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drank Chestnut Green Tea by Lupicia
2160 tasting notes

Sigh
I am having a difficult morning, lots of shoulder pain today and I wish it would just end already!

So it was a perfect time to try this tea, I’ve been wanting to sample this for ages and I can’t believe I never have. It’s delicious! The aroma is sweet and chestnutty, it smells like a decadent dessert of the marzipan variety. The flavor is so good, slightly vegetal almost buttery with loads of sweet chestnut flavor. I don’t know how Lupicia managed this one but it is definitely the best flavored green I’ve had. There is probably artificial flavor in here but I don’t care, ‘cause it’s amazing. This will definitely end up as a staple in my cupboard.

Not sure what else to say about it aside from YUM is the word! Tough times call for delicious teas!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Dinosara

Mmmm I love this one! I really must order some now that it is back in stock (finally!)

TeaBrat

I’m wishing I had bought two!

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Thanks to MzPriss for this sample. I’ve had one other keemun mao feng and that was Harney’s version which I quite liked.

At the 3 minute mark, this brews up to be a medium amber kind of color. I’m getting gentle cocoa notes and there’s something about this that seems almost flowery to me. Other people have mentioned smoke which I am not really getting, aside from a bit of tobacco in the finish that stays with you a bit after you’ve sipped on it. This is very pleasant. Overall it seems like keemun mao fengs may be more to be liking as they seem a bit more gentle than the other keemuns I’ve tried. I guess it has to do with the processing of the leaf.

Glad I got to try this one! — p.s it’s also delicious with soymilk

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
MzPriss

I’m sorry it’s a rough day :(
I usually steep this one about 4 minutes which is a wee bit long for it, but I like it that way. I’m brewing the cardamom tea you sent me now and I’m rolling out pasta cause I was grumpy. Coking makes me happier and cardamom almost always works too. Get better!

TeaBrat

thanks!

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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This morning I was feeling adventurous so I mixed the last of my assam sample in with some yunnan from the Nature’s Tea Leaf. The result is a very hefty cup with lots of malt and the spicy yunnan aftertaste… yumm. I should really look for some more breakfast blends with yunnans or just make up my own. Somehow I am always disappointed in the tradtional assam/ceylon breakfast blends.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Lord Petersham by The Devotea
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Thanks to the Devotea for providing me with this sample tea to try. It’s raining here and I had been wanting something warm and delicious to sip on — caffeine be damned!

This steeps up to be a lighter reddish-brown color. Definitely medium in body and a bit on the mild side. At first sip I was thinking this is a ceylon due to the fruity notes that are present, then I was thinking there was an orange pekeo or perhaps a second flush darjeeling in the mix. Either way, this is a really nice blend for the afternoon. No sign of bitterness or astringency, so this is an easy one to sip on plain but is also good with additions. Lord Petersham is nice but 1910 is still my favorite from the Devotea so far. :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Robert Godden

Glad to hear you like it!

AmazonV

This is my best seller, i’m more a chai person myself, but this is a lovely blend i often sample out at events

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drank Silver Buds Yabao by Verdant Tea
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I was looking through my tea stash this afternoon thinking I wanted something low in caffeine and also mild, easy on the stomach. This caught my eye and I can’t believe I’ve never logged a note for it on Steepster but here goes. :)

Tea liquor brews up to be almost clear. In flavor I guess this is most like a white tea, but it has such interesting flavors. There is a definite sweetness with flavors of hay mixed with a pine aroma and flavor. I imagine if you boiled up a stalk of dried wheat it might taste like this (but of course I don’t really know). Somehow it manages to be gentle yet invigorating a bit at the same time.

I admit I’m a bit on the fence about this stuff but it definitely suited the mood I was in. I just have no idea how to assign it a numerical rating because it’s quite unlike any other tea I’ve tried.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Dexter3657

Glad this suited your mood today. :)) I drank this yesterday and thought it was just hot water. Glad you had a better experience.

CharlotteZero

I love Yabao. I love the descriptors Verdant has given for it: apple, peppercorn, cinnamon, sparkling, cedar…

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Gah, I had written a whole note for this and one false move with the keyboard and it seems to have been lost somehow.

