2485 Tasting Notes

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drank Cheericup Ceylon by Mark T. Wendell
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I’ve always wanted to try a lemongrass/black tea blend so today I decided to create my own. I used about 1/3 lemongrass leaf and 2/3 cherricup ceylon. This was a good call, the lemongrass goes really well with the brisk and fruity ceylon and seems very refreshing. Note to self: This will make a great blend for summer time iced, with a little bit of sugar!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Ysaurella

sounds a great idea

TeaBrat

you should try it :)

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93
drank Kenyan Black by Justea
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I was digging around in my tea stash trying to decide what tea I wanted after having a matcha smoothie and this won out. Thanks again Nicole for the sample. This has such a unique flavor profile I would definitely consider getting more for the permanent collection, as IF I need more tea! See previous notes if interested.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
CharlotteZero

Thank you for posting this note! I had been trying to find this company online although I had forgotten the name.

TeaBrat

IMO they are worth checking out. Shipping to the US is expensive though. :(

CharlotteZero

Good to know…

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drank Indian Queen by Cardamom & Curry
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Tea of the afternoon here, I was craving something chai like and decided to pick this out of the stash today. I’m a big fan of tulsi and this is strong on some other flavors I like, including fennel and cardamom. I steeped it a bit longer this time and that definitely helped bring out the flavor. I’m having mine with a bit of stevia and some soymilk. Recommended if you like a spicy, invigorating herbal!

This is the best tulsi chai I’ve tried so far and would repurchase this…

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Wen Shan Bao Zhong by Butiki Teas
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Here’s a tea I purchased a few months ago but evidently forgot to review. I’ve had a few bao zhongs from other companies but I wasn’t terribly impressed with this one today. Flavor is very light, slightly buttery with a hint of orchid but weak overall. I think I’ll try gong fu’ing this before I make up my mind about a rating.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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82

I had written a whole note on this tea but then lost it — don’t you just hate that? starting over…

I hardly remember what it’s like to sleep for a full 8 hours due to the broken arm, which I’m sure everyone is sick of hearing me complain about! At least I can look forward to the sling/swath coming off in a couple weeks.

So I did not sleep well last night and wanted something strong this morning. This is a decent yunnan that has notes of mostly cocoa with a bit of spice/pepper in the finish. Equally nice to sip on plain as it is to throw a bit of soymilk in there. Not destined to be a must have item for me, but pleasant enough for breakfast.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Peppermint tea by Twinings
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I finally got some plain peppermint tea which is something I was craving all week last week. A far as plain mint teas go, this seems as good as any, but it might be nice if it was organic.

One tea bag was enough flavor a giant mug of water so I’m pretty happy about that. Sometimes simple things just really hit the spot. Overall: yummy!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I’m finishing off this sample that arrived a while ago. You really get a lot of fig flavor in this blend, much more than sesame or even tea flavor! It’s quite a bit on the sweet side and very interesting to try, I just don’t think it’s something I would bother to keep on hand for myself. It definitely makes a nice afternoon tea, or perhaps after dinner with a few cookies for dunking.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

Ooh I need to add this to my shopping list, I am constantly hunting a fig tea that tastes like figs! They are my favorite fruit :)

TeaBrat

then you need to try this!

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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
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I’ve had a large 7 oz. tin of this for what seems like forever, certainly it’s been over 3 years… I thought I loved it when I first tried it but since then my enthusiasm has waned a lot. It seems like 5 minutes and overleafing slightly is the magic formula that makes this really drinkable for me. Getting some nice hazelnut notes this morning.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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93

I’m up early and finishing off the rest of my 1910 sample. This is good stuff and I know I will be buying more soon! See previous notes for more info.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Robert Godden

Co-incidentally am up at 5.30am and also drinking this. Thrilled with your rating and thank you for your comment!

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drank Rose Congou by Simpson & Vail
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Second rose-y tea of the day in honor of Valentine’s Day. This is a solid black tea with a subtle rose and sweetness. It isn’t the most overpowering Rose Congou I’ve had but it is good and relaxing.

It’s definitely been a weird day because I went back to the doctor and I need to stay at home for another 4 weeks due to my broken arm. My anxiety levels have shot through the roof because I cannot really afford this. At least I don’t have to buy more tea anytime soon. :-/

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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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

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