2582 Tasting Notes

67
drank Kettle Corn by 52teas
2582 tasting notes

Per the suggestion of Liber teas I ended up steeping this more like a green, I did around 185 degrees for 7 minutes. That brought out the kettle corn flavor some near the end of the cup. But now the mate flavor is so strong it ends up tasting like coffee. Anyway I raised the rating a couple points but wouldn’t repurchase this.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Rum raisin biscotti by Tea Forte
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I picked this up as part of Tea Forte’s holiday gift set. The first time I tried it, I thought it was pretty weak but I was following TF’s guidelines to use 10 oz. of tea for a sample. When you use 8 oz. of water instead the teas tend to be more flavorful.

So, this does actually taste a lot like rum, it’s pretty boozy tasting overall. I would say the raisin flavor is also strong and the biscotti is something more in the background. I’m not sure how to rate this overall, it seems fairly true to the name but it isn’t something I would feel the need to have around in my personal stash. If you really want a tea that tastes like rum, this is a lot more authentic than the other one I had, which was Lupicia’s version.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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87

This is a really interesting tea, although I haven’t always been a fan of camphor in the past. I think my tastes are changing.

This is very dark and sweet shu. The camphor flavor is indeed, very strong in this tea. There is a lingering sweet aftertaste that stays on your palette for a long time after you’ve finished the tea. It has something of an uplifting quality in my opinion. It also has some fruity elements that are reminiscent of cherry. I am tempted to get one of these for myself after I’ve finished off the sample :)

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 45 sec
AllanK

I had a sample of this tea. I thought it was good but I didn’t end up buying it.

TeaBrat

I am trying to resist!

gmathis

Vicks Vapo Rub kind of camphor?

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86
drank Peppermint Bark by Capital Teas
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I am not feeling well today, so decided I would sip this one down…

It’s definitely one of my favorites from Capital Teas and one that I would buy again (and may, since I am going to Washington DC for the holidays). This is a nice mix of mint with the slightly cocoa black tea base. I find adding soymilk to this makes it nice and creamy. I definitely have enjoyed it!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Hope you feel better soon!

TeaBrat

thanks :)

boychik

Feel better

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

sending you well wishes!

teapartyfortwo

Get well soon!

AllanK

Feel better.

TeaBrat

thanks everyone :)

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91

I am enjoying this lovely shui xian this morning in the rain. It’s been a while since I’ve had this (or any shui xians for that matter).

Compared to a red robe, this is much sweeter with a floral essence. I am getting notes of honey mixed with cinnamon. This has a very pleasant aroma in the up sitting next to me too. This is getting the gong fu treatment from me this morning but it’s also nice as one longer 3 minute steep.

… see previous notes for more details

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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93

Despite the name, this is a nice morning tea for me today. I love the heft that this blend has, with the smoke providing a bit of heft to the mix. It’s surprisingly good with soymilk added. I’m rarely in the mood for a smoky tea but this is a tasty choice when the craving arises…

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84
drank White Christmas by Lupicia
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I’m drinking some of this tea with my lunch (a kale and brussels sprouts salad).

I couldn’t resist a tin of it this year. It’s a black tea with mild flavoring, I get the white chocolate today and apricot today and it also reminds me of a cookie. This seems sweet without putting any sugar in, maybe it’s pre-sweetened? This is fairly enjoyable with soymilk in it, great afternoon tea. I am liking this much better than the Joyeux Noel…

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Mmm, kale and brussels sprouts. Good call. Also sounds like a lovely tea.

Skysamurai

Haha you and me both on the tins. We’re just lucky that Lupicia not only makes cute tins but great tea too.

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94

It seems like a good week to visit all things wuyi oolong related. This is another tea I drink kind of rarely but it’s nice to enjoy in the winter time. Definitely has a charcoal roasted sort of flavor, a bit smoky, a bit fruity with essence of cherries and plums. Could be my imagination but I am picking up on essence of fir needles. It’s good with short steeps in the yixing today. I’m glad I have a whole tin of this. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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92
drank Supreme Red Robe by Vital Tea Leaf
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It’s super cold and rainy here again and for some reason my apartment is freezing….

I am off to a networking event soon which I don’t really want to go to… i’m freaking tired from not sleeping last night. My plan is to go for a while and bail out early.

Anyway I haven’t had this tea in quite some time. It’s a couple of years old already but I think wuyi oolongs have a fairly long shelf life. This is really good for the chilly weather with the roasty, fruity like flavor. I’m doing shorter steeps in the yixing teapot. Kind of hoping it will revive me soon!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec
boychik

They get better with age. I heard porcelain caddies are really good to preserve yancha

TeaBrat

interesting, I had not heard that before

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67
drank Joyeux Noël by Lupicia
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Yesterday was kind of rough, I had a job interview that didn’t go so well and then I decided I need a new outfit for this holiday party I am going to tonight. Went to the mall and wasn’t inspired by anything aside from the Lupicia store. ;)

This is a Lupicia tea I’ve never had before. It’s a black tea blend that’s slightly nutty. I’m definitely getting the chestnut flavor from it, but it seems kind of bitter unfortunately. It was nice with a tiny bit of coconut sugar and soymilk. It’s not my favorite from Lupicia however… if they could find a way to remove the bitterness I’d like this much better. I might try steeping this at a slightly lower temp next time.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

Just wear a dress made of Lupicia tins! Voila! :P

Fjellrev

I’m sorry about the interview, but better luck with your next one. Oh yes, there shall be another.

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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!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

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

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

59-50 Ick

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