2339 Tasting Notes

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drank Darjeeling #1 by thepuriTea
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Tea of the late morning here and part of thepuriTea’s fancy black tea sampler. I like darjeelings since they are one black tea I prefer to drink plain. To me they really seem more like oolongs than black teas. The puriTEa has some odd steeping recommendations: 5-7 minutes for a darjeeling? that really seems like overkill.

Anyway this is the 2nd flush tea from Sungma. I’ve had one of these before from Harney and Sons. Compared to the HS version this seems slightly less flavorful but very smooth. I am not getting a big floral element but more of a fruity and mineral one. I like the fact that this cuppa doesn’t have much astringency to it.

Not the best 2nd flush darjeeling I’ve had but certainly tasty. It’s raining today and I think I’ll have some more of this later this afternoon. Great day to drink tea and think of a warmer climate. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Red Dragon Pearl by thepuriTea
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Thanks to terri for sending some of this my way, I also got some in thepuriTea reserve black tea sampler I just got. Couldn’t resist the free shipping deal they have going on.

I wasn’t sure how many pearls to use exactly so I ended up with 5 in a mug of tea. This may have been not enough leaf because the tea seems a bit watered down to me. I am getting the lovely malty aroma and flavor and yes, there is a bit of apple like fruitiness present, which is really cool. So far I like it but I need more tea vs. less water I think. Not going to do a rating for now. Has anyone tried to gong fu this? I might need to!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

I’ve never gongfued it. I use 6 pearls :)

TeaBrat

6 pearls for how large of a cup?

Terri HarpLady

oh, I think it’s 10 or 12 oz

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drank Top Leaf by Mellow Monk
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For some reason my allergies have been going haywire today. I removed gluten for a while and then ate something with wheat in it yesterday. I’m not sure what the connection is but I guess I’m leaving the wheat alone for the time bring. I picked this tea for the afternoon because green tea always helps with my allergies and this is fresh and bright tasting. I also got a very nice second steep out of it.

MissB

Oh no. Feel better soon! I went gluten free about four months ago myself, and then switched to completely grain-free recently. Have yet to have an issue since… much easier for me to manage.

JustJames

i’m low grains and sugar free but for xylitol. must agree with MissB…. i feel a whole lot better. alot LIGHTER too!

TeaBrat

Hey thanks guys. I don’t think I will eliminate all grains, rice and corn don’t seem to bother me much and I already have a laundry list of things I can’t or won’t eat including meat and dairy so it’s getting hard to know what’s left. :)

JustJames

i’m fine with rice, i’m staying away from yeast, sugar and simple carbs. life seems a lot better!

Bonnie

I’m glad I can have dairy (no aged cheese) because I’m allergic to nightshade foods, beans (green, peas, soy, lentils…all of them) and tomato, peppers, potatoes, eggplant, licorice,rooibos etc. Keep the wheat and sugar low, no beef and lots of veggies!

TeaBrat

Bonnie, that stinks! I have problems eating anything from the allium family (onions and garlic) although nightshades don’t bother me from what I can tell.

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drank Lemoncello by American Tea Room
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I bought this recently with my American Tea Room order. It’s the last tea from that purchase I need to try aside from the Cardamom Black which I simply cannot FIND. I can’t remember if I left it at work, in which case it might have disappeared along with the tea strainer that went missing. :(

Anyway on to this rooibos… I steeped this for about 7 minutes because I was trying to get my laundry out of the dryer. Tasting it now it’s like a double punch of lemon. This is seriously a lemony tea, like the cup is sitting near me and I feel like I’m smelling lemon pledge. ATR says the aroma is candy sweet but I’m getting mostly citrus.

I thought this needed a bit of sugar and soymilk to mellow it out, and I do like it better this way. It seems VERY strong so next time I might try to steep it for a little less time. This would be a good one to try iced, I think.

A few people have compared it to Della Terra’s lemon chiffon. That is a nice blend but it also had dairy in it, which isn’t something I want to see in my tea. So, at least this is a vegan lemon-y rooibos. I might need to experiment with this a little bit… it might be good with some ceylon or a nilgiri mixed in too.

IMO, good but not wonderful

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
CHAroma

How lame! Someone stole your tea stuff at work?

TeaBrat

That’s what I assume because a strainer and some tea just disappeared. :(

CHAroma

Wow, that’s awful. I’m so sorry to hear it. :( Do you have a filing cabinet you could lock it in or something? That’s where I keep my tea at work. Still, it’s horrible that happened to you. I only lock up my tea because I’m paranoid. I haven’t actually known a co-worker to steal anything. Maybe you can post a note in a communal area saying you’re stuff’s gone missing?

TeaBrat

we have a small office, everyone already knows because I asked around.

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A tea from the now defunct Rare Tea Republic. I forgot I had this, it was lurking in the back of my tea cabinet. As you can see, it was/is one of my more positive experiences with white tea. I enjoyed this today with a touch of ginger root, which was nice. I won’t forget about it anymore, I hope!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
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Just a quick note… this is my first tea of the morning and it’s a bit of an experiment. I decided I would try making a blend with the herbal chai masala I got from Simpson and vail and it’s a pretty good combination. The chai definitely overpowers the Florence but there is a bit of hazelnut/cocoa peeking out in the finish.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Oh, good call mixing it with a chai!

TeaBrat

thanks. I have so much Florence it seems like I will never finish it!

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This was the tea of the afternoon. The BF and I had some tea at a cafe en route to the Berkeley Art Museum and the only teas they had were from Stash so I decided to try this.

When I think of Christmas flavors, I guess I think of cookies, eggnog, gingerbread and things of that nature. This is a white tea with ginger and peppermint. It didn’t really remind me of the holidays at all, but it turned out to be a good after lunch tea because I think it helped out with digestion as well as my overall perkiness levels. I do not think I would buy this for myself, but certainly wouldn’t turn down a cup if offered.

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

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drank White Ganges by Cardamom & Curry
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I discovered if you rinse the dry leaf before brewing this tea becomes a lot more palatable, that kind of rinses away whatever powdery substance was making it muddy before. Drank with soymilk and a bit of sweetener. Not destined to be a favorite but I think I can finish the bag now. :)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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My sweetheart and I both enjoyed this for breakfast today, it’s kind of a romantic brew anyway. I’m not too wild on straight rose teas but I love the addition of cardamom here. This is definitely going to become a part of my permanent collection!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

Sounds lovely, I really dig cardamom, it’s so fragrant!

Terri HarpLady

This one really does sound interesting!

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Evidently it’s unearthing old Upton samplers day for me…

Usually I’ve liked everything from the Temi estate and this is no exception. Very similar to a darjeeling in aroma but in terms of flavor it has a definite woody flavor and seems more astringent than I would normally prefer. I should have brewed it at a lower temp, but a touch of stevia perked it right up!

p.s. I brought a new tea strainer to work and hope it doesn’t disappear!

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

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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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