2809 Tasting Notes

66
drank Pumpkin Rooibos by Fusion Teas
2809 tasting notes

I’m back from my trip, sad that 3 day weekends seem so short (as do all weekends, or any time I’m not at work).

I decided I wanted a cup of something from the minute I walked in the door but maybe caffeine was not a good idea at this late hour. I had not tried this blend from Fusion Teas before now. It smells exacly like a pumpkin pie when you open up the bag… mmm!

This was steeped for around 8 minutes with boiling water. I did add some soymilk to mine since that’s usually how I drink rooibos. This reminds me a bit of a sweet potato pie! There’s some stevia in it which is definitely not my favorite. I’d rather just add my own sweetener. Stevia leaves a weird aftertaste in my mouth. Aside from that, this blend has a lot of cinnamon, ginger and mace which does give it the flavor of a pumpkin or a sweet potato pie. If there was no stevia I certainly would have rated this a lot higher. Note to self: be a bit more careful on reading labels in the future.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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84

There is a very cute little shop in Monterey called Cha-ya, the sign said they sold Japanese tea so I was excited to go in. I got a cup of matcha and took these teabags to go. I am drinking one in the hotel. This is a delicious sencha, especially for a teabag. I was happy to stumble across this in my travels!

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100
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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We are on vacation in Moss landing but it just started pouring down rain… boo

There was no good tea at our B&B so I was glad I brought some with me. :) I had a teabag of Paris that I brought with me, it was a sample from the International Tea Festival. All we had was hot water from a dispenser which was still not very hot. I am a whiner… yes, when it comes to tea I can be pretty whiny. I think tomorrow I will try green tea with my breakfast.

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100

I am treating myself to this today. It’s been a while and I forgot how good it is! (see previous notes)

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82
drank Cocoa Orange by Fusion Teas
2809 tasting notes

I accidentally typed this note in the Orange Spice rooibos section a moment ago, so I’m going to try again!

Herbal blends can be difficult to do well, or creatively. This is a very earthy cup with orange, cocoa notes and a bit of citrus from the lemongrass. The cocoa element I found to be fairly light but lends some depth to this blend. It is fairly well balanced but also hearty enough to be a nice substitute for coffee. I am not feeling too overpowered by the spices in this blend, but I like my teas kinda spicy.

I liked this a lot and would definitely reorder.

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79
drank Tropical Tulsi by Fusion Teas
2809 tasting notes

This is nice when you cold brew it, I tried that last night. But not so nice with a shot of Captain Morgan’s Rum added… ;-)

Azzrian

LOL Oh Amy :) I used to love the Captain.

TeaBrat

we used to drink it all the time in college but I haven’t had any for years!

Dylan Oxford

Heh, old song I used to listen to when I was younger called ‘El Capitan’ by OPM about Captain Morgan rum. I haven’t heard that song in years, and it’s stuck in my head now. Good song :)

ScottTeaMan

Got sick drinking rum & coke. I too, haven’t had it for years! ;-))

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85

Sometimes it really taxes my poor brain trying to figure out what kind of tea to drink…

I had a cranberry muffin for breakfast and this darjeeling is going very nicely with it… a bit flowery and fruity. I am enjoying it!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

Do you feel that the Premium Blend is worth the $$$? I’ll bet the cranberry muffin(s) are! I heart cranberry things (plants and birds and rocks and things….sands and hills and rain)! Laaa La La Ahhh La La Laaa…….

ScottTeaMan

So what d’ya think sister golden hair?? :))

TeaBrat

Eh, it’s just ok. Probably would not repurchase this again.

Cheryl

You are dating yourself now : )

ScottTeaMan

HeHeHehehehe…….:))

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95

The morning cuppa. I really liked this one, it is indeed “tippy” and perfect with a touch of soymilk! see previous notes.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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63

I really can’t rate this one for now… upon smelling the wet leaf and the tea I could not place the aroma, then it reminded me: OMG! Indian food! To me this smells exactly like a curry dish. I even had to check to see that there was no turmeric in this. A bit of sweetener was a must but I still feel like I should be dipping a samosa into this.

I tried a bit of the wet steeped fruit in my blend and there must be something spicy in this besides ginger, maybe even cayenne pepper? Wow. I generally like spicy herbal teas but this is potent! I did not overdo it with the leaf but perhaps next time I will try slightly less?

I will check back soon with the Steepster crowd to make sure I am not losing my mind….

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

Sounds scrumptous! Hey, we all lose our minds from time to time. Well…….I’ll speak for me, myself, and I- we three do agree! :))

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85

I found that if I steeped this at a lower temperature for a longer period of time it takes on some different characteristics and this really brings out the sweetness, while retaining a woodsy almost spicy quality.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 15 sec
ashmanra

Do you think this is worth buying? Based on your first review I thought about getting enough to ut aside for a few years and keep some out for now.

TeaBrat

How much experience do you have with green puerhs?

ashmanra

I have only had one, and that was Harney’s Ziyun Puerh Maocha. I have only tried about six shu puerhs, but I liked them all pretty well, except for fishy parts! Rishi’s shu was boring. Shengs are very different different from shus, yes?

TeaBrat

yes, they are more like green tea when they are young but they can be kind of bitter and sour. These are pretty good but I don’t know if I would buy more… see if you can get a sample. :)

ashmanra

Good idea! Thanks! I have bought a lot of teaware from that company, so maybe they will out together a diverse sampler for me. I liked their Osmanthus Shu Puerh.

TeaBrat

If you wanted to swap for one, I think that could also be arranged…. :)

ashmanra

Ooo, what would you like to try? I will also have some new tea in a few days. My daughter is bringing back some Dammann Freres , Pickwick, something unpronounceable and the fore unspeakable from Hungary, and some from Northern Ireland that I don’t remember the name of! LOL!

TeaBrat

I’ll check when I’m back at home & PM ya.

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My profile pic is of a pink dahlia at Golden Gate Park.

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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