2784 Tasting Notes

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Another small sample from the Persimmon Tree…

hmm, this is pretty nice! It’s a Chinese green, I believe with a bit of green rooibos and some caramel flavors. I saw a few little round pods in my dry tea, not exactly sure what that was. This is definitely on the sweet side which would make it more of a dessert tea for me, though I am not finding the sweetness to be too overwhelming which is nice. It has a nice caramel flavor and aroma. I might consider a small can of this for when those after lunch cookie cravings arise. :)

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

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42

Truthfully I’m not a big fan of Earl Grey type teas and this one is not an exception, but it came in my Palais de Thes gift set. You should probably take this review with a grain of salt because it comes from someone who is already biased. I found the bergamot to be very strong and makes the black tea base kind of bitter and soapy tasting. I added soymilk and that made it better but this is not something I would purchase. My boyfriend, who likes E.G., thought this was good.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Dinosara

I just bought a sampler from Le Palais des Thes that has this in it, so I’m interested to try it as an Earl Grey lover.

TeaBrat

Most likely your experience will be better than mine. :) Did you get the flavored tea sampler in the tubes?

Dinosara

Yup! I’m excited although the package will come while I’m in China so it will be a while before I get to them.

ScottTeaMan

Dino…….when are you going to China?

Dinosara

Saturday!

TeaBrat

wheee! Have fun!

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drank Raspberry Soiree by Teavana
2784 tasting notes

Sipdown – farewell Raspberry Soiree, you will not be missed due to your overwhelming hibiscus element…

ScottTeaMan

Does anyone out there like hibiscus???

TeaBrat

I often wonder the same thing myself. If not, why does it show up in so many teas?

Invader Zim

Somebody must like it since they keep adding it, and it’s certainly not me.

ScottTeaMan

I think it is a low cost ingredient that obviously does add alot of flavor-that’s why they do it IMO.

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Recently I was just looking for a place to buy a can of plain roobois so I could try making my own blends. I stumbled across the Persimmon Tree and discovered they offer FREE shipping via first class mail, even on a little dinky order like mine. Yay! So I discovered I could also get these $1 sample packs which are about enough to make 2-3 cups of tea.

I apologize for the low res picture but I could not get a better one from their website.

This tea is weird, man… WEIRD! I do like lemongrass, ginger and verbena but mixed together with the honeybush, which is kind of earthy and sweet this is a bit of a disaster, IMO. I will certainly finish the sample but this is not going on the repeat purchase list. Ew. the other ones I got do look better! =)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Camel's Breath by Silk Road Teas
2784 tasting notes

The afternoon cuppa – I mixed this with some ginger root for a great after lunch tea. Two great tastes that go great together! hee hee

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 45 sec
ScottTeaMan

CAMEL’S BREATH AND GINGER…….DELICIOUS! :))

TeaBrat

I guess there’s no reason to buy a ginger pu-erh when you can make your own… :)

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92

It seems great for this gloomy and overcast day (San Francisco – what else is new?) I am getting toasted grain and peachy goodness. I think this is one of my favorite darker oolongs for sure… see previous notes if interested.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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67

Just a short note before dashing off to work they were serving tea at my meditation group last night and I got to try some of this, I was pleasantly surprised that one teabag in my cup seemed to provide enough flavor and the vanilla added a nice touch to the roobois. Did not hate it as much as I thought I might but will probably stick to the Celestial seasonings brand due to the price.

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
2784 tasting notes

The morning cuppa. Not too much I can say about this tea that hasn’t already been said on Steepster. Lots of molasses-y type notes this morning, it reminds me of the red tea I had from Shang last week.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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90

A nice afternoon cuppa with lunch, this time I am really getting the essence of cooked peas. very good… see previous notes. I am enjoying this a lot and bumped up the score a little bit. Rare Tea Republic has some very interesting white teas…

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

Even though the description doesn’t say “white”, it does look like a white tea. Sounds like another great tea!

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I wanted to note that I purchased this Purple Rhyme from Mandala Tea but since it is already in the database twice under two different sellers I didn’t see any point in adding it again since it is the same tea and manufacturer. Bonus in ordering from Mandala is shipping is cheaper than from other places and yet they have a great selection of pu-erhs for a domestic company.

Pretty much figured when I bought this there was zero chance I wouldn’t like it because Menghai shu pu-erhs are becoming some of my favorites. I did rinse this and then gave it a 30 second steep in the gaiwan. The wet leaves are intensely aromatic of forest floor aroma and coffee grounds. Charles is right about this being a very dark shu but I am loving it. It has an almost creamy and rich quality with dark stone fruit flavors. I did my first two steeps for 30 seconds in the gaiwan and tossed them in together in the same glass mug. This is a very eye opening tea.

For steeps #3 and 4 they only required about 10 seconds of steeping time before the tea liquor became very dark and flavorful. To me it is very earthy, and shiitake mushroom like. This is a great substitute for coffee being quite dark and robust, but it also has no bitterness.

I also have one of the Menghai Red Rhyme 100 g cakes and I recall that being a little on the lighter and sweeter side but they are both quite good in my opinion. I am not a pu-erh expert, I just know what I like. :-)

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec
Azzrian

This sounds really good and you did an excellent job explaining this tea! Thank you!

TeaBrat

thanks – I try my best, lol :)

mrmopar

the red rhyme is awesome i have bought 5 of them so far! i wish they came in a bigger cake.

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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!

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

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