865 Tasting Notes


My 1st Jamba Juice experience! Had a double in Seattle Sunday nite. SO delicious, but I must admit I’m very disappointed to find out I didn’t come up w/ this idea. It’s so nice to have the ratios perfect when you don’t make it yourself- especially when it comes to something like matcha


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Tall double dirty chai latte on Monday morning for breakfast at a cafe in Seattle who’s proceeds go to support New Horizons Ministry. Not the slightest sickeningly sweet. Delicious actually.

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drank Pu-erh Chai by Golden Moon Tea
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This tea has terrified me since I 1st heard about it, but I decided to try this Fri. afternoon after getting into Seattle since it was only $2 and the profits of the coffee shop go to support New Horizons Ministry.

16oz of unknown temp/1 bag (bag?!) for approx 5min. Clean

Very light chai, but it was balanced by the light dirt like flavor of the shu base. I did not hate it- in fact, when I get my sampler I wanna try this w/ milk.

Meghann M

Glad to know it wasn’t a hate it tea. I have a sample of this sitting in my cupboard along with a few more golden moon samples and I just can’t try it yet. Maybe tomorrow as I had my first pu-erh experience today!

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drank Jade Cloud by Rishi Tea
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Had this iced at the Milwaukee, WI airport Friday morning. Holy cow it was bitter!


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drank Fuze Unsweetened Tea by Fuze
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Grabbed this w/ my flat bread sandwhich quick while running around like a chicken w/ my head chopped off shopping for a few last things for my vacation tomorrow.

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drank Jasmine Pearl by Rishi Tea
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I got this w/ the Theo chocolates I won in the Rishi FB contest a while ago so I decided to have this after lunch.

The aroma of the dry pearls is so strong I can taste it- but I’ve learned not to be scared off by that when it comes to jasmine teas- especially pearls.

Prepared as suggested: 1TB (66 pearls or 8.83g!- My tea/water ratio isn’t that strong for even my pu erh!)/8oz water- 6oz is my normal size for a cuppa, but measuring 2/3 of a TB is a pain- now I know to use 44 pearls for a 6oz cup.

The liquor is much darker than when I had it at the cafe… as in there is one lol! It’s a lovely and translucent golden color. The aroma is obviously stronger as well. A good amount of jasmine, but also a solid green tea aroma that prevents it from smelling like perfume.

The flavor is much like the liquor- quite jasminey, but not sickeningly so. The green tea is in the back ground, but serves as a great base for this tea. Steeping it this way almost makes the jasmine seem less pronounced because the green tea is more present. The iced version tasted how that looked as well- like iced jasmine water.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

Oh my gosh- totally didn’t realize this is my 600th tasting note!


Congrats on 600!


2nd infusion, 4 min. Just as good as the 1st.

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I’m thinking that the cheesecake flavor may come across stronger thru vanilla than chocolate- or at least I hope it does.

Like the chocolate, this has no large green cardamom pods- so that’s a few points off right there. The aroma is extremely light- definitely not a “smack ya in the face” tea. And like the chocolate, the liquor is a light reddish brown- possibly lighter than the chocolate, but I’m not sure w/o doing a side by side.

1 heaping tsp (only 3.3g!)/6oz, hot and clean

Wow. This tea is disappointing. VERY little, if any, vanilla,…no cheesecake… very little spice. The black tea base has absolutely no problems coming thru the flavors- in fact it’s by far the strongest- but even the mouth feel and flavor are quite watery. A very smooth, light black tea w/ just a faint touch of spice. I hope these 2 are better w/ milk.

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

I definitely prefer it with milk, I think it brings out the flavors much better. What’s weird is that my tin totally has cardamon pods…suspicious! (suspicious of what? I don’t know. the cardamon pods I suppose. perhaps they are hiding?)

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Ok. What the heck. My order is here ALREADY- only 3 days after being shipped! Why do my orders from KS take either 3 days or 3 weeks…? lol. Anyway. Time to dig in!

I’m a little disappointed I don’t see any huge, gorgeous, green cardamom pods when I open my tin- that’s one of the many reasons I love their Mayan Chocolate Chai. It smells smooth and chocolatey, but I’m not getting the cheesecake. Which is fine, I don’t know what the heck cheesecake smells like anyway lol.

1 heaping tsp (3.75g)/6oz just below boiling water.

The liquor is quite dark in shade and a reddish brown in color. It’s not completely translucent do to the chocolate and spices.

The aroma is rather chocolatey, although not CHOCOLATE! like a baking cake would be. There’s a hint of spice. No cheesecake (again- all good).

hmmm… chocolate, check.- Although I wish it was as chocolatey as the Mayan Chocolate Chai. It’s not. Spice- a bit. I’ve had stronger. No cheesecake, but there is a smoothness to it. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the cheesecake, so it could very well be in there. I think I need to taste Zoomdweebie’s cream cheese flavored black so I know exactly what I’m looking for. This reminds me of a lighter version of Numi’s Organic Chocolate Pu Erh. All flavors (especially the cheesecake) need to be stronger. Oh yeah, it needs cayenne too:)

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

I hope they make this one again, I’d really like to try it. Can’t believe the last package was snatched right out from under my nose. :-)


this sounds delicious! i have got to try it…

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This (and the caramel one) came today so I’m having it for dessert.

