2587 Tasting Notes

82
drank Cheericup Ceylon by Mark T. Wendell
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80
drank Coco Chai Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
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sipdown of the day…

Steepster is not behaving for me today, don’t know if anyone else is having issues. I might get some more of this the next time I go to David’s, I put some extra ginger in today but no sugar. I’ve been overloading myself with tea and water but I think I will make it to the concert tonight if I don’t float away!!!!

Cheri

I’ve been having issues all day.

The Cookie Lady

I have, too! It’s been terrible. I can only sometimes see everything. Most of the day I’ve been getting the “someone left the kettle on the stove” message (or whatever it says) no matter what I want to look at.

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78
drank Tulsi Immunitea by Simpson & Vail
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I got this blend last year during cold/flu season and I thought I’d break it out today, guess it can’t hurt. I am getting concerned because I have a concert to go to tonight and my tickets are already paid for, need to make a speedy recovery soon! Heal me, tulsi!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Hope you feel better soon! That concert simply cannot be missed. :)

TeaBrat

thanks :)

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88

Good morning Steepster…
This is a sipdown for me this morning. Kind of sad since I don’t have a lot of assam teas in my stash right now. I might be re-ordering this one soon. It’s robust with fruity and malty notes, and just a bit of tannin. Definitely good for a morning brew with lots of soymilk and sugar. The price is fairly reasonable as well.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Do you have an all-time favourite Assam?

TeaBrat

I really liked the organic assam from Harney & Sons which I don’t have any more of either.

Fjellrev

Ah, you know, I never paid attention to their unflavoured teas. Somehow I thought they wouldn’t be that special.

gmathis

I’ve been thinking about a stock-up order with Single Origin as well. Love their decaf Ceylon.

TeaBrat

Good to know, their Amba Ceylon is amazing also…

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56

This came as part of my recent swap with Cameron. Heh, after reading the reviews I see this tisane did not get very much love. It seems like licorice is a pretty well hated ingredient by many people, I don’t mind it in small doses and if it’s blended well. Since I am sick and licorice is supposed to be good for respiratory problems, I thought I’d give this one a try tonight. Between the licorice and the ginger, it should help something!

Eh, this is okay in my opinion, I probably like it better than most of the other tasters do but I wouldn’t say this is something I’d drink for the sheer pleasure of it, it definitely seems like a medicinal tea. I might have liked this better myself without the cinnamon because there’s a lot going on here, and the flavors are really competing. This has a bit of a really strange aftertaste as well. I don’t see this on Verdant’s site right now and I guess it’s no wonder! I think this will be really good for my sore throat though, I’m sure I can manage to choke down the rest of it.

I am tired of getting sick so often, who has an immune boosting tea that they really like?

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

All of the ones I sent were from the Blends Club. :)

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81
drank Bamboo Leaf by Min River Tea
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Finishing off the last of this sample from Min River Tea. BTW, am I the only one who feels guilty if I get free samples from a vendor and then don’t end up buying anything? I should get over it.

I don’t have a lot of Chinese green teas in my collection, most of my straight/flavored green teas are Japanese. I’m not sure why this is the case as I do enjoy them. At any rate, Min River has some delicious Chinese green teas, some of the best I have had to date. I think I will go in for a 2nd steep of this one, perhaps it will mollify my immune system. See previous review for a better tasting note :)

Kittenna

I feel guilty when I get free samples for review and don’t review them promptly. There should be no obligation to buy with samples, so I don’t feel guilty – I participate in spreading the word if they’re good!

boychik

We can’t buy all the teas

Kittenna

But boy do we try.

TeaBrat

I think I have almost all of them… lol ;)

minrivertea

Yeah, absolutely, don’t feel guilty! Personally, I’m happy to hear feedback and spread a bit of love. From a business point of view, the cost of giving away samples is part of our planning, so it’s no problem on that front!

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76
drank Paris Breakfast by Mariage Frères
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This tea gives me problems when I try brewing it (because it’s a black/green) blend but I think I’ve discovered the secret is steeping it for around 3 minutes at water that’s around 190 – 200 f.

So blast this being sick stuff, I am missing another class today. I took a nap and woke up feeling worse than I did before I went to sleep. I thought a cup of this would be nice, I am definitely getting the orange notes, ‘though it’s hard to taste a lot in my current state.

Also I forgot to mention, here is a blog post about Sophie’s Cuppa, in Montclair, if anyone is interested in reading it. What a lovely place. I’d highly recommend a visit if you’re in the area.

http://sanfrantea.teatra.de/2014/10/14/sophies-cuppa-a-new-oakland-tea-treasure/

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86

I woke up this morning feeling worse than yesterday, so I don’t think I will be drinking any new teas today. Blast this %^^$#@ cold!

Because of the bergamot, this is not something I would normally choose to drink in the morning but since I can’t taste or smell much today it hardly matters, lol… this is pretty good with soymilk and some coconut sugar. If you haven’t tried coconut sugar I highly recommend you give it a go. I get mine at Trader Joe’s and it seems to give a mild, sweet flavor to a lot of teas.

This is sort of a small thing but my “likes” are not sticking to people’s tea tasting notes, is anyone else having the same issue?

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
boychik

many days my likes dont stick, but today is ok

boychik

get yourself fresh ginger. i swear it helps. feel better

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92

Going through my pu’erh box this afternoon, I found this sample disc from mercuryhime which is ancient, oh well, at least it’s had more time to age… :)

I’ve been trying to make an effort to drink more of my pu’erhs. Shu is especially nice s an after lunch drink, where it seems good for your digestion and it’s early enough that I don’t have to worry about the caffeine keeping me awake. This disc is good because it doesn’t have any post fermentation flavor that you sometimes pick up with shu. I am getting mostly cocoa in my cup & I will enjoy a few more steeps of this today. Farewell Butiki…

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

Hmm, are you sure it’s the disc? If you’ve had it for a long time it can’t be because she just released these on the website recently!

TeaBrat

Yes, I know a disc when I see it. :-P I think these were different because they are ancient phoenix pu’erh and the ones on the website are 2012 Ancient Puerh Discs. Perhaps it’s a different batch.

Stephanie

Ohhh! Did not mean to impune, heh. There must have been discs I wasn’t aware of at some point :-O

Butiki Teas

Stephanie-These were different discs that we sold, I think in 2011 maybe.

TeaBrat

Stephanie, no worries!

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49
drank Pumpkin Patch by DAVIDsTEA
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I thought I would try this one again today, it is definitely better steeped for only 3 minutes, which is keeping the spiciness from the garam masala down a bit. I swear this tea smells like curry though, I think the g.m. might just be a bit too much for me in this particular blend. I want something that’s more like a pumpkin dessert and less like an Indian restaurant. I will probably finish the cup but I’m not sure if I will find a way to prepare this that’s really too my liking. Totally interested in swapping this for something if others are interested. :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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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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