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Sipdown…
I finally finished off a box of this. It’s definitely not a favorite, I’ve been looking for a good lemongrass tea but somehow this isn’t it. For a decaf it is fairly tasty though.

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drank Anniversary Blend by Harney & Sons
2487 tasting notes

Tea of the morning here, I decided to add a little bit of London Fog by Silk Road into it for some fruitiness. This is definitely not one of my most favorite teas from Harney and Sons which is too bad since I have a big tin of it. I see some swaps in my near future… I might have made it too strong today but there just seems to be some bitterness too.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Wuyishan Black by Steepster
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This tea came in the Steepster select box for December. Definitely has flavors that are reminiscent of a wuyi oolong which is understandable given the origin of the leaf. Very earthy with a hint of smoke, slightly winey and fruity. It’s a bit on the light side for a black tea and doesn’t need any additions. I detect a floral aroma in the tea liquor.

Overall enjoyable but not something I would stock on a permanent basis.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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Thanks to Indigobloom for sharing this one!

I love a good assam, especially in the morning. This is really good, has flavors of malt and honey with some fruitiness present too. I get a slight tobacco in the finish but nothing on the bitter side. This was heavenly with a bit of soymilk, did not need sugar IMO. I may need to pay the Spice & Tea Exchange a visit. This is tasty stuff. Thanks for sharing… :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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I got this last year and have been using it primarily as a mixer for other things: tonight’s blend is rooibos with ginger, orange peel and cardamom. I don’t care that much for plain rooibos so I am not going to rate this one but it is fun to experiment with. If you’re curious this blend came out really well, maybe I should start my own tea business?

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Karigane #22 by Tea Wing
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Part of my first Steepster select box. I have to say it’s fun getting a bunch of mystery teas in the mail. ;)

I get that Japanese green teas may be an acquired taste for some people. For example the BF had his first matcha latte a few days ago and kept asking why it tastes like seaweed.

This is only the second karigane I’ve had (the other one came from Japantown in San Francisco). It brews up a beautiful transparent clear green color. I am definitely getting the nori notes as well as some grassy ones and the nuttiness is evident too. There is a bit of astringency in the finish but that may be my fault since I’m not exactly sure what water temp. I used.

I haven’t been buying a lot of green tea in the last year or so because I can’t seem to drink it fast enough. This was a nice treat and the little packages are the perfect size to stash in a desk drawer at the office. You also get some paper T-sacs and a muslin drawstring bag to keep your teas in.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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drank Aussie Ginger Chai by The Devotea
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Free sample came courtesy of the Devotea but I am trying to be unbiased… :)

I’ve had this a few times but not prepared the traditional way with boiling the tea and adding milk later, since I’ve been drinking it at the office.

I love ginger and this is indeed very zippy. I added soymilk and one sugar packet to mine. SOme of the other chai elements are not as pronounced as you might ordinarily expect, aside from the ginger this is a fairly mellow blend. Nice and warming for the wintertime.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Mint Magic by Celestial Seasonings
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I don’t know that I’ve ever had this blend before but to me it tastes like chewing gum… I’ve had spearmint and peppermint as stand alone tisanes (and liked them both) but never with chicory root or orange peel. I was hoping for something different but I’m not sure what. this struck me as sort of unpleasant but I’ll try again soon just to give it a fair chance.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Yesterday we went to see the 2nd Hobbit movie in a theater that had broken heat, not such a great thing because it was fairly chilly and overcast outside. When I got out I was dying for something warm and selected this at Peet’s. I don’t think I’ve ever had this particular blend before. definitely malty, other people mentioned fruity but I actually thought it was a bit smoky? hmm. I enjoyed it with a touch of sugar and soymilk. It was nice and robust. I would definitely get this one again, I think further experiments are required for me to make a proper assessment… he he.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Too bad about the shoddy heater, but I hope you enjoyed the movie, at least.

TeaBrat

yes, I did!

Fjellrev

Good good! I haven’t even seen the first one yet. :/

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drank Kenya Highland Classic by Aroma Tea
2487 tasting notes

Thanks to * Nicole* for this sample tea.

The leaves are extremely fine as the other tasters have noticed. I was afraid to oversteep this one and the tea did get really dark. There’s a definite pungent/peppery smell and unfortunately a faint bitterness in the aftertaste which I don’t really care for.However, it is better than I thought it would be. I don’t think I can drink it plain though. Some soymilk and coconut sugar helped to mellow it out but then it almost reminds me of a toasted marshmallow. This is a real spoon bender at least from my perspective.

Interesting. Thanks again Nicole!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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