862 Tasting Notes

95

Still not 100% with whatever this stomach bug thing is…but I need to hydrate (even if tea is a diuretic) and I love my morning black tea. So I went for this with some added milk.

I couldn’t have tolerated sweetener even if I wanted to, but it was nice to get the idea of something sweet on my tongue. And at least my taste buds aren’t off, so I can enjoy it…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Indigobloom

glad you’re feeling better!! :)

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85

Something disagreed really badly with me yesterday. Either it was the 1/2 coffee, 1/2 hot chocolate concoction I was given at work, or my really awesome dinner that I ate way too late (that didn’t affect boyfriend, and he’s more sensitive than me).

Whatever it was (and honestly I’m betting it’s the processed hot chocolate) my body is in shut down mode. This is the only thing I can imagine consuming, so I’ll just run with it. Oy – good thing I’m off today.

And good thing I still have some of this for emergencies.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

I like this stuff too!

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89
drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
862 tasting notes

OK – so this was better today. I got the milk added to 2 tsp. of leaf and it tasted like liquid caramel, but no salt. I guess that longer time helped. Though I still want more salt – I guess I can add that, too, though.

I still think you shouldn’t have to add so much extra to make it taste like what it’s named for, though. But, at least it was accurate!

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Honestly, I never really tasted the “salted” part here, it just is a great caramel black to me! I’m not super picky on a tea being true to its name as long as it’s delicious!

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94

Caramel/butterscotch, then spiced pumpkin, with a cheesecake tang weaving itself in and out. And that lovely added milk rounding out the cream cheese flavor.

It was good when I first got it, but LiberTEAS was right – it got even better with time!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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84

Made some last night for watching Goldeneye. How is it that that movie was made 18 years ago????

Anyway, this one was never my absolute favorite, but it was okay. Yesterday, made with only milk, I got a cinnamon tea – none of that yummy icing or bread flavoring. But it is an old batch, so I can’t be too hard on it. And it was a very nice cinnamon tea to enjoy on a cold night.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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98

This is awesome with bacon on the side- even though I only added some milk to the cup to have with my breakfast, you would think I added maple syrup. I love how salty flavors bring out sweet!

The buttery pancake flavor in this really shines when there’s milk involved, too. No dice for the boyfriend – after how much he was liking that flavored matcha I got ambitious and made him try a sip of this, too, but his tastebuds must be back to normal because he’s on his unflavored only kick again.

Ah well – it was nice while it lasted. And on the plus side, at least this tea is all mine!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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97

This one has lost the “bread” flavor over time, but it was still a good banana flavored black tea. Added some milk and enjoyed it really freaking early (can’t wait until I go into night shifts!) for my first day in the hospital. Woo hoo for gainful employment – even if it does mean a 5 AM wake up call.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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95

Put this in the fridge from last night, and enjoyed it cold this morning. I also added vanilla protein powder to it just to have a breakfast shake in lieu of food, since I needed to get out the door.

The spices showed up a lot more when cold, though the pumpkin showed up less. It was still pretty amazing though – and I love that it works both ways!

Preparation
Iced 0 min, 15 sec

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95

The biggest achievement of this matcha is that my boyfriend PICKED IT OUT to try. He will not drink a.) flavored anything (except mint), or b.) milk in any hot beverage. So the fact that he had this period, let alone as a latte = BIG DEAL over here.

Perhaps the bigger deal is that he liked it! He was just as surprised as I was, haha. I used about 2 level tsp. to 4 cups milk (I figured while I was at it I’d make some to have cold for breakfast in the morning – I am curious as to what this would be like cold) that I heated in a saucepan to around 175 degrees using a digital thermometer. And then I put it in a clear mug so he could see the mint green liquor underneath a thick layer of foam – I think the fact that it’s green makes me feel smug because I’m being healthy but also indulging 100%.

This is definitely on par with the tiramisu matcha as far as the flavor accuracy is concerned. I get the spices (which makes for a very cozy drink) with the pumpkin flavor showing up at odd intervals, usually when I’m not looking for it. :) Though I didn’t add sweetener to it, the combination of pumpkin pie spice flavors and the natural sweetness of the milk puts this squarely in dessert territory. Just where I like it!

Absolutely wonderful. I’m already planning out my next order!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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93

I forgot about this!

This was the third sample from my David’s Tea order but since I don’t really like mint, and my boyfriend does – I passed it along to him. Well, he didn’t really like it, and since I wanted something not too caffeinated with my dinner, and there was about 1.5 tsp. of this left…. it was a no-brainer.

And you know – it’s actually kind of good! I think it’s because of all the other spices in it, since like I said, I don’t really like mint on its own. But this – it’s like a mint chai, if you will. Which explains why the bf wasn’t too crazy over it – he’s not a fan of super spicy anything. I happen to love bold flavors and chai. This tea is an extra kind of fun, too, because normally with spicy flavors your mouth has a residual heat – and this fakes you out because the mint is so cooling instead.

I wouldn’t order it again because I just don’t drink mint often enough, but this was quite fun. And if I ever do want a mint tea – at least I know what I need to get!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Insence&Tea

I love flavorful mint teas. I might have to try this one.

JoonSusanna

It is definitely flavorful – I really do love the complexity of it. I think the problem I usually have with mint teas is their one-note kind of flavor. Here you definitely get more going on!

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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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