153 Tasting Notes

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drank Turmeric Ginger by Snake River Tea
153 tasting notes

Sara’s custom Advent tea calendar, 19th day!

The leaf smelled strongly of ginger and turmeric.

The turmeric and ginger are pretty balanced in the beginning of the sip, while I taste licorice root at the end of the sip. The taste lingers a bit after the sip, mostly the licorice root, but it doesn’t burn. This is milder than I thought it would be, with all the delicious spices. But it is strong enough that I’ll bet it would work great as a latte too.

Flavors: Ginger, Licorice

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mastress Alita

Usually turm/ginger teas burn my mouth to pieces. Does the licorice really balance it that much? Huh! I haven’t tried this one yet!

Todd

Try it! Not a hint of burn for me… so perhaps a slight burn for you, but shouldn’t be bad! That TeaCrush ginger that was too much for you, I could really detect the kick, but enjoyed it. This one should be up your alley.

Mastress Alita

The Turmeric Ginger Pear Teacrush I was fine with (my favorite!), it was the Cayenne Pepper one that was too much for me! That one was… hoo boy, ya. Tea Chai Te has a turm/ginger tea that I can only drink if I infuse it directly in coconut milk, not water!

Todd

Oh that’s right. I mixed them up.

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drank Golden Monkey Black Tea by Teavivre
153 tasting notes

It’s the 18th day of Advent already? Time for another tea from Sara’s calendar!

This tastes like “golden” to me! I also notice honey and cinnamon notes. It kind of feels rich and light at the same time. I can taste the black tea also. I’m really impressed with this one.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Honey, Tea

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mastress Alita

Ya, Golden Monkey is a great tea. I often get cocoa, apricot/peachy/stonefruity notes, and sometimes sweet potato, though brewed Western usually it’s the cocoa, honey, and spice that stands out me. So sweet and smooth, I don’t think I’ve ever had a hint of astringency from this stuff.

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drank Se Chung by Snake River Tea
153 tasting notes

The 17th, a good number for Sara, who gave me this custom tea advent calendar.

The smell is very subtle. It smells good, but nothing I can pick out.

Without using other tasting notes as a cheat sheet, I notice a honey note. It’s a really tasty tea! After reading the other tasty notes, I can pick out a bit of roasted and vegetal notes, but they’re very subtle. I imagine this would be great to drink while sitting under a tree, reading a favorite book.

Flavors: Honey, Roasted, Vegetal

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

Ah, a good one for Lucky #17, as far as I’m concerned. I miss this oolong. One day I’ll restock it… I always found it super toasty, like roasted nuts, with that floral honeysuckle sweetness. It was also amaze-balls cold-steeped, I think I went through it fast because I kept making it as iced tea.

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Sweet 16th day of Sara’s advent calendar.

Moondrop Dreams!

The leaf smells amazeballs. Steeped it smells… kind of like honey with a hint of spice.

The first sip was like some kind of spice journey without a map. There are a lot of spices in there, well balanced, having a party. There’s a note of honey at the end of the sip.

I had to cheat and look at the ingredients while sipping to pick out the orange zest and lavender flavors, and I still couldn’t pick out others. But I’m really happy to join the spice party. I am considering buying some of this.

Flavors: Honey, Lavender, Orange Zest, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mastress Alita

I’m surprised you got no lemon from this, it should be the main note aside from the lavender (it’s a lemon/lavender blend). I’ve had a different lemon/lavender blend and did notice the lemon wasn’t as strong in this one on the rooibos base as the other (the other isn’t vegan so…) but I could taste it. I always find the lavender is never very strong in these… I always add just a little bit more from my stash, heh.

Todd

Yeah, that is odd. But there were a lot of flavors to pick out, and I did really enjoy it.

