2786 Tasting Notes

79

For me, this is a sipdown… this is a very nice dessert tea and I have enjoyed it a lot! It’s good this evening with a bit of soymilk. I have been feeling a lot better today, thanks for sending some good vibes my way, people!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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86

First of all, many thanks to *Tea Equals Bliss" for sending some of this my way!

I steeped about 1 tsp. of this in my infuser mug for about 3 minutes. I got a very light orangish-tan tea liquor with some lovely peach and light muscatel notes. I am detecting a bit of spice here in the cup as well. Very smooth and mild cuppa. I might move onto something darker soon after this; yes it is still cold and foggy here while the rest of the country is roasting!

Thanks to T=B for sharing!

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

So glad you liked it :)

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79
drank La Belle Epoque by Lupicia
2786 tasting notes

This teabag came as a free sample in one of my recent Lupicia newsletters.

I love art, so I was really into the name of this one! After I realized it was predominately a darjeeling blend, I do wish I had steeped it at a somewhat lower temperature than boiling.

I got a dark brownish-red tea liquor in my cup. There is definitely a lot of second flush darjeeling going on here, and another element which I am guessing is an assam? It has a very woodsy and spicy element in the cup. Sipping on it plain wasn’t too bad at all, but it was also nice with a touch of soymilk. Overall, not bad, but I don’t think I need any more.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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59

I picked this herbal tisane up at Whole Foods a couple of weeks ago but am just getting around to trying it now.

I really like the flavor here and it seems very relaxing – the only downside for me is it’s very minty and peppermint gives me acid reflux sometimes. I like the chamomile, the licorice and the lemon balm. It seems very well balanced and refreshing. I’m not sure I would buy it again due to the strong peppermint flavor but otherwise it’s very enjoyable and will hopefully bring the Sandman by soon. :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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drank White Whisper by Phoenix Tea Shop
2786 tasting notes

Thanks to Phoenix Tea Shop for sending me this sample. I finished it off today but I can’t say there was anything totally remarkable about it. Not rating it because I still don’t know if my tastebuds are feeling all too perky and back to normal. :((

Garret

what up wit da tathebuds, Amy?!?!?!?!

TeaBrat

Aww, you missed all the drama, my boyfriend and I broke up and I’ve been in a big funk. :(

Garret

Uggggghhhhh!!!! Did this happen when I was away on my meditation retreat? Well, my friend, I recently ended a relationship of 10 years… these things can be difficult. I highly recommend a book called “storms can’t hurt the sky”. I think, knowing a little about you, that you would value the book. I recommend it to a lot of people in my massage practice and friends. They have all come away with it with great things to say. I don’t call ’em relation"trips" for nothing!

I wish you nothing but joy. Had you been together for long? Not that it really matters cause it can be hard breaking up after a week as well as 10 years :)

TeaBrat

Yeah, it must have been. Wow, 10 years is a long time, we were together for 3 but I’m still broken up about it. I’ll check out the book, thanks! I’ve been doing a ton of dharma activities too.

Bonnie

S.F. Boyfriend Brokeup Funk Blues…in the Fog! More than the Tastebuds…blech…I think you need to have champagne on a yacht in the South of France! I wish you could feel better!

Garret

What I really want you to do is really take care of yourself right now and you are right on with the dharma activities. LOVE LOVE LOVE yourself! There is nothing selfish about that. Feel it all and know that you have the STUFF to go on from this and rock and roll.

TeaBrat

Thanks Bonnie. :)

TeaBrat

Will do, Garret! Thanks for the book recommendation, I really appreciate it. :)

Garret

And Pema Chodron, too! She is fantastic when it comes to this sort of thing. Podcasts of Tara Brach are really amazing. They are free and she is an amazing teacher.

TeaBrat

Yeah, Pema Chodron totally got me through my divorce a few years ago. :D

Invader Zim

Sending positive energy your way. Hope things look up for you soon.

TeaBrat

Garret – Zencast is also a great podcast. Gil Fronsdal is great!

TeaBrat

Invader Zim – thank you!

Garret

Amy! I will check that out! I love to surround myself with positive vibes and reminders all day long. Helps me stay open and clear! Thank you for that!

Missy

Glad to see you are back. Hope your funk leaves soon. You totally need cute baby animal videos. :)

Ninavampi

Oh Amy! I’m so sorry! I broke up with my 6 year boyfriend and it was a tough time. In retrospect, I am happy I went through it. It made me a stonger person and made me appreciate myself a bit more. It is tough… I wish you the best and remember that you have abunch of tea drinking friends that are always here for you (and your taste buds!). :)

TeaBrat

Thanks Nina and Missy. :)

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I’ve been curious about this tea for a while and I got to try it yesterday at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. I’m glad I didn’t bother to buy any myself. Unfortunately, it just reminded me of cough syrup and I didn’t even finish the cup I was drinking. Sorry to neg you, Republic of Tea but this was barfy.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec
Scott B

Hard to meditate when your barfy!

ScottTeaMan

That’s RoTten for ya! ://

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95

This is one of my favorite Ceylon teas of all times, so rich and chocolat-ey! I am enjoying it on this cool, foggy morning.

Yesterday I went to a writing/meditation workshop and some interesting things came out of that, overall a very positive experience!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec
Scott B

Tea is kinda reassuring on cool, gloomy days. Not that I’ll know a cool, gloomy day til October or November.

Good to hear your workshop went well :)

TeaBrat

It was a little daunting because I had to write about what I would do if I had 30 days left on this Earth. Kind of difficult to face given what I’ve been dealing with lately.

ScottTeaMan

So glad it’s helping you Amy! :))

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93

This is my first tea of the day – I did not sleep very well last night so decided to just get up and do something. And have more tea, of course! See previous tasting notes for more info. on the tea.

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84
drank Coconut Cream Chai by Tealish
2786 tasting notes

Thank you to Indigobloom for sending me a sample of this tea!

I had dinner tonight with a friend at Herbivore and got the chick*n mole with rice and beans and an iced tea. I wanted to get some reading done but I’m sooo tired for some reason. I thought this might perk me up.

A lot of people seemed not to like this too much but I like it fairly well. It seems more like a dessert tea than an actual chai, however. The black tea base seems kind of sweet and I am getting a lot of vanilla here as well as the creamy coconut There’s a touch of ginger in there somewhere. I did add some soymilk to mine but I prepared it the old fashioned way, in the For Life teapot.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Scott B

I usually have chais as a dessert tea anyway, so this would be fine by me.

Herbivore’s menu looks awesome-so nice to be able to order anything you want without having to ask lots of questions! I probably couldn’t even decide what to order. Do you ever go to Millenium?

Indigobloom

mmmm Herbivore sounds amazing!!
So glad you like this one Amy, it def is an interesting combo

TeaBrat

@ScottB- I didn’t see your question until just now. Yes, I have been to Millenium quite a few times but it is much more posh and pricey than Herbivore. I was at Herbivore today and got the scrambled tofu – good times!

Scott B

Amy-I’ve heard vegans visiting SF like to make a pilgrimmage to Millenium. You’re so lucky to have a casual vegan and upscale vegan place to dine. The fanciest all-vegan restaurant I’ve been to was Karyn’s on Green in Chicago-but it’s probably not as good as Millenium.

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95

Tea of the afternoon here, I am enjoying the floral and fruity nature of this one. Been drinking a lot of darjeeling today – you got a problem with that? ;-)

Scatterbrain

Not a “problem”, just jealousy. ;)

ScottTeaMan

Yeah, I got a problem with drinking lots of Darjeeling too…….a good one!! :D :D

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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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