2705 Tasting Notes

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Tea purchased in the grocery store yesterday. I am still having problems sleeping so need to find more decaf options until this crisis is over. :P

I don’t see the point in paying a lot of money for a decaf tea because they aren’t usually that tasty anyway. THis blend is ok though. From the name, you would think its all fruit flavor, but there is also spearmint and lemongrass in the blend. So it’s more of an herbly, minty, fruity kind of flavor. I found it fairly mild and refreshing, Definitely nothing to rave over but it will serve the purpose of helping me sleep better.

I put two of the teabags in the fridge to try cold brewing them. I think this will be a bit better as an iced tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
boychik

did it work ? i had quite a lot sheng yesterday. i was pretty energized before going to bed. decided to fix some shou. 3 cups later and felt so sleepy

gmathis

I think I’d like this better than the traditional lemony one! (Is it just me, or do 99% of all herbals taste minty?) Have to look for it in town.

TeaBrat

@boychik I did sleep better last night than I have in a while. Can’t drink shou at night like some of you folks, I’m so jealous!

TeaBrat

gmathis – you’re right, a lot of them are minty and i’m not often in the mood for a tea made of straight herbs anyway. this isn’t bad for a mass market product, I found mine at Safeway

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drank Decaf Sakurambo by Lupicia
2705 tasting notes

Just an update: In case you were wondering about the cold brew version of this decaf tea. It is actually pretty good. The cherry comes out a little stronger in the cold brew, though it does seem like a tart cherry. Still bothered a bit by the rosemary here but I will drink it. I think I like it a bit better as an iced tea than I do as a hot tea.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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drank Decaf Sakurambo by Lupicia
2705 tasting notes

I was still having problems sleeping last night so I am trying to adopt a new rule this week, no caffeine after 12 pm. That will be difficult seeing as how I really like tea, but I’m getting tired of this no sleeping crap.

So this is one of the black decaf teas that I have and it’s enjoyable but still strikes me as a bit odd. It’s cherry but with a spicy flavor due to pink peppercorns and rosemary. I definitely do not love the flavor of this one but it’s ok. I decided to cold brew some overnight and I’ll see what happens in the morning…

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I am drinking this one again today after not having it for over a year. These mini bricks are so cute! I wonder where I can get another one since neither Phoenix Tea Shop or China Cha Do seems to carry them.

I am really happy with the way this is aging! It’s a delicious tea with a brothy like flavor & bittersweet notes. It is producing a kaleidoscope of flavors! Early steepings were floral, then I got some definite woodsy pine notes and by the 6th steep it has a lemony flavor. LIght smoke throughout the tea. It gives forth a pleasant uplifting energy.

This is amazing, I am bumping up the rating. I think this is the first sheng I have purchased where I can see aging made a big impact on the tea (box says it is from 2008). Yum Yum!

I am definitely planning to experiment more with Douji in the future.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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My sleep schedule has been so messed up lately, I think I need to go back to a no caffeine after 3 pm rule. Couldn’t sleep too well last night after having a black tea and a genmaicha in the late afternoon/evening.

But it’s still early now :-P

I’m definitely enjoying this Iron Goddess I got at Tokyo Tea & Futon last week. It doesn’t appear to be roasted, just round little green rolls of deliciousness. The flavor is very classic anxi oolong, with fresh, green vegetal notes, butter and flowers.

It peaked around steep #3 but I steeped it for 5 times and steep #4 was really good also. A very yummy tea, too bad these guys don’t have a website so you can see. Here’s my IG picture though:

https://instagram.com/p/0n44gCILds

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Kristal

You have that rule too? Glad I’m not the only one! It amazes me when people can drink coffee/tea in the evening and not be affected. Caffeine is a drug, and maybe I’m more sensitive to it, but it still shocks me how desensitized some people are to it.

TeaBrat

I must be fairly sensitive to the effects of caffeine myself?

