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70
drank Black Cherry by Tea Forte
2728 tasting notes

Part of the “Noir” gift set by Tea Forte – I think these were just repackaged things from their normal tea line. Nevertheless, if you’re going to try a bunch of new teas I think samples are the way to go. Teas are from the Jamguri tea garden in Northern India.

The dry leaf smells really bad here, medicinal and cough syrup-y. So I wasn’t really looking forward to trying the cup. I am finding this isn’t too bad, though the cherry flavor is pretty light. It’s only slightly cough syrup-y. Also this tea has licorice in it, so take note of that, licorice haters. :) I think this would be a nice one to try as an iced tea. And I do like the black tea base here. So overall it’s not bad.

I wonder if these were reformulated recently, but I am not going to create a new entry.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Four Red Fruits by Kusmi Tea
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Tea of the morning here.

I feel I’ve tried most of Kusmi’s blends and the Russians are a little too overpowering for me, but the plain teas I’ve tried really aren’t interesting enough. So the 4 Red Fruits is a good combination for me. I like that the flavoring is subtle and not overly perfume-y, but I do get all the berry and cherry flavors in my cup. Aside from Lupicia, I don’t find a lot of flavored teas I’m too impressed with but this is a good blend IMO. Reminds me of fruit and chocolate. Grateful that the flavoring seems natural and it’s good with soymilk.

This is probably more of an afternoon tea for most people, but I am enjoying it with breakfast. :)

I still have almost all of the Kusmi Wellness blends too, if anyone would like to try/swap for them.

Flavors: Black Currant, Cherry, Chocolate, Strawberry

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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91

I’m normally not one for jasmine, but this white pearl tea is so nice. I discovered I can steep it for a short period of time in the gaiwan… like 20 – 30 seconds and the jasmine is not too strong. It tasted so fresh and natural to me and the white tea notes are delicate, sweet and peachy.

So great for a relaxing evening. Le sigh

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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80
drank Breakfast Blend by Fortnum & Mason
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Tea of the morning here. I did a tasting note on this a while back. This morning it is making me happy with its malty and chewy goodness. This is a decent breakfast tea that is helping to perk me up. Definitely one you will want to drink with milk and sugar, imo…

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
Dustin

Where did you find this brand? I have done a search before but couldn’t find reference to it being sold in the US.

TeaBrat

I found it at Williams Sonoma!

Dustin

Thanks, I’m going to have to check them out! God, those tins! * swoon *
Looks like WS has it’s own brand of tea too!

TeaBrat

yes I have never tried the WS blends myself. Agree the F&M tins are adorable!

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79
drank Chai Bag Cinnamon by Lupicia
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This came in the Lupicia Happy Bag of 2015…

I like it fairly well even though it’s a teabag. :) Assam tea mixed with cinnamon, clove, fennel and bitter orange. There’s no ginger or cardamom in here, which I really like in my chais. It was good with soymilk and a bit of coconut sugar. I’m pretty glad this came in the Happy bag. I am enjoying it, but it might be a little too rough for some people’s tastes. It definitely seems very energizing….

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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66
drank Mocha Nut Mate by Adagio Teas
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I am trying this for the first time, it’s a result of a giveaway from Ubacat.

I’ve had a few flavored mates in the past. The best ones so far seem to come from Fusion Teas and I’ve been wanting to place an order with them for a while…. but can’t seem to justify it at the moment.

The package says to steep this at 150 F for 3-5 minutes. I decided to live dangerously so mine is more about 170 F for 5 minutes. The tea is very dark and reminds me of coffee in that it’s also fairly bitter. I am getting a bit of mocha. It reminds me of a chocolate covered espresso bean.. However, I couldn’t really drink this without adding soymilk and coconut sugar. then again, I don’t drink coffee black either. It’s nice to have a few mate blends around just to really have that energy boost. But I am coveting the Fusion teas blends once again… sigh

This is ok and I will finish off the pouch but I don’t need to buy any… I will revise the rating if a shorter steeping time makes it more enjoyable.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 5 min, 0 sec
carol who

The name sounds so good. How disappointing.

TeaBrat

indeed.

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81

Just a nice herbal tea from my favorite tea store in Berkeley. It has a pleasant herbaly, fresh flavor and the ingredients are mostly relaxing, like lemon balm, catnip, passionflower… which makes it a good tea for bedtime or anytime relaxation. I’ll have to remember this the next time I start to feel anxious. It works!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Jennkay

Huh, I went to undergrad at Berkeley and never heard of this place. I’ll have to check it out next time I’m there!

TeaBrat

Really? It’s been there for 25 years! cool place if you’re into herbs.

Dustin

Wow! I just did a google search on it and they have a 360 view INSIDE the store! It’s so cool! You can even read what is on the bottles on one side of the store and “walk” up and down the isle!

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35
drank Cinnamon Heart by DAVIDsTEA
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I know the other day I was bitching about David’s Tea but I did go in there today to buy a couple of blends I actually like from them (Coco Chai Rooibos and Chocolate Rocket).

This seems to be one of those teas that people either love or hate. I thought I was going to be in the “love” category myself because when I first tasted it I thought it was pretty good. I like cinnamon and clove, and they seemed to be nicely done in this tea. But as this is cooling off I am getting the fishy smell that other people noticed. I drink a lot of puer and I can tell you that this is not really normal for me to have this reaction to puer. I think maybe the puer they used just isn’t such a great quality. It’s a shame since this could have been such a great tea, but cinnamon and fish don’t go together at all.

Meanwhile I am kicking myself for succumbing to this…. F*uck I’m not sure I can finish my cup! Why did I do it???? It smells “rotten”

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Maddy Barone

I had the same reaction. Boo

TeaBrat

I am hoping I can take it back!

Maddy Barone

Some one suggested to me that I steep it for 5 or 10 seconds, then dump it out, rinse the cup and steep again properly. I’m going to try it, but … I dunno, it tasted bad to me.

TeaBrat

I will try it too. I’ve “rinsed” puerhs in the past but don’t normally do that with flavored puerhs since it rinses off some of the flavoring.

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68
drank Saigon Chai (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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I got a cup of this Saigon chai at the David’s Tea store to try it. I didn’t have them add any sweetener to this (just soy milk). It definitely seemed quite cinnamon-y and pepper-y. David’s Tea seems to very fond of both cinnamon and pepper. This seemed kind of weak to me, it could have used more black tea IMO. Maybe the staff made this a little bit weak, it’s hard to tell. When I tossed my teabag out I thought it seemed kind of small for the cup size. Anyway this was okay, but I didn’t love it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
CrowKettle

I had the same problem with this one and a lot of David’s spice teas- always the cinnamon and the peppercorns!

TeaBrat

they definitely like that combo, don’t they?

Anlina

This might be my least favourite chai ever.

Amariel

I don’t mind the cinnamon and peppercorns in this tea, as it features Saigon Cinnamon, but I agree with you that there seem to be more and more blends with those two ingredients.

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85

I haven’t had one of these in ages, it’s a combination of pu’erh and black yunnan tea molded into these little tuo shapes. I find this has a definite malt flavor with honey notes and tastes like what you’d imagine a blend of yunnan black and shu puerh would be like.

I don’t love it, but it’s nice on this foggy and cold winter day. Might need to try this for breakfast sometime…. I see that Red Blossom no longer has these on their site.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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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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