2307 Tasting Notes

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Tea of the morning here. I don’t know what it is about keemuns, but if brewed for slightly too long they just taste like a cup of dirt, as was the case with this tea blend. Note to self: keep steeping time under 3 minutes.

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77
drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
2307 tasting notes

This came in the Lupicia summer grab bag sale and I was skeptical I’d like it due to the artificial flavor and the sugar.

This was steeped western style and it definitely has a melon-y flavor that reminds me of cantaloupe. It’s slightly sweet but not overwhelmingly so. The oolong adds a bit of floral/buttery backdrop. I am going to try cold brewing this also to see what happens. This isn’t bad but I prefer the pineapple oolong from Lupicia. (For flavored oolongs in general I really liked the line from Naivetea). I’m curious to see how much of the flavoring is left if you try resteeping it.

p.s. – I did not like this as a cold brew

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Pistachio Ice Cream by Butiki Teas
2307 tasting notes

This is a sipdown for me – I’ve probably had this tea for too long so it’s lost some of the freshness but it still tastes pretty good to me, and is good with a bit of almond milk. I don’t think it will be part of my permanent rotation but I’ve enjoyed it. Finishing it off gave me some motivation to place another order with Butiki- hee hee.

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

Oh man… craving this now! I haven’t seen it in a while so will have to see whether I can locate it… fingers crossed!

TeaBrat

Good luck!

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73

Tea of the morning here – seems like a good one to drink while listening to Krishna Das and trying to stay sane at work. I do love the effects of tulsi. I hope everyone is having a great day!

Serenity

I heart Krishna Das! Hanuman Chalisa!

Rheya

I like their Sweet Rose Tulsi Tea~!

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93

Tea of the morning here, without a doubt one of my favorite dessert teas. Might have to get some more when my current supply runs out.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Cardamom Pu-erh by Numi Organic Tea
2307 tasting notes

Tea of the afternoon here. I’m not a real big fan of flavored puerhs but this is nice for an after lunch beverage due to the cardamom. Someday I’ll have to try taking out of the teabag because I think it tastes too much like wet paper.

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81
drank Grenada by Lupicia
2307 tasting notes

Tea of the morning here. I got this as a sample with one of my Lupicia newsletters.

I tend to like fruity teas and Lupicia seems to have a lot of them. This blend is fairly enjoyable, the black tea has a very smooth and mild flavor and I found the guava to be quite natural and subtle. I thought this might be good with almond milk, but I was wrong. Now it just tastes like almond flavored kool-aid, but part of the problem is I just don’t like almond milk in tea or coffee. :P

This would be good as an iced tea, I think. Not a “must have” item but I would certainly not turn a cup down if it was offered to me.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Hand Picked Bao Zhong by Samovar
2307 tasting notes

Sipdown!
I’ve had this oolong for 2 years now according to my Steepster notes. I finally decided to finish off the bit I had today and this still seems really good to me, very buttery with sweet vegetal notes. I shall miss it, but I think I have a good excuse to purchase some more green oolongs soon since I don’t have too many more left. ;)

This is equally good prepared gong fu or western style.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Ruby Woo Scarlett

I didn’t know one could keep tea that long without its losing some of its punch!

TeaBrat

yeah, I was amazed as well

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90

Backlogging – last night we we hanging out at an ashram listening to this guy, Laraaji play the zither and practicing laughter yoga.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lzt44XYoyJY

(yes, I am weird, so what, lol) So it seemed like this was an appropriate tisane to have in the evening time. This is really good with a touch of coconut sugar to just sweeten it up a bit. Takes the chill out of the fog here and the cardamom/ginger blend is good for digestion.

ashmanra

My Irish friend had to go to a laughter yoga session at work. She said she felt very self-conscious about it at first, but really enjoyed it once she let herself go and it really did help with stress.

TeaBrat

It was fun!

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90

Just a cup I am having in hopes that it will perk me up. You know you’re middle aged when the idea of going to bed early on a Friday night is much more appealing than going out to a party! :)

Angrboda

In that event, I’ve been middle aged since I was 15. :)

Shelley_Lorraine

I’ve never been to a “party”… :p

Terri HarpLady

My partying days ended at the ripe old age of 24, almost 30 years ago, but I partied enough before that to cover the rest of my life. At 54 I feel happier, healthier, & more fulfilled than ever. Nothing wrong with a good night sleep, Amy. Nothing wrong with Middle age either! :)

Ruby Woo Scarlett

I’m 25 and it’s appealing to me so I don’t know what that says about me!

TeaBrat

Ha ha! thanks everyone – the party was fun, I made it until after midnight

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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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