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Decided to break this out today as the after lunch tea. I definitely recommend keeping the steeps short with this one, like 30 seconds or less because it doesn’t really need that much.

Shu is the perfect after lunch tea in my opinion. I wrote a fairly extensive tasting note on this a while back so I won’t repeat the whole thing. Notes of pipe tobacco, earth and a fruity essence. I love this little cake, it’s so cute.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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88
drank Rhubarb & Strawberry by Lupicia
2542 tasting notes
quick note about the morning tea… I decided to have this one with my blueberries & granola this morning. Definitely one of my favorite strawberry teas and I like the tartness that the rhubarb provides. If you drink this with creamer or milk it’s a bit like drinking Nestle Quik… this is a good anytime tea in my opinion.
Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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86
drank Peppermint Bark by Capital Teas
2542 tasting notes

Afternoon tea…
This tea is true to the name, if you want something with minty and chocolate notes it fits the bill. Of course it tastes more like peppermint bark when you add actual sugar, but even without the sugar it’s pretty good. Definitely nice for this time of year as the days are growing shorter and the holidays are growing closer…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Green Tea by Organic India
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Nothing earth shattering but I got a free teabag of this green tulsi tea (I drank an entire tin of the loose leaf version a while back).

I am about to have a panic attack because I have a phone interview coming up soon and I just have too many things to do today! Usually tulsi helps to calm me down. This has a nice, sweet vegetal flavor mixed with the herby/mintiness of the tulsi and is definitely my favorite tea from Organic India.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cheri

How did the interview go?

TeaBrat

It went well, I have an in person interview on Friday :)

Cheri

Great to hear!

TeaBrat

thanks :)

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93
drank Yunnan Gold by Teance
2542 tasting notes

Gah, I was just in the middle of typing a tasting note for this and I accidentally closed the window I was writing in. Don’t you just hate that??

Anyway this is a really nice yunnan from Teance. First steep was at 205 F for 1 minute in the yixing. Tea liquor smells like brown sugar and I am getting notes of malt, sweet potato, pepper and brown sugar. A very smooth and sweet infusion and delicious. The 2nd steep I decided to go for 2 minutes. It is definitely darker and peppery notes are becoming more prominent, but it also has yummy brown sugary, bready notes like a delicious pastry. I am definitely not disappointed with this but yunnans are probably my favorite black tea at the moment.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90
drank Organic Assam by Harney & Sons
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Just a short note…
I am glad to have this one back in stock after finding it at the Berkeley Bowl yesterday, they have a few H&S blends in tins. This morning I am drinking it with soymilk creamer and coconut sugar, it is truly delicious this way. A nice smooth assam. I think assams and yunnans are definitely my favorite black teas, sorry ceylons and keemuns, most of you are yucky to me. ;)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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76
drank SF Gold Pu'erh by Spicely
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I haven’t had this blend for a long time. I think I am “over” flavored pu’erhs, but I still have quite a few of them in my stash to get through. This is actually better than I remember it being. I also had 1/2 of a TCHO chocolate bar before drinking this, so maybe my tastebuds are already chocolate’d up. I steeped for 2 minutes, with a hefty teaspoon of tea in an 8 oz. mug. Nice combination of earthy shu and cocoa. I only hope this doesn’t keep me awake too long tonight. Might need to up the rating after trying this a 3rd time….

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Lean Green Machine by TiestaTea
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I wish I had realized there was bergamot in this when I bought it… I am not a big fan of bergamot, I do drink it occasionally when I’m in the mood but prefer a subtle dose.

There is a lot going on in this blend already with fruitiness, it has lemon peel and lemongrass which I both like. But the bergamot overwhelms this and makes it more bitter and drying in my opinion… and soapy. I tried adding a teaspoon of coconut sugar but that didn’t really improve things. I think this is going in my pile of stuff to give away or compost. Wah… Yuk. This is undrinkable in my opinion.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

The blerg strikes again!

TeaBrat

For real… I don’t get the appeal!

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86

Tea of the morning. As I was sorting through my stash today I realized how few straight black teas I have on hand, which is really goofy because I drink those more often than any other kind. I guess there’s a reason why I need to restock them fairly regularly.

This tea is a blend of black tea and formosa oolong, I am enjoying it this morning especially since the formosa gives it a nice, peachy note. I find if you steep this with boiling water it can get kind of overly bitter/tannic so it’s best to use water below the boil.

Here’s a pic of my new teapot, I swear I am already in love with this thing. I am definitely going to use it in a painting someday. It holds about 10 oz. of tea. I am running out of excuses to get more yixing since I already have four! But this is definitely the largest one I own…

http://instagram.com/p/ulUqwrILWk/

Mikumofu

That’s an adorable teapot!

TeaBrat

Thank you… I am happy with it :)

Tealizzy

So cute!!!

caile

That is a cute pot!

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75
drank Rooibos Chai by Spicely Organics
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I’ve never really been a fan of “tea ball” type infusers, they either fall apart or they don’t allow enough surface area with the water to allow a proper brewing. I got a free teaball with a recent tea order (can’t remember which one, sorry). It’s already making a big mess in my cup. :(

This isn’t my favorite rooibos chai because it needs more spices. But it is good as a bedtime tea, especially with a shot of Fireball thrown in (the cinnamon flavored whisky). TGIF!

In other tea geekey news, I am seasoning a yixing teapot that I got for black teas. I will probably do a blog about it soon but I did drink a pot of tea that came out of the yixing this morning and it wasn’t bad. I think I noticed a slight clay taste so I am doing a couple more throw away steepings with cheap tea in order to break it in a bit more.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
boychik

Leave the brew inside overnight.

boychik

Oh I can’t wait to see it. Not that I need another pot ;)

Fjellrev

Ech, tea balls are such a pain. Can’t believe I used to swear by it.

TeaBrat

@boychik – yes I did that already :)
Fjellrev – Agreed!

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My profile pic is of a pink dahlia at Golden Gate Park.

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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