2679 Tasting Notes

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drank Laoshan Genmaicha by Verdant Tea
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Thank you Dexter3657 for sending this my way. I am always happy to try a genmaicha and today this tea is christening my brand new mason jar. I am enjoying 24 oz of roasty-toasty goodness. This one is grassier than the others I have had but I still think it is nice. I was a little disappointed though because I, for some reason, though this was a genmaicha with Laoshan Black as a base. Nonetheless, it is still enjoyable and I am glad I am getting to try it.

Flavors: Grass

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML
Dexter

Have you not tried the Loashan chocolate Genmaicha?

VariaTEA

I did but it had oolong in it for reasons that are unknown to me.

Dexter

That’s how Verdant decided to blend it? That’s the only one I know of that has Loashan Black in it….

VariaTEA

Oh well. This is still very good. So thank you for sharing :)

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30
drank Toasted Marshmallow by DAVIDsTEA
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69
drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
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Made my combination of this tea and Toasted Marshmallow again. Unfortunately there is a dustiness from the Toasted Marshmallow that I am not enjoying. It needs a touch more of this tea to make it as good as the other cups.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80
drank Eggnog Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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So I was planning on doing the whole large review but my roommates brother came to visit and he brought with him some snacks from Momofuku Milkbar. Snacks I probably should not have but were so incredibly delicious (http://www.shopmilkbar.com/shipping/shop/crack-pie/, http://www.shopmilkbar.com/shipping/shop/corn-cookie/, http://www.shopmilkbar.com/shipping/shop/product-category/cake-truffles/).

Then my DAVIDs order arrived and all hope was lost when it came to a thorough review. Mainly the issue was I drank this during the excitement and don’t really remember what it tasted like. Oh well. There is more to the sample to enjoy.

Preparation
0 OZ / 0 ML
OMGsrsly

OH! Sorted Food did a crack pie recipe. Make your own! :)

Sil

hahaha

caile

oohh, too many yummy distractions! :)

VariaTEA

I am on a diet. I should not be having any crack pie :P

caile

lol. I was just looking at that pie…and I can see how you forgot to taste the tea!

OMGsrsly

Share it with friends! :)

VariaTEA

Well we split each of the listed things three ways

ifjuly

oh man, i love the milk bar! yay christina tosi!

VariaTEA

I have never actually been there but their baked goods are pretty amazing.

OMGsrsly

They look really good, but I’m lucky I can’t eat any of them. Haha. Gluten intolerance is good for something, at least. :) I might make the Sorted Food version, because that looked tasty.

MissB

Maria Emmerich has some excellent cooking eBooks with zero gluten, grains, or sugar.. and there’s a version of crack pie in one of them. Cookie Dough Ice Cream, too…

OMGsrsly

MissB, you enabler! ;)

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95
drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
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I might have gotten distracted and allowed this to cool quite a bit. The result is a cold key lime pie tea. Still delicious though.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
OMGsrsly

Might have gotten distracted? Might? Haha. :) Thanks for orchestrating another step in my tea-related downfall. :)

VariaTEA

Okay I did get distracted. Tea distracted me from my tea.

OMGsrsly

:) I have 19 teas incoming now, and that’s not considering what else MissB might include in my package when we finally meet up. She’s so generous, and I’m a little scared!

VariaTEA

I have 5 teas coming from Butiki and 3 from 52 teas (not including the SBTs). Plus 2 teas in my DAVIDs order and one that I bought in a tea stash sale. So 11 teas total. Not bad.

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88
drank Banana Pudding Black Tea by 52teas
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So I wanted something fruity and I actually thought I grabbed Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish but turns out I grabbed this instead. I took it as a sign and steeped up a large cup. It is creamy and deliciously blends banana and coconut. “Pudding” is definitely an apt description now that I have figured out pretty good steeping parameters. Yum!

Flavors: Coconut, Cream

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
jeweledthumb

This one is so nice!

