2353 Tasting Notes

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Tea of the morning here. This is one of my favorite flavored teas and I really should have checked my supply because I am almost out of it and I am getting a new order from Simpson and Vail today! Yay for new teas!

I like the almondy goodness here and I also like mine with soymilk which makes it a bit more creamy and dessert like. Of course I am having it for breakfast but you could really enjoy this any time of the day. See previous notes for more details.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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73
drank Just Green Tea by Honest Tea
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I had this tea today with my lunch. It’s amazing that I still feel the need to buy any bottled tea with all the teas I have in my stash. Still, sometimes this is nice for convenience.

It does have a mystery ingredient which seems kind of citrusy to me. I have to wonder if it’s ascorbic acid powder or something of that nature, which would also serve as a preservative. This is a good basic iced tea because it’s calorie free and doesn’t have a lot of flavorful additions. I also like the Moroccan mint iced tea by this company.

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66
drank Coconut Cacao Puerh by Art of Tea
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I’ve had this tea for a while now and haven’t felt terribly inspired to drink it. I don’t care that much for flavored puerhs and this tea has a funky smell after brewing. I’m hooping now that wintertime is coming soon I’ll want to drink more of my puerhs in general, I’ve been ignoring them a lot lately. This is kind of nice to drink after a meal but I know I won’t be ordering more.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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90

Tea of the morning here, I had a fabulous weekend with my Sweetie but now it’s back to real life…

This is a really great blend of black teas esp. for a teabag! I accidentally oversteeped it but it still seems good to me. It reminds me of my lovely vacation in Victoria B.C. Hopefully I will go back there someday. See previous notes for more details.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Amariel

And when you come back, we have tea together! :)

TeaBrat

That would be nice!

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88
drank Irish Breakfast by Harney & Sons
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Tea of the morning here, and it’s a sipdown!

I have enjoyed this particular Irish Breakfast tea. If you like assams it is definitely a good one to try. I take mine with soymilk and a bit of sweetener and it definitely has a bit of a winey flavor with lots of malt. Probably will be a repurchase the next time I order something from Harney.

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70
drank Apple Pie by Art of Tea
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I’m finishing off my small sample tin of this tonight. I can’t say I am crazy about this particular tea since it just reminds me of a watery apple cider with some spices thrown in. When it comes to a dessert tea, I prefer something more creamy and decadent. Not horrible but not wanting to buy any more either.

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82
drank Lapsang Souchong by Harney & Sons
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The days are getting shorter and our much beloved Indian summer in San Francisco seems to be drawing to a close; by November it will be back to fog and rain all of the time. We are going on one last camping trip tomorrow before the winter cold starts setting in.

It’s been ages since I’ve had any lapsang! This is from a sample bag I got from Harney and Sons last year and I still have enough left for about another cup. I really like lapsangs in the late afternoon/early evening. This is a good one to sip on plain, it reminds me of smokehouse almonds but it has a sweet finish almost like molasses. There are a few other lapsangs I like a tad better than this, but it’s certainly an enjoyable tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
Michelle Butler Hallett

Ooooh, nothing beats a good smoky tea time of year.

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92

It’s interesting how I go through different phases with teas. At one point I was really into trying different things with oolongs, puerhs and darjeelings. Lately I’ve just been wanting more comforting stuff which to me is black tea in the morning and fruity or dessert teas in the afternoon. I’m almost disappointed in myself that I don’t have more of a sophisticated palette… he he he!

Again this bag came from the generous Courtney a few months ago. It’s too bad I haven’t been drinking it faster but that’s the story of my life lately! It’s really good with a touch of stevia to sweeten it up a bit and bring some more of the marshmallow notes forward. TGIF, Steepster!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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80
drank Congou Keemun by Butiki Teas
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After lunch tea here. I’m not a big fan of keemuns but I do like this tea by Butiki for some reason. It’s also one of the only teas I have that seem to taste good with almond milk. I am enjoying that combination along with a pair of Hail Merry blonde coconut macaroons. Sooo tasty!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec
Terri HarpLady

Oh god, I love those!!!

TeaBrat

They are amazing… tempting to eat the whole bag at once!

Bonnie

I think this is a floral keemun which I love with milk and sweetened…Not smoky…eh pass the bag!

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91

Tea of the morning, I’ve had this for a while. It seems like more of an afternoon tea so I should probably take it to work where I’d feel more inspired to drink it. Very tasty grape/currant flavor that goes well with the black teas. I’m enjoying this with a bit of plain soymilk but it is also good without additions.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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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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