2307 Tasting Notes

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
2307 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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88
drank Irish Breakfast by Harney & Sons
2307 tasting notes

Just a quick note to say that I got this back in stock, just in time for the cold weather we are having again. Slightly brisk and malty, definitely good with (soy)milk and sugar. A morning favorite.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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91

I’ve had this tea for a while, I can’t remember how long it’s been. It smells so nutty and tastes so sweet and vegetal. I have definitely enjoyed this tea a lot and will consider getting some more if it becomes available (don’t see it on Verdant’s site anymore).

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Lily Duckler

This one just sold out last week. There is no autumn harvest in Dragonwell, but we’ll definitely bring in the 2014 harvest when Spring returns!

TeaBrat

Cool, I’ll keep an eye out for it!

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85
drank Tulsi Immunitea by Simpson & Vail
2307 tasting notes

Tea of the evening here. The weather took quite a dip tonight in temperature and I was really chilly when I got home. Put on a sweater, some slippers and decided I would make a cup of this tisane from S & V I got a few days ago.

I like the taste of tulsi but sometimes it can be pretty strong. this is a good herbal blend, slightly minty, slightly herby and slightly sweet. the mix of herbs is really well done and tones down the tulsi flavor quite a bit. They added stevia but you could always add more sweetener if you wanted. Personally I don’t find the stevia to be overdone here at all, it’s very mild.

I got a 4 oz. tin of this in the hopes that it would fortify me through the winter cold and flu season and I wasn’t disappointed! This is a good herbal which is comforting and grounding. Nice for winding down here.

Preparation
Boiling

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87

Tea of the afternoon here, this is the 2nd tea I’ve had today that has a cake theme! This is pineapple-y and brown sugar-y, not exactly like a real cake but close enough to satisfy my sweet tooth for now. See previous notes.

Ysaurella

everybody needs a cake day per month :)

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77

Tea of the morning here.

the dry leaf smells so amazing and I had such high hopes for the tea itself.

It isn’t bad, it’s just a lot lighter on flavor than I was expecting it to be. I am definitely getting apple and cinnamon but nothing I would really recognize as cake. Better with sugar and soymilk added but not at the top of my favorite Simpson and Vail teas. It smells really good even when you’re drinking it, the taste doesn’t quite live up to the aroma.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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64

Decided to try a cup of this today, not sure why I ordered it since it contains dairy and I am not a fan but here we go anyway.

Something about this smells a bit odd after it’s steeping, like a sour dirty yogurt. I’ve had this complaint about rooibos blends before so it isn’t terribly new. I’m getting a lot of lime in the flavor and maybe a bit of lemon. there’s nothing about this that really reminds me of a tart, however. The flavor was much improved after adding some stevia and soymilk but this really isn’t one of my favorites from Della Terra. I much preferred the lemon chiffon for some reason.

Happy to swap if anyone wants to try it.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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87

Now that the weather is getting colder here, I am definitely finding myself attracted to some of my darker, roasty-er teas.

This dark oolong has a lot of yummy flavors, plum, burnt sugar and caramel come to mind. I like this steeped for a longer period of time, but you could do shorter steeps. Wuyi oolongs are some of my favorite and I hope to get more of them soon as they also seem to have a long shelf life.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Bonnie

Ummm, now I think I’ll have some dark roast oolong too since snow might come tonight. Burrr. Northern California girl that I am, I love the first snow here!!! Yesterday I smoked some tea with cherry wood, then ground it to a powder. I swear it tastes just like espresso and my house still smells good (I have a stovetop smoker). Your tea sounds delicious. Oolongs do well here on the semi-arid Frontrange. I have to drink up my puerh’s quicker because they do better where you live in humid (sort-of) San Francisco.

TeaBrat

I have one dark oolong from Jing Tea Shop that claims to have a shelf life of 15 years!

Bonnie

Yow! I’ll be 75.5 then! I’m past aging anything but myself! What if I can’t remember which tea’s are way?! Better enjoy them while I can!

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67
drank Imperial Label by Kusmi Tea
2307 tasting notes

This tea is so incredibly fickle…I keep trying to do different things with it to hit some magic steeping parameter that will cause me to adore it. This afternoon I used a scant half teaspoon in an 8 oz mug and this is the best yet. I just think the herbs and flavorings are so strong a little goes a long way.

Not sure if I will finish the 4 oz. tin in my lifetime… :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Nicole

I wish they had less than 4 ounces available.

TeaBrat

If you want to swap for some, let me know!

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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

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