236 Tasting Notes

90

Picked this out this morning. I am getting the cocoa, burnt sugar, and even detect (I think) the grapes notes. This is an excellent tea. There is also a lot of malt in this tea. Luckily it is not tasting too malty for me this morning. This is a tea I might eventually buy more of but am undecided.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 3 min.

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Cocoa, Grapes, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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93

This is perhaps my favorite rooibos tea. It is sweet, it is savory. It has a nice depth of flavor. If you have never tried rooibos and want to try a good one, this is the best. Rooibos is at its best when the sweet meets the savory in a good way. There are a lot out there that fail and make people dislike rooibos. This tea will convert a lot of people. That being said, I wouldn’t have chosen this tonight but I am again watching my caffeine. I would much rather be drinking puerh.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 5 min.

Flavors: Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
TeaBrat

the hibiscus kind of ruined this one for me :(

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81
drank Castaway by Clipper Ship Tea Co.
236 tasting notes

This is a relatively nice blend from the Clipper Ship Tea Co. It is fruity, not entirely sure what is in it but I think maybe Jackfruit or such island flavors. There is a little bit of bitterness but not much. There is also a little bit of astringency to it. Overall it is good. I probably wouldn’t buy it again but I will try to finish it before it goes bad. If anyone might get to Clipper Ship Tea Co and would like to try some I am open for swaps. I have about twenty or so of their teas.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 3 min.

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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78
drank Rose Rooibos by Simpson & Vail
236 tasting notes

Picked this one tonight because a: I remember liking it and b:I am again avoiding caffeine. This is a nice savory rooibos from Simpson and Vail. The lavender and rose give it a savory character. It has rose hips in it as well but that is a subtle fruit and it doesn’t provide much sweetness. Still, it is a tasty tea for a rooibos. Compared to savory rooibos tea it is excellent.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 5 min.

Flavors: Rose

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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87
drank GABA Oolong by Mandala Tea
236 tasting notes

This tea has grown on me since the last time I had it. I like it. While I still think it is not the absolute best oolong, it is very good. It is slightly sweet and slightly vegetal in nature. It has that characteristic oolong flavor but no charcoal bitterness associated with some oolongs. I suspect it is unroasted but do not know. It has no roasted barley flavor at all actually. I picked this one this afternoon because I thought the Gaba might relax me. My issue of Global Tea Hut came today and their monthly selection of tea was Gaba tea so I thought of this. I want to save the Global Tea Hut Gaba for when I can give it my full attention, not just one steep. This tea definitely tastes better to me this time than last time around, don’t know why. The Gaba is already having a slightly relaxing effect on me, this is good.

I brewed this once in an 16 oz teapot with 2.5 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 3 mini.

Flavors: Vegetal

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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83

I picked this one out this morning because my Doctor told me to drink more green tea, Dr Shou, ironically. It is quite good, however the blueberry flavor is a little weak. The tea beneath it is vegetal and not bitter.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and 175 degree water for 3 min.

Flavors: Blueberry, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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81
drank Calm Me Teatoxy by Teatoxy
236 tasting notes

I picked this one tonight because I am beginning a week of avoiding caffeine. Attempting to describe the flavor of this tea is difficult. It is rather tart, bordering on sour. That is the main flavor I detect. The tea had a very relaxing effect on me last time and I am hoping for a repeat. This time I steeped it for the full ten minutes. It did not get more bitter with a noticeably longer steep. It did get more tart.

Recommending this tea is with reservations. It had a distinct calming effect on me last time. I am starting to feel the same way again. Taste wise, if you are buying this for how it tastes, buy something else. It is tasty, just there are many better tasting teas. You have to be able to handle a strong tart flavor to like this tea.

I will know in the AM if this tea again lives up to the claims made for effect.

I brewed this once in an 16oz mug with 4 tsp leaf and boiling water for 10 min.

Flavors: Tart

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
AllanK

This did not have the stated effect last night, so much for claims.

Cheri

That’s a bummer.

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Bought a sample of this months ago, just got around to trying it now. It is fairly malty and somewhat sweet tasting. I taste a slight, very slight sourness too. This could be from being in a zip lock package for six months or my taste buds, not sure if its one of these factors. The tea is characteristic ceylon in its briskness. There is not much bitterness to this tea. If you ever get to Northport, LI, NY visit Clipper Ship Tea Co. They are an excellent store. Perhaps they are not as good as Butiki but they are excellent. They, unfortunately, are strictly brick and mortar. They have no website. You can find them on Facebook.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 3 min.

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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90
drank Moonlight Snooze by Simpson & Vail
236 tasting notes

The rating I give this tea is entirely on effect. Taste wise it rates about a 10 out of 100. It is perhaps the worst tasting tea I have ever drank. That being said if you go on the Simpson and Vail website they have obviously fake reviews of this tea on it. They both describe how great the tea tastes. I reviewed this tea for svtea.com and gave it it an overall good review that said it didn’t taste very good. They did not publish that review. They apparently only publish completely favorable reviews.

This tea is sour and somewhat bitter, more sour than bitter. What it does have is a nice effect. It relaxes me a lot. This is why I bought this tea twice. I recommend this tea if you have need to relax I don’t recommend it for taste. It is a very relaxing brew in a way we wish that normal tea was. Valerian Root has a very nice effect on the system even though it does not taste good.

Flavors: Sour

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
gmathis

Valerian is pretty nasty…like licking tree bark :)

AllanK

And last night it didn’t help me sleep, it had little effect. In past times it has been a very relaxing tea. I wonder if the Valerian Root loses its effectiveness quickly when stored.

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83

I am drinking decaf tonight as it is another week of frightfully early days. I bought this one from The Pleasures of Tea the other day. Compared to other decaf it is pretty good. Compared to regular tea it is decent but not great. I will attempt to compare it to other decaf. It is fairly sweet tasting although I added sugar and am unsure how much sweetness is behind the sugar in the tea. The flavor of the pomegranate is nice and fruity. The background tea has a slight bitterness but not much, not enough to make this an unenjoyable tea.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 3 min. I would recommend this but only in comparison to other decafs, when compared to a non decaf it is one step down.

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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I am Allan. I live and work in Long Island, New York. I have been amassing a tea collection for nearly two years and have spent way too much money. I now try to buy mostly Puerh as I like it most and it lasts nearly forever. Black tea has a habit of going bad. If anyone is interested in tea swaps I am open to ideas and have quite a cupboard.

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