2356 Tasting Notes

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drank Fujian Baroque by Adagio Teas
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Sample sipdown of the morning…

This is a nice tea — especially for Adagio — who haven’t impressed me too much in the past with their quality (sorry just had to say it). I’m getting some nice cocoa notes here along with a bit of malt. Very mild, no too much astringency. A decent Chinese tea but not something I will need to stock up on at any point in the future.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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94

Sample sipdown of the afternoon. My tastebuds are finally getting back to normal and the numbness is wearing off.

Wuyi oolongs are my absolute favorite type of oolong. I don’t drink them nearly as much as I should, and I have no idea why. It was nice to revisit this today, I had several steeps in my yixing teapot . The aroma is like burnt caramel and the flavor is reminiscent of roasted plums. I really get into roasted teas as I’m also a fan of houijcha. Something about them seems so warming and cozy.

It’s so easy to procrastinate on Steepster but I really must sit down and get my homework finished for writing class!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Bi Lo Chun by Harney & Sons
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I’m back from the dentist. After having four fillings done my mouth is still numb!

It’s difficult to taste anything so why am I writing a tea tasting note? I will chalk it up to boredom and procrastination. I’ll write a better tasting note for this once I am back to normal. I can’t believe I haven’t written anything about it before now!

This is a good every day tea green tea. It’s flavorful with lots of vegetal notes especially artichoke. this is perking me up a bit after having my mouth assaulted earlier. ;-)

Flavors: Artichoke

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

Yeeouch! That is a lot of fillings.

TeaBrat

ugh. I know. Two of them were old fillings that needed to be replaced though.

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72
drank Black Dragon Pearls by Tazo
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Tea of the morning here. Thanks to Carol Who for this sample that I’ve been meaning to try.

I steeped this entire sample for 3 minutes in a 20 oz. teapot. What I had was around the equivalent of 6 or 7 pearls. Eh, this stuff is okay. It certainly got some dismal reviews from others but I don’t mind it that much. It seems to be a bit on the side of brisk and winey for me, which is strange for a tea you’d think is Chinese. To me this tastes a bit more like an Indian tea. I thought it was better with some soymilk added. Now I feel like I’m getting a bit of chocolate notes. I’ve definitely has better dragon pearls but this wasn’t terrible in my opinion.

I’m NOT looking forward to my morning. I have to visit the dentist and I’m getting 4 fillings worked on. They told me to eat a good breakfast because my entire mouth will be numb for hours afterwards. I guess I will be having a smoothie for lunch… lol

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML
carol who

I’m glad you got to try the Tazo Black Dragon Pearls. My opinion was about the same. Nothing special.

Sorry about the dentist. That’s never fun. But think how strong and healthy your teeth will be! OK, its hard to come up with something positive to say about going to the dentist!

TeaBrat

at least my teeth probably won’t fall out if I take care of them… lmao

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80

This evening I was looking through my shu (shoe) box and noticed I still have a lot of these flavored puerhs I purchased from Nature’s tea Leaf. This seemed like a good one to revisit after tonight’s dinner, which was pinto bean and avocado tacos with vegan queso. I don’t think they drink much puerh in Mexico, but maybe it will be good for my digestion.

I remember liking this before. You can see bits of dried orange in the tea, which would seem to indicate this is a natural blend or mostly so. The tart juiciness of the orange is a nice compliment to the dark earthiness of the puerh. Because I am weird, I decided to add some soymilk to this and now it tastes like an orange creamsicle. Not bad… I really need to be drinking more of this. I should remember to stick some dried ginger in it next time around.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Terri HarpLady

This sounds so tasty, & yes to adding ginger!

Skulleigh

Shu box… hehehe :D

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I thought I’d try this one iced today as it’s been languishing in my cupboard for a while now. When I first tried this I enjoyed it more, but now I am finding it to be REALLY tart. I added some sugar to it and thought it was better that way. I don’t think this will be a repurchase for me, I find the hibiscus just really overpowers and it’s giving me a stomach ache. Hopefully I will find a way to finish this off or bequeath it to someone.

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84
drank Peppermint tea by Twinings
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Tea of the afternoon here. I’m not always a huge mint fan — but when I am craving it — nothing else will do. It’s a beautiful sunny day here. the highlight of my day was having lunch at the samovar tea Lounge. I had a dragonwell with my paleolithic tea service. I regret that choice because the kale that came with it really obscured the taste of the dragonwell.

Note to self: drink dragonwells alone or with really bland food.

Now I’m at home and wanted something simple and refreshing. This is a good and basic mint tea. I like it plain or with a bit of sugar sometimes. It also makes a good mixer for other things, especially white tea, green tea, and other herbals. A basic peppermint tisane is definitely a useful thing to have around.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

Have you tried the spearmint green tea from Kusmi at all? If you haven’t tried it or if you liked it, I would be happy to send you a sample of mine. :)

TeaBrat

sure, do you want to swap? Send me a DM. The kusmi tea sounds like a Moroccan mint, those are really good as an iced tea also.

Skulleigh

Ok, I have to know – what’s served in a paleolithic tea service? I have had afternoon tea a couple times recently and it’s usually so much sugar and bread!

TeaBrat

This is more of a lunch thing. You get cooked kale, beets, yellow squash and your choice of tempeh, smoked salmon or smoked duck.

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93

Tea of the morning here. I went out for cocktails and dinner with a friend of mine last night and this morning I’m feeling a little bit hungover, ooof. I wanted something with caffeine but something on the lighter side. This is a lovely Assam which has such nice, gentle sweet potato notes. It’s good with soymilk today… I would definitely like to get some more of this someday. This is a sipdown for me.

Hopefully some tea will revive me as I’m going to the Haight Ashbury Street fair later!

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80
drank HOUJI-CHA Tea Bags by Maeda-en
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Tea of the afternoon here. I wonder if houjicha has significantly fewer health benefits than regular green tea due to the roasting process. I couldn’t find any more information about that by doing a quick Google search; if anyone knows, please enlighten me.

Anyway houjicha is a great afternoon tea for me and this variety by Maeda-en is fairly good. I’ve had a few other houijchas that seem slightly sweeter but I’m enjoying it today. It’s also good with soymilk.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Shincha Kunpu by Den's Tea
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Second green tea of the morning here; evidently my plans for the day include getting all wired up on Japanese green teas.

I got this as a 1 oz. sampler pack along with the Shincha Houryoku. Of the two, I think the Houryoku is my favorite. the Kunpu is definitely lighter in color and in flavor and doesn’t have the longer steaming. In color it’s a light yellowish-green.

The flavor of this is very tender and light. It reminds me of gentle cooked vegetables like peas. Some Japanese greens have a more bitter green quality or that of seaweed. This shincha is more on the mild side with a bit of butteriness present and only a bit of astringency.

If you don’t like senchas that are assertive or bitter, you should check out these shinchas from Den’s. I’m really glad I bought them both this year! The package says they are best by February 2015 — I believe I can drink them both in this time frame.

Flavors: Peas

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

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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

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