2472 Tasting Notes

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this morning I am finishing off this sample I got from Terri

I just went to the Yunnan Sourcing website and I noticed they have some 2014 black and green teas in stock. I don’t know if I will be able to restrain myself in the near future but I should hold off for a while because I overspent the tea budget in the past few weeks.

This is a lovely lighter tea with notes of honey, apricots and malt. It ha a nice natural sweetness and needs no additions, it’s a delight to drink plain. Thanks again for this one Terri!

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

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93

I’ve had this tea for far too long, well everyone on Steepster knows I have way too much tea as it is — so no surprises there!

I decided to cold brew this in the fridge overnight and it’s really good that way. this one isn’t as delicate as some white teas I’ve had and the cold brewing definitely brought out a lot of sweetness in it. Drank an entire glass in practically one gulp! I’ll have to remember this for the summer time. I seem to have better luck with cold brewing whites than I do in drinking them hot. :)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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81

Argh, some days it really seems like the PT is trying to torture me although I know it needs to be done. I might be going to work part-time next week or I might be getting fired and I’m waiting to hear what the final conclusion is. Couldn’t wait to come home and have a nice cup of tea to take my mind off my troubles. :)

I’ve been looking for a nice ginger green tea for some anti-inflammatory properties so perhaps this is it. Looking through the reviews on Steepster, this is definitely an unpopular tea but I actually like it. Mostly what I get from this cup is the ginger and the pepper which are both very strong and spicy. There is both licorice and stevia in here as well as orange peel. I don’t get the orange peel at all but there is a touch of sweetness from the licorice which I don’t really mind either. I guess you need to appreciate a lot of spices in order to get into this one. Mostly I’ll be drinking it for the health benefits and it’s A-ok in my book… between the ginger, green tea and licorice it’s an anti-inflammatory cocktail!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Kat_Maria

It’s not right you might be getting fired! :(

TeaBrat

It could be a blessing in disguise!

sherapop

How could you be fired if you are in the midst of PT? That does not sound right to me…

TeaBrat

I think they can always claim it would cause the company some kind of undue hardship but I am not medically ready to go back full time. oh well!

Kat_Maria

I hope it will turn out for the best for you, TeaBrat!

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90

Sipdown… just finishing this one off. I will miss it and may be looking for another good assam, guess I’ll check out the reviews on Steepster ;-)

TeaBrat

thanks for the suggestions!

looseTman

You’re welcome!

looseTman

TeaBrat, What steeping parameters work best for N0. 49?
oz. / temp. / tsp. (g) / min.

TeaBrat

hmm, I usually steep assams with boiling water for around 3 minutes

looseTman

Thanks TeaBrat,
Scant, level, rounded, heaping tsp. 1.25, 1.5, etc. tsp. or how many grams?
6 oz. teacup, 8 oz. cup, or something larger?

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64
drank Nilgiri, BOP by Lupicia
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This tea came in the Lupicia grab bag a few months ago and I was in no hurry to open it as the expiration date is sometime in 2015. Still this morning I thought I would give it a go…

The tea I got in my pouch does not look like the one in the picture on Steepster, it’s full of fine tiny broken leaves (BOP = Broken Orange Pekoe). I steeped this for 2 minutes per the package directions even though I was skeptical this would be enough time.

I got a nice dark cup that is very brisk with a citrus note. This has slightly too much tannin in it for me to really like it a lot. I can’t really drink it plain but it’s better with soymilk and sugar. Nilgiris are supposed to make good iced teas so maybe I will try it that way when the weather is warmer. Also I remember the Tao of Tea made a Nilgiri mixed with lemon myrtle that was pretty good, so perhaps lemon would be nice with this. Anyway I am not too excited about this one, it’s just kind of mediocre and reminds me of what you would get in a Lipton teabag but hopefully does the job in waking me up.

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

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90

Thanks to J.C. for this one, I hope I have added my tasting note under the correct tea…

I don’t always know what to do with white teas to make them shine, I feel like they sometimes end up tasting liked boiled straw. For this tea I ended up steeping it in a gaiwan for about 45 – 60 seconds with a water temp. less than boiling. This has produced a very gentle, sweet tea which has a light creamy quality. I am liking this one very much. Something about it is very relaxing. Maybe it’s time to check out some offerings from Life in Teacup? Thanks for sending this J.C.!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML
JC

Glad you liked it. I know what you mean about boiled straw lol. I feel like White Peony can have that trait. Life in teacup has great greens and Oolongs :)

gmathis

Good analogy. I need tea that wears sturdy walking shoes, not satin slippers :)

TeaBrat

I was checking out the Life in Teacup site but I want to wait until more of the 2014 teas are in!

