1050 Tasting Notes

90
drank Nettle Chai by Teafarm
1050 tasting notes

I am finishing off this awesome tea at work today. I will definitely, 100% be ordering more of this, and probably in March. My nose is going crazy today, and I even had an allergy pill yesterday..I also finally asked if the HVAC system can be checked at my work as I have been so sick with my asthma at work that something must be wrong. I suspect mold, as I also have a mold allergy, and haven’t had asthma symptoms prior to last summer in about 15 years. Hopefully they find something and can fix it! In the meantime, I will continue taking allergy pills about every 2nd day and drinking teas such as this, caffeine free and good for allergies. And it tastes awesome! Until we meet again, my friend. See previous notes on this one :) upping rating a bit too.

Fjellrev

Awe no, I hope they’ll be able to fix the problem so you won’t have to suffer so much. And thank you for verifying that you have a mold allergy. When I went to the doctor last year because my allergies were really bad from living in a moldy basement, he basically just scoffed at me and said that mold allergies don’t exist. And a former landlord in the basement suite before that also scoffed at me and said that you can’t be allergic to mold. What the hell is wrong with people?

MissLena

I actually only found out I had a mold allergy from my allergy test a few years ago, I can’t remember what strain it is, or if it is specified, but it definitely said one on there. Yeah allergies/asthma is a tricky thing..not many people understand them unless they have to cope with it themselves lol. My mold allergies are the worst in the spring from the snow mold blarg. I hope they at least look into it and if all is good, then I can figure out what else could be the trigger.

Fjellrev

What kind of allergy test did you get? By that I mean, from a physician or a more homeopathic one? Because there are different methods. I should do the same but I’m not sure what’s out there.

MissLena

The latest one I had was at an allergy clinic, I was referred there by my doctor, they did the skin dot test, I believe the method was oils placed on the skin and then after about 10 mins the hive size was measured. I can’t remember if they pricked the place that they put the oil too, but it definitely seemed accurate (peanut allergy of 7/10, with 10 being most deadly, and I do have quite a severe peanut allergy). I can’t remember the reading on my mold one either, I believe it was between 2 and 5 but not sure on the number. It was tough to actually get a test though, it sounds like the older you get the less common it is to get a test done…kind of annoying, since I wanted to know if I had outgrown my peanut allergy when I went haha.

When I was little I had the one where they scratch your back with the allergens, that one apparently was freaky lol. My mom also has had the injection type one and it also seemed accurate, but I couldn’t handle that many needles lol. Hopefully you can get a referral if you want to get a test done!

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97

And another sipdown on this one tonight! I have been having a final gong fu session with this tea and sharing it with the bf. This tea truly was a wonderful one, a delicious sweet white tea that had amazing flavor. One of the best unflavored teas I’ve had to date I think, particularly in the white tea department. Tonight the notes are honey, fresh hay, a touch of nuttiness, silk, and some cream. Vanilla cream at that. This is perfect, and I am sad to see it go, but also happy we finished it off before it lost its wonderful flavor. See previous notes on this tea! Very grateful I had the chance to order this!

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92

Sipdown on this one tonight! Tonight this is a sweet, herbaceous cup. I can definitely see a resemblance between this and my beloved 8T yabao. And it does have a candy like sweetness! A good final cup, and I’m happy I tried this! See previous notes on this tea.

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88
drank Chai Spice by Verdant Tea
1050 tasting notes

An at-work sipdown of this one today! Sadly the final cup is almost all tea-dust, so there are a ton of floaties. I will probably only drink half of the cup as it is scratchy and not that great on the throat. The flavor is still pretty decent at least, although the fennel is the strongest note in this final cup. Also, the water at my work is horrible, and I used the hot water dispenser water so it’s also not even boiling. Ah well, this is still a great blend that I will restock!

Speaking of which, I have been planning my next Verdant order, hopefully will be placing it before $4 Canadian shipping runs out. But I have a lot of tea to drink before I am allowed to! This tea will be included in the restock, as well as a ton of samples. See previous notes!

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81

I am having a morning sheng session with this tea today. When I first had it, it was too harsh and tobacco-y for me. After almost 6 months, this tea seems to have mellowed and I am enjoying it much more! It is a bit sweeter than I remember, still rather green, but not nearly as harsh. There is also a slight scotchy note today that I am enjoying, maybe that’s just me though hahaha. Maybe I have the correct amount of leaf this time or something too haha. Whatever it is, I am enjoying this, and am going to try avoiding overcaffeination today. I have been avoiding caffeine for a week as it made me too jittery last weekend haha. See previous notes on this tea!

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So this is kind of a tea note.. I am currently drinking a Japanese Green Tea IPA beer by the breweries Baird/Stone/Ishii! And let me tell you..you can actually taste the tea in it!

