361 Tasting Notes

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drank Raspberry Black by EnjoyingTea.com
361 tasting notes

I brought in this tea to work since it’s in a nice small tin, and it’s not my favorite (so the at work damage of tea isn’t heartbreaking). Pleasant first steep, and even after forgetting about it on the second steep (maybe 7 minutes) it is still very drinkable. Yes, there’s a bit more astringency, but it’s still hitting the spot. NE

On a side note (since this tea came as a sample with my mom’s gift of a tetsubin): I named that new (and somewhat new favorite) teapot Marsha :)

I also received my bagged tea order from BlueQ today. Egads — packaging is even cuter in person. I’m hoping to try one before I leave today, but if that doesn’t happen, then I’ll for sure try at least one tomorrow.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Uber-ultra-NOM! I spent the whole day yesterday steeping this and just looooved it. TG

On a side note I had fun typing “Holiday Tea Damn” to look this tea up on Steepster. Yes, I have no life ;)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85

Huh…I might actually have to bump up my rating on this one (maybe) cuz I actually craved this tonight. A full-out tea craving that I wasn’t anticipating.

I messed up the first steep because in my mind I thought “oh it’s an herbal” and steeped it accordingly. It was a bit more bitter, but still very drinkable (and I figured out my mistake). So, I gave a second steep a go which is rare for me ‘n bagged teas. Well, who knew? It’s freakin’ fantastic! I would no longer be able to identify it as “candy cane” but it’s more like a green tea with a minty twist (“with a tweest!”). It’s even cooled to room temp and I like it even more. NE

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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96

I so made the right decision to bring this tin home from work: it has to have controlled brewing to bring out its best. Winging it at work made it taste…kinda like a wimpy off-brand of Frosted Flakes. At the right time/temp with filtered water: NOM!

I was also glad that this was my first tea of the new year (Happy New Year Y’all!) since it reminds me of the tea journey I started last year since Golden Moon’s sampler was the first “big” tea purchase I’d made. I’m still a-steepin’ these leaves (adding a minute to each steep). Yuppers. This is good stuff. TG

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
gmathis

I’ve about given up trying to brew good tea at work and have pretty much resigned to drinking bagged, meh, or aging stuff here beacause I can’t coax decent flavor out of breakroom water.

Rabs

Yeah, I have to use the drinking fountain’s water ::shudders a bit:: and a worn-down Adagio-kettle thingie: ah, UtiliTea. So, black teas are generally forgiving, but I just hate feeling like I’m wasting good tea. I just ordered some bagged teas to keep at work and keep the nice stuff at home. ::sigh::

gmathis

The Sugar Caramel Oolong is definitely too nice to waste at work.

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77

::contented sigh::

Ah, this tea is one of the few that I’m keeping on hand at work. It’s so forgiving with the inaccurate temps and oversteeping that tend to happen. Just a great basic tea that keeps me going. NE

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63
drank Calm by Tazo
361 tasting notes

This was another tea in my “xmas-tea-giftbasket-of-meh.” I guess that I had really really low expectations since I’m not a fan of chamomile since having it straight-up, and I really like my spearmint plain. Well, it wasn’t as “blarg” as I’d feared. AmazonV described this as busy flavor-wise and I think that she nailed it. I’ll probably keep this one and go through the box since it’s an okay herbal, but when it’s over I will not be buying more. M

Preparation
6 min, 0 sec

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77

Ahh…I totally needed this today. This tea just gets me into a zen-like state at work (and I’m having to do a split shift today: blech). So on my extended two hour “lunch break” I’ve had several steeps of this gentle black tea. I’m getting less of the Sandlewood fragrance today, but that’s fine. NE

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This was part of a gift basket full of decaf/chai bagged teas that my good-intentioned sister-in-law put together for my Xmas gift. Bless her heart for trying (even though she has a local tea shop within 5 minutes of her house ::sigh::).

Anywho, this was the one tea that I was like “hey — this has got potential!” And it does. It’s not knocking my socks off, but it’s a rather pleasant pepperminty tea. In a future note I’ll go into detail of flavor/aroma, but I’m absolutely exhausted after watching Monday Night Football (Geaux Saints!) and need to get some sleep. Overall, thumbs-up on this tea from little ole me, and I’d consider getting more. NE

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Raspberry Black by EnjoyingTea.com
361 tasting notes

Merry Christmas to all! I received a pretty blue tetsubin teapot from my mom and a free sample of this tea came along with it. I had yet to try anything from Enjoyingtea.com, so I was pretty excited to brew some up in my new teapot (I’m torn between Marsh or Tyres for its name).

The smell of the dry leaf was almost medicinal and had me wrinkling my nose. However, I thought that it had promise. I was right — it’s much much better post-steep. It really reminds me of Republic of Tea’s Blackberry Sage which I haven’t had for years, but it was the only tea that I’d drink quasi-regularly when I was a barista.

I’m not getting any astringency, it’s a nice mellow flavored tea. I’m quite curious to see how a second steep will hold up (and will make note if it’s drastic). I wouldn’t be upset if I had purchased this, but I’m not rushing to place an order for it. However, I am now quite curious to try some of Enjoying Tea’s other wares. NE

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Rabs

And yes, I finally updated my profile pic to something other than my cat :)

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Proud all-around nerd, crafter, and brand-new Assistant Library Director. Give me an engrossing book and a wonderful cup of tea and I’m in heaven.

After being a barista for almost a decade it wasn’t until 2010 that I discovered loose leaf tea. Now I’m hooked.

How I use Steepster has been evolving since I joined. Yes, I use it for my personal “to buy or not to buy” info, but I’m enough of a goofball that I hope it can amuse others more often than not.

I’ve also started to become anal about my tea (times and temps). That’s surprised me. I finally realized that I should respect the leaves like I used to respect the beans. I also take my tea plain unless otherwise noted.

There’s really nothing remarkable or noteworthy of how I rate teas. I do take it a tiny further step to help clarify the muddled middle grounds for myself. TG is a definite repurchase. Anything below that is less and less likely.

TG=Teagasm
NE=Nice Enough
M=Meh
GA=Gods-Awful

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