2811 Tasting Notes

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Evidently combining spearmint and peppermint is a mint melange? I think there should be at least 3 ingredients to qualify as a melange, but I guess I’m being picky :)

I was jonesing for a simple mint tea the other day. My old standby, Twinings, was at home so I decided to get this from the Spicely store. It’s a pretty standard mix of peppermint and spearmint and kind of tasty. My main complaint is the price – $10 for 20 teabags seems like a lot when we’re talking about plain old mint. Bonus that it’s organic but I wouldn’t buy this again unless I was feeling desperate. I liked it better with a little plain cane sugar.

Interesting that they recommend steeping at 190 F as I’ve always used boiling water for mint teas.

Kristal

Wow, $10 for 20 tea bags is a lot. Can’t say I’ve bought peppermint tea bags in a long time but I know at David’s tea you can get 50 g for $6.50 (CAN) and it’s enough to fill a tin. And it’s organic.

Kristal

…Spearmint is the same as well.

TeaBrat

Right? I think I bought the same exact tea at Trader Joe’s for $3!

Kristal

wow, that`s one heck of a mark up!

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90

I just reviewed this recently so please read my previous tasting note. I got a whole 2 oz. bag of the tea and I was surprised at how big the bag is, but the leaves are huge and fluffy! This is a great mid-morning tea and perfect for work as it is non-fussy and needs no sugar or milk. just yum! Floral-olive-nutty goodness.

p.s. Steepster seems really like a graveyard lately, I think a lot of people stopped posting after the site functionality issues which is too bad. I’m also on Insta under the name of: TeaBrat if you want to follow me there.

boychik

i think its summer. hot and many ppl on vacation. i have to try this tea, i have a sample. pretty sure i will like it too

TeaBrat

boychik – you should!

Doug F

I’ve been wondering why so few people are posting. I hope it’s attributable to summer. I’ve started following more people so I can get some new posts!

TeaBrat

@Doug F – I think a lot of people are spending time on Insta too

Nicole

I haven’t been posting b/c I’m not drinking anything new. Plus, I have to cut down a bit on the caffeine for awhile to see what happens with some health issues. So, one cup a day, pretty much. Sad but hopefully not forever. :)

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drank BOO-berry by 52teas
2811 tasting notes

Thank you CHAroma for this tea and for swapping! I though today was going to be more productive today but I spent almost 2 hours at the gym and then had to take a nap after lunch because I was so tired out from all the exercise ;)

So anyway after waking up from my nap it seems like a cup of tea is on order. The dry leaf smells so much like I recall Boo-Berry tasting, of course it has been years but yes it smells like a blueberry flavored cereal. As for the flavor, I am definitely getting both the blueberry and marshmallow, but I felt like the black tea base got kind of bitter. I used boiling water and steeped for around 3 minutes and also used a pretty big sample for a large mug of tea. Anyhoo, I liked this better after adding soymilk and a little coconut sugar which helped cut down on the bitterness a bit. Not my favorite thing from 52 yeas but I am enjoying the blueberry flavor.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
CHAroma

It is really old so that may have contributed to the bitterness. Wow, 2 hours in the gym?! Those days are past for me! I’m lucky to get 30-45 minutes in now. You go girl!

TeaBrat

CHAroma- that is really rare for me but I want to start doing longer hikes and am trying to build up my stamina.

CHAroma

That’s awesome! I’m concentrating on speed right now. I’m pretty out of shape after giving birth to my daughter 6 months ago, so I can only run about a 12 minute mile. I’m trying to run faster each day till I’m under 10 minutes. I’m basically doing intervals to push myself a little faster. It’s hard but worth it, right? That’s what I tell myself anyway. :)

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87

A few years ago I went a bit crazy with buying FF darjeelings and samples and ended up with a lot of teas I couldn’t drink before they went stale. Last year and this year I got the FF darjeeling sample packs from Happy Earth Tea and really liked trying a few to see which ones I liked the best. Now I’m only going to have one FF darjeeling in my stash for now and that’s the Arya Ruby which I bought a full size of.

As for the Muscatel Valley, I drank this at work so I don’t have an exact idea of my water temp but it was well below boiling. Color of the tea liquor is a medium yellow and the aroma of the brewed tea reminds me of bee pollen and a flowery meadow.

This is a gentler tea without a lot of astringency and definitely doesn’t need milk or sugar. I don’t know why you would add milk to a darjeeling but maybe some people do.

