1212 Tasting Notes

drank Chance Combinations by Custom
1212 tasting notes

another attempt at just entertaining myself using Teavana blends:
(3 tsp of Raspberry Riot Lemon Mate + 2 tsp of Blackberry Mojito + a mug full of 175* water) x 2 min = something that most definitely needs to be poured over ice (and then saved for cold steeping).

I like Raspberry Riot because it’s like caffeinated juice and I could go for that right now. Then I thought, well, I have all this Blackberry Mojito that I like by itself, what if I had a bit of mint to the mate?

I’d actually not steep them together in the future because I prefer the mate steeped a long time and obviously I don’t want to steep a green tea more than a couple minutes. So I’m not sure if this will really be like caffeinated juice today (although that’s why I went with 3 tsp), but I do taste both the raspberry and the lemon. Blackberry not so much, but the mint is definitely there.

Also this makes it way too hibiscusy. I can stand both of these teas on their own without thinking they’re too bad, but this one…yikes.

I tried.

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drank Cheesecake Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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It’s been so long since I’ve had matcha. I feel silly.

Now of course this has probably aged, though I’ve been keeping it all in the fridge. But I think the problem more is that I have forgotten the parameters I liked. So really I think I made this too light, because it smells like cheesecake in the tin, and this sure tastes like matcha.

I also realized I don’t have milk of some sort so I probably went too heavy on the coconut milk creamer. Oh well. It’s the matcha part that counts right? I don’t want this stupid flu that so many people have.

I need to get back into the reviewing for more matcha thing, I am in desperate need for some of the other flavors but first I should finish off what I have :)

Sil

I’m with you there sista! Trying to get through some of the flavours i have so that i can order more!

JazzyB

Matcha can prevent the flu, or did I take the wrong thing away from that?

momo

I doubt it would prevent it if you’ve already been exposed, just that if you’re regularly getting the right vitamins and antioxidants it might help keep you from getting sick during the season.

JazzyB

Cool! I’m going to have to try some sometime.

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drank Golden Monkey Black Tea by Teavivre
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Hoooooly cow.

This tea smelled so good before I even drank it that while signing up for a fantasy hockey league (OH MY GOD FINALLY!!!! still), I decided to name my team Golden Monkeys.

It’s like an amazing cake. I don’t even know what to say but I am wondering why I took so long to try this out!

It’s so sweet, definitely like honey. I honestly wish I knew what sweet potatoes tasted like on their own…it’s been so long since I’ve not had any that tasted purely of orange juice in a casserole type dish. May have to fix that myself. Anyway, I’m sure that flavor is in here too. It’s also malty, and it does remind me a bit of red wine.

I have to say….if I finish off my two sample packets I would have to buy 100g…

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Today is not going my way right now. I was doing a nail polish inventory and discovered my favorite polish has dried up! But on the plus side, there is a polish that looks JUST like it that’s only $2! So I’m going to go try to find it tomorrow. And then I wanted to make pretzel bites, but I don’t have enough flour! (now I could make cheese sauce..muahahaha)

And then this tea. I bought a tin of this thinking I’d give it to my friend for her birthday. Of course, she bought it for herself on Black Friday too. Thankfully I too am a Sagittarius so I was just like alright, keeping it. She ended up giving me a sample of it, so this is from that sample.

Not a fan as of right now, I think I need to add milk to it. It’s just WAY too floral, and there is absolutely no raspberry or vanilla. I doubt there would ever be raspberry if it’s just the pieces in the tea, so it’s pretty much over the top earl grey.

Trying it cooled off now and it’s far more subdued, maybe I can taste vanilla. It does seem far creamier now, but there is still no raspberry. I do not find this tea to represent me as a Sagittarius at this time.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Tamm

I’m a Sagittarius too and I really don’t like earl grey, so this won’t be one I’m interested in.

Helena

I’m a Sagittarius too!! ;)I was also born in the year of the Tiger :D

Tamm

:O I’m a tiger too!

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Well I wish I had known this would be so smoky. In the bag it smelled kind of spicy, which was exciting because it is a Szechuan grown tea, so now I’m imagining everything grows into spiciness.

