2784 Tasting Notes

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drank Strawberry Cream by TeaGschwendner
2784 tasting notes

This has been lurking about in the back of my stash for a while now so I would like to finish it someday. It’s a pretty nice strawberry flavored black tea, a blend from China, India and Sri Lanka which does makes it a lot like their breakfast blend. There is definitely strawberry in here, I don’t get much “cream” but that flavor is helped along with a bit of soymilk.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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68
drank Red Mango Tulsi by Organic India
2784 tasting notes

I started drinking Tulsi just because it seems to help me cope with stress. I found this one at the health food store and it only contains tulsi, chamomile, red rooibos and mango flavor. I wish there was a bit more mango flavor in this tea, to me it tastes mostly like rooibos with the slightly peppery herbal quality that tulsi has. I do this better than the rose tulsi due to the lack of stevia but I’m not going to be raving about the flavor anytime soon… :)

Having said that it does seem to help me relax, so that’s good – maybe I will find something to add to this to make it slightly better.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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I really wanted this because I am a sucker for this strange packaging – you get your pu’erh in a piece of bamboo, how cool is that? :)

I really wasn’t expecting much from this especially given the reasonable price. And raw pu’erhs can just be kind of sour, bitter and gnarly. I steeped some of this up earlier today in my gaiwan and totally forgot about it for 2 or 3 minutes. I was expecting a vile mess but it was nice and mellow!

So I’ve had four infusions with the tea so far, I did rely on shorter steeps for the duration of the experience. I was expecting this to be really smoky for some reason. It’s earthy and smooth with no bitter flavors but I can’t really describe the flavor profile of this tea! I think the bamboo steaming is definitely different (in a nice way). I might be getting some notes of light cedar, woodsy, here, slightly nutty and only a touch of mild astringency. I must think it’s good because I keep going back for more. :)

I steeped it six times and it shows no signs of slowing down. very good!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

Okay yes I DO want – for the bamboo and the tea. Yes the bamboo thing is totally cool!

ScottTeaMan

Wow, I may really check this out. Really good price. What else would you reccomend ??

TeaBrat

I don’t know… I am working my way through some stuff I recently purchased

ScottTeaMan

Dig it , man. Did you purchase samplers? They have some samplers with infusers, and I was wondering if you purchased any.

ashmanra

I definitely want my next tea order to be from there!

TeaBrat

I got one or two samples I have not tried yet

Garret

Amy! I’m happy you are digging this tea. I brought my stock of this back from China during my 2008 trip. It has been in our climate controlled pu’er storage room since then. I recently broke mine out as I hadn’t tried it in a while and I enjoy it so much more now than I did when I first got it. I enjoyed reading your description of it. When I go on my next buying trip (April) I am going to see about some other bamboo pu’ers. I’d like to bring back some new ones to add to the mix! Thank you!!

TeaBrat

@Garret- that’s great! what was it like when you first got it? It seems to be aging quite nicely.

Garret

One of the things that I like about it now compared to when I first bought them has been a toning down of the bamboo flavor. Honestly, the bamboo aroma/taste was a bit much at first and I thought I’d just sit on them (not literally, you understand) and see if that mellowed. Not only has that original, slightly overbearing flavor gone away, but the tea itself has gotten deeper in flavor, less astringent and works great with slightly warmer water already. I’ve still got a bunch of these left and I think I’ll keep two or three around in the vault for a bunch of years and try it out every so often.

Tea is the one thing that makes me want to be immortal! I look at the raw pressings that I had done last year and the ones I’ve got getting pressed right now and think “I may not even get to taste these teas when they are 50 years old! Rats!” Oh well… yet another reason to take the best possible care of myself, right?

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76
drank Kamiya Papaya by Teavana
2784 tasting notes

I tried cold brewing this to see what would happen, I think I prefer it hot. I have way too much of this if anyone is interested in a swap… I bought 3 bags for some reason

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96
drank Gyokuro Suimei by Den's Tea
2784 tasting notes

I decided to treat myself this morning. It’s been a tough week and why not splurge on some nice gyokuro?

I steeped this with a mesh insert inside a glass – maybe not the most eloquent thing but it did the job. I followed Den’s steeping recommendations and did 150 seconds at 140 F. I got a very sweet, almost glowing green and vegetal cup.The second steep was at 2 minutes at 150 F and I think I liked that one even a little bit better. The only other gyokuro I’ve had was the one from Arbor teas and now I wish I could compare the two side by side.

