628 Tasting Notes

I have been drinking a ton of tea lately, but haven’t posted any notes! Classes started so I’m usually brewing two thermoses worth of tea to get me through the day and drinking them while I’m out. I do sometimes find it hard to get through a whole thermos of one tea when I’m used to switching it up every cup if I get the urge. I found out today that if I can add one more class to my schedule this semester, then I only need an art history class to fulfill the requirements for my degree! It’s so close I can taste it! Unlike this tea at the moment. :/

I have had a bunch of chest congestion lately that seems to be migrating to my sinuses which makes tea drinking a sad and frustrating event. I can taste a little malt, but that is about it.

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205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Decaf Sakurambo by Lupicia
628 tasting notes

Sipdown. I have enjoyed having this as a decaf option in my cupboard and may reunite with it again in the future. The cherry is a little tart and there have been many evenings where I have had this with a little milk and sugar and settled in for a little tv watching. Funny the associations you get with flavors or scents over the years. I guess this is my cozy late night tea!

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Jasmine Green by Zhi Tea
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The green part of this tea is nice and smooth. Mellow with a touch of hay on the end. The jasmine is present in the scent, but just barely there in the taste. I don’t get that soapy taste that I have found in some jasmine teas, but I’m not getting much jasmine either. I like my jasmine bold, not shy. Kind of a bummer cause if they upped the jasmine it would be excellent.

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175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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I was excited to see a local tea vendor on a trip to a farmer’s market near my parents house while visiting California. This market by the way is one of the few places you can now find my all time favorite muffin that I used to eat all the time… the raspberry poppyseed cheesecake by Rebecca’s Mighty Muffins. She used to have a bakery in Santa Cruz where I lived and distributed to a ton of bay area health food stores, but then she decided to close down shop, travel the world and settled down into a much smaller operation when she got back, which leaves a HUGE muffin sized hole in my heart. But I have digressed quite far now… I see tea at the market, they had a cough drop tea and my family was coughing so I decided to give it a try. I believe this was a mistake. I should have stuck with the muffins.

When I steep the tea, I get a piney scent like Pinesol floor cleaner. When I sip it, the first two seconds are fine, but then I’m hit with a Pinesol taste like my mouth has just been disinfected from a weeks worth of dirty footprints. In the last part of the sip a bitter wave crashes through my mouth. I hate bitter. Maybe that is why they suggest adding honey. I was trying to work on the computer while sipping this, but it was just so shocking and distracting that I had to write a review and tell you all about it. It gets a little more palatable as I go on, but not by much. Maybe it’s because all my taste buds have now been killed by pine. I think my cough has slowed down a bit, so that is a plus. I wonder if I can put the remaining tea bags in some alcohol with honey and make a cough syrup type thing that would go down easier and carry a buzz to get me through the taste.

There HAS to be a way to make a tea that soothes a cough and doesn’t taste like you are chewing on a bunch of pine needles. This is unacceptable. I’m going to take a closer look at David’s cold line for an alternative.

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205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

YUCK. I’d recommend something with licorice as it feels like it coats your throat.

Dustin

Throat Coat was always a winner and has a lot of licorice, but I didn’t think it was supposed to help with coughing.

Brooklynsheep

Dustin, this is really funny and very useful to boot! Have you tried any elderberry teas? They’re usually good for coughs.

Kittenna

Usually when I’m sick and coughing, part of it has to do with throat dryness! :)

Dustin

I just saw these replies, so I’m a little late to respond…
No, I haven’t tried elderberry teas!
I had a lot of chest congestion which was making me cough, so I don’t think it was a dryness issue. If anything it was a too wet issue. I’m almost done with the cough now after a round of brutal antibiotics that have ticked off my stomach something fierce! I so want to feel well again.

