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2163 Tasting Notes

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drank London Fog by Silk Road
2163 tasting notes

I got this at the Silk Road teas in Victoria. It was part of their black tea flight and I really liked this blend the best which is surprising since I’m not a fan of bergamot usually.

I think it’s the bergamot/vanilla mix that I like here. It reminds me a bit of Paris from Harney and Sons but is somehow creamier and smoother. I tried the Vanilla blend by Silk Road and I liked it too. This is a very nice bergamot based tea. I am enjoying it with some almond milk this morning.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec
Fjellrev

Hope you enjoyed it here! I didn’t know you were going to be here last week. That’s what I get for not being around here!

TeaBrat

it was great!

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This was the 2nd sample tea box I purchased from Murchie’s, alas I really wish I had bought them all!

I am not quite as fond of this as I was the diamond jubilee. There is a fair amount of keemun in this blend and a bit of bitterness. It is a very strong and robust tea which makes it good for the Prince’s namesake. I don’t taste the darjeeling in here at all.

I ended up adding some almond milk and a touch of sugar. I usually don’t dd sugar to teas unless they really need it, and this one did IMO. Not destined to be a favorite but I will probably finish off the box I have (only 10 teabags).

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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70
drank Apple Pie by Art of Tea
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I got a small sample tin of this a while back and didn’t log it, evidently neither did anyone else because I created the entry just now. :)

This tisane has a rather flamboyant description on the Art of Tea website. I don’t really think that it lives up to all the HYPE, but it’s okay. I get a lot of apple flavor here along with cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. there are pink peppercorns in the tea but thankfully it doesn’t taste real peppery or anything. This reminds me of a mulled apple cider than it does pie, but it’s pretty good overall. I don’t taste anything resembling a buttery pie crust. If you don’t really like the taste of rooibos, it could be a blend for you since I don’t taste a whole lot of rooibos in it.

Enjoyed with 1 tsp. or so of coconut sugar, it is almost making me forget the chocolate bars I got today at Trader Joes! :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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91
drank Rhubarb & Strawberry by Lupicia
2163 tasting notes

Tea of the morning here. This is one of the more enjoyable strawberry teas I’ve tried but the rhubarb definitely gives it something of a sour note. The combination is good here.

I guess my vacation is officially over since I’m back to work today after being gone for over a week – boo hoo! I will need lots of tea to get through this day…

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
gmathis

That first day back is always a killer! Good luck finding the top of your desk and the bottom of your in basket.

TeaBrat

thanks. :)

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76

It’s funny how unpopular this tea is on Steepster! I’ve had this in my kitchen cabinet for as long as I can remember so it’s kind of a comfort tea for me now. This reminds me of cinnamon graham crackers tonight while I’m watching episodes of “We Shall Remain.”

This is good with the vanilla almond milk I purchased yesterday. It somewhat satisfies my craving for dessert.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

I love this tea! It’s an especially nice evening tea for me. A lot of people don’t like chicory root, but I like it also.

TeaBrat

It’s a good evening tea for me as well. Might need to raise the rating a bit since I always seem to have some around. :)

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Purchased this on a morning when I did not feel like drinking coffee but wanted something strong. Another tea that was prepared by the David’s Tea staff.

I found this to be quite a strong cuppa. They did add soymilk but when I got back to the condo I was staying, I ended up adding some more. A good stout assam, with plenty of malt and a bit of sweetness. I particularly like the fact that this one is organic and free trade. Made a good breakfast tea for yours truly.

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drank Coconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
2163 tasting notes

Backlogging – again prepared by the David’s Tea staff in Victoria with soymilk added.

This was one of the better teas I had at David’s. Especially with the creamy soymilk, this reminded me of a coconut cream pie. It had plenty of coconut flavor and the oolong, although faint, lends a nice backdrop. This is certainly as yummy as the Golden Moon or Rishi versions I used to drink constantly. It is too bad about the artifical flavoring but I quite enjoyed it.

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One of two tea samplers I picked up at Murchie’s in Victoria. It’s a small chain only located on the west coast of Canada in Vancouver and Victoria. This note is for the teabag version of this tea.

I was pleasantly surprised by this tea blend. It has very nice flavors, especially for a teabag. Quite lacking in bitterness and astringency so it can be easily consumed plain. My cup brewed up to be a dark brownish red.

I would say the yunnan is the predominate flavor here and lends a nice rich mellowness to the blend. I’m also picking up a bit of fruitness from the ceylon and darjeeling. The assam is pretty mellow here and has a faint maltiness. Good with vanilla flavored soymilk, but equally good plain. I really liked this blend and now I’m wishing I had picked up a few more to try because shipping to the US is $9.95! oh well.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Brazillionaire by DAVIDsTEA
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Another tea prepared by the David’s tea staff in Victoria, again it was prepared with soymilk.

Definitely kind of a disappointment for me, this was another one I found lacking in flavor. I got only faint flavors of brazil nut and coconut, overall I found the tea to be kind of thin and watery. Might be better prepared at home, I have no idea.

I guess I’m just not the biggest fan of David’s tea in general?

Tealizzy

This tea needs to be overleafed. The large brazil nut chunks make you think you have a lot when you don’t. You have to make sure there’s plenty of actual tea leaves in there. Otherwise it turns out weak. I’d suggest buying a small amount and then brewing it yourself. :)

TeaBrat

thanks, maybe I will. :)

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Backlogging – this tea was prepared at David’s Tea in Victoria with soymilk.

I was worried I wouldn’t like this because of the stevia but I didn’t think it turned out that sweet, Unfortunately I found the flavor all around to be kind of weak. Not enough blueberry for my taste, a solid “meh”

Amariel

Are you in Victoria?

Amariel

If you are, and are still here, we should consider a meet up.

TeaBrat

Nooo. I left on Saturday!

Michelle Butler Hallett

“Meh” is right.

Amariel

Oh boo! Wish I had known! Did you enjoy your visit? Were you at the DAVIDs downtown?

TeaBrat

@Heather! I had a great time! Me and my friend stayed Downtown right on Johnson Street.

Amariel

At the Best Western? I wish I had known a fellow Steepsterite was in town.

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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

Location

San Frandisco

Website

http://sanfrantea.teatra.de

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