2399 Tasting Notes

93

In full disclosure I should say that I got this as a free sample but I don’t really think that’s coloring my experience of the tea. I am really impressed with how smooth and dark this is. When I was brewing it, I detected a fruity aroma. Some English breakfasts I’ve had in the past seem like they have a lot of tannins but this is lovely, I can even drink it plain which is good. There’s a tiny bit of keemun in the aftertaste which I don’t mind at all. Also good with a bit of soymilk and some sweetener. Might have to pick some of this up for the permanent collection. It’s so nice, smooth like velvet. YUM

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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81

It’s time to wind down for the evening and stop drinking caffeine. I am hoping I will get to taste and review some of the new teas & samples I have before leaving for a trip on Monday.

This is a really good herbal chai. It’s a bit different from some of the other ones I’ve tried because there is nutmeg, clove and also orange peel in this blend. It seems like a bit of a cross between a chai and a holiday spice tea. I added a bit of soymilk and some stevia to this and it is very tasty, glad I tried it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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77

mmm… this seemed to taste better than I remember this morning but maybe I’m just getting my sense of taste back. I added soymilk and stevia and it was indeed very apple-y.

I’m a bit frustrated having this cough that I want to stay away from my friends and also not push myself by going to the gym. Guess I’ll be resting and drinking a lot of tea this weekend, life could be worse!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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93
drank Monkey Point by Cardamom & Curry
2399 tasting notes

This morning I was looking up home remedies for bronchitis and people mention herbal tea a lot, someone mentioned chai so that inspired me to steep this up. I got a couple of samples with my last purchase of turmeric tea and this was one of them.

Wow, yum! What an excellent chai. I can’t say that I am picking all of the flavors out individually (like mint or pomegrante seeds) but the other flavors are so good. Nutmeg, black pepper, cinnamon, bay leaf, clove… this is perfect with soymilk and a touch of sweetener and is definitely warming me up. The flavor is very FIESTY and spicy so if that’s not your thing, look out! Hopefully this will be a perfect drink to help chase away the lingering chills. I would definitely order more of this someday.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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76

I’ve never had this tea so I thought I would give it a try this morning after passing Peet’s. I am finally getting my sense of smell back, which is nice. This blend is really festive, I’m getting a lot of clove and citrus but the vanilla is good here too and makes it nice and creamy, especially with the addition of soymilk. Not sure that I need to buy any of this for home but certainly would not turn down a cup if it was offered to me. I’ve never been incredibly keen on orange spice teas but this is better than most I’ve tried.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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93

Finally starting to feel a bit better, hopefully kicking this cold soon. I have some new teas I’ve been wanting to do tasting notes for but figured I’d wait a bit, and meanwhile indulge in some old favorites. I’m still not getting all the flavor I remember out of this tea but I am enjoying it this morning. See previous notes if interested.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Imperial Label by Kusmi Tea
2399 tasting notes

I never thought I would be grateful to have this, but it is a totally different experience drinking it in the wintertime when you’re sick. Now it seems warm and comforting and the licorice is good for a sore throat. I guess this is just a winter time type of tea for me.

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81
drank Rum Raisin by Lupicia
2399 tasting notes

According to Steepster I have had this tea for 2 years and it is finally starting to lose some of its flavor, but still holds up very well as a black tea. It’s nice with soymilk and a bit of sweetener. I still detect a bit of rum raisin, but it’s kind of faint.

I’m going to work today even though I could probably use a few more days at home with this cold. Tea has been my life saver!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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77
drank Genmaicha by Kusmi Tea
2399 tasting notes

This is a sipdown for me, I only bought a sample size of it a while back with the “afternoons” set from Kusmi, I believe.

A very light and floral genmaicha. I definitely would not buy the large size of this as I actually prefer the cheap genmaicha I can get in Japantown. Still I’m glad I had the chance to try this.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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75

Purchased this with my last order from Steven Smith. They aren’t lying about this tea being sweet. Licorice is plenty sweet enough for me, but there is also stevia. The sweet element really jumps out at me, followed by the mint and then the ginger. There’s also sarsaparilla in here which I had a difficult time detecting (never got the chocolate flavor they mentioned either). When I first tried this I thought it was way too sweet, but it’s kind of nice when you’re feeling under the weather. This is the second licorice blend I’ve had today (after Yogi Tea’s version) and it’s supposed to be good for sore throats, we shall see! This is okay for an herbal but not sure I will be buying it again. I tried it when I first got it so impressions of flavor are recorded from a healthier time… ;-)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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