Anyway this tea is a sample from the David’s co-pilot pack. This and the Super Ginger were the ones I was most interested in trying. There is a LOT going on in this blend. First there is peppermint, but also chai type spices like ginger, cardamom, clove and black pepper. Also licorice. With some tea blends the licorice can be so overdone and sickeningly sweet but I am not finding that here. You can’t really taste any green tea at all, but I know it’s there because I saw it, he he. This is blended very well and pretty tasty, but it is so intense, I wonder if I would drink this on a regular basis. I may pick up a small pack some day.

I tried one cup hot and then poured the other cup over ice. I think I prefer it iced but it got kind of diluted. Iced, it is very refreshing and seems like it would be good on a hot summer day.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Yunnan Golden Buds by Verdant Tea
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My physical therapist is challenging me. This morning I came in complaining of less pain so of course he had to add a bunch of challenging new exercises to my PT regime, which was already tough to begin with. At least I am making progress but I will probably be in pain for the rest of the day, I can already feel it coming on!

I haven’t had this tea for a while. It brews up to be a reddish-brown color and is very sweet and mild. This isn’t really a black tea, definitely more of a red tea. With various sips I am really picking up on the cinnamon/spicy flavor but in my mind there is something fruity about this as well as an underlying woodiness. This is a good one to try if you like you teas without additions because it definitely doesn’t need any.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Lala

Have u considered trying acupuncture for your pain? Does your physio/clinic provide that treatment?

TeaBrat

I’ve been to acupuncture a few times aleady but it sems like massage is doing more good right now because the muscles are so tight in my arm!

Charles Thomas Draper

Buy an electrical stim machine. Feel better

TeaBrat

Thanks Charles :)

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drank Gong Fu by Zhi Tea
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Thanks to MzPriss for sending me a sample of this tea. Evidently I forgot I already tried it two years ago when Charles sent me a sample of it (I was looking through the tasting notes and found mine, he he).

I am still finding this to be pretty tasty overall. The aroma and flavor of the tea are very “cocoa” and the finish is slightly winey like a keemun, without being overwhelming with tobacco or bitter notes. I actually found this to be really good with a tiny pinch of raw cane sugar but otherwise I’m drinking it plain. I’m really glad I got to sample this again!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Super Ginger (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Got this tisane in the Co-Pilot David’s Sample pack. Such a cute idea to have 5 sample teas to try. I love ginger so I was pretty keen to try this one. Steeped it up for 5 minutes in my Stump teapot after lunch.

I was worried about the stevia in this blend but it’s fairly subtle. The pepper is very spicy and almost obscures the ginger element in here. But yes… there it is. Lots of loads of lovely ginger! This is a nice blend but I’m not sure it has anything much to offer me personally over a cup of plain ginger tea. Peppercorn is supposed to be good for your respiratory system so this might be good when you’re sick. Not sure I would need to keep this around in the permanent stash but it’s been a very enjoyable cuppa.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
caile

Those little packs do look cute.

TeaBrat

they’re purrrrfect!

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Thanks to J.C. for this tea. I figured if I was going to have another cup of black tea I should get it over with before Noon and then the decafs will have to begin.

Ceylons can be a bit hit or miss for me. I have found some of them to be way too brisk but others are good. This was a pleasant surprise. The cup brews up to be a nice dark amber color. There is a definite “brightness” here but it is also exceedingly mellow and lacks any bitter characteristics. I am getting the woody note, it definitely seems earthy but I don’t know if I’m detecting a balsamic flavor like the company describes.

I tried it plain and then with soymilk and definitely preferred it plain. This is a really good ceylon, I’m glad I got to try it.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
JC

Glad you liked it! I feel like the company’s description are a little too ‘flowery’ lol. I felt like they take liberty with describing things, maybe is an European thing?

TeaBrat

Perhaps, or maybe they have an overzealous marketing department :)

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My profile pic is of a pink dahlia at Golden Gate Park.

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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San Frandisco

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http://sanfrantea.teatra.de

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