2399 Tasting Notes

drank Relaxing Tea by Chopra Center
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Tea of the evening here. I’ve been a little stressed out today and I thought I would steep some of this up. I can’t say I’m the biggest Deepak Chopra fan but I really like this blend and would definitely consider buying more. I got mine from Harney and Sons but you can buy it directly from the Chopra Center. It’s nice and soothing for an herbal blend, see previous notes for more details.

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drank SF Gold Pu'erh by Spicely
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This Spicely tea is still somewhat of a mystery to me – why are they selling it at the San Francisco store but it isn’t on their website? So I couldn’t really get a photo or a decent product description form the website. Maybe someday they will add it.

This is a pu’erh blend with cocoa mixed in and it smells fairly decent in the store so I thought I’d take some home to try it.

I decided to step this Western style for 3 minutes to see what would happen. I got a very dark tea that looks almost like coffee and has a definite chocolate aroma but it sure smells like shu pu’erh as well. I wonder if I steeped this for too long but I have no idea what to do with flavored pu’erhs.

The flavor of this is interesting, to me it seems somewhat bittersweet and I wasn’t sure I liked it at first. As the cup cools down I’m getting more of a velvety, rich brew. Normally I don’t add sugar to pu’erhs but about 1/2 tsp of raw cane sugar brought out more of the chocolate notes in this tea.

Not sure if I will buy anymore of this but I have almost 2 oz. It was pricey but I also like the fact that all of the ingredients are organic. Someday I’d like to try the Arbor Teas version of this.

Will try next time with slightly less steeping time. This will be an enjoyable dessert tea, I think.

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I find the Spicely teas a bit of a mystery as well! I stopped in their store the other week and purchased a chai tea. Being new to tea, I decided to research what I bought and could not find a thing! Their website and store reviews do not mention anything about tea. I have enjoyed reading your reviews on their tea.


Thanks Rachel. I also find it weird that there’s no info about tea on their website, Maybe SF is a test market, that’s all I can think of.

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drank With Open Eyes by Butiki Teas
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I got this in my last Butiki order and just had the feeling I would love it since I’m a big fan of ginger, it’s also nice to see dried strawberries in the bag upon opening.

I wonder if I should invest in a tea thermometer for the office since I drink so much tea at work but for now i’m just guesstimating the temperature.

Mmm, this is nice! I have to say I am getting much more ginger than strawberry or toffee but I don’t mind. The green tea base is fairly light and nutty/sweet like you’d expect a dragonwell to be. As the cup cools some of the strawberry flavors are popping up but they are a bit mild. I don’t think I’ve had a flavored dragonwell before and I’m enjoying it. Has anyone tried cold brewing this yet?

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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
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I’ve been trying to finish off an 8 oz. tin of this for ages and I just haven’t been making much progress. Anyway I discovered this morning that this is one tea that seems to taste better if you add a bit of extra leaf to the mix, I think the flavor becomes more pronounced. At least it isn’t going stale on me, I think the long shelf life is one reason that I have come to prefer black teas most of all!

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I discovered the same thing when I made it yesterday – a bit more leaf was better.

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drank Fireside Chai by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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I decided to have this as my post-yoga and pre-bedtime drink.

I get this at the Rainbow Grocery where I can get it in loose leaf form. I don’t think there’s any point in buying Zhena’s tea in teabag form (too weak).

This is pretty good but I prefer my chai with more cardamom so I added a few pods while it was steeping. Also added soymilk and a touch of coconut sugar, it’s pretty good.

I just checked their website and you can only buy their loose leaf teas by the POUND, what gives Zhena???


I wonder how long it would take for me to finish a whole pound of tea… Jeez.

TeaBrat I’d have to find a few people to split it with but I’m not that motivated. :)

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Tea of the afternoon here, jasmine isn’t typically a favorite of mine so I’m not sure why I bought this – ha ha. I did finish off the ounce I had and as far as jasmines go, this is pretty nice. More natural tasting and less bitter than some I’ve had.

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drank Tulsi ginger by Organic India
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Backlog. Tisane of the evening at my sweetie’s house, he really likes tulsi and so do I. The ginger is really good in this blend. Someday I will need to try this as a cold brew or an iced tea, it would be good to keep some in the fridge ready to drink.


Tulsi is the same as basil isn’t it? I loooooove basil in my tea


It’s the same thing as holy basil which is from India…


ah. Nice. I do love it then lol


me too, it’s very relaxing as well ;)


I still have some of that Holy basil blend from Verdant left. Been hoarding it lol

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I’m finishing off the rest of this sample this morning, sort of feeling like it’s a green tea day for some reason. Light, nutty and sweet. See previous notes for more details.

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It’s a really warm day today and I’ve already had enough caffeine but nevertheless… I could not resist trying this sample.

I was intrigued to find out what cilantro would be like in a tea, I know some people hate the flavor of cilantro but personally I love it, I used to make pesto with it and I’d put that on a pizza with fresh tomatoes, nom nom!

Come to think of it I am also a big fan of pineapple. :)

Anyway on to the tea. White teas do not tend to be a favorite of mine as a rule. I wonder if I did something to mess this up because it smells great in the package but when I went to taste it, I’m getting kind of a faint pineapple and cilantro and not getting the characteristic sweetness one would find in a bai mu dan. It’s ok but I don’t love it.

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dammit. now i’m thinking of cilantro pesto pizza. sigh. i used to make herb pesto, you know just grabbing what i needed out of the garden? from tea to pizza and back again…


Wow… I think I know what the next pizza I make is going to be. That sounds fantastic!


yes I believe there were also WALNUTS in the pesto, I should make that again soon!

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drank Hazelnut Chai by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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I bought this because I was in the mood for something sweet and dessert like today. This sounded really good from the description but I should have been leery from the get go because I had another tea from Zhena’s that I didn’t really care for.

This smells amazing in the tin but unfortunately the flavor just doesn’t match up to the hype. One teabag in an 8 oz cup yielded a very weak and watery brew, I guess I will have to try for two next time but that means the price of the per cup is a lot more than what it should be.

I am getting hazelnut, cinnamon and vanilla but it’s just so weak and anemic, oh well. Definitely better once some vanilla soymilk was added but kind of a bummer overall. Makes me wonder if Zhena’s is owned by Republic of Tea since their tins are a similar size and the teabags look the same.

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