704 Tasting Notes

65

Sipdown!

Got this who knows how long from VariaTEA!

I this tea won my random sipdown grab bag. I didn’t smell it before brewing it so once I got a whiff of the mint I was surprised. Had I known there was spearmint in here I would have done a different tea… idk I only drink mint when I’m sick and I prefer peppermint! Spearmint just tastes like toothpaste to me.

Peppermint and spearmint aside, it’s an okay tea, but not my fave.

Flavors: Mint, Peppermint, Spearmint

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
VariaTEA

This is a super, super old tea at this point. Glad it was not terrible.

jump62359

Literally everything in my sipdown pile is probs years old…. At least they all taste somewhat decent

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drank Zomba Pearls by DAVIDsTEA
704 tasting notes

Not to brag or anything, but I think I have a pretty good memory when it comes to tea. Like I basically can remember purchasing every tea that’s in my cupboard, or opening up the present or opening up the TTB. I can look at a tea and go “Oh, I remember I got this from so and so from the teeny tiny tea box!” or something like that (I cheat and write who I got the tea from and which TTB but I remember physically opening the TTB itself ahaha)

But THIS tea?? I organized my tea stash the other day and came across this tea and NOTHING. I either got this tea myself or had my parents get it for me one year since there’s nothing written on the package itself.

I was looking at the description and saw that it was a white tea from Malawi, Africa. I saw that and got real excited and sent it to my boyfriend! He works in an African themed restaurant and is constantly looking to up their food and beverage game. To be honest, I’ve only ever had Rooibos or Honeybush so I didn’t think that Africa really made any other “full leaf” style teas. I looked at the tea and immediately thought China.

It is a beautiful looking tea but it is very weak. I didn’t know how to treat this so I just followed the pacakge. It said 1-2 pieces in 16oz water for 4-7 minutes. No temp on in, so I erred on the side of caution and just went 10 degrees below my safety net and used 160* water…. yeah not a good idea. The tea ended up being a bit too watered down! It’s delicious and I’m enjoying it right now, but I feel like I’d enjoy it more with hotter water and a stronger taste. I weighed the pearls and it looks like each medium sized pear is just under 1g so I probably used like 1.6g of tea for my 12oz mug. I’m definitely going to tweak it the next time!

At this time I’m not going to rate it, but I’ll definitely give this another go next time!

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 6 min, 30 sec 2 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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83

Had this about a month ago and this was actually quite tasty! These are a great new thing where you just drop a sachet into a bottle of water and VIOLA a nice cuppa iced tea that tastes like fruit!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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25

Sipdown!
Dry it smells of strawberries and blueberries.
Steeping you get more of the black tea and the fresh fruit smell is slowly going away.
Taste of strawberry medicine and sadly I am not a fan :( It smelled really good dry with the fruit and such but the black tea just overpowers it. It tastes like the traditional black tea with artificial flavoring.

Flavors: Artificial

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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85

Sipdown!

Decided to do this one iced today. Placed the rest of my tea leaves in a mason jar and kept it in the fridge overnight. Pretty good but got bitter for the long steep. Not the best quality jasmine. Only $12 for a 2oz bag so in line with price and quality with the basic “house” jasmines out there.

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68

Had this a while ago. It’s just okay.
Boyfriend bought this for me a while ago, and he bought me a pretty large tin! Don’t have the heart of tossing it but I’ve been giving it to a few friends here and there. My sister absolutely loves this tea as a latte though! I find a floral latte a bit weird tasting but hey, you do you

Flavors: Floral, Lychee, Melon, Soap

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85

One more cuppa for the evening!

Flavors: Floral, Jasmine

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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85

Not quite as delicate as previous Jasmine’s I’ve had. Good but the Jasmine Pearls from Asha is better! Still a delicious Jasmine though :)

Flavors: Floral, Jasmine

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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65

Tea and Cards TTB

Backlog and sipdown.

Needed a tea that had no caffeine and this is one that I found in my stash. Legit all my tea is probs so old I really should toss it all… I’m determined to get through them all though! My boyfriend works in an African themed resort and he’s super into African everything when it comes to Food and Beverage. I told him about this tea and he automatically goes “Rooibos?” and I go “NOPE Honeybush” and he got v excited. Something new, something different, still drinks somewhat similarly to a rooibos though.

Flavors: Wet wood, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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95

You know I love me my Jasmine :) <3

Flavors: Floral, Jasmine

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Kyra.
22.
Tea lover.
Food and Beverage lover (food, wine, beer, TEA)
DCP Alumni (WDW Fall 2013 and DLR Fall 2014)
Future management intern, WDW Fall 2016
(jump62359 is my everything okay)

Teas in my cupboard are in my personal collection.
I’m always looking forward to reducing my stash so let me know if you wanna swap :)
Likes/dislikes here:
http://iloveyousomatcha.tumblr.com/tea

Tea rating guide:
100-95: Best thing to ever touch my mouth and I want more. Restocking is a must
94-80: Love this tea. Restock if I can
79-70: Decent tea. Neither love nor hate.
69-60: I won’t be upset when it runs out. I’ll drink it but won’t restock.
59-30: I’ve done whatever I can to like this tea and I’ll finish the cup.
29-10: I’ve done whatever I can to like this tea. It may or may not have gone down the sink…
9-below: Let’s not even hide it. This definitely went down the drain.

I love tea.
I drink it.
I log it.
I have a good time.
Lather, rinse, repeat.

I first discovered my love for tea with jasmine teas because that’s all my mother would buy, so for the longest time, I thought that all teas were jasmine! And then in 4th grade, I watched the tea episode of Good Eats and that’s when the education started! I’d like to blame Alton Brown for starting this obsession because now I only like loose leaf tea.
It wasn’t until my second year of college that I actually expanded my tea taste buds. Special shout out to Cara McGee, Tea Queen for her Adagio Fandom blends. Because of Cara, I actually started drinking blacks, herbals and whites and pretty much everything else in between. I still have a special love for my jasmine though :)
I (try to) drink tea daily. Usually just straight up, no sugar or milk. This little obsession started young and just… kept going, I guess.

also I apologize in advance for lazy tasting notes and horrible grammar in everything I write. I was an avid fandom blogger on tumblr and tumblr talk can get in the way of everything kthxbai

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