122 Tasting Notes

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drank Eggnogg'n Tea by Bigelow
122 tasting notes

Story Time: Even though my tea budget is non existent at this point I persuaded myself to buy a couple of Sheng cakes from Verdant tea. I got 1 Lao Tong Zhi 2011 Sheng Mini-Cake and 1 Lao Tong Zhi Old Growth 2012 Sheng; also I signed up for the tea club. I picked these because I love spicy,smokey, woody tea’s and old tree ones. I really wanted to also get the Shu Old Comrades 2011 brick, but my tea budget wouldn’t let me……damn. It sounded so awesome too. Hopefully I can convince my mom to go halvesies with me so i can get a regular tea order from them. I need my Zhu Rong and that Yu Lu Yan Cha black sounds interesting!!!

Tea Time:
Dear, Bagged Tea companies

Please stop telling people to pour boiling water over tea bags that have Green or White tea in them. Doing so is just wrong and bad, and you should feel bad.

When I saw this tea come through my line at work, I knew I had to try it. I love eggnog, but can’t drink a lot because it is fattening.

I must say I was at first worried how artificial this would taste. I mean it is eggnog flavored tea… I found thought that this tasted pretty good. It wasn’t as artificial or fakey as I thought it would be. It has that same warm malty creamy flavor like eggnog. It made a nice orangey clearish liquor and smelled just like eggnog spices! It was fine plain, but when I added a little Baileys(non-booze) White Spice creamer and it was unreal; though any creamer would work. It was good warm, but became a little bit more richer when it cools. I can see it being a good iced tea.

I would recommend anyone who loves eggnog to give this one a try.

P.S. The back say’s that it is naturally flavored and is a green/black tea mix.

Specfics:

Water: 20oz
Teabags: 2
Pot: Glass
Sweetener: a little under 1TBL in a 16oz mug
Creamer: Not needed but enhances it

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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95
drank Earl of Anxi by Verdant Tea
122 tasting notes

UGH! I CAN’T WAIT FOR THIS SEMESTER TO BE OVER SO I CAN LOG IN MY TEAS!!! I have a lot to log in. I at least want to log in this one today.

I have had this sample pack lying around for a little bit and need to start drinking my other ones. I did the normal brew reconmedations from the site.

First thing first, I normally dislike Jasmine. I find it to be to per fumy for my taste and dominating in flavor. Verdant Tea, however, seems to have mastered how to use the flavor so it is not dominating or overly perfumy.

The flavor of the tea is crisp, effervescent spice tingle, and the perfect touch of aromatic floral. The bergamont flavor is light but present and works well with vegetal like tea base.

Also another plus is that the tea is fine on it’s own with out any sweetener.

I wish I had more time to write about this tea and others, but for now this will have to due.

P.S. Sorry for the misspellings.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
122 tasting notes

I have so many tea’s I need to log about. DARN YOU TIME!!!

Anyways I am just drinking a bit of this before I get ready to see THE WHO IN CONCERT!!!! YEAAAAAAH! I can’t freaken wait; I get to see my idols in person up close!!!

Here is one of the songs they will play: they are playing Qadrophenia
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pohhMx9EdNc

canadianadia

Have fun at the concert

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Story Time:Well it’s hurricane party weather, but since I don’t really drink, I am going to try to get threw by tea samples I have been meaning to finish.

Tea Time: This one was given to me by Awkward Soul. Thanks for the sample!

The dry leaf smells lightly like red hots…. ME GUSTA! The liquor is a nice royal golden yellow and smells still like red hots, but slightly savory.

No sweetner: pleasantly grassy and with some mild spice warm flavor and a hint of bitter.

Little sweetener: Kinda the same but less bitter.

More sweetener: should havn’t added as much as I did. It does taste a little more like red hots with a pinch of savory.

The thing I like about this tea is that the spice level isn’t exaggerated. It won’t give you hot lips, but it has a nice savoy warm hue and tongue tingle that makes me love spicy food. It fits well with the green tea base. I would have to give this tea nickname, I would call it mexican; if only I had a burrito to compliment it right now.

Overall a nice cupa tea. Very warming and savory. I only wish I brewed it hotter.

I would recommend this to mild spice people or spicy flavor lovers.

P.S. What is currently playing on my YouTube playlist. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcmDhG0YhgI&feature=autoplay&list=PL0F4F1D0F36A715C1&playnext=2

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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Story Time:You know you are a Floridian when there is a hurricane off the coast, it’s rainy and super windy, yet your like, “pff like I care, I need sandwich materials. TO THE STORE!!!” Still need to back log other tea stuff too.

Tea Time: I bought this a little while back and have tried it one time before. I feel bad for not liking it more.

Dry and wet it smells like sleepy time tea. Must be the spearmint. However, when it is wet it smells more chocolaty and cinnamony + STT. The flavor is STT with nice under tones of cocoa and cinnamon. I kinda wish this didn’t have spearmint. Just as soon as I am starting to get rich chocolate, cinnamony flavor, the spearmint pops up and interrupts me. It is sleepy time tea mixed with cinimon and cocao. I do find though that brewing it in a 16 ounce batch is better; it seems more fuller.

Overall, it is a nice tea, but not what I was expecting. I would recommend this to anyone that likes minty teas.

P.S: It gets bonus points for being sweet without sugar.

