795 Tasting Notes

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I really needed a hit of caffeine this morning, so matcha latte it was.

Prepared my usual way, 1 tsp matcha to 1.5 tbsp. hot water, stir to dissolve, then add cold milk. This was creamy and sweet as always. Strong notes of vanilla and burnt sugar.

Nothing like having dessert for breakfast to start your day off right!

Preparation
1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Thomas Edward(Toad)

I had this one the same way this morning but with chocolate milk instead just for fun, it was really tasty :)

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68

This always smells SO GOOD dry. Malty and grainy, which I assume is the Keemun since there’s also a hint of smoke.

But I’ve not been able to get a really tasty cup out of it. Steeped up it is a lighter amber color, probably due to the darjeeling and the taiwanese assam. It is very light on flavor too, which I suspect is the darjeeling – I really just don’t get a lot of flavor out of darjeelings in general.

I have enough for a few more cups and I’ll try adding more leaf to see if I can strengthen the flavor more, but otherwise I don’t think this is the breakfast tea for me.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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68

Cold brewed this in my DAVIDs mason jar mug. 4 tsp. leaf for 25 oz. water over oh, 18 hours?

I need to make a good simple syrup probably if I keep up this cold brewing thing but this was unsweetened and not too bad. The white tea was light and refreshing, strawberry had a pretty nice natural note to it, the mint was unnoticeable except for the cooling aftertaste and there was a definite bourbon undertone. Which, unfortunately I did pick up on more this way. I can’t necessarily fault the tea since that’s what its SUPPOSED to taste like, after all, but I wish I could have not noticed that so much as I’m not a huge alcohol drinker to begin with.

My fault for not just going with a strawberry mint tea.

Well, next time I’ll try icing it by boiling first and sweetening, then allowing it to cool. I know this is meant to be cold the trick is to find out how it works best for me to finish off the pouch.

Preparation
4 tsp 25 OZ / 739 ML

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100

Ever since I saw the Butiki discussion on their new flavor I have been REALLY wanting a macaron tea. I have been avidly reading all the tasting notes and the description of lemon and vanilla sounds amazing. Then I realized that hey, that sounds kind of similar to the flavor profile of the L’Hiver tea by Fauchon, which I also equated to a white tea version of this, my beloved Noel a Venise.

So naturally then I had to make this before going into work last night.

A lemon and vanilla pairing has to be one of my favorite things. I made this in the DAVIDs travel tumbler and was absolutely overjoyed to have gotten the same flavor in that vs. a mug. It kind of cements the fact that stainless steel travel mugs just aren’t going to work for me. Glass is the only thing that keeps the flavor as it should be.

I still really want to try the Butiki lemon macaron blend, but this, a black tea variation of it, is a classic for me. I’ve had no interest in visiting France before but French teas are some of the best I’ve ever had, so I’m starting to rethink my stance on that. I’d probably die if I could play around in a Dammann Freres, Fauchon, and Mariage Freres store all in the same day. Talk about tea heaven.

Maybe when I finish all of my Dammann teas I should go visit there to pick up more. :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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98

I just have one night at work this week! Just tonight and I am finished until Thursday the 17th. I am SO READY FOR THIS BREAK.

To celebrate I had some pancake breakfast this morning. It is always so consistently maple-y and bread-y and I am at the point where it’s pretty much autopilot to make some up. I have enough to last me a while, too, which makes me happy as its a pretty regular breakfast staple around here.

Off to do some schoolwork before heading in!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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88

Continuing in my theme of drinking teas I’ve had for an embarrassingly long time…

At least this is a sipdown. Seriously, though it was so old I pretty much had to do a process of elimination via my Steepster cupboard just to see what it was (it was in a small vaccuum sealed red package with not a word of English on it) – so, way to go self.

I know I’ve had this once before but it’s been about 2 years so I am can’t speak to whether its aged or not since I don’t really remember the original tasting. But I do know that today’s steeping, done in my DAVIDs tumbler, turned a pretty light green and was not even remotely bitter despite being brewed at the recommended BOILING water parameter for 3 minutes.

