1351 Tasting Notes

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This is my coldbrew with yesterday’s leaves and it is heavenly. Light, roasty and refreshing, it’s almost taking care of the coffee craving my wife put into my head when making her morning cup of joe.

Fjellrev

Seriously! I can’t believe how good it is cold brewed.

Anlina

I don’t drink coffee at all, but every time I smell my partner’s morning coffee it almost seems like a good idea. It just smells so excellent in the morning.

I’ll have to try a cold brew of Da Hong Pao.

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It is more yummy than can be believed!

I shouldn’t have coffee, it makes me ill, but uuuuugh it smells so good when she makes it…dang her!

Roasted yerba mate fills the craving for me too.

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100

This is still one of my favorite teas, I just keep forgetting we have it because it’s in a different place than all the other teas. The spearmint is still strong enough to smell outside the box and it is lovely. I’m treating this like the Teavivre oolongs, two steeps in a bubble teapot and then overnight coldbrew. My first steep is a little weak, so I’ll likely let my next pot steep for a good long time.

As per usual, the scent of this tea has turned our orange cat, Pekoe, into a purring snuggle machine. She loves it and loves the hell out of me when I’m drinking it! It’s adorable.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML
Anlina

I love that you have an orange cat named Pekoe.

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We have three tea-named pets, two cats (Orange Julius Pekoe and Earlina Jean Grey) and a tortoise (a red foot named Da Hong Pao)!

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93

When Teavivre offered to send me more samples, I immediately had to request this one. Both because the school I went to had a mascot named Big Red (think McDonald’s Grimace, but red) and because our newest baby, a little redfoot tortoise, is named Da Hong Pao! We have three cats and a tortoise, and after the first cat, we got into the habit of tea names. We’ve an orange cat named Pekoe and a grey cat named Earlie. So, of course, when we decided on a red foot tortie, Da Hong Pao made perfect sense! We call her Pao or Pao Pao for short. For the record, our first cat is a brown tabby who is named Rosabella, but would have been Chai if we had been thinking of tea names back then.

Anyhoo, I don’t know that I’ve ever had a Da Hong Pao before this, and I’m not going back through 1000+ notes to figure out if I have. But dang, I should have! This is roasty, toasty goodness and I think I’m in love. Reminds me of home, with tobacco smoke and an underlying nuttiness that takes this tea to another level. I’m on my second steep of a sample packet in a Bubble Teapot (24 ounces) and, as is my habit, I dumped the leaves into a DT Mason Jar (25 oz) to coldbrew overnight. I want to get every last drop of goodness out of these amazing samples, but I’m way too lazy to gong fu. But I see an order in the near future, once the moneytree comes into bloom.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML
Marzipan

….you went to WKU?

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LOL Yes, yes I did!

Marzipan

Wow small world, so did I!

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That’s awesome! I was there from 2003 until 2008.

Marzipan

You didn’t have a teacher named Renaud did you?

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Off the top of my head, no, but maybe? What does he teach?

Marzipan

It’s a she, she teaches speech or public speaking or something in that department.

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I don’t think so, but I’m terrible with names :(

Marzipan

She is my sister, and you would probably have hated her! Haha.

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Ha! I remember now, my public speaking class was a summer course taught by some guy. The only thing I remember from the class is one of the speeches we had to do was a demonstration, and so someone showed how to cut a pineapple. I learned that fresh pineapple makes a hangover much, much worse XD

Marzipan

Parties at Western? Nah. At least not that my parents knew.

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It’s a dry campus, dontcha know ;)

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drank Pumpkin Patch by DAVIDsTEA
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Meh.

That’s really just about all I have to say about this blend. Meh

It wasn’t good, it wasn’t bad, it was just kind of there. And it’s similar enough to the Pumpkin Chai that I have to wonder why it was necessary? My wife and I shared a pot and couldn’t remember anything about the tea afterwards. I’m making vegan butter “chicken” later this week, the rest of our sample will be used to flavor the rice.

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97

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.

Fjellrev

That’s impressive staying power for sure!

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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.

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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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“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!

Ah, tea. My love for you is ever changing. At my last update, I was all about the rooibos and now I hardly drink it. I only occasionally had an oolong and now I have one just about every day. I’ve learned the art of resteeping and coldbrewing and kombucha. I have a lovely little tea pet named…well, I haven’t decided on a name for him yet. I also have four live pets, a tabby cat named Rosabella Francis (Bella for short), a ginger cat named Orange Julius Pekoe (Pekoe), a white and grey cat named Earl Jean Grey (Earlie), and a red foot tortoise named Da Hong Pao (Pao). So if you see me referring to my girls, I don’t have kids, just animals.

As for tea, I love oolongs, herbals, and black tea. Since I am no longer working, I no longer feel the constant need for a mate energy boost, though I do still reach for it from time to time. I also drink less matcha, though I do throw a spoonful or two in when I’m making smoothies. Most of my tea I drink coldbrewed, and since I discovered coldbrewed rooibos was giving me headaches, I’m drinking less and less of it. Straight pu-erh is not a thing I enjoy, but there are a few flavored blends I like. Greens are still too finicky for me to bother with hot, but they make great cold brews.

I am by no means a tea purist. I greatly enjoy flavored teas and I put sugar in all of my teas. It’s just how I do.

I think I’m going to name my tea pet Mr. Turtle. Even though he’s a tortoise.

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