P.S.2: I have been listing to this along with some other Gorillaz songs. I am suprise home much I like them; I don’t normally like rap. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5MWCnKeH2s&list=PL0F4F1D0F36A715C1&index=85&feature=plpp_video


Specifics:
Water: 2 cup infusions
Leaf: 4 tsp.
Pot: glass
Sweetener: 1 tblsp? for the whole 2 cups

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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76
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
122 tasting notes

Had some of this in the morning with a pumpkin muffin from 7-11; who I must say has some REALLY good tasting bakery and fresh snack stuff. I did a normal pot brew with a little bit of what was left of my agave nectar…(notices the bottle is now empty). NOOOOO!!!!! Well time to buy more.

This tasted way better then it did before. I add a little bit of brown sugar for flavor and it completed it. I think I am going to have to buy some darker agave nectar for this one. Mmmmmh, pumpkin…..

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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76
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
122 tasting notes

Story Time:I really need to find time for stuff. Guitar, hanging with friends, school work, ect. I just can’t wait till the house is back to normal. I think that will help tremendously.

Tea Time:I can’t believe how fast my order got to me; and for 5 bucks! I think I put in for it on Thursday and I got it on Monday! I just love the cut little orange tin too!

Ok, one problem that I have found with this tea is that it can be a bit weak and washy. However when I add in the pumpkin cream from Culinary tea’s it is awesome.

Normally I do a normal pot brew, but after reading how everyone said it was way better brewed chai style I decided to give it a try. I did 4 cups water with half a cinnamon stick in it and brought it to a boil. Then put it on low and threw in 5 tsp of leaf in and brewed it for 5 minuets. Then I strained the leaves into a pitcher and sweeten it with brown sugar. I did not add milk or cream.

I am starting to think that you can’t drink tea done chai style with out milk or cream. When I drank it it tasted strong, but in a unpleasing way. Almost more like it was concentrated or something. There was also an odd bite to it. Not astringency, but just a weird bite. I tried to make home made black chai yesterday and ran into a similar problem. However, I thought I used to much spice and should just use less spice if I am going to drink it with out creamer. I now think otherwise.

I drank my cup, but got a upset stomach. I think from know on if I am going drink chai strait, I should just stick to the tea pot.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Babble

I have a sample waiting to be tried. I’ll probably have to try it chai style.

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Ok, sadly I don’t have a lot of time to do a good review for this or a lot of other teas sadly. I need to start backlogging and just taking quick notes.

Anyway, I just want to say for know that this tea is AWESOME. I feel like I am drinking chocolaty flowers. It is good warm or cold. Warm is more tea-like in the flavor, if that makes sense. When it cools it is creamy floral chocolate with caramel. This is also a very soft chai, so anyone afraid of spice should not be worried. The spices are delicate and add a nice back drop to the flavor. I can’t wait to do a nice long tasting with this one.


Specifics
Steep: 4-5? and added 30sec each time.
Water: 16oz each steep
Leaf: about 4 teaspoons
Sweetener: less then half a table spoon per mug
Pot: Glass with brew basket

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Bonnie

Chocolaty flowers?! Interesting. I’ll have to think about that when I drink some again.

Bonnie

Hope you try this with some milk and honey…my favorite way to have this tea.

Ze_Teamaker

I have been reading that. I do always put a little bit of agave in it, but I haven’t tried milk yet. I will have to try that the next time I make this.

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Back logging in from my notes. I made this for me and my mom Western style. I will do a proper Gonfu one later. She thinks it’s ok, but she really isn’t a green tea person. Neither am I, but I am learning to appreciate it.

1st Steep
Cinnamony tasted with savory undertones and sweet grass flavor and crisp coolness of apples in the aftertaste.
cooled: more creamy and sweet.

2nd Steep
More nutty warm tones. A bit more savory with citrus tang zing. More crisp dry after taste then before. SIP: Wow I really taste lime in the after taste.

3rd Steep
Very light body, and BASIL. LOTS OF BASIL. It is a lot more Vegetal too. It seems to have a light citrus after taste. I really want to eat some Italian food with this. hmmmmm, garlic bread.
Fridge Cold: Nothing special, much better warm.

Overall: The first steep is ok, but the 2ond one is the best. Personally I would combine the 2ond and 3rd steep for the best experience.
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Specifics
Water: 2 cups per steep
Sweetner: none or just a few drops of light Agave
Brew Style: Western
Leaf: 2 tsp
Pot: Glass, with open top

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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95
drank Bananas Foster by 52teas
122 tasting notes

Story Time: Had my first guitar lesson today. I have been take bass ones for years, but I want to learn how to better compose music and play guitar. The guitar teacher my dad told me about is perfect for that. I can’t wait for next weeks lesson.

Tea Time:Made up a big two steep combine batch today. I love this tea when it has been in the fridge and cooled downed. I put in a bit more leaf then normal though and noticed a stronger astringency taste. Next time I will reduce it back.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec
Fjellrev

Yay for guitar lessons!

TeaBrat

I wish I could get my hands on some more of this!

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I have been drinking and makeing tea for me and my mom for most of my life and have been starting to get into loose teas.

I like fruity, spicy, strong teas, Chai’s, Black, and Rooibos. I have recently been trying and getting into Oolongs…

90-100
Just love it and might keep as a staple
80-90
Really liked it, and makes a above average cup
70-80
Is good, but might not have a lot of complexity or wow factor. Is pretty average
60-70
It’s ok, but not great. Might need added ingredients or tweaking, and is below average.
50-60
Would only if nothing else was available. Would not recommend to someone.
Below 50
Bad tea is bad

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