581 Tasting Notes

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Still remains to be one of my favourite black teas! The liquor definitely isn’t as dark as other black teas, it does take more of a light amber colour. I love how smooth it is, and it’s not bitter at all!
Running low on this, and just one more cup and I’m done :( Ahh well, looks like I’m going to have my cousin get me some of this! Julie’s is the cutest little coffee and tea place in the entire world and they’re only in her town. Dang.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Royal Wedding by Harney & Sons
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Refreshed Steepster to find Rosehips’ note on Vanilla Comoro, and read that the fantastic Mr. Harney has passed away.

Harney & Sons was actually the first to introduce me to the wide world of tea. Lupicia introduced me to quality loose-leaf, Adagio I pretty much only got into for fandom blends, but I was looking to expand on loose-leaf companies, and Harney was the first. Excited to see that Harney appeared in my local grocery store and at Barnes & Noble. I definitely have some sort of emotional attachment to this tea company okay.

So here’s a cup for you, Mr. Harney. Thank you so much for starting this company, and sharing your knowledge with all us tea lovers :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Rosehips

Well said. Cheers.

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drank El Nino by Lupicia
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It’s nearly 8pm and I’m taking a risk with this tea. This tea is nowhere to be found on the Lupicia site, and a google search would bring me back to this page.
I got this tea from mother when I was cleaning out her tea chest, and taking all her old teas that she would never drink, so I decided to be a good daughter and take them off her hands hehe :) This was in a holiday pack that she got last year, and they are all individually packed and portioned, so I don’t even know what kind of tea it is. I’m assuming it’s rooibos/decaf, since I did find it bundled with a bunch of other caffeine-free teas.

SO. THIS TEA. Let’s see what I’ve got!
oh darn. It definitely looks like a black tea! Looks like I won’t be sleeping tonight ahha. Well, let’s hope that it’s decafefinated ahhaha
It smells really nice though. Sweet caramel and chocolate. I can’t quite pinpoint the exact smell, but I definitely have had a flavour like this before, in some sort of food. I can’t stop smelling it! It smells so good! Now let’s hope it tastes as great as it smells :)

Dude. This is probably decaf. Not gunna lie, it’s pretty weak. I don’t usually go for decaf teas because of this very reason. Slightly flavourless, but it has that ever so slight hint of creamy, chocolatey, caramel goodness :)

I would really like to know what this tea is made up of though. And know if it’s decaf or if it’s just a slightly flavourless black tea. If it’s meant to be decaf, I’d definitely buy like 1oz of this tea since I kinda like the small hints of flavour! If it was bursting with flavour, it’d be a bit much.
If it’s meant to be a straight, flavoured, fully-caffeinated black tea, then it has a weak flavour. I’d definitely expect chocolate punch in the face upon first sip, but that did not happen.

Ahh I really like this tea though! I really want to know what’s in it!

I weighed my wee sample, and I have just enough tea for a small 4oz cup later on :)

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Cream

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

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drank Chocolate Chai by Adagio Teas
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Sipdown!

Sipped down two teas today and got two more so numbers just stayed the same. Ahh well. I’ll get through all my sipdowns eventually! I actually decided to rearrange my teas since I just moved in and.. dude. I have so much tea. I haven’t had a lot of them and I feel terrible! Oh well. I have a couple tea boxes coming in so I’ll take small samples of a bunch of teas, and I’ll replace it with tea I have a lot of, so I can get the amount down to sipdown status or something :)

I actually have no idea if I’ve had this tea before? Like it was in my sipdown pile, but I have no idea if I just sent this tea out to a lot of people.
Nice aroma. Chocolatey and I smell that good spice :)
Ehh. It’s just okay. The black base is a bit week, or the chocolate probably toned it down a bit. It does have a nice chocolate taste, and a bit of the spice. Tastes like the cinnamon sweet potato mash that my uncles sister made for Thanksgiving last year. Reminds me a bit of that chocolate orange spice from Teavana that I tried from the Teeny Tiny Tea Box! Good, but not great.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Spices, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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83

Mmm such a great oolong. Nice light roasted flavour, but the smooth and creaminess of milk.


Today was a very successful shopping day! Met up with my roommate and her little mini-me cousin and we went shopping. Definitely wasn’t planning on spending money, but I ended up buying two pairs of sandals. Buy one get one free so might as well! Got 50% off some massage oil from Bath & Body Works, and bought myself a book! Let’s just add that to the pile of like 7 books I’ll have to read haha.
Went to Teavana to get my free oz of tea and decided on the Monkey Picked Oolong. The lady who was helping me out said that I had to purchase tea with it and I was all.. blehh. But it’s totally cool. I asked her which tea was her favourite iced and hearing stories from Teavana, I was surprised that she pulled down a $7 tea. Ended up purchasing the Cucumber Melon Cooler (I chose that on my own and was willing to pay the $12). It smelled nice and seems like it’d make a great iced tea! Definitely happy with the service I had at Teavana. I definitely remember two trips that didn’t go so well with my mother like 2-3 years ago, so this trip was great!

