2077 Tasting Notes

90
drank Osmanthus Oolong by Tea Ave
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The first sip of tea sent me straight to heaven. It had a creamy mouthfeel and fruity flavor that reminded me of peaches covered with fresh cream. It was absolutely delicious and definitely the type of tea I find myself craving during the hot summer months.

You can read the rest of the review on my blog:
www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2015/6/30/tuesday-tea-osmanthus-oolong-tea-ave

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Osmanthus Oolong by Tea Ave
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85

Sweet Memories is a combination of green tea and chamomile, with the barest hint of hibiscus. I normally avoid teas with hibiscus because they tend to be needlessly tart, but this is a great example of hibiscus done right. The slight tartness it adds is a perfect balance to the sweetness of the peach. With just a touch of ginger and cinnamon to spice up the blend it ends up reminding me of peach pie in a teacup— in other words, it’s absolutely delicious.

You can read the full review on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2015/6/16/tuesday-tea-sweet-memories-tea-herbal-alchemy

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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94
drank Earl Grey Cream by Zen Tea
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What I enjoy most about this tea is the scent, it smells pleasantly of vanilla, which never fails to pick me up when I’m tired or not feeling well. After five weeks on the road (with a small child in tow) in the middle of allergy season, I’m feeling both tired and a bit run down. It’s great to finally be home, now if only I could stop sneezing long enough to finish unpacking.

Until my allergy attack has passed, much of my work is at a stand-still. It’s impossible to work on developing recipes when you can’t taste anything and even harder to write about the nuances of a great cup of tea (which is why today was the day to pull out an old favorite.) This is one of those rare teas that feels like someone blended it specifically with my tastes in mind. I love a strong Earl Grey and this one has nice brisk notes from the bergamot that are slightly tempered by the sweetness from the vanilla. From the first sip I was in love, which is why you’ll always find a 200g (7oz) package of it sitting on my kitchen counter.

You can read the full review on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2015/6/23/tuesday-tea-earl-grey-cream-zen-tea

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75
drank Mango Tango by The Tea Spot
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Since I’m rushing back out of town again in a few days I decided to make some headway on my tea samples I thought would make good iced tea. When I opened up the package I was greeted with the strong scent of mango— it smells delicious even before steeped! I tossed the full ounce in my steeping pitcher and promptly forgot about it. Over 24 hours later, while desperately in need of a cold drink, I remembered it was still sitting in the fridge.
24 hours was a little long to cold steep this tea, it ended up being more heavy on the fruit flavoring than I would have liked. It tasted strongly of passion fruit, with a hint of mango and I couldn’t really taste the black base. I ended up making a batch of unflavored black tea and combining the two. Still, I think it makes a great iced tea, although next time I’ll brew it according to the package directions since it tastes better that way.

Preparation
Iced

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22
drank Banana Split by Tiesta Tea
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I wasn’t a fan of this the first time I tried it so I decided to toss the rest of it in my cold steeping pitcher and make iced tea. This time around I was able to taste the banana flavor, although it had a strong chemical aftertaste. I ended up drinking a few glasses, then dumping out the rest of the pitcher.

Preparation
Iced

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81
drank Milord's Grey by Kally Tea
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While I was traveling I ended up cold steeping this in my travel mug before I went to bed each night. Like magic I woke up to a great cup of cold tea each morning, it was heaven! It tasted heavily of vanilla, with hints of bergamot— the exact opposite of how it tastes when I steep it according to the package directions. I think I prefer this cold steeped since it doesn’t dry my mouth out as much, but either way it’s a delicious tea.

Preparation
Iced 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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70

This was one of the teas I brought on my recent road trip. I thought a nice fruity tea would hit the spot once the temperatures started to rise, but I only made it through half the package before abandoning it for something else. The flavor wasn’t bad, it tasted somewhat like lychee, which is a tropical fruit, but not exactly what I was expecting. I’ll cold steep the last of this and finish it off once I get back to Saint Louis next week.

Preparation
3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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70
drank Classic Black by Takeya
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Overall I would say that Takeya has delivered exactly what the package described, a classic black tea. Much like the iced tea I grew up with the flavor isn’t particularly strong. It does have a slightly sweet, almost fruity flavor that is perfect for iced tea. I did find that once I added ice the tea immediately began to cloud, something that doesn’t bother me, but is a huge sticking point with some iced tea traditionalists. Brewing the tea hot, then allowing it to cool in the fridge instead of adding ice helped somewhat with the issue of clouding while also giving me a stronger flavored tea. Unfortunately that meant I used 4 packages of tea instead of 2 when making a full pitcher. Since there are only 6 to a box, so this method isn’t really cost efficient. I’ve seen these priced around $3.99 per box (and as much as $7.99.) At that price I’ll most likely continue to measure out my tea into sandwich bags if I want to leave it for my husband or take my Flash Chill pitcher with me when I travel.

You can read the full review on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2015/6/9/tuesday-tea-flash-chill-classic-black-whole-leaf-iced-tea-takeya

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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85

Unlike most chai this tea does not use black tea for a base and instead uses Yerba Mate, which has a higher caffeine content and a slightly toasted flavor. I’ve really been enjoying the strong flavor of cardamom mixed in with the citrus from the lemongrass and toasted notes of the yerba mate. The flavors are different than I’m accustomed to seeing in a chai, but they’re delicious— especially the cardamom.

You can read the full review on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2015/5/1/tuesday-tea-spicy-chai-mate-tea-market

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I am always interested in swapping so if you see anything in my cupboard that you want to try just send me a message. Please keep in mind that I order most of my teas in sample sizes and may not have a lot to swap. I’m also trying to keep my swaps limited to one a month so I don’t break the bank.

My favorite tea companies to order from are American Tea Room, Butiki, Della Terra, Rishi, TeaVivre, and Verdant, however I am constantly lured away from my favorites by a good sale.

Ingredients I love in tea
rose, peach, oolong, osmanthus, vanilla, marshmallow root and peppermint

Ingredients I dislike in tea:
spearmint, chocolate, orange, hibiscus, sage and for the most part lemon.

Ingredients I’m on the fence about:
Pu-erh

I am a firm believer that sage only belongs in my thanksgiving stuffing/dressing and absolutely not in my tea.

Allergies
Cinnamon, Chocolate, Burdock Root, and Goji Berries

Teawares:
FORLIFE Curve Teapot, 24oz
Adagio ingenuiTEA, 16oz
Adagio Iced ingenuiTEA, 32oz
Zojirushi Water Pot, 4L
Libbey Country Fair drinking jars for ice tea
TeaVivre Travel Gaiwan

Rating Guidelines:

100 – 90: Pantry essential and some of my all time favorites that I can’t live without.

89 – 80: You’ll have a pretty good chance of finding this is my pantry on a regular basis, but it isn’t the end of the world if I run out.

79 – 70: I might consider restocking this at some point if the price was right.

69 – 40: Not undrinkable, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it again.

39 – 20: What in the world were they thinking? Probably still finished this just because I hate to waste anything.

19 – 0: Wow, that’s so terrible chances are pretty good I dumped it out and gave away the rest.

My current top five favorite teas:

China Black – Rishi Tea
Earl Grey Cream – Zen Tea
Lemoncello – American Tea Room
Nonpareil Anxi Qing Xiang TieGuanYin Oolong – TeaVivre
White Tea Rose Mélange – Rishi Tea

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Oregon, WI

Website

http://www.notstarvingyet.com/

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