It tastes great at first, it’s the mellow taste that got me in the description on Upton, but then it gets smoky and to me it doesn’t match the rest of the tea, and so it’s kind of gross. It’s not like lapsang smoky but it’s enough to make me surrender drinking after three sips.

TeaBrat

If you want to swap for the remainder of it, let me know. I’d be interested in trying it.

momo

Definitely, I’ll send you a PM later!

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Today I went a bit paint crazy. I loaded up on nail polish, and then I found out you can get colored chalkboard paint! So I got bright red. I want to paint my tins and jars with it so then I can just write what tea’s in there, no more labels. Also, bright red everything.
I just eventually have to buy a bunch of tins. I’ve been meaning to do that for ages now. Oops.

I haven’t had this one in what feels like ever, and I still love it so so so so so much. I love that it’s sweet and I don’t have to add anything. Maybe one day a touch of milk might make it interesting but it’s so good how it is!

This one is definitely the most pumpkin tasting of the pumpkin teas I’ve tried, and today the tea itself smells a lot like pie crust too.

The only thing I question and probably have mentioned before, my bag says 2-3 minutes for a steep and here on Steepster it says 5 minutes. That’s quite the difference…I only steeped it for 2.5 (not sure about last time, sigh) and while it is good I am wondering if I am maybe somehow missing out on more? Like maybe the black tea itself?

Fixing it on the package to try a longer steep next time though. Now that it’s cooled a bit I can tell 2.5 minutes was way too short.

Shmiracles

I just got this tea in the mail yesterday!
I am excited for your paint and tea organizing enthusiasm!

Cavocorax

Me too! I love the chalkboard paint idea, although with my current setup I’d just accidentally wipe the chalk off.

If you find cheap tins, please post where you got them. I’m relying on DavidsTea tins atm, but it’d be nice to have more.

momo

I’ve heard about this, so I was thinking about using them: http://www.specialtybottle.com/teatincontainersmi.aspx but they only ship to Canada via UPS and that sounds expensive. (Also they claim you can’t place an order online but you can email them your order, haha like that isn’t still online?)

Cavocorax

Thanks for the link. And yeaaah, that sounds complicated. I guess I could email for a shipping estimate as Seattle isn’t too far from me.

Kittenna

In my experience, Della Terra flavoured blacks typically need 4-5 minutes. (Except for Saveur de Paris and Earl Grey Cream).

Shmiracles

i did place an order from the specialtybottle website this weekend (it’s like your reading my mind), almost 2 dozen 8oz tins. but i’m in the states.
also, thanks Kittenna for the steep time tip, cuz i’m gonna make my first Della Terra cup this morning.

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drank Yerba Maté Chocolatté by Guayaki
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I didn’t fall asleep till late and my boyfriend of course wakes up at 8:30 and makes me eat breakfast. Then I discover the world juniors gold medal game is on. I fall asleep during the end, but wake up in time to hear bad anthem singing. USA!

And now I am still not awake. This was the only mate I brought over with me I think, and it is a teabag, so I cannot remember who gave me this because I never put them in my spreadsheet if there’s just one.

I put milk in the mug first then added enough hot water for a cup total, and let it steep probably 10 minutes.

This definitely isn’t how I thought it would taste. I was expecting just chocolate but there’s spices in here that make it seem more like chai. It’s also disgustingly sweet, and I see on their website that is thanks to stevia. Glad they could make that clear anywhere, I was looking all over the place and finally realized the ingredients are in a fake looking nutritional facts chart.

I’d probably really like this if it wasn’t for that stevia. It just ruins it. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove wouldn’t be something I’d match with chocolate, but it seems to work until the sweetness hits.

Indigobloom

Stevia! kills everything :/

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I had this iced earlier. I finally went through nearly all my tea, there’s still a ton with no place. But I went to Lowes tonight and loaded up on organizing stuff (but mainly for my lip balm stuff) so maybe that’ll be better!

I’ve also started plans for my patio garden this year. I’m starting pretty much everything from seeds, except strawberries (unless I can find a container blueberry plant around here, all the ones online can’t be shipped to Georgia). So far I have arugula, mixed greens, spearmint, rosemary, basil, jalapenos, dwarf snapdragons, a variety of poppies called California twisted (they look so neat – http://www.burpee.com/images/product/prod000344/prod000344_lg.jpg), and dill. Then I am thinking baby carrots for containers!, beets, eggplant or tomatoes, cucumbers, and lavender.

