2580 Tasting Notes

90
drank Thai Rooibos by Harney & Sons
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My second cup of this today – I do not think this tin will last for very long. See previous notes. ;-)

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86
drank Malted ChocoMaté by 52teas
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I’m not sure I should be drinking this right now (slight stomachache) but I could NOT resist any longer!

The smell of the dry leaves in the bag is absolutely incredible, chocolate-y goodness. I did steep this at around 180 F (who knows what the optimal temperature for mate is?)

I really wanted the malted milk ball experience so I added soymilk and a touch of turbinado sugar to this. OMG! This is so good. I am really getting the chocolate here which is rare for me and chocolate teas. I’m also getting a hint of the malt and the whole thing is just melting into my mouth like a really yummy dessert. I hope I don’t go bouncing off the walls anytime soon due to all the caffeine in this. What a big spanking cup of yum! YUM! :)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 7 min, 0 sec
Missy

I’ve noticed there are conflicting opinions about the steeping parameters for mate. I’ve tried different things but it doesn’t seem to make a huge difference so far. Let me know if you find any thing solid about it. :D

ScottTeaMan

LOL Amy! :)) Spanking cup-hahahahaa. Upton’s says 212 D for 8 min for roasted yerba mate, but when I tried it years ago, it seemed bitter for me at 212 for 5 min. If I had a cup tomorrow, I’d brew it between 180-190 and start at 4 minutes.

Missy

I’ve tried that temp. I think maybe my palate is untrained. I can’t find a notable difference between the two temps. Perhaps if I lower time, I will see a difference. I seem to get the same mate every time. Hehe, that may be a good thing since I like it.

Missy

Scott, I should point out I’ve found more steeping parameters in line with that you have said than the boiling for 5 minutes.

TeaBrat

The few I’ve had seem to be ok when they are steeped for 7-8 minutes but I’m not using boiling water…

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88
drank Gunpowder Green by Harney & Sons
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Gunpowder tea is one of my favorite Chinese green teas – I wanted to try a sample of this even though I have a big bag of Red Blossom’s gunpowder at home. I am curious as to how big of a difference there is between gunpowder teas.

I might have steeped this too long – accidentally… the tea is mellow, assertive, earthy & pungent. It is vegetal in a savory way (think roasted brussels sprouts). There’s a bit of bitterness present but I think it could use a little less steeping time so chalk that up to a user error…

I think it’s interesting that in Harney’s description that almost all gunpowder is made for export. When I was in a Chinese tea shop recently they told me that “Gunpowder is not a Chinese green tea”, which I thought was kind of odd. I mean, clearly it is from there but perhaps he meant the Chinese just do not drink much of it?

Second steep I did for only about 60-90 seconds and I definitely like it better this way. The aroma is mildy smoky and the tea is still assertive and vegetal but it also has a bit of sweetness in the finish instead of bitterness so I think I got it right!

I might get this again if I needed more gunpowder tea but I really liked the lemony gunpowder from Harney! I also recommend reading the entry H&S did on this tea if you want to learn some more nifty facts about how gunpowder tea is made. :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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94

The morning cuppa. I certainly do love this! Today I am again getting a dark bunch of cocoa and caramel hit in the back end by delicious sweet plums. Rich and soothing! See previous notes… :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

The more I read your reviews on RTR teas, I must place an order…….sometime this year. :))

TeaBrat

I have certainly enjoyed my teas from them. :)

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80
drank Original Tulsi by Organic India
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I was right about this original (unflavored) Tulsi and what I wanted to mix it with. It’s very good with a pinch of lemon verbena and some lemongrass. I’m drinking a giant mug full right now and it’s delicious…

ScottTeaMan

I just happen to have some lemon verbena. :))

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82

I hope this tea is not a recipe for heartburn but I really wanted to try it!

My one complaint is that it smells kind of medicinal, both in the bag and in the cup. I think perhaps that’s the honeybush talking? Or the honeybush mixed with mint, it is a bit odd.

I steeped this up for my afternoon dessert drink. I’m getting a lot of mint in this cup and a bit of chocolate. The honeybush lends a nice sweetness to this blend. I’m not reminded as much of ice cream as I am of… graham crackers, I think. I did end up adding soymilk to mine to sort of “pump up” the creaminess factor.

As a dessert tea I liked this pretty well, though not quite as well as the cinnamon roll honeybush. I wish for a bit less peppermint here but it may be perfect for others. It does somehow seem much more decadent than it really is… Another nice blend from 52 Teas!

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

Does the chocolate give you the heartburn? It does to me sometimes. ://

TeaBrat

Chocolate does, and so does peppermint!

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63

One way I have made this tea better is by mixing it with ginger root, now it seems as good as most flavored pu-erhs I have had… ha ha.

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78
drank Tokyo by Harney & Sons
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Some people don’t seem to like bancha, but I think it’s good.

I just wanted a sample of this to try because I have a lot of green tea already. Steeped via regular infuser mug method. I can see sesame seeds in the dry tea, but as other remarked this sesame is very subtle. There is a nice caramel sweetness in this tea, maybe not as much as a dessert tea but close. I might try steeping this with some extra sesame seeds to see what happens.

Overall, a decent blend. Nice clean flavor with a bit of lingering astringency which cleanses your palate, that provides a nice counterpoint to the sweetness of the caramel. I was somehow wishing for something “more”. Not sure I would buy a whole tin of this but I will certainly enjoy the sample that I have. :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec
ScottTeaMan

I have 1/2 a tin of this somewhere-it is probably stale by now, so I guess I’ll have to spring for another tin. Amy, I really enjoyed this and thought it was a near perfect balance. Good Bancha tea flavor, more subtle caramel, and even more so for the sesame seeds. I think I could live with more sesame seed flavor in the blend. I guess that’s what you were hoping for too, so let me know how it turns out. :))

ScottTeaMan

I have 1/2 a tin of this somewhere and it’s probably stale by now, so I’ll have to get a new one soon. Amy, I really enjoy this one with the near perfect balance of Bancha, caramel, and, sesame seeds, but more sesame seed flavor would make it better. Let me know how it turns out! :))

ScottTeaMan

What 2 postings- I didn’t see the first one till the second one posted. It really wasn’t there…….REALLY!

TeaBrat

I was for sure hoping for more sesame seeds!

ScottTeaMan

I would buy a full tin or more even without more sesame seeds. The two ingredients go so well with bancha.

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63

I did make this one last night, used some plain rooibos to tone down the flavor a bit, still seems very strong to me and not at all cookie like. Let me know if anyone wants to swap. :)

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97
drank West Cape Chai by Rishi Tea
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After lunch tea. It’s a sipdown and I will be out of this for a while while I focus on drinking some other other rooibos blends I got lately (but don’t like nearly as much). Will definitely be reunited with this someday…

ScottTeaMan

So This you favorite Rooibos? I may order it, ‘cause I love Rishi’s regular Chai blend. I really like Chai and I like Indian food, but The Chai I’ve had in restaurants has too much milk in it for my tastes.

TeaBrat

I do like it, but your mileage may vary… :)

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