2622 Tasting Notes

89
drank Pot O' Gold by 52teas
2622 tasting notes

I’ve come to realize that flavored teas (and really most any tea, actually) is not at it’s best after about 12 months. I’ve heard that plain black tea and dark oolongs and pu-erhs can keep pretty well though. So I ended up purging some ancient flavored tea I got from TeaGschwendner which is not that great anymore. I could have tried swapping it but that doesn’t seem far to the Steepster community at large. And I’m drinking this tonight as a dessert of sorts, I still like it!

Vortegne

If your tea is worn out from sitting in the cupboard, you can always put it in the freezer for a few minutes and then steep it, it gives the tea a little flavor-boost

TeaBrat

@Vortegne thanks for the tip!

ScottTeaMan

By worn out, do you mean stale?? I don’t think it would help some of my tea that has gone stale. I would give it a try though.

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80
drank Toasted Walnut by DAVIDsTEA
2622 tasting notes

Thanks to Krystalen for sending me this lovely tea!

So it’s the afternoon here, and I’m about to embark on a 3 day weekend. I should be feeling a bit happier, but instead am kinda glum. Perhaps the clouds outside have something to do with it. And I have definitely not had enough tea for one day. :)

So I am finding this to be an interesting one. When I smelled it in the bag I thought it would be really sweet, but it isn’t… kinda glad! I’m definitely getting a nutty aroma here and the pineapple and coconut was kind of a surprise as well. I do think the flavor is subtle but that isn’t really a bad thing because I’m not a huge fan of sickeningly sweet, for the most part. I wonder how this would be a with teeeeeny bit of sugar, might need to try that with the rest of my sample. It smells a little bit better than it tastes but overall I liked it.

Thanks for the sample Krystalen!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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91
drank Palm Court by Harney & Sons
2622 tasting notes

Just a short tasting note, you can see my previous notes for more info.

I was finishing off the last of this one from ashmanra and forgot how good it is. I will need to get some more one of these days. If black teas had personalities, this would be a well-mannered and handsome gentleman. :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
Bonnie

Does he have money?!

SimplyJenW

Is he eligible?

Bonnie

Is he breathing?

TeaBrat

Ha ha! Well, in my dreams perhaps yes… but for now you can get some at Harney and Sons. giggles

Bonnie

You realize that I’m sitting in tea hell (STARBUCKS) right now writing on my Kindle about an imaginary tea flavor man! How pathetic!

ashmanra

This is also excellent with one teaspoon of Rose Scented added to the pot. Yummmmmm.

ScottTeaMan

I tried this tea many, many moons ago, and remember it being pretty good. Then I found it in the cupboard many months later, and it was stale. :-// I think I have a sample, and when I find it I’ll write a proper review.

Scott B

I bought this at the tea shop a couple weeks ago. Brewed it just once, but it was very good. Need to try some more.

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I was not planning on ordering any more teas for a while but after seeing the free shipping code I thought I’d check this out from RtR.

After reading Scott B’s note on the bitterness I decided to steep this at a slightly lower temp and came up with a medium bodied orange color. I thought I would be brave and at least try it plain once before deciding it needed anything.

I am getting some light fruity notes and a bit of sweetness. I definitely think there is some astringency in this cup but so far it is not overwhelming me. Dried plum, maybe. I’m not even sure I know what mace tastes like but it’s got a spicy element of some kind or another. It does remind me a bit of a second flush darjeeling. Just like Scott, as my cup is cooling off I am noticing the bitterness even more. Ick.

I will need to try this with some soymilk to see what happens…

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec
ScottTeaMan

That’s another thing I’ve noticed about teas-astringency, and bitterness are more noticeable as the cup cools.

Scott B

Sorry to hear about this. I was planning on trying it again maybe over the weekend. I really hate to put milk in my tea (except Masala Chai), but if it improves it, definitely let us know.
I have mace in my house. Doesn’t say “sweet” on the label-but it smells kinda sweet. I smelled it to compare with this tea and I didn’t really find it in the tea.

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78
drank Hao Ya 'A' by Harney & Sons
2622 tasting notes

Hmmm. I really haven’t been a huge fan of Keemuns in the past but I felt like I should try this sample again, plus I feel it’s good to broaden one’s horizons. When I look back on my tea tasting journey, I used to hate a lot of things which have recently grown on me.

This tea is very dark and I’m definitely getting the chocolate here. The aroma is a bit… interesting. Getting a bit of tobacco here, reminds me slightly of cigars and I’m also picking up on the smoke in the finish. It isn’t really a sweet kind of smoke like you might get with a lapsang, it’s more sturdy and earthy and as my cup cools I’m picking up on some bitterness so I’m going to try a shorter steep next time.

I know a lot of people love this one but I’m finding it a bit strong for me. I can definitely see why people put keemuns in breakfast blends, I think I might enjoy this more with a little something to help mellow it out. I definitely don’t hate it but I also don’t think it’s destined to become a favorite of mine.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
ScottTeaMan

Don’t give up on it. :))

TeaBrat

I am nothing if not persistent! :-P

SimplyJenW

It is so funny that you think this is strong and I have issue with the East Frisian. Do you add soy/almond milk to East Frisian?

