2784 Tasting Notes

drank White Whisper by Phoenix Tea Shop
2784 tasting notes

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Top o’ the morning – a nice bit of sheng for me today. I am definitely feeling perkier, more productive and happier. Hope to get some more of this from Mandala tea soon. :D

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Anny Oxidant & the Tea Bullie

Glad you are feeling better!

TeaBrat

Thank you. :-D

Missy

Good to see you are feeling better. :D

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I’m not even a big fan of jasmine tea but I finished off the rest of this sample today and it is making me feel a bit cheerful! One of the better jasmines I have had, nice and relaxing and not too strong or perfume-y.

ScottTeaMan

You liked Teavivre’s too…….didn’t you Amy??

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drank Chinese Flower by Harney & Sons
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Thanks to ashmanra for this one, I am enjoying it this morning. I’m not going to rate it because my taste buds are totally askew from not feeling well but it’s a nice blend of citrusy flowers and it did the job to perk me up this morning. :))

Azzrian

get better soon Amy

TeaBrat

bleh – I’ve lost 5 pounds in the last few days which is not the healthiest way to do it!

JC

I was in that ‘train’ a while ago, lost 9 pounds. Coincidentally, I lost the weight I wanted, not the way I would have lol. I hope you get better. Drink lots of water/a.k.a. tea.

TeaBrat

thanks. :)

Missy

D’oh hope you feel better soon.

TeaBrat

me too…

Charles Thomas Draper

I hope you feel better Amy..

ScottTeaMan

Get well soon! I know one thing-the Steepster community shines less brightly in your absence Amy!

Indigobloom

eep! get well soon Amy!!

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Hello Steepster, I am back for a bit, haven’t been drinking much tea lately, trying to avoid the caffeine. I got this at Whole Foods along with a bevy of vitamins and some green juice. It’s been years since I have had this blend but I like it, the peppermint is not too strong and the other herbs make this a nice relaxing tisane. Tonight I go to meditation, hope all are having a nice weekend.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
noordelijk

I’m not sure if you know this or not but if you really want a cup of tea that does have caffeine in it, like green or black, if you steep the leaves for 30 seconds in warm water, then drain the water, then steep your leaves as you would normally, the caffeine content is cut down by 90%.

TeaBrat

good to know – thank you!

Scott B

I don’t think that 90% reduction number is anywhere close to accurate. People used to think that almost all the caffeine was released in the first 30 seconds or so, but that appears to not be true. Arbor Teas reports on research by Nigel Melican that says it’s closer to about 20% removed: http://www.arborteas.com/pages/decaffeination-at-home.html

ScottTeaMan

Thanks Noordelijk & Scott B. One thing I’ve always assumed [you know what they say about assuming], is that no matter how much caffeine is removed, hotter water extracts the caffeine at a much faster rate. :))

Mark B

Interesting article Scott. Thanks for posting that!

ashmanra

Scott B: I have seen articles stating everything from 20% to 40% to 90%! Don’t “they” know how important this is to us? With all the government grants out there, you would think someone could get some funding to study decaffeinating our tea. Look what happened last time the government messed around with our tea…there was a revolution! :)

Charles Thomas Draper

This is my late-night everynight tea. 2 bags cold-brewed in the Mason Jar. It truly eases the mind and body….

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90
drank Morning Sun by Mandala Tea
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Sipdown! Finishing off the rest of the Morning Sun today and might need to order more soon. :)

Bonnie

Amy, heads up…take a look at a newcomer mrmopar who started following me…he has lots of good puerh…I mean lots! Right now he’s just following me so check him out.

TeaBrat

Thanks!

Cheryl

(((Amy)))

TeaBrat

Thanks Cheryl. I have been avoiding lots of teas because I cannot sleep too much.

Cheryl

Don’t care about that Amy (the tea part). Was happy to see that you commented is all. No explanation needed. And here’s another for later ((((Amy)))).

TeaBrat

Thanks :)

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drank Relaxed Mind by Yogi Tea
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This herbal tisane isn’t too bad, needless to say I am in favor of anything that promotes a relaxed mind, which is why I picked it up. I have a lot of teas with caffeine but it is nice to have some herbal blends as well.

Lavender is not something I’ve been incredibly fond of in tea but I like it okay here. Lots of lavender and sage, I’m not wild about it, will probably finish the rest of it off someday.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Scott B

Greek mountain tea has a natural, slightly lemony flavor. It’s herbal and caffeine-free.

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drank Lao Cong Zi Ya by Norbu Tea
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Interesting tea here, I am not getting the chance to steep it gongfu style per the recommendation. I got a nice dark brown cuppa, which is a bit malty but also has the essence of red wine. By now I think I’ve figured out that Taiwan black teas are not my absolute favorite for some reason, this tea seems to have a hint of tobacco and bitterness as well although the top notes are very sweet. Not too bad overall, but not going on my list of things to repurchase.

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

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Another new tea from Vitacost! You can call me the Tulsi Mama!

I steeped this for around 5 minutes or so – it has a nice minty clove flavor from the tulsi. I’m not sure what the gotu kola is contributing here, but it is supposed to be a good herb for memory.

I am enjoying the flavor combination here, nice and mellow. I wish I had some of this yesterday… it’s so calming. :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Scott B

Holy Basil, Batman-it’s the Tulsi Mama!

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drank Morning Sun by Mandala Tea
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It’s cloudy this morning and I did not sleep a wink last night, but must somehow get it together to go to work and toil away on a big, complicated project.

Thanks to Mandala tea, I have my own Morning Sun today. :)

The wise man J. Krishnamurti once said, “One has to be a light to oneself”

Trying to stay positive and keeping on! what else can you do?

Thanks to all my Steepster friends for the supportive thoughts, it really means a lot to me.

Bonnie

You have some candles here too.

ScottTeaMan

Your welcome.

TeaBrat

Bonnie, you are awesome! Scott too! :D

Missy

I’m glad you are trying to stay positive. It can be pretty difficult especially in your type of situation. I’ll be your personal cheer squad as long as I don’t have to use pom poms. ;)

Doug F

Hopefully, the big, complicated project will take your mind off things. I’ve found that just getting out of bed and maintaining the routine can be the best medicine. Best wishes!

Scott B

Time moves so much faster when you are busy, that should help.

Azzrian

I need to get this in my next mandala order! It didn’t make the cut last time I ordered as I had to skim back but I really want to try it soon!

TeaBrat

Azzrian – I am planning out my next order from them soon, just waiting for payday! :)

Azzrian

Oh they have so much goodness to choose from! :)
I am getting a water treatment system on payday for sure!

ashmanra

I mailed you some tea this morning! You are a beautiful person. May happiness alight in your heart soon! :)

TeaBrat

Thank you ashmanra – right back at ya!

Cheryl

Oh gosh, sorry I missed your news Amy. But I have a feeling you are going to be fine and stronger when the sting/punch wears off some. Hang in there chicka, we all know you can :)

TeaBrat

Cheryl, thanks, It’s sad but I will be ok. ;-)

Bonnie

Tea people are like those fairy godmothers flying around you in Cinderella! (I think I have the right movie …) you get the picture though …

Mike G

Just read over your last note, sorry to hear what happened :(. But like you said, stay positive :)!

TeaBrat

Hi Mike – ayep, will do! thanks.

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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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