2743 Tasting Notes

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drank Paris Breakfast by Mariage Frères
2743 tasting notes

Tea of the morning here…

I am not quite sure about this one. This was another one I got at Maison d’Etre yesterday. I wanted to try another MF tea and this just smelled so good in the tin, like tangerine candy of some sort. I am not quite sure about the flavor though. I get a lot of orange but also some bitterness. It’s difficult to tell if there’s bergamot in here or if the bitterness is due to the green tea in this blend. Instructions say to brew at 205 F and that’s about the temperature I used. I think I’ll try using a sightly lower steeping time to see if that makes a difference. For now I think it’s ok but considering the price I paid for it, it’s a bit of a let down.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Dustin

I green breakfast tea?! I thought they were only blacks! I have recently been enjoying MF’s French Breakfast tea, which was a surprise to me. I didn’t expect to like it, but got a sample anyway.
I think you may be right about adjusting the temp and time. I find MF teas to taste WAY better with short steeps.

Dustin

Wait a minute… you are in the Bay! Check out The Pasta Shop (I think it is in Berkeley). I was there a year and a half ago and they had 15-20 MF teas sold in bulk which is perfect for sampling before investing in a tin. They also sell tins and are next to Teance.

TeaBrat

It’s a black/green blend and thanks for the tip on the Pasta shop

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Herbal tisane of the evening here…

There is a store called Maison d’Etre near the Rockridge BART station that is really cute and full of housewares, jewelry and some specialized tea that is difficult for me to find elsewhere. I should never take my BF tea shopping with me because he can’t understand why I need to buy more tea, he he! Of course that did not stop me.

Anyway I was intrigued by this blend, it seemed like a very nice herbal from what I could tell from the package and it smells really good. It’s a blend of tulsi, flowers and some chai like spices. The flavor is a bit too floral for my personal taste but otherwise I think it’s pretty good. I don’t really know that is was worth the price I paid for it ($14 for 2 oz) but I’m glad I got the chance to try it. Kind of wishing I could get the Bellocq teas in a sample size, I would definitely be interested in trying them all.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90

A nice sunny day calls for a nice sunny tea…

I went for a long walk today and ended up doing some tea tastings at Aroma Tea Shop but it’s a little too late in the day to drink the black teas I bought so I thought I’d focus on a nice anti-inflammatory drink instead. I really like this turmeric tea, it’s got green rooibos in it to help cut the flavor of the turmeric but that’s all about I really taste here aside from the saffron and a bit of ginger. yum yum!

Speaking of yummy I went to Burma Superstar today too and had the fiery tofu which was super tasty as well as a pot of ginger tea with fresh lemon slices. :)

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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91

I believe this is the last sample I have yet to try from the Joseph Wesley samples I got.

This might be my favorite of the bunch as it smells very aromatic after steeping, sort of like freshly baked bread or a cake of some sorts. I lost track of time while I was steeping this and don’t know exactly how long it was. Anyway this is extremely smooooth, very elegant tea. Tastes lightly of malt and chocolate with that nice baked bread aroma. This is definitely an elegant tea. I wish I had more to say about it right now, but it is delicious.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
ifjuly

i think this was my favorite JW too!

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90
drank Bread Pudding Chai by The Devotea
2743 tasting notes

Thanks to the Devotea for this sample…

I don’t really know what a bread pudding is supposed to taste like so I’m not the best judge as to what flavor that should be. I am experiencing a significant spike in my stress levels this morning trying to facilitate all of the paperwork that needs to be completed by my doctor’s office in order for me to get back to work. I needed something that was like a comfort tea this morning.

I do love a good chai and this is tasty. I get a LOT of nutmeg in his blend and I can safely say this definitely tastes like a dessert or pastry of some kind even though I’m not sure if it’s a bread pudding. I like the nutmeg, cinnamon and clove in this blend a lot and it’s definitely tasty with some sugar and soymilk. Definitely good as a dessert tea but also hitting the spot as a comforting tea this morning. I may need some more when this sample runs out.

verdict: yum

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Nutmeg

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

i LOVE bread pudding! This sounds super yummy. I’m glad it was tasty since you’re dealing with all of that stress (boo! :( ). Hope all your paperwork goes through fine—sending good vibes your way!

Cheri

This sounds really good. I also love bread pudding, as long as it doesn’t have raisins in it.

Sami Kelsh

Oh, bread pudding is gorgeous. I love the idea of this tea. paperwork hugs

Robert Godden

Thank you all for your comments (although Cheri: surely a good bread pudding needs raisins, sultanas and/or currants?)
We created this tea for our UK distribution and it’s been released as a limited edition in AU and the USA: where it’s been more popular than in the UK! Just goes to show you can never predict anything when it comes to tea.

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79
drank Tulsi ginger by Organic India
2743 tasting notes

Tisane of the early afternoon…
This afternoon’s PT appointment included lots of painful exercises by them intended to get my shoulder joint moving again. What I need to work on is keeping my anxiety levels down throughout this process. Tulsi to the rescue!

Decided to have a cup of this when I got home. It’s one of my favorites from Organic India. the ginger and tulsi combination is simple yet quite good. I’m not a huge fan of the way that tulsi tastes so I like the fact that the ginger sort of overwhelms it. I think this might be my last bag of this as I gave most of it to my boyfriend last week. I could probably try making my own blend with the tin of loose tulsi I have in the cupboard!

DeliriumsFrogs

I’m so sorry your PT appointment was so painful… ugh. :( Tulsi to the rescue, indeed!
Can’t wait to hear your results if you make your own blend (I bet it’ll be great!).

TeaBrat

thanks :)

pyarkaaloo

awww sorry to hear you were in pain :/ i also had a PT appointment today (for my legs) since i got struck by a car in a parking lot. go figure.

OMGsrsly

Oh, that really sucks. I also had PT yesterday, and again tomorrow. Here’s hoping it only gets easier and less painful!

TeaBrat

Happy healing for all of us :)

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I have a lot of this and decided I would brew some up today and have it iced. This was a really good decision, I think I prefer it cold and if you pour it over ice the tartness is diluted somewhat and it becomes more refreshing. I will have to try giving this the cold brew treatment soon. I’m glad I discovered it’s good cold because I might actually finish it someday. ;-)

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78
drank Christmas Cookie by Capital Teas
2743 tasting notes

I am trying to enjoy my morning and was thinking about going back to sleep but that seems like it’s impossible. My neighborhood has been noisy and I have anxiety about my physical therapy appointment today which should be about as much fun as a root canal.

I picked this out of my stash today, it’s been a while since I’ve had this. It still seems like a spicy orange chai to me, I don’t know how they are getting “cookie” out of this but it’s fairly tasty no matter what you call it. This is definitely better with sugar though.

Preparation
2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
CapitalTeas

Hi! Thank you so much for your review! A lot of our customers enjoy it as a winter treat, like a Christmas Cookie :) Glad you’re enjoying it. Happy Brewing!

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66
drank Green Almond by Simpson & Vail
2743 tasting notes

I thought I’d try cold brewing this one. I’ve had the tea for a few months and I don’t seem to be drinking it much because I’m not really crazy about it. The green tea is definitely nice coldbrewed and I was hoping that would bring out some more of the almond notes and even though it smells almondy, it tastes mostly like artificial flavoring and bitterness. I do like flavored teas but not when they taste like chemicals. I have this issue with several of David’s tea blends too.

Anyway I hope I will finish this off someday but that might be a challenge when I have so many better green teas in my stash and it looks like I have about 2 oz. of it. Le sigh. At least I know that I prefer this one hot.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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