129 Tasting Notes

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My temporary job offers bottled drinks and snacks for free. They were low on beverages towards the end of the day. I’m not often a fan of jasmine tea, but I settled for this.

Oh wow, they got just the right amount of jasmine flavor in this, and probably a high-quality source. Jasmine often tastes perfumey to me in teas, but not in this one. The jasmine flavor comes out near the end of the sip, and right at the end of the sip, it’s almost rosy. Good job, Teas’ Tea! I looked at the bottle for more info, and I am not surprised it’s an Ito En brand. I love their Oi Ocha!

Flavors: Floral, Jasmine, Rose

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drank Toasted Maple Green by TeaSource
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I spent several hours today reinstalling the OS on my daughter-in-law’s iMac, which she’s selling. When she tried to clear her personal data… she cleared more than just that. I managed to get it all ready for the next person, and she offered to make a dessert. I asked for something with lavender, and she made an amazing cake with lavender, lemon, and vanilla flavors.

I dug through my teas looking for something with lavender and instead found a large, unmarked, thick freezer bag, with a nice maple aroma, and I realized it’s my 2017 purchase of Toasted Maple Green from TeaSource, since discontinued! And when I went to find my old review, I also realized I’ve never even reviewed it.

I was new to buying loose leaf tea, and I bought a freaking pound of it, and I’m happy I did!

It’s not quite as strong as it was four years ago, but it has a nice mild maple scent and flavor. It’s very smooth. The houjicha is just a little stale, but not bad. It’s sweet-tasting and light and refreshing. TeaSource, if you’re listening, please make more! I’m nutty for this.

Flavors: Maple, Nutty, Sweet, Toasted

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Mastress Alita

With the flavors waning on this, I finished mine up brewing as lattes, which worked rather well. I would do about two heaping teaspoons of leaf in 12 oz water, heat 4 oz of oat milk, and then add a teaspoon of maple syrup. Some of the “barkiness” of the stale houjicha was hidden by the milk and the maple notes were brought out more by adding the bit of maple syrup.

Todd

Oh, that sounds good! Will have to try it.

Tiffany :)

Hmm, never had this one but Toasted Walnut from DavidsTea is one of my all-time favorites. My stash is on the older side, but I’ve never stored tea in the freezer before, hmm…

Todd

Oh, I didn’t store it in the freezer. A freezer bag is a zippered bag like a sandwich bag, but thicker. It’s good to use in the freezer, but doesn’t have to be.

Toasted Walnut sounds good!

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drank Butterscotch by Art of Tea
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Another part of my group buy with Sara.

Oh wow, nothing has tasted this much like butterscotch, since those candies I liked as a kid! What’s funny is, the other main notes I get are fair food: buttered popcorn and cotton candy, lol. I get just a hint of cinnamon at the end of the sip.

This is really a party in my mouth, and a bit of a stroll along the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, back in the days when people would go outside for that sort of thing. Delicious!

Flavors: Butter, Butterscotch, Cinnamon, Cotton Candy, Popcorn

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Mastress Alita

Perhaps you are starting to see why I was so desperate to restock these certain teas that are only sold in “way too big for Sara” packaging…

Todd

Indeed! Had some of the Yunnan Lily Black last night, which I already reviewed in December, mmm.

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drank Mandarin Silk by Art of Tea
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Another part of my group buy with Sara. Ooh, smells like vanilla, with a hint of mandarin orange.

The flavor is orange, vanilla, and orange zest, mmm. Near the end of the sip I’m getting floral notes and something almost perfumy… but not in a bad way, which is odd to me. Oh, now I’m getting a rose note.

I will drink this again. It’s a well-tended garden of flavors.

Flavors: Floral, Orange, Orange Zest, Perfume, Rose, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank White Winter Chai by Art of Tea
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Wow, the brewed tea smells amazing! Part of an Art of Tea group buy with Sara.

It tastes like the holidays! I can pick out cinnamon, clove, and I think cardamom, and there’s plenty more dancing in the background. There’s a faint licorice note too. This would be great while walking around Christmas in the Park in San Jose, instead of that rehydrated powdered cocoa mix they sell. It’s very festive.

