639 Tasting Notes

93

Enjoying another cup of this on my work from home day. Thanks again to Ninavampi for such a large sample of this one! The cream cheesy goodness is especially apparent today. It is sooo delicious! Lip smacking good! :D

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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69

Hmm, this one is not as expected. The dry aroma is spot on Oreos. But the taste doesn’t translate. I had plenty of matcha in my sample, so I know it’s not a leaf to water ratio thing. Can you describe matcha as having leaves since it’s powdered?

Maybe Oreos and matcha just aren’t a good mix. Oh man, but now I really want Oreos. So far, caramel matcha is the clear winner in the matcha taste test. More to come later! Thanks for the sample, Indigobloom!!!

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C
Indigobloom

this wasn’t for me either. Glad to know I’m not the only one!

Alphakitty

I think this one is best with a black base—it pairs SO well with the chocolate and cream notes!

LiberTEAS

Matcha is powdered leaves… so I think that “having leaves” is applicable.

CHAroma

I’m tempted to buy it with the black matcha base…But the caramel matcha was so out of this world that I think I’d rather just buy an extra large package of that instead. :D

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100
drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
639 tasting notes

OMG!!!! This is the stuff!!! I have died and gone to heaven. Luscious, sweet, smooth caramel and a fantastic matcha base. According to Indigobloom, who generously provided the sample, this is the basic grade matcha with robust flavoring. I don’t want to drink anything else! Ever again! I’m in love!! If I wasn’t already engaged to a fantastic man, I’d marry this matcha.

Wow. Every sip is better than the last. I only just tried the strawberry matcha less than 10 minutes ago, and I can’t even remember what it tasted like after this. This is an A+. This has earned a gold star. I need to place an order ASAP. How have I lived without this?? And a BIG sincere thank you to Indigobloom!!!

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C
Indigobloom

heheheheee and you were worried about not liking it!

CHAroma

I know, right?! This stuff is AMAZING!!! Thank you sooo much!!

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drank Strawberry Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
639 tasting notes

Holy cow! Strawberry matcha is incredible! The aroma alone is intoxicating. But that taste! Ooooh, that taste!!! I want to bathe in this stuff! FYI: Milk frothers make great matcha. Verry smooth. No grit. Thank you soooo much to Indigobloom for sharing with me! I enjoyed this so much that I’m off to make another matcha sample!

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C
Indigobloom

oh yay!! so glad you like it!! me thinks you are hooked ;)

CHAroma

:D I’m trying really hard not to go place an order right now. Must wait for next paycheck!

Indigobloom

Bah, doooo it! lol

CHAroma

I know everyone complains about having too much tea and trying to keep themselves from buying more, but it’s so true! I have an entire cupboard devoted to tea. My fiance thinks I’m crazy and has put a buying hiatus on tea until I drink 4 out of the 5 shelves, LOL! And that could seriously take a while…

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drank Pot O' Gold by 52teas
639 tasting notes

I have two lovely ladies to thank for samples of this one: Ninavampi and Indigobloom. Thank you both!!

The brewed aroma is black tea and a hint of butterscotch. Drinking it straight is all right, but drinking it with milk and sugar is a treat! Before I knew it, the first cup was gone and I was brewing the second. Surprisingly, the second cup is almost as delicious as the first! That’s not usually true of 52teas’ blends.

Wow, I’m already done with the second cup too. This stuff is so delicious!! A yummy treat indeed. Thanks again, ladies!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Ninavampi

Aww! You’re welcome! Glad you liked it! I really enjoyed this one as well! :)

CHAroma

I obliterated my samples of this one, LOL!

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drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
639 tasting notes

Yay! I finally found my sample of this tea! I thought it had either gotten lost in the move or that I had drunk it and forgotten to write a tasting note. (Blasphemy, I know).

The aroma of the dry leaf is pure York Peppermint Patty! It smells amazing! When I first lifted the lid off my strainer to get a whiff of the brewed tea, I was assailed by overly strong mint and peppercorn. It felt like my nose hairs were burning!! Oh dear. But once it began to cool, the chocolate aroma came out more. I’m excited to try this, but I really hope those peppercorns die down. I’m not a fan of hot and spicy things.

First sip, hmm…this is interesting. It’s mint at first, and then it slowly transforms into a prickly peppery sensation on your tongue after you swallow, but then the mint seems to come back again. And then finally about 10 seconds after the sip, I get a dark chocolate flavor that’s so soft it’s like I ate a piece of chocolate 5 minutes ago and can still taste it.

The more I sip, the more the chocolate comes to the forefront. It’s definitely mint chocolate now followed by that prickly sensation from the peppercorns. I think it would be much better without the latter. I’m just not a fan of that sensation.

