1212 Tasting Notes

While I’m waiting for this to cool I am playing with my foil manicure stuff. So much fun! Here is how it is on my right hand right now: http://i.imgur.com/ff47d.jpg

After a failed flavored tea (having this happen a lot lately), I decided I wanted something subtle and well, natural.

This is getting up there in age, sadly. I do have the organic one to try still. I should do that next.

I think I am afraid of Dragonwell because it’s hard to know if you are doing it right till you can taste it. I feel like it’s way too easy to end up with something that tastes like nothing. Not this time!

I just love that nutty, slightly creamy/buttery flavor. And it’s full of it. Some notes of minerals and some sweetness and you are totally set.

I think having the temperature variable kettle has immensely helped me with teas like this.

Does anyone know, would something subtle like a Dragonwell do okay in a travel mug that keeps things hot for 5+ hours or will it likely ruin it? I feel an attachment coming on and I’ll need this in the morning again.

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec

So in my experience with subtly flavoured teas and travel mugs, they do not hold up well. Especially greens that are vegetal; the flavour doesn’t last, and ANY lingering flavours in the travel mug will interfere. That said, it may be worth a try. I’ve just come to realize that although it would be great to have something like Laoshan Green in the morning, it gets funky when sitting for so long, which is a waste. I haven’t tried dragonwell though.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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I have four matchas I could actually review for credit but I instead got distracted by the idea of mixing these two.

Bavarian Creme + Raspberry Truffle matcha!

I haven’t had either of these in awhile so I’m not sure how the raspberry truffle is on its own anymore, but you can bet I haven’t forgotten the bavarian creme one. I went for a hot latte preparation (or a hat if you start thinking about the next word you’re going to type too soon).

The chocolate seems to get lost this way, so it reminds me of raspberries dipped in cream. There is a slight mocha-like note at the end though. From what I remember, I like the Bavarian creme matcha better cold. But I like it together with this one for sure, I’m going to have to start going through these matchas quicker because I want so many new flavors so much.


That sounds pretty awesome. Is it true you can just take matcha and mix it with water? I’ve never tried it, but that sounds easy!


Yep! You can just put some in a water bottle and shake it up.

Kasumi no Chajin

yup. I do it with my tumbler, with old matcha. though it is less frothy (depending on raitios of water + matcha)

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I finally solved the mystery of my travel mug, but I still think I’d rather have a different style. I don’t like sticking my nose into this weird…nose space area in order to take a drink. However it now doesn’t spill everywhere AND it opens! Maybe smashing it with a hammer was all it needed.

This was my chosen tea for this grumpy looking day. I wish I had thought to sweeten it but I was nearly late as is thanks to a massive traffic jam (accident too maybe? still have no idea) and I had to go one station north. It was definitely lacking the maple, but that’s okay…it made up for it in brown sugar.

Stayed warm all afternoon, tasted amazing, and I think it really doesn’t have that oatmeal flavor to it anymore, and I kind of like it better. It seems less heavy to drink.

Also just picked up my first CSA box! I got a soup and salad one that’s probably overpriced but whatever. Problem is, they didn’t include the recipes like it said so I’m kind of stuck on how cilantro, 4 pounds of sweet potatoes, and a couple oranges becomes soup. If anyone has a recipe for sweet potato soup that they swear by, let me know! I hope I can make it work with what I have on hand, don’t worry about the cilantro or orange aspects.

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drank Strawberry Oolong by Butiki Teas
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Ok I only had enough for 2 cups but let me have it. I also got royally distracted from this cup but it is good cold!

This probably was well towards the end of its lifespan because the strawberry is very hard to pick up on now, but the oolong is still nice…just a hint of berry behind it.


This is first on my list for my Thurs or Fri order. :)

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drank The Earl's Garden by DAVIDsTEA
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It’s being held hostage in my travel mug. I can’t get the top to open and I can’t get it to ACTUALLY open either. Cries. I managed a sweet few sips out of it because it leaks…time to find a new mug.

Anyone got any good options that DEFINITELY don’t leak if you follow directions? Followed the directions on this one to vacuum seal it and instead it locked up the entire mechanism. So one that is leak proof and doesn’t do that is all I want in life right now.

