775 Tasting Notes

my sister picked this one out of the swap box.
she’s taken to trying the new teas with a bit of personal zest, so it really helps in encourage me to drink more new teas than i might otherwise. also sharing rules.

and she is an earl grey person. always wants to try it.

this tea was fun! i mean, i know it’s weird to describe a tea as fun, but i just never thought of an earl grey green before. i don’t know why not.
and it seemed playful.
thanks for the taste CHAroma!


Glad you and your sister enjoyed it. :D

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drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
775 tasting notes

i got this sample thanks to Sil!
i will probably try to buy some.
it reminds me of the Mariage Freres Macaron tea. something about the perfumey scent it gives off dry.
i had one cup. and then my sister came down from her room and we had another cup right away.
and then i cradled the last of the un-brewed leaves in my hands like a baby bird.

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a slice of orange in my tea sounds nice to me!
a delicately citrusy cup.
thank you Sil for the thoughtful sample!

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i personally think this tea is fairly dull for such a bold and jittery character. but it’s a drinkable tea.

there are may be something like 4 boxes of tea i should be putting together and mailing out but all i keep doing is reading in my room and ignoring all my responsibilities. and tea sample mailings is one of those responsibilities i’m ignoring evidently.


fanfiction consumes all.


Star, i have thought of this small statement you made at least 20 times since yesterday. le sigh.

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okay so i drank this days ago. it was my first tea on a saturday morning. fruity and caffeinated. perfect for breakfast don’t you think?!
i like a few of the berry teas i received in swaps a little more than this one, but it’s still a bright cup. i’ll drink it again soon.
thanks moraiwe!

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oh my, Scheherazade my sister is an earl grey fanatic. so i gleefully brewed this up to surprise her.
got out the nice tea cup set.
even got out the little spoons.
i like this tea for it’s balance of boldness and subtlety.
my sister once accused me of never buying earl greys. i said ‘of course not, that’s what you’re for!’.
but i would buy this one, i really would.

now back to my fic in which iron man proposes to captain america. dingaling wedding bells dingaling.

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so many of my swap samples are green teas that i just assumed this was a green tea. but it’s SO NOT a green tea.
did i tell you i love tulsi?! i do i do i really do. i can’t explain why, it has a subtle tonic taste to it maybe? herbal and fresh? anyways, this is a roasted maté & tulsi blend and it is just plain old sparkling in my mouth!
i’m sure the peppermint and safflower add to that sensation to. no doubt. but this is earthy and herbaly and balanced.
what a great surprise cup. i only steeped it for 3 minutes instead of 5. i’ll try it longer next time, but i like it this way too obviously.
thank you so much KallieBoo!

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Ohhh! :) I’ve been waiting on the edge of my seat for reviews on this one :) glad you enjoyed it!

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stay up until 2am reading fic = cheesecake matcha for breakfast
everybody knows that.
thank you CHAroma!! this was cursing good!!

(i wonder how much longer i’ll be able to hold off ordering some matcha for myself)


I aspire to order this matcha flavour one day.


I aspire to know what to do with matcha period.


Nxtdoor, i started by requesting a few different matchas in swaps. just to test the waters. and i still haven’t ventured outside of the almond milk latte haha, but just having the three samples i’ve had so far has been a great way to get started. i have lost all hesitation about buying myself some matcha.


Do I need the whisk and everything?


Nxtdoor – if you want to do it properly you do, but I’ve had plenty of people tell me that you can add a bit of hot water to 1 scoop of matcha, and use a fork to whisk it up/break the clumps up. Then you can either add 5oz of hot water, or 5oz of cold milk! When I drink it with milk, I add ice, and shake it right up. When I do it hot, I use my milk frother to try and bubble it up. I still feel like I’m doing it wrong though! Ha. But I was lucky enough to get a few samples to play with from other people!


Yah, I have a frother. I need a neutral non dairy substitute. Or maybe if the matcha is strong enough it masks the milk taste. I do enjoy the Starbucks frappuccino, all flavours, really. I know there’s milk in them but they don’t taste like milk. Anyway, were getting off topic. Thanks for the tips!


just to give you an example of my lazy way (so you can feel confident your method is better than mine hah)
first i put the matcha in a bowl and then add just enough boiling hot water to liquefy it all. making a dense soup or a thin paste type thing. because it is just a little water it’s easy to break up any clumps in the process. then i add a cup of microwaved hot almond milk and a small amount of agave. and stir well. that’s all. it’s probably not ideal. but it’s been very delicious so far.
i also sometimes put it in a jar to shake it hard and blend it. but i don’t have a frother. :)


That sounds great. Everyone uses almond milk (it seems), but I’ve never tried it!


Note to self: buy almond milk. I am excited. Will buy matcha as soon as I enter my next “tea budget period”


Lots of people do seem to love matcha lattes, but I prefer my matcha with 175 degree water. Mmmm! All this talk of matcha is making me want some! I think it’s tea time! (FYI, milk frothers work GREAT to whisk matcha. No clumps! No grit!)

@Shmiracles, Yay! So glad you liked it! This one is amazing. :)

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certainly misty!
it’s so light, am i even holding this cup of tea? i think it’s floating away! wafting on the wind!
if i get too excited i may accidentally crush it’s wispy thin cup!
it’s such a delicate flavor that i needed to drink it with a fresh morning palate to really grasp the details.
a vegan pub here has bbq jackfruit sandwiches on the menu often. it’s mostly used because the texture is interestingly meaty for a fruit. its fruit is the largest tree-borne fruit that exists i think. basically it’s tropical and weird. maybe it’s like a really bland pineapple? not really. nevermind.
point is this tea is very subtle but definitely breezy and mangoey and barely even has that greenness. no dryness. no bitter notes. barely any even grassy notes. i’m feeling enthusiastic about this tea.
it’s like holding a baby kitten.
thank you moraiwe for this orchid of a tea.

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this is certainly a blackberry tea. it’s tea first but definitely still blackberries.

I know moraiwe likes this tea iced, and MAYBE i’ll try that, but i’m not really an iced person.

i will say that i drank this tea yesterday and today both and it went down easily, and the scent lingered for a noticable while, and i liked it, but still found it hard to write about i guess.

thanks for the sample!


I second this one iced!

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i have a cat named House Party 3.

i drink my tea plain.

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i’m always aspiring to read more books.

i don’t care what you say, chamomile is barfaroony.
i’m so over rooibos.
evil hibiscus is evil.

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every tea in my cupboard is swapable! (at least i TRY to keep it up to date)
every tea i have tried is listed in my rated teas.


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