2809 Tasting Notes

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drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
2809 tasting notes

Honestly I cannot remember when I bought this mate blend but I decided to have it on a whim this morning when I woke up. I don’t tend to like flavored teas first thing in the morning, but this wasn’t too bad. It has more of a berry flavor than I remember and certainly seemed to wake me up a bit.

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Good morning Steepster.
I found this lurking in my tea collection this morning and evidently I haven’t reviewed it (until now). This came as one of my dark tea of the month selections from Yunnan Sourcing a while back.

I decided to steep it for 2.5 minutes and with boiling water, which may have been overkill for this tea. It is an assamica variety and definitely has a lot of malt and chocolate. I am getting a slight bitterness in the finish which could be cut down with decreased steeping time, or a lower water temp. This is good on its own or with a splash of soymilk. I will certainly enjoy the rest of the package but I don’t think I will need to purchase this.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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Feeling tired this afternoon and all of a sudden started sneezing so I am either getting a cold or allergy attack. I’m hoping some green tea will help me feel better. I find this is a good solid choice for the afternoon due to the relaxing effect of jasmine. This isn’t too bad for a teabag but I gave 1/2 the box to my boyfriend who prefers teabags. I am really fighting to stay awake this afternoon!

Kristal

Gotta love Jasmine green tea. Hope you feel better soon!

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drank Yunnan Fancy by Peet's Coffee & Tea
2809 tasting notes

Sipdown…
I did not sleep that well last night and have a raging headache so I think this will be a long day. I am finally finishing off a tin of this. This is one of the teas Peet’s has discontinued with their shift to the Mighty Leaf line. It isn’t a really great yunnan so that’s not a big loss. Still it has been growing on me, lol. Good breakfast tea with milk and sugar.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
CharlotteZero

Feel better!

Tealizzy

Aww! Hope you feel better soon!

TeaBrat

thanks… I definitely plan to go to bed early tonight :)

Dustin

I didn’t realize Peet’s was shifting to ML. That is kinda sad.

TeaBrat

@Dustin yeah they bought the ML a year or two back

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76
drank Lishan Oolong by Tea Ave
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Finally we are getting some cold and rainy weather in S.F. which is perfect for tea drinking. So I need to start working on drinking down my stash soon. Currently I have enough tea for about 10 people so the greener ones are going to start going stale quickly.

I am still not blown away by this Lishan but I’m getting some nice vegetal notes as well as a light bit of butter. Good words to describe this are “fresh” and “light”

Preparation
2 min, 15 sec
Aseem Kawatra

Good Lishan is getting harder to come by or late, I picked up some good winter Lishan at a vendor in Taipei. Like you said “fresh and light”.

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Good morning Steepster. My day did not get off to a good start as I already spilled a cup of coffee on myself and the floor of the cafe I was at this morning. Maybe this is a sign I should give up on coffee?

I got this as a small sample pack from Happy Earth a while back. I didn’t time my steeping too closely, so I would say this is a pretty forgiving tea. This stuff is also truly delicious! I am definitely getting the notes of chocolate, malt and spice. It does have a slight fruitiness in the finish. They call it plum, I was thinking red wine. It’s a very rich and bold tea, it stands up well on its own but mght also be nice with a touch of milk. Another quality Nepalese tea from Happy Earth. So glad I tried this one, I might need more :)

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt, Spices

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

I just picked up a bunch of this :) I can’t wait to try.

Indigobloom

Hope your afternoon was better!!

TeaBrat

@Haveteawilltravel – I think you’ll like it!
@Indigobloom – it was, thanks!

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93
drank Sencha "Chiran" by Lupicia
2809 tasting notes

Sipdown… finally finishing off a bag of this today. I have a lot more Japanese green tea at home. I wonder if I will ever drink it all but at least I have stopped buying more (for the time being). This is an enjoyable afternoon cuppa. I like that this sencha is a bit sweeter than some others I have tried.

Doug F

Sencha is pretty much the only green tea I drink these days. Must be good for the teeth. :)

TeaBrat

maybe! At least I didn’t have any cavities this last time I went to the dentist

Doug F

I know. I saw your picture on Instagram.

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Trying this tea I got from Dragon Tea House a few weeks ago. It’s been ages since I had a sheng, but I’m in that kind of mood this morning. :) I know these are not top of the line teas in terms of sheng but I usually like them anyway.

This smelled very smoky after I took the wrapper off. I decided to do some steeps in my xiying teapot. After a quick rinse, I found steep #1 was very strong and aggressive. A typical Xiaguan young sheng. Definitely has a lot of smoke and a bitter finish.

Steep #2 – I did for 5 seconds at the most. I think less is definitely more for this one. Also I am using water that is below the boiling point, at about 180 degrees. The shorter steeping time did help a bit on the aggression but this is still strong, smoky and somewhat brothlike.

Steep #3 – smokiness is subsiding somewhat. Still a bittersweet finish with bitter fading a bit

Steep #4 – this is finally being a little more palatable, ha. Getting less bitter and some apricot and floral notes are starting to emerge. Still a hint of smoke in the finish.

Verdict: this seems to me a typical Xiaguan. I wouldn’t say the purple tea has made much of a difference to my palette. OK to drink now but will really benefit from a few more years of aging to balance this sucker out. I am not sure how to rate this but I have enjoyed it. Not recommended if you have a dislike for smoky teas.

Preparation
0 min, 15 sec

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Good morning Steepster. Just trying to revive myself here after not sleeping too well last night but I think I just need a nap later, ho hum.

Anyway I am finishing off my supply of this today. I’m guessing it’s been 2 years since I originally purchased it. Today I am really getting the molasses and brown sugar notes. It seems almost too luxurious for an every day morning tea it’s something special to be savored. Glad I can enjoy it on this foggy day in San Francisco.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec
BigDaddy

His teas are so good.

TeaBrat

I need to go back there!

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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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