2542 Tasting Notes

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Somehow I really need this robust and smoky cuppa this morning. So very tasty and comforting!

Ze_Teamaker

Cold weather maybe?

TeaBrat

It isn’t that cold in San Francisco today!

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I made some of this earlier today and decided to ice it and have it with my dinner tonight. It’s really refreshing this way. Very minty but a touch of lemongrass is peeking through. This will be really nice for the summer.

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drank English Breakfast by Adagio Teas
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Wow – it’s my 2000th tasting note on Steepster?! crazy!

I had a really rough evening last night, did not sleep well at all. It’s difficult to find a sleeping position that doesn’t hurt my broken arm but I also ate dark chocolate before bed, which was not a good idea in hindsight.

This is really hitting the spot today, the soymilk I added is bringing forth some gentle cocoa notes but there is also a lot of malt, yummy goodness!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

Awesome! Grats on 2k!

caile

Wow is right! Yay for 2000 notes!!

Rosehips

Wow! That is an amazing number of notes. Congrats!

CHAroma

Holy cow! Congrats!

OMGsrsly

Woohoo 2000! :) That’s a lot of tea drinking. :)

TeaBrat

he hee, thanks everyone!

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drank Peppermint Bark by Capital Teas
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I just spent the better part of 15 minutes digging around in my tea stash (and not finding) a plain peppermint tea. It’s strange how someone with so many different teas could be craving something so basic but I guess that’s how life goes sometimes. This is definitely minty but I’m hoping the caffeine this late in the day won’t keep me awake!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Thanks to Indigobloom for picking up a sample of this tea for me. I LOVE ginger so I was pretty excited to try it. I think I may have underleafed this tea because it came out very light in color, not what I’d be expecting for a sencha. The flavor is pretty light, mildly vegetal with an almost floral note. I get the ginger in the background but when I make ginger herbal tea, I usully steep it for 5 minutes or more.

I wish I had more of this to play with, I bet it would be perfect cold steeped which would really allow the ginger to come through without oversteeping the green. I feel like I can’t really give this a proper rating dur to user error… :-)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

I just had some the other day at the shop. I’m not sure what parameters they used but the ginger was really nicely blended. Still light though, I really see what you mean by that!

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Herbal tea of the afternoon and somewhat of an impulse buy. I originally got this just thinking it would be nice mixed in with other things like green tea, white tea and rooibos. I went fishing around for some health information on lemongrass today and found that it’s supposed to be good for pain relief as well as being an antifungal & antibacterial.

So I decided to drink this plain at least once just to try it. It’s straight up lemongrass and that’s a flavor I like but your mileage may vary, obviously. I think it is better with sweetener added; today I had a bit of stevia. My packaging was a paper container with mesh tea sachets and the insructions state you should use each tea sachet twice.

yummy… I want to try this iced some day.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Electricitea by Cardamom & Curry
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This came as a free sample with my last C&C order. It’s pretty basic, just lemongrass and rooibos but I like the combination. I wouldn’t mind a bit more lemongrass in this mixture and might add a bit of lemon peel the next time I make this. I recommend sweetening with a bit of rock sugar.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Banana Taffy by Capital Teas
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This came with my last Capital Teas order and I’m finally getting around to trying it. Yes there are HUGE pieces of dried fruit in the mix & this is one of those things you don’t know whether to eat or drink.

This tisane is odd. It smells like banana taffy but there is so much fruit going on in the mix. You get banana, orange and pineapple along with rooibos. I love banana flavored things so I wish they had played that up instead of the other fruit elements. You can’t taste much rooibos here.

I have a few other CT blends which I love but this is kind of a dud. I might need to try this iced as it really reminds me of juice more than taffy or anything else. Should be renamed as “Tropical Fruit Rooibos”

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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68
drank Jolly Green Kiwi by Tiesta Tea
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I decided I was going to try the Amazon fresh delivery service for my groceries since I’m not able to do a lot of grocery shopping with my injury. The service was great aside from the fact that the frozen food and even produce came inside styrofoam boxes, which I then had to dismantle. I’m not a big fan of sytrofoam for environmental reasons.

Anyway they did have quite a few teas by Tiesta (and others), which is a company I’ve never tried. This sounded good to me and I brewed it up this afternoon.

I was really hoping for more of a kiwi flavor in this. I’m getting more apple than kiwi but I’m finding it there when the cup cools. I see dried apple and lemon bits in the brewed tea but I think the kiwi might be flavoring only. I like the green tea base in this blend which is very refreshing and I’m getting a bit of tartness in the overall finish. I will have to experiment a bit with the brewing parameters of this to see if I can do anything to make the kiwi come through. This is ok but not really what I was expecting. Will have to try cold brewing this.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
MissB

If it helps, I once got a ton of styrofoam myself and was frustrated what to do with it. Landfills refuse to accept it here. So I put out an ad on Craigslist for it all, to give it away free, and I had almost 40 people vying for it! It ended up getting split between an artist who carves sculptures out of it, and a lady using it to insulate her cold space.

Anna

Kiwi is tricky. My Kiwi Vanilla from Kränku is still my fave fave.

TeaBrat

thanks MissB – that is funny!

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drank English Toffee by Simpson & Vail
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Last night I was having a serious craving for sweets so it’s probably a good thing I don’t have any in the house! I’m not getting much exercise while I stay at home with my broken arm and I’m hoping not to gain any weight during this time.

So somehow this seems slightly decadent to me this morning. I brewed it in my stump teapot and am finding it fairly tasty. I am picking up toffee and marigolds although it is not a super strong flavor. I enjoyed this with a bit of stevia and soymilk. Getting a bit of burnt sugar in it somewhere. I’ll close my eyes and pretend I’m doing something really sinful – he he he. See previous notes if interested.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
TheTeaFairy

Hope your arm heals quickly…

TeaBrat

thanks! xox

Suziqzer

Sounds like a good one. Considering a Simpson & Vail order in my near future. :)

TeaBrat

Suz – I’ve been shopping with them for years, they definitely have a lot of stuff to try!

Suziqzer

I got a catalog from them recently… Could be dangerous!

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