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I am filled with renewed vigor to actually try all the teas in my cupboard!
This has been sitting, in its charming little tin, untouched for a year. Well, along it goes to work with me!
Its a green tea with a burst of passion fruit, but more berry flavor than passion fruit. And a little more green base than either of those.
Hmm. Initial impression is that it won’t be a favorite, but it will be a nice sip in the afternoon.

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Since I’m a matcha newbie, I wanted to buy something of decent quality but without spending a fortune. I thought this was a solid purchase, not cheap but not exorbitant, and so far I’m really happy with it. I used this to make an iced matcha latte using almond milk with no sweetener, whizzed up in a blender and poured over ice, no muss, no fuss. Delicious! If I’d known how easy and tasty this is, I would’ve dipped into this ages ago, but for some reason I thought I should first try it as a straight up bowl of matcha. Now that I know how good it is as a latte, I will be trying it more traditionally very soon. Well, when the weather stops being so summery – and I turn toward more hot teas than iced.

Preparation
1 tsp

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100

This tea has a lot of refreshing qualities and has a basic bland taste to it. Just what I needed for a cold rainy night before bed.

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This is the first time that I have tried a culinary grade matcha. This one uses nibancha (second pick) tea. I noticed a bit of a colour difference between it and house matcha; because I had them both on spoons next to each other. It was more of a subtle difference.

The product was fine in my latte this morning, it appeared green. I sifted the matcha beforehandm The taste had a tea flavour. Perhaps because it is second picked?

I still have to try this whisked traditionally with sugar. I will continue to review this tea, over rime, as I just received it.

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drank Tata Tea Gold by Tata
1 tasting notes

its a very good tea, i refer to my relatives and friends to use it

Flavors: Alcohol

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drank Da Hong Pao by Wuyi
2 tasting notes

Slight floral aroma mixed with the smell of charcoal. It had a bit of bitterness with a strong charcoal roast flavor. The aftertaste is reminiscent of chocolate.

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drank Lemon Ginger by Yogi Tea
2 tasting notes

On the first taste I got the strong ginger flavor and tickle on the tongue. As the ginger faded I got a weak taste of lemon peel, but it wasn’t strong enough to actually balance with the ginger flavor.

Flavors: Ginger, Lemon Zest

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I like this. It brews up a clear, deep red. I don’t get a lot of aroma, but the flavor is exceptional. Slightly sweet, with no bitterness, or astringency. Very smooth. It’s like what tea is meant to be.

Flavors: Honey

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank China Yunnan by Mark T. Wendell
5 tasting notes

The more of this I drink, the more I like it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Flavors: Floral, Sweet, warm grass

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 15 sec 4 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML

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89

Always appreciate the savoury qualities of these teas.

The 2017 seems slightly less intense than in previous years.

Slight malty nose filled out with marzipan, roses and earth. Palate is still light with coriander seed slight bitterness but low astringency. marzipan comes through again on the finish.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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drank Black Pepper Chai by Tea Cozy
2181 tasting notes

I am cultivating a new thrill in my life- the thrill of sipdowns, and the idea of curating my cupboard.
I spent my morning looking at my teas, deciding which would be the next to come with me to my office, as I have a new formula of two black teas and one other tea, which I am finding suits the office very well. Plus, being almost literally trapped in a room with these teas makes it easier to sip them down, furthering my curation cupboard goals.
This is the tea that made the cut. It ticks all the boxes- its been ignored in my home cupboard, it has been in the cupboard for a long time now, and it needs to get sipped down. So along it has come!
And my first working cup of this was really nice! Its spicy, but not overwhelming. I get the pepper, but also a good balance of chai spices, and it feels very autumnal to me. That’s good, as I am trying to force autumn to come.
I don’t actually have a ton of this, so it may be a quick sipdown, a week or two if I have a cup every day, but that is great news.
Its almost time to order the fall teas!

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Midday cuppa from yesterday, with a spot of milk.

Very rich, comforting caramel and earthy notes with a thick, velvety mouthfeel. All of this was pretty normal for this tea; and what I was craving/expecting when I picked it out in the first place. The element that was a little more different/out of the ordinary was the roasty top notes! I’m not entirely sure where they came from, but that sort of soft roast/char was really interesting alongside the rest of the profile!

Song Pairing: https://youtu.be/Ecx66NV93RA

I think the overall smooth, rich velvet sweetness of the tea works perfectly with the tone of his voice…

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drank Blueberry Muffin by DAVIDsTEA
23 tasting notes

I don’t get anything muffin, oat-like, or reminiscent of cake from this at all (which I expect after the cake flavor goodness that’s in so many of David’s other dessert teas). This mostly smells and tastes like a tart, lightly sweet, nondescript berry tea. It reminded me of Blackberry Blizzard, but I like Blackberry Blizzard more, because Blueberry Muffin has an earthy, sour beet undertone that I find really unappealing. Very strong using only a small amount, but I don’t like it in any case.

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Tried something a little more different with this tea.

From what I could recall, this is a really toasty/nutty tasting oolong so I thought those element might be a really nice compliment to the pumpkin agave that DT released for the fall. I didn’t want a hot tea though because I was working in our back stockroom unpacking boxes so I iced this tea and then added the agave.