Flavors: Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove, Licorice

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 g 13 OZ / 384 ML
Mastress Alita

I like this one because I actually taste a pine note from it! Not sure what brings that out for me, but I really love pine flavors in teas.

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drank Lychee Peach by Art of Tea
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Part of my group buy from Art of Tea with Sara!

The leaf smells amazing! I like Lychee, and I love sweet things, and this tea tastes plenty sweet on its own. It’s really nice, and I’ll bet it would be good iced too!

Odd, I must have read the bag wrong. I originally posted this under Lychee. I’m not picking up a lot of peach flavor… but I swear it’s there a tiny bit now. Power of suggestion? I don’t know. Or it could be coming out more in the second steep.

Flavors: Candy, Fruity, Lychee, Peach, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 16 OZ / 473 ML
Mastress Alita

Lychee itself tastes somewhat peachy to me. It always tastes like a combination of peach, pear, and rose to me.

Todd

Ooh, that makes sense.

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Another gift from Sara!

The brewed tea smells… like subtle black tea!

I can pick up a little malty note and some astrigency. Oh, there’s a bit of a citrusy note. It’s a pretty basic black tea, would probably go well with some milk of your choice and served with tea sandwiches or a burger.

Flavors: Astringent, Citrusy, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Gold Blend by Barry's Tea
129 tasting notes

I got this in a group buy with Sara.

I brewed one bag in about a 16oz mug. Mmm, the brewed tea smells malty, almost like molasses. I added a few ice cubes to bring it down to where it wouldn’t burn my tongue.

It tastes malty and sweet! I’m even getting a bit of baked bread flavor at the end of the sip. This is a fine black tea, and it rivals Yorkshire Gold for me. I can imagine sipping this and eating some Irish soda bread at a cafe in Dublin, while a server reminds me that it’s almost closing time, and I should finish up, but I want to stay and savor another minute.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Malt, Molasses, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Mastress Alita

Only the Art of Tea was from the groupbuy, the rest were gifts. These were the British teabag assortment I won during the International Virtual Tea Festival.

Todd

Ah, well thank you!

Mastress Alita

Specifically, this was the Irish blend from the set I won. The Glengettie teabags are Welch. (The other in the set was Yorkshire Gold from England, but you already have plenty of that).

White Antlers

The Dalai Lama drinks Barry’s.

Mastress Alita

I actually haven’t tried it yet! I plan to rectify that on my birthday, though. (I’m a St. Patty’s baby so an Irish tea is fitting, heh). I am a fan of Yorkshire Gold!

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The Tea Book was at one of the tea festivals I went to in the last few years… I don’t remember which. I picked up this bag from them at their booth.

This is a pretty solid English breakfast. I steeped it for 3 minutes with boiling water and drank it straight. The malt flavor is pretty strong, and it’s a little astringent. There’s a slight sweet note, and a little molasses flavor right at the end of the sip.

Flavors: Astringent, Malt, Molasses, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank ImPeachMint Tea by The TeaBook
129 tasting notes

For some reason, I was craving this tea again today. I originally reviewed it two years ago.

Still a solid herbal. I really like how the minty tulsi works with the peach flavoring. Pairs well with fried rice and reading a news blog.

Flavors: Mint, Peach, Tulsi

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Dustin

The name made me LOL! Seems like a very appropriate tea for the week.

White Antlers

Great name! Great idea (if it happens…)
: )

derk

Never though I’d have to dig out the lone bag stashed away as memorabilia.

Todd

I have a lot of these. Let me know if anyone wants a few!

Martin Bednář

Todd: open them carefully (https://colnect.com/ht/collectors/wiki/title=How_to_open_a_tea_bag) and send them empty to me :)

I can use them as an exchange material.

Todd

Ah, these are not foil. They’re paper teabags in foil-lined paper pounches.

Todd

Oh you said empty. You just want the printed pouches?

Martin Bednář

Yep, the pouches. We call it tea bags in collector community, which is kind of confusing, I agree. The printed, blue (in this case) outer wrapping. This is world catalogue: https://colnect.com/en/teabags

I don’t want them full, as I have huge load of tea in my cupboard right now.

Todd

Cool, I’ve got two for you so far. I’ll save up more.

Martin Bednář

Great! Thank you in advance, I will send you some tea in return then. If you have any other tea bags, you can include them too, of course!

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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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