771 Tasting Notes

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This is an interesting one. A green/oolong blend with bergamot and mint and probably other stuff but that’s what I’m tasting. It’s decent, and probably would be better iced but I have too many teas to drink stuff I’m just marginal on and oolong is just not my thing. Into the free pile at work it goes. Someone else can enjoy it.

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100

I know I reviewed this just yesterday but I decided to prioritise drinking this tea since coconut is just about the only tea ingredient that I know of that goes bad over time so I can’t let it age as much as the rest of my cupboard. I have another tin of this at home too, this is just the work stash.

Still fantastic. Even better than yesterday, actually, since I’m not eating anything right now to interfere with the flavour. This just hits the spot. I may start every morning with this for a while (after my daily chai).

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you for the reminder. I know this in theory, but you know, we, tea people, get side-tracked. On it. Today, I will shift a few of the coconut teas more towards the front lines of action.

Starfevre

Glad to be of service!

Dustin

Old soapy coconut, blech! I have had citrus turn in tea too. Oranges especially get this alkaline tang that ruins the tea for me.

Starfevre

I guess I’ve never let a citrusy tea age that much as I have never noticed that, but I don’t get a lot of citrus teas in general. Coconut is definitely the worst though.

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100

This tea was made for me! I was a 52teas transition kickstarter backer and this tea was my reward. I’ve had it several times before but apparently I didn’t review it. Time to break that now.

I love it. I wanted a tea that tasted similar to a Samoa (the girl scout cookie) and while this doesn’t quite make it there, it is a valiant effort and a good tea in it’s own right. Chocolate, coconut, tastiness.

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85

This was hiding in the bottom of my drawer, not quite a sipdown, I think I have about a cup’s worth left but still pretty good.

Although, I was a bit distracted while drinking it. I brought it into a meeting about my salary review this year and was a bit preoccupied so I didn’t really give it the attention it deserved. It was a good meeting though!

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drank Golden Earl by Verdant Tea
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I know I just had another tasting note on this but I was in the mood for a sipdown (kinda). This is the last of my original Golden Earl. I still have…quite a lot of the Reblend since I bought out their stock when Verdant decided to retire it but this rids myself of a bag at work. I also put another of their teas (Silk Road) into the free tea box in the break room because I can’t see myself drinking the rest of it anytime soon. I know a lot of people love oolongs but they are just not my thing.

I made this in my adorable one-cup bunny teapot that I brought into work yesterday. It is inspiring me to drink more tea. I’m also experimenting to see if caffeine has started to affect me since I have been caffeine insensitive previously but a couple of sleepless nights over the weekend made me wonder. I have insomnia anyway so it might be unrelated but it doesn’t hurt to make sure.

This is still tasty, but not as good as the reblend. I’m not sad to see it go since I have the reblend but it was good while it lasted. This is one of the few blended Verdant teas that I wish would come back. When I run out, I may have to email Verdant to see if I can get any ingredient list and try to make my own.

Alas, now it is time to work.

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91

Still my favourite vanilla tea. I let it steep a bit long so it was a bit bitter and of course I forgot I was drinking it so it’s luke warm now but I still like it. Yum Yum Yum.

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drank Raspberry Vanilla by Zen Tea
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Still a very good tea, even with how old it must be now (I’m afraid to check). The raspberry is a little bit up front and much more in the aftertaste and it’s quite creamy. The rooibos is pretty subdued to my taste buds, which is good because I’m not a huge fan of it.

Such an enormous task list at work today, hopefully this tea will help me get through the morning items.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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63

Not sure I’m quite enjoying this as much as I would have had it been fresh. I’m not getting much pistachio, mostly just green tea with a hint of…something. It’s a decent green tea though, grassy but mild, the way I like it. I just need to power through all this old tea in order to actually buy some new stuff.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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93
drank Creamy Eggnog by Butiki Teas
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This is a fantastic tea, even as old as it is, and I love it and it makes me miss Butiki so much! I love the fact that it’s just eggy vanilla eggnog flavouring rather than all the spices because cinnamon is definitely not my favourite thing at all and it’s just lovely the way it is. I have maybe 1 or 2 more pots of this (small pots, like super big mug sized pots). The leaves really didn’t want to scoop though so I have no idea how much I actually put in because all of my spoonfuls were half to 1/3 full and I just put in until it looked like ‘enough’. Still. Delicious.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Emilie

Personally, I looove cinnamon in baking, and hate it in cooking and tea. It’s so weirdly specific

Evol Ving Ness

For me, cinnamon is ok in baking, fantastic in cooking, especially meat and poultry dishes, and not so much a preferred flavour in tea. However, I have to stay open because I have found that the type of cinnamon varies and some particular cinnamon heavy teas are now big favourites. Like this one, for example—https://www.teadesire.com/products/cinnamon-star

Starfevre

I hate cinnamon in all forms.

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76

This is actually the second time I ‘ve had this in the last 2 days but yesterday I oversteeped it by I don’t know how much since I was trying to vacuum at the same time and it came out bitter and bleh. Today, I was much better about timing and it came out okay. Just okay though, I think this one is suffering from age. The tea is sweet and there’s a bit of chocolate and I can kind of taste the raspberry. It tastes like Valentine’s Day, if that makes sense, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Single, vegetarian, asexual, 5 cats. Airplane Engineer. I drink most of my tea with a bit of sugar and all the ones with a black tea base with a little bit of milk too. I’m super sensitive to bitterness and spiciness so I tend to avoid those.

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