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2164 Tasting Notes


More Red Blossom tea today… I am trying to motivate to get my yoga done. Decided to pour this over some ice but I think I prefer it hot or at least cold brewed, the flavor got way too diluted. Still good though!

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I got this in one of the Steepster select boxes and haven’t written a tasting note on it before now. I have given up on buying a lot of green oolongs just due to their sorter shelf life, but I was really in the mood for this today.

I decided to gong fu this tea – so…

1st steep: 20 seconds. After steeping the leaves I am noticing the floral aromas coming forth. It does have a nice buttery/nutty quality about it but I am not getting much of the peach flavor.

2nd steep: The Lily aroma is getting quite strong now and is very pleasant. A couple of reviewers have mentioned this is a really weak jing xuan but I’m not sure I’ve ever had another one. It reminds me a bit of a milk oolong.

3rd steep: 10 seconds. The leaves are opening up a bit and I think I’m detecting a peaches and cream flavor. Although I am keeping my steeps short, I am detecting a slight vegetal bitterness in the finish.

This is an enjoyable oolong but not destined to be a favorite. I may try cold brewing the rest of this sample to see what happens!

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Tea of the mid morning here. It’s been ages since I have had any sheng but I was really in the mood for this today. I love the sticky rice/pop-corny element in this tea.

See previous notes for more details.

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Thanks again to Hesper June for this sample — see previous notes for more info.

It’s already been a busy weekend of socializing and art events for me, I needed something to wake my assam up so I can get motivated to be productive. :)


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drank Organic Assam by Butiki Teas
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Tea of the morning here… I agree with Bonnie that this has a malty, almost bready quality in the flavor. It has a bit of sweetness too that reminds me ever so slightly of a golden monkey. It has a bit of that sweet potato quality. Not much bitterness in the finish here, it’s good with a splash of soymilk too. Sorry I don’t have time to write much more. I’ve had a few assams I liked better but this is nice.

It’s been a hellacious week at work and I’ve lots of time to try practicing my equanimity and patience a.k.a. – not blowing my top!

TGIF Steepster!

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Sipdown! Drank the last bit of this tea of a lovely, sunny day.

I probably won’t get anymore but I did enjoy this…


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drank White Winter Chai by Art of Tea
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Tea of the afternoon here – this is good with a splash of soymilk and nice for a dreary winter’s day.

Current beau told me I don’t need to buy any more tea for the next 5 years but it’s a good thing I don’t take orders from rational, sensible people (or anyone, really….)

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Rational people have no idea what they’re talking about.

Michelle Butler Hallett

Pfffft — we always need to buy more tea. What if we miss something?


hee hee!

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Tea of the late morning here; I love this fruity and smoky cuppa on a rainy day like today.

I just looked at the bottom of the tin and not only is this tea named after the War of 1812 but evidently I also paid $18.12 for it at the store. Clever!

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drank Red Chai Masala by Organic India
2164 tasting notes

Backlog – we had this tea last night before bed and I enjoyed it much more than I remember so I decided to bump up the score a bit. I recommend a touch of sweetener to make this a bit more palatable.

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This came in my Nature’s Tea Leaf order but I haven’t had the chance to try it yet. I know that rosemary is supposed to have a lot of health benefits and I do use it a lot in cooking, though I’ve never had it in a tea before.

This is a lot better than I thought it would be, the white tea has a nice fruity sweetness which complements the rosemary. There is a definite nuttiness to this, which reminds me of sesame or almond oil. I was worried it would be too “savory” but the rosemary is a bit on the subtle side. I’ll have to remember to drink this the next time I have a cold!

P.S. I really don’t think there’s any Vitamin B12 in rosemary, despite the claims made by Nature’s Tea Leaf.

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According to Live Strong rosemary is high in B12

According to Diet and Fitness Today it has 0mcg/100g

I guess the moral of the story is don’t give up your Flintstone vitamins but do enjoy a good cup of tea.


To my knowledge B12 is only found in animal products and some kinds of nutritional yeasts, etc.


Amy is correct, plants aren’t capable of synthesizing B12 because they don’t have the symbiotic bacteria that animals have in their intestines to produce it (read the Wikipedia article, it’s quite interesting). Although rosemary might contain other B vitamins (there’s like a gazillion) which might be where the confusion is coming from.

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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!

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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