2310 Tasting Notes

90

I’m back from my local Whole Foods and found that they are carrying a few select Steven Smith teas and this was one of them. This is one of the few bergamot/Earl Grey teas that I actually like. I think the assam makes a difference here. Very enjoyable with soymilk and a touch of stevia. I wish they carried the loose leaf instead of the pyramid teabags but beggars can’t be choosers!

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87

After lunch tea. I’m all out of this now but I have enjoyed it so I think I need more someday!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

I keep reading such great things about this tea that I think I really need to try some. Something tells me I will give in and place a Della Terra order soon.

TeaBrat

It’s nice that you can buy their teas in a 1 oz. size to try them.

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77
drank English Toffee by Simpson & Vail
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TGIF!
I couldn’t decide which tea to have this morning and ended up with this. I really like the black tea base S+V is using here but I don’t taste a lot of toffee flavor and I used a lot of leaf. hmmm. I think of toffee as a sweet, caramely flavor and this isn’t really it. However I do like this tea anyway, probably won’t be a repurchase though.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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87
drank With Open Eyes by Butiki Teas
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Work had been hectic and I feel like I’m catching a cold – I was craving green tea with ginger and was excited to remember I had some of this stashed away in my desk.

As far as dragonwells are concerned I’ve had some that are more vegetal, but this tea provides a nice background for the strawberry flavor and ginger. I still don’t get much toffee but this is really nice nonetheless. Let’s hope this cuppa helps to kick my immune system in shape…

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Tea Sipper

I ALMOST steeped this one up today!

TeaBrat

maybe tomorrow? ;-)

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92
drank Supreme Red Robe by Vital Tea Leaf
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I haven’t been to Chinatown in ages but I might have to go back soon to get some more of this tea since I’m all out now. Smells like charcoal roasted fruit and tastes very roasty and pleasant with a nice richness on the tongue. Something about this just makes me want to curl up and purr like a cat. I don’t believe I have anymore red robes in my stash and it would be good to have one for the winter time. See previous notes if interested.

JC

I loved this one. I need to get myself some of it.

TeaBrat

It isn’t cheap but it does resteep nicely.

Anna

This sounds really lush!

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78

This is a good choice for morning time but there is a bitterness present which I am not enjoying a lot, I think it’s the keemun but I also didn’t totally enjoy the plain ceylon I got from Steven Smith. Not too bad but won’t be ordering more when my current supply runs out. See previous notes, if interested.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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73

So last year I was so happy with myself for sipping this down and I went ahead and bought another box the other day, I guess I must like it more than I am willing to admit. It helps if you use a small cup, and let it sit for a while. I also recommend soymilk (or creamer of your choice) and then it isn’t too bad. Stevia kind of ruined it I will try some coconut sugar soon. I think I just really enjoy the aroma of this more so than the taste. Good for evening time, after yoga class and helped with the ubiquitous dessert cravings.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
gmathis

We bought a bulk pack of cinnamon sticks recently and I’m dipping them into everything—-wonder how they would be with this. Snickerdoodley?

TeaBrat

mmm. If you try it, let me know!

Suziqzer

Might just have to try the cinnamon stick myself !! ;)

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drank Cinna*Plum by American Tea Room
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Anoither sample from ATR. I got this because it’s hard to find a fruity herbal without hibiscus, I thought I’d give it a go.

Smells very aromatic in the cup after brewing and is a nice dark reddish color. I don’t get much licorice in here at all and the aftertaste is incredibly tart. I don’t mind licorice root as much as other people and I think it could use some more, lol. Definitely tastes like cinnamon and stone fruit but I wish there was something more that could have been added to cut down on the tartness. Sadly I’m not sure if I will finish the cup I’m drinking, it smells amazing though.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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89
drank Cookie by Lupicia
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Ready to hide under my desk with a pot of this tea, it’s been that kind of a day!

gmathis

Believe I’ll join you :)

TeaBrat

We could have a tea party!

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95
drank Creamy Eggnog by Butiki Teas
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I had some of this left over from last year in my tea stash and am drinking it today. I’m sure it was slightly better when fresher but it still tastes so good! A must try for anyone who likes eggnog flavor. :)

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My profile pic is of a pink dahlia at Golden Gate Park.

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

49 and below Nasty

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