2542 Tasting Notes

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drank Pan Asia by Harney & Sons
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Not terribly impressed with this tea. It has an interesting aroma which I assume is from the Chrysanthemum but the tea itself is light and brothy tasting with a hint of floral. It looks like Chrysanthemum tea has some impressive health benefits but other than that, there isn’t any compelling reason for me to purchase this green any time soon. It’s ok but just not grabbing me.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Gingerbread Black by Simpson & Vail
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This might be an odd choice for the morning time but I woke up today feeling kind of queasy so it’s actually pretty nice right now. I will definitely be getting more of this someday, I love the combination of spices…

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87
drank Red Robe by thepuriTea
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I believe this is the last sample I got from the puriTea that I have yet to try. I love the fact that the samples come in mini tins instead of plastic bags because I will reuse the tins or they can at least be recycled.

Red robes are one of my favorite teas for the winter time. This is a nice example of a wuyi roasted oolong. I am getting flavors of charcoal, cocoa, raisins and toasted barley. It’s comforting and somehow warming. Not the best RR I have ever had but still really enjoyable with a stone fruit after taste. This would be a great tea to cozy up with on a rainy day with a good book.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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75
drank Stanley's Blend by Harney & Sons
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Tea of the morning here, it’s a sample tea packet that I got from Harney and Sons. A simple blend of assam and darjeeling sounds good to me and the dry leaf is very floral smelling.

This is definitely malty with a floral brightness from the darjeeling. I steeped mine or 5 minutes and thought that was a bit excessive since the tea got a bit bitter and muddy. this was definitely better with milk and sugar added and that seems to be the way Stanley would have liked it, according to the Harney website. I think I will try steeping the remainder of the sample for 4 minutes next time.

Not a bad breakfast tea but I do not think it is destined to be a favorite of mine.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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77

I bought some more of this again when I went to Trader Joe’s today because I was worried they might sell out. It is pretty hard to beat the price of this rooibos and I like it in the evening time or as an after lunch tisane. When liquid stevia is added, it becomes much more like a dessert tea. Upped the rating slightly.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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79
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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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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