2624 Tasting Notes

80
drank Cleanse by Pukka
2624 tasting notes

My malaise with allergies has been continuing today. I was hoping they would have gone away after I left the East Coast but they are still lingering! Even after I took an antihistamine I continue to have problems.

I remembered that nettle is supposed to be good for allergies so I decided to brew up a large mug of this. Lo and behold I experienced some relief within 15 minutes of drinking the stuff. This is great because my Mom uses a steroid nasal spray and I don’t really want to go down that road if I can help it. I think I’ll go have another cup of this right now. Tastes pretty good too.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
MissLena

I feel your pain! Unfortunately I don’t have access to my nettle teas at my mom’s :(

TeaBrat

I am going to buy some plain nettle soon. Do you have a nettle tea that you like?

MissLena

I have a nettle chai that i bought in BC this past fall that is awesome but I’m not sure how to get more I didn’t see it online. Easier for me to get is The Glow by Davidstea, it helps quite a nit. I bought some plain nettle but haven’t tried it yet, wish I had some now though!

TeaBrat

thanks, I will def. check out the Glow!

MissLena

It’s also a tasty tea without the nettle benefits :) hope it helps!

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I’m back from my trip, the flight was uneventful but I am certainly tired, especially after having slept for only 5 or so hours last night…

I thought it would be nice to have a good herbal before nap time. This is a blend I don’t drink too often, but when cold brewed it’s great for the hot weather. Peppermint, spearmint and lemongrass. It’s pretty good when hot also, though I prefer this with a touch of sweetener which seems to temper the lemongrass a bit.

This is a pretty good value, as one teabag fills up a giant mug with a lot of flavor.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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75

Happy New Year Steepster!

I got this yuzu citron and a cherry blossom by the same vendor (Tea Boutique) in San Francisco’s Japantown. I gave most of these to my BF who wants to drink more green tea but doesn’t want to be bothered with loose leaf.

I brought one of these teabags with me on my trip and thought I’d have it this morning. My first tea of 2015. This steeps up to be a light green color and is vaguely vegetal but the yuzu flavor is very strong. I don’t think I’ve ever had a fresh yuzu before, but the flavor of this reminds me of a lemon-y grapefruit. As such, I imagine this would be a very good cold brewed tea but I’m also enjoying it hot. I probably won’t buy this again since it comes in a paper teabag, but it’s fairly enjoyable on this chilly morning.

Flavors: Grapefruit, Lemon

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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81
drank Cardamom Pu-erh by Numi Organic Tea
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My tea collection has been quite limited since I’ve been out of town, just the few I brought with me and one I bought. I don’t feel like I’m missing out on that much so why do I have so many teas right now? A good question…

I like this fairly well for a bagged tea, the flavor of cardamom and the shu pu’erh go nicely together and work well for after meals. Something about it is slightly rich and decadent. It’s probably my favorite tea from Numi currently.

AllanK

I never thought of the addition of Cardamom to Puerh.

TeaBrat

It is much better than their chocolate puerh, IMO

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This was definitely an impulse purchase I picked up today at the store. I’ve been wanting to try it for a while, but I don’t have such a great track record with Republic of Tea.

In the bag it just smells like rooibos and artificial flavoring. I ended up steeping this for 7 minutes. At first I didn’t taste much flavoring at all but as the cup cools, it is coming out more. I get a bit of almond and creaminess which I suspect is the coconut. It does have a very artificial flavor IMO.This was better with a bit of soymilk but I can’t say I’m a big fan and now I have a whole tin of this stuff. Perhaps I can find a way of making it more palatable. Ugh.

p.s. – it is better when steeped for 5 minutes instead of 7.

Ost

I had really liked this one. I’m sorry you didn’t like it. Ending up with a bunch of tea you hate always sucks >

TeaBrat

I knew it was a gamble… :)

Maddy Barone

I haven’t had Republic of Tea. It’s available at the little coffee shop my knitting group meets at and I’ve thought of getting a tin. Is there one you can recommend?

TeaBrat

I liked the lemon chiffon cake if it’s available near you. I haven’t been too impressed with the other ones of theirs I have tried.

Maddy Barone

Thanks! If I see that one next time we knit I might pick it up. My problem is there aren’t tea shops here in North Dakota, even in Fargo, the largest city. I would love, love, LOVE to go to a shop and try a cup or two of a tea before I buy a tin of it. Simply not an option here. :(

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70
drank Cassis & Blueberry by Lupicia
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I brought this teabag sample with me on my trip, it came for free at the Lupicia store the last time I was there. It’s 4 pm but I just woke up from a nap. My allergies have been bothering me ever since I got back east (I now remember why I moved to California).

