2353 Tasting Notes

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This is an interesting tea I haven’t been drinking too much of lately. It has such a light base and it was really meant to be more of an afternoon/evening tea according to the company. I’ve been trying to drink my black teas in the morning and drink lighter things after noon. I find it is good with additions or without, it doesn’t really NEED them. Might be good with a squeeze of lemon also since it has a bit of a citrus-y note. I should really try this one iced to see if I like it that way.

Still feeling under the weather but need to find the energy today to do my homework for writing class – wish me luck!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
TheTeaFairy

Good luck :-)

TeaBrat

Thanks, I am an expert on goofing off. :-P

TheTeaFairy

Oh, that’s an expertise of mine as well ;-)

Veronica

Good luck!

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89

Mmmmm…
This is a good herbal and so healthy too. I need to be drinking more of this. The only time when I add coconut oil to my tea is when I am drinking this (due to the fact that some fat will help you absorb the turmeric).

I am going back to a gluten free diet tomorrow, I’ve been slacking a lot these past few weeks but I think it’s helpful for reducing muscle inflammation (for me anyway) and I really need that.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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88

This is another tea that I never seem to drink unless I’m sick. I have no idea why, since it is actually very tasty. Sweet and savory at the same time! I think perhaps drinking rosemary is a little bit weird for me, I like rosemary but I normally associate it with food. It’s really good on grilled vegetables!

I should get to drinking this soon because I’ve had it for around a year according to Steepster. Would anyone like a sample?

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
MissB

If you’re willing to ship to Canada, I’d love to try some! If not, I’ll be in SF mid-July…

TeaBrat

Sure, DM me your address, I got nothing but time right now being unemployed… lol

Emilie

I absolutely love rosemary, but I definitely see it as a food flavor. I have trouble imagining it in a tea. Though if it was going to be in one, white teas seems like the best option.

Cheri

I also absolutely love Rosemary. I try it in all kinds of things. (Right now, I’m using a rosemary soap.) I would love a sample. Let me know if there’s anything in my cupboard you would like to try.

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drank Throat Comfort by Yogi Tea
2353 tasting notes

Took a walk down to the farmer’s market today, maybe getting loaded up on fruits and vegetables will be good for my immune system??

Anyway I decided I was going to pick this up on the way home and drink some today. Here’s the ingredients list:
Licorice Root
Fennel Seed
Wild Cherry Bark
Cinnamon Bark
Orange Peel
Slippery Elm Bark
Cardamom Seed
Ginger Root
Mullein Leaf
Clove Bud
Black Pepper

This is like a cornucopia of spices, but not exactly pleasant tasting. It seems like a spicy licorice soup if you ask me. Aside from the licorice there’s also black pepper and ginger that seem really strong. It’s a bit like a chai but not nearly as palatable. I would not recommend this solely on the basis of the flavor, but it is a medicinal tea after all. Hopefully it will do the trick and help dispel my germs. I used two teabags for a large mug of tea.

Preparation
Boiling
TheTeaFairy

My goodness, if that list of ingredients doesn’t make you feel better, I don’t know what will!
Feel better :-)

gmathis

If it wasn’t for that nasty licorice :) Unfortunately, I think that’s the key throat-soothing ingredient.

TeaBrat

I don’t hate licorice as much as other people seem to. It does always overwhelm everything else in a tea though.

Amariel

I hate everything licorice-like, so that includes fennel and anise as well. Some types of cinnamon too.

Amariel

But yeah, it’s a key factor in the sore throat stuff.

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This is a tea that I drink rarely, mostly because between the licorice and the stevia it is so sweet and really strong. I seem to remember that licorice is very helpful for sore throats and coughs, so I thought I would drink this one today and see if it helps. I have another licorice tea from Yogi tea, maybe I will break that one out as well. Can’t really taste much so this isn’t offending me at the moment…lol

Flavors: Cinnamon, Licorice, Peppermint

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

I hope you feel better! Gross licorice. XP

TeaBrat

Thanks, it’s such a weird time of year to be coming down with a cold. Licorice can be gross but there’s nothing better if you have a sore throat and a cough.

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93

Tea of the morning here. My boyfriend was not that impressed when I told him this was the tea that got thrown into the Boston Harbor. :P He isn’t that picky about tea and went to Starbucks to get a coffee… ha

This is definitely a strong tea with some mild smoky notes, though not like a full blown lapsang. I enjoy this, though it isn’t an everyday tea for me. I actually need to do some tea shopping because I am need of a basic yunnan and a basic assam.

Thanks to the Steepster buddies who sent me some samples recently. I am coming down with a cold and have been coughing since yesterday so this isn’t the best time to try something new. I hope to try them soon, however!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
MzPriss

I hope you feel better. I’m sending you some Golden Orchid

TeaBrat

Ooooh! I’ve been really wanting to try that. Let me know if I can send you anything in return. I have a ton of tea!

MzPriss

I saw on another thread that you wanted to try it, so some will be coming your way – hope you feel better

TeaBrat

you rock!

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96

Another great morning tea for me. I love how the wirey leaves smell like dark chocolate in the tin and this is one yummy, chocolatey tea.

This morning I was thinking I could probably pare down my tea collection to no more than 25 teas, lately I’m finding it ridiculous that I have so many when I really love only a fraction of what’s in my current collection. Live and learn! I think I will be working on paring things down this year while I’m looking for work = not a lot of money for buying tea anyway.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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93

Tea of the morning here, I am trying to keep my spirits up, this is a great one for waking up. Hope everyone has a good day!

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drank Bananas Foster by 52teas
2353 tasting notes

I love banana flavored teas and I just wanted something that seemed slightly decadent. This is good with sugar and soymilk but I do prefer it sweetened vs. plain. It would be nice if there was somehow a decaf version of this, but most decaf teas are dreadful tasting. Maybe Frank should do a banana rooibos…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Sencha of the Earth by Obubu Tea
2353 tasting notes

Tea #2 from the Obubu sample pack. I noticed this tea also brews up lightly — it isn’t the same color as the picture on their website. I used a small Japanese teapot that holds about 4 oz of tea and 1/2 the 5 gram sample. I wonder if I should be using the whole thing?

This tea is nice but I am not overly impressed with it. Compared to the"brightness" sencha of yesterday it definitely has a more assertive and bitter aftertaste although the notes up front are marine-y and vegetal.

I steeped the first pot for 2 minutes because I didn’t think it was dark enough after checking out the color. Then the 2nd steep I did for 60 seconds and it was a little bit better but I still didn’t love it. Not sure what I should be doing for better results with this one — or perhaps I just prefer more deeply steamed senchas.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML
Stephanie

I’m a bit sencha picky, myself. I had Sencha of the Sun from them and it was not for me. I prefer Den’s Sencha Fukamidori or Shincha. shrug

TeaBrat

I love Den’s tea too but wanted to try something different

Stephanie

Yeah, totally! :D

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