2353 Tasting Notes


I did not sleep well last night and when I woke up this morning I wanted something basic and soothing. This is a nice medium bodied tea that’s really flavorful… good with soymilk or also good without it, see previous notes if interested. I hope I survive the day!

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drank White Ganges by Cardamom & Curry
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hmmm. I am not loving this blend. I brewed it in my Teavana glass teamaker which included a mesh strainer, but there is a lot of fine sediment in the tea due to one of the spices being powdered. The overall effect seems muddy to me, both in terms of flavor and appearance. Something seems “off” about this, I’m not sure if it’s the pear or the fact that the white tea can’t stand up to these spices, especially the pepper. I may try cold brewing this or simply mixing it with something else. Honestly I don’t think I would buy this again and I’ve had a few other white chais I’ve liked better in the past. It is better when you add sugar.

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drank Get Limber by The Republic of Tea
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This is nowhere as good as the hand blended turmeric tea I had yesterday which should come as no surprise to anyone! I might try two teabags next time. I only got a sample tin so I can make myself finish it!

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drank English Teatime by Bigelow
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My tea strainer is gone from the office, whether it was stolen or misplaced I have no idea. :(

Anyway I decided I would have a teabag of this today, it has caffeine it it and that’s good but otherwise it is a fairly unremarkable black tea in every respect.

I guess I will be looking for another tea strainer from home to bring in!

Doug F

I keep buying Chatsford mug infusers and putting them everywhere I would possibly have tea: home, work, my parents’ house. They’ve become like reading glasses.


they are handy things to have!

Terri HarpLady

What a drag that someone took your strainer!


Terri, yah. It’s not a big deal but It’s still annoying!

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Backlog. This is 1/4 teas I bought at the San Francisco Green Festival yesterday. I’ve been looking for a good turmeric tea for a while now and the ones I’ve found are really not that interesting. I bought two turmeric teas to try from this company Cardamom and Curry which makes chai and other Indian inspired blends.

First of all I’ve been reading a lot about turmeric and how it is fat soluble so it’s best dissolved with something fatty. I decided to add a bit of coconut oil to this as well as soymilk.

I thought this tisane was really nice. Well, you have to like the taste of turmeric, I suppose I am getting used to it. It is a bit like drinking a liquid curry, but I’m really in it for the health benefits more than the flavor. I like the fact that this was mixed with green rooibos and between that and the cayenne and saffron, this is a very warming spicy drink that made me feel like I had a healthy glow for about an hour after I drank it. Definitely the best turmeric tea blend I’ve ever had but it’s still a bit difficult to get used to.

I want to try all of their blends! If I’m ever in Livermore I will definitely check out their chai bar and shop. I love the fact that they use fresh hand ground spices. I’d say there is a definite quality factor here that I haven’t gotten elsewhere. sooo good!

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That sounds really neat!


I liked it, but it is definitely not for everyone ;-)


I mixed up a turmeric, ginger, lemon and honey tea a couple weeks ago. I’ll have to add some coconut oil. :) It’s just in a jar in the fridge. Heh.

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drank Silver Needle by The Tao of Tea
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Sipdown – finally!
I’ve had this for over 2 years, it just needed to go. I ended up mixing it with some chai spices which is kind of a sacrilege, I know… I just can’t seem to get that into white teas although they are healthy, there’s only a few I’ve had that capture my imagination.

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drank Gingerbread Black by Simpson & Vail
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Tea of the morning here. It has been a rare Sunday of domesticity since I got up and made breakfast for the BF and I and then decided I wanted to make some banana bread, yum yum!

So this tea came in my last S&V order but I haven’t tried it until today. I was so sure I would like it that I bought 4 oz. of it.

I accidentally steeped it for 6 minutes because I forgot what I was doing, but it still seems really good to me. The spices are pretty strong here, I am getting a LOT if clove and ginger and cinnamon a bit lesser so. It might be different when I steep it for the recommended time. The tin contains pieces of broken up spice so this is not a "flavored’ Tea only, it’s a bit more like a chai. With all the health benefits of cinnamon, clove and ginger this will be a great one to sip on all winter long. Also smells really good. Maybe I’ll bake some gingerbread soon. ;)

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…onto th. Shopping list hehe


There is banana bread in my oven this afternoon as well! :)


Nicole – great minds think alike :)

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Hmm. Sadly it’s a sipdown for me, I have enjoyed this a lot. I think I need more someday. I guess I am a fan of orange in tea, I never used to be but it seems to be growing on me for some reason. This is the third tea I’ve had today that has an orange element in it.

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Tea of the afternoon here. A few months ago I fractured a finger and the ligaments are taking forever to heal. I’ve been trying to increase my anti-inflammatory foods and I made a turmeric-ginger salad dressing for lunch as well as some homemade turmeric tea. Green tea is supposed to be good for inflammation too, so I made a nice pot of this and plan to sip on it this afternoon. Hope everyone is having a good day!

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I’m not normally such a big fan of white teas but I bought a large size of this anyway in my ATR order, thinking that I would really like it.

This is a VERY citrusy blend, notes of lemon, grapefruit and orange are all very strong. The white tea seems to just be in the background providing a slightly sweet note. I don’t get a lot of jasmine, which is good because I’m not really a fan of jasmine!

I am finding this really refreshing but thinking it might be more of a summer tea. Anyway I can see I will need to try cold brewing this in the near future. It’s pretty nice if you’re into citrus flavors. I drank mine plain but this would also be good with a touch of sweetener. This is reminiscent of peach blossom by Rishi which I also enjoyed. It definitely has a bit more tartness due to the grapefruit. It’s good to have at least one white tea blend I like. ;)

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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. :)

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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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