1473 Tasting Notes

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drank Blue Lagoon by DAVIDsTEA
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Used this in kombucha second ferment and it tasted like koolaid soda. It was one of those things where you aren’t sure if you like it and then all of a sudden the glass is empty and you want more.

Dustin

I never thought to use flavored teas in kombucha! I always figured they added flavor in after.

Daddyselephant

Yup! My little experiments have been working out great! If you’re going to try with your own booch, be sure to add sugar tot he tea, or you won’t get any fizziness!

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This tea stinks. I don’t mean like it doesn’t taste good, I mean the leaves themselves stink. Ugh. Like…like dirty, sweaty socks, it’s awful. It is three years old, but it has been in a tin and I remember the running gag for that outing was that a fair number of the teas we smelled from the tea emporium had a “backhint of ass”. They tasted good, but they stank. I have a strawberry shortcake from the same outing that has the same stench, so I don’t know what’s going on. Only my tea emporium teas stink like this, none of the others have changed in odor at all. I don’t think I’ve be returning there any time soon. And unless this tea tastes AMAZING, I don’t think I’ll keep it around. I can’t imagine giving this stinky tea to anyone, so I’ll likely just toss it, which makes me sad.

It tastes awful. AWFUL. Down-the-sink bitter and awful. Rest in peace, awful tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Anlina

Ugh that sucks.

I have quite a few Tea Emporium teas and they all smell and taste great. I wonder if they had some storage issues back when you bought yours or something?

Daddyselephant

I have no idea. I take it back, Sunburst Raspberry was delicious and one I would purchase, but only if I was in the area. I wouldn’t seek it out. I have other tea loves at the moment anyway LOL.

Fjellrev

Gross, I wonder what they’re doing to their teas to make them smell like ASS.

Daddyselephant

I remember with the Strawberry Shortcake, it literally smelled like ass but tasted so good you didn’t care. I have to wonder if it was flavoring or something like that. It was weird.

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100
drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
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100

I had a cup of this hot yesterday and it was lovely. As per usual, I dumped the used leaves into my mason jar to coldbrew overnight and just finished off the cuppa. It was equally lovely and I don’t feel like I wasted the leaves! I love seeing the leaves all unfurled and pretty.

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95
drank Nepal Black by DAVIDsTEA
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I don’t know why I’m in the mood for unflavored blends today, but here I am. This is another of my favorite teas. Just astringent enough to be delicious.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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100

It has been a long time since I kept burning myself on a cup of tea, waiting for it to cool down enough for me to drink, but that’s what is happening with this cuppa. It smells so good and I am so ready for it. It’s 5 am and I haven’t been to sleep yet. My wife’s alarm will go off in a few minutes, I may as well get my day started. My goal is to make it until 10, which is when I have to feed Da Hong Pao, our tortoise. After that, I can get a good, long nap.

I have a deep, abiding love for this tea and it is one that will be in my cupboard as long as possible. If ever there was a morning for a good kick in the pants to wake me up, this is it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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91

Yum yum yum. I’m having a cruddy day and this is hitting just the right spot. I made four teas at once when I made this, two for kombucha and two for immediate consumption. I drink my teas lukewarm, so I don’t have to worry about one tea cooling off too much before I can get to it.

Anyway, yes. Yum! I love the licorice in this blend and it’s just a sweet, soothing cup that hopefully will help get rid of this migraine.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Ginger Sparkle by Tealish
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This is my wife’s all time favorite tea, and I’ve curious about doing a second kombucha ferment with tea, so this is my first step down that road. I brewed it strong and added sugar before mixing it with my kombucha and letting it sit on the counter for three days. After the third day I stuck it in the fridge to cool and today I tried a sip while I was pouring it for the wifey. It wasn’t bad at all! I think she’ll really like it. It got just as fizzy as the other brews and I would call it a rousing success!

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100
drank Kombucha by G.T. Kombucha
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As previously stated, I brew my own kombucha now, but it’s with a SCOBY made from this tea here, and when I travel to the States in December, we’ll be picking up enough of this to last us the two weeks. I just see homebrewed kombucha being an issue at the border.

This was lovely, sweet without being too sweet, just a touch of tart, and all around lovely. Though if you are new to kombucha, I recommend trying one of their flavored blends first, as booch can take some getting used to.

Preparation
Iced

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15

Booch! I started getting into kombucha a few months ago due to the purported health benefits. A quick note, Kombucha Wonder Drink is pasturized, killing all of the good bacteria, so if you’re interested in the probiotic element of kombucha, this is not the one for you. Try to track down some GT, it’s much better.

I make my own booch now, but this was my first foray into the field, since it is the only brand my organic delivery service carries. I did not like it at all. I’ve tried just about all of their flavors and they’re all bad. There’s just an overwhelming bitterness and harshness to them that makes me avoid this brand.

If you’re looking for a starter kombucha to make your own SCOBY, this also sucks. I let my brew for a month and saw no change whatsoever. I set out GT and had a baby SCOBY in less than a week. She’s not brewing strong in my continuous brewer, my baby jellyfish is a momma jellyfish!

I’m also HIGHLY amused at my own changes. When Happy Kombucha from DavidsTea came out, I couldn’t bring myself to drink it because a fermented tea with bacteria in it sounded so gross, and now I have at least 16 ounces a day.

But yes, if you’re going to try kombucha, don’t try this. If you’ve had it in the past, I promise, it doesn’t have to taste like straight up vinegar, it can be so, so yummy. Try GT.

Preparation
Iced

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Formerly aisling of tea, now you can call me ele .

“You can forgive a murder, but never a mistake while preparing tea.” Chinese proverb

Labels? Here you go: Femme, Wife, Lesbian, Homemaker, Happy. Don’t forget tea fanatic!

New label as of May, 2015: Diabetic. I’m using tea to satisfy my sweet tooth cravings and keep me hydrated without hurting my system or messing with my blood sugar.

Ah, tea. My love for you is ever changing. At my last update, I was all about the rooibos and now I hardly drink it. I only occasionally had an oolong and now I have one just about every day. I’ve learned the art of resteeping and coldbrewing and kombucha. I have a lovely little tea pet named…well, I haven’t decided on a name for him yet. I also have five! live pets, a tabby cat named Rosabella Francis (Bella for short), a ginger cat named Orange Julius Pekoe (Pekoe), a white and grey cat named Earl Jean Grey (Earlie), a tuxedo cat (and the only boy in the house) Prince Erik Darien Darjeeling (JiJi) and a red foot tortoise named Da Hong Pao (Pao). So if you see me referring to my girls, I don’t have kids, just animals.

As for tea, I love oolongs, herbals, and black tea. Since I am no longer working, I no longer feel the constant need for a mate energy boost, though I do still reach for it from time to time. I also drink less matcha, though I do throw a spoonful or two in when I’m making smoothies. Most of my tea I drink coldbrewed, and since I discovered coldbrewed rooibos was giving me headaches, I’m drinking less and less of it. Straight pu-erh is not a thing I enjoy, but there are a few flavored blends I like. Greens are still too finicky for me to bother with hot, but they make great cold brews.

I am by no means a tea purist. I greatly enjoy flavored teas and I put stevia in all of my teas. It’s just how I do.

I think I’m going to name my tea pet Mr. Turtle. Even though he’s a tortoise.

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