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drank Milk Caramel by Lupicia
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and the Lupicia obsession is continuing…

I’ve always liked hojicha for its natural roasted type flavor. I think this is the first time I have tried a flavored hoji.

I used boiling water and steeped this for two minutes. The natural roastyness of the hoji is definitely there and I am getting sweet caramel notes too. The element they call “milk” is a bit more like “cream” in my opinion. I am drinking mine more as a latte with a generous portion of soymilk added. Once again I made a total mess with the milk frother but that’s ok. :)

This is a nice option for afternoon/evening because it’s lower in caffeine than a regular green tea. I think the flavoring in this is fairly subtle which is ok with me. It seems well done for a dessert tea but I would not say I am raving over it.

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

Lupicia has a caramel flavored hojicha? Be still my beating heart…..

TeaBrat

lol – if you want to swap let me know, I’ll send you some :)

Dexter

What I would like to do is crawl into your tea cupboard and not come up for air for about a month :)) I am not worthy….

Kat_Maria

I gotta try it with almond milk next time :)

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drank Cinnamon by Lupicia
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Oof, last night was painful, just didn’t sleep a whole lot so I’m going to try and take it easy on the caffeine today, I had some coffee this morning but this is my first tea of the day so far.

I love cinnamon but my stomach can’t handle the “hot” cinnamon teas like the one that Harney has. This is nice and basic, just black tea and cinnamon which is just sweet and spicy. It’s difficult to tell what the base tea is here because it’s obscured by the cinnamon. I thought this was really nice, especially with a little soymilk and sugar. This would be the perfect tea for dunking a cookie in! I like this, it’s comforting and tasty.

I feel like I am turning into a Lupicia girl but it’s hard to resist when their store in San Francisco ;-)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
DeliriumsFrogs

I’ve always wondered about the Harney being too cinnamon-y for me (somehow have not tried it yet), and your note is making me think I’d be into Lupicia’s more than Harney’s…. plus, you said ‘perfect tea for dunking a cookie in’, and that pretty much sold me right there. :)

TeaBrat

The Harney tea tastes great, it just gave me a terrible stomachache. Lots of people seem to like it though!

DeliriumsFrogs

Now I feel like I’ve got to give it a go… I’ll have to throw it on my next order (maybe a sample first, instead of a whole 4oz tin…).

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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
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Well I am back from the doctor and have nothing much in the way of news to report aside from the fact that I “probably” have tendonitis as a result of my fracture and I need to keep going to PT and deal with the pain. I was hoping to get a cortisone injection but that won’t be happening for at least a month.

Evidently I forgot I had this one before and it’s a pretty good rooibos. A little bit of coconut, a little bit of apple, some ginger and cardamom. I would prefer this if it was a little more heavy handed on the spices so it was more like a chai, but I don’t think I will have any problems finishing off the little pouch I got. Nice for a low caffeine afternoon option.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
gmathis

Well, drat on the shoulder.

MzPriss

I’m sorry about the tendonitis :(

TeaBrat

Awe thanks – I am ok :)

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85
drank Li Shan Oolong Tea by Yezi Tea
2472 tasting notes

This morning I am trying out this sample from Yezi tea in my gaiwan. I haven’t gong-fu’d anything in ages but not being able to use my right hand at all made that pretty cumbersome. Thankfully I have some more mobility now.

Steep #1 – After steeping this for 30 seconds I got some light floral aromas and flavors that remind me of lily of the valley. My tea liquor seems very light, I think the oolong needs another steep or two to fully open up.

Steep #2 – I used a little less water in the gaiwan and steeped for 45 seconds. I am still getting a lot of intense floral but now an underlying sweetness and light buttery quality is peeking through the tea as well.

Steep #3 – Perhaps it is me but I don’t think this has changed much from Steep #2. This is still a very flowery tea. It is lovely but the floral is so intense that I am not sure I would drink this on a regular basis. I feel like I’ve had better Li Shans though it has been a while. I have enjoyed trying this but I prefer slightly more buttery and vegetal green oolongs overall.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 3 OZ / 88 ML

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