2416 Tasting Notes

79

Just in time for the weekend I feel like I am getting a sore throat, how aggravating. I hope I get to go to the gym later and hang out in the sauna, maybe I can sweat it out.

Anyway this is a sample I’ve had for months now. I figured maybe I would drink green tea for the rest of the day to the antioxidants. This is assertive and vegetal but not as smoky as some gunpowders I’ve had.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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75

Sipdown – this was part of the Upton Assam sampler and not really my favorite of the bunch but pretty good with sugar and soymilk. See previous notes if interested.

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90

I was listening to Jay Z this morning before brewing this up and am wondering if “Lord Bergamot” would be a good name for a rapper – he he he. Anyway this is one of my favorite bergamot based teas.

Preparation
Boiling

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90

This is a sipdown for me… however I might be getting more if they still have it at the bulk department in Whole Foods. I really like the cardamom in this blend.

Terri HarpLady

I don’t think they carry this one at my local whole foods

TeaBrat

maybe it’s because Portland is closer to us? could be a local thing.

Terri HarpLady

I’ll have to look next time I shop

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94

Order from Steven Smith arrived yesterday – yay!

This was part of the holiday two pack I got. I love the tins but I wish this came in loose leaf form instead of the sachets.

I steeped it up at 5 minutes per Steven Smith recommendations and am sipping on it plain. This is a hefty blend that combines an assam, a darjeeling and a ceylon along with douglas fir needles. The overall effect is really delightful and interesting. I feel like there is some smokiness and also a lot of comforting warmth. The herby taste of the fir tree is making me want to go out and buy a bunch of douglas fir tea.

As far as the tea blend itself, the assam and ceylon seem to predominate. I’m not getting a lot of darjeeling in the mix. It has a slight tinge of bitternes in the finish, I think from the assam. Overall it is very unique and enjoyable, especially for the holidays. I wish they had this available year around!

I tried adding two other Smith teas to the database last night but they haven’t “shown up” yet. Hopefully they will in a few days.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
CHAroma

Hey, when did you change your name? Half of your notes are still appearing under your former name for me. I may have to clear my cache.

TeaBrat

Just yesterday. Don’t know what Steepster is doing with all the notes.

TheTeaFairy

I’m so used to your pic, I didn’t even notice the name change! Nice new name, aren’t we all tea brats around here? lol!

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79
drank Tulsi ginger by Organic India
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Tea of the afternoon here. I could leave work early today but I’m expecting a tea package from UPS, kind of difficult to decide if I want to stay and wait for UPS or just go home!

This is one of my favorite tulsi blends, it so simple (just tulsi and ginger) but very tasty especially after the Thai yellow curry I had for lunch…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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89

I had some of this tonight when I got home and then thought I’d do some yoga – BAD idea! I hardly ever get heartburn anymore but turmeric tea and the downward dog is not a good combination… oh well! Still tasted amazing tho’

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

Good to know, turmeric and downward dog = bad!

TeaBrat

I guess there’s a reason they tell you not to eat before yoga and that would seem to apply to spicy drinks too. :)

MissB

Thank you so much for logging this. I have a thing for turmeric tea, and so this is now on my shopping list. Yuck about downward dog and the tea though! Also good to know.

TeaBrat

MissB- there are two turmeric teas by this company and they are both delicious…

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80
drank Cleanse by Pukka
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After lunch tea here! I got this at the Berkeley Bowl last night which is a huge grocery store in Berkeley. They have a pretty large tea selection but I was looking for something with nettles in it (for allergies) so I picked this one up. I haven’t seen Pukka teas in any other local store. They also had tins by Harney and the Tao of Tea, among others.

Dry teabag smells very licorice-y, which I assume is due to the licorice and fennel. The overall flavor is herbaceous, with a sweet note and a very slight minty element. Due to the fennel and mint element, I believe this will be a decent digestif and I like the flavor. This actually exceeded my expectations. Licorice haters be warned, this is not the tea for you… Looking forward to trying some more organic herbal teas by Pukka.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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97

If I was a better tea drinker I would be drinking more of the good stuff that I love every day and saving the crappy stuff for an emergency, but somehow I haven’t been doing that! I’ve had this darjeeling since mid-2012 and here it is almost 2014… I feel that I should drink more of my current darjeeling stash before buying any more so I need to make an effort here. Fortunately this won’t be a hardship. ;-)

I was worried it was losing some of its flavor, but this still seems really good to me with loads of tropical fruit and floral essences. See previous notes if interested.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Doug F

Glad to see the tea holds up. I feel guilty when I’ve had a tea for more than a year.

TeaBrat

I’ve had plenty of teas for longer than a year and they seem fine, the ones that seem to go stale quickly are green oolongs & green teas especially senchas

CHAroma

Matcha seems to go stale the fastest in my experience.

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94
drank Jasmine Golden Yunnan by thepuriTea
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This came in the black tea sampler I ordered from the PuriTea, I was dreading this a bit because I’m not really a fan of jasmine in most things. It isn’t something I would have chosen for myself.

This is all gentle chocolate flavor with a bit of caramel. I’m sipping on it this morning plain. This is my second cup, the first cup I tried with almond milk and that ruined the delicate flavor of the tea. (In any case I should stop putting almond milk in my tea because I don’t really like it).

This is a great tea to just sip on plain and I don’t drink too many black teas that way. It has a nice, natural sweetness that is really lovely. I am definitely going to want to pick up a larger size when the mini tin runs out. I can definitely see this being good as an afternoon tea with some coconut macaroons or almond cookies. I’m amazed I have rated a jasmine tea so high… I decided to order the 4 oz. size since they have free shipping for the rest of the year.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Ze_Teamaker

TOO THE SHOPPING LIST!!!

moraiwe

I love this tea. The pairing of the Yunnan and jasmine is so sweet and good.

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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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