2765 Tasting Notes

93
drank Sencha "Chiran" by Lupicia
2765 tasting notes

This is one of my favorite senchas to date… of course since I like this one so much I haven’t been motivated to experiment and buy a whole lot of others. It’s very vegetal but definitely on the sweeter and more mild side than some I’ve tried. My allergies are going crazy today so I am just drinking a big glass of this.

check out the beautiful color:
http://instagram.com/p/x2BR-RILUs/

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec
DeliriumsFrogs

I love the photo!!!

TeaBrat

thanks :)

Anlina

Lovely! I’ve had a bunch of samples from Yunomi lately that were senchas with a really strong honey note, which was a lovely change from just grassy or seaweedy.

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88
drank Oriental Beauty by Lupicia
2765 tasting notes

I’ve had Oriental Beauty teas in the past but I don’t have any right now. I was happy to see this in my Lupicia happy bag especially as it’s one of their expensive teas.

I steeped this around 205 at one minute, according to the package instructions. This is definitely a nice afternoon tea, it’s mellow and rich. Has woody notes with peach and a sweetish honey finish. This is one of those teas that needs leafhoppers to bring out the flavor, I think. It’s quite tasty! Glad I have some of this around… I think I will try a slighter longer steep at a lower temperature soon.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Dustin

Sounds nice! I have never explored Lupicia’s unflavored teas. I’ll have to remedy that sometime.

TeaBrat

They are worth trying but haven’t ben too impressed with their straight blacks.

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90

I am really enjoying this one as my breakfast tea. It has that yummy sweet potato, sugary flavor that is gentle and tasty. This is really good too with soymilk, as a latte type drink. Goes well along with my mango for breakfast today :)

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60
drank Pumpkin Cheesecake by DAVIDsTEA
2765 tasting notes

I am not liking this blend too much this afternoon. Most rooibos teas can be steeped for a long time but when this is steeped for a while it tastes artificial and ashy. I really need to stop buying things from David’s tea, I have no idea how they are so popular. I would say 50% or more of their teas are so bad I just end up throwing them away after I buy them. I am just ditching the remainder of this bag. Snickerdoodle was worse.

Tealizzy

I’m feeling the same way about DT. I earned 50g of free tea from my frequent steeper points, but have no idea which tea I like enough to get. I’ve kinda moved on. :/

CrowKettle

Yeah.. I got scented candle wax from this one..

Sil

i only ever buy 10g from them IF the tea smells interesting.. that’s usually enough to satisfy my curiousity…

Anlina

Same here. I love that they sell as little as 10g in store. I’ve found a few surprise loves and dodged a lot of tea that’s just not for me.

I just use my Frequent Steeper points to get whatever’s most expensive :P I figure if I don’t love it, I can always swap it.

Dustin

I don’t get it either. I like a few of their teas, but not many. Some of their accessories are pretty cool though.

TeaBrat

glad to know others feel the same!

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95

Sipdown….

I’ve had this for a while and finally drank the last of it today. Even though it’s a green tea and I was worried it might be stale, it still seemed fresh and sweet. I don’t normally go in for flowery teas but this is an exquisite orchid scented tea. Would probably get more if I placed another order with Seven Cups.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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100

I have been seriously struggling with anxiety these past few weeks. Not that this is anything new, but it seems to have gotten worse now that I am back from vacation. One nice thing is that my Dad got me a $40 gift certificate to Dragon Tea House which I have already spent, mostly on pu-erh samples and one batch of yellow tea.

Anyway I thought I’d drink some of this today and get a nice theanine boost. It is such a sweet and luscious green tea. I steeped it for 90 seconds and it seems very soothing at the moment. I’m so glad I have some of it around.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Fjellrev

I hope your anxiety will subside. :(

TeaBrat

aww, thanks!

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I’ve been enjoying this tea this morning while cleaning my apartment. Lately I watched a few episodes of Hoarders and that show is really scary! I wonder how many of us are tea hoarders? At least I have no problem getting rid of things I don’t like but 2015 seems like a good year to focus on paring down the collection. I’d like to 1/2 the teas I have now and stop buying so many more.

So… on to this sample. It’s a little rolled ball of sheng puer. For such a young tea it is fairly mellow when you keep the steeping times short. When the steeping times are a bit longer (like 45 sec to 1 min) it gets very assertive and somewhat bitter. I guess it depends on how you like your tea. Around 15 seconds it is nice and earthy, mostly sweet with a bit of lemon. If I was in the market for another sheng to drink immediately, I would definitely consider a beeng. I did get a package of their mao cha which will suffice for now.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec
Cheri

Halve your cupboard of teas? Is that healthy?

TeaBrat

lol… well I live in a studio apartment and my kitchen is tiny. So yes, I think so. :)

Stephanie

I’m certain there are legitimate tea hoarders on here!

Fjellrev

Haha I too live in a studio with a tiny kitchen, so I can definitely relate on running out of cupboard space.

TeaBrat

My BF says I have a tea warehouse… ;)

boychik

lol. im sure its not THAT bad. he has to see my “treasures” !

TeaBrat

My cupboard says 208 currently.

mrmopar

Hah, show them mine!!! They will change their mind!

Cheri

I don’t have all of my teas in the cupboard.

boychik

me neither . I cant handle the truth ;)

TeaBrat

I have a crapload of samples that aren’t in my cupboard. And the teabag sampler from Lupicia, won’t bother adding those either. (denial!)

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90

My boyfriend brought me back some teas from Tanzania to try! Does he know me or what? Anyway I was pretty excited to try this. The other two I got are spiced with ginger and lemongrass. They don’t have maker’s labels on them so I’m not sure what company is responsible for them. I may not add those to the database.

So the label says this was grown in the Usambara mountains without any pesticides. It is very fine and small leaf of the CTC variety. The cardamom is fine and powdery. It took a while for all the water to drain out of my Adagio tea maker.

Anyway I was worried about this one, since I find CTC’s can be very strong and harsh. The tea isn’t though, yay! It definitely has the flavor of a Kenya tea (the countries are right next to each other). Though some Kenya teas I’ve tried seem overly brisk and astringent, this one isn’t. It is strong and malty. There is a bit of briskness in the cup but it isn’t overwhelming. I’d say it has a citrusy kind of quality and is smooth. The cardamom is definitely strong and almost overpowers the finish but I really like cardamom, so this is good for me.

I liked it a lot with soymilk, it’s a bracing morning cuppa and very energizing. Hurray for Tanzania tea!

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

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66
drank Nettles by Lhasa Karnak Herb Co.
2765 tasting notes

I decided to just go straight for the plain nettles when I went to Lhasa Karnak at Berkeley this weekend. They were only $1 an ounce so I got 4 ounces and that is a LOT of nettles. I filled up one 7 oz old Harney tea tin and probably have enough to fill up another tin. They are quite fluffy leaves.

So the plain nettle tea is not that tasty, quite honestly. It has a very vegetal flavor that reminds me a bit of seaweed and kale. Maybe there’s a reason you see this herb more often in blends. It might be nice mixed in with mint. It isn’t terrible though, as I sit down to drink a mug of it… also it is high in minerals which is probably a good thing for my health.

I am going to try this nettle infusion thing soon. You use 1 oz. of tea for each infusion so if I do that, it will probably go quickly.

http://www.choosingraw.com/stinging-nettle-infusion-a-diy-post-for-allergy-sufferers/

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Maddy Barone

Maybe I should try that nettle infusion. Some days I feel like I’m one big walking allergy reaction!

TeaBrat

I know the feeling :)

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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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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

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