The aroma of the dry leaf unfortunately has little chocolate scent. It’s primarily the roastyness of the oolong and the creme.

I pretty much ignored the steeping suggestion as always- or at least the generic ones on the tin. Luckily there was a card giving more a more appropriate suggestion. Up to 10 min? Wow. I’ll start w/ 5.

1 heaping tsp (about 3g)/6oz water.

Wow… the liquor is so light compared to the regular coffee oolong- almost like a dark cider. And unfortunately the flavor matches. It has neither a coffee or strong mocha flavor… just a roasty, but smooth, oolong. I’ll wait til I try a 10 min steep to rate it.

195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Formosa Pouchong by Adagio Teas
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In honor of today’s Steepster Select, I decided to go thru the set again. Light and smooth, slightly crisp. A great choice for a not all that warm summer day when you still want hot tea… although this entire set would be amazing iced as well. Not to mention it’s a gorgeous tea to watch steep!

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

2nd infusion, 4 min. Slightly lighter liquor, slightly sweeter flavor. Yummy!


3rd infusion, 5 min. Pretty much like the 2nd.


4th infusion, 6 min. Like the past 3- perfect w/ lunch.


5th infusion, 7 min. Still no change.


As I’m drinking this infusion I’m getting a thicker mouth feel… interesting… and delicious!


6th infusion, 8 min, Slighty thinner mouth feel than infusion 5, but thicker than the 1st 4.

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Tea tastes:
I will ALWAYS pick loose leaf over tea bags. I only drink bagged tea if that’s my only choice or I find a flavor that I can’t find a loose leaf version for. When I do drink bagged; however, I always weigh my bag and am constantly curious as to the weight/flavor ratio- sometimes I am quite surprised by the flavor punch of light bags.

I have a preference for organic and fair trade teas (preferably both), but would never pass up an amzing tea just because it isn’t organic and/or fair trade.

I love savory teas.

I’m currently searching for a chai flavored soy powder or a soy based chai mix (either already mixed or a recipe).

I hardly EVER sweeten my teas. I feel that sweeteners (unless flavored like tea honeys, brown sugar, ice cream topping syrups, flavored coffee syrups, etc) do not add anything to the flavor profile of tea- in fact, I’ve found that they dumb down the flavors.

I NEVER serve my tea over regular iced cubes- I always make tea cubes.

I LOVE cooking w/ tea and making smoothTEAS.

I LOVE tea blending.

I rarely drink herbal teas unless they are mixed with true teas. My favorite herbals to mix with true teas are: spearmint, peppermint, lemongrass, rose hips, and gingeroot.

I can’t stand anything w/ fennel or anise. Hot black teas (except orange pekoe bagged tea that you get when you go out to eat and chai teas) tend to upset my stomach.

I drink matcha daily and love flavoring it. I’m also in a constant search of preflavored matchas.

I’m constantly searching for information on how to prepare tea authentically according to its country of origin.

My Tasting Notes Ratings (edited 8/8/10)
1: I can’t even stand the raw leaf enough to make this (I’ve never owned a tea w/ this rating, but I’ve smelled some before buying resulting in me NOT buying them that were that bad)

2: I steeped this tea but couldn’t stand the aroma enough to get it past my nose

3: I immediately gagged at the 1st sip and spit it out.

4: I manageed to get the 1st sip down, but I tossed the rest.

5: I drank the 1st cup but I can’t bring myself to resteep

6: Made it thru the entire set of infusions but I can’t bring myself to tinker w/ the parameters and won’t be making it again.

7-10: Does not taste anything like the ingredients or name suggests (i.e. Adagio’s Sour apple)

11-25: I can taste some of the ingredients, but the flavor is severely lacking

25-49: Teas that I would not consider bad in their flavor profile, but certainly below average

50: Average.

51-69: Teas above averge, but I wouldn’t go as far as calling them “good”.

70-75: Very good, but still room for improvement

76-85: Above average flavor profile

86-90: REALLY good flavors

91-99: Almost PERFECTLY achieves the goal of the ingredients and name of the tea.

100: Abosolutely perfect teas!

Other Interests: GOD! and all things pertaining to Him and His children, my dog Madison, travelling, and coffee.

Favorite Music: ANYTHING Christian. I don’t normally listen to secular music, but I do love jazz and swing.

Favorite Movies: Romantic comedies mostly. My Sister’s Keeper, P.S. I Love You, Fireproof, National Treasure Trilogy (I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE 3rd ONE TO COME OUT!), Night at the Museum 1 & 2, Sister Act 1 & 2, Yes Man, Bruce & Evan Almighty, rarely watch animated movies but LOVE anything 3D.

Favorite Books: THE BIBLE!!! & My Sister’s Keeper

Favorite Quotes: “A sad soul can kill you far quicker than a germ”- John Stienbeck "

Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing”- Aristotle

“You should always carry burdens, but they should never be your own”- me

“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.” ~ Winston Churchill

“Mom was right, ‘because I say so’ is enough- at least when it comes to God.”- me

Favorite Foods: fried calamari, lemon chicken, anything w/ buffalo sauce.

Favorite Places: WA state, Switzerland, Orlando

Places I Want to Visit: Hawaii, Africa

Anything Else: I was born with a birth defect called Spina Bifida which is the failure of the spinal column to close en utero. Because of this I am a parapelegic and use a manual wheelchair.


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