This does have a fairly strong blueberry and cassis flavor today but there is something medicinal/cough syrup-y about this in my opinion. It’s nice with a little soymilk and sugar but not something I would bother to keep around in my stash.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

Did you move?? Wow I’ve been outta touch lol

TeaBrat

well I’ve been in California for 15 years so the move wasn’t that recent ;)

Indigobloom

Oh! haha thats what I meant… isn’t Cali on the west coast, not the east? lol I’m all mixed up

TeaBrat

yes, I just took a trip to the East where my allergies were bothering me ;)

Indigobloom

ahhh makes sense now :P
Hope you had a fab trip!!

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This is a bagged rooibos blend I bought while here at my parent’s house in MD.

I wasn’t expecting much but was pleasantly surprised to find this is quite drinkable. The Viennese cinnamon flavor is fairly strong and well balanced by the bright/sweetness of the orange flavor. You don’t taste as much rooibos as cinnamon and orange. It was good with a splash of soymilk as well. Not bad for an everyday afternoon or evening tisane.

Lupiressmoon

I haven’t tried this one but have a lot of Twinings. They are actually pretty flavorable, especially for bagged tea.

Maddy Barone

That does sound good. Not that I need any more tea in the cabinet, but “need” is such a subjective word, isn’t it?

Lupiressmoon

This sounds interesting because I’m a cinnamon nut and like spicy orange teas. I haven’t had rooibos yet – some waiting for me in the cupboard (Pumpkin Spice Roobios), but haven’t tried, think I’m reluctant because I have an instinctual feeling Roobios isn’t going to be my thing. We shall see.

TeaBrat

@Maddy Barone – I don’t “need” any more tea myself but I still keep getting more :)
@Lupiressmoon – I used to really dislike rooibos but lately it’s been growing on me. I find it helps if you give it a good, long steep (over 5 minutes)

TeaBrat

@Maddy Barone – I don’t “need” any more tea myself but I still keep getting more :)
@Lupiressmoon – I used to really dislike rooibos but lately it’s been growing on me. I find it helps if you give it a good, long steep (over 5 minutes)

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78
drank Matcha Kirara Rice by Lupicia
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Good morning Steepster. I hope everyone has had a nice Christmas!

I think I need to try severely limiting my time here, getting sick of the constant negativity of the site not working and the old timers complaining about it. Not that people don’t have the right to complain but it seems totally futile. It’s probably a good idea anyway because I don’t need reasons to discover any new teas I might want to buy. :)

So this is a sample I got from Lupicia in the latest newsletter. I am a bit sniffly with allergies this morning and thought a green might be nice. This is reminiscent of Den’s super green, it’s a genmaicha with matcha mixed in. This is a nice mesh tea bag, the flavor is brothy/nutty with a seaweed flavor and sweetness from the matcha. It’s definitely tasty, I might save the teabag and go in from a re-steep soon.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Veronica

Don’t go! I enjoy reading your tea notes. :) The site has been very negative lately, but I’m hoping now that Jason has explained his situation that it’ll calm down some. Maybe?

Tealizzy

Ya, don’t leave us! I have also been bothered by the negativity…but I agree with Veronica and I’m hoping it will get better. The site still mostly works. Maybe it’s best to not read some of the discussion threads for now. ;)

Dustin

I tend to stay away from the discussion board and that steers me clear of most of the negativity. I mostly come on here to make and read tasting notes or to sign up for a traveling box now and then.

TeaBrat

okay thanks all :)

Ost

I like your notes! Don’t leave! D: People already don’t post many tasting notes!

Skulleigh

I like your notes too. I haven’t seen much grumbling, but I don’t go on the forums.

teapartyfortwo

I just got here a couple of months ago and as a newbie I very rarely read anything on the discussion board and focus my time reading tasting notes instead. Please consider sticking around. I enjoy reading your tasting notes. Remember, for every negative person, there is a positive person!

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89
drank Cookie by Lupicia
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I hope all of my tea drinking friends are getting ready for a nice & relaxing holiday! I am doing ok but already miss my sweetie who went on holiday with his family. Tomorrow I go on my trip back to the east coast.

I’ve had this before but bought another package of it the last time I was at the Lupicia store. In my opinion this tastes like black tea with melted graham crackers mixed in. It’s definitely a nice afternoon/dessert tea and is good with a bit of soymilk and some sugar. I wonder if Santa will bring me tea this year? I asked my family for tea gift certs but I don’t know if they will comply. ;)

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

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92
drank Decaf Paris by Harney & Sons
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I am sad this is all gone now…
It’s one of the best decafs I have. I will likely get more some day but for now, it would be good for me to keep away from Harney and Sons and focus on drinking more of my current stash.

Farewell, Paris Decaf…

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

They seem to do decaf well then. I’ve only tried their Vanilla Comoro and I can see why it’s raved so much.

TeaBrat

I like this better than VC, but yes they do decafs better than most, I think :)

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