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drank Yunnan Green Mao Feng by TeaSource
153 tasting notes

On the 15th day of Sara’s Advent Calendar…

Ooh, this is a fine green tea. It’s very smooth, with a pure taste, if that makes sense. It’s a little sweet, with honey notes. It’s very refreshing, even hot, and I would love to try i iced too. There’s also a very mild vegetal note. It’s really good.

Flavors: Honey, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mastress Alita

Oh, another nice Chinese green. I always got a lot of the licorice flavors from this one, which is why I liked it (licorice root/fennel/anise spice tastes) mixed with the vegetal… yuuuuum!

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14th day of Sara’s Advent

Wow, the flavors really come together in the right balance!

I swear there’s chocolate in here, but it must be a combination of the other flavors, maybe the pu-errh and hazelnut. It tastes like chocolate-dipped strawberries. I can taste the hazelnut a bit at the end of the sip.

I remember them from my yearly visit to the Boise farmer’s market. I will definitely hit them up next time.

This is really, really good.

Flavors: Chocolate, Hazelnut, Nutty, Strawberry

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mastress Alita

She didn’t set up a booth last year due to her father’s health. She still sells online. This is their best tea as far as I’m concerned, and it was out of stock for a really long time. I think it tastes like dipping strawberries in Nutella!

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drank No. 39 Fez by Steven Smith Teamaker
153 tasting notes

Lucky 13th day of my advent calendar from Sara!

This is a pretty tasty Moroccan Mint. I taste the spearmint and lemon, and at the end of the sip, I swore I tasted bergamot at first, but that must be the myrtle. It’s smooth and kind of creamy somehow. The lemon and spearmint balance nicely until the end of the sip, where the myrtle takes over.

Flavors: Lemon, Spearmint

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mastress Alita

Lemon myrtle is my favorite of the lemon herbals. It is a nice Moroccan Mint.

derk

<3 lemon myrtle

Mastress Alita

Lemon myrtle > lemon verbena > lemon balm > lemongrass

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12th day of my advent calendar from Sara!

This one smells oh so lemony. The taste is very lemon, maybe some lemon zest, and a note of the houjicha that is stronger at the end of the sip.

The lemon flavor is so strong, that I’m not really enjoying the houjicha much. It’s an enjoyable tea, but I think it could be better. I wonder how it would taste iced.

Flavors: Lemon, Lemon Zest, Roasted

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec 2 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mastress Alita

I still need to try it iced, too. Do you think you prefer houjicha that isn’t blended/flavored? I rarely can find houjicha used in blends or flavored in general (and sort of wish blenders would play around with it a bit more). I have tried a few flavored mugicha and of those, tend to like plain mugicha more.

Todd

Blends can be good if they add a little flavor that matches well, like that Maple Houjicha, mmm. But I don’t know if it pairs well with many flavors.

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On the 11th day of Advent, my Sara gave to me…

Dark Chocolate Raspberry from Snake River Tea! And probably originally from East Indies Coffee & Tea Company.

Is there tea in here? I think I can taste a slight note of tea, but that’s all. But that is okay! I taste a perfect balance of chocolate and raspberry! Okay, the end of the sip is more strongly raspberry, but that is fine. Oh there it is, yes, black tea, hiding in the background, showing off the chocolate and raspberry. Mmm.

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Raspberry, Tea

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mastress Alita

This one makes a good latte as I recall, too.

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On the 10th day of Sara’s Tea Advent Calendar…

It smells very vegetal! Should be good!

Oh wow, smooth and quite vegetal with a bit of artichoke. There’s a little astringency. There’s maybe a citrus note and some kind of spice at the end of the sip. This is some good quality green.

Flavors: Artichoke, Citrus, Spices, Tea, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mastress Alita

I still need to try this particular harvest of Bi Luo Chun, but I’ve had others and it always proves to be a favorite of Chinese greens. Glad you enjoyed this one!

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I have enjoyed various teas most of my life, but have recently started exploring higher-end teas. Still, plain houjicha (loose-leaf or bagged) makes me feel like I’m in Japan.

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