2767 Tasting Notes

92
drank Nina's Japon by Nina's Paris
2767 tasting notes

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92
drank Nina's Japon by Nina's Paris
2767 tasting notes

So last night I did not sleep as I was writing a paper. I finally finished that at 10 am this morning and though my intention was to sleep for two hours before my class, my friend who is vacationing in Asia messaged me so I ended up talking to her instead.

I think proceeded to go to class, drop off my paper, and then promptly turn around to go home as I still have a midterm and a paper proposal I need to worry about by Wednesday. On the way, I dropped off some tea packages and grabbed some groceries and then got home, started the kettle, and turned on an episode of Bones to relax for a little while.

Apparently I relaxed too much because I passed out, sitting upright, and cross legged on my bed. I woke up at 7 and was super disoriented and immediately thought it was Wednesday and that I slept through both the exam and the paper proposal. After a moment of panic I realized what was happening and decided I was still very tire. I quickly fell asleep once again. Now, it is 9 pm and I have not had lunch or dinner or any tea today.

I saw Courtney had Japon and I decided that I also was going to make myself a cup. Typically I would try a new tea or aim for a sipdown but now that I am under 100, I can happily reach for my favorites and know that the others will be drunk in due time.

And of course, this is the perfect cup, as always. I am getting more caramel today than genmaicha but I don’t mind as all the components are still there and still delicious.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Courtney

This week is insanity for me too! I put a honey face mask on this afternoon to take a quick 15 minute break, and I fell asleep sitting up on the couch as well – with honey on my face!

VariaTEA

Hahaha. I think I have officially said “screw the midterm” and I will just worry about the paper proposal. The midterm is for my pass/fail class and I have a 90% so even if I get a 0% on the midterm, I can still pass.

Courtney

Haha I love it. Yes at times, I’ve done the same. I’m writing up 2 midterms reports right now, but they are each worth 10%, and I have the conservation research project due in under 2 weeks, which is worth 55%. Hmm… I wonder which will get more attention?

keychange

Wow. Often I miss being a student, but not when I read posts like these! on the flip side, I can’t tell you just how much my soul aches for a post-lunch nap.

VariaTEA

Yeah, it is certainly a bit hectic. Though after Wednesday I will get a bit of a break which will be nice.

Courtney

Oh nice! I have things due Thursday and Friday, although I have a much better handle on those bizarrely. I would choose to do the things that are due the latest first. :P

And keychange haha! I could also go for naps. Always. :P

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75
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
2767 tasting notes

I have a paper due tomorrow and something tells me it will be a long night. Luckily I have this lovely cuppa to keep me company while I work :).

Fjellrev

Ech, papers. Hope it’s going well!

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80

This is such a light and fruity tea that it is always such a pleasure to drink. On top of that, it smells amazing. This will probably be a favorite as the weather warms up as it is just so fresh tasting that it really seems like a Spring tea.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90

For those wondering, matcha and yogurt are quite delicious. I went with this one because I wanted something with a distinctive flavor so I knew how prominent the matcha would taste when mixed into the yogurt. Plus, I thought the tang of the yogurt would combine well with the raspberry and I was right. It was raspberry, it was creamy, it was awesome!

Stephanie

I loooove yogurt! Great idea!

VariaTEA

Thank you :). I would certainly recommend adding some matcha the next time you have yogurt. It was like a cold latte but creamier and with a delicious yogurt tang. I imagine cheesecake matcha would probably benefit from being enjoyed this was.

jeweledthumb

This is a great idea! How much did you use of the matcha?

VariaTEA

I used 1/2 tsp for a single serving yogurt cup.

Jennkay

Ooh, that sounds delicious! I wish I had my matcha samples left to try it out

Kirlika

That sounds really interesting! Did you use a plain yogurt or vanilla flavored?

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80

I am now officially under 100 teas! Does that mean I get to go on a tea shopping spree?!?

As for this tea, I am happy I still have quite a bit around. It is warm and comforting and quite reminiscent of an oatmeal cookie. It is a happy tea for sure :)

In other news, has anyone ever tried sprinkling flavored matcha on yogurt? It is something I have been contemplating doing and I think it might be good. Thoughts?

