4059 Tasting Notes

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drank Troika by Kusmi Tea
4059 tasting notes

After having that lovely latte with Bouquet of Flowers earlier, I decided I needed another one! Yeah, I’m kind of a fatty… What of it? :P I selected Troika because of its orangeyness, which I thought would pair really well with cream and vanilla.

Followed the same method as I did for the first one. I used 6 ounces of strong brewed tea plus 2 tablespoons each of milk and half-and-half (which comes out to 2 ounces). Heated and frothed the milk while the tea was brewing, but this time I added a little splash of vanilla extract along with the sugar. This came out quite tasty, sort of a creamsicley version of a London Fog. I actually really love the flavor of the vanilla extract – it’s a very natural vanilla flavor that reminds me of vanilla beans. Will definitely make this again and I can’t wait to try this method with St. Petersburg for a spiced version! :D

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Cheri

Now I’m really thinking I need a latte of some sort. I’ve got a few teas that would work very well for this…hmmmm…decisions, decisions.

Cameron B.

I can’t help it, I love creamy things too much! I guess 2 tablespoons of half-and-half isn’t that bad… Right? ;)

Cheri

No, it’s not. Not at all.

Cameron B.

Thanks for the support, Cheri! <3

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85

Made this one into a lovely London Fog this morning. I used almost two teaspoons of tea instead of my usual heaping teaspoon and it came out perfect. I also used half whole milk and half half-and-half (lol) because I find that when I use pure half-and-half, the cream note can kind of overpower everything. Warmed the milk and frothed it up a bit with a whisk before adding it, then added a couple teaspoons of sugar. I think a real London Fog is supposed to have vanilla syrup, but I don’t have that lying around. :P Delicious! I love that light floral note in this!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
boychik

Maybe thats the answer. i should try your way!

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70
drank Imperial Label by Kusmi Tea
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Did a cold steep for six hours on this one. It came out a light and slightly murky yellowish green. As I expected, it pretty much just tastes like licorice root with maybe a tiny bit of cinnamon/orange/vanilla if you really look for it. Still doesn’t taste at all like green tea (or any tea). However, I find that I don’t quite hate licorice root as much when it’s cold, so I did drink this one as opposed to dumping it. Meh.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Nicole

Ah… I haven’t tried this one yet. The licorice root has been scaring me. Sounds like for good reason. I don’t like licorice at all.

Cameron B.

I don’t generally like it either, but it seems it’s not as bad cold.

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78
drank Jasmine Pearl by Rishi Tea
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So this is my second jasmine pearl tea (the first being free sample from Yezi). I wish I could taste them both side-by-side, but without that option, I think I like this one a little better. The little pearls are tightly rolled and about a quarter inch in diameter. The smell of the dry tea is amazing – such a strong and sweet jasmine aroma. It smells like actual flowers, not like a perfume, which is a very good sign. The directions say to use a tablespoon (!) of tea per 8 ounces of water, so this is what I did. I think in the future I could definitely get away with using less per cup.

The brewed tea smells very jasminey, though definitely not as strongly as the dry (thank goodness). I can also catch a hint of a sweet, vegetal green tea behind the jasmine. I really enjoy the taste of this tea. The jasmine flavor is prominent and it’s definitely the star, but I can also taste the sweet and mellow green tea base. It came out a tiny bit bitter for me, but I think using less tea or maybe a tiny bit shorter steep would eliminate this. The aftertaste is very floral. I found this was delicious with just half a teaspoon of sugar – it seemed to round out the jasmine flavor.

Flavors: Jasmine, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78
drank Rose Green Tea by Kusmi Tea
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This was another one of the teas that I put in to cold brew earlier. I didn’t necessarily think it would be good chilled, I’m just determined to try everything cold. May I just say… NEVER AGAIN! This is almost comically horrible, in a way that I almost burst out laughing when I took a sip. It’s just bitter on top of bitter with an aftertaste of roses. I don’t know, maybe florals just aren’t good for cold brewing.

Ew. Yuck. Blegh.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

It was very LOL. And then it was very dumped down the sink! XD

Anna

Hahaha, I’m sorry, but I LOL:ed at your distress. I’ve also had exactly one tea that made me burst out laughing because it was so incredibly bad.

Veronica

…but tell us how you really feel. :) Seriously, I have tried some teas as cold steeps that turned out the same way. At least you’re willing to experiment!

Sami Kelsh

Oh man :( I don’t think I’ve had a laughably bad tea before, but that is pretty impressive.

Cameron B.

I’m forcing myself to try every permutation of my teas before I allow myself to ORDER MOAR! XD

Anna

Veronica: LOL.

sherapop

If it’s so bad, why a 78???? ;-)

Cameron B.

The 78 was from the hot version. I’m not going to lower it just because it’s bad iced.

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I put four teas in the fridge to cold steep this morning, and this was one of them. I have to say, I’m very impressed with this iced. It came out a slightly murky pale green with a brown tinge. I added some syrup and it tastes remarkably similar to ginger ale, but without the carbonation. I think I actually prefer it without the bubbles! The ginger tastes lingers in a pleasant way and the lemon is very mild and lovely. I could see myself drinking this chilled regularly. I guess I know what’s going to happen to the rest of that tin! :)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
yyz

Sounds good!

Cameron B.

