2802 Tasting Notes

drank Egyptian Licorice by Yogi Tea
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I’ve been reading a lot about the health benefits of pau d’arco and want to try drinking more of it this winter in the hopes it will perk up my immune system. Unfortunately the taste of it is enough to make me gag, so I keep trying to find things to mix it with. Tonight I tried this spicy licorice tea with a bit of coconut oil. This is definitely a spicy concoction but I think I prefer the pau d’arco with plain licorice root which more effectively masks its flavor. If anyone has a good pau d’arco tea blend please let me know what it is. :)

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This is a sipdown for me tonight…
I’ve had this herbal for 2 years now so it’s a good thing I’m finally sipping it down ;)

This is a good blend of herbs including lemongrass, ginger, lemon peel, licorice, and peppermint. The licorice is not that strong, in fact I usually add sweetener to this when I drink it. I would like this better if it didn’t contain peppermint, I’m not always in the mood for mint and it can trigger my acid reflux. I will be on the lookout for some plain lemongrass soon, I think…

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Thank you Teavivre for sending this sample my way!

I was in the mood for some shu this afternoon and hopefully this caffeine will not keep me awake later… instructions say to brew this at 212 F for 3 to 10 minutes? That seemed like a lot to me.

I decided to dump my whole sample in a little yixing and I have been doing steeps for 30 seconds. This is a very nice shu, has pleasant flavors of coffee, cocoa and a fruitiness like dates. This is a very clean tasting tea, without any musty flavors or odors that would signify a bad tea. The reviews on Teavivre’s web site, a couple of people had different opinions and remarked on the fermentation flavor and a mustiness but I didn’t pick this up.

Lately I’ve been wondering about shu pu’erh as it’s fermented with bacterias which might be good (like probiotics) but also aspergillus niger which is a fungus/mold and one I might be allergic to. Right now I don’t notice any bad effects from drinking shu and I know it is supposed to be healthy… so I will keep drinking it anyway.

This is a very good tea. I would definitely consider buying a cake of it for drinking now.

Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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drank Coconut Cream Pie by 52teas
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I ordered this from 52T recently because I love coconut and the reviews just made this sound so good…

I wonder if something is up with the re-blend because I get a lot more black tea base than coconut, and I am finding the base to be slightly on the bitter side. I added coconut sugar and soymilk to this but am wishing for more coconut flavor. Alas. I think I will try steeping this again with some slightly different parameters, perhaps with less leaf or a shorter steeping time. For now I do not love it, but the flavor is nicer as the tea cools.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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I got this tea from Trader Joe’s the last time I was there. I actually don’t like plain mate on its own so I won’t bother to rate this for now. I like the way it makes me feel but it seems so bitter, even after sugar is added. I got this hoping I would find some other stuff to mix it with to make it more palatable. I am thinking licorice might be a good place to start because it is on the sweet side…


I know what you mean. Mate by itself is not the nicest taste.


Pau d’arco is another thing I can’t really drink alone… so foul, lol

carol who

The plain mates seem to go well with chocolate teas quite well. I also use chocolate stevia drops with my plain mates.

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Thank you Boychik for sending me some of this wonderful sheng. I must admit I have a difficult time rating these, since I’m not a connoisseur I don’t know exactly what I am looking for. ;)

I did some short steeps this morning in my yixing teapot. For a sheng of this age it doesn’t contain a whole lot of bitterness, but has a lot of pleasant flavors that I associate with a good sheng. It is woodsy, with a bit of smoke and some lemony citrus flavor. I also get a nice, nutty flavor from this and the tea is very aromatic, filling up my kitchen with a pleasing aroma. It does seem somewhat astringent, although not overwhelmingly so. Sometimes shengs are a little rough on my stomach which is why I don’t drink them more often, I think.

This is one reason why I favor shus ever so slightly, they make such a nice after dinner drink although it seems like I am more or less alone in that opinion. If I had some more aged shengs I might feel differently, of course…

This seems to have a good qi and is enlivening… tempted to get some =)

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 3 OZ / 88 ML

I agree that shu is nice later in the day. Sheng will keep me up all night!!


yes! me too. I have a hard time knowing when to drink sheng since it isn’t a “morning” type of tea for me either. Seems best in the late morning/early afternoon…

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I got this tea after being at the Aroma Tea Shop on Friday with my Living Social deal… I tried some in the store. It is really delicious!

This is the black tea that lapsang is made with, before it’s been smoked. So, this tea isn’t really smoky in any way… but it is beautiful. I love the fine, black wiry leaves. The flavor of this tea is wonderful and unlike any I currently have. It’s silky and almost creamy, with strong notes of chocolate and some malt. It isn’t strong and overpowering though, the overall effect is very relaxing and on the light side. This is a very easy one to drink plain since it’s devoid of astringency or any bitter notes. I could easily see it becoming one of my favorites.

This stuff is like a dessert tea without even trying to be. Sweet and natural — yum yum!

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Was really surprised when I tried this, you pretty much described it exactly how I would of. Ended up buying 2 oz of it and enjoy it every once in a while.


it is delicious…

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Tea of the morning; I’ve had this sample forever and am just finishing it off now. I don’t tend to drink a lot of white teas, but I do enjoy them when I have them. I’m busy this morning with my job search and a few others things, so I’ll have to make this a short note.

I’ve had another Sandakphu white tea in the past, I think it was from the now defunct Rare Tea Republic. This has a delightful floral aroma in the cup. I am getting notes of almond, peach and roses. If you like white teas but are looking for something deeper and more flavorful than a standard silver needle or bai mudan, this is one worth checking out.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Golden Yunnan by In Pursuit of Tea
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Good Morning Steepster. I found this ancient sample in my tea stash when I was signed up for the Steepster Select box a few months ago. I like a drink a lot of yunnan teas so I’m not sure what made me wait so long to drink this one (aside from simply forgetting about it).

Have to say I am not overly impressed with this one. I think it’s a matter of personal preference as tobacco isn’t really a flavor I enjoy a lot in tea. Aside from that it seems very thin and light in body even though I used the whole sample to produce my tea, I don’t think I underleafed. There is a bit of sweetness that balances out the tobacco and also pepper.

I can see why this would really appeal to some palettes but it’s just o.k. in my book… also is leaving a very strong aftertaste in my mouth…

Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I never tried this when it was released before so I wanted to get some after realizing it was reblended. I really liked the lemon lime meringue kukicha when 52 T had it a few years ago.

This smells very citrusy in the package, and I’d have to say the lime is the strongest element of this particular brew. I find that I like lime in tea when it is done well (as I also like DT Lime Gelato). The honeybush is slightly sweet and I get a vague sense of creaminess but I decided to enhance that with some soymilk for a better cheesecake type of experience. This is both good and refreshing to me as I also like the zing of lemon myrtle. I am betting this would be really nice iced as well. Not exactly a cheesecake in my mind, but pretty tasty nonetheless.

Now that 52 T has their smaller packages I am really tempted to sign up for tea of the month but should probably wait until I have a job. I am pretty sure I’d spend my last dollar on a cup of tea. ;)

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Which would be most citrus lime or lemon?


hmm, not sure what your question is exactly but there was more lime in this than lemon in my opinion. Does that help?


Yes I’d have to try the citrus I’m very glad to drink any vit c

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