2306 Tasting Notes

drank Florence by Harney & Sons
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I’ve been trying to finish off an 8 oz. tin of this for ages and I just haven’t been making much progress. Anyway I discovered this morning that this is one tea that seems to taste better if you add a bit of extra leaf to the mix, I think the flavor becomes more pronounced. At least it isn’t going stale on me, I think the long shelf life is one reason that I have come to prefer black teas most of all!

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

I discovered the same thing when I made it yesterday – a bit more leaf was better.

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drank Fireside Chai by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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I decided to have this as my post-yoga and pre-bedtime drink.

I get this at the Rainbow Grocery where I can get it in loose leaf form. I don’t think there’s any point in buying Zhena’s tea in teabag form (too weak).

This is pretty good but I prefer my chai with more cardamom so I added a few pods while it was steeping. Also added soymilk and a touch of coconut sugar, it’s pretty good.

I just checked their website and you can only buy their loose leaf teas by the POUND, what gives Zhena???


I wonder how long it would take for me to finish a whole pound of tea… Jeez.

TeaBrat I’d have to find a few people to split it with but I’m not that motivated. :)

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Tea of the afternoon here, jasmine isn’t typically a favorite of mine so I’m not sure why I bought this – ha ha. I did finish off the ounce I had and as far as jasmines go, this is pretty nice. More natural tasting and less bitter than some I’ve had.

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drank Tulsi ginger by Organic India
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Backlog. Tisane of the evening at my sweetie’s house, he really likes tulsi and so do I. The ginger is really good in this blend. Someday I will need to try this as a cold brew or an iced tea, it would be good to keep some in the fridge ready to drink.


Tulsi is the same as basil isn’t it? I loooooove basil in my tea


It’s the same thing as holy basil which is from India…


ah. Nice. I do love it then lol


me too, it’s very relaxing as well ;)


I still have some of that Holy basil blend from Verdant left. Been hoarding it lol

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I’m finishing off the rest of this sample this morning, sort of feeling like it’s a green tea day for some reason. Light, nutty and sweet. See previous notes for more details.

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It’s a really warm day today and I’ve already had enough caffeine but nevertheless… I could not resist trying this sample.

I was intrigued to find out what cilantro would be like in a tea, I know some people hate the flavor of cilantro but personally I love it, I used to make pesto with it and I’d put that on a pizza with fresh tomatoes, nom nom!

Come to think of it I am also a big fan of pineapple. :)

Anyway on to the tea. White teas do not tend to be a favorite of mine as a rule. I wonder if I did something to mess this up because it smells great in the package but when I went to taste it, I’m getting kind of a faint pineapple and cilantro and not getting the characteristic sweetness one would find in a bai mu dan. It’s ok but I don’t love it.

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dammit. now i’m thinking of cilantro pesto pizza. sigh. i used to make herb pesto, you know just grabbing what i needed out of the garden? from tea to pizza and back again…


Wow… I think I know what the next pizza I make is going to be. That sounds fantastic!


yes I believe there were also WALNUTS in the pesto, I should make that again soon!

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drank Hazelnut Chai by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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I bought this because I was in the mood for something sweet and dessert like today. This sounded really good from the description but I should have been leery from the get go because I had another tea from Zhena’s that I didn’t really care for.

This smells amazing in the tin but unfortunately the flavor just doesn’t match up to the hype. One teabag in an 8 oz cup yielded a very weak and watery brew, I guess I will have to try for two next time but that means the price of the per cup is a lot more than what it should be.

I am getting hazelnut, cinnamon and vanilla but it’s just so weak and anemic, oh well. Definitely better once some vanilla soymilk was added but kind of a bummer overall. Makes me wonder if Zhena’s is owned by Republic of Tea since their tins are a similar size and the teabags look the same.

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This free sample came from Butiki – thank you so much Stacy!

This is really good, it reminds me of a few Indian greens I have tried. The tea is robust with strong vegetal notes, I’m definitely getting the kale and spinach type of flavor. There’s some palette cleansing astringency present, I might have oversteeped this a tad because I wasn’t really watching what I was doing. I wouldn’t say it became bitter although it is slightly sour in flavor but the nuttiness also gives it somewhat of a rich and brothy character.

Anyway I like it! It’s super flavorful and lively. If you’re into more robust Chinese greens like chun mee or you might want to give this one a whirl. I was kind of asleep before I drank this and now I feel pretty zippy… on the shopping list it goes!

ps – I also got a nice 2nd steep out of it

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drank MateVana by Teavana
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This was part of a gift I received from my brother last Christmas and evidently I forgot to log it until now.

Anyway I am not a big fan of mate and even less a fan of teavana but since I have it I might as well drink it, right?

So let’s see I steeped this in a mug for 6 minutes with boiling water and a t-sac. The flavor I’m getting is light chocolate and even lighter nuts. IMO this is kind of a weak blend even though I used over 1 tsb. of leaf. Might need to try even more leaf next time? I don’t know. This doesn’t remind me of coffee at all, perhaps some dirty ovaltine. Hopefully it wakes me up anyway!

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drank Mango Lassi by Butiki Teas
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This is one of my favorite flavored rooibos tisanes. I don’t know what more I can say about it that hasn’t been said already. :)

It would be great to see some more rooibos blends from Butiki, maybe even a green rooibos? Banana cream pie? Well, one can always dream…

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Amy-We are working on more caffeine-free options! There will be at least another rooibos but there are 2 honeybush blends coming up soon and that Birthday Cake herbal should be on the site tomorrow.


Yay! :)


Seconding that, we need more green rooibos blends.

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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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