2463 Tasting Notes

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drank Yuzu Oolong by Naivetea
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Such a delicious treat… if high altitude oolong and yuzu gave birth to a butter pastry and somehow it all became tea… I upped the rating a wee bit today. Naivetea is delightful!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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99

Sometimes I DO need a break from caffeine, I know, this is crazy talk. :)

I really like this herbal blend from Arbor teas. It’s a perfectly balanced blend of lemongrass, orange and ginger. Evidently there is cinnamon in here as well but I am not picking up on that too much. All of the ingredients mix together very well and nothing is too dominant or pushy. I’m drinking this hot but I think it would also make a really good iced tea. It’s refreshing and soothing with a tiny bit of sweetness. I am enjoying this as my after lunch tea and it’s making my tummy very happy! A+ delicious….

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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81
drank Bai Hao Oolong by Harney & Sons
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This is a nice offering from Harney and I definitely like this style of darker oolong. I brewed this western style for about 3 minutes using nearly boiling water.

Lots of stone fruit here, a very soft tea with a bit of minerality… is it good? yes. Is it exceptional? not to me. After reading the description on their website I think I ’d like the fanciest formosa oolong better because this would be good with some charcoal aroma!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
The Purrfect Cup

This is good to know. I’ve got a wish list at Harney and I may have to rethink it now. I will say that oolongs are becoming a fast favorite tea for me.

TeaBrat

you can get the sample size for $4 if you just want to try it…

teawing

I may have to try this one too, that free shipping option is too good to pass up.

The Purrfect Cup

Oh sure twist my arm with a good deal. ;) I’ll have to see…seeing as I did get a large order of teas the other day. Might have to wait a little.

TeaBrat

I would be tempted but am still trying to work my way through the last Harney order… :)

The Purrfect Cup

What was in your last order? (Not like I need anymore ideas…but I do)

TeaBrat

Florence, Organic Assam, Tower of London and LOTS of $4 sample sizes… my favorite thing from them is Paris and I am also fond of the White Christmas.

The Purrfect Cup

Yum!! I like Tower of London and Paris too! I’ll have to look into the $4 sample thing.

teawing

“Oh sure twist my arm with a good deal. ;)”
No twisting intended! :)

The Purrfect Cup

No, no twist away!

teawing

Ok, if you say so.

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86

My first time trying a green pu-erh so I really have nothing to compare this to…

I infused this for about 3 minutes western style. The tuo cha does not want to open up and come unfurled – is this a good sign? A bad sign? Who knows.

First infusion is very mild, green tea is not a very prominent flavor here. I am getting apple and a bit of malty sweetness. Like many pu-erhs this reminds me of mushrooms, but a delicate white button mushroom instead of a deep, dark shiitake.

Second infusion is very much the same with no loss of flavor… a very light and aromatic brew. Not sure I will need to buy this again because I think I prefer the black pu-erhs but it has made for a very nice sample. :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
ScottTeaMan

I’ve only tried black Tuo Cha, and they never completely unfurled.

Jim Marks

I’ve been known to poke stubborn tuocha with a chopstick if they won’t open up.

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90
drank Gong Fu by Zhi Tea
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Thanks so much to Charles for sending me a sample of this!

This is definitely a keeper – delicious smooth mellow tea with hints of chocolate (but no, it is not flavored). I am getting something buttery here which some people are picking up as caramel. A little bit winey at the finish. A really great tea to start my morning off with, it is definitely worth the accolades it has gotten here on Steepster… :)

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

Sounds lovely! My grocery store just started carrying some Zhi teas so I’ll have to keep an eye out for this one!

TeaBrat

aren’t you lucky! :)

LiberTEAS

This is definitely my favorite Zhi Tea that I’ve tried. If you miss Dawn (from the Simple Leaf) … this one is a pretty good substitute.

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89

Ah… I love cinnamon in tea and I found this one to be particularly yummy… again I think this is probably a ceylon due to the description – a coppery Indian tea. It IS a decaf tea and I think this could be impacting the flavor… a bit. But it’s a great evening choice for me with some soymilk. It’s brisk and delicious and rich. A great dessert type of tea for me! I might need to get some of the regular caffeinated tea just so I can compare notes.

Organic, free trade + compostable packing is a bonus!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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90
drank Peach Blossom by Rishi Tea
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76
drank Kamiya Papaya by Teavana
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I still like this blend; one of the only things from Teavana that I have enjoyed a lot! Sweet and fruity… a yumlicious afternoon tea.

ScottTeaMan

Sounds delicious! That said Teavana hasn’t impressed me.

TeaBrat

I’ve tried a lot of their teas and most of them are not very good in my opinion…

The Purrfect Cup

Agreed. I prefer their straight teas. Sadly they seem to be getting rid of them at an alarming rate.

Charles Thomas Draper

We need straight teas….

TeaBrat

Fortunately for us there are plenty of other options to purchase tea. :)

The Purrfect Cup

Yes we do. Sometimes I just find it easier to dash into the mall. Rather than wait for the postman.

TeaBrat

we don’t have a Teavana in San Francisco… weird

ScottTeaMan

Not weird….maybe it’s a blessing. Besides from what I’ve seen on the internet there are plenty of good tea companies in San Fran. :))

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drank Royal Wedding by Harney & Sons
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Thank you to the adorable Jenn for sending a sample of this to me!

I was a little nervous about this especially since it has rose petals in it… I’m not really a fan of roses in tea. Fortunately the taste is largely of white tea with coconut and vanilla, which I DO like! There is a faint rose/floral flavor but it is very slight in my opinion. This tea is very lovely, and a little girly, so how perfect for a wedding!

I thought this was a nice flavored white tea but I don’t think I like it enough to buy any… I’m glad I got the chance to try it though!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Strawberry Zabaglione by 52teas
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having a cup of it this morning, very big on strawberry flavor, I have not really been in the mood for it lately but it’s nice for a fruity tea…

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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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