1237 Tasting Notes

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Teavivre contacted me to do another round of tastings and of course I agreed! They arrived yesterday and immediately I had to try this one.

Holy cow this tea has staying power! I dumped my whole sample package into one of my 24 ounce bubble teapot. First steep I let go for only two minutes and it was light and delicious strawberry flavor, but the oolong was present as well, which I always like. Next steep, four minutes. Still strawberry goodness, though there’s a bit more oolong. Then my wife steeped the leaves in a 12 ounce mug for 6 minutes and enjoyed her cup, even if she had let it steep a touch too long. THEN we dumped the leaves into a 25 ounce mason jar to coldsteep over night and that’s my treat for today. I love how much tea I got out of maybe two teaspoons worth of oolongs. By the time we put them in the mason jar, they had uncurled to completely fill the infuser to overflowing. I think one of my other samples will have to go in my glass teapot because the leaves are just too beautiful.

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96

Used this for a kombucha second ferment and it tastes like apple butter. So yummy!!

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drank Caramel Corn by DAVIDsTEA
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I am pleasantly surprised by this tea! It does taste like a weak, watery caramel corn.

Too bad I don’t like caramel corn. I don’t feel like I missed out on anything by not stocking up on this tea.

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drank Blue Lagoon by DAVIDsTEA
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Used this in kombucha second ferment and it tasted like koolaid soda. It was one of those things where you aren’t sure if you like it and then all of a sudden the glass is empty and you want more.

Dustin

I never thought to use flavored teas in kombucha! I always figured they added flavor in after.

aisling of tea

Yup! My little experiments have been working out great! If you’re going to try with your own booch, be sure to add sugar tot he tea, or you won’t get any fizziness!

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This tea stinks. I don’t mean like it doesn’t taste good, I mean the leaves themselves stink. Ugh. Like…like dirty, sweaty socks, it’s awful. It is three years old, but it has been in a tin and I remember the running gag for that outing was that a fair number of the teas we smelled from the tea emporium had a “backhint of ass”. They tasted good, but they stank. I have a strawberry shortcake from the same outing that has the same stench, so I don’t know what’s going on. Only my tea emporium teas stink like this, none of the others have changed in odor at all. I don’t think I’ve be returning there any time soon. And unless this tea tastes AMAZING, I don’t think I’ll keep it around. I can’t imagine giving this stinky tea to anyone, so I’ll likely just toss it, which makes me sad.

It tastes awful. AWFUL. Down-the-sink bitter and awful. Rest in peace, awful tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Anlina

Ugh that sucks.

I have quite a few Tea Emporium teas and they all smell and taste great. I wonder if they had some storage issues back when you bought yours or something?

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I have no idea. I take it back, Sunburst Raspberry was delicious and one I would purchase, but only if I was in the area. I wouldn’t seek it out. I have other tea loves at the moment anyway LOL.

Fjellrev

Gross, I wonder what they’re doing to their teas to make them smell like ASS.

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I remember with the Strawberry Shortcake, it literally smelled like ass but tasted so good you didn’t care. I have to wonder if it was flavoring or something like that. It was weird.

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drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
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I had a cup of this hot yesterday and it was lovely. As per usual, I dumped the used leaves into my mason jar to coldbrew overnight and just finished off the cuppa. It was equally lovely and I don’t feel like I wasted the leaves! I love seeing the leaves all unfurled and pretty.

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drank Nepal Black by DAVIDsTEA
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I don’t know why I’m in the mood for unflavored blends today, but here I am. This is another of my favorite teas. Just astringent enough to be delicious.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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100

It has been a long time since I kept burning myself on a cup of tea, waiting for it to cool down enough for me to drink, but that’s what is happening with this cuppa. It smells so good and I am so ready for it. It’s 5 am and I haven’t been to sleep yet. My wife’s alarm will go off in a few minutes, I may as well get my day started. My goal is to make it until 10, which is when I have to feed Da Hong Pao, our tortoise. After that, I can get a good, long nap.

I have a deep, abiding love for this tea and it is one that will be in my cupboard as long as possible. If ever there was a morning for a good kick in the pants to wake me up, this is it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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91

Yum yum yum. I’m having a cruddy day and this is hitting just the right spot. I made four teas at once when I made this, two for kombucha and two for immediate consumption. I drink my teas lukewarm, so I don’t have to worry about one tea cooling off too much before I can get to it.

Anyway, yes. Yum! I love the licorice in this blend and it’s just a sweet, soothing cup that hopefully will help get rid of this migraine.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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“You can forgive a murder, but never a mistake while preparing tea.” Chinese proverb

Labels? Here you go: Femme, Wife, Lesbian, Homemaker, Happy. Don’t forget tea fanatic!

My tastes in tea have changed, so I should update this as well. I find myself leaning more towards rooibos and herbals, if only for their great ability to chill in my travel mug for hours and not get weird on me. When I have time to properly brew a cuppa, I lean towards white teas (which I only steep for 30 seconds) and black teas (which only get 2-3 minutes from me). I cannot stand green teas, they’re too fiddly for my tastes. Oolongs are great, but a bit fiddly as well. However, I love watching oolongs open up in my looseleaf brewer. I’m slowly discovering mates and falling for them…there are many I look forward to trying!

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