OKAY so I just finally got the mug open…with a hammer. Saved the tea of course, it was still somewhat hot! But somehow a lot of tea went through the infuser so it was not very tasty. I figured I’d add some coconut milk creamer, so I gave it a quick whirl in the microwave to make up for the heat loss and I am sipping happy.

It’s a bit stronger than I normally drink it, to the point it’s hard to get any berry notes. Thanks to the time it took to finally drink it, the bergamot is a lot stronger and the black tea is probably slightly oversteeped. No problems though. I think for the time being I’ll switch back to the smaller travel mug I got from Teavana until I find something I like better again.

Hesper June

Oh no! What a tease your thermos is!


I did get it free but I expect something slightly less taunting, especially coming from a car company!


Love my JoeMo XL!


Timolinos are great, and I recently got a… Contigo(?) mug from Costco that appears to work quite well as well. I’m very impressed, and it was 1/3 of the cost (no infuser basket though).

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drank Pink Pearls by Keen Tea Thyme
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Ok I am glad you are done with your tantrum, Steepster.

I had this last night. It was in my box of rooibos/herbals/what-have-you so I thought it actually only had rooibos but it has jasmine pearls in it. Somehow I didn’t notice that before. Oh well, it didn’t destroy the balance of tea organization haha.

So after a quick change of temperature on the kettle, this was brewing and smelling nice and fruity.

The floral notes of jasmine are really good with the citrusy/berry fruit flavors. I don’t know really want the green rooibos adds because of the short steep time for the jasmine. I guess it’s okay to go for longer but I really would rather not have oversteeped green tea in here in order to get the taste of green rooibos. In which case, the other bit I have means…cold steep!

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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This is a sneaky one!

I eat spicy food like it’s nothing at all. There’s a popcorn place in a shopping center nearby and they have THE BEST hot white cheddar popcorn. It has that heat that will lead to tears if it catches you off guard. I love it so much.

This seems to have the same sort of spice but far, far tamer. Take a sip and you just might get that tingle of spice in your throat instead. It’s not too spicy at all unless you’re trying to get that result.

The only problem is I can’t detect any chocolate notes at all. The black tea has some cocoa notes but it’s not in any way chocolatey at all. But that’s easy to fix so I will give this another try soon.

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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So I was left wanting cranberry. This is okay but as it cooled it completely lost any flavor of berries. It now tastes like nettle and lemongrass.

Nettle is growing on me though.

This isn’t bad either hot or cold, but I think if you’re not a fan of super strong herby flavors then cold is not the way to go.

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drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
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lol I haven’t touched this tea because I have an intense hatred for a certain Boston sports team, especially its captain, so…I associate this tea with them. And you know, how that I think about it, I should have tried this when there was a lockout and I couldn’t care at all but now I am ready to get my hate back in full gear. VROOM VROOM.

Right, so I don’t mind cranberry but it’s definitely a flavor I won’t grab over other berries especially. But I’ll drink it…almond, on the other hand I actively try to avoid. Now I love to eat almonds. But I can’t do sweet almond, and I especially can’t do it in a tea. The best I have ever done with sweet almond is that I can put amaretto in pancakes. That is all. I seriously have a bottle of amaretto just for that and I rarely make pancakes. I also have no idea why I bought it in the first place. Probably some other recipe.

This does smell fantastic in the bag though. I got my friend a tin and it was even better in such a large amount.

So it definitely is not in your face cranberry at all, like I was hoping it might be. The almond flavor mixes in with the cranberry about mid-sip. At first it’s just absolutely disgusting like Zdeno Chara, but towards the end of the sip it is really reminiscent of granola. But getting to granola takes strong taste buds. I think maybe if the cranberry was just a bit more tart, I might be able to ignore that almond flavoring, but it’s not happening.

The more I try the more repulsive it tastes. I hate you almond.

PS thank you for this sample, Alphakitty


Haha, I share your hatred for Boston sports teams!

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I am such a smoke weakling I can’t even handle this tea.

Sad times.

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I watch too much hockey and soccer. So does the bird in my photo, surprise. Finally getting back to drinking my way through my stash thanks to finally securing myself a real paying desk job.



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