2339 Tasting Notes
Good morning Steepster.
This is a sipdown for me. Although it’s a nice morning cuppa, it isn’t my favorite from Steven Smith and probably won’t be a repurchase for me. Also their shipping costs are pretty outrageous unless you buy $75 of tea, in which case it ships free. Other companies have a much lower cost for free shipping.
I have been seeing more of their teas in the Bay area so maybe I’ll just stick to buying the ones I can get locally.
Backlog – this was my tea of the morning which unfortunately was at 4 am — ugh! Yes I woke up that early and could not fall back asleep. I think Sudafed is doing wonders for my allergies but not my sleep pattern. Pretty soon I’ll be like my Dad and just get up at 5 every day…
Anyway this is probably the only tea by Kusmi that I really like and would bother to drink on a regular basis. It’s more spicy than chocolate but still tastes pretty nice on a chilly November morning.
I thought this tea was lost or stolen, but I found it in a tin labeled “Brioche”, evidently I was spacing out when I was putting my teas away.
Anyway I’m glad I found it so I decided to steep some up this afternoon. I’m a pretty big fan of cardamom and I was hoping I’d really love this tea. It doesn’t smell too cardamom-y in the tin. After steeping it up, I’d have to say the nilgiri/assam base is nice but I’m finding the cardamom flavor a little light. I guess this could be good or bad depending on your personal preference but I was somewhat disappointed. I guess I could always try adding a little bit of my own. This was good with some soymilk for a bit of extra creaminess.
Feeling better after getting sort of loaded up on Sudafed so I figure I don’t need a lot more caffeine today. This is the last tea I have yet to try which I purchased from C&C at the SF Green Festival.
There is a fine powdered spice in the package, I think it’s the cardamom. I figured I would use my Finum fine tea strainer for this. If you don’t have one, you might want to give this a quick rinse before steeping it up.
This is a really nice tulsi chai. I have to say the tulsi taste is fairly prominent, so if you don’t like the minty-earthy taste of tulsi that would be an issue. Otherwise it is very gingery and I think the fennel and clove are providing a nice touch. I don’t get much orange peel but the cardamom is certainly there. It’s a very warming and spicy blend.
Mostly I drink tulsi to help me relax but I am not a HUGE fan of the taste. This is a fairly nice herbal though. Good plain but it was also good with some soymilk added. I don’t think I’ll have any problems finishing off the bag.
Tea of the morning here — thanks to Terri for sending this!
I feel like I am coming down with a cold so I decided to stay at home today, take care of myself and drink a lot of tea. It’s always appropriate to drink a lot of tea anyway.
The thing that first struck me about this tea was the aroma, intense like honey, malt and buckwheat. Very nice! I love the look of the light curly leaves. Reminds me a bit of a golden monkey tea but it’s got light, fruity apricot type flavors. I like this a lot and I plan to gongfu it when I feel like my tastebuds are more back to normal.
I brewed up a cup of this today and was reminded of a girl in college we used to call “Babylon Chiffon” (she was from Babylon, NY). Babs dropped out of college at 19 to get married and I often wonder how that worked out.
This rooibos is ok for a dessert tea. I am not getting much lime in here today. Won’t be a repurchase for me due to the fact that it contains dairy (my mistake) but I don’t like it as much as other people seem to, anyway. It is “creamy” for sure but also kind of phlegm-y for me, unfortunately. Wish there was more lime and less cream stuff to deal with.
I picked up this tea sample tin from the puriTea, I don’t have a lot of Chinese greens at the moment and I’ve been craving them somewhat.
The aroma of this tea is floral and nutty, and reminds me of a green oolong. The tea liquor brews up to be a nice golden yellow.
I’m enjoying this as an after lunch tea and it’s yummy! Nuttiness is my initial impression going in but as the tea lingers on your palate a bit it becomes very vegetal, assertive and a bit bitter. Steeping suggestions call for 1 -3 minutes and mine was closer to 3. I think I will try 1 minute next time, it’s a bit too strong for me right now and I’m finding the after taste a bit harsh. Rating may be subject to change. :)
This is one of the sample mini tins I got with my puriTea black reserve sampler.
I don’t drink a lot of black teas without additions but the ones I do drink plain usually come from China. This is a lovely cuppa. I am getting the honey aroma and flavor that other people have mentioned. The tea is extremely smooth and devoid of astringency. The peppery notes are certainly present with a slight note of tobacco in the finish. I also tried adding soymilk to it, and that transformed it into a golden caramel-y type of drink. Definitely versatile and good both ways. I would get some more of this!
Tea of the morning here, I am finishing off this small tin from the Upton Assam sampler. The weather has been cold and rainy here and this assam was just calling my name. I definitely made this too strong! I had enough leaf for about 1 mug of tea + a bit extra so I put it all in here. Strong and malty, winey and slightly bitter, I think due to the overleafing. Still good with milk and sugar and hopefully it will wake me up! See previous notes for more details.