There was not much in the way of actual milky notes – maybe more of a floral buttery flavor akin to a Tie guan yin. This was a very lightly oxidized oolong – and perhaps it is due to age that I missed out on some of the milky creaminess I have gotten out of milk oolongs before.

I still much prefer darker oolong varietals, which is why I will likely not be having more of this any time soon. But I’m glad I didn’t let it go to waste at least!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 7 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80

Why have I waited so long to have this tea???

It must be because my previous note picked up on the astringence of the pecan as it cooled, and therefore needed some sugar. This cup is not like that at all – maple candied pecans that somehow manage to be both a heavy dessert taste with a light airy texture.

I do not like to add anything to oolong, green or white teas so I’m glad I don’t need to here. However, I will say that I think the oolong is not really discernible, and the color of the steeped tea (a light amber) could almost lend itself to a darjeeling.

Liking this a lot today for sure, I just need to return to it sooner next time!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Helena

It definitely is very yummy!

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99
drank Peach HoppiTea by Butiki Teas
795 tasting notes

Made this iced in my DAVIDs mason jar (oh, how much I love all the DAVIDs teaware I own!)

Per directions I did about 4.5 tsp. leaf to the 25 oz. water with one tablespoon of sugar to sweeten. I probably could have done a tad more sugar because the hops are quite bitter. But not off putting bitter – I mean, I probably have 6 oz. left and I wouldn’t have gotten to that point if I didn’t like the taste.

The smell is still banana peach and boyfriend tasted it but said he couldn’t pick up on hops. As he is the beer drinker I’m deferring to him and assuming I don’t pick up on it either. What I do pick up on is a lovely iced tea that will herald the start of many iced teas as the weather has finally warmed up for good.

Just got to get through this pollen (ugh, tree pollen, my nemesis) and it’s smooth sailing into summer!

Flavors: Peach

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 4 tsp 25 OZ / 739 ML
Butiki Teas

Sugar really dampens the hops, so that might be why your boyfriend couldn’t pick up on the hops. This particular hops has a strong grapefruit flavor. :)

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93

Sipdown.

I am officially down to 60 teas. Most of what I have left is in larger quantities but…60! Seems like hardly anything. I need to place an order for some more variety if nothing else but the problem is there’s no one company I want to order from – I want 1 or 2 teas from 4 or 5 companies. And I don’t want to place that many small orders. Ugh, I sound so whiny, even to myself.

Can you tell I’m in need of my vacation next week?

Anyway, as the weather seems to finally be warming up for good I’m going to enjoy this last vestige of fall/winter comfort. The spiced apple still smells fantastic and with creamer it is positively lush – it actually kind of reminds me of a hot bowl of apple cinnamon oatmeal, which I think justifies it nicely as a breakfast option.

Come fall, I will definitely be seeing this one again. On the wish list it goes!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Suziqzer

Sounds like a good heart warming one! I need to find something in my cupboard like that today as it’s rainy and dark out.. Urgh… I could take snow & sunshine back instead of this grey & gloom.

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97
drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
795 tasting notes

SIPDOWN!

I absolutely love this tea whenever I’ve been lucky enough to have it (never bought any myself, just acquired it from swaps), but its not something I see myself able to drink every day. Still, strawberries and cream tea is fantastic every once in a while!

As is the fact that every time I have it I like to imagine what really is in this, since it’s ingredients are so secretive and all.

Ah well, it will be missed but I am sure I’ll see it again someday soon. :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I have come to the point (as of October 2014) where quality in tea is more important than quantity. Especially because I’m a seasonal tea drinker where hot tea is concerned, and a SLOW one to boot. I generally don’t resteep only because I’d be here all day if I did, though I do break out a gaiwan from time to time.

I adore French teas in practically every iteration, Japanese Sencha (specifically from the Uji region, as they offer the most seaweed flavor), and Dan Cong oolongs. I am trying to focus on plain teas and so companies like Verdant, Upton, and Butiki are on my favorites list.

When it comes to tea, I feel like the 10th Doctor says it best:

“Tea! That’s all I needed! Good cup of tea! Super-heated infusion of free-radicals and tannin, just the thing for healing the synapses. "

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