2469 Tasting Notes

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drank Tiramisu Treviso by Teavana
2469 tasting notes

Thanks to TheDJBooth for giving me some of this in a recent swap.

hmm, I agree with the other reviewers here, this doesn’t taste much like tiramisu. I got an almond aroma in the bag and my tea tastes a bit like a rooibos mocha almond drink. I’m picking up on coffee, weird. The flavor was helped along with the addition of some soymilk which made it more dessert like for yours truly.

This wasn’t bad but I’m not too surprised it was discontinued… I was glad I got to try it though!

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
Scott B

Have you had vegan tiramisu before?

TeaBrat

no, I can see that tofu would be a good sub for all that cheese though!

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Mandala is quickly becoming one of my favorite places to buy pu-erh from. I’m excited my Mengku gifting raw cake arrived today along with a few other goodies (ok, lots).

Those of you who read my tea log may know my fondness for the green rice scented pu-erhs. I’m kind of curious about what this rice scented herb is (Nuo Mi Xiang), but it smells so good. The aroma reminds me of hot buttered popcorn.

These are an interesting departure from regular shu, but not sweet or flowery which seems like a definite bonus (I’ve had the rose and chrysanthemum varieties before and they never thrilled me). I did one steep for about 45 seconds (regular infuser mug method) and got a medium-light smooth and earthy cup with a definite savory flavor. I liked it but thought it was a little light.

My second steep was for 1.5 or 2 minutes and then I got a dark, smooth and enticing elixir which is reminiscent of a cup of kona coffee. Ah, joy… The rice aroma is still sticking around through this second steep and now the leaves have unfurled a bit more to show some of their beauty. I am fascinated by this stuff, can you tell?

The third steep I left in for around 3 minutes, which resulted in a slightly lighter cup than #2. Here I think the rice aroma/flavor is fading a bit but the shu is emerging as a tasty, mellow champ.

yep, I liked this pretty well!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
Garret

Hi Amy!! Just got back from China on a tea buying spree and read your recent reviews of some of our products. Thank you for taking the time to do so!! I had the fortune of visiting some tea gardens and buying mao cha directly from the farmers and am having some more raw tea pressings done this summer!! Found some good ripe materials as well that I am working on blending. Did I send you a sample of my latest ripe pressing, the gong ting (not on website yet)? If not, i’ll get some of that to you. I pressed 200 of those cakes and they should arrive in the next couple of weeks. Wishing you well!!

TeaBrat

Hi Garret -I did get it but haven’t had the chance to try it yet. For me pu-erh really needs my undivided attention and I’ve been so busy lately!

Kittenna

And this is the other one you sent me?

Kittenna

Ok :) Quick tutorial on brewing a little tuocha – do you rinse it? If so, how long/how hot? Do I need to break it up into pieces? I’ll follow your infusion times here (and go with just under boiling water, as it appears you did).

TeaBrat

Eh, good question! I usually rinse mine with boiling water briefly just to get rid of dust or anything that’s accumulated. I suggest you start with a light infusion of 30 seconds and see what you think, if the tea is too light keep increasing the steeping time until it gets the way you want it, you should be able to get a few steeps out of it. I don’t usually break mine up, I just keep the steeping times shorter if I’m using a small cup. I hope that helps! :)

Garret

What Amy said :)
You may check this out, too, a little video of mine from the tea room about mini-tuo cha:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdIW5jzwMCs

ENJOY!!!

Kittenna

Thanks Amy & Garret! I feel much more confident now :D And I think I’ll use my little glass teapot like was done in the video, as I think it would work well for the purpose. Ooooh, I’m excited! (Now the only question is… do I drink this before I go for a run, or after?!)

Garret

Hi Krystaleyn! I am a runner, too! I usually always start my mornings pre-run with pu’er tea! You can have a few steepings prior to a run and then use it for hydration following the run, too. Tea is great for the electrolyte balancing properties – in actuality, it is more hydrating than water alone! Happy running!!

Kittenna

Great to know! I ended up deciding before I read your comment that I would have it first, mainly because it’s hot and humid still here, so it may be an hour or more until it’s cool enough for me to go running. I imagine it may still be going strong for more infusions when I get back, too!

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This morning I am finishing off this sheng sample from Bana. I remember fondly my revelation that sheng did not have to be a sour, assertive beast after trying some of theirs. I am certainly wanting to purchase a cake or two of this, see previous notes.

