2663 Tasting Notes

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drank Nepali Oolong by The Tao of Tea
2663 tasting notes

This is a really nice oolong, I’m enjoying the floral aroma and the fruitiness this morning – see my previous tasting notes if interested. Lately I’ve been loving Himalayan teas!

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

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93

This tea is great for those mornings when you just can’t wake up and need a strong boost. But I haven’t been able to drink this yet without soymilk. It’s a great thing to have around the office though.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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90
drank Pao Blossom White Tea by Shang Tea
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Another tea in my Shang sampler, I did not really know what to expect from a Pao Blossom but am open to new things. :)

I felt the leaf, when dry, smelled very much like a grapefruit or some kind of citrus fruits but that seemed to be where the comparison ended. I do understand why folks may think this is like a jasmine tea since it has a very floral element but it seems less strong than a jasmine in my opinion. I am, however wishing for a tad less flowers…

I steeped my little 3g sample in the gaiwan and have enjoyed drinking this very much. I tried to keep the temperature of my water very low as well, around 170 – 180 F. This seems to be so much a very relaxing and meditative tea and has a very delicate flavor. I really just want to get more so I can keep experimenting with it, so that fact alone will give it a fairly high rating in my book… It resteeps very well without any loss of flavor but it is a very delicate creature and I’m trying to treat it as such.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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78
drank Hazelnut by Teeccino
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I do miss drinking coffee sometimes but not the acid reflux that always seemed to come with it. It doesn’t really taste like coffee but it’s dark and satisfying with a nice barley hazelnut and date flavor. I did add some soymilk and it’s a nice afternoon drink, I had some for dessert last night too. I liked it and will probably get more and try the other flavors. Although I guess it isn’t really a tea! ;-)

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61
drank Raspberry Soiree by Teavana
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I need to start drinking some of the stuff I got from Teavana… evidently I never logged this one.

The best thing about this tea is the beautiful dark red fuschia color – it also smells pretty nice as well. It’s very fruity, pretty much impossible to tell there’s any green tea in here. It also gets quite tart, I assume due to the hibiscus. I tried this over ice and then it became a bit more like fruit punch. I might have preferred it better when it was hot. You could get a similar effect from getting the Red zinger by Celestial Seasonings and combining that with some green tea. I did get a second steep out of it and that was a little less tart but still very pink.

It was horrible but I can’t say that I loved it either…. the tartness did upset my stomach a bit unfortunately. I still have some left if anyone wants to try it. :)

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

i’m trying to make sure I try one of my teavana purchases once a day lol

TeaBrat

You’re doing better than me… ha ha

Erin

it doesn’t happen every day, some days better tea wins out!

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90
drank High Mountain Green by Shang Tea
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I really liked this one!

It has a light sweetness that is very similar to Verdant’s Laoshan green. I’m getting a lot of sweet pea/corn type flavors here. It definitely seems to have a very clean quality as well. No trace of bitterness or astringency which is great for me. Very refreshing and quenching as well. I only wish I had more of this sample so I could try cold brewing it. I think I will be getting more of this some day!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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84

I tried cold brewing this last night to see what would happen. This seemed to have brought out the tannins quite a bit which wasn’t what I was expecting to happen! It became a little harsh but was better after I added some ice cubes and a squeeze of meyer lemon.

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93

A smooth and delicious assam, lighter than some I have had and with no bitterness. I bough the sample size with my first RtR order and then went back to get a large bag. :) See my previous notes.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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80

I’m sorry to say this one was a bit disappointing to me after the name of coconut macaroon because I really wanted it to taste more macaroon-y!

The smell of this is totally divine in both the dry leaf and the brewed tea. But the flavor is a bit weak, it’s a nice green rooibos blend that has some slight coconut flavor. I did try this some with soymilk and that improved the flavor a bit but I liked it more when I added a touch of maple syrup. Anyway, that’s already a lot of doctoring up to do. If you like green rooibos, and coconuts and you don’t mind sweetening this a bit it could be perfect for you! I have a whole tin of it now so I will surely find a way to love it more, maybe by adding some rum. :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

Do you ever use coconut milk instead of soy? I happen to like it better. Soy makes me feel icky anyway…so if you can try some coconut milk instead. My family history goes way back in S. F. to about the 1830’s at least on my Grandmother’s side and my dad was born there, both grandparents on both sides in the 1906 earthquake too. Now…only my son lives in S. F. But I do love it here in Colorado too. Too bad your dessert coconut macaroon was a disapointment!

TeaBrat

I have had coconut milk a few times but we like plain soy milk better esp. for cereal. No doubt this tea would be better with some coconut milk in it!

I love SF but have heard great things about Colorado too, I should go for a visit soon. :)

ScottTeaMan

This is a Rooibos I could learn to like. :)) I always thought Colorado was the prettiest state I’ve seen. NO…….I thought it AND it is. :))

Bonnie

Been to Alaska all over the place and Kawai which are awesome so are the Sierra Nevada’s…but it’s the Mt’s and sky I love here. Come have tea!

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59
drank Momoko by Lupicia
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This tea came as a free sample with my Lupicia newsletter so why not try it? :)

I have no idea why I’ve been drinking so much green tea today and I only hope I can sleep later on tonight!

This is a teabag and it was steeped at around 170 F for 3 minutes. The peach is very much like a gummy flavor in my opinion. I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing though. I’m really not sure about the vanilla in this blend, why does it need to be here, etc. It’s confusing me a bit and vanilla is always a troubling ingredient for me in tea, it tends to taste “fakey”. Overall it’s a nice flavor and pretty refreshing for a flavored green but I’m not sure if I would buy this in the store. It might be really nice as an iced tea.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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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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