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1614 Tasting Notes


Tea #24 from Considering a new TTB

Now this is my type of dessert tea! I love amaretto and white chocolate and to have them both together with a green base, well all I can say is yum. The amaretto and white chocolate can both be tasted separately and obscure the flavor the the green base, but they pair very well together. I did decide that this tea is best hot, the flavor is still delicious once the tea has cooled, but the white chocolate gets lumpy and floats to the top leaving an unattractive, somewhat hard layer floating on the surface. I’ll just have to close my eyes and finish off the cup, this tea is too tasty to let it go to waste just because I was distracted this morning.

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175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Tea #23 from Considering a new TTB
I’ve been fighting off yet another cold the last few days so I’ve been waiting something comforting. Earl Grey is always my default whenever I’m sick, tired, or it’s cold and rainy out; today happens to be a day when all three of those conditions are met. I thought spring was on it’s way, but we’ve been alternating between snow and rain since I woke up. This isn’t nearly as strong as many of the EGs I’ve had. It’s bold without being overpowering, slightly astringent, but not bitter, and has a somewhat drying affect like most EGs. This tea isn’t my favorite, but it’s a pretty good all around classic EG which is just what I need when I’m sick.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I agree – EG’s are quite comforting. I hope you feel better.


I love EG’s and EGC’s when it’s raining out, or rain/snow, I usually crave them when the weather’s like that actually. Good choice! Hope you feel better soon!

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I made this the same way I do all of my MATCHAccino, using a magic bullet, 2% milk, and a scoop of MATCHAccino mix. It can be prepared hot or cold, but I make it cold out of morning laziness, I just don’t want to spend the extra time heating up the milk. It’s a well established fact that I’m not a morning person and this week I’m fighting off a case of what I have dubbed the baby plague (my son drags home some of the worst colds I’ve ever seen!) Just a few seconds in the magic bullet and the milk froths up beautifully and I have an ice cold latte to enjoy with minimal amount of cleanup. The Irish cream flavor is sweet and creamy, but I could really taste the matcha this time and the vegetal flavors obscure the Irish cream. This was a little disappointing, but still a pretty tasty morning treat.

You can read the rest of the review on my blog:


I think I might have to find a Magic Bullet just for this reason… The blender just didn’t do justice…

Short Sorceress

I highly recommend it, it does a great job frothing milk.

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Tea #22 from Considering a new TTB
Normally I love Jasmine Black tea, but these failed to impress me, they were much more bitter than I expected. I let my cup sit for awhile to see if the bitterness dissipated once the tea had cooled, but it didn’t really which was disappointing. I did begin to notice a somewhat sweeter note towards the end of each sip, but these just don’t have the depth I’m looking for.

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Tea #21 from Considering a new TTB
Yesterday I decided that I needed a break from the TTB, I decided not to post any tasting notes and instead I made a pitcher of this when I woke up and spent all day enjoying it. Hot it tasted like green beans, which was a little vegetal for my tastes so I decided to try it iced and that is where this tea shines. It had that natural sweetness to it that I’m always searching for in a green backed up by a hint of nut. It resteeped very well, I started with a 1 minute steep and increased by 30s each time, this way I managed 4 steeps (enough to fill my pitcher) with only 1 Tablespoon of tea. I’ll have to consider ordering some of this if it comes back in stock.

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175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I really like this one but I also find it VERY similar to the regular Laoshan Green :)

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drank Shamrock Tea by 52teas
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Tea #20 from Considering a new TTB
Happy St. Pats everyone! Even though I don’t like spearmint I knew I couldn’t pass on this tea, it’s perfect for today. I was initially worried that the combination of vanilla and spearmint was going to taste like toothpaste, but the mint is much more subtle and I can actually taste the green base. While I wouldn’t order this tea for myself, it was nice to try and the perfect way to kick off my marathon of Irish cooking for St. Pats.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Tea #19 from Considering a new TTB
Normally I don’t start the day off with something caffeine free, but this sounded too good to pass up. You can taste the rooibos in it, but the primary flavor is coffee, which was just what I wanted this morning since I missed my weekly coffee date for the third week in a row. It manages to be sweet and creamy and I bet the addition of milk would only make the flavor more realistic. I may have to consider picking some of this up in the future, I haven’t had a chance to order from California Tea House yet.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Tea #18 from Considering a new TTB
I’ve been eyeing up this tea for some time and somehow managed to forget to order it during my Black Friday binge. It smells just like hot cocoa, although the lack of sweetness takes a little getting used to. I think this is exactly what I need to head off my chocolate cravings without all of the calories.

This tea won’t be continuing on, I finished off the last of it.

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Tea #17 from Considering a new TTB
I love caramel apples, but this tea didn’t really remind me of them in the slightest. I think it all started off with the oolong base, it has a woody taste that just didn’t seem to fit. It also lacked any sort of apple flavor and instead tasted more like generic melon. This just wasn’t for me, I ended up dumping it out.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Amanda Wilson

I am so glad I was not the only person tasting melons! I wondered if I was crazy.

Short Sorceress

I thought I was going crazy too, but even my taste tester thought it tasted like melons so I felt a little better.

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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:

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

Cinnamon, Chocolate, Burdock Root, and Goji Berries

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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