2623 Tasting Notes

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drank Joyeux Noël by Lupicia
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Yesterday was kind of rough, I had a job interview that didn’t go so well and then I decided I need a new outfit for this holiday party I am going to tonight. Went to the mall and wasn’t inspired by anything aside from the Lupicia store. ;)

This is a Lupicia tea I’ve never had before. It’s a black tea blend that’s slightly nutty. I’m definitely getting the chestnut flavor from it, but it seems kind of bitter unfortunately. It was nice with a tiny bit of coconut sugar and soymilk. It’s not my favorite from Lupicia however… if they could find a way to remove the bitterness I’d like this much better. I might try steeping this at a slightly lower temp next time.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

Just wear a dress made of Lupicia tins! Voila! :P

Fjellrev

I’m sorry about the interview, but better luck with your next one. Oh yes, there shall be another.

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drank Imperial Label by Kusmi Tea
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I’ve been working on some of my flavored greens today, this and the green chai by Simpson and Vail. Of the two, the green chai is definitely better. The Imperial Label is such a strange mix of licorice, cinnamon and orange. It does leave a medicinal taste in your mouth. This is old enough (2 yrs, I think) that I might just pitch it after the winter is over. I remember last year it was good when i had a sore throat, due to the licorice.

Would never buy this again, however….

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Cameron B.

I agree, this one is so bizarre…

TeaBrat

Maybe I like it when I’m sick because I can’t actually taste it? :)

Cameron B.

Well it is extremely heavy on the licorice, so I suppose it makes sense for sick time. :P

Dustin

It sounds weird, but… interesting. I wonder how they come up with these flavor combos!

yyz

I kind of think of this as a detox tea. As such I don’t mind it. I keep my steeps to about 1 minute though.

Lupiressmoon

I detest licorice – in tea it would be a big turn-off

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96

Sipdown! I am done with this tea for now…
It’s definitely a really good black tea, probably one of my favorites in the current stash.

I really need to focus on drinking what i have, however. Hoping I can get through winter without buying much more and maybe I’ll have more money in the spring :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Lupiressmoon

I’ve only tried golden monkey from Adagio….I really liked it but it’s kind of pricey and I’m not sure where to order from now for more of it. Maybe them again

Lupiressmoon

Maybe I should try this one – 96 is a high rating!! :)

TeaBrat

Erin, it is good, I think Teavivre also sells a golden monkey.

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drank Red Bush Chai by The Tao of Tea
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Purchased a tin of this at the Berkeley Bowl last night. I’ve been looking for a good rooibos chai but sadly, this isn’t it. I should have read the list of ingredients on the tin. It has cinnamon, clove, cardamom and spearmint. Why would you put spearmint in a chai?

The flavor of this is… interesting I guess. I definitely taste the cinnamon and the spearmint but the clove and cardamom aren’t too prominent. I added soymilk and about a teaspoon of coconut sugar but I’m not too impressed with it. I will need to tinker around with it and see if adding fennel or a bit of ginger improves it somewhat.

I will probably finish it off eventually but definitely don’t love it. I think I just need to go to Rishi’s website and order their West Cape Chai.

p.s. it also leaves an aftertaste in your mouth like toothpaste… ick

Flavors: Cinnamon, Spearmint

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Veronica

Toothpaste tea… yum. ;)

TeaBrat

and I have a whole tin of it!

Lupiressmoon

Well this sounds completely disgusting to me

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91

I am back in San Francisco after a punishing hike in the East Bay hills that was pretty steep. Glad to be sitting on my bum now drinking tea!

So this was a sample I got from Dragon Tea House. My tea spending is definitely slowing down and it will probably slow down even further soon as my unemployment is set to expire next month… :(

This tea has a good reputation and I have really been enjoying my small sample. The full cake size of this is $56 on the Dragon Tea House website, which isn’t a bad price for an entire cake.

This tea doesn’t have much fermentation flavor, which is nice for a ripe puerh this young. After a quick rinse, my first steep was very light. After that I did several subsequent steeps around the 30 second mark. They were velvety and creamy. This has some nice chocolate notes and coffee notes but without any bitterness. It leaves you with a refreshing mouth feel that lingers after you’ve consumed the tea.

It might be a bit overpriced/overhyped but I found it very tasty. Really good as an after dinner experience and soothing.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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88

I revisited this tea twice in the last few weeks and very disappointed that it seems to have lost a lot of its flavor. Either that or I have a terrible memory. It’s been in a tin and it’s only a year old, I would have thought it would keep for a while longer. So anyway, it’s a sipdown and just be warned, if you have some of this you might want to drink it soon!

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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87

Thanks to a friend for sending a sample of this my way… we are having a crazy rain storm here and I’m glad I can stay inside with my teas and keep dry; hopefully I don’t lose power!!!

I’ve been doing slightly longer steeps of this one and I like it a lot. It’s earthy but also very smooth and thicker than some shus I’ve had recently. When steeped for around 1 minute it becomes very dark with a coffee-like appearance. A mellow tea but also very soothing. NIce for the terrible weather!

sorry I can’t write more about it but I have a massive amount of homework for a class.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec
AllanK

I think this a very enjoyable Shou. I forget where I got mine from.

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82
drank Je t'Aime by Nina's Paris
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This sample tea came from The Cookie Lady and I am enjoying it this afternoon.

To me the cup smells something like coconut and the flavor is mellow with notes of chocolate and caramel. My only gripe is I’m picking up some slight artificial aftertaste in this that I’m not totally enjoying. But there’s a slight fruitiness in it as well. I’m not looking for any more flavored teas in my cupboard, but if I was, this wouldn’t be a bad addition as a nice afternoon/dessert tea. Especially with sugar!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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This is a tea I got from Angelina’s quite recently, it was fairly inexpensive but it is still kind of a young sheng. This is a very aggressive tea, smoky and bitter in the first few steeps. I found it helped to lower the water temp. to about 180 and do very short steeps with this one.

It definitely started mellowing out around steep #4 and then became more woodsy with some interesting plummy flavors, definitely sour but with a bit of sweetness too. I am picking up some tobacco notes. I would say this is fairly typical of a traditional young sheng. Sorry I don’t have time to write more about it today.

I’ve tended to like Xiaguan products in the past and this is definitely an energizing tea but it seems like it needs a few more years of aging before most people would really like it (including myself!) I know this isn’t exactly a connoisseur’s tea but since it was cheap it will be interesting to see how it ages in the my closet, lol

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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87
drank Grapefruit Green by Lupicia
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Just a quick note that I finished this off as a cold brew and it is very good that way. Might need to get more when spring comes, I don’t care much for it when warm but it’s good when it’s cold :)

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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!

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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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