2585 Tasting Notes

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drank Marie-Antoinette by Nina's Paris
2585 tasting notes

2/2 of the teas I ordered from Nina’s, again I love the little red tins!

This smells heavenly in the tin and the brewed cup; I love the aroma of tart apple and rose. I tried to be slightly conservative in my leafing and steeping as I know this is a strong blend. 2 minutes, 30 seconds seems like a good time for this but I might step it slightly longer next time. I never would have thought to put apple and rose together but it is nice. This is a very girly tea and will be good for the afternoon time. It’s a nice one to sip on plain… although I am getting a touch of bitterness from the ceylon base that is easily remedied with a touch of sweetener. Another tea from Nina’s that seems very elegant but I’m not sure if I would add this to my list of “must haves”.

Definitely it is more appropriate for an afternoon tea than a morning tea. I liked their strawberry tea a bit better than this blend which comes across a tad bit perfume-y for yours truly.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Fjellrev

I’m glad you’re enjoying your order. :)

TeaBrat

thanks :)

ashmanra

I love the chameleon nature of this one…it is a rose flavored tea at three minutes and a sour apple tea at four!

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I haven’t been drinking very much pu-erh lately as my pu-erh collection is in a box in the kitchen and it’s difficult for me to get to at the moment. I managed to fish out these tuos out of the box after lunch.

After a quick rinse I decided to steep this up in my yixing teapot I’ve reserved for shus. I did two steeps at 30 seconds each and combined them into one cup of tea. These are good tuos, the tea liquor is dark and creamy and this is so mellow with the date flavor. see previous notes for more details. I hope to drink up some of my other pu-erhs soon if I can manage to access them.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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80
drank Cleanse by Pukka
2585 tasting notes

My teenage years are long behind me, but I’m afraid the stress of my injury is making my face break out – BOO!

I bought this a while ago but only tried it a few times but I figure now is the time to see if it can really do anything. I steeped some up and put it over ice because it’s warm today. Makes a very pleasant iced tea so I decided I will make some more and stick it in the fridge for later. Predominate notes are mint and licorice but I really like it & it also seems to be good for an upset stomach. The licorice isn’t overwhelming like some other teas I’ve tried.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
MissB

Ha! I have worse acne now as I approach my 40s than I did as a teenager. I hope the injury, and the acne, clear up soon!

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I was super interested to try this after SimplyJenW’s review. I would not really call myself a Chinese tea connoisseur however and keemuns are one I have tended to shy away from in the past.

I know I could have gong fu’d this but I didn’t see any particular instructions on the website so I decided to steep it Western style. The tea liquor brews up to be a clear reddish brown and the aroma is that of roasted chocolate.

As far as flavor is concerned this is a very interesting tea. I’m getting a tiny bit of smoke along with notes of roasted grains. There is a faint bitterness here and something of pipe tobacco with cocoa. hmmm. Don’t know about keemuns, I keep trying to make myself like them but I’ve only had a few that I really love. I liked this better with milk than plain but it still seems a bit “winey” to me. Might need to gong fu the remainder of this sample before making a decision but it’s more something I am forcing myself to drink than it is a pleasant experience. Must be my tastebuds.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
MzPriss

I LOVE Keemun. Haven’t had this one, but I need to put it on the list. I want ALL the Keemuns.

TeaBrat

MP-how do you normally prepare yours?

Sil

keemun + maple syrup = the best.

MzPriss

Just saw this question. I normall do Keemuns Western style. I do about 200-205 for about 3.5-4 minutes. But if I get a new one that I’ve never tried before, I try to follow their suggestions the first time and adjust to my taste in subsequent steeps. I like them plain but I have been known to add a little honey or maple syrup like Sil and the occasional drop or two of milk.

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75
drank The des Anges by Nina's Paris
2585 tasting notes

1 of 2 teas I ordered online from Nina’s Paris. I have to admit, I love the little red tins the tea came in because they match my red stump teapot… he he!

I am tired this morning, another night of not sleeping well due to stupid arm pain. I was really looking forward to trying this. The dry leaf in this tin definitely smells fruity. Compared to some other strawberry teas I’ve had the flavor is a bit more on the subtle side. The creaminess of the vanilla is nice, especially as I added some soymilk to this. I believe the ceylon is lending a bright, citrusy note. The aftertaste is slightly tart and drying, and overall this would be a better afternoon tea ’though I am enjoying it this morning. Elegant and refreshing are two words that come to mind with this.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

Sounds like a lovely tea, and I wish your arm would heal faster.

TeaBrat

lol – thanks. It is definitely a tedious process

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90
drank Pumpkin Pie Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
2585 tasting notes

Today I decided to buy a milk frother and I was all excited to get home and try it out, only to make a big mess all over the kitchen. Anyway this is another sipdown for me. I seem to be sipping down a lot of stuff lately, but don’t worry, I’m still buying more tea! This is such a nice dessert and makes a good soymilk latte. Not sure if I would get this one again soon, only because there are so many other flavored matchas to try.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

I cannot count the number of times I coated myself and everything else in milk when I used the milk frother at work, those things are wonderfully fun and also messy :P

Fjellrev

Now you’re both making me hesitate getting one!

TeaBrat

Fjellrev- I think the secret is you need to do the frothing in a much bigger container than a tea cup

Fjellrev

Oh yeah, that makes sense. I’ve been eyeing the IKEA one for a while. Looks like the same idea as a hand mixer.

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76
drank Banana Coconut Decadence by Spicely
2585 tasting notes

Tea of the afternoon here – I love banana and coconut and this is a decent blend but the base tea could use some improving, I think. It’s better with a little soymilk and some rock sugar but I doubt I will be buying this again once the current supply runs out…

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Sipdown #2 of the day. This has been an enjoyable tea but I’ve probably had it for 3 years now so it’s a good thing I was able to finish it off today while I was doing my physical therapy exercises, aka physical torture. ;-)

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drank Gingerbread Black by Simpson & Vail
2585 tasting notes

Sadly it’s a sipdown for me, I have really enjoyed this blend. Today I added some of my own ginger root to the mix which did a nice job of boosting the flavor a bit. I really liked this tea so perhaps I should look into placing another order with S&V, though BF says I don’t need to buy any more tea for at least a year… he he

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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I’ve tried this a couple of times now and am still trying to figure out what I make of it. I wonder if I over leafed it this morning by accident because it seems really brisk and wine-y, more so than the first time I tried it. I think a few more experiments are needed…

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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