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I believe this is the last of the seven matchas I bought with a friend as part of the “buy 5, get two free” package. We went with the following options:

Size: Small (30g)
Matcha Quality: Classic (Basic Grade)
Matcha Type: Regular
Flavor Level: Delicate

Confession time! I actually had no clue what English Toffee was meant to taste like. However, I know toffee and caramel are very similar. In fact, it took me a while before I understood the differences between the two (I am still not 100% sure but I do believe that toffee has more butter than caramel). Anyways, given that I enjoyed caramel, I thought it would be an interesting experiment to see how this compares (FOR SCIENCE!).

I made this the typical way – using about ½ a teaspoon of matcha in 8 ounces of milk (although I got lazy and didn’t properly measure everything so it is probably a bit under half a teaspoon). Tastewise, this is very similar to the caramel matcha; it is buttery and sweet and very, very delicious. With that said though, I honestly believe that this would benefit from a higher flavoring level. The components are all there but it takes a bit of focus to truly realize just to the extent that they are present.

Anyone who enjoys English Toffee or buttery caramels should definitely consider picking up some of this here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/english-toffee-matcha.html

Flavors: Butter, Caramel

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80

This is a little more muted than normal but still quite good. I have one more cup worth left but I think this will be a restock. I have so few caffeine free options that I enjoy and so i think this is necessary to keep around.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Courtney

You’re making this one so tempting, even despite my general dislike of rooibos.

VariaTEA

I can send some along when I grab some more. I am waiting for the Amoda teas to be posted on the site to place my order though.

Courtney

I will probably place an order soon, so I’ll probably request this one as a sample :)

Courtney

Thanks for the offer :)

VariaTEA

No problem. I am always happy to share :)

Butiki Teas

VariaTea-The Amoda Teas were added to our website on Sunday. Amoda should be sharing the link for purchase soon. So, you may want to keep an eye on their social media.

VariaTEA

Really? I have been checking the site daily and can’t find them. They are hiding it seems.

Butiki Teas

Pretty much. They aren’t in the tea section. They have a special link, so the only way to find them is through Amoda posting the address since Amoda customers are getting first access to them since they are exclusive custom blends.

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95
drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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This was the tea that got me into loose leaf teas and for that reason alone, it will always have a special place in my heart. Realistically this is just a sweet rooibos. Nothing is distinctively “birthday cake” about it. It is not really special at all and there are far better teas out there but it inspired me to seek those out and thus I love it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 0 OZ / 0 ML
Roswell Strange

I feel the same way about this one!

VariaTEA

Of course you do. We could not be tea twins if we didn’t :P

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Sipdown!! (138)

The key to this tea is lower temperature and steeping for a long, long time. I tend to let this steep for as long as it takes for me to cook dinner and wash the pots/pans. That means it steeps for upwards of 15-20 minutes. There is a salty peanut butter flavor to this with a hint of cheesecake tang. It is good but definitely not the flavor I was expecting.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

you tea sipping wench!

VariaTEA

Hehehe if it makes it any better, I didn’t drink all of them. Some of the teas were sold.

Sil

selling tea confuses me. probably something i should do…but instead i just keep trying to find homes for my rejects…

VariaTEA

Hahaha. Well when I tried a tea that I had a lot of and I REALLY didn’t like it, I figured it was best to sell it off. Though I do also send teas away to others as well.

Sil

i tihnk i just feel bad having other ppl pay for my cast offs lol even if it’s their most favourite OMG awesome tea ever.

VariaTEA

I did at first but then I realized if I sell tea I don’t like, I can use the money to pay for tea I do like :P.

Roswell Strange

You have so much less than I do now :( I’m gonna have to send you so much to make up for it ;) PS.

Roswell Strange
  • PS. Your most recent package arrived yesterday, but I didn’t have computer access.
VariaTEA

I tried sooo hard to decrease this number. No adding to it :P. Also, I am glad it arrived okay. Hopefully you are enjoying some tasty teas.

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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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