This has a nutty taste that reminds me of some green oolongs I’ve had. Definitely picked up on a mango note and a slight muscatel finish that’s a bit zingy and cleanses your palette. It has a very relaxing and happy quality as I’m sitting here sipping it. If I had more of this to play around with I probably would try steeping it for shorter periods of time, say 1 to 1.5 minutes. Enjoyable, though the Arya is still the winner for me this year :)

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

I got full size of Arya Ruby too. And it’s enough for me since I don’t drink much FF .

CHAroma

Bee pollen and a flowery meadow…what lovely imagery!

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86

Thanks Tea Lizzy for giving me a sample of this to try, it definitely has long beautiful leaves. I decided to steep it Western Style this morning. I’m getting a very light infusion that is slightly malty, light and also has a definite sweet aftertaste. The fruity element is quite prominent here with notes of apple and apricot. This might have been a better tea to try gong fu’ing instead of steeping western style but that’s all I had time for today. This is nice and refreshing, would be a good choice for afternoon tea I think. Thanks again, TL!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Tealizzy

Glad you liked it!

TeaBrat

i’m such a slacker with trying my new stuff. gah

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Happy Sunday evening Steepster….
It’s been a busy weekend and I’m at home here now relaxing and just taking care of some things. This is from the Yunnan Sourcing “dark tea of the month” club. Sorry but I can’t remember which month it arrived!

This is a very mild shu, which is good. I appreciate the light fermentation in this tea. I’ve been doing a few short steeps and picked up a coffee flavor, as well as a slight fruitiness. It has a nice mellow energy, which is good for reviving me a bit but hopefully won’t keep me up tonight! Overall this was a tasty shu but I don’t think I need to add more to the permanent collection.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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85

Chose this as my morning tea. I feel that it’s hard to go wrong with anything from the Jun Chiyabari Estate, at least I have always liked the teas I’ve tried from there.

Compared to the Himalayan bouquet of yesterday, this is a stronger tea with more “oomph”. It reminds me more of a second flush darjeeling. I am getting a definite “spice” flavor from this tea along with nuttiness & a bit of muscatel. I decided to add a bit of agave syrup to this cuppa and found the sweetener made the flavor of it really sparkle. The agave definitely brought out the grape notes! Also nice because it has no astringency in the finish. I would say Nepali teas are like darjeeling’s gentle cousin… :)

Glad I got the chance to try this…

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90

Another sample from Happy Earth Tea. This has a very appropriate name because it seems like a bouquet of flowers to me. As others have remarked this isn’t a “black” tea in the traditional sense, it steeps up fairly light similar to a darjeeling. I got a yellow tea liquor color from this. This is a very gentle, uplifting tea with no astringency or bitterness. I get the raisin like sweetness and the nuttiness in this blend. Combined with the floral nose, this is pretty dreamy. I would drink this as an afternoon tea it’s so mild and refreshing. No need for sweetener or milk! Would probably be good iced as well.

I am saving up to get a large order from HET but need to try all my samples first. I think this is going in the “buy” list for me. :)

I am quite fond of Nepali teas. Did you know 10% of Happy Earth’s Nepali teas go to the Ama Foundation? check it out. http://happyearthtea.com/pages/social-partners

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
kieblera5

This is a great tea :)

TeaBrat

agreed!

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drank Flaming Prince Charming by T-We Tea
2811 tasting notes

Tea of the afternoon from the T-We shop in the Crocker Galleria. I went in looking for a rooibos blend but decided to try this instead. It’s a blend of white tea, coconut and cardamom.

I happen to love cardamom and this smelled really good in the shop. I wanted something with low caffeine so hopefully this doesn’t keep me awake later on. I’d say the cardamom is very strong in this blend and overpowers the other ingredients a bit. The coconut is present in the background as a bit of a milky/creamy taste. It’s a bit difficult to pick out the flavor that the white tea is contributing to this. Overall this is a really nice blend if you like cardamom. I tried mine plain but I think it would be good with a touch of sweetener and would be VERY good with coconut milk or coconut sugar. hmmm.

Did you know that cardamom is supposedly an anti-depressant? there’s something about it that is making me happy. ;)

Flavors: Cardamon, Cream

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec
Marzipan

What is the smallest quantity they sell tea in at their brick & mortar location?

TeaBrat

You can go in and buy a cup of tea for $3. Otherwise it’s a box of tea that has 25 servings. Looks to me about 3-4 oz. in the box. I would love if they had sample kits!

TeaBrat

cool, I didn’t see any option like that in the store. I’ll have to ask next time I go in !

Marzipan

There are several I would love to split if you’re interested.

TeaBrat

You meant split the samples? I don’t know if they sell those at the store but I’ll find out. :)

Marzipan

No split the larger quantities.

TeaBrat

send me a PM and we’ll talk ;)

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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

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