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2160 Tasting Notes

89

Evidently it’s unearthing old Upton samplers day for me…

Usually I’ve liked everything from the Temi estate and this is no exception. Very similar to a darjeeling in aroma but in terms of flavor it has a definite woody flavor and seems more astringent than I would normally prefer. I should have brewed it at a lower temp, but a touch of stevia perked it right up!

p.s. I brought a new tea strainer to work and hope it doesn’t disappear!

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

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78
drank Tsugaru Green by Lupicia
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Backlog. I made this yesterday in my Teavana glass teamaker and had it after lunch. For a flavored green, it isn’t too bad. I think the apple flavor has mellowed a bit over time which makes it one green tea that seems to have improved somewhat with age. :) I prefer this cold so I cold brewed some of it yesterday afternoon and will be enjoying it with today’s lunch.

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

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75

I found this sample in my tea cupboard so I’m revisiting it today. Compared to my tasting notes of before this seems kind of peppery, almost spicy… which makes me wonder if I need to clean my teacups better! Still very mellow and smooth with a bit of malt. This is a very enjoyable cuppa for the morning time.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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80

I’ve been on a spicy tea kick lately as you may have noticed if you follow my tea log. Originally I bought this thinking it would be nice mixed in with other teas to ceate a chai but I figured I should drink it on its’ own at least once.

The package is bursting full of spices including whole cloves. The anise definitely provides a licorice-y note. I’m not sure I even know what Sarsaparilla tastes like so it’s difficult to know what type of a part it is playing in this blend. I

I did not follow the traditional chai making instructions that are on the S+V website, I steeped it the regular way and then added soymilk but it’s still pretty good this way. I’m glad to know I can drink this plain but I think it will be even more awesome mixed with black tea or some rooibos just to tone it down a wee bit…

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
MissB

Sarsaparilla is the precursor to root beer – it’s the natural way of making it basically, as opposed to artificial flavors. So if you’ve had root beer, you know what sarsaparilla tastes like. :)

TeaBrat

ok. thanks!

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89

This is the 2nd turmeric tea I’ve has from this company and they’re both good. Compared to the Malabar Coast, this is much more on the zesty and citrusy side. The lemongrass is really prominent and kind of overshadows the turmeric but also makes it “pop”. I don’t taste a lot of almond here but I do get lots of ginger and a bit of cardamom. I added a bit of coconut oil to this as well and that actually complements the tea really well. Hmmm, it’s difficult to say which was my favorite but I think Malabar Coast has a slight edge over this one. Very bright and cheerful. I think I will order some more of these turmeric blends at some point.

I’m so happy to have found two turmeric teas that I really like!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Sil

Sounds interesting!

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62
drank English Breakfast by Tazo
2160 tasting notes

I still don’t have a new tea strainer at the office after mine disappeared so I’m drinking the bagged tea we have here that’s free. This is wholly unremarkable and kind of light on the flavor in my opinion. I put a bit of soymilk in mine and it’s definitely better that way. It’s hard to argue with free but this isn’t something I would buy for myself.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec
NofarS

Wouldn’t office life be better if the tea, coffee, paper pads, pens, etc would be a little better? It’s the little things that make or break your day.

TeaBrat

Agreed – That’s why I bring my own tea to work usually… :))

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I’ve had this for a while but haven’t rated it evidently. I’m not going to rate it now because I had a cup of coffee recently and my tastebuds are askew. What I will say is this seems like a vacation in a glass. I’m definitely getting a lovely floral aroma and the creamy taste that coats your mouth. It’s really a treat. I haven’t been buying very many green oolongs this year because it’s difficult for me to finish them off before they go stale. This is lovely and I’m so glad I got some. Cold brew might be coming up too…. I hope to do a really proper tasting soon.

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

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91

I did not sleep well last night and when I woke up this morning I wanted something basic and soothing. This is a nice medium bodied tea that’s really flavorful… good with soymilk or also good without it, see previous notes if interested. I hope I survive the day!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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63
drank White Ganges by Cardamom & Curry
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hmmm. I am not loving this blend. I brewed it in my Teavana glass teamaker which included a mesh strainer, but there is a lot of fine sediment in the tea due to one of the spices being powdered. The overall effect seems muddy to me, both in terms of flavor and appearance. Something seems “off” about this, I’m not sure if it’s the pear or the fact that the white tea can’t stand up to these spices, especially the pepper. I may try cold brewing this or simply mixing it with something else. Honestly I don’t think I would buy this again and I’ve had a few other white chais I’ve liked better in the past. It is better when you add sugar.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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64
drank Get Limber by The Republic of Tea
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This is nowhere as good as the hand blended turmeric tea I had yesterday which should come as no surprise to anyone! I might try two teabags next time. I only got a sample tin so I can make myself finish it!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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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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San Frandisco

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