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2164 Tasting Notes

drank Ruby Pu'Erh by Nepali Tea Traders
2164 tasting notes

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drank Honeybush Vanilla by Teavana
2164 tasting notes

This came as a Christmas gift from my brother with 3 other Teavana teas, I am tempted to tell him I don’t need any more tea but it’s hard to pass up tea gifts, isn’t it?

I’m not a big expert on honeybush, I’ve just had a few that came from 52Teas. I think its more appealing than rooibos but it seems to be more rare.

I let this steep for over 6 minutes by accident, my cup came out really dark. The resulting flavor seems to me like carob. It reminds me of Teecino which I don’t really mind. The vanilla is a nice addition here (but not really prominent) and then I ended up adding almond milk which doesn’t seem to be as good for tea as my usual Silk soymilk. It does have a pretty sweet aftertaste which is good for a dessert tea.

It is acceptable but I doubt I’ll be clamoring for more when the current supply runs out. I am inspired to look for some more honeybush teas now, however.

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I’ve had this tea for about a month and keep waiting for a slow day where I’m not busy to really sit and do a proper tea tasting gong fu style. Unfortunately I don’t really have too many of those days lately.

I decided to just try the whole thing Western style so I brewed it up for 2 minutes and it is definitely an intriguing tea this way. I’m getting the mineral notes of a wuyi oolong with cocoa flavors. Also there’s a slight smokiness with the woody/leathery sort of flavors that some other tasters noted. I imagine the latter might be a lot less pronounced if you had shorter steeps. This definitely reminds me of raw chocolate but I’m getting the raisin notes too, especially as the cup cools off. Overall a very intriguing tea with lots of interesting flavor, I would probably order more of this in the future. It’s pretty yummy.

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Terri HarpLady

I usually brew the whole little packet in 8 oz cup for 3 min, 4 min, then 5 min. Love it!


i so want this to come back. nao!


Terri – good to know!
Sil – I didn’t know it was gone!

Terri HarpLady

Sil, I’ll send you one… :)


I actually really just need to drop verdant a line and ask about this tea AND the rewards program. only the gift certificates are up now…and i’m hoping this is a sign of new things to come!


Yeah, I saw that too! I’m hoping it’s a sign, too…


+1 on the hopes that verdant updates its reward catalog

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Last night I went out to a party with my adorable man, I think I’m a little too old to be partying on Thursday night so this will be a full throttle caffeine day for me. :)

This is a really good oolong if you like the darker styles. I love the roasted smell of this. Today I am picking up caramel notes and buckwheat. Definitely a great tea to sip on plain and it re-steeps well. See previous notes for more info.

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Having this again today… it’s a little bit better than I remember it but what I’m hoping is the flavoring will fade over time and I’ll just be left with a nice loose leaf puerh. It isn’t terrible but it doesn’t taste much like raspberry anything.

Why haven’t I been drinking any puerh lately? I have no idea…. I miss it!

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I just started a discussion on pu-erh. Keep it going!

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Tea of the morning here! I haven’t had this in a while which happens when you have lots of teas. This is a very pleasant rich brew with a hint of grape flavoring but somehow it doesn’t taste artificial at all. I would definitely consider buying this again if my current supply runs out. :)

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Trying to drink some of this tonight… anti strain still seems like a weird name for a tea in my opinion. Anyway it was a stressful day and after doing some kundalini yoga and meditation I’m just winding down with this. It needs something to temper the licorice but I’m not sure what. Perhaps I’ll try a green or a white tea with it someday.


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Finishing off the rest of this sample today. It tastes a bit better if you use more tea (leaf) but I’m still finding it lacking in flavor/artificial tasting and not sure why it’s curdling my soymilk… oh well! Not going on my shopping list, that’s for sure.

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I’m having some of this tea this morning… unfortunately I haven’t been drinking it quickly enough (forgot about it in the fridge) but it’s still really good! I went to Asha’s tea house in Berkeley recently and definitely plan to go back soon to get some li shan!


I love their tea house. I would go there all the time if I lived in Berkeley!


me tooo!


What a neat tea place…I looked them up on yelp! Good thing I don’t live close to them!! Haha!

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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

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