If you’re a fan of ginger ale, I think you would enjoy it. I’m not even that big a fan of ginger ale! :P

yyz

I do like it, but I like ginger beer better. It’s more a nostalgia thing. There is a ruin that is supposedly a site of its early production along the Bruce Trail ( a hiking trail along the Niagara Escarpment in Ontario), not to far from where I live. I remember that trail because at that time there were caves and crevice s in the rock face where I was told there was ice that hadn’t melted since the last ice age.

Anna

Interesting – I’ve never even envisioned trying this one cold. Now I will have to!

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My last cup of this, aww… My sample from Yezi was big enough for two cups since this is such a fluffball tea. Since I think I neglected to say last time, the dry leaf is amazingly creamy smelling with notes of honey and sweet hay. I can’t wait to to try a creamy flavored bai mudan (I’m looking at you, Cantaloupe & Cream!). This time I elected to add a little more than half a teaspoon of honey because I felt it would go beautifully. And it did! Om nom nom. Creamy and hay-like with just a touch of honey taste on the back of the tongue. So far, white tea kind of reminds me of a milder version of honeybush.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank St. Petersburg by Kusmi Tea
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I am determined to like this tea as much as everyone else seems to! For some reason I can’t seem to find the red fruit flavor that is apparently there but hiding from me. So I decided that this time I would try adding some dried cranberries (just happened to have some on hand). So I added about a tablespoon or so of them to a pyrex cup with my water and microwaved it until the water was up to temperature, then poured it over the tea and let it steep.

Smelling the brew, there was a definite tart fruitiness with vanilla and bergamot in the background. And it was quite tasty! Lots of yummy cranberry flavor. Next time I’ll use slightly fewer cranberries- maybe 2 teaspoons instead of 3. I could still taste the vanilla and bergamot notes but I feel like the cranberry overpowered them just a bit. This also might work a teensy bit better with a sweeter dried fruit like a strawberry or sweet cherry. Yay experiments! :D

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
boychik

Dried cherries, yep. love them. i think St Petersburg has red currants notes. if you can find preserves in international section with Polish food, or maybe you have Russian/Polish grocery. Currants were banned in US;( because they spread some virus to some pines(something like that).

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85
drank Prince Vladimir by Kusmi Tea
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Trying this lovely tea with milk and sugar this morning. I wanted it to be really creamy and latte-y so I brewed it up with 6 ounces of water instead of 8 and added those 2 ounces back in as whole milk mixed with sugar. Yum! I could stand for the tea to be a little stronger, so I may try adding extra tea in addition to reducing the water the next time I have this. Or I might try making it as a boychik chai and steeping it in simmering milk… Hm…

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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80

Okay, this is take 2 for cold brewed Strawberry Green Tea! After my first try, a cold brew for about 12 hours in the fridge that left something to be desired, I was hopeful that I could get the strawberry flavor to come out with a different technique. Yyz and Boychik each gave me a method to try in their helpful comments (thanks guys!). So this time I made this tea two different ways: I brewed it hot and then left it to chill in the fridge, and I did a cold brew for 6 hours instead of 12.

The verdict: this tea is just disappointing cold. Even with added sweetener, I got little to no strawberry taste out of either try. However, it was interesting to see the difference between the two methods. The hot brew liquid was a pale to medium slightly brownish green, while the cold brew was a pale yellow-green. The taste was also quite different: the cold brew tasted quite grassy and fresh while the hot was more vegetal and sweet. They were both pretty tasty, but with no strawberry… I guess it’s a good thing I like this one hot!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Stephanie

So weird! Flavored greens are my favorite iced! shrug :)

Cameron B.

I would guess it’s just the type of flavoring or something… The spearmint I did came out really well and I have a couple others in the fridge right now, so I will let you know how those come out in a few hours! NEVER SURRENDER!

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Hi, I’m Cameron!

I’m a 30-something software engineer currently living in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two pugs, Gobo and Ume. I tend to cycle between my different hobbies, and they include piano, knitting, video games, board games, miniature painting, planners, bento, KBeauty, and – of course – TEA! But really, what I’m best at is “collecting” hobby-related things… ;)

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I prefer my tea lukewarm or at room temperature and without milk or sugar. I steep Western style, and fluctuate between using big mugs or small teapots depending on the season.

I am always up for a swap! Just let me know if you’d like to try something in my cupboard.

Tea Preferences:
I enjoy both flavored and unflavored teas in many forms. These days, I drink mostly flavored teas, and I tend to gravitate most toward black, green, oolong, and herbal varieties. I do have a special fondness for straight Japanese green teas, however.

I do not sweeten my teas, and pre-sweetened teas are usually too sweet for me. I also do not enjoy stevia.

I tend to reach for fruitier flavors rather than desserty ones these days, but I do have favorites from both categories. Willing to try anything once! There are a few ingredients/flavors that aren’t generally my jam, such as coconut, rose, lavender, and chocolate flavoring. But I also have teas that I love with some of those things, too! :)

Favorite Companies:
3 Leaf
Bird & Blend
Dammann Frères
Harney & Sons
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms
Lupicia
Old Barrel Tea Co
Simpson & Vail
Taiwan Tea Crafts
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Tea Rating Scale:
90-100: Outstanding! Permanent cupboard resident
80-89: Great – a possible staple
70-79: Good, but I wouldn’t buy it
60-69: It’s decent
50-59: Meh… I may or may not have finished the cup
40-49: Ick. Couldn’t finish it.
00-39: Repulsive, I spat it out

I will sometimes refrain from rating a tea if I feel I’m too biased due to my personal dislikes, or if I suspect the sample has been compromised by age or scent contamination.

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