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Huh, not bad for coming out of a box! I mixed it with some vanilla soy milk which may have been a mistake because it is a bit on the sweet side. I think it would have done better without the added sweetness of the soy. There is a slight soapiness to it, but only if I’m really thinking about it (which is a problem I have run into with other pumpkin spice chai). The spices seem to be mixed well with clove slightly dominating. There is something leaving a nice little burn in my throat after each sip and I can’t tell if it is pepper or ginger. I’m on the verge of getting a cold, so the extra heat feels good and my whole body warmed up a bit after several sips. I put a little of the concentrated tea in the pot of oatmeal that I was making and it made it smell really good, but it’s hard to tell if the taste came through especially when I’m sipping on a mug of it. I’ll have to experiment more in the future with oatmeal chai.

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drank White Rhino by Butiki Teas
628 tasting notes

This tea is so confusing! So it’s a white tea that you steep at black temps that tastes light a light black? Whatever it is, I like it! It has a light malty flavor, no bitterness, it’s a little sweet and somehow hearty. I’m really enjoying it!

Thanks Greenteafairy for the chance to try this!

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Ze_Teamaker

Maybe it is like a bai mu Dan, it is white nut they let it sit and oxdize

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drank Caramel & Rum by Lupicia
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I’m liking this tea better as it cools. When it was hot I could smell the rum part, but it wasn’t translating to the taste. I could taste a little caramel, but it wasn’t super strong. Now that it is cooler, I’m getting that butterscotch combo of the flavors playing off each other. It tastes a little stronger, but it’s still not amazing. Maybe with some sweetener it would taste better, but that is an experiment for another cup. It’s late and I’m not venturing back downstairs for sugar.

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205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Anela by Lupicia
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You know you bought too much tea over the summer when six months later you still haven’t tried all that you got! This is the first time I have tried this tea. It looks like there are little gold flecks floating around in my cup, similar to David’s Glitter and Gold. I’ll have to use a clear mug next time to get the full visual effect. I can taste the lychee right away which fades into an almost strawberry taste at the end. I’m not able to pick out the jasmine, but there is a tang on the sides of my tongue that is reminiscent of jasmine. The aftertaste is a nice lingering lychee. I’m liking this! Might see how sweetening it works on my next cup.

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Té de Frutas by Lupicia
628 tasting notes

First try tonight with this tea was over steeped by 20 minutes and horribly bitter! I had to dump it, start again and not get distracted while steeping.

This tastes so much like those Asian gummy candy I used to get in Chinatown when I worked in Northbeach. Ah memories! I couldn’t tell you which fruit flavor exactly, just not apple or grape. It has this lychee muscat thing going for it most of the time. I get a little strawberry here and there. As it cools the flavors start to go flat and my mouth becomes more dry, so this is definately one to drink while hot. I could see it doing well cold brewed too, but room temp does it no favors! I added a touch of sugar and would love to try it with cream at some point. I have a feeling it’s either going to be really good or really bad that way! I am enjoying this and am happy to have another decaf option in my stash.

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Lime Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
628 tasting notes

I love this tea and apparently so does my kid! I’m going to take a moment to gush about my little guy, which I don’t normally do. He was squawking about my tea and wouldn’t hush, so I caved and made him a cup of this. I had to hold the mug for him to sip so he wouldn’t break it. He started taking little sips, then trotting off to his toys, reaching the toys and turning around for another sip. Then I started getting the sweetest baby hugs between sips and he hung out in my lap while drinking the rest of his mug. He was so excited to have tea and I’m excited that rooibos is supposed to help with diaper rash! This tea is kid approved!

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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
The Cookie Lady

Such a sweet story!!

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My name is Dustin and I like tea.

I’m an added flavor kind of tea fan. I want my tea to remind me of cookies and cakes with coconut and almond slices with a hint of chocolate drizzled on top. I want dancing ponies and flying monkeys shooting off fireworks! I like a little sugar in my tea. I love caffeinated tea, but since I limit myself to one cup a day, I have been exploring more rooibos and honeybush teas. Rooibos now = meh and I have upped my caffeine tolerance. BRING ME CAFFEINE!!!!

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