2305 Tasting Notes

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
2305 tasting notes

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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66
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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90

Another sipdown… I am all out of this but I really like it so it will probably be back in stock someday. :)

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87
drank Exotic Pear by Butiki Teas
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Sipdown for me today!
I am not the biggest fan of white teas in general but this is a really good blend, has a great juicy pear flavor and the touch of anise makes it really interesting. See previous notes if interested.

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77
drank Green Chai by Simpson & Vail
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I’ve been looking for a good green chai for a while so I thought I’d check out this blend from Simpson and Vail with my recent order. You can see small pieces of spice in the mixture and it smells pretty good.

My first impression of this is it’s somewhat light on the flavor. The green tea is slightly vegetal and nutty and I’m also getting some faint spice but it isn’t nearly as strong as some chais I’ve had. I guess this could be a plus or a minus depending on your point of view. I liked this better after stevia was added.

I think this blend needs more cardamom, it seems quite strong on the cinnamon and ginger. I think this will be a good afternoon time tea, especially on a dreary and cold day like the one we’re having. Overall it’s fairly enjoyable but I may use more leaf next time.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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91

Sipdown! Finished this off yesterday and will look forward to the new spring shipment. :)

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80
drank Plum Oolong by Rishi Tea
2305 tasting notes

This tea is left over as part of an ancient Christmas present (I think, from almost 2 years ago). This is one of the only teas I’ve liked that has hibiscus in it. I tried adding a bit of stevia but that was overkill, it doesn’t really need sweetener I guess. Nice combination of fruity and tart, the oolong is hard to detect here but I do like this blend overall. See previous notes, if interested.

ps. also resteeps rather nicely.

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

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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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