2463 Tasting Notes

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drank Cinnamon Apple by Bigelow
2463 tasting notes

We have some of these Bigelow herbal teas at work and they’re free. I don’t like most of them but this one isn’t too bad. Yeah there’s hibiscus in it but it seems kinda faint. Someone mentioned the apple tastes a little artificial, again that’s true but I really like the cinnamon and citrus in this blend, it also smells like an apple pie baking. Not too bad for a cheap bag o’ tea but I doubt I’d buy any for myself…

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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80

wow, I am learning more about white tea every day! I upped the rating on this one today. Using cooled water, a lot of leaf and a slight 60 second steep was the key to success with this one. It now has a gentle lilac/vanilla aroma and taste. delicate and nice!

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

That’s how I prepare my whites. More leaf, shorter steeps, & then I gradually increase steep time and temp until the flavor wanes. I usually get 4-5 good steeps from the same leaves, and since I guesstimate my leaf amount, and water temp, the whole experience varies. I like it that way.

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M’kay… here’s another tea I got in the Whole foods bulk bin here in San francisco. I was pretty excited to try this! I’ve had a few yunnan teas but I don’t think a golden needle has been one of them. These are very fine dark golden buds…

I decided to steep this in the Tetsubin for 4 minutes with boiling water. That may have been a bit too much however, next time I think I will try for 3 because I ended up with a bit more tannins than I wanted. It is very malty and chocolatey with a nice touch of sweetness/starch at the end, kind of like a banana or a sweet potato. I did end up adding a touch of soymilk but I drink most of my blacks this way. I’d also like to try this out with shorter steeps in the gaiwan but it is really yummy! A great choice for the morning.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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73

ok, I’m finishing off the rest of this sample tonight. I happen to really like cardamom and I thought the flavor was much better after steeping this with a couple of cardamom pods. Cardamom for everyone!!!!

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I am all out of my beloved Rishi West Cape Chai so I decided to check this out until I have depleted my other Rishi teas and want to place an order for more of them…

I was not happy when I got home and realized this was for the teabag version of this tea (my mistake). I steeped it for 4 minutes with boiling water and added a bit of soymilk in the end. I am not crazy about this. For a bagged non-caffeinated chai I would prefer Yogi tea Indian Spice or even Bengal Spice from Celestial Seasonings.

I’m not really a fan of roobois but since I loved the West Cape Chai, I thought I might appreciate this too. For me the flavor balance seems off. It’s all clove, roobois and orange, I’d prefer a higher concentration of cinnamon and cardamom. It also seems to be drying my mouth right up. I will probably finish it reluctantly. Oh well.

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80

I don’t know that much about white teas but I am trying to further my education. I found this in the bulk section at Whole Foods so the risk of not liking it was relatively low.

These are quite beautiful long silver needles and they smell quite fresh and lovely. I have to admit my water temp has probably been a bit hotter than what they recommend but the tea does not seem to have suffered.

I am looking for the grape they have mentioned here. Grape? I don’t really get that at all. I can definitely get the honeydew melon and maybe some pear. This tea is making my tongue tingle. The only other Bai Mu Dan I’ve had is the one from Teavivre, and I don’t think this is quite as good as that one, not as sweet and flowery. But I do not think I’ll have any problem finishing this off and I might even use it in a blend.

Tamm

I think that the last Bai Mu Dan I tried had some “grape” in it. It didn’t really stand out until the 3rd-ish infusion and was much more pronounced when I added a very small amount of honey.

TeaBrat

I’ll keep trying! :)

Tamm

:O I also just realized that this is the same Bai Mu Dan that I have! So I’d for sure keep trying. I don’t know what you’re brewing it in or if it it’d change things at all. But I was using a very small ceramic piece.

TeaBrat

I used a gaiwan but only for two steeps… I might try lowering my water temp a bit as well.

Amariel

Nice. Silk Road is down the road from me. It’s a nice place on the edge of Chinatown. Maybe I’ll pop in while I’m out tomorrow.

TeaBrat

@Heather, I thought this one was in San Rafael, CA – is there more than one with the same name I wonder?