The tea used apparently is whole leaf sencha, and upon pouring the aroma is definitely green tea, with the hops adding a bitter, herbaceous note. The flavor is a perfect blending of green tea with bitter, citrusy hops. I am pleased the green tea is so present!

I thought I’d log this for any other tea/Beer lovers to check out. It is unique and delicious, if that’s your thing. Nevertheless, an exciting tea beverage I wanted to share :)

Kaylee

That sounds really cool! Where did you find it?

MissLena

It was at a local liquor store in my city, Edmonton, and I also saw it was at a local restaurant too :)

Kaylee

Definitely going to keep an eye out for it. Hopefully it’s available south of the border too!

MissLena

On their website they have it available in a ton of states! I am sure it will be available near you, and probably even easier to get than for me! :)

Kaylee

Huzzah! I tried to find it using their locator website, but for some reason the Green Tea IPA isn’t listed. Guess I’ll have to start cold-calling stores that stock the company’s other beers. :)

Fjellrev

Nice! Did you pick it up at Sherbrooke?

MissLena

@Kaylee – I hope you find it! It is a tastebud explosion!

@Fjellrev – I actually found it at Keg and Cork on the south side, but I saw it was also available at Sherbrooke :)

Fjellrev

Cool, I have never been to Keg and Cork before but it’s nice to hear that there is a place on the south side that sells more interesting things.

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83

I have been keeping my caffeine intake to a minimum this week (read: the only caffeine I’m consuming is in decaf teas, so a tiny bit), and I have been tiring of herbals and craving a black tea. Enter this lovely decaf EB. I made it for my travel mug this morning and added milk and sugar right to the mug and it is delicious! This tea truly shines with the addition of milk and sugar. It is a bit watery with the milk, but that is fine by me. The milk also seems to be reducing the tannins, which I am happy about! I will finish this in record time probably, and then move on to my herbal teas throughout the day.

I would love to have one of my chinese teas tonight to celebrate the Year of the Sheep, but I will see how I am feeling about caffeine later. I have felt much better this week with less caffeine, which is not surprising. Caffeine usually amps up my anxiety and makes me sleep even less. Hope to continue my break for at least this week haha. See previous notes on this tea!

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90
drank Nettle Chai by Teafarm
1050 tasting notes

I will definitely have to order more of this, I am nearing the end of my first bag from Nov and it is my go-to herbal for before bed and allergies at the same time. Or just allergies! I really want to try blending my own of this with my big bag of nettles, so I might try that :) awesome tea! Upping rating – see previous notes :)

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84

Happy Valentine’s Day! What better tea to have than a rose, long lasting shu puerh to celebrate the day of love? :) I’m not going to write a detailed review tonight as I’ve been drinking this tea western brewed all day, but it’s a nice shu, pretty smooth, dark, tasty. Unfortunately not much rose, but on the third steep (first two of 30s, 3rd of 45s) the tuocha is still not broken apart, so maybe it will come? I recall when I had this gongfu that the rose was more present though. Still delicious, easy on the stomach, and has awesome staying power. Perfect for today!

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89

I’m having a cup of this right now and it’s amazing. Exactly what I need right now. Light, sugary vanilla, rich floral oolong, smooth, relaxing, beautiful. Perfection! See previous notes on this stellar tea!

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Hello all, I am an electrical engineer (read:NERD :D), who is a bit obsessed with tea! I discovered loose tea in 2011, DAVIDsTEA in 2012 and it took off from there. I really started drinking/enjoying tea because it was excellent to take to class in the morning and because I can’t handle coffee! (unless it’s a really good cappuccino or latte, or decent decaf haha)

I enjoy a variety of teas – current favorites being ripe and raw pu’erhs, chinese black teas and herbal/green rooibos blends. I also enjoy white, green, and oolong teas, although I tend to drink them more in the warmer months. I have also tried matcha and guayusa, but I don’t drink them too often as I am a bit sensitive to caffeine. As a result I don’t drink black teas as often as I used to, but in moderation I can still enjoy a wide variety of teas.

Oh, and I have a severe peanut allergy and try to avoid most other nuts, just to be safe. Limits my tea choices a bit, but that’s ok. However I have tried almonds and found out I can eat them, so I have been trying a few teas with them in them.

MissLena’s rating system
(as of 04/19/13)

95+: Absolute favorite, will try to always have it in stock, and when I don’t I pine over it!
90-94: Awesome teas, will probably purchase again a few times
80-89: Very good tea, may restock at some point
70-79: happy to have tried and will gladly finish, but not restock
60-69: not horrible, but not the best, will finish if I have some though
50-59: not a favorite, probably will have a tough time finishing the bag
-50: yuck. I don’t want to have it ever again.

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