2576 Tasting Notes

92
drank Wen Shan Bao Zhong by Naivetea
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this is so delicious this afternoon… light and buttery, a bit nutty and sweet. so refreshing! See my previous notes.

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72
drank Assam Gold Rain by Teavana
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I found this one just okay – for one thing if you use boiling water it becomes very bitter and undrinkable. So I am learning more about assams and darjeelings lately and I steeped this one for 4 minutes at round 200 F and it is better.

This has a very pleasant cocoa nose and for me the flavor is predominately fruity with a big tannin kick at the end. I did wish a bit for some more malt and it still seems bitter to me even at the lower temp. I’ve had a few other assams that I liked much better so I figure it’s the tea (and not me) It will be finished off eventually with some soymilk and stuff added to it, but if anyone would like to try it please let me know. :)

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

I found this one very good too. It could be a daily brew for but it is one they are discontinuing I think.

TeaBrat

Eh, it’s not a great assam so I’m not surprised it’s being discontinued.

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70

Part of the Upton Imports Darjeeling Sampler I purchased recently since I am trying to broaden my horizons. :)

I steeped this for 3 minutes with boiling per the instructions on the tin. I am finding it to be very fragrant with the spicy notes and it is a nice medium amber color. It has a lot of fruit but also a lot of tannins so pungent is definitely the word of the day and I’m not sure I’m truly a fan of this although it is growing on me a bit the more I sit here and sip on it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

I’ve tried a few “soft wither” teas from Upton’s, and really like them. I was eyeing this one, but haven’t purchased it yet. These do tend to be softer than some “modern” 2nd Darjeelings. They can be pungent, so when they are, sometomes I add a dash of milk to take the edge off and I always use H2O slightly under boiling (200-205). Tis should help with the tannins without masking the qualities and flavor of the tea.

I tried my Yunnan Spiral Buds yesterday afternoon (now 1:25 am est). It was and is phenominal!! I’m having trouble accessing portions of features on Steepster, so I’ll post my review later today. :))

TeaBrat

Scott – thanks for the advice and I look forward to your Spiral buds review. :)

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94
drank Thai Ginger Fire by Verdant Tea
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Like some other people I had purchased this with the intention of mixing it with other teas, I thought it would be great with some dragonwell green tea and maybe a pu’erh.

I really love ginger and always have, aside from the flavor it’s a great medicinal root, good for colds, digestion and just generally warming up in cold or damp weather.

I decided to steep this up on its’ own with an infuser mug and around 2 minutes with boiling water. The ginger is not as strong as I thought it would be, it’s well balanced with the saffron, the orange and the fennel. It is pretty intense and spicy but definitely it matches the description and is as good as I was hoping it would be! It also gets a few bonus points for versatility…

note: I tried it again with some dragonwell green tea and that combo ROCKS! =)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Spoonvonstup

Nice! I’m also excited to try mixing this with stuff. High on my list try try are tulsi and yunnan blacks. Haven’t tried it with any of my greens- I’ll have to do so this weekend.

TeaBrat

Now I wish I had ordered more… I just got one ounce. I think it would be good with tulsi for sure.

ScottTeaMan

Tulsi is basil, right?…….Ginger & basil…….yeah that sounds petty good.

SunnyinNY

I’m going to have to add this to my shopping list. It sounds really good.

TeaBrat

It is good but Potent!

ScottTeaMan

I’ve always wanted to try this one.

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83

okay I got a slew of new stuff from Verdant, pretty soon I’ll have tried every tea in their entire line… lol

I like pu-erh tea but I also like pu-erh blends, especially with fruit so I thought I’d check this one out. I steeped this one in my infuser mug at around 200F for 3 minutes.

This is really nice! It has many layers of intriguing flavor. The pu-erh is dark and earthy, the orange and elderberry are tart and fruity, and the ginger and galangal add a nice spicy kick. This will definitely warm you up. With the first steep I felt like the ginger really overpowers the cup but I didn’t mind as I really like ginger.

On the second steep the spiciness is starting to retreat and the pu-erh is coming out a lot more. I couldn’t help myself, I had to try it with soymilk. Yummy! Definitely check this out if you’re an adventurous sort of person that likes spices and fruit…

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Charles Thomas Draper

You know I am not one for flavored tea but this one has me intrigued….

TeaBrat

Maybe you can ask for a sample of it next time you order something. :)

BTVSGal

How is it flavored?

TeaBrat

Charles just likes his teas straight, without any fruit, herbs or other stuff added in. :)

SunnyinNY

Sounds delicious!

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93

yum, another sample from the Rare Tea Republic. This time it’s an Assam.

I steeped this for 3 minutes at 200 F with an infuser ball and am drinking out of a glass irish coffee mug – guess what? It works great for tea too! ;-)

This tea brews up to be a beautiful dark reddish color. It’s a delicious assam. Normally I would take these with milk but today I am trying without. The thing that predominately hits your nose and your mouth upon tasting is MALT, glorious MALT! Then you get chocolate followed by a bit of fruitiness with a bit of tannins in the finish. A very good assam indeed. I think I prefer this with milk (or in my case, soy milk) but it is quite delicious.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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86

mmmm. I discovered when brewed properly, this is a fragrant floral tea with jammy notes and a touch of vanilla. It is very delicious like a fine wine! I don’t know about the aftertaste though, for me it’s very astringent. I had to take some points off for that but if that doesn’t bother you check this one out!

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65
drank White Ayurvedic Chai by Teavana
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another one bites the dust… this I am not too sad to see go, it’s okay but a little sweet for me

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100
drank Black Spiral by The Tao of Tea
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Sipdown! The last of this is gone for now but I will get more eventually. I highly recommend it!

ScottTeaMan

Another tea to get from Tao this year. I actually have a sample of a Black Spiral tea from Upton Tea. I feel like I’m saving it. Why?!? Probably because it is sold out. {sigh!} I think I’m nuts.

TeaBrat

drink it!!!!

ScottTeaMan

I will. I’ll have some tonight! For real-just have to locate it, but that’s alot easier since I semi-organized my tea stash. Thanks for the push. :)) You know I wanted to.

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90

This is definitely a nice and interesting white tea, it’a bit more vegetal than floral and I’m picking up some spice and a lingering bit of smoke here but it’s still very light. I like it fine but it’s probably the least favorite of my three white teas I’ve tried from the RtR line. I know this is a boring tasting note but I’m not feeling that inspired, perhaps some more extended tastings in the gaiwan will yield a better result.

I did one steep in the infuser mug for 190 F for 3 minutes and then a resteep at around 160F for three minutes.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 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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