1144 Tasting Notes

67
drank Detox by Two Hills Tea
1144 tasting notes

Shared a bit of this and then decided I needed to try more without reading previous notes. This time around — shorter steep, almost all ginger, barely any leaves — and it’s much more palatable. Very ginger-y, without any bite (odd). Getting zero orange sadly, and there’s barely any puerh in here. Meh. It’s okay. I’ll be okay finishing it, or sharing the rest. Won’t restock.

Flavors: Ginger, Smooth

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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75

Funny that I’ve sent this to others and have yet to try it. For months! Smells amazing, like a creamy chocolate treat. Tastes more like cream than anything, which is lovely, but I want the chocolate, dammit!

Flavors: Berry, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Cream

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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82

First steep: 1 minute. Beautiful Yunnan, really standard, a bit disappointing because of the cost and time to get it home. (I literally bought a new bag just to bring home pounds of tea).

Second steep: 1 minute, 30 seconds. Still a standard Yunnan, but less chocolately and more honey-d, dry. A touch of hay. Not sure if I’ll keep on steeping this. Boo. Still tasty, just now WOW tasty.

Mind you, I do have a sample of their $74/oz black… maybe that’ll cheer me up!

Flavors: Cocoa, Hay, Honey

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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75
drank Kapha Balance by Rootalive
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Interesting tea. Can’t for the life of me remember where I grabbed it. Cranbrook, BC I think, in one of their amazing health food stores. Yep, that was it!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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84
drank Kashmir Chai by Pekoe Tea Lounge
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Smooth, creamy, and a touch spicy. This doesn’t work at a higher temperature, and I do prefer it hot vs. cold. Grabbed a bigger tin of it the last time I was in the area, and so glad I did!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80
drank Napa Blanc by Lupicia
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Grabbed more of this (after jump32659 send me some initially) when I was in San Francisco a few months back. I LOVED it hot when I made it. Sweet and tangy, really in-your-face flavor. Now that it’s cooled though? I’m getting green tea first, then only a hint of the flavor that initially seduced me. Dammit!

Measured the tea exactly: 2.5g for 12oz. which I realize now was less than it should’ve been. Ah well.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec 2 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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73
drank White Cacao Mint by Spicely Organics
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Not getting a lot of cacao or cocoa in this at all, other than perhaps in mouthfeel. I do get the mint – it’s soft and velvety, and surprisingly buttery/thick for a while tea. It’s okay, in that it’s a lovely tea, just not as billed.

Flavors: Butter, Mint, Thick

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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82
drank Zhu Rong Chai by Verdant Tea
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I needed to enjoy this more today, the second steep left over from last night. So I added a teaspoon of Verdant’s Chai Spice to the mix, brewed it again, hoped for the best. Is it good? Yes. Better than before? I’d say so… but nowhere near as good as it was. Boo. Reducing my rating.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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84
drank Pumpkin Cheesecake by DAVIDsTEA
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Gawd I love this tea. I do however prefer it hot over cold, like I’m having it today. More coconutty than anything, although the thick cream feel is still there.

Flavors: Coconut, Pumpkin, Thick

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Suziqzer

Hmm…Pumpkin and coconut? Sounds like yum :)

Suziqzer

mmm… Pumpkin & coconut… Sounds like Yum :)

Suziqzer

mmm… Pumpkin & coconut… Sounds like Yum :)

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70
drank SoHo Blend by Harney & Sons
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I want to love this tea. Many of my tea frienz love this tea. Me? It’s just okay. Coconut, I get. Chocolate, not so much. Thick, for sure. But just missing any depth of flavor that I long for. It’s on the tip of my tongue and that’s it, and these days I expect so much more from a tea.

I think (?) I grabbed this in a joint order about this time last year. Jeepers. Time to start seriously sipping things down if this is the first time I’ve reached for it.

Flavors: Coconut, Cream, Paper, Thick

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Teaholic! Currently loving flavored blacks, greens, whites and rooibos blends, straight blacks and greens, and have a long-standing adoration for herbals/medicinals. Dessert teas top my list along with anything cocoa-y (like Laoshan Black, any of Verdant’s chai’s and Whispering Pines’ Mint Chocolate Chip). Missing living near a tea shoppe that offers a lot of options; other than DAVIDs a few blocks away, I’m buying most of my stuff online. Still, I have more than two cupboards devoted to tea, and a ridiculous amount of it!

In addition to loving tea, I’m a dating columnist, single mom, nerd, and avid knitter. I read way too much, type even more, and spend my ‘free’ time either running, swinging kettlebells, or hanging with friends.

I love tea swaps, and will gladly swap anything I have that I have enough of to share.

Allergies: Strawberries and all grains. I’m having a mild allergic reaction to both lavender and some roses in tea, and thus I’m avoiding these for now as well. I also avoid sugar and Splenda where possible.

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