I saw that to make the most of space, plant lettuces around the perimeter of a pot and then plant something else in the middle later! So is what I am going to try.

Anyway, I haven’t had this tea in awhile. I completely mixed up what I was doing but managed to save this tea. I really should try it hot one day, but I really think this is only the second time I’ve had this one.

It wasn’t as flavorful as last time but that’s because I completely forgot I only should have put 4 oz of water in the jar. Instead I filled it, so I doubled the tea but I probably should have made it 2.5×. Oh well. Still tasted like guava overall.

Shmiracles

tell me about your organizing stuff from lowes! maybe it’s stuff I need too!

momo

They had these shoebox-ish style plastic containers with rainbow stripes, so I got one of those which may or may not be for tea yet, I’d keep that in my pantry if it is for tea because it’s not light tight at all. There were some nice baskets/boxes too. I was looking for something I can stick mail/papers in on the counter around my kitchen because it always gets clogged up with stuff, and there were some maybe 12" long baskets that are maybe 4" wide, so one of those will be perfect on the edge, and it was a set of 3. So the other two I’m going to put on top of the drawer cart full of tea I have, and maybe put tins in there so there aren’t all these tins on the counters.

Shmiracles

I obviously need to go to lowes!! Like today!
Also it feels WAY too early for me to start thinking about my garden! But I am excited for the growing season indeed.

momo

I think next month is lettuce planting time! Also I really just didn’t want to stand around while my boyfriend was getting whatever he needed, so staring down vegetable seeds seemed good. Next thing I knew I had like 8 packets of seeds.

TheTeaFairy

Wow, what an ambitious gardner you are! Wish I had more gardening skills myself…I always end up killing half of my creations :-(

JacquelineM

Yay gardening! I love the planning just as much as the growing :) Right now I am overwintering shallots, but will be starting the lettuce soon! I usually start my seeds in March and plant out in May.

momo

I just realized the rosemary and snapdragon seeds say to start them inside. I was trying to avoid that, because I didn’t think I really have space but I guess why not!
I’ve got an amaryllis about to bloom that started from a bulb so I think I won’t kill everything inside. Hopefully.

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drank Ever Green (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Finishing up this sample…about to move on to organizing the big cart of tea.

I meant to drink this last night but it smelled horribly like burning plastic/a candle just burned out in my apartment, and I swear it was smoky to the point my eyes itched. It was probably someone using their fireplace but it was like 12:30am so it was not appreciated.

I don’t really like this. It’s mostly blueberry but the ocean water-ish tinge just doesn’t match blueberries to me.

I guess I drank it cold before. Welp, I don’t get salt water, just like the way the beach smells has been turned into a taste.

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I accidentally oversteeped this just slightly because I was distracted by some weird scratch on a tin of oolong.

Really exciting, I finished my sample of this too! I was about to pour it into a tiny bag when I realized it said 2-3 tsp per 8 oz of water, so I used the rest up for my 12 oz mug, yay!

Today to me this tastes like lemon and jasmine, and almost tastes more like a white tea than it does a black tea. If it wasn’t for that end note that screams Darjeeling black tea, I’d be fooled.

It’s nice but like I’ve probably said 283759 other times on notes, second flushes are my thing.

I am currently going through all my tea trying to figure out where all of it is. Right now I have no idea where a $20 bag of oolong is so that’s fun. But I haven’t gone to my rolly drawer cart yet so I’m thinking it’s in there. Yay.

Sil

Lol it amuses me when people can’t find their tea…. You don’t wanna know how I picture kittenna and indigoblooms houses lol

Tina S.

I love a fellow person who doesn’t freak at paying 20 bucks for a bag of oolong! :D

Cavocorax

I never thought I’d be that person, but I’d happily pay $20 for 50g of my favorite oolong.

Kittenna

Sil – consider that it’s not my house, it’s my ROOM… hahahaha. It looks a little crazy, to be honest! I stash it all in cardboard boxes under my desk… :D

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