2585 Tasting Notes

100
drank Banana Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Made a matcha latte this morning. I made this with plain almond milk vs. the Silk soymilk I usually drink. The silk tastes a lot better, more creamy, but we are talking a difference of 30 calories vs. 100. I’m worried I’m getting fat while I sit around my apt. waiting for my arm to get better. This is a good lower calorie option.

Note to self: next order with Red Leaf Tea should include an almond matcha.

carol who

I haven’t tried Almond milk. Does it have enough creaminess? I use the light almond soy, 70 cal. I use half soy milk and half water with a couple ice cubes when I do matcha. Matcha is sooo good. It has become one of mr favorites.

carol who

Oops! many typos because of my broken finger… make that I use " light vanilla soy" and make “mr favorites” to “my favorites”. At least 3 more weeks with the splint. :(

TeaBrat

Hi Carol, I feel that the almond milk is thin and lacks creaminess. It reminds me of skim milk in that regard. I should try to find the unsweetened soymilk, might be fewer cals.

TeaBrat

Hey I’ll trade places with you, broke my shoulder :)

carol who

Broke your shoulder! :( Oh, that sound so painful. I hope it heals quickly!

CharlotteZero

How is it healing, anyway? Is the end in sight yet?

TeaBrat

The fracture is healed but my arm is extremely stiff and sore from being in a sling for 6 weeks so now I have to work on rehab. At least the worst is over but it will take a while.

CharlotteZero

Aw. Yeah. Hopefully it won’t be too much longer until it feels better… :-)

CHAroma

I have heard that the almond matcha is amazing!

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73
drank Summer Shangri-la by Silk Road
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Tea of the morning here, I still have some of this mini tin left so I was trying to decide if I should force myself to drink the rest or just chuck the bit that’s remaining. I can’t really get into lavender as an ingredient in tea although I love it in bath products. What I get here is vanilla, lavender and fruit and it’s definitely girly and more appropriate as an afternoon tea for sure. I’m trying to see if I can forgo caffeine after 12 pm because I’m just having too many problems sleeping these days.

Shelley_Lorraine

I feel the same way about lavender in tea, it always reminds me of bath soap. I did, however, have a really tasty lavender yogurt one time.

MzPriss

I’m having the sleep issue as well and I am doing the same thibg, Decaf after noon. Sadly decaf is less than satifying. I like really full bodied tea and I haven’t found what I’m looking for in a decaf yet.

TeaBrat

The Decaf Paris from Harney and Sons is the best I’ve found yet. Also the decaf Sakurambo from Lupicia is pretty good too.

MzPriss

I have a sample of the decaf Paris. I don’t remember much about it. I should try it again. Also, I would be happy to send you a bit of my favorite Keemun to see if you like it any better than the ones you’ve tried. It is from The Steeping Room in Austin and its really good.

TeaBrat

MzPriss – sure! send me a DM

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Another day, another keemun sample, but I believe this is the last of the lot. I’ve been trying to train my palette but I would not say I am a keemun lover yet. The dry leaf smells slightly “tangy” with a hint of smoke.

Brewed the tea for 3 minutes via regular teapot method. It might have needed a bit more time but this keemun is nice. It’s a little more gentle than some I’ve tried. I’m getting a lot of winey/fruity notes with a slight hint of smoke. There’s a bit of bitterness in the finish which I am not altogether enjoying but it isn’t unbearable. I suppose it’s a testament to how I feel about keemuns in general that I thought this was better with some vanilla soymilk.

Not bad at all, but also not something I would bother to stock on a regular basis. I might try blending it too.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
80
drank Baked Cinnamon Apple by Tazo
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I made it to Whole Foods today to buy some more alternative health care crap.. :) They had this tea and I’ve been wanting to try it though I haven’t had a great experience with Tazo in the past. It’s a box of paper teabags but the bag smells really good after I unwrap it, cinnamon and apple-y goodness. After I brewed the cup, I inhaled the aroma which reminds me exactly of a baked apple. The tisane is good, there’s plenty of sweet apple flavor and lots of cinnamon too. There’s chamomile in here which you taste in the finish. I don’t get a whole lot of rooibos flavor, which could be a plus or a minus depending on your point of view. I might have preferred less chamomile and more rooibos, but I like it.

