2537 Tasting Notes

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drank Dragonwell by The Republic of Tea
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Hi everyone, I hope all my Steepster buddies had a good Thanksgiving vacation!

I am back from Mendocino where the weather and the scenery were gorgeous. Fortunately for me and my credit card, I did not find any new tea shops to try. ;-)

This tea I got in bulk at Whole Foods about a week ago. I had been wanting a new dragonwell to tide me over until spring and it’s nice to only have to purchase a small amount that you want.

As far as dragonwells are concerned, this seems to be fairly average. I’m not getting an incredible amount of nuttiness but there is some. Also a nice flavor of cooked peas and corn. IMO, it is decent but not a top flight dragonwell, nice for the every day drinking.

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

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78
drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
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In all the years of buying tea from Harney and Sons, I have no idea why I’ve never tried this tea. Well, that is all about to end today with the sample size I got to try.

Smells very much like cranberries in the bag, but I have to say, a bit artificial. Flavor is a bit more subtle than I thought it would be, I think that’s a good thing. The brewed cup has a faint fruity aroma and the tea itself is definitely berry with a bit of tartness. I would say there is a richness underneath, I’m not sure I would pick that out as almond if I was in a blind taste test.

It is an enjoyable cup, especially if you are looking for one to sip on plain. I like it but I’m just not sure I need a cranberry tea in my stash.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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82
drank The Black Lotus by Butiki Teas
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thanks Terri for a sample of this tea!
I’m always excited to try darjeeling blends and this just sounded super tasty and appealing.

This is a mellow tea with some nice floral aromas. I am not picking up on any keemun in here but the darjeeling is lending a bright and fruity note while the assam is malty and a bit winey. In contrast to the tea I had this morning, this is an easy one to sip on plain but I bet it would also take (soy) milk very well. I don’t think it needs sugar at all.

Even though Stacy describes this as a breakfast blend, it’s something I would probably drink in the afternoon. A very interesting and unique blending but I’m not sure it’s really calling out to me.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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78
drank Kangaita OP by Harney & Sons
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Tea of the morning here — I probably should have read the reviews before I bought a 4 oz tin. of this. I keep trying to find an African tea that I LOVE and I don’t think this will be it, although it’s a decent cuppa.

Tea liquor is dark red and the tea itself is very brisk and assertive. I am getting some winey notes as well as a definite spice flavor. I am getting a bit of malt as well but there is also some astringency in the finish. I wonder how this would be mixed with an assam, I may need to try that. This is one I will definitely need to drink with milk and sugar.

By the 2nd cup I am getting more used to the flavor, it is a very bracing and eye opening tea for the morning time. I think maybe this will grow on me over time. I definitely prefer my black teas to be a bit more on the mellow side.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Nicole

Have you tried the Kenyan Black from JusTea?

TeaBrat

Hi Nicole, I have not. Would you recommend it?

Nicole

I would and I can send you a bit if you like. Just PM me an address. :)

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84
drank Imperial White by The Tao of Tea
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Today marked an exciting day for this tea nerd because I got my red stump for life teapot from Harney and Sons (along with a few teas, of course). Here’s an image of what it looks like: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41idP2M2KPL.SY300.jpg

I broke my last regular teapot that I use for all purpose brewing; the spout got broken on the faucet when I was washing it. One of the reason I was attracted to the stump is the stumpy spout, I figured it wouldn’t get broken as easily. I fretted over my choice of colors until I decided on the red, and now I’m glad I did. It’s really cute and cheerful and 18 oz. is a nice size for one person to have about 2 cups of tea from the pot. I looooooove the new teapot! :D

As soon as I got home I wanted to make some tea. I chose this white tea to baptize the teapot. I am tired tonight but the beau and I are taking a Thanksgiving trip so I need to start packing and taking care of things. Maybe a white tea will give me a gentle lift without keeping me up all night? Let’s hope.

I haven’t had this in a while and it’s nice and gentle. I like the clean, nutty flavors but there’s also a bit of semolina or pastry like sweetness in the finish. If I was going to keep one white tea around on a permanent basis, this could be a serious contender. I don’t know why I neglect my white teas so much, they are actually quite lovely.

…now I’m off to go be productive.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Indigobloom

Oh but that is a cute pot! how much was it?

TeaBrat

Harney has them for $22 USD

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80
drank Gingerbread Coffeecake by 52teas
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Tea of the afternoon here, I forgot I even had this until I found it at work recently. It’s a nice ginger-y green with lots of cinnamon though I still am not getting much cake flavor or anything that would remind me of a coffeecake. Next time I will need to try this with some sugar to see what difference it makes. This is good for the cold weather. See previous notes for more details.

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68
drank Red Mango Tulsi by Organic India
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Tea of the mid-morning here, high anxiety at the office today so I needed something calming. The mango and rooibos overpower the tulsi, but you do get it in the finish of this tea. Seems a bit minty. Not bad with soymilk. Let’s hope the rest of the day goes smoothly….

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78
drank Tsugaru Green by Lupicia
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Sipdown for me. This isn’t a bad flavored tea but it’s not one of my favorites from Lupicia so I doubt it will be a repurchase for me. Still there is some sense of relief that it’s gone so I can move on to other things…. :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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78

Good morning Steepster.
This is a sipdown for me. Although it’s a nice morning cuppa, it isn’t my favorite from Steven Smith and probably won’t be a repurchase for me. Also their shipping costs are pretty outrageous unless you buy $75 of tea, in which case it ships free. Other companies have a much lower cost for free shipping.

I have been seeing more of their teas in the Bay area so maybe I’ll just stick to buying the ones I can get locally.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
boychik

i just posted i dont know if you saw they have promo until midnight wed Teamaker Tuesday for free ship

TeaBrat

Really? I just went to the website and I didn’t get free shipping, they wanted to charge me $11.25 to ship 3 items… Is there some kind of a code?

boychik

the code is Teamaker Tuesday
plus they are going to include “Variety Cello” Includes One Each Of the following

Kandy, Bergamot, Peppermint Leaves, Meadow, Fez and Mao Feng Shui for free. i just spoke to them on a phone. do not put 6 cello in a cart. they will ship it along with the order for free
i just placed an order 2oz loose of Lord, Assam and Fez

TeaBrat

Great- thank you! By the way the ones you chose are my favorites from them. :)

boychik

I do have Lord and Fez but sachets version and never tried Assam. I find loose tea taste different than bags or even sachets( Kusmi, Harney etc)I waited for free shipping since May probably. I have so much tea that I can wait;)

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90
drank Spicy Chocolate by Kusmi Tea
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Backlog – this was my tea of the morning which unfortunately was at 4 am — ugh! Yes I woke up that early and could not fall back asleep. I think Sudafed is doing wonders for my allergies but not my sleep pattern. Pretty soon I’ll be like my Dad and just get up at 5 every day…

Anyway this is probably the only tea by Kusmi that I really like and would bother to drink on a regular basis. It’s more spicy than chocolate but still tastes pretty nice on a chilly November morning.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec
VariaTEA

I like this one too. It just sucks that they have a 75 g minimum for when you buy loose leaf. I also really like their Boost tea. You should give that a try if you haven’t before.

By the way, I am sorry to hear about the meds messing with your sleep. I hope you find a way to both deal with your allergies and not ruin your sleeping pattern soon :)

TeaBrat

thanks :))

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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

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