2784 Tasting Notes

93

wow, I haven’t had this tea in a while. I couldn’t get it out of the bamboo tube and ended up pounding it on the counter, which was actually quite therapeutic.

I have decided I hate my local post office. I made an inquiry with the USPS 1-800 number about my lost package from Yunnan Sourcing. The post office claimed they called me and they closed the case but I never got a call! Even worse they don’t answer the phone. I can see I will need to find some kind of a mail service if I want to have any tea packages delivered in the future. It’s just so stressful and annoying to have to deal with this.

Anyway about the tea… my first notes on this were that I thought it was mellow and earthy but today it seems more assertive, smoky and bitter than I remember. It should be mellowing out more over time, I would think? Of course it could be I have just used more tea in my pot than the last time I tried it. I did break off a pretty big hunk and am keeping my steeps very short.

I must say this is a very energizing sheng, it’s uplifting and perking me right up!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec
Fjellrev

Yikes, I’m so sorry about your package. :( So does that mean that you have to just suck it up and accept the loss because they won’t go about trying to track it down anymore? Will Yunnan Sourcing send a replacement package?

TeaBrat

I may go down there in person to see if I can get an answer from the post office but it appears they are not going to do anything. I am getting a replacement package, hopefully I get it SOMEDAY!

Fjellrev

That’s scary how they give up like that, but I’m glad to hear you’re getting a replacement package. Fingers crossed it will actually grace you with its presence!

mrmopar

Hope you get the second in. I would raise a little h—l at the Post Office after all no disrespect to any of them we do pay their salaries and should be able to get a valid answer about any issues.

AllanK

In order to get the tea out of the bamboo tube take a heavy duty chefs knife to the top of the bamboo tube, about 1/6 of the way in. Once you do this put enough pressure on the tube to finish breaking it and it will open right up. I think puerhshop has this technique on their page somewhere, don’t know where though.

TeaBrat

mrmopar – I will go down and talk to them soon. By the way that post office gets bad reviews on Yelp! Other people have also complained that they never answer the phone and lose packages. It seems like an epidemic problem!

boychik

I ordered boots for my daughter before Christmas. I truly believe they delivered to a diff place. I couldn’t find any answers at my local PO . I was nice and then I was mad. Nothing helped. I called the company and they sent replacement overnight by UPS. UPS did it right as usual. I feel bad for the company to replace it though. It’s not their fault

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Thank you, Veronica for sending me some of this tea!

First thing you notice about the dry leaf is that it smells really chocolate-y. I was definitely surprised at the depth of this tea. Very full bodied with cocoa & malty notes and a slight bit of bitterness in the finish. Bittersweet chocolate? yummm. I actually enjoyed this one better with soymilk. If I had another sample I would probably steep this for only 2 minutes which might yield a smoother cup. Anyway I’m really glad I got to try this. It’s quite a good morning tea, however will not rate for now. I had to use some nasal spray earlier which might be affecting my tastebuds.

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

I like that one too!

TeaBrat

tasty it was… -Yoda

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76
drank Tokio by Lupicia
2784 tasting notes

This came in my holiday gift sampler from Lupicia (which came in this year’s Happy Bag).

The green tea base is very light and delicate, I’m not sure about the flavoring though. It’s fruity, and reminds me of bubblegum like others have suggested. I got a mixture of berry and orange from mine. It’s not altogether unpleasant but not one of my favorites from them. I’d like to try this as a cold brew if I have another sample teabag, I’ve a feeling this would be really good iced.

I don’t know what I can do to actually wake up and get motivated, but it’s time to get off Steepster for a while and stop procrastinating!!! ;)

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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77
drank Sencha "Matsuri" by Lupicia
2784 tasting notes

Green tea of the morning here. I’ve been trying to decide if this is worth saving because it came in the Lupicia Happy Bag of last year, isn’t at its prime and I also have green teas I like a lot better. This is a very full bodied and vegetal tea and I prefer my Japanese teas to be a bit on the sweeter side. It’s kind of like drinking a cup of boiled spinach broth. I am thinking it might be good to drink some other green teas today.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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91
drank Renegade by T-We Tea
2784 tasting notes

Sipdown this morning

I’ve had this tea for far too long. It’s a decent blend of Indonesian Java tea, Keemun, cinnamon chips and cacao, very good with soymilk as well. It’s a tea that is tasty but one I haven’t reached for too often for some reason.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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73

Tea of the evening here… today I went on a long hike with my boyfriend and felt good enough about doing that to order beer and nachos for dinner… ha ha. Unfortunately that also left me with a stomach ache that I was hoping some shu would settle.

I’ve had this blend for over 2 years now, it isn’t bad, I just kind of wish it was gone. Today I gave it a quick rinse and actually found it’s better that way. I did rinse off some of the flavoring too, but in this case that may be a blessing. At least it doesn’t smell fishy like that horrible flavored puerh from David’s. I think I will stop buying flavored puerh though, it is so much better unflavored.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
CapitalTeas

Thanks for your review! If you haven’t tried it already, I’d recommend our Aged Golden Pu-erh. Happy Brewing :)

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70
drank Black Cherry by Tea Forte
2784 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
2784 tasting notes

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
2784 tasting notes

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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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

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