2816 Tasting Notes

Thanks to Wymm tea for sending me this sample. I feel bad that it’s taken me so long to try what they sent me but I haven’t been around at home that much to be drinking any shengs during the day. I was surprised a bit by the bitterness of this one. I don’t think it’s a good tea to drink on an empty stomach, I had to go grab a banana to eat with it and that’s kind of a nice combination. This has some very nice floral notes but I think it could benefit from some further aging as it seems pretty rough to me at this time. Some of the other tasters mentioned sweet notes which I am not getting at all but perhaps it’s a matter of individual palettes? Not sure how to rate this one.

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195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec
Kirkoneill1988

may i ask why its not best to drink on empty stomach?

TeaBrat

Well, shengs can be really bitter so they make me nauseated :p

Kirkoneill1988

doesn’t do that to me :/

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My sweetie is out of town this weekend and I am tempted to just stay at home and drink tea! I haven’t done that for a while. I definitely plan to have a few sessions with some of my yixings.

I love a good assam in the morning. This came from Marzipan tea lover and is really hitting the spot on this foggy morning. It has a nice, malty heft without being muddy or flat. I am picking up a slight fruit or wine type of note. I definitely would recommend drinking this with milk. Mine was good with Silk Soymilk! I found I didn’t need to add sugar to this. Would consider having this around as sort of a standard every day assam. But I do like my old stand-by, which is the Organic assam from Harney & Sons.

thanks again Marzipan!

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I picked this up at GNC the other day when I was there buying something else. I’m generally not a big believer in “detox” teas but I do find that dandelion root helps me a bit when I’m feeling bloated or like I’ve had too much to eat.

This is sort of an interesting combo, it has licorice and star anise in it along with chicory, schisandra and a lycium fruit. The box describes this as bitter and earthy and I would have to agree. It reminds me of a lemony licorice spice. I am not finding the flavor of this to be very enjoyable. It tastes more like medicine to me, but that’s the point I guess. It’s difficult to say whether it’s doing anything for my health but I guess it can’t hurt!

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Kirkoneill1988

i think the linked one has more lemon taste

TeaBrat

I’ve had that one too. I actually liked it beetter than this one

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I picked this up at the Spicely store and was kind of sold on it after they told me it was like a peppermint patty. Unfortunately I am not really getting the cacao with this one. It’s a pleasant white tea with mint flavor and that makes it nice for the afternoon. I’m picking up more vanilla than cacao. It’s ok enough but they should fix the flavor or the name, me thinks…. I’ll probably finish off the tin I have but don’t think I’ll be buying more of it.

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195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Kirkoneill1988

sounds like false advertizing they did. they should have told you the strength of cacao :)

TeaBrat

I agree….

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84

Sipdown…
Finally done with this one! I brought it to the office so I could focus on drinking it. I like the roasted quality of this one but found if it got steeped for too long it took on a very tart-like flavor similar to hibiscus or rose hips. It is better gong fu’d but I haven’t really discovered a practical way to do that at the office! I miss my teapots at home and I definitely haven’t been drinking as much pu’erh as I used to without the yixings on hand. :-/

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185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

I think I still have a small supply of this one…why haven’t I been drinking it? Good question.

TeaBrat

Because you have so much tea, as do I? lol. I’m pretty sure I had this for years before I focused on drinking it. :)

Terri HarpLady

yeah, I resemble that remark :)

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drank Dolores Day by T-We Tea
2816 tasting notes

I’m finally getting around to trying this herbal blend I got in S.F. a few weeks ago. Dolores Day… evidently named for Dolores Park, a place the locals like to go hang out on the weekends when it’s sunny. This is definitely a good blend with lemon balm, peppermint and lavender. I don’t normally like lavender in tea but it’s subtle and nice and the lemon balm gives it a pleasant, herby note. I also feel like this would be good with some turbinado sugar but I’m trying to resist that for now. T-We makes some really nice blends and this just makes me happy for some reason ….

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
MissB

Everything they have makes me smile.

TeaBrat

their stuff is fun!

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drank Dan Cong Red Tea by jing tea shop
2816 tasting notes

Sipdown! Finishing off the very last of this delicious tea today. maybe it’s time to buy some more soon?

Kirkoneill1988

any particular aromas and tastes?

TeaBrat

yes, check out the first tasting note I did on the tea

Kirkoneill1988

oh this is not the first? im sorry, i had no clue :(

TeaBrat

that’s ok!

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drank Assam Calcutta Auction by Lupicia
2816 tasting notes

I’m having a bit of a lull in my crazy work day, so I thought I’d try this tea today. It came in the Lupicia holiday gift set/grab bag extravaganza earlier this year.

This looks like a pretty standard CTC assam, from what I can see in the teabag. It got steeped in my tea tumbler and then I added some vanilla almond milk afterwards. It’s a decent assam, malty, a bit fruity and with a bit of a sweet aftertaste. I have definitely had worse assams! I didn’t really feel that this needed sugar. Perhaps the almond milk was sweet enough?

Anyway I liked this as a morning tea but will probably not need to buy any soon. Still working on sipping down some of my other black teas at the moment. ;)

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Chocolate Macaroon by DAVIDsTEA
2816 tasting notes

I am up early today before the alarm even went off, so thought I would just get out of bed and have some tea. I bought this a few weeks ago as I remembered it had some positive reviews on Steepster.

This might be better as an afternoon tea, as I’m finding it pretty sweet for the morning time. There is rock sugar in it. It’s a mix of cocoa flavor, pecan and coconut. Something about it is kind of thick and cloudy. The flavor is better with soymilk so I can see how this would be good as a latte and that might cut down on some of the sweetness too. I felt this left a bit of a weird aftertaste in my mouth. So… I’m finding it merely ok for now. I wish there was a little less sugar in it…. after all you can always add your own.

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205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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