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Tisane of the afternoon here. For some reason I keep forgetting I have a box of this, but it really is a good rooibos even though it comes in a teabag. ;)

I used two teabags in one mug of tea to get a little extra flavor. The vanilla is nice and creamy here and this was very enjoyable with soymilk and some rock sugar. I like this better than a lot of more expensive rooibos blends I’ve had. Earthy and smooth.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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93
drank Anxi Tie Guan Yin by Butiki Teas
2167 tasting notes

It’s been raining today and I’m dragging around a bit in general, thought I would drink some of this lovely oolong.

Sometimes it’s difficult to believe a natural tea could have such wonderful aromas and flavors. With the first cup I was blown away by the scent of orchids. The flavor of the tea liquor is sweet, creamy and buttery and has an almost intoxicating appeal. This was definitely nice for an afternoon lift and practically transported me to a tropical garden. I got 3 steeps out of the leaves and was a very happy camper — LOVE it :)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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43
drank Yu Lu Yan Cha Black by Verdant Tea
2167 tasting notes

Tea of the morning here… I have not gong fu’d anything in ages but my arm is feeling better so maybe I can think of this as part of my physical therapy. ;-)

I did my first steep for around 20 seconds in the gaiwan. Definitely getting the smoky aroma that other people have mentioned. There’s a nice starchy/sweetness to this along with the roasted notes. What if someone threw a sweet potato onto the campfire. hmm.

Going in for the second steep I notice the wet leaves smell strongly of tobacco. I did this round for around 20 seconds. Personally I am picking up some bitterness in the finish that I’m not too keen on, this is harsh for such a short steeping time. I’m getting honey and bittersweet chocolate.

Third steep I did Western style with a steep time of around 40 seconds. I am just not finding myself enjoying this much. I ended up putting soymilk and sugar in it to make it more palatable.

I don’t know if I messed it up somehow but I don’t think this one is for me, sorry….

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 2 OZ / 59 ML
Fjellrev

Ah, glad you also get that.

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90
drank Star Spangled Chai by The Devotea
2167 tasting notes

Free sample provided by the Devotea — many thanks again!

I know I’ve been posting a lot of whiny tasting notes but I have to whine a little bit more! I just got home from my first physical therapy appointment and boy, was that ever painful… It’s hard to imagine I’ll ever get back to normal. I wanted to treat myself to something nice when I got home, so I decided to bust this out… of course what I really want is an entire chocolate cake but that probably isn’t a good idea. ;-)

The spicy/sweet note of the star anise is definitely prominent here, the cinnamon is the next thing I notice followed by the clove and the black pepper. I enjoyed this with some soymilk and a bit of rock sugar and it’s just rich and sweet enough to imagine I’m doing something decadent. Definitely a unique chai and very warming for the chilly fog that’s rolling in. I can see myself keeping more of this on hand, I do love a good chai.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Lala

Ha ha. Your note makes me laugh (I am a physio!). It’s so true. I have a colleague that calls himself a physicalterrorist.

TeaBrat

Hey – at least I didn’t cry and I know it will help me in the long run. :)

Lala

Good luck! The pain will be worth it in the end.

Robert Godden

It’s great to hear that Star Spangled Chai can, in some small way, substitute for an entire chocolate cake. Best wishes from all at The Devotea for a speedy recovery.

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75

Finishing off this sample from Upton Tea this morning. I can’t even consider this a sipdown because sample teas “don’t count” in my opinion, or wacked out world of tea sipping.

Congous are not my favorite tea in terms of flavor profile. I find them to be fairly mild for my taste and this is no exception. There are some very gentle notes of something, cocoa with a bit of earthiness. I can’t imagine why I would need to have a full size of this… not too upset that it’s gone.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78

Thanks to Indigobloom for a sample of this tea. I’ve been trying to eat fruit with breakfast every day and I love berries. This time of year I usually get the frozen berries which are still a treat.

