2384 Tasting Notes

88
drank White Christmas by Harney & Sons
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Another sample from my tea pimp, Jenn…. ;-)

I rather liked this but I am a fan of chamomile, almond and especially cardamom. It really smells like a yummy white chocolate dessert!

The flavor here is kind of subtle which is nice – I felt it needed something to “round it out” a bit so for me it was vanilla soymilk. Voila, perfection! I would like a small tin of this, do you think Santa will bring me one? :)

Preparation
Boiling
Mercuryhime

Ask a couple of the right people that question and he just might. :)

Amariel

That sounds awesome. Wonder if my pimp sent me any.

ScottTeaMan

Sounds like you liked this one Amy :)). I’ve been wanting to try this, but it’ll have to wait til next year.

The Purrfect Cup

“Tea pimp” this brought a smile to my face. Sounds like a winner to me.

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90
drank Peach Blossom by Rishi Tea
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78
drank White Orchard by Mighty Leaf Tea
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Purchased from the cafe down the street because someone is in my kitchen having a meeting. Go away so I can make some tea!!!

Smells very fruity-sweet and I am worried it will be nauseating, thank goodness no.

It’s a very light and smooth tea with just a very subtle smattering of fruit flavor. A really good choice for my afternoon. Still I was hoping for more fruit, I guess. Although I don’t mind this I will not rush right out and buy any.

Preparation
Boiling
KeenTeaThyme

A meeting in the kitchen?! Rude. That’s what…well, any other space is for.

TeaBrat

It was a lunch meeting so that makes sense…

KeenTeaThyme

still. I’m offended that it cut into your tea time! ;)

TeaBrat

Me too!

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76
drank Mei Li by Tao of Tea
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well, this tea is certainly very interesting. It has a very beautiful long and slender leaf shape.

Upon opening it I got a smoky smell like a lapsang souchong which was really surprising!

I stepped this for about 90 seconds in cooler water (not sure of the exact temperature)

To me this tastes of pine, wood and ocean. I’m not sure I love it but it is very intriguing and complex… the website says it carries the taste and smells of the misty northern Fujian countryside where it is grown. I am definitely picking that up here, very cool.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Charles Thomas Draper

sounds better than a 76….

TeaBrat

perhaps it will grow on me.

ScottTeaMan

Looks like a stunningly scrumptous tea. I’d buy it, if i was ordering more teas from Tao.

TeaBrat

Scott, let me know if you want a sample of it

ScottTeaMan

ok, I’ll PM fora swap

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100
drank Kabuse-Cha by Marukyu-Koyamaen
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I am quite enamored with this stuff, it is putting all my other tea to shame. sad. ;-)

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Charles Thomas Draper

I am assuming this a must-have….

TeaBrat

If I could rate it as a 500 I would. lol

ScottTeaMan

I’m seriously gonna buy some of this! SERIOUSLY!!

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88
drank Anastasia by Kusmi Tea
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Kusmi Tea Sampler 3/5

This is a fairly subtle blend which I am coming to appreciate after being knocked over by Prince Vladimir earlier this week. The bergamot is in the forefront here, the citrus and orange blossom is hanging out in the finish in a nice, polite manner. I was worried the orange blossom would be too flowery here but no, it’s very unassuming. I don’t even like bergamot that much so I don’t know why I am drinking all this bergamot flavored tea… :)

I like this pretty well, it seems like an afternoon type of tea for moi so I may end up bringing it to work.

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95
drank Masala Chai by Rishi Tea
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yummm. there is not too much more I can say. For me, personally it is the best chai I have been able to make at home and is the perfect balance of tea, with mostly cinnamon and cardamom flavors with a bit of black pepper and clove. It is sweet and yummy and the cinnamon/cardamom flavors really stand out but I also really like them both. The black tea here is not very pronounced and blends in with the other spices. I highly recommend you try cooking this the traditional way on the stove but is also excellent just brewed plain with milk or soymilk added. My perfect winter tea. Try a bit of brandy too, that is heavenly on a cold winter night.

Some of the reviews here seem to be for the concentrated Rishi masala chai concentrate you make and add milk to, I would NOT recommend this, you need to get the real tea and make it yourself!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

Tea looks and sounds awesome. I think this is gonna be my next chai purchase. How is the black pepper in this blend? As long as it blends well, and is fairly noticeable , I’ll seriously consider it.

TeaBrat

It blends well but not that noticeable IMO

ScottTeaMan

From the pic it looks delicious.

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80
drank Indian Spice by Harney & Sons
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I was actually craving a chai today and then I forgot I had this little sample in my desk provided by the ever generous and lovely Jenn…

I think I learned something from my cinnamon spice experience with H & S, their flavor is strong so there is no need to overdo it. I believe I used about 1/2 tsb of this in 8 oz of hot water about 206 degrees.

This is a pretty good spicy chai type of tea. I did add my usual soymilk to mine and then after tasting it I felt the need to add some sugar which is kind of rare for me. On the website it says assam is used as the base for this. I am not picking up too much on the cinnamon or cardamom here and instead am getting a lot of clove and something else, I think perhaps it is black pepper. In any case, I like it but when it comes to chais I am partial to Rishi’s Masala Chai and West Cape Chai, they set the bar pretty high for me. :)

ScottTeaMan

I bought H & S Indian Spice tea a few yrs ago, and it is pretty good, I do remember the clove, but not so much the pepper (which I tend to like). The Masala Chai I have now is better than H & S-IMHO. ;)) The Assam H & S uses is like pellets- which tend to be stronger in nature. I ordered Tea from them 0n 9-7-11 and just checked their site, & they’ve raised their prices by .50 on the teas I saw. Oh well, such is life. They haven’t raised prices in 5-6 yrs. I check out the other Chai’s you mentioned too-I love Chai Tea!

ScottTeaMan

I was checking to see if Harney’s still had the Assam I ordered-Nahorhabi Estate- and they have some new Assams. I hope theyre not sold out formy next order.

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76
drank Coconut Euphoria by ONO Tea
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Ono tea – this is the company that has now become Koni tea and I don’t really feel like making a new listing for it.

I liked most of the things I got from Koni – this was good but it was not my favorite out of the bunch. I was hoping for more of a coconut flavor as well. It is a little weak and the coconut is competing with the fruit flavors in here for my attention and tastebuds.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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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

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