2622 Tasting Notes

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drank Red Rocks by The Tea Spot
2622 tasting notes

Thanks for this one, QueenofTarts. I can’t say that I will ever love the taste of rooibos, it seems a little medicinal to me, almost like cough syrup? But I am still looking for things to drink without caffeine sometimes, plus now I hear it is good for people with asthma and allergies, I have both so I believe it’s worth a try.

This is one of the better red rooibos blends I have had, I don’t so much taste a lot of almonds but the vanilla is there. It was very good with soymilk as a kind of dessert tea. I’m not sure I would buy it for myself but I did enjoy trying it.

Steeped for 3.5 mins with boiling water.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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This came about as a result from my swap with Tommy the Toad who has the funniest name on Steepster. :)

I’ve never had a Mushroom shaped pu-erh before but I guess the shape of the tea does not impact the flavor much? Does anyone know? I steeped this one in the gaiwan for 60 seconds after a quick rinse in boiling water.

It’s very earthy and a woodsy tea. I thought I noticed some creamy elements and a bit of fruitness here as well. I wasn’t sure how much of the sample to use in the gaiwan. After the first steep, the second one only needed about 10 seconds before it got really dark. This tea has staying power! I don’t know if I can drink anymore of it tonight without staying up all night.

With the second steep it seems very woodsy and with hints of tobacco, it’s a bit smoky. Thanks Tommy! I will have to drink the rest of this in the morning when I have all day to stay awake. :) I might have to buy one, it’s a very good pu-erh for the price.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 15 sec
ScottTeaMan

That’s why I started following Tommy. The name really made me smile. :)) I’ve never seen mushroom shaped puerh before—how interesting.

Thomas Edward(Toad)

im glad you like it, i havent tried yours yet but i will soon :)

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79
drank Jardin Sauvage by Lupicia
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hmm. I still like this stuff, green rooibos seems to be a bit more appealing than red. I’ve been trying to drink it due to the health benefits. If anyone else knows of a good green one, let me know. :)

ScottTeaMan

HHhhmmm, I’ve never tried green Rooibos, and I’m definitely not a fan of red either.

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78
drank Florence by Harney & Sons
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This is my afternoon cuppa. I have to admit – chocolate tea and I do not really get along. I haven’t really found any that I like too much. This one comes close but I have lost some affection for it over the past few months, I am not sure why.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
teawing

I agree completely, but for some reason this works for me too. Not an everyday tea, but once in a while, when I need something different, and it is cold outside…

TeaBrat

Might as well just cut to the chase and have a piece of chocolate if that’s what I want. :)

Kristin

I really loved this the first time i tried it and then I ordered a whole tin and then didn’t like it and gave it away. It’s odd, huh?

TeaBrat

Yes! I had bought a whole giant tin of it too, sure that I would love it forever. Oh well… :)

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90
drank Strawberry Oolong by Naivetea
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This one is just so nice. One thing I like about Naivetea’s flavored oolongs is they don’t seem fake or artificial in anyway. This has a light strawberry flavor that is just really delicious. I highly recommend them!

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For me this seems to have been the dud of my recent Lupicia purchases although some other people seemed to like it more than I did.

It’s got a sweet potato pie aroma, for sure but I found the flavor to be a bit too strong as well as artificial and it left a bit of a funny aftertaste. It does have kind of a whisky flavor as Auggy mentioned. It also gets pretty sweet. Adding soymilk definitely seemed to help me to finish it off.

I don’t know if I can finish this bag myself so let me know if anyone would like to try it…

Steeped for 4 minutes in boiling water. Might try for less time next go around.

QueenOfTarts

I’d love to try some of this.. even though I just swapped with you! It just sounds so good.. If you’d like to try any more of my tea, let me know. I’d be happy to send you something in return!

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This came about as a recent swap with Amanda. Even though she gave it less than stellar reviews I wanted to try it anyway, plus I am always looking for some more caffeine free things.

I don’t love roobois much so I was thinking I might hate this but I did have a strawberry rhubarb tea once from Lupicia that I really liked.

Steeped for 5 minutes with boiling water in my $4 Daiso teapot.

Yeah the smell of this is pretty funky. It’s like a yogurt that went bad. I don’t think it quite smells like butt but maybe… feet? The flavor isn’t quite as bad though thankfully. I don’t quite know if I taste any rhubarb in here. I think it needs something. It was definitely better with some soymilk. And maybe it needs a pinch of sugar. Well I will find some way to make it more drinkable but I won’t be buying any…. :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

I’m glad I’ve never had a tea that smells like butt …….or feet. Also, I’ve had a slow tea drinking day due to football. Yeah….Baltimore lost…but why did the 49ERS have to lose?

momo

next time anything involves “panna cotta” I think I am going to ask how it smells brewed instead of just smelling the tea in a canister. Never again hahaha.

TeaBrat

@ Scott – I was too busy drinking tea to watch the game
@Amanda – I really had to try it to see if it was as weird as you described – yep!

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90

we are finishing off the last of this sample today. It’s a rainy and blustery day here which seems perfect for shu. A very musty and woodsy one here… see my previous tasting notes

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Since this tea is a Sikkim and not a Darjeeling I updated the listing – I hope nobody minds!

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93
drank Purple Tip by Bana Tea Company
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I’m coming near to the end of my sheng samples from Bana Tea Company. I would have tried them all before now but sheng is something you need to sit down and pay attention to.

I steeped this in boiling water for one minute after a quick rinse of the leaves. I am getting something like a slight apple cider sourness along with a bit of malt. Can a tea be “tangy”? Well this one seems to be, sort of.

For the second steep I decided to go for 30 seconds only. This seems to have been a good decision since the tea is mellowing out a bit. I am still getting apples with a bit of burnt toast and now some sweetness. It seems very fresh and aromatic.

Third steep, I used water that was less hot. More sweetness and mushroomy-ness, it’s very mild and pleasant. This seems like one that would only improve with age although it is quite ready to drink now.

If you want to go on a sheng adventure you certainly can’t go wrong with this sampler pack from Bana, I’d highly recommend it. Not a bad one in the bunch so far…

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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