Successful day. Definitely spent more than I wanted, but I’m happy with my purchases :)

Flavors: Smooth

sherapop

Was that a Starbucks reward? If so, you are not supposed to have buy any tea to get it…

jump62359

Seriously. Well now I’m upset, What the heck, Teavana, no one likes you.

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85

Aww I definitely wanted to drink Lupicia’s Cookie this morning, but I’m still trying to organize, and I think that tea got lost in the moving out/moving in process! Oh well, I’ll find it eventually. I have to find it!

Got this from the TTTTB
Dude. This is a great oolong.
It’s not as great as I remembered it, but it’s still pretty good! Tastes closer to a black tea with a touch of honey :)


In other news in my life:
Totally sprained my ankle yesterday, but a good night’s rest made it all better! Sorta…
I’m actually going to willingly walk into a Teavana today with a purpose wow. I’m a Starbucks Gold Card member and I’ve just reached my dozen drinks! So now it’s off to Teavana to get myself some Monkey Picked Oolong because that does seem like a great tea, but no way am I going to pay like $25 for 2oz okay. I love oolongs and I’ll definitely make my way through Teavana’s oolong selection… if I don’t pay for it ahha

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cheri

I’m glad to hear your ankle is feeling better. Take it easy on it, and elevate as necessary. Enjoy your trip!

jump62359

Thank you! Yesterday was just a bad day for my family. A sprained ankle for me, and my sister fell off her bike on her way to yoga! We’re feeling much better today. Amazing what rest can do :)

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drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
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Definitely still experimenting with teapop!
I was a bit heavy-handed and I put 7g into my jar, instead of the 5g that I intended!
So 7g steeping in about 5oz boiling water. This actually smells like it’d make a good teapop! It definitely smells like.. the carbonated crystal light like strawberry/raspberry lemonade! Very sweet so I probably won’t sweeten it all that much.
It’s called Gojo POP so it better be good hehe :)

After the whole ice and carbonated water deal, this… still tastes like carbonated water.
Darn it! I don’t want to use too much tea leaves, and I don’t want to put too little water. The concept is fairly simple but I definitely need to work on the proportions of it all.

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drank Mango Fruit Punch by DAVIDsTEA
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I ran into a big problem today.
It’s the “I have way too much tea and I don’t know which one to try as a teapop” problem! I smelled all my teas and figured that this would make a great teapop :)

6g brewing in about 3oz of water with a slight touch of agave.
Going to strain it over some ice in my mug and top it off with some carbonated water! Let’s see how this’ll taste :)

Teapop is a WONDERFUL concept, I just need to get my proportions right now. It currently tastes like a slightly flavoured carbonated water. I need more Mango Fruit Punch!
I’ll definitely play around with this later on. Add more leaves and more water, less sparkling water! I’ll get it right soon enough :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Mandy

How about trying to cold brew it in carbonated water?

mj

I never knew about teapop and now I MUST MAKE ONE

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drank Aloalo by Lupicia
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Note to self: this tastes SO much better iced as compared to a cold brew!
I had this steeped in the fridge for about 9 hours (4g/14oz) and it tastes a bit medicine-y. I remember drinking it hot and it was HORRID. Like it had te weirdest thick aftertaste to it and it was gross. I dropped ice cubes and it was great! Tried it as a cold brew today, and I think the whole thing with sweetening it as it’s hot and the shock of coolness from the ice cubes brought something else to it, rather than steeping it cold.
Does that even make any sense? Ahh well, now I know :)


In other news, I’M FINALLY HOME. Spent the weekend with my cousins, and tomorrow I’ll be moving into a different building, and Friday is the start of my Program with Disney! Ahh so so SO exciting :)

And I definitely went to the store today just to pick up something from dinner and a couple bottles of club soda and carbonated water so I can make myself some teapop :) I did see seltzer water and tonic water there so I’ll probably pick up those two bottles when I finish the bottles I have. I’ll see which kind of water I like for my teapop :)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 4 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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Ahh this tea. I love jasmine so much, but I still really love my butterfly jasmine much more.
Decent tea. Thank you awoogah for sending me some sachets! I’m at the Hall at church right now waiting for the kids to arrive and I just took some hot water from the coffee machine hehe :) happy that I brought my little tea to-go tin with me :)

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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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