892 Tasting Notes

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In tonight’s steep-off chez sherapop, Stash Lemon Ginger is going sniff to sniff, sip to sip against Yogi Lemon Ginger, both in the filter bag format.

First observation: the Stash Lemon Ginger liquor is much darker, almost orange, than the Yogi Lemon Ginger, which is a cloudy yellow color.

Second observation: it might be the safflower in the Stash (not present in the Yogi), but something is muting the ginger in this blend, making it much less spicy and piquant and quite far from a fresh ginger infusion—my reference for excellence in this category.

Stash Lemon Ginger is potable, but nowhere near as likeable as Yogi Lemon Ginger. Yogi wins this round.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec
Hello.Kiki

I love your steep-off tea notes!

sherapop

Thank you, Hello.Kiki! ;-)

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I was in a hurry today to go paint the office space in my new humble abode, so I brewed up two lovely cups of this filter bag Japanese sencha from Harney and Sons. Satisfying, as always!

The color of the room is now cornflower bouquet.

keychange

That colour sounds lovely!

sherapop

Thanks, keychange! I like it. It’s a light blue with a bit of black in it to keep it from being pastel. It veers ever-so-slightly toward the purple side of blue.

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95
drank Golden Monkey by Tazo
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I just love this tea. Rich caramel texture and taste. One cup invariably leads to another… Great with light cream.

I oversteeped today—distracted by imminent-move-induced ADD—but the brew did not suffer as a result.

Flavors: Caramel

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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68
drank Sultry Strawberry by Tazo
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This fruit-scented black tea blend from Tazo, Sultry Strawberry, packs a mighty punch of strawberry parfum in the dried form, but the taste of strawberry in the brew is quite light. The tea base is also rather light. I used a hefty 2 tsp for my single glass and the liquor is definitely on the lighter side of amber. The base is apparently a blend of teas from India, but Assam does not appear to be implicated, or if it is there is a lot more of some milder teas.

This is one of those cases where the dried tea builds up great expectations which may be dashed in the brew. In the end, it’s a decent black tea with only a slight fruitiness on top. I drank mine with cream. The flavor of the tea itself is good, but perhaps this would be better named Subtle Strawberry.

I would not recommend this as a fruit tea per se, but it’s fine as a medium-bodied black.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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drank Fukujyu Sencha by Thé Santé
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Today’s pot of Fukujyu was a bit more astringent than I remembered the last one being. Still, it was a nice post-lunch sencha. I noticed that the liquor was more golden than green, which makes me wonder whether I may have steeped longer this time than last. I’ll have to check that.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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68

I had two cups of Tension Tamer this evening while watching the first episode of the first season of Hustler. I noticed that the flavor is rather sweet (from the licorice root), but I am still not sure what the number one ingredient, eleuthero, tastes or smells like!

Maybe it does not matter, so long as it helps me sleep tonight!

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drank Zen Iced Green Tea by Tazo
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I had an iced Tazo Zen today. It was pleasant and thirst quenching. I don’t really think of this as a green tea so much as an aromatic blend, since it contains a fair amount of lemongrass, lemon verbena and spearmint.

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Today’s brew of Tealux Tenkaichi sencha was gyokuro-esque, and that’s a very good thing! I must have got the preparation parameters just right , because the liquor was iridescent green, and the flavor luscious, with a buttery texture. It really reminded me of some of the gyokuros I’ve tried of late. I feel compelled to increase my rating!

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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78

I can barely keep my eyes open. I credit this partially to Tazo Rest. Good old-fashioned fatigue probably has something to do with it too…

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drank Fig Rose by Teavana
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I’ve been slowly making my way through the Teavana Holiday box, and today’s selection is Fig Rose. Right off the bat, the dried blend smelled rather fermented. I’ve noticed this before with the Teavana dried fruit tisanes: they seem to be veering in the direction of spirits!

Upon infusion, Fig Rose happily proves not to taste very much like Everclear punch (as another one of these did), but more like a fruity hibiscus blend with some nutty texture and flavor as well. I do not taste all that much fig or rose, but the overall combination of several fruits works fairly well to make Fig Rose stand out from the usual hibiscus suspects. This is definitely less tart and acidic than the Zingers, for example, so people who do not like that aspect of hibiscus might enjoy this combination.

To prepare this pot, I followed my usual procedure for the Teavana “chunks of edible stuff” blends: I pulverized it to coarse powder in a spice grinder before infusion.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 4 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML
carol who

I love this tea even with the hibiscus, although I sweeten it a bit to tone the hibiscus. I am curious why you pulverize the blend. Does it make it more evenly distributed? Also, after resteeping, I take a spoon and eat the fruit. Love it but i might try it pulverized as an experiment.

sherapop

Hi carol who! I grind the chunks because they are often so huge that I don’t really see how the flavor can infuse into the water without exposing the inner layers of the chunks. In this particular blend, the chunks are not gigantic, but they still seem pretty big to me, especially since they are the gist of the flavor. Whenever there is no real tea, then the “additives” become the base. Hibiscus is dominant, but it is listed among the ingredients after apple, fig, pineapple, and almonds!

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A long-time tea and perfume lover, I have recently begun to explore the intersections between the two at my blog: http://salondeparfum-sherapop.blogspot.com//

I participate at fragrance community websites, and I care about tea as much as perfume, so why not belong to Steepster as well?

A few words about my ratings. In assessing both teas and perfumes, my evaluation is “all things considered.” Teas do not differ very much in price (relative to perfumes or any luxury items), so I do not usually consider the price when rating a tea.

What I do consider is how the particular tea compares to teas of its own type. So I might give a high rating to a fine herbal infusion even though I would never say that it is my favorite TEA. But if it’s good for what it is, then it deserves a high rating. There is no point in wishing that a chamomile blend was an Assam or a sencha tea!

Any rating below 50 means that I find the liquid less desirable to drink than plain water. I may or may not finish the cup, depending upon how thirsty I am and whether there is another hot beverage or (in summertime) a source of fresh water available.

From 50 to 60 indicates that, while potable, the tea is not one which I would buy or repurchase, if I already made the mistake (I have learned) of purchasing it.

From 60 to 70 means that the tea is drinkable but I have criticisms of some sort, and I probably would not purchase or repurchase the tea as I can think of obvious alternatives which would be better.

From 70 to 80 is a solid brew which I would purchase again.

From 80 to 90 is good stuff, and I probably need to have some ready at hand in my humble abode.

From 90 to 100 is a tea (or infusion) which I have come to depend on and look forward to imbibing again and again—if possible!

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