2398 Tasting Notes

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drank Mate Lemon by Numi Organic Tea
2398 tasting notes

Backlog, had this with breakfast yesterday at the Saturn Cafe in Berkeley with a Southwestern tofu scramble. I’ve decided I really don’t like mate unless it’s roasted but the lemon in here drowns out the bitter mate flavor somewhat. Refreshing but I definitely don’t love this one. Maybe I should look for a plain green tea with lemon myrtle or make my own.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This blend is growing on me for some reason, I didn’t think much of it when I first got it but now I really like it for breakfast. I did accidentally add too much stevia to mine this morning so it got a bit on the sweet overkill side. The sweetness helps to bring out the cake notes and I am getting a lot of apple and cinnamon today. Upped the rating a few points.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Pau D' Arco by Alvita
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I bought a box of this when I was sick. I’ve read a lot about Pau D’Arco and how it’s supposed to be used for infections like the cold and flu. It’s from a tree bark and the flavor is pretty earthy with a bitter aftertaste and hurts my stomach. I cannot recommend it for the flavor at all! The woman I spoke with at the herb store yesterday told me the bitter flavor is good and I shouldn’t adulterate it but I couldn’t get it down without sweetener. Today I tried mixing it with some ginger root and that seems okay. Hopefully it is healthy, but after I finish the box I think I’ll try this in capsule form!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
mrmopar

Hope you get feeling better soon!

TeaBrat

Mrmopar – thanks I am better now, just drinking it more as a preventative measure while the cold & flu season is still around.

MissB

Oh yes, this is a difficult brew. Do try the capsules, and feel better soon!

OMGsrsly

This is aka lapacho, isn’t it? Be careful you don’t take too much, it can affect blood clotting.

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drank Kenyan Black by Justea
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Thanks to Nicole for sending a sample of this my way.

My experience with Kenyan teas generally is they can be kind of astringent and brisk, but this really surprised me. It’s fairly mellow and has a nice maltiness with some brown sugar notes. Very fragrant in the cup as well. I managed to sip on it plain a bit but it was also heavenly with bit of soymilk and coconut sugar. I sense an underlying orange note in the finish. Definitely will consider picking this up for the permanent collection as I’ve been looking for a good tea from Africa and this is the best I’ve found yet, at least to my taste. thanks Nicole!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec
Nicole

Glad you liked it!

TeaBrat

shipping to the US is expensive though. oh well!

Nicole

It is, compared to the cost of the tea especially.

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drank Pumpkin Pie Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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I felt like I haven’t had nearly enough caffeine today and needed an energy boost so I pulled this out of the fridge. It’s been a while since I’ve had matcha and I really need to finish this off soon. I tried it latte form with some soymilk and ended up making a mess all over my microwave. This is pretty tasty as a latte though i doubt I’d drink it plain, made the traditional way with a whisk.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Detox by Pukka
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Here’s a new (to me) herbal tea from Pukka I haven’t tried. I don’t really know if I need to detox anything but the combination of fennel, licorice, aniseed and cardamom seemed like it would be a really good digestif.

This tisane steeps up to be a golden yellow and tastes about as I was expecting it would. Not really something I would drink for the sheer joy of it, but it isn’t too bad. Smells and tastes very strongly of fennel and licorice which drowns out the cardamom a bit. I can’t say that I love the flavor but I think this will be very handy to have around in case of a stomach ache. If you hate the flavor of licorice, be sure to skip this!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Giving this one a whirl again, the Steven Smith mesh teabags are packed with tea and I was a little afraid of overleafing this cup. I decided to leave it in for only 3 minutes instead of the recommended 5. Smells like caramel and tastes bright and citrusy. I bet this would be really good with a squeeze of lemon but I still don’t love it and I’m off to go find some sugar. I think it will be good for a resteep.

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

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Thanks to Indigobloom for sending me a sample of this tea. I believe there’s a Spice and tea Exchange in San Francisco but I’ve never been there. Shocking, isn’t it???

Anyway this has a nice cocoa type aroma after steeping. I did sip on some plain and it has the sort of winey/mud aftertaste that I associate with keemuns and I’m not a big fan. I guess this is some kind of a keemun assam blend with a bit of ceylon thrown in? there is also maltiness and chocolate. I liked this better as a breakfast tea after I added soymilk but decided it didn’t need any sweetener.

Overall, not bad but I won’t be clamoring to get this. I’m really glad I had a chance to try it though. :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Anna

There is, and I have walked past numerous times, but never gone in. I seriously have no idea why.

Indigobloom

I’m not a Keemum girl either. It had a very interesting profile though! lol

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drank Classic India Spice by Yogi Tea
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Tea of the afternoon here, I’m not sure why I haven’t written a note for this but I’m doing it now. :)

When I was on vacation I wasn’t drinking any caffeine after noon and I’m trying to institute that policy back at home, I think I will sleep better as a result.

This is another tea I drank years ago and picked up again recently. It works well as an herbal chai if you add soymilk and a touch of sugar to it. It’s fairly strong on the clove, cinnamon and ginger. For some reason this just tastes like wet paper to me today (yes, it’s in a teabag). I will finish off the box but not sure if it’s worth stocking permanently.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Hong Jing Luo by thepuriTea
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I’m back from my travels and am no longer sick so that’s something to be grateful for – Happy New Year everyone!

This is a sample tin I got from the PuriTea. The dry leaf is in the shape coils, I think I’ve had a tea like this before called golden snail.

Package instructions say to steep this between 5 -7 minutes which seems like a lot, but I decided to go for 5 minutes. I got a very dark tea liquor that almost looks like coffee. This is definitely malty with some cocoa and strong tobacco notes in the finish. I can sense a bit of underlying sweetness but I think I would like this better steeped for a shorter amount of time so I will wait to rate it until I’ve had the chance to do that. It did seem to get slightly bitter at the longer temp.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Doug F

I went to look at their site but it looks like they went out of business. Oh well.

TeaBrat

Whoa – I wonder if that’s why they were offering free shipping for all of December? too bad, I liked their stuff!

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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

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