2730 Tasting Notes

drank Peach Melba by Lupicia
2730 tasting notes

This free sample came from the Lupicia newsletter. The dry leaf smells kind of funky, like rooibos and peach liquor.

Brewed, I am not terribly impressed with this one. Maybe I should have used a smaller cup instead of a 12 oz mug, but I’m just not getting much flavor from this aside from a rooibos flavor. Not too impressed but won’t rate for now since this could be a user error :)

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drank Plum Oolong by Rishi Tea
2730 tasting notes

Sipdown, for me…
I’ve had this tea for a while, possibly too long as I think it’s been 3 years since I got it from my brother for Christmas. This isn’t one I drink too often because of the hibiscus and it is tart, but thankfully the hibby is not that strong in this blend. I still wish I could taste a little more of the oolong underneath which seems to be more of the Eastern beauty variety.

kind of glad this is gone and don’t think I’ll be repurchasing.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Kirkoneill1988

what about plum? do you taste plum?

TeaBrat

not really

Kirkoneill1988

oh. that’s weird :( it says plum oolong

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This tea came form the great Marzipan stash sell off! Like I need anymore tea? I should be selling off some of my own!

My first tea from Golden Tips. I’ve only had a few Temi teas but recall I generally like them. I’m not really a fan of autumnal flushes though usually. This tea steeps up to be a dark reddish brown and is very woody in nature. I am also picking up some fruit flavors, specifically cherry and citrus. There is a bit of astringency in the tea I’m not enjoying so much but perhaps that would be remedied by a shorter steeping time. It strikes me that this might be really good as an iced tea with a bit of lemon and sugar. I will have to try it that way soon.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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It will be interesting to see how I feel upon starting my temp job on Wednesday. It’s been so long since I was working full time due to my disability and subsequent unemployment. I’ve gotten used to drinking tea whenever I want and being able to gong fu it all with my yixing pots! Probably can’t do that in the office but maybe this will be a good time to divest myself of some bagged tea I haven’t gotten around to drinking. I think this is what’s known as a “first world problem”

I’ve been drinking more green oolongs lately and definitely enjoying them. I wonder if they have a similar theanine profile to gyokuro or the Japanese green teas as I always find them relaxing.

This one in particular is very nice if you like floral teas. It is sweet and creamy with an intense orchid aroma and flavor. I steeped it 3 times and steeps #2 and #3 were really tasty. This might actually be a touch too floral-y for my palette, but it is a terrific green oolong, Definitely would recommend trying it.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec
caile

Best of luck that Wednesday goes well!

TeaBrat

Thank you :)

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drank Jasmine Oolong by Tokyo Futon & Tea
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Was at my BFs house earlier but I’m kind of glad to be back at home with my tea collection. All weekend I’ve been in a shitty mood because it looks like I’m going to take a part time temp. job that I don’t really want in order to pay the bills. It isn’t nearly enough money. Anyway sometimes we just have to do the things we need to do in order to survive.

I am pretty happy with this tea this afternoon. It really has a relaxing feel about it, thought the jasmine is not very strong. I’ve been using a gaiwan and the gong fu method to prepare it. It has a light, vegetal and buttery quality with a pretty sweet finish. I do detect some jasmine in the aroma, but it’s so very light when you only steep it for 15-30 seconds. That is fine with me, because I don’t like strong, perfumey jasmine tea. Super relaxing, I almost feel like a nap is in order!!!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Indigobloom

I’ve been there, doing work that really doesn’t satisfy. Awful feeling. Hang in there and it’ll get better!

TeaBrat

Yah! thank you :)

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Tea purchased in the grocery store yesterday. I am still having problems sleeping so need to find more decaf options until this crisis is over. :P

I don’t see the point in paying a lot of money for a decaf tea because they aren’t usually that tasty anyway. THis blend is ok though. From the name, you would think its all fruit flavor, but there is also spearmint and lemongrass in the blend. So it’s more of an herbly, minty, fruity kind of flavor. I found it fairly mild and refreshing, Definitely nothing to rave over but it will serve the purpose of helping me sleep better.

