2345 Tasting Notes

78

This is a good choice for morning time but there is a bitterness present which I am not enjoying a lot, I think it’s the keemun but I also didn’t totally enjoy the plain ceylon I got from Steven Smith. Not too bad but won’t be ordering more when my current supply runs out. See previous notes, if interested.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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73

So last year I was so happy with myself for sipping this down and I went ahead and bought another box the other day, I guess I must like it more than I am willing to admit. It helps if you use a small cup, and let it sit for a while. I also recommend soymilk (or creamer of your choice) and then it isn’t too bad. Stevia kind of ruined it I will try some coconut sugar soon. I think I just really enjoy the aroma of this more so than the taste. Good for evening time, after yoga class and helped with the ubiquitous dessert cravings.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
gmathis

We bought a bulk pack of cinnamon sticks recently and I’m dipping them into everything—-wonder how they would be with this. Snickerdoodley?

TeaBrat

mmm. If you try it, let me know!

Suziqzer

Might just have to try the cinnamon stick myself !! ;)

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27
drank Cinna*Plum by American Tea Room
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Anoither sample from ATR. I got this because it’s hard to find a fruity herbal without hibiscus, I thought I’d give it a go.

Smells very aromatic in the cup after brewing and is a nice dark reddish color. I don’t get much licorice in here at all and the aftertaste is incredibly tart. I don’t mind licorice root as much as other people and I think it could use some more, lol. Definitely tastes like cinnamon and stone fruit but I wish there was something more that could have been added to cut down on the tartness. Sadly I’m not sure if I will finish the cup I’m drinking, it smells amazing though.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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89
drank Cookie by Lupicia
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Ready to hide under my desk with a pot of this tea, it’s been that kind of a day!

gmathis

Believe I’ll join you :)

TeaBrat

We could have a tea party!

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95
drank Creamy Eggnog by Butiki Teas
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I had some of this left over from last year in my tea stash and am drinking it today. I’m sure it was slightly better when fresher but it still tastes so good! A must try for anyone who likes eggnog flavor. :)

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81

This is my tea of the morning, one of the assams from the Upton Tea assam sampler. I’m still not used to the time change, I’ve been going to bed early the last couple of days and waking up feeling groggy. Anyway I thought this would help to perk me up.

I may have oversteeped this slightly but my first impressions still stand. A nice, hefty assam, very malty and with some floral notes. It is definitely a good choice for morning time!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Cape Town Chai by American Tea Room
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Herbal chai of the afternoon here. Regular readers of my tea log may “get” the fact that I enjoy a spicy tea.

I have tried way too many blends that are like this, but even so. I think this is an amazing rooibos chai. I am a big fan of ginger and cardamom and this has plenty of both. I also detect fennel and cinnamon and maybe a touch of pepper. I like chai blends that are not ALL about the cinnamon. I wish I could try it side by side with Rishi’s rooibos chai which I also really like (but have been out of for a while). Spices seem really well balanced to me. Perfect with a touch of soymilk and stevia.

On an aside note, ATR claims their sample packs make 4 servings but I am finding that I am getting 2-3 servings out of them. Not sure if I consistently overleaf my teas but I would pick up the larger size of this if I order through them again.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec
Sil

heh and see for most of their sample packs i get 4+ ie. I can have 2 cups if I make them normal size…and still have enough to share with a couple people.

TeaBrat

interesting….

Sil

if i make sil sized cups then i get 2-3 heh

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79

It’s very odd the different range of reviews this tea seems to have gotten, seems like some people really hated it!

It’s definitely VERY strong on the vanilla. In my opinion, the vanilla seems very natural tasting. Nice combination with the green tea, I am reminded of caramel or perhaps a creme brulee. I can see why they chose bancha here, but an oolong would also have been a good choice. It’s slightly astringent in the finish due to the bancha, which I don’t really love. With soymilk added this became a really good dessert tea. I happen to really like vanilla and this is a difficult flavor to get right in tea. I’m not sure I will get more, but I’ve really enjoyed trying this.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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77

Backlog from last night. I saw this at Trader Joe’s and had to buy some, considering the price ($4) which also includes the tin.

I’ve been looking for a nice pumpkin tea and haven’t been too impressed with the options out there. This is a pyramid tea bag which has plenty of tea in it unlike some companies (ahem, Republic of Tea) which are skimpy.

This was pleasant enough but I really did not get much pumpkin flavor. I do get the cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves but in that respect it’s like practically every other rooibos chai spice type of blend I’ve had. This is a pumpkin pie spice tea. It’s okay especially considering the price but I might need to go back to “Sweet Autumn” by Lupicia.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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61

Personally I wasn’t too impressed with this. I like green tea/mint blends (especially Moroccan Mint). This seems to be a darker roasted green tea, maybe a houijcha mixed with the mint. Whatever chocolate notes are present just seem really light. I don’t have too much more to say about it! I was a bit disappointed, might try cold brewing this next.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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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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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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89-80 Pretty good, above average

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