2743 Tasting Notes

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I’ve been busy today doing stuff for my 2 volunteer jobs and I might have another volunteer gig on the way, but it’s always good to be productive, especially if you can put that experience on your resume.

This is a delicious tea from Nepali Tea Traders, which has evidently been discontinued because I can’t find it on their website… it is a delicious blend of flavorful, bold green tea with just a touch of lemongrass. Nutty and citrusy! I happen to really like lemongrass so it’s too bad I won’t be able to get any more of this. It’s really good!

It’s also a bummer that Nepali Tea ships everything UPS because the UPS guy can’t even get into my building… sad.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cheri

This sounds yummy. I also really like lemongrass.

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drank Coconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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Hmm, I haven’t had this one for a while so I thought I’d brew a cup this afternoon. This smells heavenly in the tin and tastes ok, it’s just too bad it has an artificial taste that I don’t quite like. i sure have a lot of it, so I don’t know if I will finish it, ever!

Nice for a warm, sunny day however…

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Fjellrev

Is this the original blend or the newer one?

TeaBrat

I think it’s the newer one?

Fjellrev

Do you see or taste lemongrass? I’m just curious because I loved the original without the lemongrass and I wonder where that artificial taste you’re getting is coming from.

TeaBrat

I don’t taste a lot of lemongrass but I only got this a couple of months ago, I think it must be the new

Fjellrev

Ah ok, thanks! That’s too bad it isn’t working out for you, though.

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drank Kindness Green Tea by Tea Tibet
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It’s been an up and down kind of day. I found out I didn’t get the consulting gig I wanted but in some ways, it’s just as well since I have a one month class coming up in the month of October and that sounds really intense to me. The job search is depressing, but I am doing what I can to pick up new skills and try to adapt.

Wow, it’s difficult to believe I am the first one to rate this particular blend here. I’ve always wanted to try something from this company since I have an affinity with Tibetan culture and it’s a non-profit, going to a good cause.

This tea is from the Himalayas but I’m not exactly sure where. It could be Jun Chiyabari, but it could be a darjeeling tea since the box says it’s from Northern India. Anyway for a teabag this is pretty good. It’s a darker green tea, flavorful and has a fairly nutty and robust flavor. The finish has a bite to it, and it also seems spicy to me. I like this better than the green darjeeling I got from Kusmi last week. I’m not a fan of paper teabags though, so I might just cut the bag open and try steeping it in an infuser next time. This is definitely a nice cuppa if you like a green tea that’s a bit bold.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Fjellrev

I am really sorry about the job search but I am crossing my fingers for you that something even better will come up soon.

TeaBrat

Thanks :)

mrmopar

Perseverance will reward you! Never give up as life is just a test of our strengths an weaknesses sometime. I am sure that the “right” thing will cross your path as you least expect it to.

TeaBrat

hi mrmopar, thanks :)

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My plans for today have been dashed because I’ve been feeling sick all day, though finally feeling better after sleeping too much this afternoon. I thought a nice cuppa would be good and I haven’t reviewed this yet. :)

Lovely tea from Mandala! The leaves are long and lightly colored, and they smell like spicy cinnamon in the bag. I decided to steep this for 60 seconds according to package directions and it is soo yummy. I may have overleafed this slightly but it’s good this way… I got a mild, sweet infusion that is devoid of astringency and perfect to sip on plain. Truly does taste like caramel and I am picking up that cinnamon note in the brewed tea. This is terrific plain but was also good with the addition of some unsweetened soymilk. I’m hoping I feel better tomorrow and a little more energetic. This is yummy, though I haven’t had a bad tea yet from Mandala!

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Bungalow by Steven Smith Teamaker
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Tea of the morning here. I don’t see this on Asha’s website anymore, but perhaps they renamed it to “High Mountain Black”?