I think it actually worked really splendidly! I didn’t add much agave, so the flavour of the oolong was definitely still the strongest element of the brew. It was very roasty and nutty tasting like I remembered: definitely that sort of “grilled nut” flavour that CS uses in their official description of the tea. Apart from that, I thought there was also a nice mix of wood/oak notes, mineral, shea butter, and cinnamon notes as well. Deep in the undertones was a hint of something vegetal but not overly descript. All in all, the amalgamation of all those different flavour notes really came together to create something very nice and natural to compliment the sweet pumpkin/squash notes from the agave. The cinnamon, nuts, wood, and roasty elements kind of played in to make this feel more autumnal and ‘Harvest’-y and that deep vegetal undertone almost seemed to exaggerate the squashiness/vegetal aspects of the pumpkin.

Really, it was a great match up and a perfect example of added flavours in tea that don’t mask the taste of the tea itself, and which play off one another to elevate the profile to another, more nuanced and elegant level.

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Smooth, calming evening cuppa from yesterday – this time just straight up: no milk, honey or booze! I know that’s borderline strange given my history with this particular tea, but what can I say? I just wanted the unaltered flavour.

- Astringent, woody top notes with cinnamon tones
- Nutty marzipan, cacao, and cinnamon body notes
- Piercingly sweet finish and aftertaste!
- Really long lasting/lingering and hits like right in the back of the throat!

It was gone so soon after it was done steeping though; I almost feel like I practically chugged this one even though it was more just a continuous sipping/slurping.

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drank Hot & Unbothered by 52teas
2336 tasting notes

I think I got this one as my freebie with a 52Teas order a while ago. I thought I’d review this one before summer was over! With ingredients like cayenne and tulsi this is sure to be a blend for me. It’s a unique one! The flavors are definitely interesting and I feel most are all equally represented. Hints of clover and lemon and vegetableness from the tulsi, a little ginger, maybe the pouch settled but I feel like there isn’t enough heat here. But then the green tea seems to disappear behind the other flavors too. It’s interesting three different tulsi is included, and I wish that had shown more too. To be fair, I’m not writing a tasting note when it’s at the freshest, but I do remember it tasting like this before anyway.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug// 30 minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 25 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep

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drank Kebaya Blue by ETTE TEA
5292 tasting notes

So, I picked this one up because I was intrigued by the fact is has butterfly pea flower in it which means that it should brew up blue! The flavour didn’t sound super appealing to me though, so I only got the smallest size option – which was five premeasured sachets as opposed to a tin of it.

I tried the first the other day and… it wasn’t blue.

I can see the butterfly pea flower IN the leaf but I guess it’s just not enough of the pretty flower to have that big of an impact colour wise – even with letting it steep indefinitely while I was drinking it. It kind of eventually settled on a really translucent sort of pastel green kind of colour. I mean, to be fair, it was a colour that wasn’t exactly a “natural”/normal tea colour but it’s not blue.

Flavour wise I was right about this one not being the tea for me though – all I could taste was lemongrass. Just straight up, pure lemongrass. Maybe that does it for some, but certainly not for me. I think I’ll probably just use the rest of the sachets for when I’m feeling sick and want something hot and lemony…

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Really incredible aroma that is peaceful and soothing. I love that. Flavor is pleasant but muted, even playing with steeping times. Mostly chamomile I think, with some brightness from the mint. It’s nice but doesn’t quite live up to the promise of the smell.

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drank Sakura & Berry by Lupicia
2181 tasting notes

I sipped this down on Monday.
Another tea that I am glad to have tried, but not going to be a repeat performance. And thats ok!
There was a mostly pleasant tartness, but not exceptional.
And today, another summery sipdown.
Eee! That means its time to order wintery and autumnal teas soon!

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This was finished off yesterday, and I am so pleased. This tin was bottomless, but now it is all done, making room for news teas.
Final thoughts are that its not a hugely impressive, but not offensive vanilla black, and made a good work tea.
But today, a sipdown!

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drank Strawberry by Lupicia
2181 tasting notes

So Steepster has been a bit on the fritz for me over the last two days, but it looks like its holding steady at the moment, which is great, as I’ve been busy!
This is a sipdown. I am happy to have tried it, and its been a generally pleasant experience, but I doubt I will repurchase it.
Yay! Cupboard progress! I am eager to get the summer flavors out, and bring in my autumnal favorites.

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drank Si Ji Chun by Unytea
280 tasting notes

Sipdown/Sample Session

I’ll be brief for my mind is failing me this morning due to my inability to sleep properly. (>.<) I had this session prior to work and after work yesterday. I wanted to try to get my “weekly samples” worked through this week, but I’ve found it difficult to resist the urge to try some oolong tea. Ha-ha.

Notes: Thick mouthfeel. Sweet floral notes throughout with a touch of cinnamon. For a greener oolong, I was pretty surprised to taste cinnamon, but according to my notes, I wrote that down three times (steeps 3, 6, & 8). Brewed this to 9-10 steeps before moving onto another oolong.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Floral

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