2809 Tasting Notes
Tea of the evening here… today I went on a long hike with my boyfriend and felt good enough about doing that to order beer and nachos for dinner… ha ha. Unfortunately that also left me with a stomach ache that I was hoping some shu would settle.
I’ve had this blend for over 2 years now, it isn’t bad, I just kind of wish it was gone. Today I gave it a quick rinse and actually found it’s better that way. I did rinse off some of the flavoring too, but in this case that may be a blessing. At least it doesn’t smell fishy like that horrible flavored puerh from David’s. I think I will stop buying flavored puerh though, it is so much better unflavored.
Part of the “Noir” gift set by Tea Forte – I think these were just repackaged things from their normal tea line. Nevertheless, if you’re going to try a bunch of new teas I think samples are the way to go. Teas are from the Jamguri tea garden in Northern India.
The dry leaf smells really bad here, medicinal and cough syrup-y. So I wasn’t really looking forward to trying the cup. I am finding this isn’t too bad, though the cherry flavor is pretty light. It’s only slightly cough syrup-y. Also this tea has licorice in it, so take note of that, licorice haters. :) I think this would be a nice one to try as an iced tea. And I do like the black tea base here. So overall it’s not bad.
I wonder if these were reformulated recently, but I am not going to create a new entry.
Tea of the morning here.
I feel I’ve tried most of Kusmi’s blends and the Russians are a little too overpowering for me, but the plain teas I’ve tried really aren’t interesting enough. So the 4 Red Fruits is a good combination for me. I like that the flavoring is subtle and not overly perfume-y, but I do get all the berry and cherry flavors in my cup. Aside from Lupicia, I don’t find a lot of flavored teas I’m too impressed with but this is a good blend IMO. Reminds me of fruit and chocolate. Grateful that the flavoring seems natural and it’s good with soymilk.
This is probably more of an afternoon tea for most people, but I am enjoying it with breakfast. :)
I still have almost all of the Kusmi Wellness blends too, if anyone would like to try/swap for them.
Flavors: Black Currant, Cherry, Chocolate, Strawberry
I’m normally not one for jasmine, but this white pearl tea is so nice. I discovered I can steep it for a short period of time in the gaiwan… like 20 – 30 seconds and the jasmine is not too strong. It tasted so fresh and natural to me and the white tea notes are delicate, sweet and peachy.
So great for a relaxing evening. Le sigh
This came in the Lupicia Happy Bag of 2015…
I like it fairly well even though it’s a teabag. :) Assam tea mixed with cinnamon, clove, fennel and bitter orange. There’s no ginger or cardamom in here, which I really like in my chais. It was good with soymilk and a bit of coconut sugar. I’m pretty glad this came in the Happy bag. I am enjoying it, but it might be a little too rough for some people’s tastes. It definitely seems very energizing….
I am trying this for the first time, it’s a result of a giveaway from Ubacat.
I’ve had a few flavored mates in the past. The best ones so far seem to come from Fusion Teas and I’ve been wanting to place an order with them for a while…. but can’t seem to justify it at the moment.
The package says to steep this at 150 F for 3-5 minutes. I decided to live dangerously so mine is more about 170 F for 5 minutes. The tea is very dark and reminds me of coffee in that it’s also fairly bitter. I am getting a bit of mocha. It reminds me of a chocolate covered espresso bean.. However, I couldn’t really drink this without adding soymilk and coconut sugar. then again, I don’t drink coffee black either. It’s nice to have a few mate blends around just to really have that energy boost. But I am coveting the Fusion teas blends once again… sigh
This is ok and I will finish off the pouch but I don’t need to buy any… I will revise the rating if a shorter steeping time makes it more enjoyable.
Just a nice herbal tea from my favorite tea store in Berkeley. It has a pleasant herbaly, fresh flavor and the ingredients are mostly relaxing, like lemon balm, catnip, passionflower… which makes it a good tea for bedtime or anytime relaxation. I’ll have to remember this the next time I start to feel anxious. It works!
I know the other day I was bitching about David’s Tea but I did go in there today to buy a couple of blends I actually like from them (Coco Chai Rooibos and Chocolate Rocket).
This seems to be one of those teas that people either love or hate. I thought I was going to be in the “love” category myself because when I first tasted it I thought it was pretty good. I like cinnamon and clove, and they seemed to be nicely done in this tea. But as this is cooling off I am getting the fishy smell that other people noticed. I drink a lot of puer and I can tell you that this is not really normal for me to have this reaction to puer. I think maybe the puer they used just isn’t such a great quality. It’s a shame since this could have been such a great tea, but cinnamon and fish don’t go together at all.
Meanwhile I am kicking myself for succumbing to this…. F*uck I’m not sure I can finish my cup! Why did I do it???? It smells “rotten”
I got a cup of this Saigon chai at the David’s Tea store to try it. I didn’t have them add any sweetener to this (just soy milk). It definitely seemed quite cinnamon-y and pepper-y. David’s Tea seems to very fond of both cinnamon and pepper. This seemed kind of weak to me, it could have used more black tea IMO. Maybe the staff made this a little bit weak, it’s hard to tell. When I tossed my teabag out I thought it seemed kind of small for the cup size. Anyway this was okay, but I didn’t love it.