2469 Tasting Notes

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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92

I am having this iced with lunch today. It makes a delicious iced tea….

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100
drank Black Spiral by The Tao of Tea
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Bumped up the rating to 100 today… just ‘cause I love it so!! And it’s organic. wheeee.

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100
drank Kabuse-Cha by Marukyu-Koyamaen
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drinking this again this morning since I needed an energy boost. I measured my water temp at around 135 F and thought this was too low but it is bringing out some nice subtleties of the flavor I did not notice before.

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 1 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

The temp does seem low….I brew around 160*

TeaBrat

well my water had cooled off and I was lazy. :-P

ScottTeaMan

Does this co have a website?

TeaBrat

oops – here is the English version… ha ha http://www.marukyu-koyamaen.co.jp/english/top.html

ScottTeaMan

How much did it cost?

ScottTeaMan

Thanks,,,,,

TeaBrat

see my original tasting note for the deets on cost etc.

ScottTeaMan

Kyoto semingly wasnt affected by the radiation ….so they say :/

ScottTeaMan

oh….I see……what about S & H? Didn’t see on their site?

ScottTeaMan

Oh you bought it locally….lucky dog!

ScottTeaMan

I just checked Upton’s website. They only offer 50g @ $16.80. I’m making arough guess…if they offered 90g…it would cost around $27-$28. You got a really good deal. But Upton’s says their Kabuse Sencha is Spring Harvest. I’m not sure, but it may be a higher grade (upton’s). I still think you got a good deal. :))

TeaBrat

yes, I am lucky, you’d think there would be a fancy tea shop in Japantown but I had to search far and wide to find this stuff.

ScottTeaMan

But you found it in relatively locally right? I’ve been looking….I didnt find too many online tea shops that carry it, and if I did it was quite a bit more expensive.

ScottTeaMan

Ito En carries it for $8/oz. 90g is actally slightly more than 3 oz

TeaBrat

I haven’t been so satisfied with the quality of Ito-en in the past, if you get some let me know how it is. :)

ScottTeaMan

Whatabout O-cha.com? I found it there for:

http://www.o-cha.com/green-tea/kabusecha.html

How is their quality? This a 2011 lot. Would you buy this lot, post radiation? Ugi claims all their tea was not affected by radiation, but I have concerns. :/

TeaBrat

Sorry, I don’t know about O-cha, you should ask Auggy on Steepster, I believe she has purchased from them in the past.

I am not that concerned about the radiation either so I can’t answer your question

ScottTeaMan

All reports I’ve read say Kyoto radiation from the accident was minimal

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81
drank Vanilla Black by Rishi Tea
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The smell of vanilla definitely hits you when you open the bag! I am reminded of vanilla ice cream. Organic, Fair Trade Certified tea, a definite bonus in my book.

I brewed this for 4 minutes using the water/leaf ratio that Rishi recommends. The brewed tea is a nice and simple way to start my morning. I drank this with some plain soymilk. The vanilla is still fairly strong in the nose but mild on the palate. The vanilla flavor is most strong in the finish of the tasting. I liked this but I do not think it is going on my list of things I must buy again but I’m also just not sure if vanilla tea is really my “thing”. I got a sample of the H & S Vanilla Black also so it will be interesting to try that one soon to compare.

ScottTeaMan

It’ll be interesting to see how they compare. IMHO it’s hard to find a good vanilla tea…….some vanilla tea tastes artificial.

Ninavampi

I agree… But I love a good vanilla tea!

ScottTeaMan

Haven’t had a good vanilla tea in a lloooong time.

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84

I forget who suggested this to me but I picked some up today and I am liking it…
I am a big fan of cinnamon and plum flavors together, I have the cinnamon plum tea by Rishi which I also like. This one is sweeter and a little lighter on the hibiscus and has some other things like roasted barley and chicory which bring it down to Earth a bit.

Lately I’ve been reflecting a lot on this tea drinking habit of mine and as much as I like trying a lot of different teas it still makes me cringe when I have to buy tea and tea bags that are all wrapped up in plastic and hermetically sealed like surgical instruments. Have we really become this precious? Tea used to get from China to Russia on the back of a camel and somehow the world managed to carry on.

So thanks to Celestial Seasonings for providing simple no frill teabags and cardboard boxes and keeping some waste out of the landfill. I am coming to the conclusion that I have to find more companies that reflect my values as a person. Or maybe I need to just go to local teashops and buy in bulk and bring in my own containers.

Perhaps I am getting a little nutty but it does help me to enjoy my tea when I’m not also obsessing over my contribution to the gigantic plastic gyre in the Pacific Ocean…. ;-)

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My profile pic is of a pink dahlia at Golden Gate Park.

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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