599 Tasting Notes

drank Lomi-Lomi Aloe Vera by Tealux
599 tasting notes

This was brewed a little diluted. I brewed for longer to try and compensate a bit and it’s not awful. There’s a sweet bit in the middle that’s really very tasty.

I’m not in any mood to appreciate it though, since it’s looking like there is a very good chance that I will be putting my oldest cat, Sinatra, to sleep tomorrow morning. He was diagnosed with congestive heart failure on Saturday and since then has seemed to respond to the diuretics with tons of peeing, presumably shedding some of the liquid in and around his lungs. On the other hand, he does not want to cuddle or move around or do anything but move from his heated bed to the foam bed and eat junky cat food that I put on the bed with him. He is normally the cuddliest cat in the world so this is telling me that his quality of life is really not good right now so in terms of that, it might be time to end it. This is the worst part of pet ownership and I hate this decision so much.

205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 850 OZ / 25137 ML

I’m so sorry about your cat. It hurts so much to have to make that decision, but it sounds like it’ll probably be the kind and humane decision to make. I hope you’re able to get some quality time together tonight.


Oh, that’s so hard. I’m so sorry your kitty is so sick.


Oh no, I’m so sorry about your cat.

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After my adventure with the razzleberry last week-ish, I decided to let this one air out a bit before I stuck it in water, possibly too much. If I’d had to guess at the flavour, I would not have picked cake batter. That’s not to say that this isn’t a good tea or a good iced tea, because it is. Tasty, thirst quenching, definite black tea flavour. But the sweetness in it didn’t bring anything specific to mind for me, even when I was looking for it.

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Tastes a bit darker than normal, I think. I like it and the vanilla that pops when a bit of sugar is added. Milk to make it creamy and it’s a good drink for doing overtime at work. I used 2 tsp again in my finium brew basket but had more water in my ginormous handmade-to-my-specifications cat mug which holds about 20 oz to the tippy top. Probably filled it 17 or 18 oz. Also I have no idea how long I steeped it since I forgot to set a timer and then forgot about it for a bit. Whether it was a long bit or a short bit, I have no idea.

Flavors: Almond, Vanilla

205 °F / 96 °C 2 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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Okay, now I know I had more than one review written for this tea, so Steepster has eaten at least one of my reviews. Sad face.

Was looking for a tea that could stand up to a bit of abuse when I made it this morning and this tea won because it has a clear top and I could see it, mostly.

Added some milk this time around, as well as sweetener, though I usually don’t add milk to rooibos teas. One of the other reviewers said it made the tea taste more like pumpkin and less honeydew, which is a good thing in my book.

Smells quite delicious and a bit spicier than I expected, since it has so few spices in it. Perhaps it’s just me today. I did just consume some Snapea Crisps (basically dehydrated peas in their pods, caesar flavoured), so my mouth is expecting the same type of flavour still. They are tasty and a terrible idea for me to pick up because the bag has almost 4 servings in it and I have no idea how I’m going to stop myself from eating the whole thing. I feel like I’ve been eating all day already.

Still quite nice to drink. Can taste the rooibos mostly in the undertone and aftertaste. Up front, it is sweet and a bit melony and the nettles are interesting. Good tea.

205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

I love snapea crips! And yeah, I usually eat the whole bag. #whoops


I took 2 days at least. there’s 2.5 servings in the bag so that’s not too bad, right? Marvel at my self-control!

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Drank this today since I found 2 packets in my drawer at work. Don’t know how that happened.

Added a bit of sugar to cut the bitterness present in my previous review. Did so and not enough to make it sweet so that’s a success. Soybeany and tasty green tea.

Flavors: Beany

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML

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Over time, since this matcha is far too old but I can’t seem to throw it out and must drink it all instead, this Champagne matcha has become very mild. Not bad, just not particularly flavourful, though it still has a bit of a taste in the back of my throat, like my little air bubble burps after big swallows taste more like champagne than it does when I’m tasting it the first time. Which is weird, but whatever.

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drank Yame Shincha #3 by Kettl
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This tea is from an old Steepster tea box that I’m just getting to since I have 175 degree water and not enough for a pot so I just made this since it’s single serving.

It smells really really green, like really great green tea! Grassy and beany and a little bit of asparagus which I don’t like so much because I actually hate asparagus. There’s a bitter aftertaste that I wasn’t expecting since the smell is so sweet.

Drank it a little cooler than I expected since I remembered after making it that I can’t drink green (or oolong) tea on an empty stomach without getting nauseous and headachey so I quick found some leftover tofu soup in the work fridge that I left on Friday and ate a bunch of tofu cubes. Not my preferred food for 9am but it works.

Anyway, this is a nice green tea but not really to my taste from the asparagus-ness.

Flavors: Asparagus, Beany, Grass

175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Grabbed some more of this during a recent purchase and yessss, still fantastic. I’m a fan of Frank’s Razzleberry blends in general and this one’s pretty great. I originally was going to make a Birthday Cake SBT but it was a little alcohol smelling when I opened the package so I thought it best to air that one out a bit. The one time I ignored it, the iced tea tasted of alcohol also and I’d rather not ruin a tea bag like that. Should fade in a day or a few. Likely I’ll have finished this tea by then and possibly the resteep as well because it’s fantastic.

I read in one of the reviews that someone made a tea slushy out of it and got me to thinking. How does one do that? poured with ice cubes into a blender? hmmm.

Finally found an iced tea method that works for me, provided I follow it. Tea for my 2 quart pitcher – 8 cups worth or the SBT packages. 8 hours – timed by the oven timer so I don’t forget. Take the tea out immediately and then toss or save for a resteep. Add sugar (a spoonful per cup right now so 8 for this which is an insane amount of sugar but I wanted something sweet so I don’t care). Pour over ice and drink. Working pretty well so far.

Iced 8 min or more

Still less sugar than commercial iced teas! :)


Yes, I should think so! But those don’t actually taste like tea either, they’re more like, sugar water with a vague tea suggestion.


Haha. Good description!

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Had this tea at a restaurant today, one of my favourite sushi places, though it’s not terribly authentic. I was cold so I ordered this as a hot tea. Sweetener got interesting because the restaurant was completely out of white sugar so I put some brown sugar in instead (sacreligious I know, I don’t care). It was..interesting and not awful. Which is about what I expect from restaurant bagged tea where I have no idea what any of the parameters are.

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drank Cranberry by Adagio Teas
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I can’t say I’m enjoying this as an iced tea. I think I may toss the rest of this while I feel mentally capable of it because I don’t actually like this tea very much and it’s quite old at this point.

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Single, vegetarian, asexual, 5 cats. Airplane Engineer. I drink most of my tea with a bit of sugar and all the ones with a black tea base with a little bit of milk too. I’m super sensitive to bitterness and spiciness so I tend to avoid those.

I am also a flavoured matcha latte fanatic.


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