2392 Tasting Notes

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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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drank Peppermint tea by Twinings
2392 tasting notes

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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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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drank HOUJI-CHA Tea Bags by Maeda-en
2392 tasting notes

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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drank Shincha Kunpu by Den's Tea
2392 tasting notes

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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drank Sencha "Chiran" by Lupicia
2392 tasting notes

Sipdown of the day…

Sometimes there is nothing like a big mug of sencha to get your day going, especially when you have the sniffles. I’ve bought this particular sencha a few times over the years. I like the fact that it has a bit of underlying sweetness and is not as “seaweedy” as some senchas. This resteeps nicely as well.

I might restock this again but for now I have a lot of green teas I need to focus on drinking, including my shinchas from Den’s. Farewell for now, Sencha Chiran!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Dinjoye Estate Assam by Butiki Teas
2392 tasting notes

Tea of the morning here. I don’t feel terribly ambitious so far, but what else is new… :)

I felt like having a nice, hefty assam this morning. I got this tea a while ago, but haven’t done a review on it yet. It’s very malty with an underlying fruitiness I am enjoying. This is one of those assams that have a sort of “winey” quality about them. I put soymilk in this which is the way I normally drink assams.

Definitely an enjoyable tea but doesn’t really stand out to me over other assams I’ve had.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Tea Sipper

Sounds good.. maybe I’ll try this one tomorrow morning…

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drank Laoshan White by Verdant Tea
2392 tasting notes

I’ve had this tea for two years now and somehow lost interest in it. Obviously it isn’t as fresh as it once was, but I don’t have too many white teas in my stash. I thought I’d at least try brewing this up to see what I think of it now.

I’ve stored this fairly well in an airtight container away from light. I am getting some creamy, almond notes but the tea seems a little bit flat. I liked this a lot when I first got it so I think it just has to be the age. Now will I keep it or toss it? Perhaps I could try the cold brew treatment with this now. I don’t seem to drink white teas or green teas fast enough. Of course if I didn’t have so many teas to begin with that would really help. ;-)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
boychik

I really like brewing whites at higher temps. 195 or 200. Resteep may be not great and bring some bitterness but first steep might be just spectacular.

TeaBrat

okay, I will try it ":)

boychik

Forgot tiny detail: more leaves short steep. It doesn’t work for me western;-)

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drank Adagio by Lupicia
2392 tasting notes

Sipdown of the day…

This is a good tisane if you like citrusy things, and one of the better green rooibos blends I’ve had. I prefer drinking this over ice, it’s very refreshing. Lots of lemongrass and grapefruit!

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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!

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