2392 Tasting Notes

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Tea of the afternoon here, this is the 2nd tea I’ve had today that has a cake theme! This is pineapple-y and brown sugar-y, not exactly like a real cake but close enough to satisfy my sweet tooth for now. See previous notes.

Ysaurella

everybody needs a cake day per month :)

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77

Tea of the morning here.

the dry leaf smells so amazing and I had such high hopes for the tea itself.

It isn’t bad, it’s just a lot lighter on flavor than I was expecting it to be. I am definitely getting apple and cinnamon but nothing I would really recognize as cake. Better with sugar and soymilk added but not at the top of my favorite Simpson and Vail teas. It smells really good even when you’re drinking it, the taste doesn’t quite live up to the aroma.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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64

Decided to try a cup of this today, not sure why I ordered it since it contains dairy and I am not a fan but here we go anyway.

Something about this smells a bit odd after it’s steeping, like a sour dirty yogurt. I’ve had this complaint about rooibos blends before so it isn’t terribly new. I’m getting a lot of lime in the flavor and maybe a bit of lemon. there’s nothing about this that really reminds me of a tart, however. The flavor was much improved after adding some stevia and soymilk but this really isn’t one of my favorites from Della Terra. I much preferred the lemon chiffon for some reason.

Happy to swap if anyone wants to try it.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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87

Now that the weather is getting colder here, I am definitely finding myself attracted to some of my darker, roasty-er teas.

This dark oolong has a lot of yummy flavors, plum, burnt sugar and caramel come to mind. I like this steeped for a longer period of time, but you could do shorter steeps. Wuyi oolongs are some of my favorite and I hope to get more of them soon as they also seem to have a long shelf life.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Bonnie

Ummm, now I think I’ll have some dark roast oolong too since snow might come tonight. Burrr. Northern California girl that I am, I love the first snow here!!! Yesterday I smoked some tea with cherry wood, then ground it to a powder. I swear it tastes just like espresso and my house still smells good (I have a stovetop smoker). Your tea sounds delicious. Oolongs do well here on the semi-arid Frontrange. I have to drink up my puerh’s quicker because they do better where you live in humid (sort-of) San Francisco.

TeaBrat

I have one dark oolong from Jing Tea Shop that claims to have a shelf life of 15 years!

Bonnie

Yow! I’ll be 75.5 then! I’m past aging anything but myself! What if I can’t remember which tea’s are way?! Better enjoy them while I can!

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67
drank Imperial Label by Kusmi Tea
2392 tasting notes

This tea is so incredibly fickle…I keep trying to do different things with it to hit some magic steeping parameter that will cause me to adore it. This afternoon I used a scant half teaspoon in an 8 oz mug and this is the best yet. I just think the herbs and flavorings are so strong a little goes a long way.

Not sure if I will finish the 4 oz. tin in my lifetime… :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Nicole

I wish they had less than 4 ounces available.

TeaBrat

If you want to swap for some, let me know!

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92
  1. Tea of the morning here. We are having network IT and phone issues at work which is impacting my productivity but not internet access or the ability to make tea. :)

This is one of the better 2nd flush darjeelings I have had and I’ll be wanting to pick up more with my next Steven Smith order. It has lovely honey and stone fruit flavors and is equally good hot or as a cold brew. I really wish it was available locally — you lucky Portlanders!

Upped the rating by a few points today…

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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77
drank English Toffee by Simpson & Vail
2392 tasting notes

Tea of the morning here! I’m going to resist rating this for now because I woke up this morning with some bad allergies which seem to be affecting my sense of smell and taste. I’m noticing this is a smooth and mild black tea base. The toffee flavor seems light to me but does become more pronounced upon cooling.I’m drinking mine with a bit of soymilk and it’s good this way. Hopefully my sinuses recover soon so I can do a proper assesment.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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87

This was part of my latest order from S & V… I think this tea is YUMMY!

The green rooibos provides a nice base for this blend. It reminds me of the famous Candy Cane Lane by Celestial Seasonings but I like this blend better. In my opinion, it has the perfect amount of sweetness for a Candy Cane tea and is very minty. This is a knock your socks off kind of mint, not a wimpy mint. Sometimes stevia teas are so sweet that they are downright revolting but this is good. I used about 2 tsp. of tea for a 10 oz. mug but I might try cutting that in half… it’s pretty strong.

I got 4 oz. of this and I’m very glad. It will be a good blend for the holidays. I happen to like green rooibos but you don’t find a lot of blends made with it, S & V has a few and I’m drinking my way through them.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Green Almond by Simpson & Vail
2392 tasting notes

Steepster is acting weird today, I just added a bunch of new teas but I can’t find them when I do a search on them. I tried re-adding this one and it said it was already in the database. Hopefully the problems sort themselves out.

Anyway this is a standard Chinese green tea that smells kind of almondy and contains slivered almonds in the bag. I was hoping for something a bit more marzipan-y after tasting it, so I decided to add a pinch of stevia. That did help make it more dessert-like. The almond flavor seems natural and not overwhelming. It’s a nice every day afternoon tea, I think. Not too bad with almond milk, which shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. ;-)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec
ashmanra

Amy – my daughter, Superanna, is planning a future trip to San Francisco. Can you recommend some tea shops and other places for them to visit?

TeaBrat

Sure! What else are they interested in besides tea? Feel free to DM me.

Dinosara

I had that steepster thing happen to me before… the teas showed up the next day, so they should be up then.

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93

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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