3046 Tasting Notes

I really love this tea!
It’s so rich & spicy, & for some reason I’m having a bit of a queasy evening, so something yummy & gingery was in order. I almost went with (my highly hoarded supply of) Sichuan Caravan, but decided on this.
I love it. It is the best of CS’s teas, IMO.

JustJames

back to my bag days! lol. i liked this one as well.

Terri HarpLady

Every now & then I just gotta have some Bengal Spice! It’s nice in the evening when I don’t really want anymore caffeine. I drank my first cup, went out to the garden to pick some things, right now I have a nice supply of turnips, beets, radishes, lots of greens, dill, cilantro,& other herbs, & broccoli!!! I’m getting a few sungold tomatoes, but on the verge of red & orange bells, poblanos, & many many more tomatoes! Sadly, the asparagus are done for the year, as are the raspberries (until fall), & the blueberries. Still getting blackberries though!
Now I’m enjoying a 2nd cup of Bengal Spice.
A nice end to my day :)

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I made a pot of this today to share with one of my students. I was trying not to compare it to the upgrade version, but the truth is, I do like this one better. The flavors are richer, IMO.

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Thanks to NofarS for this sample!
This is a sweet honey essence with that spicy hint of coriander that all the leaf hopper bitten teas tend to share. Very tasty!

NofarS

Glad that you liked it!

Terri HarpLady

:)
I actually brought your box with me to florida, so that I can finally start sampling more of them!

NofarS

That’s great! I’ll be rummaging in your box again after I finish sampling all the British teas that I got on my last trip (I’m travelling again on August), to see if there’s anything I might want to restock. But I can’t wait to get back to sampling all the goodies that you’ve so kindly sent me

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Another Sipdown!
Thanks to TastyBrew for this sipping experience. This is a decent tea, but a little too ‘bright’ for my tastes, the high end is very shiny on my tongue, like a shrill flute or high pitched brass instrument.
I didn’t really get the ‘malt dripping down the sides of your tongue’ bit, but there was a nice under-taste of cinnamon to it.

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I’ve decided monday is my day to sample white teas. I don’t have very many of them, mostly in ‘sample’ size, so once a week seems good to me.

I’ve had this sample for quite some time, & it’s about time I drink it!
I’m not an expert or even a huge fan of white teas. For the most part, they tend to be kind of boring & lame to my tastes, but in an effort to be open minded, I will continue to sample one every week & try to develop more of a sense for what they offer.

I’ve also come to the conclusion that white teas are not always so much about taste, as about sensations. The earliest steepings had a lovely floral sense about them, with a hint of allspice I think. This developed into a crisp & slightly tart mouth, with a bit of a lemony taste. Later there is also an almost chalky sensation as well, which I think, if it were processed as a black tea, would become that resinous & malty tongue thickening bit that many of us love so much in our yunnan teas.

This tea also packs a decent ‘third eye’ energy. :)
Sipdown!
The boys informed me that they polished of ‘Eleven’ as well, so I’m officially at 288 teas!

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I was going to have a cup of Premium Taiwanese Assam this morning. I sleepily measured out the tea, the water was hot, the tea was steeped, then I sat down to drink. I was thinking to myself, “Something is different. This seems to have lost something.” It wasn’t as sweet. It wasn’t as chocolatey. It wasn’t bad, it was nicely bold & deep, but not what I was expecting. Then I realized I’d made a cup of the ‘upgrade’ by accident. Nothing wrong with it, nothing missing, it’s just not the same tea.

This is a sipdown!

Cavocorax

Whoops!
It seems like a lot of people prefer the original Assam over the upgrade – I think I’ll just stick with that one too as I enjoy it so much!

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I’ve really enjoyed this Brew, & sadly, there is only enough for one more pot of it…sigh…to be shared with good company in the form of my sons.

Irish breakfast, green vanilla (the only flaw in this recipe, IMO. When I experiment with my own version, the green will be left out), sweet potato, & cinnamon. Yum!

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Sipdown from this sample from TastyBrew.
I have to admit, this really is a good representation of a rich brioche, with almonds & just the right amount of cinnamon. You can even taste the crust. I dunno how they did it, but I like it. :)

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Another sample, care of TastyBrew. Thanks! :)
A mild green tea with Spearmint & Lemon Myrtle. I’m not always a huge mint fan, & I much prefer peppermint over spearmint, but this tea is a pleasant after-breakfast cup. This isn’t bitter at all, & is even mildly sweet. The sip starts out a little creamy, followed by a refreshing sensation, but ends somewhat astringent, & that’s the only thing I don’t care for about it.

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I decided to have a cup of this chai with my breakfast with a little stevia. It’s a nice spicy one, & the only thing that would have made it better would have been some canned coconut milk, or actually the cream off the top of a can of coconut milk, or maybe some french vanilla coconut creamer. Thanks to Tasty Brew for this sample!

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I’m so excited to have found this community! I’m a self-employed Harpist (acoustic & electric – Originals, Classical, Rock, Jazz, etc) & Singer/Songwriter. My days & nights revolve around teaching at home, playing gigs, gardening,& fixing awesome food to eat. My schedule is different everyday, but I just go with the flow, & I sip a lot of tea!

My love of Tea began with Herbals back in the 70’s. One of my favorites was a licorice blend from House of Hezekiah, an old tea shop in Kansas City. There was also a tea with mint, rose petals, chamomile, etc called Nuclear Casual Tea.
In the 80’s I gave up caffeine, chocolate, alcohol, (& a few illicit substances…), and brewed medicinal blends & tinctures to support 4 pregnancies (all children born at home). In the 90’s my love affair with green teas began when I discovered ‘The Republic of Tea’. Their beautiful teas & packaging inspired my original song, “TeaMind”, from my CD “Zen Breakfast”. If you’d like to hear the song for free, drop by my website.

In general, I drink my teas straight, but occasionally I add a pinch of Stevia & maybe some coconut or almond milk (I’m allergic to dairy, gluten, & various other things & avoid most sweets.)

I’ve explored a variety of teas:
Whites tend to be a little bland…sorry
Oolongs – wonderfully sensual
Roobios – I’m not a fan in general
Puehr – a fairly new direction for me
I’m not a huge fan of flavored teas, but I do make exceptions, & I’ll try just about anything once.

And Black Tea, Oh how I love thee!!
I am on a quest for the most wonderful breakfast cup! I will find you, my Love!

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