2422 Tasting Notes

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This is the 2nd half of the holiday sampler from Steven Smith. I woke up this morning and had a pot of Golden monkey and I think that’s all the caffeine I will have today. I thought I was getting over this illness I had but last night I started developing a fever which is not good because I am supposed to get on an airplane tomorrow night.

Anyway this is a nice tisane from Steven Smith, it reminds me a lot of Bonbon from the same company but isn’t as sweet. Mostly what I am getting is mint and licorice, hard to detect any of the other ingredients in here. Pretty nice for an herbal but not something I would bother to stock on a regular basis.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

Hang in there, rest, & feel better!

TeaBrat

thanks — ugh

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drank Indian Summer by DAVIDsTEA
2422 tasting notes

Just woke up from a nap and picked this out of my tea collection because I wanted something with a tiny bit of caffeine in it. It’s a decent fruity/white tea blend and one of the only teas I have that I like with hibiscus in it. Getting a lot of the cherry & apple flavor. Doubt I would get this again but it’s nice right now. Thank goodness I am getting a lot of rest today.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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94

I haven’t had a sheng in ages and I have no idea why. I was craving the brothy/rice like quality of this tea today so I thought I’d steep some up. I was looking on the internet about whether puerh tea is good for colds and couldn’t find anything conclusive. In the past I have felt that shengs seems very cleansing… This tastes so yummy right now. Hopefully it won’t hurt. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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93

In full disclosure I should say that I got this as a free sample but I don’t really think that’s coloring my experience of the tea. I am really impressed with how smooth and dark this is. When I was brewing it, I detected a fruity aroma. Some English breakfasts I’ve had in the past seem like they have a lot of tannins but this is lovely, I can even drink it plain which is good. There’s a tiny bit of keemun in the aftertaste which I don’t mind at all. Also good with a bit of soymilk and some sweetener. Might have to pick some of this up for the permanent collection. It’s so nice, smooth like velvet. YUM

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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81

It’s time to wind down for the evening and stop drinking caffeine. I am hoping I will get to taste and review some of the new teas & samples I have before leaving for a trip on Monday.

This is a really good herbal chai. It’s a bit different from some of the other ones I’ve tried because there is nutmeg, clove and also orange peel in this blend. It seems like a bit of a cross between a chai and a holiday spice tea. I added a bit of soymilk and some stevia to this and it is very tasty, glad I tried it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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77

mmm… this seemed to taste better than I remember this morning but maybe I’m just getting my sense of taste back. I added soymilk and stevia and it was indeed very apple-y.

I’m a bit frustrated having this cough that I want to stay away from my friends and also not push myself by going to the gym. Guess I’ll be resting and drinking a lot of tea this weekend, life could be worse!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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93
drank Monkey Point by Cardamom & Curry
2422 tasting notes

This morning I was looking up home remedies for bronchitis and people mention herbal tea a lot, someone mentioned chai so that inspired me to steep this up. I got a couple of samples with my last purchase of turmeric tea and this was one of them.

Wow, yum! What an excellent chai. I can’t say that I am picking all of the flavors out individually (like mint or pomegrante seeds) but the other flavors are so good. Nutmeg, black pepper, cinnamon, bay leaf, clove… this is perfect with soymilk and a touch of sweetener and is definitely warming me up. The flavor is very FIESTY and spicy so if that’s not your thing, look out! Hopefully this will be a perfect drink to help chase away the lingering chills. I would definitely order more of this someday.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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76

I’ve never had this tea so I thought I would give it a try this morning after passing Peet’s. I am finally getting my sense of smell back, which is nice. This blend is really festive, I’m getting a lot of clove and citrus but the vanilla is good here too and makes it nice and creamy, especially with the addition of soymilk. Not sure that I need to buy any of this for home but certainly would not turn down a cup if it was offered to me. I’ve never been incredibly keen on orange spice teas but this is better than most I’ve tried.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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93

Finally starting to feel a bit better, hopefully kicking this cold soon. I have some new teas I’ve been wanting to do tasting notes for but figured I’d wait a bit, and meanwhile indulge in some old favorites. I’m still not getting all the flavor I remember out of this tea but I am enjoying it this morning. See previous notes if interested.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Imperial Label by Kusmi Tea
2422 tasting notes

I never thought I would be grateful to have this, but it is a totally different experience drinking it in the wintertime when you’re sick. Now it seems warm and comforting and the licorice is good for a sore throat. I guess this is just a winter time type of tea for me.

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