145 Tasting Notes

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drank Tender Loving Care by Plum Deluxe
145 tasting notes

I can feel the care! Another sampler from the mail-order Portland Tea Festival this year. The orange peel and lemon peel stand out, and I think I taste a hint of mango at the end of the sip. Good for enjoying at the end of a long day while catching up on anime. Nice blend!

Flavors: Lemon Zest, Mango, Orange Zest

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
gmathis

Sounds very nice!

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This is my first sample from the Portland Tea Festival by mail, which Sara told me about. I paid for a box with a shopping bag, two tiny tea cups (the kind you’d use for samples at a live tea festival), and lots of samples.

Mmm, this is nice! It’s very berry, but I can only pick out the blueberry flavor as distinctive. I pick up hints of honey and floral notes at the end of the sip. This would be excellent to sip in a rose garden in Portland.

Flavors: Berry, Blueberry, Floral, Honey

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mastress Alita

Hopefully I will dig into my samples sooner rather than later this time… I think I still have a few floating around from San Francisco International Tea Festival 2018…

Todd

At least samplers are quick and easy to sip down!

Lexie Aleah

I wish I had known about this.

Tiffany :)

Is this still available (the portland tea festival by mail box)??

Mastress Alita

It is not. They were a limited run, earning funds for (hopefully) an in-person event in 2022 (after having to cancel for 2020 and 2021). I got an e-mail about it as I was an attendee in 2019 and on their mailing list.

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I found another bag while cleaning up my desk and thought… matcha toasted rice… so, like genmaicha but with matcha instead of sencha? No, it uses sencha. So… poorly-labeled genmaicha, lol.

This has a very roasted toasty flavor, with hints of popcorn. The sencha flavor is either a bit weak, overpowered by the toasted rice, or both. I’d prefer a more balanced flavor, but if you like your genmaicha heavy on the toasted rice flavor, you’d probably like this one.

Flavors: Popcorn, Roasted, Toasty

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mastress Alita

It’s probably genmaicha that is dusted in matcha.

Todd

Ooh, that would make sense. But it doesn’t list matcha in the ingredients.

Mastress Alita

What the…?!

Roswell Strange

If the ingredients just list “green tea” or “Japanese green tea” then the whole leaf and matcha could be grouped together.

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drank Dozy Girl by Bird & Blend Tea Co.
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I was cleaning up my cluttered desk and found this sample bag. Also it’s evening, and I have work in the morning (yay!), and this might help me get sleepy.

Since it’s herbal, I left the bag in. Mmm, this is nice. I can easily pick out the lemon and floral flavors. The rose flavor is very subtle, at the end of the sip. It tastes like taking a nap in a lovely garden. A++, would sip again!

Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Lemon, Rose

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Genmaicha by The American House
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I was sorting my teas and came across this packet with… maybe a serving left in it. Sara and I went to The American House in 2017 during a vacation in San Diego, and I must have picked it up then. I’ll bet they source it from somewhere else, but I have no idea where.

The bancha and puffed rice have a nice toasty flavor. I know what looks like popcorn is puffed rice, but I’m getting a hint of popcorn flavor here. I love the balance of flavors in this.

Flavors: Popcorn, Toasty

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Oh wow, I’ve had this however long and never opened it.

The brewed tea smells of plum and maple syrup, mmm.

It tastes of plum and maple syrup and sitting by the fireplace with friends. I love it!

Flavors: Maple Syrup, Plum

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Mastress Alita

This is one of my favs!

Todd

I can see why! Mmm.

gmathis

Wow, that sounds good!

Todd

Oh wow, it’s great iced too!

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Sara told me that the tea shop we usually go to in Boise on Memorial Day weekend, Snake River Tea, has closed and is only doing online orders. I ordered this tea because I remembered drinking it there. Looks like I never got around to reviewing it.

There’s something almost sparkly-tasting about it. So I can see calling it a “champagne” flavor. But it’s more like grape soda… which isn’t bad. I like grape soda pop. Ooh, I’ll bet this would be good with one of those carbonating devices.

There’s also a nice raspberry note. I could see drinking this out of a champagne glass. Or having another pot at a tea shop that’s now gone. Bittersweet memory tea. I hope they manage to reopen in another location.

Flavors: Grapes, Raspberry

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 16 OZ / 473 ML
Mastress Alita

I know. There are no tea shops in Boise anymore. That’s just sad for a city that size. :-(

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81
drank Happiness by Lupicia
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Mmm, the bag and the brewed tea smell fruity.

I taste fruit punch! And apricot. It’s a little sweet and rather fun. I can see why they call it Happiness!

I had to look up what kind of tea it was, cause this is another Lupicia sample bag, and all it said was 8508 Happiness, lol.

This would probably be lovely iced as well.

Flavors: Apricot, Fruit Punch, Fruity, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Mastress Alita

This one tasted like a fruity white wine to me, I really liked it! I’ve only made one tea order this year around my birthday from Lupicia, and got some of this in that order.

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This was a sample from a Lupicia order. The bag didn’t smell like much.

I don’t know if it’s because Darjeeling teas are used so much in breakfast blends, but this reminds me a bit of a breakfast tea. It’s a little astringent with citrus notes, very mild, compared to what I was expecting anyway.

Flavors: Astringent, Citrus

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Akina high-grade matcha by Ikkyu
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I don’t remember where I bought this. The bag has “Ichigo Trading and Travel Company” on the front and “Ikkyu” on the back, each with a different website that lists this tea. It was made in March 2019 and should have been consumed the same year, even sealed. I whisked 3 grams into 100ml of 175 F water.

It has a mild bitterness with grassy notes. It’s really good. It’s like the flavor of green tea, but bolder and more mild at the same time. There’s a bit of sweetness to it also.

I also tried adding some to a smoothie with frozen bananas and strawberries and fresh kiwi. This was my first time trying matcha in a smoothie, and it’s amazing. I’ll have to find some cheaper matcha for smoothies!

Flavors: Bitter, Grass, Green, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Mastress Alita

My go-to is Mizuba Tea Co.‘s culinary matcha (since I’m only using it for smoothies, I don’t see the point is higher-grade matcha). I rarely taste the matcha in my smoothies with the other stuff, but love the gentle caffeine boost first thing in the morning by adding it to my breakfast smoothies.

Todd

Ah nice, I’ll look into Mizuba, thanks. LOL, I just noticed the “Ichigo Trading and Travel Company” sticker on the front is a partial sticker covering up the “Ikkyu” logo. So it looks like I made the right choice.

Lexie Aleah

I also use Mizuba (:

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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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