2310 Tasting Notes

80

This is tasty! Almond teas are one of my favorites so I knew I really wanted to try it.

The blend reminds me a lot of almond sugar cookie from Simpson and Vail, I wish I had the two so I could compare them side by side. I think the main difference is this blend tastes slightly more pastry like and the almond Sugar cookie seems a bit on the sweet side? It’s an enjoyable blend, almondy and dessert like. I tried adding a touch of stevia but I think I liked it better before the stevia, with just soymilk. I’m not really getting anything that reminds me of a cinnamon bun (per the description)

Don’t think I will have any problems finishing this one off, it’s good. :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Amariel

Sil really likes this one too. Says it is really good, and now two people really like. I’ve wanted to try this one since she mentioned getting some a while back.

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75

This is a small size sample I received today in my American Tea Room order, my first order ever with ATR!

I’m having a darjeeling kind of craving so I thought I would try this first. Normally I’m a first flush kind of gal, but second flushes can be really nice too and I’m still awash in 2012 FF’s!

This brews up to be a nice dark red/copper color in the cup with fruity aromas. This is definitely stronger than some other darjeelings I’ve had. This is a great one to sip on plain and doesn’t need any additions. I’m finding it to have a stone fruit character with a lot of pungency and don’t really get the grape note ATR mentions here.

As far as darjeelings go, it’s not bad but not the best second flush I’ve ever had. For me it’s fairly assertive and doesn’t have the delicateness I like with darjeelings. I might try my next cup at a slightly lower temperature to see what happens.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Michelle Butler Hallett

I agree all round. I generally prefer a second flush Darjeeling, but the MH estate … I dunno. It’s never worked for me.

Some second flushes get really murky.

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71
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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Finishing off the last of this 25g sample pack this morning. I hope everyone had a great Halloween!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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71
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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Tea of the mid-morning here (okay, it’s almost noon!)

I’ve had this since last fall and wasn’t totally impressed with it then. I figured today would be a good day to fish it out since it’s Halloween.

I can’t quite put my finger on what bothers me about this, seems a bit thin and artificial somehow and I’m not getting as much pumpkin flavor as I want. It’s ok but not something I would bother to keep around.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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92

Tea of the morning here but I can see how this would be a great afternoon tea as well…

I was really worried I wouldn’t like this after I realized there was bergamot in it, given that I’m not the biggest fan of Earl Grey. It really works here somehow. The orange and the bergamot definitely compliment each other and I am finding this to be really refreshing and almost juicy. Reminds me a bit of Paris from Harney and Sons but different. Great with a splash of soymilk and only tiniest bit of astringency in the finish.

I’m glad I ordered 4 oz. of it!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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89
drank Cookie by Lupicia
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As far as dessert teas are concerned, this is just really good! It just tastes and smells like cookie goodness with a bit of cinnamon. Perfect for after lunch time especially with a touch of sugar and soymilk. yummmmmmmm :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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90

Sadly I’m all out of this – a sample box I got at Murchie’s in Victoria over the summer. Tea was one of the highlights of my trip! I doubt I will order more since shipping is $10 to the States. Nice with a touch of soymilk but doesn’t need sugar, IMO. Highly enjoyable morning tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Amariel

Amy, I might be willing to do a trade or something with you for it, since Murchies is literally less than 15 minute walk from where I live.

TeaBrat

oooh! think about what you might want in return…

Amariel

What do you have in your area?

Amariel

How much Pineapple Upside Down Cake do you have left?

TeaBrat

I’ll send you a DM :)

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79

Part of an ancient sample I found in my tea stash, I decided to finish it off this morning and mixed it with a bit of plain assam. I believe this is the older formulation of tea, without the cloves. Even mixed with the assam it still has very assertive and sweet cinnamon notes. This was better with a bit of stevia which brought out some of the cinnamon sweetness. Enjoyable enough but don’t think it will end up as part of my permanent collection.

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90
drank Ginger by Triple Leaf Tea
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Tea of the afternoon here, not sleeping well or feeling well for some reason and I thought I’d have a cup of this. It’s straight up ginger root and seems lightly sweet. I like it.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Totem by Capital Teas
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This goes under the category of “I wish I liked it more because it sure is expensive.”

Note to self: mate and hibiscus = ewww

CHAroma

LOL! I’m sorry to laugh, but I love that category name!

Anna

This cracked me up also. Worst category ever!

TeaBrat

Hee hee – maybe we should ask Steepster to create an new category!

Michelle Butler Hallett

AHAHAHA! I hear that. Also: hibiscus. GROSS. Me, I’d keep en entire file called ‘Teas and tisanes utterly ruined by hibiscus." One actually angers me: Numi’s Ruby Darjeeling, or something like that. Take hard-to-get Darjeeling … and blend it with hibiscus. Just — no. The liquor looks like BLOOD in the cup.

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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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