2539 Tasting Notes

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This is a sample I got from Upton ages ago and am just trying it now, seems like fall is a good time for an apple cider tisane.

I steeped this for the full 8 minutes recommended on the package but it still doesn’t seem very flavorful. This tastes mostly like woodsy rooibos with a tiny hint of apple and cinnamon. I liked this a bit better after adding two drops of stevia, but this sample isn’t compelling me to buy more.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 OZ / 29 ML

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78

Backlog. I got some of this recently and tried it for the first time last night. I was surprised at how good it was. The roasted and slightly bitter taste reminded me a lot of coffee but without the acid reflux I get from coffee. I had mine with soymilk and it was yummy. The only negative thing is that dandelion root is a diuretic; after drinking a big mug of this I was in the bathroom constantly! So if you’re feeling bloated this might be a good thing. Otherwise I will need to be careful with this stuff and stick to a smaller cup. Yowsa!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
The Cookie Lady

This is great for liver cleansing, which is part of why you’ll end up peeing so much ;) I like it cold-steeped with lemon in it or mixed with other berry-flavored herbals.

TeaBrat

good to know, thanks

tantonino

^ seems like a must for every college student out there

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84

I haven’t had this in ages but for some reason I was just in the mood for it this morning. Does a tea this oxidized go stale? Like a Da Hong Pao, I imagine it will be good for a long time.

I was doing shorter steeps of this in my gaiwan this morning. It gives off a very roasted aroma and flavor, which is good for coffee drinkers. Other flavors I am picking up are mushroom, cinnamon and a bit of stone fruit. This tea is not for everyone, it does have a rather strong flavor and some people don’t seem to like roasted teas. I want to try drinking more of mine while the weather is colder, seems appropriate somehow.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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drank Snickerdoodle by DAVIDsTEA
2539 tasting notes

I am still not a fan of this but discovered if you mix about 1/3 of this mixture with 2/3 plain rooibos it becomes drinkable. Not sure if I will try to drink it this way in the future since there are a lot better rooibos blends out there (even a few that are in my stash). I have no idea how they got snickerdoodle out of this, to me it tastes more like cinnamon and apples.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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90

I’ve decided that osmanthus is my favorite floral tea, both jasmine and rose can be too strong and overwhelming but osmanthus is gentle and subtle.

This flower tea came as a free sample from Teavivre and I’m getting around to finally trying it today. Here’s a pic of the flower as it’s opening up:

http://instagram.com/p/vZoz3rILdL

At first I thought this was a white tea due to the sweetness, but it is in fact a silver needle green tea. The flavor of this is very sweet and light with notes of honey, apricot and peach, a wonderful afternoon tea. Something about it seems slightly hydrating as well. It’s interesting to note that osmanthus has some health benefits also; but I will drink this for the pure pleasure! I might have to get some plain osmanthus someday just to try it.

Thank you Angel, for sharing this beautiful flower tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

It’s my fave floral too!! :P

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84
drank Peppermint tea by Twinings
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Afternoon tea. I am back from the gym and I am sooo sore already, I wonder how I will be feeling tomorrow?

I stopped by Starbucks on my way home for a rare treat — Peppermint Mocha. I was still in the mood for mint when I came home so I decided to brew some of this up. It’s definitely relaxing to have a cup of minty tea when my stomach can deal with it. Good with about 2 drops of stevia. I think my favorite minty tea might still be Candy Cane Lane, perhaps I’ll have some of that later for my wild & crazy Friday night!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Sencha Berry Fig by Tealux
2539 tasting notes

Thanks to The Cookie Lady for sending me this tea to try. Overall, this is not my favorite kind of sencha, I much prefer the really green, steamed vegetal leaves but it’s still rather nice. A very mild green tea with definite berry essence. I am not getting so much fig, there is a little bit of soft fig taste in the background but it’s not that obvious over the tartness of the berries.

I like fruity senchas and I enjoyed trying this, but with my large Lupicia stash I am pretty well set on flavored senchas for a while. ;)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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92

Oh, I was happy yesterday to have found a grocery store that sells some MF teas for a lot less money than what I was paying at the snooty french bakery in Hayes Valley! yes!

So this tea… I was not a fan of it the first time I tried it but I had a “to go” cup and I don’t think there was enough leaf in the tea. Now that I am trying it at home, the dry leaf smells very fruity and chocolate-y and the tea itself is really nice. I’m definitely getting the vanilla-caramel sort of notes which are enhanced when I add soymilk to the tea. This is definitely on the hefty side (when you make it properly) but not bitter or overly tannic. I am definitely enjoying it and glad I bought a tin!

Someone is jack hammering outside of my window so it looks like I won’t be lingering around too long to enjoy this… :-/

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

Blocs this one, but American breakfast edged it out by just a little last time I had the two… Lol

Sil

Stupid autocorrect blocs = loved

TeaBrat

Ah, good to know! I don’t know if they had the American Breakfast but I’ll look into it the next time I am there.

yyz

Yum!

Sil

if i recall correctly american breakfast was a little more chocolatey..but i love them both a lot

Fjellrev

Nice snag!

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Steepster is acting slow again, so I’m not sure if this tea will make it to the dashboard.I tried “liking” a few people’s notes and they didn’t stick either.

Anyway, it’s been freezing cold in my apartment today and I’ve been trying to drink a lot of warm tea but I don’t need any more caffeine after my 1 pm coffee which still has me kind of wired at almost 9 pm.

I’ve had this tea forever and it’s been lurking in my cupboard where I forgot about it. This is the kind of bergamot tea I actually enjoy since the tea is lightly flavored with bergamot, very subtle and compliments the black tea well. This is good with soymilk and a touch of stevia this evening. I wouldn’t turn down a cup if offered, but it can’t really compare to the decaf Paris by Harney and Sons. This is also in a paper teabag which doesn’t help the flavor. It is a decent cuppa, however.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Pau D' Arco by Alvita
2539 tasting notes

I am still trying to figure out a way to make this more palatable but it hasn’t been easy. yesterday I was at the herb store and got some plain lemongrass. I tried mixing the two this morning, but it was still too bitter and I ended up needing sweetener. I suppose that might negate the healthy effects of the herb… so I guess my best solution for now is to mix it with licorice root. I have a goal to drink one cup of this a day in addition to Kyolic garlic caps to boost my immune system. It’s vile but I am drinking it anyway!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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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!

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