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

Adding more stuff to your package right now… You get the last of my Demain, I’ve decided. Anything to bump you up, knock some things off your shopping list, and get rid of a tea I didn’t really like all that much.

Courtney

Awesome for under 100! I haven’t tried that, but it sounds like it could be tasty.

VariaTEA

Haha oh Roswell Strange, something tells me it was a mistake to tell you to hold off on sending the package. I fear what will happen to my cupboard when it arrives.

And Courtney, I can send you some if you like :).

Courtney

Haha, I should’ve clarified – the matcha on yogurt sounds tasty. :)

VariaTEA

Oh. Yeah, I don’t think that would travel as well :P

Courtney

Hahaha! Please don’t send that. Yogurt gone bad, with extra green when I open the parcel doesn’t sound appealing. :P

VariaTEA

Oh god. That definitely would not be something I would want to receive.

OMGsrsly

You definitely need to go on a shopping spree. :)

Fjellrev

I recently wrote a tea note about mixing Bee Pollen matcha with Greek yogurt, and yep, it’s awesome.

VariaTEA

Now I just need to decide what matcha to mix with my yogurt. I have vanilla greek yogurt so I am trying to decide what best mixes with that.

Sil

No fair! I’m on a vacation and can’t keep drinking!

VariaTEA

Yay! You finally made it to Florida I take it! Congrats and I hope you have an awesome trip.

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60

Well it is official, aside from Brioche, I am not an American Tea Room fan. I find their coconut a touch like sunscreen. It is not as bad as it sounds but not anything I want to have again. Oh well, can’t like them all!

Flavors: Coconut

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
keychange

’aint that the truth.

keychange

Also, and completely off topic, but where in this fine gigantic country did you find those tiny very adoreable ziplock bags? Anna sent me her tea in them also, and I think they’re very cute and it made me love you guys even more. So much better than those massive clunky and bulky ziplocks I use. So yeah, where where where can I find them?

Anna

I got mine on Amazon US. Among vendors I’ve used in the past are Epacknship and Collecting Warehouse, both have been great, but quality varies substantially. Then again, they’re super cheap and only used for tea samples!

Anna

Also, I don’t think anyone has ever loved me for my ziploc bags before. It feels pretty special. This is so romantic.

keychange

Omg, you had to buy them online? that’s so odd. Like buying cue-tips or floss online or something…except that when I think about it, most mainstream stores probably don’t have these. But variaTea, did you find yours online also? because after seeing how you and anna package tea, I need to step up my packaging game and join the craze. Do you just type “baby miniature adoreable ziplocks” in amazon’s search field?

Anna

Hehehe, ‘had to.’ To be honest, I generally buy everything that isn’t viscerally pleasurable to shop for online. Also cheap ziploc bags in Sweden? Forget it.

VariaTEA

Haha. I bought mine at Dollarama. And it does feel quite nice to be loved for my ziploc bags :P

keychange

Ok, I was just on amazon, and there are like five thousand different possible measurements for little zip lock bags. A few other google searches yield online forums where people are talking about ideal packaging for weed….? did you look for a specific measurement?

keychange

PS: I love how we just hijacked variaTea’s tasting note…but she also has these little bags so I feel it’s ultimately all relevant.

Courtney

Yes, the dollar store keychange.

keychange

really? I never would have figured!

Anna

I know, being able to pick EXACTLY the measurements I wanted made my OCD hug itself, hum gently, and rock from side to side.

Calculating exactly how big the small bags should be to fit exactly one 1.5-2 teaspoon cup sample, and how big the bigger bag should be to fit exactly two filled small bags… that was serious quality time for me. I might have drooled slightly.

Kat_Maria

You guys are so funny! And thanks for this discussion, for the past few days I’ve been wondering where to get decent non-sandwich-sized baggies for tea-swapping. It seems like the Collecting Warehouse Anna mentioned has a great variety on Amazon.

OMGsrsly

Anna, that’s great! :D I love the idea for packaging as well… I might have to copy you.