Overall not bad for a bagged tea. I don’t regret picking this one up… 1 teabag for 8 oz. of water. Looks like I might have found a replacement for the Simpson and Vail apple rooibos that I used to like.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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92
drank Decaf Paris by Harney & Sons
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Tea of the afternoon here. I went to go get a massage earlier today and it felt really good. I’m hoping it will help my body to relax some more. Speaking of relaxing, I really need to cut back on my caffeine intake and this is one of my favorite decaf teas. It’s really flavorful!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I must be a glutton for punishment but I keep trying keemun samples to find a few that I like. :)

I steeped this for 3 minutes and am finding this is one of the most gentle keemuns I have tried. I definitely get the cocoa/roasted notes but not much tobacco/smoke that you find in some keemuns. There’s a few interesting fruity notes in here that are reminiscent of wine. I’d recommend drinking this straight in order to appreciate the delicate flavor. it is lighter in body than most other keemuns I’ve had. In fact, I might try steeping this a little longer next time.

Not destined to be a personal favorite, but I have enjoyed the cup. This morning I’m thinking about going back to bed after I’ve had my tea and breakfast!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Flowery

Have you tried Mandala’s Black Beauty? They describe it as ‘keemun style’. I’ve never found a keemun I love but can’t get enough Black Beauty, and it gets rave reviews here.

Flowery

Ha, never mind – just saw your review on it. ;)

TeaBrat

yes I do recall that it was good, I should get some more

looseTman

TeaBrat, You may find this thread of interest:
http://steepster.com/discuss/7057-notable-keemun-teas?post_id=122680
It also sounds like your Keemun search experience may be helpful to the readers of it.

MzPriss

Flowery – Im very sad I just read this. My most recent Mandala order is likely on its way and now I have toi turn around and do another. I LOOOOVE Keemuns and I love Mandala. Sigh. Y’all are bad influences.

@TeaBrat – I recntly got samples of most of Upton`s Keemuns. I need to get busy and try them.

Flowery

Oh that stinks MzPriss… at least they have very reasonable shipping? Definitely not one to be missed. :) I just ordered 4 ounces myself, and I almost never order more than 2 ounces of anything, usually 1. It’s really special and has just grown on me!

TeaBrat

MzPriss – I look forward to your reviews

looseTman – I’ll check it out

MzPriss

@Flowery – mine is on the way

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88
drank Indian Queen by Cardamom & Curry
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I’m sad that this is a sipdown! I have really enjoyed this herbal chai from Cardamom and Curry. I will probably get some more of this at some point because I like the effects of tulsi but I don’t always like the way it tastes. This is good with vanilla soymilk and a touch of sweetener. Nice cardamom flavor here.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone, here is my green tea of the afternoon.

This is a mild sencha, definitely not too vegetal. I think I did overleaf slightly today but I’m still not getting as much goji/fruit flavor out of this as I would like. I should try cold brewing this some day. I need to remember to drink 1-3 cups of green tea a day for the anti-inflammatory effects. See previous notes if interested.

Flavors: Berries

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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90
drank Rose Congou by Simpson & Vail
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Well i’m all out of the Kasmir Rose blend by Simpson and Vail so today I added some of my own cardamom to this and the taste is pretty similar. Who would have thought that roses and cardamom would be such a good combination? yum

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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67
drank Honeybush Vanilla by Teavana
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Tisane of the afternoon here. I managed to get out with the BF today and go for a nice long walk through Golden Gate Park. Thought I would have some of this when I got home, I always forget that I have this, and ancient Christmas gift from my brother. I decided to add a bit of ginger root to mine and that was a nice addition. Sweet and vanilla-y…

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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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!

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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

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