1351 Tasting Notes

drank Cherry Kiss by RiverTea
1351 tasting notes

So full disclosure, I don’t like cherry. I like fresh bing cherries, but that about it. I also do not like chocolate…can you tell this is one my wife picked out? So I will not be rating this, as it’s just not fair.

This tea is okay. It’s the closest to a big cherry I’ve ever tasted, and I don’t taste a lot of chocolate, so it was no hardship to finish this tea. If you like cherry tea, I would definitely recommend this. It’s slightly artificial, but yummy. My wife loves it.

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drank Crazy Mint by RiverTea
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I love the way the orange and the mint mix in this. Oh, it’s lovely. I’m already dreaming of this cold steeped. And the flavor of the tea is in no way overshadowed by the flavors of the mint and the orange. This is wonderful. This is one of the teas I asked for as a sample and I very much need to order more. So yummy.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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This tea has inspired a week and a half of my wife and I rushing into rooms saying “CRISS CROSS!”

Throw Momma From the Train, anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

My Dad looks like Danny DeVito, of course I’ve seen it.

Right, the tea. It smells luscious. Just…so yummy and juicy. Cranberry and pineapple? I never would have thought to combine them but it’s sooooooo good. And I even like the green, which is so weird for me! It’s delicious.

I think I’m gonna go call my Dad…

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Marquis de Gris by RiverTea
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A surprised yum from me! I’m not an earl grey, but the mango balances it out to the point that it is a gorgeous sip with a citrusy twang. It’s so good. I think I might fight the wife for this one.

Our Della Terra teas came in today, but I want to try all of my RiverTeas first! Aaaaah! I will drink all the teas and be happy for it.

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

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drank Boatsman by RiverTea
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This is one of the ones I eyed and then decided not to get and then my wife talked me into. I’m glad she did, it’s good! I taste cranberry and orange on the front of the sip, then the smooth vanilla, and then mango and banana in the back. Yum. The cinnamon comes out to play here and there and that is A-OK with me, I love cinnamon. All in all, it’s a very intriguing cup…I look forward to getting to know you better, Boatsman.

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drank Sparkling Lunch by RiverTea
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So I was making lunch and figured this was perfect to brew up. I’m having super spicy Jamaican patties and when I took a sip to cool down my mouth, I was immediately reminded of Thai green curry…I’m gonna wait until my mouth cools down.

…Okay! So this is cool, but I like cool/cold teas, so party on! So now I’m getting mango and peach…with an undertone of green curry. Yum. I have no idea what it is, but it’s gooood. Except now I want curry. Maybe it’s the mango, as I usually get a mango salad when we have Thai. Regardless, it is tasty. A yummy lunch.

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A Strawberry-Lime tea? Yes please! My bestie will be super excited, that’s her favorite flavor combo, besides strawberry-kiwi. I’ll have to be sure to save her some, but this cup is alllll mine muwahahaha.

I steeped with one at just below boiling and there is absolutely no bitterness, yay! The strawberry and lime work well together to create a sweet but tart blend that makes your lips pucker ever so slightly. Utterly delicious like their other offerings. It is certainly an eye opener, and as I sip along, trying to pick out everything I’m tasting, I discover I’m at the end of my cup! Sadness! It is very yummy, but I don’t think it’s a must-have for me. We’ll see how it does cold!

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drank Breather by RiverTea
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Tea o’ the morning t’ ye!

…I apologize for that.

I was very eager to wake up and try this tea, because I knew better than to have a pu-erh late at night, no matter how good it smelled. So of course this was the first tea I reached for today. Sidenote: After my drinking binge yesterday (eight perfect mugs full of tea, yowza), we had to run the dishwasher with the entire top rack filled with teaware XD.

Anyhoo, dry the leaf smelled fruity and light and amazing. Steeped, holy cow pu-erh! Not the most pleasant thing in the world, but I’m not a pu-erh fan. I smelled a hint of fishy, but mostly…leather.

The taste? Very yummy. The fruitiness is toned down by the earthiness of the pu-erh. I get orange, very strong earth, and just a hint of berry. It’s tasty, but I think my wife will like this more than I do, so I’ll save this for her.

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drank Magic Summer by RiverTea
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I wasn’t expecting to love this hot, but I do. Oh my glory, I do. It’s so hard to find a good melon tea, but this…this is wonderful. I love it. It’s juicy and sweet and a brilliant combination of peach and melon. I am painfully eager to try it iced.

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drank Superstar by RiverTea
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Grapefruit! Lovely, yummy grapefruit! And juicy strawberries…mmm. And caffeine free too, so I can sip this all the way to dreamland.

….lordy, I’m tired.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 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!

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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