78 Tasting Notes

98

um. hi. hello. hey.

I AM OBSESSED WITH THIIIIIS. this tea has everything I have ever wanted in it and I am so pleased. funnily enough this was just a last minute addition to my last order bc it felt weird just restocking one tea. ended up with the tea bags bc the loose leaf was sold out, and it’s been convenient to have around. HOWEVER I noticed yesterday that the loose leaf was bag in stock and promptly ordered three bags. so. much. for. my. budgeeeetttttt. and dammit, I did so good not getting anything from the Bitterleaf salllllle (but I did cave earlier and got a vampire-witch-cat tea pet bc I could not resist. it is so wonderful. and Percy was a vampire for Halloween!! how perfect!!)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B4SLkY6Akxx/
^^^I would not lie to you, I still put her in that cape for treat time! it is the best thing!!

ANYWAY, this is no dian hong, but it IS a very beautiful ROSEMARY-Y/assam-y/piney/black curranty/slightly cinnamony experience. it’s winter in a cup. /chefs kiss/

Shae

Oh please share where you found your tea pet!

annie

@Shae, the tea pet was from Bitterleaf:
https://www.bitterleafteas.com/shop/teaware/accessory/tea-meowster-tea-pet-costume
they are sold out now, but I think I read somewhere that they will be restocked!

Shae

Oh my goodness, these are so adorable! I’ll be keeping an eye out for the restock!

tea-sipper

Ah! Percy vampire! :D

Mastress Alita

Aww, I’m sad those tea pets are sold out too. I’d totally get the black cat one. My rescue kitty is a solid black cat named “Chiya”, the Nepali word for “tea”

Shae

Mastress Alita – Love the name! We have a black kitty too. She is purrfect. :)

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drank English Breakfast Black by Rituals
78 tasting notes

I went to see The Lighthouse today and while perusing the theater’s menu (I wasn’t really hungry, but contemplating getting a baked pretzel…you know?) I noticed that there was an option for a ‘pot of hot tea’ and it was like, comparatively, pretty cheap. so I got that. it was a lil’ thermos of hot water and two tea bags. this tea has a pretty low rating and I’m not sure why, it is a pretty okay english breakfast. very malty and smooth. very assam-y. I’m into it.

I’m still processing the film though. I think it needs a second viewing…..and possibly more tea.

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98

I’ve been drinking this before bed, I am on the verge of being an insomniac and someone at work said I should try peppermint tea before sleep. I’m not sure if it’s helping me sleep, but damn, it is very delicious and REFRESHING. I’ve had various peppermint teas in the past, but this one was the first one that left me like: damn, this is refreshing, I AM REFRESHED.

that is all. I hope you are doing well.

off topic: I saw Parasite last night and I want to see it five more times. I love Bong Joon-ho so much.

Mastress Alita

I use peppermint tea for upset stomach/digestive issues (which come from my chronic migraines). The refreshingness of it makes it very nice as an iced tea, too; just stick a teabag (or two) in a water bottle overnight and it’s a great iced tea.

To actually help with sleep? Valerian root does the trick with me. It doesn’t taste the best, but pairing it with mint and lavender seems to help with that. It really knocks me out. I know some folks prefer chamomile and pair it with that instead, but I don’t like the taste of chamomile, myself (SST’s chamomile blend is “Meadow” which, I’d have to say, is one of the only chamomile teas I can even stomach, because SST is kinda magic that way).

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drank East Frisian by Harney & Sons
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For quite some time, I couldn’t drink earl greys because they would cause headaches. I hated that bc this is one of my favourite earl greys and I just COULDN’T. curse my dumb body, basically.

but today, I am drinking up the last of this can. earlier this week, I steeped the last bits in a big ole pitcher and threw in some vanilla syrup and that is what I’ve been taking to work these last few mornings. no headaches. I love this tea and I’ll be savoring this last bit it of it. /chef’s kiss/

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95
drank MMU01 by Material Matcha Uji
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hi everyone, it was the hottest day in A CENTURY where I live. it was 109 degrees!! 109! on the first day of school (I work at a university, no longer a student)! UGH.

this is the tea I packed this morning, because of its sharpness. I needed that sharp, grassy, in your face matcha this morning. I think that this is my favourite of the 3 from MMU, with MMU03 being a close second (I don’t care for MMU02, it’s fine but…meh).

meanwhile:
https://i.imgur.com/90aTwzc.gif

tea-sipper

Black Books! <3

annie

@tea-sipper, I love Black Books so muchhhhh.

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about a month ago I bought one of those neat Hario cold brew bottles bc, who knows why. well, I do know why and it’s because of laziness. it was “too difficult” and “too annoying” to put some damn tea in a bottle before I went to sleep and then THEN I had to deal with it in the morning and it was apparently TOO MUCH for me to handle. what I can handle is putting this glass thing in the fridge and putting nice, cold tea in an INSULATED bottle, refilling the glass bottle, and going on my way. I had been making my cold brews in one of these things that i bought years ago, I love love the double lids, but in 90+ degree heat, I need an insulated bottle: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00L3QXUL6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

TLDR, I’M LAZY AND NOT ALIVE IN THE MORNINGS AND I LOVE THAT GLASS HARIO COLD BREWTHING! and this tea? THIS TEA IS DELIGHTFUL. it is the sweetest sencha I’ve ever had, it is bright and so refreshing. I’m so glad that this was unearthed from the tea cabinet, so good. so sorry for ignoring you for so long :(

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finished off this beautiful malty-stone-fruity tea yesterday.
:(

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85

it’s 2am and this is still delicious. exceptional.

I’m really here to tell someone to buy this so that I don’t have to, it’s a matcha chawan and it is so beautiful. I have a small collection of teaware (including a custom order) from Ray and all of them are exceptionally made and he is a good dude. this one in particular is SO BEAUTIFUL. I already have a matcha chawan from him and I ccccccaaaaannnn’ttttt get this bc I’m trying to be good. so. SOMEONE GET THIS AND TAKE PHOTOS SO THAT I CAN LIVE VICARIOUSLY THROUGH YOU. okay. byyyyeee.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/726633803/handmade-matcha-chawan-ceramic-tea-bowl?ref=shop_home_active_3&frs=1

Kittenna

Oh dear. I shouldn’t have clicked your link! Haha.

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75

finished this a couple of days ago. GOOD RIDDANCE.
the last day I had this for breakfast was accompanied by some beautiful and perfect Rainier cherries, what a send off.

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