Spice & Tea Exchange claims this is a yunnan black tea, which is an interesting choice for the base. When I first tried this, I thought it was a ceylon due to the fruitiness, but I guess that’s the berry flavoring. I steeped this for 4 minutes before trying it, and still the overall blueberry flavor is light. It does taste fresh and natural but isn’t knocking me over in the flavor department. I detect more yunnan here than berry. I can’t quite make my mind up how I feel about this. One sip I am finding myself wanting more, but then another sip I feel it’s lacking.

I’m a fickle tea drinker this morning, but this was a good tasting experiment!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Indigobloom

Oh I completely forgot that this was a yunnan! Lol maybe that’s why I judged it so harshly :P

Indigobloom

Aha and I just looked at my note, I did mention that after all..

TeaBrat

it’s definitely an interesting combo!

Indigobloom

Yup, no question about that ;D

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96
drank Blooming Tea by Mandala Tea
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I’ve been feeling frazzled and low today, trying to get my doctor’s office to call me back is like an exercise in frustration (but if you owe them any money , you will never hear the end of it).

I’m reading Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier and somehow this seemed like an appropriate tea to go with book. Beautiful to look at and I’m detecting nice flavors of peach and vanilla in my glass of tea. A quiet moment, almost enough to restore me to sanity. :)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 7 min, 0 sec
gmathis

Are you liking Rebecca? The friend who gave me a copy is reading some of her other novels and short stories and recommends them.

TeaBrat

yes, it is very entertaining so far!

Garret

Hi!! Did you do a few more steeps of the bloom? I usually like to do one long steep until the bloom opens up and then drink about half and add more hot water a few times. Just curious if that is how you used it, as well.

Thanks for writing up your thoughts on it. I am glad that your quiet moment with tea and book was restorative!

Garret

TeaBrat

Hi Garret!
I did not do multiple steeps this time but I’ll try that with the blooms I have left. I hope all is well!

gmathis

(Forgive me if I’ve said this elsewhere; my husband gets on to me for repeating stories)…I loaned my copy of Rebecca to a friend who made this observation: It is rare these days to read a book that requires you to lay eyes on every single word. Thought that was spot on.

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65
drank Red Chai Masala by Organic India
2167 tasting notes

Backlog—
I had a mug of this tisane last night while reading, used two teabags but still I don’t think the flavor is very good, for a chai it’s just pretty weak, though I like the idea of a tulsi chai. I should try making my own by finding a decent rooibos chai and throwing some tulsi in there. Just so “meh”, I’m glad I’m almost out of this.

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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94

Tea of the morning, purchased at Bi-Rite grocery in San Francisco. This review is for the mesh teabag form of the tea. The company is Silk Road in California (not the one in Canada).

For a black tea, this is very mellow and easy to sip on plain. I get a nice malty note in the very beginning followed by a gentle cocoa. There is something almost creamy about this, it also seems very pure and light. Devoid of astringency, even in the finish. This isn’t as spicy/peppery as some yunnans I’ve tried. Recommended if you enjoy a smooth and gentle cup you don’t need to bombard with milk & sugar. I’d like to try more things from Silk Road once my budget permits more tea purchasing…

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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94
drank Jasmine Golden Yunnan by thepuriTea
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It’s sad when you discover a tea you really like and then the company discontinues it, or in this case the company goes out of business!

I haven’t had this in a while because I’ve been hoarding it a bit. The sweetness of the golden yunnan mixes so well with the natural jasmine. I really don’t like jasmine teas that are overly perfume-y and drying. This hits the sweet spot for me. A nice, gentle way to wake up!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Anna

This does sound really great.

TeaBrat

I may need to try this one to see how it compares: http://www.silkroadteas.com/servlet/the-661/Jasmine-Jewel/Detail

Anna

You should! I’d love to read the comparison. I’m going to try as many new jasmines as I can this year.

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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

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89-80 Pretty good, above average

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