2307 Tasting Notes

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This is a pretty nice English Breakfast tea from TeaGschwender. Very well balanced and flavorful and nice for this rainy morning in San Francisco. This is not really my favorite type of tea – I looked in the cupboard this morning and thought: “Gack – is this STILL here?” But it is pretty good, I just need to stop neglecting it… :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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53
drank Kenya Milima by Harney & Sons
2307 tasting notes

Another sample from the Harney batch. Not really a favorite of mine – I steeped this for 4 minutes per the instructions of H & S. I fear this may have been too long. The website says this tea is light in body and a mellow brew. I am finding it to be fruity but quite astringent and with a bitter aftertaste. Reminiscent of a Ceylon to me and not an Assam.

I would like more of this to do some experiments on the steeping time but all I have is this one little pot and I won’t be getting more I suspect.

ScottTeaMan

I’ve never tried the Milima Estate, but I really like Kenyan teas. I’m curious as to how you prepared it?

TeaBrat

Steeped western style for 4 minutes with boiled water in a cast iron teapot.

ScottTeaMan

How many ounces is your teapot? Did you dump the entire sample in it?

TeaBrat

U know, I never bothered to check but I think it’s a 10 or 12 oz teapot. I did use the entire sample but that strategy has served me well for the other samples I tried of the same size.

ScottTeaMan

HHmmm……H & S sample are usually enough for 3 or 4 cups. Let’s say 3 good cups at 7 oz each, or 21 oz. Shorter steeps probably would have resulted in a nice experience, esp for a 12 oz teapot. I always start with shorter steeps, then adjust as necessary. Sometimes though my cups are too weak, say for White teas. For Black teas I like to do shorter steeps, usually 3 to 3.5 min.

Is your teapot a Tetsubin? I’ve been wanting a blue one of some kind. I would use it for green teas.

TeaBrat

yes it is a Tetsubin, I’ve had it for years and I love it. Recently I was told you should just use them for holding boiled water or the teapot will pick up the flavors of the last tea you used, I have not noticed much of a problem with that, but maybe using it for green tea only is a good idea.

ScottTeaMan

What shape/color is it?

TeaBrat

It is shaped kind of like this one but it’s dark green with maple leaves on it. I often think about buying another one. http://www.teavana.com/tea-products/teapots-teapot-sets/cast-iron-teapots/p/japanese-goldfish-cast-iron-teapot

ScottTeaMan

Someday I’ll get one. My fav color is blue, so I was looking for a blue Hira Arare with a hailstone pattern, or a blue moon (tsui) teapot

ScottTeaMan

yeah that looks nice

ScottTeaMan

Here’s a black 14 oz Hira Arare….perfect for me…….except I want a blue one:

http://www.necessiteas.com/storename/necessiteas/Image-10292925.aspx?

Here’s the Blue moon (Tsuki) shape I like:

http://www.holymtn.com/catalog/teapots-japanese-tetsubin-c-114_118/ebu-tsuki-tetsubin-0-55l-p-1143

ScottTeaMan

I should’ve gotten one a few yrs ago….they were at least $20 cheaper. I love Holy Mtn…..they have great tea, teaware, and here’s a nice Japanese Teacup I use for senchas mostly—Japanese greens.

http://www.holymtn.com/catalog/cups-gaiwans-japanese-ceramic-cups-c-121_122_172/sushi-cup-kakuzushi-hi-no-mai-p-958

I just love it. To see it and feel it and use it…..the picture doesn’t do it justice. Anywho I recommend Holymtn, plus they are in San Fran too! :))

TeaBrat

You should go for it, the prices will just keep getting higher and higher. I also have a matching trivet… :))

ScottTeaMan

if I don’t get one of those Tetsubins, I want something in a midnight blue, or dark green.

ScottTeaMan

I also like Tokoname teapots….there is something about Japanese teaware….I’m drawn to it.

ScottTeaMan

I’ll check back later. Comment or msg me if you want to talk more about this…Peace Amy. :))

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97
drank West Cape Chai by Rishi Tea
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This is so good… it is even better when you follow the traditional chai cooking instructions on Rishi’s website. I used soymilk instead of milk. They suggest 3 tablespoons of sugar? Sugar is not required at all IMO. This tea will not last for very long in my house….

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Plum Oolong by Rishi Tea
2307 tasting notes

yum yum yum

It’s true you can’t taste a whole lot of oolong here but I am kind of wondering which oolong of theirs they used here as the base, I am guessing the bai hao but I could be wrong.

