98 Tasting Notes

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drank Azteca Fire by Teavana
98 tasting notes

Had 2 cups this morning, steeped 10 min, which got me through finishing my paper with (I think) much more ease. I love having this as a hot cocoa substitute…it fits the bill! If you’re resteeping this, add a teaspoon more of fresh tea, and it’ll come out tasting about the same!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Thai Chai by Adagio Teas
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Made some of this that I got from a friend (thanks Rebecca!) this morning and was excited to try it for the first time. Smells great—very Thai-ish. It was about 3/4 tea, 1/4 soymilk, and I took a sip. Tasty! I felt like I couldn’t taste the spice enough, though…finished the cup (which was delicious) during my art class and then came back and read the description. Oops—2 teaspoons per 6 oz? I was doing about half that (if that). Next time I’ll portion it out more carefully. Very good, and probably much better when correctly prepared!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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Blended 1.5 tsp of this with 1 tsp of Azteca Fire and brewed for 10 minutes with boiling water. Perfect, absolutely perfect. Oh, and the smell pre-steeping is a lot like flowery Fig Newtons, according to my roommate. I’m running low—oh dear.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
iTea

I remember trying this for my first time and it was unique. I never had a tea quite like this one.

potatowedges

It’s nice…I love teas that have a flavor that stays with you for ages between sips.

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drank Matcha by Teavana
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I’m still acquiring the taste for matcha, and so today I made some cold with soymilk and no added sweetener (but the soymilk is “original” and sweetened slightly). Pretty darn awesome! I love the even, concentrated energy I get from this drink. I’ll transition gradually to drinking it with only water, but I’m in no hurry. I mixed the powder and the milk the day before to give it time to dissolve the little globules of matcha, which worked pretty well. Once it’s fully dissolved, it doesn’t settle out—a big plus! It’s been hot, so I’m drinking this cold, which is quite refreshing. I’ll add more notes as I try it with less soymilk as a buffer.

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drank Hulu Green by TeaSource
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Ooh, this is good. I’m not much of a green tea drinker but I got a sample pack from TeaSource to try and remedy that. This has a lovely, lightly grassy aroma (I’m still getting used to that) and a fabulous smooth taste when mixed with a little drizzle of agave. I just steeped it the second time (same temp, about 30 sec longer) without adding sweetener and it’s fantastic…smooth and not astringent at all. I really like how the second infusion of lots of my favorite teas is even better than the first! My favorite green tea so far (Triple Leaf Green showed me just how good it could be, and this is even better)—I think this will be a staple. Yay for green!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec
potatowedges

Update: this is only good for 2 steepings; the 3rd doesn’t taste like much.

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drank Azteca Fire by Teavana
98 tasting notes

I’d been wondering about this tea for a while now and finally got some this fall. Wow. It took a couple times to get to know how to steep this tea well—about 10 minutes in boiling water does the trick. It’s chocolatey and a bit fruity, has a hint of spice (if you brew it long enough), and is supremely cozy and comforting. I would love to try it with a little splash of soymilk—I tried it with a lot of soymilk and completely lost the flavor of the tea. This is definitely one of my favorite cozy/warm teas. The first 2 ounces I got were gone in a matter of weeks. I’m steeping it right now with some Honeybush Vanilla and it’s very difficult to wait to try it—the aroma is intoxicating. If you like spicy hot chocolate you will love this.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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So. Good. I don’t drink black tea too often because I usually really don’t want any caffeine, but this morning I had a paper to write. Soooo…I brewed up a cup of this. It smells AMAZING, like caramely mapley almondy goodness, and it has a very refreshing black tea taste with end-notes of round sweetness. It’s great for sipping while working on a paper! I re-steeped this two more times, the second time with some Honeybush Vanilla and the third time with the same contents. It holds up well to a second steeping—maybe not so well to a third, but the honeybush carried it through, and I wasn’t expecting it to last more than one time anyway. Delicious and doesn’t need milk or sugar to make it so—which is perfect for me! I’ll be sorry to see the 4oz I have dwindle away.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Baked Apple by DAVIDsTEA
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Yum! So much amazing cinnamon scent…I got myself a tin of this as a Christmas present last year, and it’s unbelievably cozy. I have an association with drinking it during every final for the same (2-year) class…it’s a bit light on the tea taste and seems like mostly cinnamon (or, as they say on the tin, “cinnamons”) and orangey clove. I like to mix in another tea with this (like a rooibos or a green) to give it a little more body. Would probably taste really really amazing with a splash of soymilk…I’ll have to get on that.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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It’s…interesting. I don’t like most fruity teas, though, especially citrus ones. I found the lemongrass to be a bit too much for me. I drank this iced, and it was all right.

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I’m a college tea drinker.
I cook feverishly.
I draw.
I make movies.
I knit.
Someday I wish to own chickens.

I love tea because of the complete sensory experience it offers me. Clock time fades away as I lean into my cup, watching the delicate cascades of steam waft up from the brew. Peace. Stillness. Feeling centered. It’s my meditation…

To give you a little background on my tea preferences (which will put my ratings into perspective)…

I love teas that are strong without bitterness and have earthy flavors to them, like rooibos or a really good black tea. (A few favorites in this category: Toffee Almond Supreme, Popped Rooibos, Oh Canada, Nutcracker Sweet.) Vanilla, cinnamon, and nutty are some of my favorite flavor notes. After about a year of warming up to greens, I absolutely love them—from the sweet, nutty, green-tea-ice-cream-like to the bold, grassy earthiness of Gunpowder Temple of Heaven. I also enjoy a nice white every once in a while. Fruity teas aren’t my favorite. I do have a few fruity teas that I love though, like TeaSource’s Green Tea with Pomegranate, Lemon Solstice, and Blueberry Fields.

I drink all of my teas unsweetened; if a tea needs sweetening, I usually don’t like it. A couple of notable exceptions: I sometimes sweeten straight green teas and matcha, and I drink my chai with soymilk (but no other sweetener). I sometimes like my black tea with a little dollop of soymilk.

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Northfield, MN

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