2422 Tasting Notes

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I decided to break this out and have an afternoon shu here at home. There is construction going on across the street which means if I’m at home I get to hear hammering all day. Oof. Not my idea of fun. For this and other reasons I’ve been thinking about buying noise reducing headphones — generally my neighborhood is kind of noisy.

This is a yummy shu however. I went out with a friend last night and we had too many birthday margaritas. I don’t feel that bad today but I know puerh is supposed to be good after a night of drinking anyway. So… why not?

I like this when it’s steeped for shorter periods of time, 10 – 15 seconds seem to do the trick. Then the cocoa notes really come out, and this is incredibly dark and rich with spearmint dancing around the cup. I definitely think I will be ordering more of this once the current supply runs out. It’s so smooth…

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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I haven’t been drinking a lot of shengs lately for some reason but now I am back on a sheng kick. It’s been kind of fun to break out a few of the ones I haven’t had in a while.

This is a nice little brick, although it’s so compact that I found it difficult to break off a piece without it shattering into a bunch of dust. Anyway, so I brewed this in the yixing and tried to filter it through a strainer but I still got some tea dust in the bottom of my cup.

This is a nice and mellow sheng however. It has a clean taste with sweet and woodsy notes up front and a trace of bitterness in the finish. Check out my previous review, if interested.

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drank The Spice is Right by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m back at home from my marketing communications class, which should be really interesting I think. I found out I got an A in my writing class and that made me happy!

Figured I would have a warm cup of something. I hope this doesn’t keep me awake since it’s green tea. But when you look in the package it is so full of cinnamon chips and other spices I figure it has 1/2 the caffeine of a normal green tea.

Looking over the reviews, this seems to be a tea that people either love or hate. It’s very strong in the cinnamon department, for sure. I know there’s supposed to be an orange element in here but I can barely taste that over the cinnamon and clove. It is very spicy and even numbs my tongue when I’m drinking it (due to the pepper, I think). I thought this was good with a bit of soymilk in it, which made it more chai like. I may try with a bit of sweetener too. Overall I liked it fairly well but it isn’t for wimps. At least it isn’t as strong as the hot cinnamon spice from Harney and Sons, which literally made me want to throw up.

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

Congrats on the A in writing!

TeaBrat

Thanks… I’d love to continue with the writing classes. Maybe I will.

Greg_2tea

Congrats you DID It!! Yeah hio oh!!

TeaBrat

thanks :)

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I felt like this pu-erh might wake me up this afternoon, but evidently I was so sleepy that I accidentally made it on the green tea setting and had to go back and do it again a 2nd time. This isn’t my favorite flavored pu-erh but it has a nice sort of dessert type flavor. I’m not sure I would characterize it as toffee, it seems a bit more on the side of chocolate.

Anyway, I need to rally because I have a class in managing marketing communications that starts this evening It goes on for 10 weeks! I hope I learn a lot.

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I am having fun today learning WordPress for one of my volunteer jobs and thought I’d sip on a sheng tea before lunch here.

I got a bag of these mini tuos a few years ago, they are so good! I love the salty/rice flavor that reminds me of popcorn. If you steep these at a lower temperature the flavor is slightly more mild, but I find it can be steeped at a higher temp too without a lot of problems. Yummmm

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drank Cheericup Ceylon by Mark T. Wendell
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Tea of the morning here. For some reason I haven’t been drinking this one much, I guess I don’t normally associate ceylons with a morning tea and I haven’t been drinking many black afternoon teas. I made this too strong by accident and it is extremely brisk but ended up getting mellow with a tsp of sugar and some soymilk. When it is made correctly, it has a nice fruity flavor.

Job searching has its ups and downs. I had two interviews last week and I didn’t want one of the jobs, the other one didn’t want me. So it’s back to the drawing board, I guess. But I’m trying not too get too discouraged because I want something that’s a good fit.

Uniquity

If you can afford it, it’s better to hold out for something that works for you. Good luck!

Cheri

I agree with Uniquity. It’s much better to hold out for something that is what you really want, if you can.

TeaBrat

Yep, I agree. Thanks!

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drank Bananas Foster by 52teas
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Good morning Steepster—

It is foggy and gloomy over here, but what else is new? This is San Francisco!

Maybe this tea seems like a strange choice for the morning time, but it actually goes well with the banana flavored instant oatmeal I am having. I like the cinnamon – banana flavor here and it goes really well with soymilk and a bit of coconut sugar.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Tea Sipper

I’m glad you like this one!

TeaBrat

It’s yummy!

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This is my afternoon tea, on my second mug of it and then I decided to cold brew the rest, so this will be a sipdown for me after tomorrow.

It’s a pleasant green tea with berry flavor, but nothing too exciting. I probably wouldn’t get this one again. I really seem to prefer flavored senchas over flavored Chinese green teas. I need to look for a goji sencha… yum!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec
teaqueen

Try Tiesta Tea’s Fruity Pebbles! It’s a sencha/ lung ching/ pai mu tan blend with strawberry, papaya, pineapple, and rose petals. I adore it.

TeaBrat

teaqueen – I just ordered it! WoooT!

teaqueen

You will love it! I have yet to try a tea from them that I dislike.

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I’m back from being away in the woods camping this weekend with my Sweetie. We did have a good time although I feel like I did a little too much birthday celebrating with food and drinks! It’s good to be back home again.

I’ve had this sheng for a long time, it came as part of a sample set I got with Bana a few years ago. I’m amazed that I never reviewed it… anyway this is the last of it and it looks like it’s also sold out on Bana’s site.

This is a very pungent sheng with interesting flavors. It’s fairly overpowering when you steep it for 1 minute or so, but at shorter temperatures it’s not bad. I get a slight smoke with a woodsy element and a bit of bitterness in the finish. I’m no sheng expert but it isn’t my favorite by far. It is kind of bracing and energizing, but I think I prefer something more mellow. Maybe it’s a matter of personal preference.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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drank Eastern Beauty by Aroma Tea Shop
2422 tasting notes

A sip down, Finally!
I checked my notes on this tea and I first purchased it over 3 years ago so it’s good that I’m finally done with it now. It’s a good tea, I just don’t drink a lot of oolongs lately. I drank some yesterday and then cold brewed the remainder, which I am having today. It’s especially good with a little bit of coconut sugar. I’m not sure I will buy anymore oolongs for a while as I seem to be so into black and green teas lately…

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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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

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