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2167 Tasting Notes

90

Tea of the morning here. Sometimes I forget that I have this but it’s such a satisfying brew. I tend to like roses in tea but the cardamom is also a lovely touch here. Goes really well with this lovely music by Jai Uttal I was listening to last night:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsEhuWENkN0

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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90

Sipdown!

Finally finished off a tin of this – now I have a good excuse to place another tea order… ha ha.

I have really enjoyed this one, it’s good for morning or afternoon time. Now I’m off to go do some morning meditation after this lovely cuppa!

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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79
drank Silver Needle by The Tao of Tea
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Tea of the mid-morning here; already got up and had a green smoothie with matcha and lots of fruit; I guess I’m feeling in need of an antioxidant boost so I brewed some of this up. Haven’t had too many white teas lately. This has a nice delicate flavor, a bit of sweetness and slighty nutty (like me!).

Fjellrev

I like the personality/tea match there haha.

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96
drank Yuzu Dream by Mellow Monk
2167 tasting notes

It’s been a while since I’ve had this one but I still LOVE it!

I think Mellow Monk will soon be the only Japanese Green tea in my cupboard (once I drink everything else, lol)

It’s so creamy and fruity, just amazing. I bumped the rating up a bit today.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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94

Backlog – had some of this on Saturday with a cute guy I know. :-P

This is actually a classic tea for me and will be a staple for years to come I think. It’s really good iced and it also tastes good hot, just a perfect blend of smoky gunpowder and peppermint. I only wish I could get it in loose leaf form instead of the sachets.

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

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78
drank Florence by Harney & Sons
2167 tasting notes

Tea of the morning here Steepster. I’ve had this tea since 2011 but to me it still tastes the same. I’m not a huge fan of it, but overall it’s okay. The chocolate notes still seem very light to me. Somehow it’s fun to have this for breakfast.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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92

Tea of the morning here for me. Unfortunately I am at home sick but I’m hoping this will perk me up. :)

Hesper June

Oh! I hope you feel better very soon!

TeaBrat

thank you…. :)

mrmopar

Good stuff!

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73

Tea of the mid-morning here… not a personal favorite in terms of flavor but it’s a good way to get some tulsi in with your caffeine at the same time. :)

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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94

This is another tea I ended up getting at the Bi Rite grocery store, it’s definitely nice they are buying from a local supplier.

I am up early this morning to get some yoga in, therefore I decided to try and supercharge the caffeine here. Directions say to steep this for 2 minutes but I went for 3 before I read the instructions. I don’t think I will rate this until I have tried it at their recommendation.

But anyway… at 3 minutes this tea got fairly dark and is very aromatic, like the smell of baking bread. Typical of a golden monkey, there are bready and yam/banana type flavors present. Very low on tannins. I decided to add a splash of soymilk to mine with the longer steep and it is very good that way.

I’m very happy with this purchase and would not hesitate to get more.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

oh that’s awesome that this tea is in a grocery store :)

Terri HarpLady

I haven’t really perused the grocery store tea section lately…wonder what I might find?

TeaBrat

well, this grocery store is VERY upscale so they do have some really good teas…

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91
drank Russian Morning No. 24 by Kusmi Tea
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There is a small family owned grocery in San Francisco called Bi-Rite; they just opened one in my neighborhood so I took a walk down there this morning. It’s definitely on the upscale side of things, very yuppifed, oh well. Probably won’t be making a lot of major purchases there but they do have a nice tea selection.

I’ve never tried this tea from Kusmi and decided it might be worth the splurge. The box says it is a blend of China, Ceylon and India teas. Note: this is the muslin teabag box and not the loose leaf. There seems to be something vaguely “citrusy” about this blend, both in the aroma and the flavor. If I had to take a guess, I’d say the Indian tea is a nilgiri which accounts for that brightness. Though it could be a darjeeling as well.

Anyway this is a good tea to sip on plain, not a trace of bitterness anywhere. I decided to drink this with a slice of lemon and that was a really good call. I can see it would be good with a splash of soymilk or milk, but it definitely does not need sugar. I actually like this blend a lot but I was thinking it would be more hefty than it is somehow. I would drink this in the afternoon too. Very enjoyable — might need to keep this in the permanent collection but at the price I probably wouldn’t drink it every day.

A couple of the other reviewers mentioned lapsang but I am not detecting any smoke in this whatsoever, how odd.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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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

Location

San Frandisco

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http://sanfrantea.teatra.de

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