ScottTeaMan

Amy, if you get to where you like whites a bit more than you used to, they are good later in the evening. I find them relaxing and they are much lower in caffeine. I also drink more whites in the Spring and Summer. :))

TeaBrat

yeah, I have to watch my caffeine intake in the evening. I had that white tea last night and I had a hard time falling asleep….

ScottTeaMan

WOW…….white teas have a much lower content than black teas. I’m surprised the white tea kept you up.

Tamm

Amy, I totally have to do that too. I had a half glass of white tea, the same one, and I was up 2-3 hours later than usual. I normally stop drinking around 8.

Amariel

http://silkroadtea.com/location.htm

I suppose there could be more than one, but I searched the listings here and one that caught my attention was Japanese Sour Cherry, which I have had from them, but more specifically was the Alchemist’s Brew…I don’t think that’s a very common name. But more specifically, the Angelwater on Steepster under Silk Road Teas, linked from this post, is exact to the Angelwater herbal here: http://silkroadtea.com/herbal_teas.htm

So, I have to say that this is the Victoria one…

Amariel

Oh, and this one here:
http://steepster.com/teas/silk-road-teas/14886-royal-abkhazi

" *This tea, which was made exclusively for the Abkhazi Garden, is currently available in two sizes. Proceeds benefit Abkhazi Garden, a project of The Land Conservancy of B.C."

Abkhazi Gardens isn’t too far from me…

I did look up Silk Road San Rafael though, and there are indeed more than one, so it is possible the listings could be mixed up here with two companies using the same name. I suppose it depends on the logo on your tea…is it red like a Chinese character, or a horse?

TeaBrat

I don’t know… I got it in the bulk section at Whole Foods so there was no logo…

Amariel

Oh, how interesting! I wonder which one it really is then.

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I got this about a year ago to boost my immune system and it still sits here in the office…

Not necessarily a bad thing though. I like herbal tea so I don’t mind it too much although it’s definitely the kind of thing I’d drink for my health and not necessarily for the sheer pleasure of it. It’s pretty heavy on the licorice and ginger so if you don’t like those I would steer clear of this for sure. It is a tiny bit bitter and “medicine-y” & I might try blending with green tea to see how that goes. Hopefully I finish it off this winter!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Coconut Euphoria by ONO Tea
2463 tasting notes

This is my after lunch treat. If you like coconut and tropical fruit this is not a bad white tea to try… it’s now available from Koni tea. It is also creamy and smells very nice.

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82
drank Tulsi Lemon Ginger by Organic India
2463 tasting notes

I am back at work and feeling nauseated, which is probably not a coincidence. This is helping me to feel better though. :)

ScottTeaMan

Not feeling good myself, sour stomach, but I’ll be OK….feel better!

TeaBrat

you too!

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90

One last tea for NYD.

I decided to steep this in the gaiwan after rinsing the leaves quickly with boiling water.

Man, oh man, They are not kidding about this tea being fragrant! It is lemony! And a little bit like asparagus. It’s very refreshing but the first steep had a tiny bit of “bite” to it which made me wonder if it was kind of young (it is from 2010). I did this one for 30 seconds with boiling water. I see now they recommended 10 seconds with not hot water for the first steep.

The second steep I did for less time and with not such hot water. Now I am getting more floral notes in addition to the zesty ones.

Third steep is definitely getting softer. Some clover types notes which are very gentle. I can see this would be a good after dinner tea or good for nausea. Somehow it is settling my stomach.

Fourth steep: I decided I would go back to using boiling water and would steep it for 2 minutes an an experiment. The first steep was actually my favorite here but this one is pretty good too. We are back to slighty lemony and flowery with a bit more “bite” again. This really has a kind of fizzy quality in my opinion. a tiny bit drying perhaps due to the age… this would get bitter if steeped too long I think. I really like it though!

Really an interesting sheng from Bana!

Preparation
0 min, 30 sec
ScottTeaMan

What do you mean by fuzzy???

TeaBrat

Fizzy… like effervescent

ScottTeaMan

ohhh….fizzy, I think my brain is fuzzy today. :))?

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