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drank Palm Court by Harney & Sons
2469 tasting notes

Special thanks to ashmanra for sending me this sample which is making my morning quite delightful!

Most often I drink single black teas instead of blends, because I find I don’t care for the blends. However, this is delicious! I am just getting used to drinking black teas straight, and if I can drink a black tea without dumping milk and sugar in it, I find that to be a good sign. ;-)

This is a very rich and round tea. Others have said it’s a blend of assam, ceylon, keemun and oolong. I am not picking up on smoky flavors but I am definitely getting the oolong here in the finish. This would be a nice breakfast blend for myself although I could also see serving it as an afternoon or evening tea. It’s exceedingly smooth and elegant and would go well with sweets or heartier fare. I can see wanting to have this in my cupboard at all times, so now I am kind of bummed I just placed an order with H&S a few days ago!

I couldn’t help myself and I googled the Palm Court, it looks rather posh:

http://www.fairmont.com/theplaza/GuestServices/Restaurants/ThePalmCourt.htm

I couldn’t tell if they were serving this Harney tea from looking at their menu, but it does seem like quite an experience! Dreaming….

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Scott B

Sounds like something worth checking out.

TeaBrat

It certainly appealed to me. ;-)

Camiah

Sounds wonderful. I’ll have to add it to my shopping list!

ashmanra

I love it, too. This one is also great mixed with rose scented for an afternoon foofy treat! You may also like Eight at the Fort by Harney. It reminds me a wee bit of this one.

ScottTeaMan

I agree Ash…….8 at the 4RT does have some similarities.

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drank West Cape Chai by Rishi Tea
2469 tasting notes

So. very. yum.

Seeing as how I’ve gone through 3 tins of this since January I might just have to break down and order the 1 lb. size from them. Still my favorite rooibos by far…

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
SuperHrefna

This sounds very interesting – I’m not convinced by rooibos but I love chai with a passion and I’m always looking for a good caffeine-free tea. I will have to look out for this one!

TeaBrat

I am just starting to warm up to rooibos myself :)

Scott B

Maybe I will check this out next time they have a free shipping promo-still looking for a Rooibus I like that is not a holiday tea.

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I was surprised at how much I liked this one, my sample went away pretty quickly! It reminds me of a decadent Starbucks drink but without all the calories (it is good with a bit of soymilk however)

I will definitely be getting more soon along with some of the other mates to try…

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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Normally my after lunch tea is a pu-erh but I really wasn’t sure since I had Indian food for lunch. Decided to go with something tried and true… I would like to try some other moroccan mints sometime to see how they compare with this one. I think it is a bit on the light side but refreshing.

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97
drank Organic Houjicha by Den's Tea
2469 tasting notes

This houjicha seems to be the perfect thing for the rain and cold weather. I love the roasted and sweet flavor of this, see previous notes. I recommend it!

Dylan Oxford

I may have to take you up on that recommendation! I tried some Houji kukicha at a shop today (since the shop owner told me roasted green tea didn’t exist… I decided not to argue). It tasted good… but not perfect. I’ll have to try Den’s, since it’s made of imaginary roasted leaves ;)

TeaBrat

I do recommend checking them out. If you get the $3 sampler it comes with some houjicha. :)) http://www.denstea.com/bnew-to-dens-teab-3-green-tea-sampler-for-novices-c-377_386.html

ScottTeaMan

Thanks for the link Amy.

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Thanks to LiberTeas for sending me a sample of this to try! It’s gloomy and rainy here this morning so it seemed like the perfect time to try this out.

Red teas are intriguing to me. The wet leaves here had an aroma of malt and cocoa. The cup is very smooth and sweet tasting at the beginning but then gets sort of bitter and astringent at the end, I think I will try steeping this at a slightly lower temp next time. The predominate flavors I am getting here are malt and chocolate with a nice fruitiness of plums. I was drinking this plain but then decided to add some soymilk because it is so strong. I think I will need to take the rest of this home and gong fu it to see if I get better results. It’s pretty neat stuff though.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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drank Hand Picked Bao Zhong by Samovar
2469 tasting notes

Someone gave my bf one of the Teavana glass tea makers so I’ve been trying it out, I cold brewed this in the refrigerator for 48 hours and it works well, I think I prefer this tea hot, since it became lightly vegetal and slightly astringent instead of sweeter like I was hoping it would.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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