2397 Tasting Notes

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drank Lapsang Souchong by Harney & Sons
2397 tasting notes

The days are getting shorter and our much beloved Indian summer in San Francisco seems to be drawing to a close; by November it will be back to fog and rain all of the time. We are going on one last camping trip tomorrow before the winter cold starts setting in.

It’s been ages since I’ve had any lapsang! This is from a sample bag I got from Harney and Sons last year and I still have enough left for about another cup. I really like lapsangs in the late afternoon/early evening. This is a good one to sip on plain, it reminds me of smokehouse almonds but it has a sweet finish almost like molasses. There are a few other lapsangs I like a tad better than this, but it’s certainly an enjoyable tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
Michelle Butler Hallett

Ooooh, nothing beats a good smoky tea time of year.

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92

It’s interesting how I go through different phases with teas. At one point I was really into trying different things with oolongs, puerhs and darjeelings. Lately I’ve just been wanting more comforting stuff which to me is black tea in the morning and fruity or dessert teas in the afternoon. I’m almost disappointed in myself that I don’t have more of a sophisticated palette… he he he!

Again this bag came from the generous Courtney a few months ago. It’s too bad I haven’t been drinking it faster but that’s the story of my life lately! It’s really good with a touch of stevia to sweeten it up a bit and bring some more of the marshmallow notes forward. TGIF, Steepster!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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80
drank Congou Keemun by Butiki Teas
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After lunch tea here. I’m not a big fan of keemuns but I do like this tea by Butiki for some reason. It’s also one of the only teas I have that seem to taste good with almond milk. I am enjoying that combination along with a pair of Hail Merry blonde coconut macaroons. Sooo tasty!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec
Terri HarpLady

Oh god, I love those!!!

TeaBrat

They are amazing… tempting to eat the whole bag at once!

Bonnie

I think this is a floral keemun which I love with milk and sweetened…Not smoky…eh pass the bag!

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81

Tea of the morning, I’ve had this for a while. It seems like more of an afternoon tea so I should probably take it to work where I’d feel more inspired to drink it. Very tasty grape/currant flavor that goes well with the black teas. I’m enjoying this with a bit of plain soymilk but it is also good without additions.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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67

Update: I wasn’t too impressed with this as a cold brew, it tastes better hot. Oh well, hopefully I find a way to drink it all in the next year or so!

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85

Tea of the morning, I forgot I had this because it was sitting on the back of my tea shelf but I’m glad I found it! This is one of the better chocolate teas I’ve had and there’s a rich base that reminds me of caramel, it’s nice with a touch of stevia.

I haven’t been ordering too much tea this year (I have a lot already) but I did place an order with S & V for some of their holiday teas and dessert teas. I’m looking forward to drinking those soon. I’m rarely disappointed in these peeps.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Anna

Do you tend to remove teas you’ve run out of from the Steepster cupboard, or do you keep all the ones you’ve tried in there?

TeaBrat

I usually remove mine once they’re gone, especially if I’m not planning to buy more. Just makes it easier if I want to swap with anyone.

Sil

Shopping list is good for tracking teas that are gone but you want to reprdee

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76

Sipdown!
I finally finished off a box of this and just remarked on someone’s else’s tastng note today that I’ve been drinking this for years, a sweet cinnamon-y concoction that’s nice with soymilk or creamer of your choice.

It isn’t the best herbal chai in the world but it makes me feel kind of warm and cozy since I have such a long history with it.

Bonnie

Me too….It’s no brainer tea.

Terri HarpLady

I love it! However, in light of something I read recently, I probably won’t restock once I polish off my last few bags.
http://foodbabe.com/2013/08/21/do-you-know-whats-really-in-your-tea/

gmathis

Few words are nicer than familiar and comfortable.

TeaBrat

Terri, that’s too bad but considering all the pestiside residues in our food supply and water I’m not too worried about a teabag…lol

Terri HarpLady

a valid point

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67

This was an impulse purchase since my track record with RoT has not been so great. My review is for the loose leaf version of the tea.

Upon opening the tin I see a Chinese green tea that has some long and slender pieces, but I can’t place what tea this is by looking at it. There appear to be a few ginger root pieces here and there in the blend.

I’ve actually had this a few times in the past week… the green tea is mildly vegetal but there is not enough ginger here to be calling it a ginger peach tea. Also I feel the peach flavor is artificial and tart so I’m not loving this particular blend. I will probably finish it off someday as it’s decent enough. I think I’ll try a cold brew tonight and see what happens.

Kind of overpriced and average-ish which is my impression of RoT generally. ;-)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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This was an impulse buy I got at the grocery store yesterday, I really like rooibos chai blends and I thought I’d check this out.

Aside from the rooibos, it also has cinnamon, clove and ginger so to me it seemed more like a gingerbread type of tea than a strict chai. I used two teabags for a mug of tea and still thought it was a bit weak. It isn’t bad considering the price I paid for it, but next time I would use a smaller cup. I like this one better with soymilk in it. A decent tea for fall, very strong on the cinnamon and clove. Rooibos blends tend to be better when you steep them a while.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec

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92

Tea of the morning and it’s a sipdown. I’m all done with this yummy tea from Della Terra but am looking at buying some holiday teas right now :)

This has a sweet pumpkin flavor and is pretty goo with a bit of stevia, this is the 2nd time I have purchased it from Della Terra. See previous notes for more details.

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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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