324 Tasting Notes

80

I had this at a friend’s house. It was very pleasant, and the cardamon added a nice something extra on top of the regular ceylon black tea flavor without being overpowering.

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec

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90

I saw this and had to try it. It just sounded too yummy, not to mention unique. It is absolutely delicious. The flavor is very light, and the raspberry is very subtle and not overpowering at all. The tea is slightly sweet and no additional sweetener is needed. I really like this tea.

Preparation
1 min, 30 sec

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87

I went to ching ching Cha tonight with a coworker and her husband. We bopped around Georgetown for a bit. I was in Georgetown TWICE in one week. Unheard of! After dropping a lot of money at the Spice & Tea Exchange, my worker and I went to ching ching CHA, where she dropped money on tea, and then we met her hubby at Baked & Wired where coworker tried to get me hooked on coffee (failed) and I ordered an amazing cupcake that tasted like pancakes. NOM.

And then we all headed back to ching ching CHA for dinner. I ordered White Peony to go with my food and it was delightful. I really like white peony – it’s a solid white tea that infuses multiple times extremely well, mellows me out, and is relatively inexpensive as far as white tea goes.

Ching ching CHA’s white peony was pretty decent, and had a deep, rich flavor. Went great with my marbled egg. I lost track of how many infusions I got out of it but it was many.

Preparation
0 min, 30 sec

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59
drank Macaroon by American Tea Room
324 tasting notes

Hmm. I was expecting to like this more than I did because I love coconut. The coconut is definitely there, but there is another taste I don’t really like – the cacao husks, maybe? Slightly roasted, almost bitter, dark tasting. Added some sugar, which helped a bit, but it is still not my favorite.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Caramel by American Tea Room
324 tasting notes

For a caramel tea, this wasn’t very … caramelly.

This wasn’t a bad tea, but it was not what I expected at all. This tastes like black tea that has been slightly sweetened. It wasn’t unpleasant, and I enjoyed my cup, but I was disappointed that it did not taste like caramel.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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79

I did not go into Georgetown specifically to go into ching ching CHA. I went into Georgetown (which is a royal PITA to get to from anywhere else in DC) to go to the Spice & Tea Exchange to buy fancy schmancy cooking spices for a friend’s birthday present. Only, the Exchange was closed early. And ching ching CHA was right there…

So end result is I spent my friend Tim’s birthday present money on tea and a $25 infuser (which I did not realize was $25 until after I had walked out of the store and was mostly out of Georgetown and actually pulled out the damn receipt).
I may be a bad, bad friend.

But anyway, on to the tea, which is made of fabulous. Cinnamon, definitely. Rose, yup. But other than that, it is all tea. This is absolutely lovely, and smooth, and delicious which just a bit of zing from the cinnamon. Fantastic tea, and it was a fantastic price, too, at $5 for 2 oz.

(As an aside, I had a very cracked out dream last night about the Spice & Tea Exchange, where I finally walked in and it was a cafe and in the back room they were selling animal monstrosities, like two headed-pigs. And there was a dungeon in the basement and sinister people trying to kill me. I don’t even know…)

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
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Something tells me I have to take a trip into Georgetown in the near future, though it is such a hassle from the burbs!

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83

I got this sample from Nichole (thanks!)

I love trying new oolongs and I haven’t had many roasted ones before. This one is rich and full – slightly bitter and sour, like a good beer, but better, if that makes sense. I like it.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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84

This is a very smooth and rich tea. The coconut is subtle but a lovely note. I really enjoyed this one.

Preparation
1 min, 30 sec
Christina

I loooove this tea!

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94

HOLY COW IS THIS DELICIOUS.

I just followed the directions on the insert for the cold version (hot water, ice, and then milk… only half and half instead of milk because I don’t have plain milk). This is amazing.

I can’t wait to try this in different methods. YUM.

Thanks to Red Leaf Tea for having this on super discount so I could try it without fear. I’ll definitely be buying more matcha from them!

(I need to also buy some milk…)

Christina

Your description of this is persuasive. I think I’m going to have to buy some.

Debbie

This is the whoops on discount sale here:
http://www.redleaftea.com/matchaccino/caramel-matchaccino-special-blend.html

Go for the large size. Totally worth it.

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85

This is really pleasant. I steeped it for 2 minutes per the label instructions, and the first few sips tasted a little bitter, but it soon mellows out to be a slightly sweet white tea. Really nice and pleasant that doesn’t need any additional sugar.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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I’m a tea-aholic. I’ve always loved tea. It is soothing and warm and comforting. I always had it when we went out to eat as a child so my first association is with rich and delicious food.

As an adult, I’m learning to enjoy tea on its own merits, and bask in its subtleties and varieties. The ritual of making a cup of tea is instantly relaxing.

I prefer oolong and white teas, followed by greens. For the most part, I don’t like straight black tea, but appreciate it as part of a blend or flavored. I’ve learned to love the world of flavored teas out there.

I’m slowly learning to appreciate rooibos blends, which I started drinking for its anti-inflammatory properties.

Love: Oolong, almond, coconut, peach
Hate: Ginger

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