This is a very smooth Taiwanese tea, light in body and fruity with notes of cherry. I’ve also had good luck cold brewing this one and it’s fairly nice that way. To me this does taste like an oolong cultivar. I’m not normally into this as a morning tea because it doesn’t have the heft of an Indian assam, for example. It is yummy however…

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

I haven’t tried any of Asha’s teas, but I really love their website. :)

TeaBrat

They have a teahouse in Berkeley, it’s great!

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Thank you for this one, Cheri!
I had a good day day today, I am getting to take a free class and career counseling for the unemployed due to a program sponsored by the City of San Francisco. And, I may have a potential consulting gig coming up… anyway we shall see!

I don’t have any 2nd flush darjeelings in my stash currently so it’s definitely nice to get some samples. I was looking forward to purchasing one or two this year, but then heard it was a bad year for the 2nd flushes due to a drought. So maybe I need to look at the 2013 teas from Upton if I really want one.

Anyway… this smells very nutty/roasted, almost like a wuyi oolong. Interesting! I definitely get a fruity/grape note with this, a bit of spicy, with a bit of a pungent bite in the finish. Nothing too overwhelming, however. Overall this is a nice 2nd flush, well rounded and easy to sip on plain, though better with a tiny touch of organic coconut sugar. I’m glad I didn’t steep it for longer, I think 3 minutes was fine and at a slightly lower temp than boiling. Thanks again, Cheri!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sami Kelsh

Oh man, I loooooooooooove a good 2nd flush darjeeling. Disappointing that this year’s a bad vintage! Ho hum.

TeaBrat

yeah, droughts all over the place, blah

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Another tea from Tiesta to try…

And if my sleep schedule wasn’t messed up enough already, I had a long nap today and needed something to revive me. This says it’s a blend of green and white teas and certainly smells fruity in the pouch. I saw a piece of dried fruit in there too :)

This is nice, I like the green/white blend because I think the white gives it a bit of sweetness. It has a bit of tart from the fruit which seems mostly tropical to me, and a touch of rose gives it some floral. This isn’t as strongly fruit flavored as I thought it would be from smelling it in the bag. Regardless, it is a nice blend especially for warm weather. I think I’ll need to try this one iced someday. Good, but not amazing. Definitely more subtle than Lupicia’s flavored teas. And I don’t really think tea helps to keep me slim or I’d be the skinniest person on Earth… ha ha

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sami Kelsh

Ha! If tea were genuinely that slimming, I’d be a stick insect. I mean, the bear claws and fish and chips probably counteract it pretty well, but…

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I am unearthing ancient samples today, and I apologize, but can’t remember which one of my Steepster friends sent me this tea. It’s been months and I forgot about it. So sorry!

Anyway I already had some coffee this morning, my BF spent the night here last night because he had a job interview and he kept tossing and turning and so did I. Definitely need another caffeine injection here.

This is a bit of a lighter tea and is very smooth and flavorful. Cocoa notes are wafting up from the cup as it sits next to me. It has a nice, natural sweetness that reminds me of brown sugar and tastes very clean, and also gentle. Pretty much devoid of any astringency whatsoever. This is definitely a tasty tea… so glad I was able to try it. I’ll have to remember this when I place my next Butiki order :)

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

So many of my samples from people got mixed and I can’t remember who sent what anymore, minus a few examples. I feel guilty about it.

TeaBrat

Me too! Next time I will write their name on the baggie/envelope

mrmopar

I have a box full and I mean REALLY FULL that the chairman helps me with on occasion.

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Tea of the afternoon here. I doubt I need much more caffeine today, but at least this is a white tea so it won’t get me too wired. Not a huge jasmine fan here, but when I am in the mood to drink it, it helps to have a good quality jasmine around. The white tea base lends a nice sweetness to this blend. I love the smell of jasmine flowers and it’s soothing to just stick your nose in the cup and inhale deeply… ahhhhh

This also resteeps well and the jasmine is not as strong in steep #2…

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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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!

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