Anna

I can tell you my measurements (uh, you know what I mean)! Or just send some of my bags, because I sort of got a little too excited and ordered something like 8000 bags. Steepster SwapFest 2078 FTW!

VariaTEA

Anna, you must have some serious packaging skills. People really seem to rave about it. You are like an expert tea swapper.

Kat_Maria

Anna, yes, please, indulge me with your measurements :D

And that is a lot of bags. If you can fit several in the swap, feel free to do so. I can’t wait to learn from the expert tea swapper in practice!

keychange

Anna, we are all waiting to learn of your measurements!! please do share, I’m getting excited! and yes guys, anna is a hardcore packager, I tell you, hardcore. even better, do you have links to your measurements?…I mean, of the amazon variety? And I’ll spare you the five million dollr shipping cost to mail me bags when you’ve pretty much mailed me my shopping list, but yeah, bags ftw!!

Anna

LOL. You guys seriously crack me up. Right, I got 4K 1.5″ × 2″, 2 Mil bags, and then 2K 2″ × 3″ 4 Mil bags.

The smaller ones are a little flimsier to fit inside the bigger ones more easily.

If you want to package large-leaf teas, such as needle teas or certain oolongs, though, you might want to go bigger.

I use a little specialty scoop (I cook a lot and use them for spices) that is sleek and angled and just fits inside the smaller bags so I never have to touch the tea, but I’m sure a tiny teaspoon or a folded piece of paper would also do the trick.

…and I’m still laughing so hard at this thread.

Anna

(‘Mil’ refers to the thickness of the plastic.)

keychange

Note to other Canadians (seeing as I didn’t know where else to put this) the Mo%5#$$f#ckers don’t ship to Canada!! I’m determined, though. It’s on! LOL

OMGsrsly

Go, keychange, go! :D I’m trusting you to find something and update us. :)

VariaTEA

That’s why you go to Dollarama :P

Anna

The vendors in question will henceforth be known as Collecting Whorehouse & Epacknshit. (At least until they agree to ship to Canada.)

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75
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
2767 tasting notes

The winter teas are on their way out at DAVIDs and I still have this lying around. I decided that I should start working on this as it is one of my older teas in my cupboard and should get finished. This is not as good as I remember but still a pleasant enough cup. It is a touch more oily than I recall but then again that seems to be the case with many DAVIDs teas.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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68
drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
2767 tasting notes

I pulled this out to see how much I had for a swap and realized that I have not had a cup in a while. I remember really liking this tea but my tastes have changed and this is no longer a favorite. It is chocolatey and cakey but really nothing special. I have tried this tea time and time again and I am bored of it. There are much better options out there which is probably why I don’t reach for this anymore.

Rating dropped from 95…

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Courtney

I was reading some of my old tasting notes the other day. It’s funny how our tastes evolve.

VariaTEA

It just makes me sad that I loved a tea so much that I stocked up and now I can’t get through a glass of it :(

Courtney

I know what you mean. I made a cup of David’s Genmaicha the other day and it went down the sink. It seemed too harsh, which doesn’t seem Genmaicha-like to me. At least I have Japon. :)

VariaTEA

I fear that my tastes will change and I won’t love Japon but then I drink Japon and laugh at my silliness :P

Fjellrev

This one went downhill for me very quickly. The first two cups were enjoyable, but after that, way too sweet and chemically.

Courtney

Hahaha! Absolutely. My tastes seem to be towards higher quality teas as time goes on. Not all the time, but in general. Although I refuse to try anyone else’s straight guayusa since I drink so much of it and it’s so easy to get from David’s haha.

Jennkay

I agree! I was happy to swap it away to someone who would enjoy the rest of it better than me.

Roswell Strange

Never liked this one :p

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75
drank Rose & Cherry by Camellia Sinensis
2767 tasting notes

This tea has a nice flavor but I am finding the base to be a touch too grassy. I find cherry and green teas are often combined but more and more I think that is a bad plan as it brings the grass out of the base and the medicinal out of the cherry. Maybe I am not drinking the right cherry greens though…

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, toffee, cookie, cream, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

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