2536 Tasting Notes

90
drank Bread Pudding Chai by The Devotea
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Sample sipdown

I don’t think I need any more caffeine but I guess I couldn’t resist another one today. Thanks to the Devotea for their generosity, this is a yummy chai and I have certainly enjoyed it as you can see from the rating.

Where has the day gone? I feel like I have done f*ck all for today and I have this evening class to go to in a few hours that takes 5 hours a day of my time! Crazy!

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

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90
drank Spicy Chocolate by Kusmi Tea
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Ugh, I am not getting off to a great day because I spilled a bunch of the Marie Antoniette blend all over my tea cupboard when I was reaching for this. The upside was, upon cleaning things out I decided to toss 2 teas that are really old and I don’t think I will get around to ever drinking.

So I do like this blend and I’m getting to the bottom of the tin soon, which makes me kind of sad! I don’t order much from Kusmi as I think a lot of their teas are simply overpriced and I haven’t found a local source to get this one yet. It’s a nice chocolatey/chai kind of blend but I’m sure I can live without it at any rate… tasty on this chilly morning.

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

Oh no! Sorry to hear about your tea spill.

TeaBrat

Eh, at least it wasn’t a really expensive tea!

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67

There is a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf store on my way to class so I picked up a Chai Rooibos to try. I guess the tea buying moratorium for this month has a loophole, in that I’m not counting cups of tea I’ve bought in a store.

So, where to begin on this one… for one I was surprised that a single teabag provided enough flavor for about 16 oz. of hot water. The one strange element in this blend is that it contains licorice. I thought this would make it too sweet, so I didn’t add sugar, just soymilk. By the time I got to class I decided it wasn’t sweet enough, so I added a sugar in the raw packet. It’s not too often I find a tea that has a licorice flavor without having the cloying sweetness of licorice root. Otherwise, this was okay, lots of cinnamon and clove as well but I wouldn’t say this stands head and shoulders over other chai rooibos blends I’ve had. I would probably order it again if I was in the mood for something like this.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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98
drank Shincha Houryoku by Den's Tea
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I was reading somewhere that green tea is supposed to increase brain power and I definitely feel like I need it. I was looking at the GMAT test questions today and it’s been so long since I’ve had to do any math (probably in high school). That’s been a lot longer for me than some of you youngsters. I could practically feel the smoke coming out of my ears as I was trying to remember what geometry is all about, lol…

Anyway this shincha is probably the best green tea I have at the moment. I got it and a sister shincha from Den’s earlier in the year and just have to remember to drink them before next spring. Might as well focus on the good stuff. :)

This is such a sweet and vegetal green tea, very spinach tasting and clean. I like it a lot! Resteeps very well also. Someday I will try this as a cold brew….

E Alexander Gerster

Hope your GMAT test goes well. This shincha is so very good, and I can say ice brewing this is a real treat – and I love that it re-steeps so well!

TeaBrat

thanks, I have no idea when I will actually take the text, I need to study first!

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80
drank Coco Chai Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
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This blend seems to be growing on me, I’ve had it twice in the past few days and I thought it was much better than I remembered. I raised the rating by 5 points. David’s Tea likes to put peppercorns in a lot of their blends, I have noticed.

My favorite rooibos chai used to be the one from Rishi but I haven’t ordered anything from them in ages. UPS can’t get into my building now which is just as well since I have plenty of paces to buy tea from. I do miss the West Cape Chai though…

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75

Thanks to Cheri for sending me two samples of this (I messed up the first one)

This has been steeping in the refrigerator since yesterday and man, is it MINTY! I have to say I wasn’t expecting so much mint and it really overwhelms the other ingredients for me. I do get a bit of the cinnamon and the oolong but mostly I get mint. This is refreshing when it’s cold but I don’t think I will be buying it. I’m glad I got to try it but I don’t think it’s destined to be a favorite.

Thanks again Cheri!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Cheri

He doesn’t blend this one anymore anyway. This was the end of the package, so that’s probably why there was so much mint. Sorry!

TeaBrat

lol… that’s okay. It was still good!

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65
drank Kettle Corn by 52teas
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I’m the first person to review this tea, it looks like. Dry leaf doesn’t smell like much upon opening the bag but I have high hopes because I like kettle corn. :)

I decided to steep this one for 4 minutes with boiling water. This tea is a great idea, just lacking somewhat in execution. The roasted mate flavor is very strong and seems to obscure the flavor of the kettle corn, which is very mild. I felt soymilk helped this one along but it needs more flavor. I wanted to give this a really wonderful review because I like 52T but just can’t. Maybe someone else will like this better… it is very energizing

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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89
drank Cookie by Lupicia
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Sipdown!

Well, I am officially out of this now. I really like this particular blend and will probably get more someday, but for now I have a lot of teas to drink and it is tea buying moratorium month here! I am getting such a nice cinnamon cookie flavor in this. I shall miss you, Cookie!

Cheri

Always sad to sip down a tea I really like.

TeaBrat

True, but it’s not like they’re going to stop making this one, it’s very popular!

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95

Wow, back from Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in Golden Gate Park. It is really fun but walking around in the sun for 5 hours is kind of exhausting… I figured it would be nice to have some tea to revive me.

I haven’t had this in so long… the last time I did a tasting note on it was 2 years ago but I feel like I have had it more recently than that. It has kept well in the tin I was keeping it in. This is very floral and fresh, similar to a darjeeling but with a more intense flowery element. Very groovy tea to have after grooving to the music in the park!!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Tea Sipper

Who was your favorites at the fest?

TeaBrat

I only went on Sunday this year. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Moonalice were both good.

mrmopar

Did they do “Mr Bojangles”?

TeaBrat

@mrmopar – lol – yep!

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80
drank Pumpkin Brownie Honeybush by 52teas
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I got two of these with my last 52 Teas order, I guess I was pretty confident I’d like it. I don’t have any honeybush teas in my stash currently and I’ve been happy with the 52T honeybush blends I’ve had in the past.

Pumpkin is a hard flavor to replicate in a tea. Most vendors, I think just use a lot of pumpkin pie spice. I steeped this for 5 minutes and I’m finding it enjoyable. It has a nice flavor AND I am getting the chocolate, as well as pumpkin and spice, which is good. I did add a bit of sugar and soymilk to mine but that’s how I drink a lot of my teas. I used coconut sugar and that probably helped to bring out the “brownie” flavor.

Some of the other reviewers didn’t like this one, but it’s a-ok in my book. I wonder if Frank reblended this recently? Anyway it’s nice for a dessert tea, I am happy with my purchase.

Okay, it’s October now and time for the tea buying moratorium to go into effect!

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

This sounds great!

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My profile pic is of a pink dahlia at Golden Gate Park.

Hobbies include: tea, making art, animals, vegan things, buddhism, nature, creativity, books, writing, cooking, meditation, yoga.

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

49 and below Nasty

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