10598 Tasting Notes

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drank Creamsicle by Joy's Teaspoon
10598 tasting notes

So I’ve been trying to get to at least 2-3 samples a day whenever possible. This was another from Azzrian which smells divine! On the downside though, I’m not sure how many of you out there were ever given triaminic as a kid, but they had an orange flavoured one that was my FAVOURITE! I’d sneak tastes here and there whenever i wasn’t sick because i liked the flavour so much.

Where was i going with that? Well this tea? It tastes exactly like that lol. Now of course, i’m older and much wiser, so the taste doesn’t appeal to me quite so much. This would be an excellent summer tea imo though. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

This made me smile – cute memory!

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drank Creamsicle by Joy's Teaspoon
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drank Plum Crazy by Joy's Teaspoon
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This tea smells like a plum…one of those plums that you know is just going to burst when you bite into it and leak juice all over your face. I just wish it tasted as delicious. Azzrian sent me this sample for which I am totally grateful :) I’m thinking maybe I brewed it a little hot so I’d like to give it a try changing the brewing parameters before I rate it – maybe even do a cold brew.

All that being said, it’s not a bad tasting tea…the scent just doesn’t jive with the taste :)

Azzrian

I think I may have had the same feeling on this one Sil.

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drank Laoshan Village Chai by Verdant Tea
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Still loving this chai, especially with the dreary rainy day that is today. I always love warm comforting rich teas when it’s a blustery windy, rainy day and this doesn’t disappoint!

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So I have zero clue of how to do this well but here goes nothing. Im trying this in small steeps but totally just winging the temperature and amount of tea haha. Mostly I figured this is a decent way to keep me drinking tonight for a bit.

First steep I’m not even sure how to describe the smell coming off this tea. Hell I’m not even sure how to describe the tea. It’s not the green that I’m used to but it’s a really refreshing tea.

Second steep: did I mention the beautiful color of this tea? It’s a great yellow…one I’d almost think about painting my bathroom. The other half didn’t like this steep. This one is less vegetal to me…like there are other things hiding there that haven’t come out yet….

Third steep: this one is my favourite…not sure what the earlier taste is but that’s now gone and I’m left with a really fresh subtle green.

Bonnie

I just wrote something for my blog (later) on this and my steeps were in a gaiwan and INSTANT like no time! I say it all the time. I never brew tea without going to the website’s and checking with the people who tell how to time it and how much to use. So, 3-4 grams in 4oz container 190f water for 10 seconds increasing a second or so. (Spring was 3 seconds) If you go longer you might get bitter tea.

Sil

Bonnie – yeah I went to the site, especially for verdant teas, I always double check. I just have no gaiwan and haven’t figured out a good way to do small steeps with the tools that I have on hand, this worked out alright though. I’m hoping I find a nice little gaiwan on vacation that I can bring back so it’ll be associated with vacation memories AND be functional and wonderful lol

Bonnie

You can use a mug and saucer which works well. I’ve done that. A smaller mug is about 8oz. so half is 4oz. I think I sounded snooty and didn’t mean to. Sorry. I hate wasting tea myself.

Sil

Haha you didn’t sound snooty Bonnie. I’m with you on the wasting tea. I got a bunch more steeps out of this one tonight, just got distracted from writing. If I had a saucer that would work lol. My apart,ent is a little ghetto these days. I’m sure I’ll resort to a tupperware lid or something eventually haha

Bonnie

I steeped this in some milk for 6 hours and then froze half…experimenting. Cooked with some too.

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76
drank Fireside S'mores Tea by Teaopia
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So I can totally understand why people love this tea. that being said, it’s not my favorite I mostly wanted to try this before I end up ordering the s’mores tea from Della Terra for comparisons sake evenif I can’t ever get this tea again haha. It’s not a bad tea..it’s just a bit weird for my taste. It might have sometig to do with the fact that I ate all of the mini marshmallows out of my sample before I brewed the tea grin anyway there’s chocolate in here, and hints of the sticky marshmallowy goo but I’m not quite getting the graham cracker taste. Any interesting tea to say the least :)

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76
drank Sakura Cherry Rose by Tealish
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As far as teas with floral notes go, this one isn’t too bad. The floral notes aren’t super noticeable but they’re there. :) I’m not sure it would become a staple in my house ever but I do like the green tea with cherry notes. Thanks for the sample indigobloom happy to have tried this one.

Indigobloom

glad you like it! :)

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drank Summer Berry by The Tea Haus
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Had just enough left for another cup of this so I tossed this in to do a short cold brew for an after workout drink. I’m really living being able to come home from the gym and have a glass of col brewed tea. I don’t need any more than the one cup but it’s a nice way to have a bit of flavour without having to drink juice or anything.

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drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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So admittedly I have had zero tea today until now. That’s largely due to the fact that for whatever reason, I managed to get seriously drunk last night, like I haven’t since 1997. Haha I really don’t drink a lot, maybe a glass of wine or a cocktail once every 3 weeks. But what I really wanted today? Was a matcha smoothie. So needless to say, my first drink of the day besides lots and lots of water was a matcha smoothie. I have zero clue what I’m doing but I tossed in a frozen banana, some frozen peaches, milk some ice and a tsp of caramel matcha dn blended! Lt me tell you, besides the weird greens color that’s a little disturbing to drink it is delicious!!! Caramel, peach smoothie. Mmmmm really looking forward to playing with more matcha :)

Azzrian

Sounds amazing! Sorry about your hangover lol

Sil

My own damn fault..though you know once every 15 or so years isn’t bad haha

TheTeaFairy

I’ve heard people say that best way to cure a hangover is to open another beer! Glad you chose the matcha option! hope it helped :-)

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drank Summer Berry by The Tea Haus
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This is a really nice fruity tea for this afternoon. Another sample from Indigobloom – i’m trying to use the long weekend to get through another slew of my samples but that’s hard to do with the new tea that came in on friday! Anyway this is a really delightful berry tea. I prepared this hot, but i could totally see doing this as a cold brew tea, adding some lemonade and having it rock!

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So no real clue what to write about myself here. A friend got me into drinking loose tea and it’s something I thoroughly enjoy though I have nowhere near the experience that many folks on the boards seem to have.

My other interests are cycling, reading, board games, disney cruises, world of warcraft and dancing – in no particular order. I love travelling as well!

Most of that is on hold these days though, including tea drinking like I used to as I have a new little one who eats up all my spare time.

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