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1195 Tasting Notes

drank Superstar by RiverTea
1195 tasting notes

I’m craving grapefruit in a big way, so I searched out this tea. The scent of the dry leaf is pure grapefruit and it makes me think of my Dad. He and I are the only ones in the house who like grapefruit, so on the weekends, we’d split a grapefruit. During the week, he had to leave at 4 in the morning, but it always made me feel special to open the fridge and find half a grapefruit, cut and ready for me.

ANYWAY, the scent of the steeped tea brings out a bit more of the strawberry, but it’s still yummy, yummy grapefruit.

I love this blend. The strawberry brings down the bite of the grapefruit, and the honeybush rounds it all out. It is wonderful.


oooh sounds tasty!

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This was the very first tin of tea I ever bought and it is a classic. I reach for it just about every time I overindulge or whenever my stomach is just not up to snuff. Last night we ordered Indian and my butter chicken was so freaking spicy. Between the cream and the spices, Indian food isn’t something my stomach handles well, and this tea helped it recover.

I love this tea.

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drank Silver Star by Red Leaf Tea
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Sipdown! (387/377)

Still weak, but okay. Will not replace, but I’m not hating this last cup!

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I really hoped I would like this one, but I just…don’t. The flavors are too artificial, the pu-erh is too…earthy, and it’s just not my cup of tea. But the wife likes it, so I’ll have her work on drinking it down.

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drank Yellow Dragon by DAVIDsTEA
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After quite a few tea misses today, I needed a win. The lemongrass and mint in this are wonderful and soothing and just what I need to wrap up a busy day.

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drank Aloha Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
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I’ve been avoiding this because, well, I didn’t like it the first time around. I pout the rest of this in my mason jar in an effort to finish off my little packet, and it worked! Sipdown for me! (388/378)

Usually an oily film on a tea doesn’t bug me, but combined with the white floaters from the chocolate, it’s a huge turn off. It smells…weird. Like old, earthy, white chocolate with a side of…feet. Ugh.

I don’t understand how this was considered a good idea. Earthy, fishy pu-erh with pineapple and chocolate? shudder

So…yeah. It tastes like pineapple feet.


Pineapple and feet. LOL

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Tea Haus teas are like Adagio teas for me. I have to steep them below boiling so they don’t get painfully bitter. But with some of the Tea Haus teas, I steeping them at a lower temperature leaves them weak and kinda boring.

This is one such tea. I do get a sweet burnt caramel flavor, but it tastes watered down and weak. Maybe I’ll play with the ratio or something to try and perk it up…and to get rid of more leaf.

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drank Silver Star by Red Leaf Tea
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I’ve been hoarding this sample and I have no idea why. I really enjoy Red Leaf Tea’s black teas, their Irish Breakfast is my go-to when I need brisk morning tea. I needed one this morning, but I’m eager to get some sipdowns in, so I reached for this instead. There’s enough for two cups, both of which I plan to drink today. Yay!

I’m kinda disappointed in this. It’s kinda weak, but the aftertaste brings in some berry, oddly enough. Maybe it’s the yogurt I just ate.

So this is good enough, but I think I’ll stick to other teas.

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Another sipdown! (389/379)

Sharing a pot of this with my wife, mine has sugar and hers doesn’t. It smells earthy and fishy like a puerh, and definitely tastes like a puerh, but it’s supposed to be black. I dunno….it’s very dark, even after a short steep and it just smells heavy, you know what I mean? I don’t smell a lot of chocolate or mint.

It tastes bitter to me, and definitely like a puerh with an aftertaste of chocolate and mint. Like a bitter cup of tea with an Andes mint melted in it. You can kind of taste it but not really.

Meh. Buh-bye, Chocolate Mint.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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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!

So…yeah. That’s me and my tea!

Feel free to find me on twitter, my username is ladykittykat!


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