2356 Tasting Notes

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Tea of the evening here. Since I’m still feeling under the weather I didn’t want to drink anything that would make me feel worse and interfere with my sleep. This is really one of the best decaf teas around, I wish I had the Vanilla Comoro too. I will try to remember to get some the next time I place an order with H&S.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Josie Jade

I am having a cup of the Vanilla Comoro for the first time and it is wonderful. I hope you feel better soon!

TeaBrat

thank you!

Janefan

I didn’t know they did Paris in decaf! I may have to add that to my shopping list.

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88

Tea of the afternoon here. I’ve been feeling crappy since yesterday morning and I didn’t go to work today. I had some burdock tea earlier today but rosemary is also supposed to be good for colds and I figure the antioxidants in the white tea can’t hurt. This is an interesting blend of sweet/spicy. I always use rosemary when roasting potatoes so it’s difficult to get that association out of my mind. This is good however.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Summer Escape by Silk Road
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I believe this is the last of the mini tins I got from Silk Road in Victoria. Boo Hoo – well it has been fun trying them anyway!

Now this tea is very interesting, I am getting lots of lychee and only a faint mango element. Also there is something a bit bitter about this tea, I wonder if it could be the jasmine. Or perhaps I need to try steeping it at a slightly lower temp next time. I’m not the biggest fan of jasmine anyway but this is an elegant summer choice. I bet this would be really good iced as well though I’m drinking it hot. Tropical fruit and flowers – someone should totally bottle this and make it into a shower gel. :)

By the way the Silk Road in Victoria has the most beautiful store and there is also a SPA there which I did not go to. I’d recommend checking it out if you’re ever in the area.

It’s hard to feel too summery here when it’s been so foggy out!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Amariel

It really is. It’s a bit further than DAVIDs for me, so I don’t always make it there, though. If you want, I can always get you something from there and we can swap.

TeaBrat

thanks!

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73
drank Summer Shangri-la by Silk Road
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Tea of the afternoon here, I got a mini tin of this when I was in Victoria earlier in July. It’s funny when I went to go search on the tea name in the database I couldn’t find it at first. hmm. I’m glad I didn’t add it!

This is a nice afternoon tea, perhaps a bit perfumey. It is quite strong in the vanilla and I’m getting a bit of peach and citrus, I just wish this element was a it stronger. Also Silk Road seems to like lavender in a lot of their blends, which I don’t mind but it can be a bit soapy. This was okay but not something I’d go out of my way to find again. I seem to remember they had samples of this in their store as an iced tea, I’d like to try it that way sometime.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
JustJames

i tried the green dragon which was awesome. i want to try the vanilla plantation =0)

TeaBrat

I liked the vanilla plantation but it was better with soymilk I thought. It’s so difficult to find a nice vanilla tea. :-/

JustJames

argh…can’t do soy. i can do almond milk though…. can’t say enough good things about the green dragon though and it goes and goes. i resteeped it so many times!

TeaBrat

good to know :)

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90

Backlogging – it’s been a while since I’ve had this tea but yesterday I was just in the mood for it somehow. I was really into lapsang blends for a while but I got out of the habit of drinking them. This is nice in that it’s not a straight lapsang but you definitely get a lot of smoke. Smoky teas are nice for the foggy summer weather we’ve been having so much of lately in SF.

If they really drink lapsang in Scotland maybe it’s to keep the cold weather away, or maybe it’s because of the similarities to whiskey…

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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82
drank Tulsi Lemon Ginger by Organic India
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Backlogging – I made an iced tea with this yesterday and I quite enjoyed it as my after dinner drink. :) The lemon ginger combo here makes it good with food and i was glad to find it’s just as good cold as it is hot. I might need to keep this in my fridge more in the future…

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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70
drank Anniversary Blend by Harney & Sons
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Tea of the morning here, the last time I drank this I didn’t like it after steeping at 4 minutes but it is definitely better after steeping for 3 minutes so I am going to raise the rating a bit. I think this tea is good with soymilk but I didn’t need to add sugar. The Ceylon smooths out the Assam quite a lot but I still get a bit of maltiness. A good, basic black tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Oh yes, I have to keep a short steep on this one. It is a very good breakfast tea with a three minute steep for me!

gmathis

Sounds great!

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78

Yum, this is a great tea for waking up in the morning when you can barely get out of bed (for me this is practically every day!)

see previous notes for more details

Kittenna

I am also very much not a morning person, haha.

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59

Hmm. this was an impulse buy for sure, seeing as how I don’t really like Earl grey much. I was at the Bi-Rite supermarket after dinner and thought this would make a nice evening tea when I got sick of tisanes. There have been a few bergamot blends I have liked over the years but I don’t think this will be one of them.

Unfortunately decaf blck teas are kind of low on flavor in general and this is pretty weak. the bergamot is strong but also very overpowering, bitter and drying in the mouth. It was much improved after adding about 1/2 tsp of coconut sugar and some soymilk.

After reading the other tasting note on here I will try steeping mine for only 1 minute next time and see how that improves things. Oh well, at least I didn’t spend a lot of money on it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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91

I decided to try cold brewing this for 24 hours and it’s really good this way. Now I’m wondering how this would be in a smoothie – I might need to try that sometime. ;)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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