TeaBrat

normally, yes but I don’t seem to like keemuns with soymilk…

Doug F

I’ve never tried a Hao Ya ‘A’ I hear they are wonderful, if you like Keemuns.

TeaBrat

Triumph – they are not my favorite for some reason but I suppose that’s ok. We can’t all love everything, :-P

ScottTeaMan

Amy, I think you would enjoy H & S Supreme Breakfast Blend. I remember it being a rather well balanced blend of Assam & Hao Ya B…….so you get some malt and some smoke. I really enjoyed it.

TeaBrat

I got a sample of their Supreme Breakfast with my last order so I suspect I’ll be trying it soon.

ScottTeaMan

I hope you enjoy it.

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77
drank Adagio by Lupicia
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O.k. this is the last of my new haul from Lupicia.

I have such mixed feelings about this one. I love the green rooibos and the lemongrass. I tried this first hot yesterday and I thought the flavor was really fun. The grapefruit in here really reminds me of Fresca. I was thinking this would be a great substitution for soda, especially in the summertime when I could drink it iced. I liked the flavor a lot but it didn’t sit entirely well in my stomach and made me a bit nauseous later.

I tried cold brewing it and had some of that this afternoon. Again – a similar reaction, very zesty and grapefruity, but again a bit of stomach woes. I don’t know if this is real grapefruit or grapefruit flavoring but it’s a bit too strong for Le Wimpy over here…

I might try blending this with something else, perhaps a white or a green tea would be good. Or – maybe some seltzer water.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Will Work For Tea

LOL! Le Wimpy – you’re hilarious!

Bonnie

I wonder if Adagio has a tea named Lupicia?

TeaBrat

@Bonnie – maybe so!

Azzrian

lol Bonnie!

ScottTeaMan

Amy- I wonder if the grapefruit is the culprit of your nausea? I usually avoid it, because for me it can be too acidic.

TeaBrat

@Scott most likely yes

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85
drank Ginger Tea by Lupicia
2622 tasting notes

OMG – a moment of Steepster not being bogged down. Quick – to post my tasting note!

Well the other review that is listed here was quite dismal but I thought this stuff was terrific. Honestly, I have no idea if there is anything in it aside from black tea and ginger root which I probably could have made myself.

Anyway, it works for me. I love ginger and the black tea base is rich and dessert-like. I checked out the wet leaves and it looks like a CTC assam or something similar. I had a ton of ginger bits in my loose leaf bag and the other taster did not so perhaps tea bags are just not the way to go with this one. Spicy, zingy and flavorful. I had some after lunch and it is squelching my post-salad sweet tooth. I will definitely want to keep this one around. Sometimes simplicity is the essence of perfection, isn’t it?

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Missy

Haha that’s what I’m doing too!

TeaBrat

must write quickly… lol!

Fjellrev

I’ve been writing my reviews in a word processor and would then attack Steepster when I have the chance!

TeaBrat

@Incendiare – I have seriously been considering that too!

Kittenna

@Incendiare – Likewise. If tomorrow during the day is bad again, I’m just going to avoid Steepster until the late evening. It seems quick enough now.

Indigobloom

ahhh I missed that window! but it seems to be ok now. To bad I haven’t had my morning tea yet!

ScottTeaMan

MMMMMM…….Ginger. :))

I usually do tranfer my reviews from a WP, or “right click” COPY my reviews on Steepster now, before I submit a review. That way if they don’t post, I can just PASTE the review and resubmit it. :))

CHAroma

Seriously, what is up with Steepster?? I’m dying for my tea friends!

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I know I have a lot of tea but I have it all organized in my head pretty well. I was looking for my East Frisian Blend from Upton this morning and it seems to have disappeared, along with a co-worker who left last week and also likes tea? lol. I would be mad if it wasn’t so silly.

Anyway I made this extra strong this morning and added soymilk and a dab of sugar. I needed it! The spoon could practically stand on its’ own. Maybe I will get some more of this when I re-order the Frisian tea. :)

Doug F

One of my standards!

ScottTeaMan

Love the Kenilworth, & E Frisian. Did you get the Frisian BOP version?

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91
drank Russian Country by Harney & Sons
2622 tasting notes

I was having a difficult time sleeping last night so when I woke up this morning I was craving a slightly hefty tea with some smoke. This seems to fit the bill quite nicely. :P

Let’s hope Steepster behaves itself so ya’ll can keep me awake today…!

Doug F

So I’m not the only one having problems with the site.

TeaBrat

no… they were saying on Twitter yesterday their server is running over capacity

Doug F

I guess that’s a good thing. Lots of tea lovers out there!

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80

I am having some of this tonight and am bumping the rating up just a wee little bit. I sure was not too crazy about it when I first got it, but the longer steeping time helps. I might even get it again when this tin runs out. :))

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec
Alphakitty

The name alone sounds delicious!

ScottTeaMan

This sounds so good-any Rooibos with Coconut or Chai!

TeaBrat

@Scott, you might like green rooibos better than red, it’s much milder.

ScottTeaMan

I actually have tried a few reds- one from Stash blended with white tea. It was good, but I wasn’t drooling for more. I’ll have to try some greens. :))

ScottTeaMan

Gonna go try steeping my Goomtee Estate Darjeeling gongfu style!

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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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