2472 Tasting Notes

97
drank West Cape Chai by Rishi Tea
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my tea notes are probably getting repetitive but at some point I will break down and just buy an entire pound of this since I drink it almost every day. =)

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93

I am sure I will want to keep ordering this tea forever. I’m tired today and the weather is grim but this is tea is so delicious, smooth and strong. Chocolate malt perfection – Perfect for a long, cloudy day. See my previous tasting notes. :)

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81
drank Vanilla Black by Rishi Tea
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It is today’s first tea. Steeped this morning at boiling for 4 minutes. It’s nice but not destined to be a favorite, see previous tasting notes. I will try adding a pinch of cardamom or dried orange peel next time.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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89

yum, it’s a tea “nightcap” – hoping there is not too much caffeine in this one. Definitely a dessert tea, great with some soymilk. I don’t see it as a coconut cream pie as much as a coconut banana cake made with whole wheat flour. Anyway it seems to be hitting the spot at the moment.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
Tamm

I’m going to have to go back and taste mine now that you mentioned wheat flour! O.o I think that you hit that one on the nose!

JoonSusanna

SO jealous!!! My favorite teas from Frank are the coconut and banana ones, and yet I didn’t jump on this one. Your description of it sounds lovely!

TeaBrat

I liked it more than I thought I would have…

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91
drank Orchid Oolong by Mighty Leaf Tea
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working late tonight, this tea is a nice boost and is very soothing and rich as well. A guiltless indulgence. :)

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90
drank Autumn Laoshan Green by Verdant Tea
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This came as a sample in my last order from Verdant. I was very surprised to find that this does smell a lot like cocoa – intriguing! I steeped it for around 3 minutes at 175 F or so. I may have used a bit too much leaf however.

I am finding this slightly less sweet and more vegetal than the spring Laoshan green. It has a full and rich flavor, definitely green beans are the predominant note here. I felt it got a bit pungent so I may need to revise my steeping parameters. I like it though…

Second steep here at 2 minutes was a lot better, I guess you don’t need much with this tea!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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94
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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This is a great black tea to lift your spirits and start the day right – see my previous tasting notes. :)

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78
drank Chai Spice by Verdant Tea
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I got this as a blend to mix with other teas, I don’t intend to drink it on its own. Last night I added about 1 tsp. to some plain generic honeybush and it was great, I also want to try it with assam. I think the saffron and the elderberry are both nice touches to this blend which make it a little bit out of the ordinary.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
ScottTeaMan

Assam would really make it great.

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77

My first time trying a yellow tea. The leaves in the bag are slender and light brownish with some white areas. I steeped this in an infuser mug with water around 180 F for 3 minutes. The leaves, after steeping smell a bit sweet but also like seaweed.

I do think this is pleasant but I’m not really blown away by it. It’s a golden yellow color and has a slighty sweet/nutty flavor profile. There is something mildly oceanic in the aroma of this particular tea. I am enjoying it but I don’t think I will need to rush out and get anymore once I have depleted this sample. Also I think it is great that Upton offers sample sizes on all of their teas, just thought I would mention that! :)

ScottTeaMan

Amy, that is also what I like about Upton. I’ve been a customer for over a decade and their customer service is excellent! Also, I’ve mentioned before that I think RoT spends too moch time marketing their product. Too many catalogs sent to me throughout the year (so wasteful). Upton Tea publishes four a year and you can opt out of receiving their catalog if you want. Upton’s also has a pdf file of their catalog. I guess I am under impressed with tea companies who inundate me with catalogs and other techniques. Upton Tea doesn’t do that. I get the impression that they are more focused on the tea and not some flashy catalog (which doesn’t entice me to buy any more tea)! I like companies who focus more on tea and waste less, you know!?!

Right click on DOWNLOAD THE FULL CATALOG on the right side of their homepage.

TeaBrat

I got the paper catalog with my last order, I like it. It’s not flashy but tells you the essential information about the tea.

ScottTeaMan

Right….and they usually send me 4 a year which isn’t bad, because I like to browse when I’m away from my computer. They are minimalist when it comes to waste, when they can be. Their shipping peanuts are biodegradeable which is nice.

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87

This was only my second straight up nilgiri and I am having a cup of it again this morning. It is fruity, (I am getting plums and berries in this steep) but lacks the tannins/astringency of a darjeeling which makes it nice for me. I upped the rating a bit today.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 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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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

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