2743 Tasting Notes

drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
2743 tasting notes

Thanks to ashmanra for a sample of this! I didn’t sleep much last night and this is really helping to perk me up in a gentle way.

I steeped it for 3 minutes in boiling water. Yum! I really like this. It’s a lighter bodied black tea with a lot of maltiness and sweetness. I’m reminded a bit of sweet potatoes and caramelized sugar. Exceptionally smooth and fine. You get a delightful aftertaste and rich mouthfeel. I would not recommend having this with any milk or sugar, it really doesn’t need it! Naturally sweet and delicious.

note: I went back for a second cup and found that I accidentally left my tea leaves still steeping in the pot – steeping this for 10 minutes, I do not recommend. ;-) But on the upside my whole kitchen smells like a molasses cookie!

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Imperial White by The Tao of Tea
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trying to include more white tea into my daily routine, this is a nice one, IMO. See my previous tasting notes. Also re-steeps pretty well.

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Part 4/4 in the Upton tea basic darjeeling sampler. I did not see this one in the database so I decided to add it.

I’m still fairly new to the world of darjeelings and the tin said to steep this @ 212 for 3-4 minutes. I found that to be a bit too much for me so I decided to try it at around 190 for 3 minutes. I suspect the perfect steeping for me might lie somewhere in between the two so I’ll keep trying. :)

This is a very nice blend. It isn’t quite as fruity as some darjeelings I’ve had. It’s lightly brisk and smooth. There is a little bit of pungency here which overwhelmed me at the higher temp, with the lower temp it’s better. This has a nice delicate flavor with a hint of spiciness and delicate wood but I am not feeling blown away by it. It’s easy to drink plain and would probably make a lovely iced tea. I’ll need to keep experimenting with this one.

Regardless I am finding darjeelings seem to be growing on me…

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Many thanks to Scott for a sample of this one!

I steeped this for around 3 minutes today in around 205 F water. This is a really nice and gentle Assam. Sometimes i have found they can be a bit bitter in the finish but this one was very bold but also very smooth. I suppose the shorter steeping time helped. This is the first Assam I’ve met that I can drink plain, without any soymilk and what not.

The predominate notes here are definitely chocolate and malt, though the malt is not hitting me over the head like some other tea of this varietal tend to do. In that way it reminds me a bit of a Chinese black tea. It does indeed have a tiny bit of sweetness, very yum! I will definitely be tempted to buy this when payday comes around, although I do have a few other assams I should probably finish off first…

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

I din’t know how I missed this review Amy. If you steep it longer the maltiness is stronger-probably between 3.5-4 minutes. Four to five minutes can give you some bitterness and more malt. It also depends on the amount of leaf used. I’m glad you like it. :))

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I am having a bit of this now… hope it does not keep me awake for too long. :)

I read that the Yunnan + wild arbor/big leaf trees is a good sign of quality and I believe it. This is delicious whether steeped for 30 seconds or 2 minutes. Very rich, woodsy and grounding. No camphor and personally I am glad of that. See my previous tasting notes.

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It’s at work and it’s free – need I say more? Regardless I think this tisane is nice but I really like chamomile. There’s a tiny touch of apple in here but not too noticeable. Chamomile really reminds me of apple anyway. Gentle and relaxing in the afternoon now.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

for a bagged tisane, this one is quite pleasant.


I agree. I’ve also had better luck with Twinings bagged tea than most other brands…


Same here. If it has to be bagged tea, i prefer Twinings. My daughter’s boyfriend sent me their Calm Collection Honeybush tea from Ireland because he knew I Iiked it. I just finally found it here in the States.

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drank Amandine Rose by Teavana
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Thanks to The DJ Booth for this one which came to me as the result of a recent swap.

This one is pretty good, maybe Teavana should try some more black tea blends with less fruit in them. The aroma is very almondy and I am definitely picking up the rose. I wonder if I ended up steeping this too long because it got slightly bitter and also a bit “soapy”. I will try again and report back if my rating changes.

I think I like the smell of this a bit better than the taste of it. I was really glad I got the chance to try it!

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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I’m finishing off the rest of this sample this morning, I appear to be on a roll with this green tea thing. I would definitely order this again, it’s so flavorful and unique. It seems a bit nutty this morning too. I highly recommend it – see my previous tasting notes. Some teas are really just a pleasure to drink and for me, this is one of them.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Green Zoubrovka by Kusmi Tea
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This came as another swap item with oOTeaOo. I’m excited that I finally am getting to try some of these Kusmi teas I’ve had my eye on.

This one is nice and mellow and earthy. I steeped it at 180F for around 2 1/2 minutes. Like most other folks I’ve no idea what buffalo grass is supposed to taste like. I found it to be slightly minty, herby, sweet and kinda funky but in a good way. I can’t quite place the taste but I am finding I like this one a lot. I did a quick Google search on it and found out that it has been widely used for healing coughs and native americans believed it had meditative properties.

Regardless I am finding this to be some pretty interesting stuff although I can see how it might not ring everyone’s bell. It’s a bit strong. I have too much green tea in my Stash already but I’m tempted to go place an order with Kusmi!

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Mostly I use this just as a digestif – although the flavor is not bad if you like anise. See my previous notes.

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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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