2809 Tasting Notes

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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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drank Bai Lin Kung Fu by Shang Tea
2809 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
2809 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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drank Green and Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
2809 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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drank Osmanthus Oolong by Naivetea
2809 tasting notes

Taking a break from my standard afternoon pu-erh routine to focus a bit on finishing up these oolong samples. I really loved this one when I gong-fu’d it, but drinking it in the office in my infuser mug it really isn’t the same, alas. Also I think I got a big load of the osmanthus flowers in this cup. It is still quite good. I was very happy with the Naivetea sample packs.

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definitely not as terrible as I thought it would be – ha!

And believe it or not I think red rooibos is growing on me a bit… but it does seem to vary a lot with a particular tea or blend.

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drank Guricha by Den's Tea
2809 tasting notes

I’ve never had a guricha before so here goes nothing. ooooh. It looks like I ended up liking this a bit more than the other testers. :)

Steeped mine at around 180 F for 90 seconds. I got a nice greenish-yellow cup. The wet leaves are very green and smell so vegetal. I did notice if you steep this for a while it can get kind of pungent so I think shorter steeps of 30 – 60 seconds work well here.

This reminds me of sencha’s grandpa, hee hee. It’s more robust and full, with lots of green spinach-y flavors. I think it’s even a bit buttery, brothy, and thick like drinking green tea soup. This would certainly not appeal to everyone’s palette but to me it seems very nourishing, fortifying.

Overall I’m loving my Den’s tea experience….

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 15 sec
ScottTeaMan

HHHmmm, I’ve never seen a guricha tea before, sounds interesting and delicious too. :p

Azzrian

I will try mine today – assuming there is one in my Den’s tea sample pack as well.

TeaBrat

I don’t believe it was in the sample pack, I placed an order with them…

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drank Organic Assam by Harney & Sons
2809 tasting notes

A good, solid assam from Harney – nice on this cold and rainy morning, see my previous notes.

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drank Ginger Ale Bai Mu Dan by 52teas
2809 tasting notes

It’s 5:00 and in lieu of a drink I’m having some of this, decided to steep it and then pour it over ice in a tall glass. It’s just missing the bubbles. :)

Scatterbrain

They come up with such cool ideas.

TeaBrat

I really liked this one, I’m sad to see it’s already gone!

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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

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

59-50 Ick

49 and below Nasty

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