Anyway this is great if you’re looking for a sencha like product but without the bitterness or astringency that can sometimes go with those. I did like this one a lot and the caffeine buzz is certainly nothing to scoff at! It wasn’t cheap but I will mostly certainly savor and appreciate it.

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 1 min, 45 sec
Charisma

Gyokuros are so good! :)

TeaBrat

They really are…

Scatterbrain

I saw your post about Arbor’s gyokuro, having tasted this which do you prefer?

TeaBrat

I’m not sure – It’s really been months since I had the Arbor gyokuro… I would have to do a taste test side by side

Scatterbrain

Arbor’s is much cheaper so all I basically want to know is if Den’s is worth the $4.00/ounce more that it costs than Arbor’s.

TeaBrat

probably not

Scatterbrain

Sorry, I just realized that my second comment goes against what you said about having to compare the two, I was in a rush. Haha thanks.

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I have been trying to de-cupboard especially in terms of herbal tea. These RoT teabags are so wimpy…. I cut them open and used 4, yes FOUR contents of loose leaf teabags to get a nice big cup of tea. So it is more enjoyable this way, I still found the plantain flavor to be oddly lacking but adding some soymilk seemed to help with that somehow. I think loose leaf is the way to go with RoT but I don’t see this particular flavor in a loose leaf form on their site.

ScottTeaMan

I’ve become indifferent to RoT- meaning I even avoid their loose teas, so if you find one worth trying, please let me know. Most of their loose teas can be found cheaper elsewhere.

Charisma

This is actually one of the teas from RoT that I like :) I usually brew in small cups though.

TeaBrat

Scott – I agree I was at the grocery store today looking at some RoT stuff and thinking “why even bother”

ScottTeaMan

Amy-Another factor for me is even if I do find a RoT loose tea that I might like, I usually don’t bother, because of item cost and shipping. I can’t find any of their loose teas in local stores, and so I end up buying elsewhere. It’s almost like it is a big hassle.

While I’m on the subject- Has enyone done a search for tea, and gotten lots of Teavana results. I don’t even search for Teavana, and they are #1 or #2 in results, announcing sales or discounts. They must pay a premium for this. There really isn’t too many teas from them I want to try. I just pass them by.

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93
drank Bai Lin Kung Fu by Shang Tea
2784 tasting notes

Another sample from Shang Tea – and one of my favorites so far…

I used my whole sample in a mug of tea, the aroma is floral but also with some honey and molasses fragrance. The cup brews up a dark red is very smooth and mellow, clean tasting. There is some cocoa and molasses in the flavor as well along with a little sweetness. Definitely a good tea if you want to avoid anything astringent or bitter…

I am very stressed out this morning but thankfully a cup of this is helping me to feel better and more relaxed. I would say this has a very strong molasses-y aftertaste so if that’s not a flavor you like you might want to stay away from this.

I did resteep a second time and it’s still very nice. This is a big ol’ cup of sweet yum!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

Which Sampler set did you get Amy?

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90
drank Organic Assam by Harney & Sons
2784 tasting notes

It’s a sipdown… finished off the rest of the tin this morning. I would buy this again if I place another order with H&S. I am getting a lot of the honey like sweet flavors this morning. It’s good!

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Well this is better when you use two teabags, add your own sugar and some soymilk (or creamy thing of your choice). I did raise the rating slightly. Not sure whether I will buy this again but I’ll finish off the box I have by next Christmas at least. :)

Katie

As far as capturing such a rich flavor as ‘sugar cookie’, I was pleasantly surprised by this one too. Before adding anything, the tea already looks creamy and milky. I think it’s the milk thistle.

Azzrian

I had this around the holidays – for a bagged tea it was pretty decent. Good flavors although I do wish that they had been a bit stronger. I agree adding some cream of some kind helps. Still very good for CS bagged tea.

SimplyJenW

I agree that this one needs 2 bags….. I did not think it was too bad, either!

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84
drank Green and Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
2784 tasting notes

very strong and fruity tea for the afternoon, the green rooibos is nice. I might have to get more of this for the summer…

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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

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79-70 Acceptable

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