2310 Tasting Notes

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drank Indian Queen by Cardamom & Curry
2310 tasting notes

I got some “So Delicious” coconut milk creamer and decided to try it out this afternoon along with this tea. Unfortunately it isn’t coconutty enough for my taste… the tea is still excellent though. :)

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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83
drank Grapefruit Green by Lupicia
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Tea of the afternoon for me. I can’t believe I’ve never rated this before but according to Steepster I have not. I got this in the last Lupicia grab bag that came around.

This is a very authentic lasting grapefruit flavor. I’m reminded the most of the tart sweetness of a ruby red grapefruit. I’ve had it hot and iced and I really like it both ways. The grapefruit does overpower the green tea a bit but it’s slightly grassy and vegetal in the background. “Zesty” is a nice way to describe this.

I like drinking this as an afternoon tea and it will definitely boost your spirits with the puckery brightness… a little sugar is nice in it too.

I miss Japanese green teas, maybe I need to treat myself to some gyokuro soon. :)

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78
drank Sen Cha by Sugimoto America
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Lately I feel like I should be trying to drink more green tea just for the health benefits especially theanine. That is difficult when black teas are clearly my favorite!

Anyway I picked this up in Japantown yesterday. I got the mesh teabags but I don’t think I’ll create a new entry for it.

I steeped this for 60 seconds and got a vivid neon green color. This appears to be a fukumushi sencha, according to the Sugimoto website. I’m getting mostly gentle grassy notes with a bit of nuttiness and a slight astringency in the finish… It’s far less “seaweed” like than some other Japanese green teas I’ve had, but not the most flavorful fukumushi I’ve had. You can definitely get two steeps out of these teabags. This is a good everyday tea, however I prefer the bagged sencha from Den’s.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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94

I thought I had drank all of this but I found some lurking in my stash. I’m really sad this was discontinued because it’s so good. Strong apple flavor and cinnamon goes really well with the red rooibos. Looks like I’ll be on the hunt for another apple rooibos soon…

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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77

This is a sipdown, finally. You’d think since I have been spending so much time at home I’d be sipping more stuff down but I really have a lot of tea :)

I won’t miss this too much, it doesn’t quite live up to the name although it smells incredible. S & V used to carry a good apple rooibos tea but I think it was discontinued because I can’ find it on their site any more.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
VariaTEA

I thought the smells was amazing too but was also disappointed with the taste.

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84
drank Cheericup Ceylon by Mark T. Wendell
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I’ve always wanted to try a lemongrass/black tea blend so today I decided to create my own. I used about 1/3 lemongrass leaf and 2/3 cherricup ceylon. This was a good call, the lemongrass goes really well with the brisk and fruity ceylon and seems very refreshing. Note to self: This will make a great blend for summer time iced, with a little bit of sugar!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Ysaurella

sounds a great idea

TeaBrat

you should try it :)

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93
drank Kenyan Black by Justea
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I was digging around in my tea stash trying to decide what tea I wanted after having a matcha smoothie and this won out. Thanks again Nicole for the sample. This has such a unique flavor profile I would definitely consider getting more for the permanent collection, as IF I need more tea! See previous notes if interested.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
CharlotteZero

Thank you for posting this note! I had been trying to find this company online although I had forgotten the name.

TeaBrat

IMO they are worth checking out. Shipping to the US is expensive though. :(

CharlotteZero

Good to know…

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88
drank Indian Queen by Cardamom & Curry
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Tea of the afternoon here, I was craving something chai like and decided to pick this out of the stash today. I’m a big fan of tulsi and this is strong on some other flavors I like, including fennel and cardamom. I steeped it a bit longer this time and that definitely helped bring out the flavor. I’m having mine with a bit of stevia and some soymilk. Recommended if you like a spicy, invigorating herbal!

This is the best tulsi chai I’ve tried so far and would repurchase this…

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Wen Shan Bao Zhong by Butiki Teas
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Here’s a tea I purchased a few months ago but evidently forgot to review. I’ve had a few bao zhongs from other companies but I wasn’t terribly impressed with this one today. Flavor is very light, slightly buttery with a hint of orchid but weak overall. I think I’ll try gong fu’ing this before I make up my mind about a rating.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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82

I had written a whole note on this tea but then lost it — don’t you just hate that? starting over…

I hardly remember what it’s like to sleep for a full 8 hours due to the broken arm, which I’m sure everyone is sick of hearing me complain about! At least I can look forward to the sling/swath coming off in a couple weeks.

So I did not sleep well last night and wanted something strong this morning. This is a decent yunnan that has notes of mostly cocoa with a bit of spice/pepper in the finish. Equally nice to sip on plain as it is to throw a bit of soymilk in there. Not destined to be a must have item for me, but pleasant enough for breakfast.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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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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