2784 Tasting Notes

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The afternoon cuppa. We are getting rained on all weekend and I wanted something warm without caffeine.

I am not thrilled with this blend but since I have almost an entire can, well… you know how it goes! I did add a sugar cube to it, that turned out to be a mistake, too sweet, bluh. I will try cold brewing this one if/when the weather gets warmer

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90

I discovered I still have a bit of this left, it is such a yummy green tea. It does remind me a little of a dragonwell. It has such a nice, delicate and clean sweetness for a green tea. I was happy to find it!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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87
drank Gyokuro Matcha by Teavana
2784 tasting notes

I thought this would be nice for a boost this morning, I am not thrilled with it. I also think perhaps when you steep a tea at 140 F it’s difficult for me to drink it because it’s like lukewarm water. :)

Anyway this is ok, mildly sweet but it seems to be lacking a bit in flavor. Would not purchase again (see previous notes). Second steep at 160 F for 90 seconds is slightly better.

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 1 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

Hate getting tea disappointment, especially when you’re looking for a morning boost!

TeaBrat

It was quite a hardship… :)

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90

Initally this was one of the least favorite of my RTR whites, but I keep drinking it and drinking it. It is really growing on me! Time to up the score (again)

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78

My apologies for uploading this low res picture but I cannot seem to grab anything better from their website. If anyone figures out how to do this and wants to update the photo please, feel free!

So I thought this was a delicious herbal blend. The lighter green rooibos makes a delicious accompaniment to the fruit infused flavors here, peaches, strawberries and citrus. I tend to like fruity things and it is quite a bit on the peach side but I can still taste a bit of strawberry and orange. You could easily add a touch of sugar to this if you wanted it to be a bit sweeter. I thought it was great plain and this would also make a nice caffeine free iced tea. Delicious and refreshing and thankfully, NO HIBISCUS! Yay! I’m a Happy Camper. :)

If you liked Green and Fruity from David’s Tea I would recommend this as well…

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

Pic updated. ;-))

TeaBrat

How did you do it? Now I need to know! The drag and drop method did not work.

ScottTeaMan

I have a Windows snipping tool. Initially, I couldn’t save it, but the tool allows me to save any picture on the web. I used Nero Phtosnap to crop the pic, saved it…….and TADAAAHHH!! :))

ScottTeaMan

If you have Windows you might have this tool. It is under PROGRAMS, then ACCESSORIES.

TeaBrat

I’m on a Mac! But thank you for the effort… :)

ScottTeaMan

Don’t they ahve a tool similar to that?

ScottTeaMan

Not a problem…….you’re welcome. :))

TeaBrat

Perhaps it does but I’m not exactly a power user… ;-)

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65
drank Red Chai Masala by Organic India
2784 tasting notes

I keep trying to find a tulsi tea that I really love so I keep buying up stuff from Organic India. They have a few blends with hibiscus but I think I can skip those…

I used two tea bags for a rather jumbo mug of tea. I’ve had a few rooibos chais I liked but this is a bit weak on flavor, imo plus the herby-minty flavor of the tulsi is coming right through. I was hoping the spices would disguise it a bit. I guess I don’t really love the taste of tulsi. I am not sure what this needs, perhaps some sweetener would help? I will also try using a smaller cup with two teabags.

Definitely did not love the flavor of this but tulsi always makes me feel good. :)

Perhaps I need to skip the tulsi tea and go straight for some herbal supplements…

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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94

I got my shoe inserts today from the podiatrist so I am hoping my foot pain is a thing of the past…

Wanted to treat myself to something nice so I stopped into the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf and got a cup of this. I don’t normally go for minty things but I wanted to try this anyway.

This stuff is awesome – you definitely pick up the nutty, slightly smoky flavor of the gunpowder and the mint is not meek either. It is a very delicious blend which I think would also be really good iced. Loved it! I went back to the store to buy a tin of this (loose leaf tea bags), it was a bit pricey but I am worth it. :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Azzrian

Yes, yes you are!!

TeaBrat

I agree! ha!

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97
drank Passionfruit Oolong by Naivetea
2784 tasting notes

I did try cold brewing the rest of this sample for 24 hours. It really brings forth the buttery flavor of this tea but it also made the passionfruit very strong, almost bitter. So I think I can safely say I prefer this hot and it’s a great fruity oolong!

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drank Cinnamon by Kusmi Tea
2784 tasting notes

Thanks so much for Tamm for sharing some of this with me!

So I store all of my tea swap samples in the same box, and I just noticed recently that all of them smell like Hu Kwa (the smoky tea from Mark Wendell). Evidently the Hu Kwa is so potent that it needs it’s own humidor or something.

So this morning when I went to go try this out I swear I can taste some smokiness in this tea but I don’t know if it is my imagination or what. As others have noted the cinnamon flavor is very subdued here so this isn’t a choice if you wanted something that was going to taste like cinnamon gummy bears. It really is more of an herbal-y cinnamon and I also like that you can really taste the flavor of the tea underneath (a Chinese black – perhaps a Keemun?)

I did enjoy this, but I’m not going to bother rating it due to my fears of inadvertently getting the Lapsang Souchong aroma in there… we shall see what happens with the other samples.

ScottTeaMan

You may already know this Amy-some Keemuns are smokey, so hopefully it is from the tea itself, and not the humidor tea. ;-))

ScottTeaMan

You may already know this Amy-some Keemuns are smokey, so hopefully it is from the tea itself, and not the humidor tea. ;-))

TeaBrat

well I really don’t know if this is a Keemun or I am just picking up the smokiness from the Hu Kwa

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89
drank Pot O' Gold by 52teas
2784 tasting notes

I debated on whether or not I needed to get this for a few days, and finally succumbed to the siren call of 52teas unique blends and free shipping… I was wondering if it would really taste like scotch (the drink) but ultimately figured it was meant to be more of a dessert tea.

It arrived today and opening up the package I have to say: Nom! The aroma of this blend is totally intoxicating. Totally sweet and butterscotchy , just a tad bit boozy and delectable…

I was so excited (like the total tea dork that I am) to try this!

I steeped my cuppa for about 3 minutes at 208 F. This is not a tea I would drink plain so I added some soymilk and then upon tasting, felt that it needed a bit of turbinado sugar to really bring the flavor forward. This is a lot more subtle than I thought it would be. By the way the steeped tea smells yummy. I might try a resteep at a slightly lower temp to see what that does to the flavor. I also might be tempted to toss a shot of bourbon in here… hee hee.

If you’re looking for a tea you can drink plain this might not be it, but I’m already wondering if I should grab more before this is gone. :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 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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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

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