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

I think caffeine can be bizarre at times, or at least my body is. At times I can drink like 10 steeps of a red tea before bed and sleep fine, other days if I so much as drink any caffeine I won’t sleep at all.

TeaBrat

@Amanda, I think it depends a lot on my state of mind as well, if I am at all anxious then caffeine accelerates that.

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Trying this again today and I have to admit it is just not a very good yunnan in my opinion. Especially not compared to the ones I have been drinking as of late. Tastes too earthy, almost to the point of being flat and muddy. So while SOT has some really good choices, I wouldn’t say this is one of them. Sorry…

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I purchased this on a whim last week at the Scarlet Sage, an herb store in San Francisco. I’ve always been curious about this blend and wanted to finally try it. The tin is lovely but the tea comes in paper teabags, which is kind of a shame.

The aroma of this reminds me of Thanksgiving. I think sage is one of the primary ingredients in stuffing. It smells and tastes more strongly of sage in my opinion, but the mint is present and provides a really good contrast to the sage. This has an almost sweet quality to it which is odd and not what I was expecting.

I did a bit of research and found out that sage is good for digestive problems (as well as mint), so this seems like a nice after dinner or bedtime type of tea. I might like the smell a bit better than the taste, but it’s a decent herbal either way. I’m sure I’ll be glad I have this the next time I get a cold. Also I felt the smell was very relaxing and then I read this piece on the web that sage aroma lifts the spirits. Nice!

http://www.healwithfood.org/health-benefits/sage-medicinal-salvia.php

I cannot say I LOVE the flavor but it is intriguing and fun.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I’m drinking this today because I wanted something lower in caffeine. Nevertheless, I am rarely in the mood for genmaicha and I think this one has gone a bit stale. I wonder how long the shelf life is, I’ve had it for 3 years and it tastes more like seaweed than I remember. Even though I’ve been keeping it in a tin it’s probably time to just compost it. Oh well!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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Urgh, I had written a note for this and accidentally closed the window before I could finish it. Starting all over!

Yesterday I decided to boil my shu puerh teapot as I thought it picked up a moldy smell after accidentally leaving water in it for a few days. Here’s the pot, looking and smelling a lot better:

https://instagram.com/p/0lb7doILaA

This sample puerh came from the YS dark tea of the month club. I’m quite pleased with it so far. As Allan noted, there is no fermentation flavor or aroma present. I am doing short steeps in the yixing and get a sweet, creamy tea that is very smooth. No bitterness is present. The tea is chocolate-y and also went fabulously with a dark chocolate peanut butter cup from Justin’s. :)

3 steeps so far and the flavor is quite good. I would consider buying a cake of this, a good value at $30, but my tea budget is not very large at the moment.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Stephanie

I hate when that happens!

TeaBrat

me too :-P

Marzipan

Mine is sitting in San Francisco.

boychik

Mine left SF few days ago . Still nowhere :( in transit …I have no prob when it goes thru Chicago or JFK. SF always a pain in a b…

TeaBrat

I guess it’s good that I live in San Francisco!

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Afternoon sample here from Tao Tea Leaf. Normally I use water around 185f for wuyi oolongs, but I noticed they said to use boiling water for this one. I figured I would try it. I used the yixing to steep this.

I tend to like wuyi oolongs and this is really tasty. It has a slight woody & roasted flavor with hints of plum and cinnamon. But the nice thing about it is the sweet, honey like finish. I am definitely picking that up and it’s lovely. Hmm, I will need to re try all of my wuyi oolongs this way soon. :)

Meanwhile I highly recommend this if you’re into wuyi yanchas. It has a wonderful flavor and is very soothing. Later steepings become slightly more floral than fruity. This tea is almost intoxicating.

On the list it goes….

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

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Live in San Francisco, I’m a SINK (single income, no kids) and love the urban life, but traveling out to the middle of nowhere is always fun too.

I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

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