Again, more hibiscus what is up, I think someone at Rishi owns stock in a hibiscus plantation. Thankfully this is downplayed quite a LOT so the aftertaste is not really tart at all. Or perhaps the oolong is providing a nice counterpart to the tartness of the fruit. I am getting mostly plum here and it is done very, very well. Happiness!!! bliss! It’s fruit paradise!

please note: your mileage may vary… ;-P

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
KeenTeaThyme

Rishi. Makes. A. Plum Oolong?!! Must acquire asap – this sounds AMAZING!

TeaBrat

It was better than I thought it would be…

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85
drank Pu-erh Blood Orange by Rishi Tea
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I ordered a nice little package of this in my most recent shipment from Rishi. Although I like pu-erh a lot, I also like it mixed with other things sometimes.

I was a little worried about this because there is hibiscus in it. It seems Rishi is mad for hibiscus since it finds its way into so many of their blends.

This is VERY citrusy. When you open the bag it practically knocks you down with an intense fruit smell. I liked this, a lot. Mostly the flavor is of orange and grapefruit so it’s kinda hard to taste the pu-erh in here. I believe the pu-erh is grounding the tartness of the citrus with some earthy dark flavors, kind of like orange chocolate. I am finding it refreshing and delicious.

This is an organic and fair trade tea which is also a plus as far as I am concerned. I only wish I had purchased a bigger bag!

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec
Jenn

Would you think less of me if I confessed to you that I’m pu-erh shy? Would this one be a good pu-erh to get me started?

TeaBrat

@Jenn, the orange here very much obliterated the pu-erh. I have some of these little guys which are mild. I’ll send you one. http://www.rishi-tea.com/store/ancient-shu-pu-erh-tuo-cha-organic-fair-trade-pu-erh-tea.html

Jenn

Squeeee!!!!

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I received two small sample sizes of this from Golden Moon with my iced tea set. I am a bit puzzled by it. The dry leaves smell great but when this tea brews up it definitely smells like alcohol as a few other people have mentioned. It does smell like a melon scented beer. I am not sure if I like the aroma.

The taste of it however is very nice, perfectly smooth and sweet . I am not sure what else to say, it was interesting but not something I would purchase for myself.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I’ve been drinking this tea for a few years now, I like it pretty well but I just finished the tin and I don’t intend to run out and buy any more soon. I am used to drinking my tea strong so I normally put two teabags in a cup. I like the balance of flavors here between the blackberry, the sage and the black tea. Not at all tart and also no hibiscus because it’s really not a favorite of mine. Sage is supposed to be good for people with asthma so I got it for drinking during the winter season.

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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
2307 tasting notes

I have been daydreaming about this tea ever since the lovely Jenn sent me a sample a little while ago. Thank you, Jenn for fueling my addiction, hee hee. I had to buy a tin of it.

This is a yummy flavored tea. I am not usually much of a fan of chocolate in tea but here it works somehow. The hazelnut is definitely there as well, perhaps it’s the combination of the two that works for me. I see a lot of tea that claims to be nut flavored but the nut hardly comes through at all. I have no idea if people drink this kind of tea in Italy but who cares! ha! It is lovely here in San Francisco and taking the chill out of my November morning.

This tea also need to be tried with rum in it or maybe brandy! woo!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Sweet Autumn Tea by Lupicia
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This is a free sample I got from the nice folks at Lupicia with my monthly newsletter. It’s one of those pyramid teabags made from fabric that are so trendy these days, blah blah blah.

I almost did not try this because I usually never like anything with red rooibos in it. This is pretty well done though, with notes of japanese sweet potato and pumpkin those flavors seem to predominate instead of the rooibos. Flavor is kind of like a pumpkin pie and I wish it had some cinnamon in it (although you could add your own I suppose). Nice herbal dessert tea.

I stand amazed that I actually like this. Bravo to the folks at Lupicia and please open your SF store again soon! =)

TeaBrat

And it’s also out of stock on Lupicia’s website. Guess I’m not the only one who liked it. :)

Lisbet

Oh man, do I want to try this!

TeaBrat

maybe they’ll get it back soon. If they do I might buy some…

CHAroma

I’m usually not a fan of red rooibos either, but I agree this is a pleasant tea.

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I’m done with this sample and I’m kind of sad to see it go. Luckily I just a pu-erh sampler today from Verdant. :)

Charles Thomas Draper

The 88 good luck tea….

Charles Thomas Draper

How was the brew??

Charles Thomas Draper

This may be Fridays noon brew….

TeaBrat

I have a giant cake of a white puerh I purchased from Rishi a few months ago. Let me know if you’d like a sample… it’s really big for me to finish it!

Charles Thomas Draper

I would. Thats very kind of you.

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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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