mom are going the very same days – completely unplanned! Congrats on the promotion!

boychik

Congrats!!!

jump62359

Aww, thanks so much, everyone!!

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Because of my Cashew Turtle from 52teas earlier, that got me to a very chocolate mood and I pulled this tea out!
For some reason it smelled like green tea leaves?? It was so weird. But it tasted like nice chocolate fudge! I got some hints of butter in it, as well as the lovely smooth chocolate taste :)

Flavors: Butter, Chocolate, Cream

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Cashew Turtle by 52teas
674 tasting notes

Wam Bam, back to tea! I’ve been away for so long mainly bc life D:

I’m slowly getting tea back into my life and I actually forgot how much I love it!
Anyway, I got this from Sil AGES ago. It did have that old tea taste, but I’m not too picky and it still tasted pretty good with a bit of milk and sugar to help it along!

The chocolate and caramel notes in this tea was lovely. Smooth, not overly bitter like some other chocolate teas that I’ve had before.

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

welcome back!

jump62359

Thank you! It’s good to be back :)

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drank Four Seasons Oolong by Teavana
674 tasting notes

Sipdown.

Had this two days ago and it was quite possibly the nastiest tea ever oh my gosh. It tasted like leafy pool water. Like no.

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Sipdown!

Laughs bc I threw the remaining 3g of this into my Steeper, brewed it like normal, poured it over ice, and spiked it with a bit of spiced rum. Yuuuummmm :))

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Ohh thank you TeaNTrees for sending this tea my way!
I love lychee and this tastes almost like lychee! The flavouring of this tea is super juicy and it’s so good! Lychee is definitely a bit lighter than this tea though, so that’s what’s throwing me off. I think if this flavouring was done in a white tea, it would be so good!

TeaNTees

Oh yes, a white version of this would be lovely!

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drank Blue Lagoon by DAVIDsTEA
674 tasting notes

Yummy yum yum yum Yummy Yummy YUM.

Ahh this teas is lovely! I’m so happy I decided to purchase the “They’re Back!” Collection! This tea tastes so much like Blueberry Jam, but with lemongrass and a slight hint of pineapple. A lovely tea to end the night, mainly because it’s soooo good and there’s no caffeine!

Flavors: Blueberry, Lemongrass, Pineapple

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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:
http://iloveyousomatcha.tumblr.com/tea

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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