I put two of the teabags in the fridge to try cold brewing them. I think this will be a bit better as an iced tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
boychik

did it work ? i had quite a lot sheng yesterday. i was pretty energized before going to bed. decided to fix some shou. 3 cups later and felt so sleepy

gmathis

I think I’d like this better than the traditional lemony one! (Is it just me, or do 99% of all herbals taste minty?) Have to look for it in town.

TeaBrat

@boychik I did sleep better last night than I have in a while. Can’t drink shou at night like some of you folks, I’m so jealous!

TeaBrat

gmathis – you’re right, a lot of them are minty and i’m not often in the mood for a tea made of straight herbs anyway. this isn’t bad for a mass market product, I found mine at Safeway

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drank Decaf Sakurambo by Lupicia
2730 tasting notes

Just an update: In case you were wondering about the cold brew version of this decaf tea. It is actually pretty good. The cherry comes out a little stronger in the cold brew, though it does seem like a tart cherry. Still bothered a bit by the rosemary here but I will drink it. I think I like it a bit better as an iced tea than I do as a hot tea.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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drank Decaf Sakurambo by Lupicia
2730 tasting notes

I was still having problems sleeping last night so I am trying to adopt a new rule this week, no caffeine after 12 pm. That will be difficult seeing as how I really like tea, but I’m getting tired of this no sleeping crap.

So this is one of the black decaf teas that I have and it’s enjoyable but still strikes me as a bit odd. It’s cherry but with a spicy flavor due to pink peppercorns and rosemary. I definitely do not love the flavor of this one but it’s ok. I decided to cold brew some overnight and I’ll see what happens in the morning…

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I am drinking this one again today after not having it for over a year. These mini bricks are so cute! I wonder where I can get another one since neither Phoenix Tea Shop or China Cha Do seems to carry them.

I am really happy with the way this is aging! It’s a delicious tea with a brothy like flavor & bittersweet notes. It is producing a kaleidoscope of flavors! Early steepings were floral, then I got some definite woodsy pine notes and by the 6th steep it has a lemony flavor. LIght smoke throughout the tea. It gives forth a pleasant uplifting energy.

This is amazing, I am bumping up the rating. I think this is the first sheng I have purchased where I can see aging made a big impact on the tea (box says it is from 2008). Yum Yum!

I am definitely planning to experiment more with Douji in the future.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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My sleep schedule has been so messed up lately, I think I need to go back to a no caffeine after 3 pm rule. Couldn’t sleep too well last night after having a black tea and a genmaicha in the late afternoon/evening.

But it’s still early now :-P

I’m definitely enjoying this Iron Goddess I got at Tokyo Tea & Futon last week. It doesn’t appear to be roasted, just round little green rolls of deliciousness. The flavor is very classic anxi oolong, with fresh, green vegetal notes, butter and flowers.

It peaked around steep #3 but I steeped it for 5 times and steep #4 was really good also. A very yummy tea, too bad these guys don’t have a website so you can see. Here’s my IG picture though:

https://instagram.com/p/0n44gCILds

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Kristal

You have that rule too? Glad I’m not the only one! It amazes me when people can drink coffee/tea in the evening and not be affected. Caffeine is a drug, and maybe I’m more sensitive to it, but it still shocks me how desensitized some people are to it.

TeaBrat

I must be fairly sensitive to the effects of caffeine myself?

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

I think caffeine can be bizarre at times, or at least my body is. At times I can drink like 10 steeps of a red tea before bed and sleep fine, other days if I so much as drink any caffeine I won’t sleep at all.

TeaBrat

@Amanda, I think it depends a lot on my state of mind as well, if I am at all anxious then caffeine accelerates that.

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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

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