321 Tasting Notes

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drank Cafe Vanilla by Della Terra Teas
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Another sample sipdown! This one came from Azzrian, I’m fairly certain.

I have about five different vanilla teas in my stash right now, and even for me that’s a bit too much.

This one has a really interesting sort of baked goods smell wafting from it – as if it really were a “cafe” vanilla tea instead of just a vanilla tea! There’s a buttery fruitiness to it that’s really intriguing. A lovely cup.

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drank Birthday Tea by Adagio Teas
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Byebye! Sipdown time!

I’m actually really happy to be getting rid of some of the teas that I like… but don’t love, and therefore don’t drink a lot.

Also: this is my 300th tasting note! Woohoo!

Claire

Congratulations on 300!

yappychappy

Congrats on 300~!

Miss Starfish

Happy 300th tasting note!

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79
drank Mystery Genmaicha by Unknown
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Another mysterious Japanese tea from my friend. I’m 90% sure it’s a bagged genmaicha. The bags have that distinctive sort of roasty smell, and it tastes like a genmaicha. So that’s what I’m calling it.

No information on the tea whatsoever, but it’s good. I just left the bag in my 8oz Pavina and it didn’t get bitter at all, which is wonderful and surprising.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more

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85
drank Blendy Stick by AGF
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My friend doesn’t drink green tea, and her parents came home from Japan with, well, green tea. So I passed a bunch of my teas off to her, and she traded me.

I can’t read anything on the package except for the words “Blendy Stick.” I figured it was some sort of matcha. When I opened it up, there, were a bunch of little plastic tube-type pouches which had written on the “Matcha au lait.” Awesome. Matcha with milk.

I don’t have a way to heat milk, so I heated my water to 180F and mixed that in 50/50 with milk from the fridge – I figure that would take the temp down to 150ish and also give it the support of the milk. I mixed it with my stick frother until it all looked edamame green and there was a little layer of froth on top.

It’s good, it’s really good! The first thing that hit me was the sweetener – it’s definitely sweetened, but it’s not done so past the point of drinkibility. I can still taste the matcha there, which is good. Interesting!

MsWhatsit

I’m just getting started with matcha. Hadn’t thought about combining it with milk. It would have to be coconut or almond milk for me, but sounds interesting.

Michelle

It’s nice and creamy. I don’t have a lot of experience with matcha, but I’m finding for now at least that it’s too strong for me without milk.

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86

I’ve found my Earl Grey. Plain, it tastes like a well-rounded EG: not too much bergamot, smooth black tea. With milk, the cream overtones come out. It works both ways. I’m very happy. :)

ashmanra

I don’t know if it is true of this one, but I have found that several tea shops are all selling tea from the same distributor. You can tell by their descriptions. It could be handy to know in case there are other teas you want to order from a different and don’t want to pay shipping for two different companies.

Michelle

Huh, interesting! Thanks :)

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Sipdown!

Erm… I’m 90% sure that this came from Rachel, but it was so long ago who knows. If it was someone else, I’m sorry!

Pale kind of spinachy-flavor with a little bit of nuttiness. It’s good. I like it. Not in love, but I’m on my second steeping, so that counts for something :)

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83

A little milk, doesn’t get bitter. Not bad.

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80
drank Jubilee by The London Tea Room
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Sipdown from Terri HarpLady! Thanks! It’s taken me forever to get to it, I know… AND I have a package for you going out next week! :)

It’s a smooth black tea blend. I think I prefer flavored blacks in general, but this was a good afternoon knitting tea.

Terri HarpLady

It came today! What a wonderful surprise, Michelle! You made my day! Thanks :D

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54
drank Mango by Adagio Teas
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Eh. It’s decent. Vaguely fruity-flavored tea.

I don’t have any milk so it’s giving me an excuse to sipdown my fruity Adagios.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

You know who has a great Mango tea, thePuriTea. Actually tastes juicy. :)

Michelle

Awesome!

Bonnie

I think Butiki has one too.

Michelle

Thanks Bonnie :)

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drank Mango by Adagio Teas
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