750 Tasting Notes

oh my, Scheherazade my sister is an earl grey fanatic. so i gleefully brewed this up to surprise her.
got out the nice tea cup set.
even got out the little spoons.
i like this tea for it’s balance of boldness and subtlety.
delicious.
my sister once accused me of never buying earl greys. i said ‘of course not, that’s what you’re for!’.
but i would buy this one, i really would.

now back to my fic in which iron man proposes to captain america. dingaling wedding bells dingaling.

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whoa!
so many of my swap samples are green teas that i just assumed this was a green tea. but it’s SO NOT a green tea.
did i tell you i love tulsi?! i do i do i really do. i can’t explain why, it has a subtle tonic taste to it maybe? herbal and fresh? anyways, this is a roasted maté & tulsi blend and it is just plain old sparkling in my mouth!
i’m sure the peppermint and safflower add to that sensation to. no doubt. but this is earthy and herbaly and balanced.
what a great surprise cup. i only steeped it for 3 minutes instead of 5. i’ll try it longer next time, but i like it this way too obviously.
thank you so much KallieBoo!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Ohhh! :) I’ve been waiting on the edge of my seat for reviews on this one :) glad you enjoyed it!

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stay up until 2am reading fic = cheesecake matcha for breakfast
everybody knows that.
thank you CHAroma!! this was cursing good!!

(i wonder how much longer i’ll be able to hold off ordering some matcha for myself)

CrowKettle

I aspire to order this matcha flavour one day.

Nxtdoor

I aspire to know what to do with matcha period.

Shmiracles

Nxtdoor, i started by requesting a few different matchas in swaps. just to test the waters. and i still haven’t ventured outside of the almond milk latte haha, but just having the three samples i’ve had so far has been a great way to get started. i have lost all hesitation about buying myself some matcha.

Nxtdoor

Do I need the whisk and everything?

Cavocorax

Nxtdoor – if you want to do it properly you do, but I’ve had plenty of people tell me that you can add a bit of hot water to 1 scoop of matcha, and use a fork to whisk it up/break the clumps up. Then you can either add 5oz of hot water, or 5oz of cold milk! When I drink it with milk, I add ice, and shake it right up. When I do it hot, I use my milk frother to try and bubble it up. I still feel like I’m doing it wrong though! Ha. But I was lucky enough to get a few samples to play with from other people!

Nxtdoor

Yah, I have a frother. I need a neutral non dairy substitute. Or maybe if the matcha is strong enough it masks the milk taste. I do enjoy the Starbucks frappuccino, all flavours, really. I know there’s milk in them but they don’t taste like milk. Anyway, were getting off topic. Thanks for the tips!

Shmiracles

just to give you an example of my lazy way (so you can feel confident your method is better than mine hah)
first i put the matcha in a bowl and then add just enough boiling hot water to liquefy it all. making a dense soup or a thin paste type thing. because it is just a little water it’s easy to break up any clumps in the process. then i add a cup of microwaved hot almond milk and a small amount of agave. and stir well. that’s all. it’s probably not ideal. but it’s been very delicious so far.
i also sometimes put it in a jar to shake it hard and blend it. but i don’t have a frother. :)

Cavocorax

That sounds great. Everyone uses almond milk (it seems), but I’ve never tried it!

Nxtdoor

Note to self: buy almond milk. I am excited. Will buy matcha as soon as I enter my next “tea budget period”

CHAroma

Lots of people do seem to love matcha lattes, but I prefer my matcha with 175 degree water. Mmmm! All this talk of matcha is making me want some! I think it’s tea time! (FYI, milk frothers work GREAT to whisk matcha. No clumps! No grit!)

@Shmiracles, Yay! So glad you liked it! This one is amazing. :)

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certainly misty!
it’s so light, am i even holding this cup of tea? i think it’s floating away! wafting on the wind!
if i get too excited i may accidentally crush it’s wispy thin cup!
it’s such a delicate flavor that i needed to drink it with a fresh morning palate to really grasp the details.
a vegan pub here has bbq jackfruit sandwiches on the menu often. it’s mostly used because the texture is interestingly meaty for a fruit. its fruit is the largest tree-borne fruit that exists i think. basically it’s tropical and weird. maybe it’s like a really bland pineapple? not really. nevermind.
point is this tea is very subtle but definitely breezy and mangoey and barely even has that greenness. no dryness. no bitter notes. barely any even grassy notes. i’m feeling enthusiastic about this tea.
it’s like holding a baby kitten.
thank you moraiwe for this orchid of a tea.

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this is certainly a blackberry tea. it’s tea first but definitely still blackberries.

I know moraiwe likes this tea iced, and MAYBE i’ll try that, but i’m not really an iced person.

i will say that i drank this tea yesterday and today both and it went down easily, and the scent lingered for a noticable while, and i liked it, but still found it hard to write about i guess.

thanks for the sample!

Chelle

I second this one iced!

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i got a small sample bag of this so i could keep tinkering with my personal sherlock blend. but i put one scoop aside so i could try it straight.
not the best lapsang i’ve had. but still smokey and sweet all at once. not bad not bad at all. just a little flat in comparison to the possibilities. but i wouldn’t be surprised if i ordered the sample size of this the next time i place an order.

ashmanra

Have you tried Baker Street Afternoon Blend from Upton? It is really good. It isn’t a straight Lapsang, though.

Shmiracles

i have and i love it! i have one scoop of tea left and i think i’m saving it. or hoarding it. for a special occasion? lapsang blends are very enjoyable. i should buy more lapsangs from upton too. definitely.

ashmanra

Our tin is quite empty. I am trying to sip down a whole lot of tea before ordering more, but that will be one of the first.

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hello fresh malty nutty simplicity. direct and juicy.

so easy.
i can see why everyone likes this as much as they do.
thank you moraiwe! delish!

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drank Jewelled Apple by Tea Palace
750 tasting notes

i love apple teas. i didn’t know i loved apple teas, but one day i looked down at my tea drawer and realized i had a lot of them. all different and similar at the same time. apple this apple that apple apple apple.
it has a nice fresh apple smell in the cup. and the apple flavor is mild. i can definitely detect caramel notes, but it doesn’t taste caramel flavored per se. this is a good thing! it really is a apple tea, not an apple flavored tea. if you catch my drift.

Scheherazade!! thank you for making my monday a little brighter.

Plunkybug

Did I have this on my list? I’m not sure how I missed this one, but if you have some left, or other apple teas I missed, I’d love to try them, since I love apple teas too.

Shmiracles

okay Heather! i’ll include what i can. :)

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drank Bossa Nova by Zen Tea
750 tasting notes

i have a box of over 100 swap samples now and this morning i dug around in it in the dark until i had a few in my hand that seemed varied. i threw them in my purse and went to work.
this is my first taste from my swap with KallieBoo!
i immediately felt really lucky to have my random pick in the dark to be such a tasty tea! my cup was empty very quickly. i am NOT a gal to turn down hazelnut or vanilla in a tea. and hellyeah this one has both.

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i have had a twitch in my right eye for almost 24 hrs now.

this vanilla caramel chocolate tea is super easy to drink. like it was gone within minutes of cooling.

Lala

My left eye twitches if I don’t get enough sleep.

Shmiracles

ya i probably am dehydrated and definitely don’t get enough sleep. sigh.

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