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2160 Tasting Notes

drank Imperial Label by Kusmi Tea
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This is one of those teas where less is more – due to the strong flavor it seems like about 1/2 tsp. per cup is really enough.

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drank Moroccan Mint by Numi Organic Tea
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Not much to say about this one, it’s straight up mint in teabag form. I guess this is spearmint and not peppermint or perhaps it’s a blend? It’s at work and it’s free so that’s why I’m drinking it – and I’ll probably drink some more.

We are having a beautiful day in the bay aside from the BART strike which has a lot of people cranky. I hope it ends soon!

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Yes, let’s hope the strike ends soon!

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drank Spicy Chocolate by Kusmi Tea
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I guess I have to raise the rating on this one since I now have a 4 oz. tin of it. Definitely my favorite tea from kusmi and a good chocolate tea overall. This is nice with soymilk. The spices are chai like but soothing & not too strong.

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drank Coconut Cream Pie by Butiki Teas
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drank Sweet Love by Kusmi Tea
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Another wellness blend from Kusmi. I steeped this for 4 minutes and that seems about right to me.

I hope I’m not making a mistake by drinking this late in the day but I just woke up from a nap (gotta love Saturdays!)

It’s a black tea blend with some chai like spices including cardamom. There’s also licorice root in here, why is Kusmi so nuts over licorice in these wellness blends? Fortunately it isn’t as strong here as in some of their other blends. The pink peppercorns are a nice touch. I admit I don’t really know what guarana tastes like.

I decided to drink this with soymilk and it’s tasty but I don’t think I would go out of my way to buy it again. I’m into herbs and I googled the health benefits of licorice root, it has some fairly impressive claims made for it, so I guess that might be one reason to drink it on a regular basis.

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It’s a sipdown…
this was not a super favorite of mine but I really wanted to try it iced today. I had the whole thing prepared in my Lupicia cooler and somehow the cooler fell out of the fridge and broke while I was getting my water out. So I didn’t get to drink the tea I ended up mopping it off the floor. So sad. :(

I will need to get another cooler, I liked it. I can do without anymore of this tea though.


Oh no!! :( I’m so sorry to hear that. That sucks.


Aw, that blows. If you’re in the market for a new cooler and curious about trying something besides Lupicia, I’d recommend the Takyea Flash Chill pitcher. It can steep a lot of tea (8 cups at a time IIRC), is designed super smartly (it’s slightly oval and leakproof so it can be stored in the fridge on its side without rolling around or leaking, super useful), and because the steeper reaches all the way to the bottom you can just toss tea in and forget about it for a while instead of fussing with dilution formulas and ice, etc.

Barring that, I love using mason jars and just sieving per glass as I go. Lets me have a variety of teas ready to drink iced.

Hope you find what you’re looking for and can enjoy some lovely iced tea pronto. (:


Thanks guys!!!

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drank Chesapeake Sunrise by Capital Teas
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Wow, here’s another tea I bought a while ago but I evidently forgot to log. I had been thinking this was a green tea blend and I forgot there was black tea in it as well.

The cup brews up to be a medium brown/orange in color. The flavor is really nice in this blend and subtle. There’s jackfruit and orange, but the orange does not overwhelm me like some other blends I’ve tried lately (here’s looking at you, Kusmi). The almond adds kind of a mellow note to this blend. I’m able to sip on it plain which is great, no bitterness or astringency. I’m getting slightly more black than green tea flavor.

This morning I’m drinking it hot but I think this would be really good as an iced tea also, I’ll have to try that soon. Overall this is a really nice blend and I’ve been really pleased with all of the items I bought from Capital Teas in the past. They really do some wonderful blends.

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drank Irish Breakfast by Harney & Sons
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Tea of the morning here, this is a nice one to have with a bowl of oatmeal. :)

Hope everyone is having a good weekend so far.

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Picked this sample up from Upton Tea Imports a while back with some others, I think it’s the last one I have yet to review. I’m always happy when I see someone else has added the tea to the database so I don’t have to. :)

As for the tea, I tend to always like Nepali teas so I figured this wouldn’t be much of a risk. The flavor is woody but has an astringency or tang that reminds me ever so slightly of lemon. In fact, I wish I had a lemon slice to put in this. It lacks the subtly of the Temi tea I had yesterday but is still quite tasty and VIBRANT. It smells of muscatel more than it tastes of muscatel.

Last night I had a great session at kundalini yoga – sat nam everyone…

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oof – could not sleep last night and have been drinking coffee AND tea all day but I should probably stop soon before I have problems sleeping tonight. :)

Tulsi always makes me feel good although I don’t necessarily love the taste, it is nice and helps me cope with stress. Some days I just think all of my stress is self inflicted but anyway that’s another story. This tea is good with soymilk also.

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Hesper June

I agree. I always brew it up grudgingly as I might a cold tea or something, but within a few minutes of drinking it definitely helps me feel calmer and more centered.


It really seems to work! Maybe I’ll have some green tulsi today.


i too reinforce the consensus! and i am a person who is skeptical of everything! but it really does work for me. and i love it so much.

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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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