2970 Tasting Notes

drank Cache-Cache by Lupicia
2970 tasting notes

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Not too bad of a tea, but I remember not being overly thrilled, as it just tasted kind of fruity. I’m of course completely forgetting which fruit notes I picked out (since it was probably 3 weeks ago that I tried it), but it was nothing overly interesting.

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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87
drank Gardens of Anxi by Verdant Tea
2970 tasting notes

Boo, this was another tea that didn’t work well at all in a travel mug. It just tasted off, and I’m not sure why. It is a pretty old bag of tea though, so maybe something has changed in the flavour over the years (yes…. years…) Will have to try it normal-mug-style to see.

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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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100

This tea is seriously the best ever. Please let it never go away (otherwise I’m buying like 10 pounds and vacuum-sealing them somehow).

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

meh :P

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100

I really need to pull out all my “travel mug teas” again, because I’ve been repeating the same few teas quite often, when some (in this case) are in short supply, and others are super fresh, while I should be drinking older stuff!! Not like I was sad to have a mug of this today, but I might be more sad if I can’t have a mug of it in 6 months :(

Anyways, drank this today – actually got through all 4 mugs I brought to work (and wanted more, so I’m going to try to do 5 for tomorrow). But maaaaaaaan do my feet hurt. I had enough energy tonight to go work out after my shift, but my feet are so freaking sore from standing for 7.5 hours that I can’t even fathom it! Anyone have tips for footwear when you’re in a primarily-standing job? (With no option for sitting?)

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OMGsrsly

Dansko. Or pretty much anything geared towards nurses. Most companies actually have options other than white clogs, too. :)

Anlina

I hear Crocs are really good.

If you stand in the same place all day, maybe also look at getting an anti-fatigue mat? I have one in my kitchen that I can stand on for quite an extended period of time. Standing directly on the floor makes my everything sore pretty quickly.

OMGsrsly

Oh yeah. I have some ballet-slipper style crocs I wear at my wet-lab job. Water everywhere, and they’re seriously non-skid.

Flyawaybirdie

Athletic shoes maybe? I go for anything that has a thick bottom layer (more cushioning!) and good arch support. If you’re standing up but stationary, putting one leg up on something like a short step or a box helps your back from getting too stiff. Someone explained it to me once about weight distribution, but I don’t know much about it, just that it does help me!

Roswell Strange

Anti Fatigue mats do like literally nothing in my opinion; I work eight hours a day (after breaks are taken out) and 90% of the time I’m literally standing in the exact same spot (joys of being a cashier). Seriously; invest in a good pair of shoes with THICK soles (because you will wear them down), and get insoles!

Kittenna

Thanks guys! I work at a front desk in a gym, so am in athletic shoes right now, but I think neither of my pairs is overly cushioned. We do have the anti-fatigue mat, which is great, but I’m still dying at about hour 4. I’ll take a look for crocs/nurse shoes/dansko (I’m supposed to be in something that at least resembles an athletic shoe) and see what I can find. Perhaps even a better-cushioned running shoe (perhaps I will try my actual running shoes… there’s an idea…). Anyone know if insoles/gel inserts would do anything?

whatshesaid

Not sure how helpful this is, but we were always taught to keep one leg up as often as possible, supposedly it’s better for your back but I have no idea if it helps the feet

so uh…yeah
:)

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60

This was TERRIBLE in a travel mug. Tasted like cleaner. I’m going to have to dump it and thoroughly scrub the mug. Massive soapy flavours. Ick.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Veronica

I hate it when that happens. :(

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74

Got this tea as part of a teapot + 4 tea collection that I received for Christmas. The teapot is nice – a cast iron look-alike pot, though I don’t think I’ll use it overly often (I just don’t drink that much of one tea at a time. Ever.) Anyhow, brewed this tea up in a travel mug for today. Nice raspberry flavour, and when it cooled, the coconut was a bit more apparent, translating both as a creaminess and a coconutty flavour. Similar to DavidsTea’s Fantasy Island, but better because it was fruitier and less drying. Overall not too shabby. I am definitely curious as to the blender of these teas though.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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My mom picked up some of this in the summer, so I avoided getting it myself and tried hers over Christmas. Oddly, it just tasted like Laoshan Genmaicha, to me. Lovely green beany flavours, toasty rice. Maybe a touch of vanilla. I certainly didn’t pick out any juniper. If this sticks around, I might grab a sample size to try again, because I don’t feel like I got the full experience. Perhaps just a flukey ingredient assortment in my infuser.

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180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

It’s definitely very similar to Laoshan Genmaicha, the vanilla is pretty subtle and I’ve never tasted juniper in it.

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59
drank Carrot Cake by Della Terra Teas
2970 tasting notes

Drank again about a couple weeks ago. Again, very mapley, which I liked, but can get a bit intense. Fills up the room/car/space with its aroma. Probably one of the few teas that could actual curb a dessert craving because it’s so sickly sweet (which I enjoy, haha).

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Wasn’t overly impressed with this tea, despite my excitement at seeing actual freeze-dried rhubarb in the blend. Had it in a travel mug during my Toronto tea meet ups, and couldn’t tell which tea it was. Not a good sign. I kept back one more cup’s worth to try (this was a split with Indigobloom), but don’t have high hopes. Of course, age could have been a factor, and the travel mug, but usually there’s at least a bit of flavour, and there was virtually nothing but a very boring green tea.

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180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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And now for the current note! Brewed this up for a travel mug yesterday (and managed to keep to my 2-minute infusion) – it was really tasty. Robust base, a bit of coffee flavour, a bit of chocolate, a bit of sweetness, no bitterness or weird flavours caused by ingredients often found in “coffee substitutes” e.g. chicory… win! I really enjoyed my mug of it, and am happy to have a good bit to drink.

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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