2728 Tasting Notes

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drank Kangaita OP by Harney & Sons
2728 tasting notes

This tea is starting to grow on me a little bit and I raised the rating a little bit today. I still find it to be really strong but when you add milk and sugar it’s a fairly decent breakfast tea. I’m still trying to wake up but I have some new teas I was going to try today.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90
drank Pumpkin Pie Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Breakfast smoothie of the morning! I used soymilk, banana, canned pumpkin, hemp seeds, ice and the matcha. It was good with a bit of nutmeg sprinkled on top as well. There’s no denying the matcha in this however. It’s actually a really good combination with the pumpkin… and you could make some fabulous desserts with this, I think.

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77

Thanks to the folks at Devotea for sending me a sample of this. I must readily admit I’m not the biggest fan of second flush darjeelings so you may wish to take this review with a grain of salt.

My cup brews up to be a dark reddish brown and I’m getting a bit of the muscatel flavor, as well as something that reminds me of lemon rind, followed by a spice note. There is a bit of astringency in the finish. I liked this much better after adding a little bit of rock sugar which made the fruit flavors pop more. I really appreciate the chance to have tried it but I’m still not a big convert to the 2nd flush… unless they’re from Nepal.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Robert Godden

Everyone has different tastes. It’s always worth trying something, even if just to confirm you’re not keen. This is one of my absolute favourites and has been for many years, but then second flushes and autumnals are very much my favourite.

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78
drank Hao Ya 'A' by Harney & Sons
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Finishing off this sample from Harney today. I keep telling myself I am not much of a keemun person but perhaps my tastes are changing because I like this better than I remember. It still has a smoky top note with a bit of tobacco, but today I am noticing some fruity notes I don’t remember. Good with milk or plain, I still think I prefer the keemun mao feng from Harney though. It is nice for an afternoon wake up call.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90

Tea of the afternoon here. My sweetie and I went to the Deyoung Museum and then came home to take a nap. This is a nice waking up after nap tea. I got the news today I need to wear the sling on my arm for another 2 weeks and I thought I was done with it. The damn thing is so uncomfortable I can’t remember the last time I slept through the night. Revive me, Lord Bergamot!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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97

In my opinion, this tea is a real beauty. I wanted to try something from Single Origin Teas for a while and this really intrigued me. I definitely get the eucalyptus aroma here, along with a bit of malt, full bodied sweetness and the citrus fruitiness. This is definitely a cup of tea to be savored at a quiet time with some contemplation. I love the long, slender leaves here as well.

Ceylons don’t tend to rank highly in my “favorite tea” department but when I find a good one I can be kind of blown away. This is definitely a good one. Sipped on it plain with no milk or sweetener. If you like ceylons I would suggest giving this a shot, it’s really lovely… not too brisk at all, in fact it’s almost syrupy as it rolls around in your mouth.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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84
drank Peppermint Patty by Butiki Teas
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Sipdown of the day…

Goodbye Peppermint Patty. You have been a nice minty, creamy treat. Perhaps our paths will cross again some day…

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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88
drank Two Tigers by The Devotea
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Whoa, I have to echo the Purrfect Cup here that this is a “kick you in the face” kind of a morning tea.

When I first sipped this I thought I detected a smoky note so I’m curious, is there any keemun in here or is it my imagination? Bold, saucy and malty notes are contributed by the assam and spicy, peppery notes by the yunnan, this is practically a meal in itself! I am a wimp, I drank this with soymilk but that is how I drink a lot of my breakfast teas. You could drink this plain, there isn’t a lot of astringency in the cup. Might try it for 3 minutes next time.

I love black tea blends and I haven’t been disappointed with any of the Devotea’s so far. They are discontinuing this blend so you might want to act soon if you intend to try it. :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Robert Godden

Glad you liked it. It’s an odd thing to have a blend that hardy anyone buys, yet every reviewer loves.

TeaBrat

Is there keemun in there? Hey I bought 2 oz. :-P

Nicole

I have not had any of this yet, but I love the name. And the reviews make me want to try it. Guess I’ll have to make an order soon. :)

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84
drank Imperial White by The Tao of Tea
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Finally sipped this one down, it is a good tea, I just am not that enthusiastic about white teas for the most part. kind of glad it’s gone!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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91
drank Finbarr's Revenge by The Devotea
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Now the Devotea has me addicted to their 1910 blend, but I figured it was time to branch out into some of their other offerings with my latest order.

Before I discovered Steepster I was a Twinings Irish Breakfast kind of gal in the mornings. After many years (and thousands of dollars) later my palette has changed a lot but I still like a good Irish Breakfast tea. I steeped this up and after trying it plain my first utterance was, “Whoa!” This is a very bold, wine-y type of assam which is exactly as it should be. I wonder if 4 minutes is too long for the steeping but I think it worked out ok. I immediately added soymilk and a bit of rock sugar as I don’t really think this blend was meant to be drank straight! I wish someone would hand me a plate of scones but actually, this would go well with a bowl of steel cut oats.

Another good ’un — I think this sample will be gone within a matter of days if not hours.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Robert Godden

Glad you liked it. It is most definitely blended for milk and sugar. I drink it straight up myself, but that is not what I was aiming for. 4 minutes is about as far as I’d take it. Oats is essential with it for breakfast.

ifjuly

oooh Robert, stone ground irish oatmeal and a cuppa sounds heavenly.

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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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