2422 Tasting Notes

67

Today is just an iced tea day, and I feel like I’m drinking gallons of the stuff!

This was brewed along with a generic white tea bag and then poured over ice. I must admit I usually prefer cold brewing a tea if I have time since the ice dilutes so much of the flavor. Nothing too remarkable about this, it’s straight up spearmint I believe, but it seems very refreshing today with our Indian Summer weather!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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74

Having an afternoon tea here, this came for free at the office, I actually don’t mind this one. I brewed it and then poured it over ice and it’s pretty good that way. The sunny weather here is perfect for iced green tea, I somehow crave green tea more when the weather is warmer and go “back to black” when the fog returns. I guess it makes sense! This is lightly tropical and reminds me a bit of mango/papaya but still seems a bit more artificial than I would like.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 8 min or more

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67
drank Imperial Label by Kusmi Tea
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Tea of the morning here – one of my co-workers remarked on the lovely Kusmi tin but this isn’t really one of my favorite teas! Licorice root has some pretty impressive health benefits though, and that’s one good reason to be drinking it.

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96

Good morning Steepster. I am doing okay aside from having a fractured finger which is really annoying and somewhat painful!

Anyway this is a good tea for consolation purposes. ;-) Today it’s a sipdown. I will certainly get more someday, it’s a great Golden Monkey. Today I am really getting such nice malty notes.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

Ooh -a fractured finger does not sound good!

Sil

mmmm i really like red blossom teas

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84
drank Budou Green by Lupicia
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Update: Nice and refreshing as a cold brew, but I think I prefer it hot for some reason…

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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84
drank Budou Green by Lupicia
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This is one of the teas that came in the Lupicia summer grab bag and I was fairly certain I was going to hate this because generally I’m not a big fan of grape flavored anything.

The bag says to steep this in boiling water which I found to be kind of strange… I’ve never done that with a green tea. I believe mine was steeped around 180 F. This really smells like grape candy – the aroma is a little on the artificial side for me.

However, I was surprised by the flavor in this. It isn’t as obnoxious as I was fearing it would be. The package says “sweet and mellow” kyoto grapes and that’s an apt description in my opinion. It reminds me a bit of white grape juice but definitely isn’t overpowering. Mostly it’s sweet and fruity but I get a slightly sour aftertaste. It goes really well with the sencha. REALLY glad I don’t hate this since I have a whole bag of it, next up I might try cold brewing it, it could be really good that way.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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95
drank Top Leaf by Mellow Monk
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I do have a lot of this so I tried cold brewing it yesterday and am drinking it today. I’m pretty happy with the results though it does remind me a lot of spinach. Cold spinach soup? Anyway, I like it!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
CHAroma

For some reason, top leaf makes me think of top shelf. Is this a high quality variety of tea?

TeaBrat

it is… very good quality and very pricey. :)

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94
drank Mango Lassi by Butiki Teas
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It’s a sipdown for me!
This is one of the few rooibos blends I actually like and I’m sure I’ll get more soon, it’s become an essential part of my revolving permanent collection. Better when steeped for a longer period of time.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Agreed – definitely better with a longer infusion!

Amariel

Same here. I am not a fan of rooibos, but I like this one.

Anna

Nooo. I don’t need another rooibos, but this sounds so much like something I’d like to try.

TeaBrat

Anna, maybe you can get a sample if you order something else from Butiki. :)

Anna

Yeah, I think I’ll place a Butiki order when I’m in the US in October; there are quite a few I want to try and the list is ever-growing. =)

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63

This was a bit of a disappointment to me as I’m not getting very much cherry at all, the chocolate is present in aroma and lightly in flavor. Eh, it tastes like tea flavored with Nestle Quik. Not sure what I might have done, if anything to mess this one up. Probably my least favorite thing from Della Terra so far. Better with soymilk added but not a big winner for me.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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94

I decided I was going to finish this off in a fruit smoothie today because I’ve had it for a while. This has been a very enjoyable flavor but I’m not super into flavored matchas unless they’re in a latte. This was really good, I’m not sure if I would get anymore though. We’ll see!

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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!

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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

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