2394 Tasting Notes

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drank Tulsi Lemon Ginger by Organic India
2394 tasting notes

This is the favorite of all the tulsi teas I’ve tried from this company, it is very gingery with a touch of lemon, that seems to enhance the flavor of the tulsi instead of fighting with it. Nice for a relaxing afternoon…

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74
drank Gunpowder Green by Numi Organic Tea
2394 tasting notes

The mid-morning cuppa. This is a very mild gunpowder green tea, a bit light on the flavor but still mostly enjoyable…

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94

still… winning!

I must admit I feel like a shmoe for liking a tea that comes from a big chain store like this one. Mostly I do support small vendors and local businesses tho’!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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94

This is a very nice tea my boyfriend brought back from England and unfortunately we do not know a lot about it…

It’s a really nice blend of black teas, not smoky at all like some Russian Caravans and not flavored like some of Kusmi’s. There is definitely some assam in here as well as some keemum perhaps. It isn’t really smoky but there might be a slight aftertaste of tobacco and pepper. A very thick and full-bodied tea, perfect for breakfast time. I will see if I can find something similar elsewhere since I really liked this!

Maisonlula

I go here all the time!! I can buy you this if you ever need it :)

TeaBrat

oooh, next time you go see if you can find out what kinds of tea re in this. :)

Maisonlula

Thdee are tons in the shop!!! I have a few I have to swap… there are others though..

http://steepster.com/discuss/641-swaps-lets-swap-some-tea?page=14

TeaBrat

sorry I don’t swap with people overseas as international shipping is $4 and up & especially as the last person I swapped with in England seems to have disappeared from Steepster and I never got their package.

Maisonlula

oh goodness!!! well.. I can send it to you nevertheless.. :)

Barb

Could it be this place? http://www.covent-garden.co.uk/SITES/theteahouse/
They do mail order… and special blends. Wish I was there, but I’m about 5K air miles away.

TeaBrat

yes, I am fairly certain that was the place.

Barb

Go for it — or send the boyfriend back and make sure he buys more next time!

TeaBrat

I’m not really that anxious to have more…

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78
drank Chai Spice by Verdant Tea
2394 tasting notes

I had some of this afternoon to mix with a bit of plain rooibos, there is something about this chai blend which is slightly weird and I can’t put my finger on it…

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90

This is quite a tasty shu. The first time I had it I was using very short infusions so today I let it go for about 2 minutes and although the color is dark, it has a sweet aftertaste and is almost fruity, to me this tastes a bit like dates already. Mild with no strange off flavors (see previous notes)

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92

I forgot that I still had some of this and just found it recently in my stash. I have had it for quite a few months and I think it is getting stale (my bad, I really need to do a moratorium on buying any more green tea).

This still tastes good to me though, definitely very meringue and dessert like, the lime and lemon flavors just seem to really pop. I put a bit of soymilk in there sometimes to enhance the creamy flavor. It’s also a good iced tea. I hope Frank does another lemon meringue tea someday. :)

Indigobloom

good luck on the tea ban, I just bought more today… sighs…

CHAroma

Tea is just too wonderful to resist!!

TeaBrat

well green tea tends to spoil so fast, if anything I can only buy stuff with a longer shelf life. ;)

Charisma

You tempted me to try this tea! :)

TeaBrat

ha! Is this one of the ones I sent you, I don’t recall…

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80

I was definitely not sure what to expect from this one because descriptions I have heard of Lao Cha Tou just sound so weird… since these nuggets are formed at the bottom of the pu-erh fermentation pile (while making shu puerh).

I did decide to follow the recommended instructions and I rinsed the nuggets three times. After that I infused my first batch in the gaiwan for about 60 seconds. I have to admit this does smell a little bit like a barnyard but I’m not one of those squeamish types. I got a very dark red liquor that is clear in color, slightly sweet and very earthy.

My second steep was only for around 30 seconds because the color already started getting so dark. I’m picking some some mushroom-y type flavors as well as the sweeter ones mentioned above.

Third steep seems like it starting to mellow out a bit and get slightly more grounded. Imagine shiitake mushrooms cooked with a handful of twigs and a touch of merlot and that’s starting to get close… lol. This is some pretty interesting stuff I must admit. I’m not sure if I would buy anymore but it’s pretty fun to try.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec
CHAroma

Mushrooms, twigs, and merlot! Yum! Hahahahaha!! You’re hilarious!

TeaBrat

I forgot to mention the eye of newt. :)

ScottTeaMan

Hahaha….I was just thinking of an eye of newt Gingrich in your tea! hahaha. :))

ScottTeaMan

Also, I read the title quickly and thought it read OLD TED NUGGENT! What’s wrong with me today?!

TeaBrat

@Scott – lol

Garret

HI Amy! Thanks for writing this up! This particular vintage of old tea nugget has been our bestselling one to date. I usually start out at around a 30-40 second steeping and just keep doing that over and over. We have many customers who report 25-30 infusions before they call it quits! I must admit, it’s one of my favorites and I like the sweetness that comes through. I can’t tell you how many customers quit coffee on the spot when they have tasted this brewed up nice and strong :) Have a tea-riffic day, everyone!!!

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90
drank Morning Sun by Mandala Tea
2394 tasting notes

Still raining in San Francisco so I had to make some of my own Morning sun!

I liked the shape of these rolled leaves and have had good luck in the past with these spiral sort of shapes from China. The aroma of the wet leaves is very robust and almost smoke like and it’s amazing to watch them unfurl!

I decided to steep mine for 3 minutes basket style although this tea will need to have some gong fu experiments from me soon. :)

I am definitely getting the sweet flavor, kind of honey like with a bit of roasted sweet potato or carrot like starchy/thickness… it is reminiscent of a golden monkey to me, except bolder and more assertive. I’m getting a touch of smokiness, tobacco flavor here in the flavor as well. I tried this plain but then I ended up liking it with soymilk because the creaminess blends nicely with the other flavors. I liked this although a bit on the assertive and bold side for me so I think a shorter steeping time will be worth pursuing. I just gave my sweetie a sip and he says it smells very smoky and tastes like miso… I like miso actually. :)

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

I’m all over miso. :))

ScottTeaMan

China blacks are awesome!

Garret

Thanks, Amy! We have a local coffeehouse that we source this tea for. We restock them every week on this one as they go through so much of it. They are doing 1.5 minute steepings. @Scott – You’re right! China blacks are awesome!!

TeaBrat

I like China black but most of my favorite black tea is still from India & Nepal (aside from puerh, of course).

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91
drank Alishan Oolong by Ten Ren
2394 tasting notes

I recently received this as a gift from my boyfriend who had a co-worker pick it up for him in Taiwan. I wonder if I got different tea than Charles did because mine does not seem roasted at all.

This is a very light brew with the small of gardenias and a touch of freshly shucked corn. It has one of the sweetest finishes I’ve ever experienced in an Alishan. I am preparing this gong fu style and I accidentally spilled my first infusion but the second is very nice.

After the third infusion the tea started to open up a bit more and give forth some slightly buttery flavors, but this is very light and delicate. The flavor is so subtle it is a bit like a white tea. Definitely going on my list of things to cold brew!

I found this to be a very soothing and relaxing afternoon tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Charles Thomas Draper

I have to revisit this one to comment further.

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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

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

59-50 Ick

49 and below Nasty

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