2353 Tasting Notes

67

Update: I wasn’t too impressed with this as a cold brew, it tastes better hot. Oh well, hopefully I find a way to drink it all in the next year or so!

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85

Tea of the morning, I forgot I had this because it was sitting on the back of my tea shelf but I’m glad I found it! This is one of the better chocolate teas I’ve had and there’s a rich base that reminds me of caramel, it’s nice with a touch of stevia.

I haven’t been ordering too much tea this year (I have a lot already) but I did place an order with S & V for some of their holiday teas and dessert teas. I’m looking forward to drinking those soon. I’m rarely disappointed in these peeps.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Anna

Do you tend to remove teas you’ve run out of from the Steepster cupboard, or do you keep all the ones you’ve tried in there?

TeaBrat

I usually remove mine once they’re gone, especially if I’m not planning to buy more. Just makes it easier if I want to swap with anyone.

Sil

Shopping list is good for tracking teas that are gone but you want to reprdee

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76

Sipdown!
I finally finished off a box of this and just remarked on someone’s else’s tastng note today that I’ve been drinking this for years, a sweet cinnamon-y concoction that’s nice with soymilk or creamer of your choice.

It isn’t the best herbal chai in the world but it makes me feel kind of warm and cozy since I have such a long history with it.

Bonnie

Me too….It’s no brainer tea.

Terri HarpLady

I love it! However, in light of something I read recently, I probably won’t restock once I polish off my last few bags.
http://foodbabe.com/2013/08/21/do-you-know-whats-really-in-your-tea/

gmathis

Few words are nicer than familiar and comfortable.

TeaBrat

Terri, that’s too bad but considering all the pestiside residues in our food supply and water I’m not too worried about a teabag…lol

Terri HarpLady

a valid point

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67

This was an impulse purchase since my track record with RoT has not been so great. My review is for the loose leaf version of the tea.

Upon opening the tin I see a Chinese green tea that has some long and slender pieces, but I can’t place what tea this is by looking at it. There appear to be a few ginger root pieces here and there in the blend.

I’ve actually had this a few times in the past week… the green tea is mildly vegetal but there is not enough ginger here to be calling it a ginger peach tea. Also I feel the peach flavor is artificial and tart so I’m not loving this particular blend. I will probably finish it off someday as it’s decent enough. I think I’ll try a cold brew tonight and see what happens.

Kind of overpriced and average-ish which is my impression of RoT generally. ;-)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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67

This was an impulse buy I got at the grocery store yesterday, I really like rooibos chai blends and I thought I’d check this out.

Aside from the rooibos, it also has cinnamon, clove and ginger so to me it seemed more like a gingerbread type of tea than a strict chai. I used two teabags for a mug of tea and still thought it was a bit weak. It isn’t bad considering the price I paid for it, but next time I would use a smaller cup. I like this one better with soymilk in it. A decent tea for fall, very strong on the cinnamon and clove. Rooibos blends tend to be better when you steep them a while.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec

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92

Tea of the morning and it’s a sipdown. I’m all done with this yummy tea from Della Terra but am looking at buying some holiday teas right now :)

This has a sweet pumpkin flavor and is pretty goo with a bit of stevia, this is the 2nd time I have purchased it from Della Terra. See previous notes for more details.

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85

It’s a sipdown for me and this tea!
This was pretty good for a dessert tea, I have enjoyed it. Not sure I need more but might be a re-purchase next time I order something from Simpson and Vail. It’s good with a little stevia to perk it up a bit. Kind of an odd choice for breakfast but it works for me…

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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92

I may be getting weird in my old age but I am always seeing these chia seed infused juice drinks around and I thought I would try making a chia iced tea.

I cold brewed this overnight and added the chia seeds this morning. After letting them sit for a few hours they got nice and plump. It’s kind of tasty, albeit slimy. It you try this I would recommend shaking the drink every once in a while to prevent the chia seeds from clumping together.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
OMGsrsly

The chia seeds are so cool! I’ve been rehydrating them and keeping them in the fridge, then adding them to all sorts of things. Lemonade (really good!), teas, matcha lattes… :)

ashmanra

I bought some, too! I put mine in puerh.

TeaBrat

@OMGsrsly – yep, I add mine to Oatmeal and Smoothies, a lot
@ashmanra – I may have gotten the idea from you!

Doug F

There are a couple really nice new second flushes from Upton that I have my eye on.

TeaBrat

Doug – I haven’t bought very much darjeeling this year, I am still trying to drink last year’s! ;-)

Doug F

I totally understand. I have enough Yunnan Dian Hong to last me a couple of years.

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89
drank Foggy Morning Brekkie by T-We Tea
2353 tasting notes

Mmmm… sipdown!
I have rather enjoyed this and will probably get more someday. I’m not a huge fan of Keemun but somehow it works here with the Nilgiri and Ceylon. I wouldn’t have thought of putting those together myself but it’s a tasty blend.

I’m happy to have my Silk Soymilk back for tea. Regarding plant based milks, I keep trying different ones and Silk Soymilk is definitely the best one for tea, it doesn’t impart much of a flavor but it makes things nice and creamy.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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71

Tea of the eveing here. I’m not exactly ready for the holidays but I was ready for dessert. Lately I’ve been trying to banish all sweets from the house which is probably good for my waistline. this is a nice substitute, especially with a little bit of soymilk and stevia, which is how I like to drink it. I wonder if I will finish off my box from last year before Christmas? In any case, I’m kind of looking forward to the holiday teas.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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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

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