2307 Tasting Notes

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
2307 tasting notes

Tea of the morning here; this is an old favorite of mine and practically everyone else on Steepster. :)

Although I wouldn’t really classify the Laoshan Black as a “breakfast” tea per se, I am finding the cocoa and roasted barley of the tea to be extremely comforting today. As a general rule I don’t take NSAID’s due to a prior stomach issue but I started in on a low dose of ibuprofren yesterday to see if I can get rid of this tendonitis and get back to more physical therapy!

Cavocorax

Mmmmm… I nearly brought some of this to work today and now I wish I had.

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79
drank Wedding Tea by Harney & Sons
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I’ve never had this one before and couldn’t resist picking some up when I came across a local coffee shop that sold some Harney teas in the tagalong tins…

The color of this is darker than some white teas I’ve tried and I was wondering if perhaps this was due to the rose element. When I compare mine to the picture that Harney provides, it definitely looks a lot darker. The aroma of this is very flowery and flavor wise, I get more vanilla and rose than anything else. A nice sweetness is present here but I wouldn’t say the lemon note is too prominent (I can’t really find it). I’m not the biggest fan of white teas in general, but I could see how this would be nice for a wedding or an afternoon tea served with cake.

More vanilla seems to be coming to the front as the cup cools, and if you ask me, this is smelling more and more like a cupcake as time goes by. I may try steeping this at a slightly lower temp. next time.

Probably not something I need to keep around for the permanent collection but I will certainly finish off the mini tin.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70
drank Té de Frutas by Lupicia
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Update
Cold brewed this overnight in the fridge but I think I prefer this one hot.

The lychee notes really come through in the cold brew but it also tastes a bit bitter and soapy to me so I don’t think I will do this again… he he

CharlotteZero

Hm. Good to know! I usually never cold brew anyway, because I have the tendency to forget about it for days and ruin the batch…

TeaBrat

It might be better just brewed the regular way and then poured over ice.

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80

This morning I was walking through Japantown on an errand and decided to stop in a little shop that had Japanese tea and candy. This sounded really nice to me. It comes in a paper cube with 10 individually wrapped paper teabags. I would prefer mesh for obvious reasons but beggars can’t be choosers. :-P

I steeped this for 1.5 minutes using the green tea setting on my variable temp water kettle. This is a ryokucha tea. The aroma is slightly flowery and the tea has a mild vegetal flavor. I’d say the cherry blossom flavor is fairly subtle and natural. I don’t think I’ve had another cherry blossom tea so I’m not sure what to compare this with. It is a very pleasant cuppa however, fresh and elegant are two words that come to mind. There’s an underlying sweetness in the finish of the tea but I don’t think any sugar was added to this. I’m not disappointed I bought this and the teabags will be good for travel or at the office.

Nice discovery for a Monday…

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

Sounds nicely balanced. A lot of the sakura teas I’ve tried have been either very weak or very tart.

TeaBrat

I did enjoy it. Would you care for a sample?

gmathis

PM’ing you.

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93

Finishing off this delicious sample I got from Norbu a while back. Every sip has such interesting flavors… evergreen, a hint of smoke, cherries, sweet malt. I had the 2011 spring version which is no longer available but they still have the 2012 version on their site. Very tempting!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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86

Tea of the morning here and it’s a sipdown… Black yunnans never disappoint me and this has been an enjoyable tea, one I would not hesitate to buy again if I place another order with the Jasmine Pearl. Nice and malty this morning and I do get the peppery kick today.

See previous notes if interested.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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70
drank Té de Frutas by Lupicia
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It’s been a bummer of a day. I just haven’t felt up to doing much aside from resting due to pain and insomnia. I woke up from a nap though, which was really nice. I don’t think I need any more caffeine for the rest of the day, so I thought I’d check out this tea I got last week.

In the tin, this has a very intense fruit aroma of strawberry, peach and lychee. I decided to steep this for 3 minutes according to package directions. The flavor of the tea is definitely a lot more delicate than the aroma of it. Thankfully this doesn’t have the bitterness of some decaf teas I’ve tried, but I was hoping for a little more of a flavor punch. I’m getting a bit of strawberry and peach but the lychee is difficult to find and something is a tad astringent about the whole deal. A pinch of sugar was helpful. Still, I have pretty low expectations when it comes to decaf black teas and overall I think this is o.k.

I decided to stick some in the fridge and cold brew it overnight in the Lupicia handy cooler. Maybe that will help bring out some of the flavor a bit more?

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
CharlotteZero

I just picked this one up for myself yesterday. I really wish they made a non-decaf version. I’d like to know how the cold brew turns out!

TeaBrat

I’ll post another note about the cold brew tomorrow :)

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99
drank Chestnut Green Tea by Lupicia
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Sigh
I am having a difficult morning, lots of shoulder pain today and I wish it would just end already!

So it was a perfect time to try this tea, I’ve been wanting to sample this for ages and I can’t believe I never have. It’s delicious! The aroma is sweet and chestnutty, it smells like a decadent dessert of the marzipan variety. The flavor is so good, slightly vegetal almost buttery with loads of sweet chestnut flavor. I don’t know how Lupicia managed this one but it is definitely the best flavored green I’ve had. There is probably artificial flavor in here but I don’t care, ‘cause it’s amazing. This will definitely end up as a staple in my cupboard.

Not sure what else to say about it aside from YUM is the word! Tough times call for delicious teas!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Dinosara

Mmmm I love this one! I really must order some now that it is back in stock (finally!)

TeaBrat

I’m wishing I had bought two!

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Thanks to MzPriss for this sample. I’ve had one other keemun mao feng and that was Harney’s version which I quite liked.

At the 3 minute mark, this brews up to be a medium amber kind of color. I’m getting gentle cocoa notes and there’s something about this that seems almost flowery to me. Other people have mentioned smoke which I am not really getting, aside from a bit of tobacco in the finish that stays with you a bit after you’ve sipped on it. This is very pleasant. Overall it seems like keemun mao fengs may be more to be liking as they seem a bit more gentle than the other keemuns I’ve tried. I guess it has to do with the processing of the leaf.

Glad I got to try this one! — p.s it’s also delicious with soymilk

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
MzPriss

I’m sorry it’s a rough day :(
I usually steep this one about 4 minutes which is a wee bit long for it, but I like it that way. I’m brewing the cardamom tea you sent me now and I’m rolling out pasta cause I was grumpy. Coking makes me happier and cardamom almost always works too. Get better!

TeaBrat

thanks!

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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This morning I was feeling adventurous so I mixed the last of my assam sample in with some yunnan from the Nature’s Tea Leaf. The result is a very hefty cup with lots of malt and the spicy yunnan aftertaste… yumm. I should really look for some more breakfast blends with yunnans or just make up my own. Somehow I am always disappointed in the tradtional assam/ceylon breakfast blends.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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