2810 Tasting Notes

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I was at my cousin’s last night for dinner and drank some red wine which is something I hardly ever do. Sure enough, I woke up this morning with a headache and didn’t sleep so well last night. I don’t know what it is about red wine that bothers me, maybe the histamines? So I guess today will be a pretty mellow day unless I manage to go back to sleep!

I’m having a pot of this ceylon this morning along with a bowl of steel cut oats. This is one of the best ceylons I’ve ever had, it puts the others to shame that are still languishing in my cupboard. Such wonderful richness with cherry flavor and evergreen sort of notes. It’s very distinctive and I’m sure I will want more once this package is gone!

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

I have zero experience with Ceylon teas but I’ll definitely add this one to my wishlist. Sounds delicious! :D

TeaBrat

You should try it some day! I am almost out or I would send you some… :)

Cameron B.

Hah, that’s okay, I’m not taking in any tea right now anyway. Must get to 100! :P

I’ll be sure to ask you for other recommendations from Single Origin when I do end up ordering from them. :)

TeaBrat

Good luck with 100! I should try to get below 200… :)

Nicole

I don’t know if it is Single Origin or the estate, but both of their offerings from the Amba estate are the best Ceylons I’ve ever had.

yyz

I’ve had some really nice ones lately too. My current favourite is from Lumbini estate. It’s all cherries and chocolate.

TeaBrat

Nice, and what is a good source for the Lumbini, yyz?

Single Origin Teas

I wish we could take credit for this tea! Amba is an amazing tea estate, Beverly (the estate manager) goes to such extreme lengths to ensure a high quality product. She even sends me her own tasting notes for each batch of tea so I can do a comparison (along with weather info on the estate as well as news).

Amba is the reason that I created Single Origin Teas because there were no providers in the United States (now there are about 3-4). Amba creates micro batches of tea and really allows for the maximum amount of transparency about what goes on in the estate.

To a few of my wholesale clients I even sell Amba Coffee!

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59
drank Momoko by Lupicia
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Hmm, evidently I should check my own Steepster ratings before I go tea shopping, because I must have forgotten I didn’t like this one very much hot. However, today I am drinking it as a cold brew and I do like it this way. I’m not sure what bothered me so much about it before, maybe it is the peach and vanilla blend. It just has a bit of a weird artificial after taste.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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drank English Caramel by Lupicia
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The other day I took the bus down to a networking event and it was really close to the Westfield mall. Since I was early I decided to go in and visit the Lupicia store (because I need more tea?!? lol)

I picked up Strawberry and Rhubarb, which is an old favorite of mine. I also decided to get this tea, which I’ve never tried before but smelled really nice in the sample tin. I was a bit dismayed when I logged into Steepster and read the crappy reviews.

I must be the lone dissenter because I actually like this stuff. I took it with soymilk and a hint of coconut sugar. It isn’t a very sweet caramel, it’s a bit on the bitter side but it also says that on the package. To me it has a sort of molasses/caramel flavor that is brought out very nicely by the black tea. I’m glad I like it! It’s funny how individual people’s tastes are. I think this is yummy, but there are only a few teas from Lupicia I’ve had that I thought were really gross.

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

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55
drank Passionflower by Alvita
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Here’s an herbal tea I had in my tea cabinet and decided to break out today. I’d heard good things about the benefits of passionflower, which led me to buy this one. I’ve been experiencing tension in spades, so why not check this one out?

I used one teabag for a large mug. The tea liquor color is a murky yellow. It’s hard to describe the flavor of this. The tea company says smoky, which I’m not really getting. To me it seems vegetal/grassy with a slight bitterness in the finish. I don’t mind the flavor, but I may try it next time with sweetener to see what difference it makes. I don’t love the flavor of it, but that’s ok. Hopefully it helps me relax :)

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

I’m sorry that you’ve been stressed, and I hope the tea helped, if only a little bit!

TeaBrat

I think it did!

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80
drank Summer Escape by Silk Road
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Tea of the mid-morning. This is a sipdown for me, even though it was only a mini-tin I got at Silk Road last year when I went to Victoria for vacation. For some reason it’s taken me that long to finish it. This is a decent black tea that has a mango/lychee flavor with a hint of jasmine. I wouldn’t say it’s been a huge favorite of mine, but I have enjoyed drinking it.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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88
drank Two Tigers by The Devotea
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Yum… this has been my morning tea for the last two days in a row. It’s very hefty and delicious! I’m enjoying it today with a bit of soymilk and sugar. The combination of assam and yunnan is very tasty. I think this is being phased out and it looks like you can get some on the Devotea US site for 1/2 off. $4.99 for 4 oz, what a deal!

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

Delicious !

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87
drank Grapefruit Green by Lupicia
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Ah, the grapefruit green really just rocks as a cold brew! This is probably one of my favorite teas to cold brew at the moment and the grapefruit flavor is so refreshing… I feel like I need the antioxidant power of green tea because my allergies have been going haywire today and sometimes green tea helps with that…

I bumped up the rating on this a few points today because it’s seriously delicious!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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93
drank Genmaicha by Obubu Tea
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Mmm. This sample is my after lunch tea (giant arugula salad).

I like genmaicha but I can’t say it’s one of those things I really adore. This blend could change my mind about that! It’s mixed with one of Obubu’s sweet, light senchas. The combination of that and the nutty, somewhat salty toasted brown rice is really delightful. It leaves a wonderful aftertaste in your mouth that seems to linger. This is one of the nicest genmais I’ve ever had… if I order more teas from Obubu someday I will definitely need to add this, or maybe I will need to become a customer of Yunomi.us ;)

Now it’s back to finishing off my paper before tomorrow’s class (fingers crossed!)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Stephanie

Mmmm arugula salad

TeaBrat

I love arugula and discovered it keeps for a long time in the fridge!

Nxtdoor

Pizza with arugula, leeks and cheese!

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drank Lemoncello by American Tea Room
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Sipdown of the day!

I made this last night as a cold brew and it’s pretty good that way. I just wish this had more actual lemon flavor! In my opinion it’s very light on the lemon and I don’t think this will be a repurchase for me, although I have enjoyed trying it. I should try a few other of my rooibos blends as cold brews.

Ageless yoga was difficult for me! I still don’t have the full range of motion back in my shoulder and arm. the instructor was understanding and gave me some modifications to do. Well, at least I can take it easy for the rest of the day and focus on getting my final paper written for Wednesday’s class.

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drank The des Anges by Nina's Paris
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Tea of the morning. I’m about to go to something called “Ageless Yoga” at the Iyengar Yoga studio which is made for people 55+. I’m not that old (yet) but with my recent history of injuries I thought it might be good to start out with something easy… ;)

This tea is just O.K. in my opinion. I like the black tea base but the strawberry flavor is pretty tart. It is a berry natural flavor which is good, but I prefer the strawberry teas from Lupicia. I will probably finish the tin some day but not very quickly… Maybe I should try this iced.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
yyz

Good choice with starting with yoga. Hope it helps!

TeaBrat

Well, it hurt a lot more after the class was over but ultimately I think it will help my shoulder!

yyz

That’s understandable. I think it will. I’ve seen it help people regain a lot of mobility before.

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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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