I’m going to add a little bit of sweetener and milk to try and overpower this strong mint. It’s making me feel lightheaded. Ah, that’s a little better. I think I probably should have used a bit less leaf. This is one strong cup of tea! I like mint, but I think this might be too heavily mint for me. I’d like more of a balance between the mint and the chocolate. It was fun to try though, and I’m sure others could enjoy this more than me.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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30
drank Bon Bon by ESP Emporium
639 tasting notes

Per DaisyChubb’s recommendation, I added 1/2 tsp of China Rose Tea OP to 1 tsp of Bon Bon. Oh boy, I forgot about the scum that this one puts out. :/ It doesn’t look very appetizing. The aroma smells a little conflicted. Am I a rose tea or a chocolate/coconut tea? I thought they would have blended together better…

But on to the taste! Hmm, I’m not so sure about this. I know it’s not the rose & chocolate combo that is off here. I’ve had that combination before in Love Tea #7 by DAVIDsTEA and it was to die for! Honestly, I think this Bon Bon base is just so bad that it can’t be salvaged by the lovely China Rose Tea OP. :( Sad. Lowering the rating from 66 to 30.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Daisy Chubb

Aw, hey, worth a try right?
Now you can save your lovely rose tea for better cups :)

CHAroma

Hahaha, yes! But I am appreciative of the suggestion. It could have been awesome! :)

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100

OMG! I LOVE this thing!!! It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for! I used to brew my tea in the morning and throw it into a plastic tumbler from Starbucks. But it always made the tea taste funny.

When I ran into this double-walled glass tumbler at DAVIDsTEA, I knew I had found my one true love. It doesn’t retain the flavor of any previous teas and is super easy to clean and maintain. Plus, I don’t burn my fingers even after pouring scalding hot water into it because of the double-walls. The bamboo lid has a squishy but durable plastic underside that keeps the tea from leaking when the tumbler is jossled around.

The only con I have (and this is very minor) is that since it’s clear, I sometimes get odd looks from the security guards when I walk into work holding a glass container filled with an amber-colored liquid. Even if I just brew a black tea and add milk, they think it looks funny! So, I’m always explaining myself.

But overall, I am in absolute love!! *Swoon.

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reviewed Piao i - Glass Tea Infuser by Teaware
639 tasting notes

I used to own a Piao I Teapot, but it broke. The stainless steel ball came loose, and I had no idea how to fix it. I couldn’t find pictures of what it was supposed to look like, and no one could tell me how to put it back together. Since I bought it when on vacation in Seattle but live in Maryland, I couldn’t just go back to the teashop where I purchased it. It took me forever to figure out how to fix it, and even then, it wasn’t a lasting solution.

In the end, it turns out that this product was not made to last. Apparently if the mesh strainer doesn’t stay down, the whole thing comes apart and the ball moves off the track. I tried super gluing the mesh strainer back in place so that it would stay down, but even that didn’t work. It kept popping up anyway any time I turned it upside down, which I had to do to clean it. Tea leaves really stick to that thing!

So while it was great while it lasted, I can’t recommend this infuser. Your money is better spent elsewhere.

Babble

Bleh. What site did you buy this from? Thepuritea sells something like this.

CHAroma

I didn’t buy it online. I bought it in a specialty tea shop in Seattle, WA. I think it was called Vital Tea Leaf.

teatortoise

Probably a cheaper imitation of Piao Yi.

Perry Enero

I discovered that I had an imitation pot, too. The real Piao Yi pots are made of glass, but the knock-off was polycarbonate. The new one works a lot better.

teatortoise

The beaker is glass but the infuser basket is food grade BPA free tested polycarbonate.

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74

I had this yesterday at Panera. Per CupofTree’s suggestion, I used two teabags in one cup. The results were fantastic! Mmm, nice hot peach tea with a pinch of ginger! This tea has 100% yum factor, assuming you like peach of course.

I added a little bit of Stevia in the Raw (kindly given to me by my co-worker) and then a splash of skim milk. This is just a lovely cup of peach tea. The ginger is a side note and not overpowering. It mingles nicely with the peach and adds to the overall warming sensation of drinking hot tea on a cold winter day. I really liked this a lot more than I thought I would!

Thanks for the tip, CupofTree!! That extra teabag made all the difference. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Babble

I’ve found with RoT’s bags, you have to use eithe 2 bags or a little amount of water.

CHAroma

Yeah, it’s definitely waaaay better that way. :)

CupofTree

That’s awesome glad to hear! :)

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Entering the sweet blissful world of tea aromas!

Having discovered this website at the end of July 2011, I’m so excited to share my tea adventures with all of you! I grew up with my grandmother serving Twining’s English Breakfast with cream and sugar.

But on a trip to Seattle in 2010, I stumbled into a Chinese teashop and tried my first oolong tea. I was forever changed! I embarked on a startling new love for green and white teas.

With a world of teas to discover, I was inspired to keep a tea journal to record my thoughts and new favorites. Let’s get brewing!

My ratings are completely subjective and 100% my opinion. All ratings are given in relation to each other (ie. teas are rated in the order of my enjoyment of them). Therefore, my ratings will constantly change as I try more teas.

I love swapping!!! If you see something in my cupboard you’d like to try, just send me a message. If you’d like to trade, anything on my shopping list will do or feel free to send something else entirely. I’m willing to try almost anything (although I’m not really a fan of honeybush, red rooibos, pu’erh, Lapsang Souchong, & banana-flavored teas).

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