2469 Tasting Notes

I’m uncovering this ancient sample I got from Verdant a while ago. The first cup I tried to steep my sample for 2 minutes and I didn’t like it that much. Normally I’m a fan of yunnans but the 2 minute steeping time had some very bitter/tobacco elements. So anyway I am not rating this today.

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drank Flap Jack Oolong by Tiesta Tea
2469 tasting notes

Tea of the afternoon here that was part of my big Tiesta order from a few weeks ago. Sorry to write such a brief review, but I’m busy today.

This just sounded so good! Flapjack oolong… maple syrup and nutty with a dark oolong. yummm. Unfortunately I felt the flavor here was pretty light. I was definitely hoping for something for more intense, but in the bright side, at least it wasn’t artificial. You do get notes of maple/nutty/pancake but they are very faint. I think the best idea I had with this was to sweeten it with a tiny bit of maple syrup. Then it was perfect. Not bad but not quite flavorful enough for my personal tastes.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
teaqueen

This one is next on my wish list!

TeaBrat

If you want I can send you a sample :D

bizbee1

steepster ate my comment that today is national pancake day in the USA so you must have another cup to celebrate even if it wasn’t quite flavorful enough (add more maple??) its all in fun!

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drank Kangaita OP by Harney & Sons
2469 tasting notes

Sipdown
This tea is ok but definitely not one of my favorites. I’m really glad to just be finishing this one off. I think I accidentally overleafed it because it is VERY strong and somewhat bitter this morning but that’s ok. I need to wake up since I didn’t sleep too well last night. I think 3 minutes is probably enough steeping time for this one.

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

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drank Decaf Vanilla by Adagio Teas
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This was a sample I got quite a while back at the same time as Adagio’s
plain decaf ceylon, which I did not really like. I figured I wouldn’t really like this much either but had to try it. The vanilla is very artificial, but at least that adds some life to the base tea underneath which is bland and flavorless even though I added plenty of leaf. Soymilk made this a bit better, but the rest of the package is going into the compost… oh well!

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

I have never had a Decaf tea that had good flavor. The process really seems to drain the leaves.

TeaBrat

Harney and Sons does them the best, I have found, The Decaf Comoro and Decaf Paris are pretty good in my book.

LadyLondonderry

I agree that Harney’s decafs are the top of the heap. I drink their Decaf Ceylon (aka Orange Pekoe), Decaf Assam and Vanilla Comoro. My fondest wish is that they would offer a Decaf Keemun or other decaf China black, but that will likely remain just a dream.

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Just another note, this is a sipdown… I discovered it is good when it’s cold brewed, I put it in the fridge last night. Would definitely consider getting more of this if it is offered again someday. =)

Dustin

I love cold brewing 52’s genmaichas! I don’t even bother wasting them on a hot steep, cold is where it is at! Strawberry marshmallow treat is in my fridge right now. :)

TeaBrat

Well, I am going to try that right NOW since I didn’t care so much for the strawberry one hot. thanks =)

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Another afternoon green tea. I like this banana creation so much better than the strawberry genmaicha from 52T. Maybe it’s just that banana goes so well with the nuttiness of the genmaicha. And there is a touch of cheesecake. If Frank reblends this someday I might get some more. Has anyone seen the new website, tea sizes and the pricing structure? Shipping is no longer free, but $2 is a bargain compared to what most companies charge.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Veronica

I just looked at the site. Wow! Talk about a change. I love the idea though. I’ll probably sign up for one of the subscriptions next month.

TeaBrat

yes, that’s very tempting!

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I’ve been busy today doing stuff for my 2 volunteer jobs and I might have another volunteer gig on the way, but it’s always good to be productive, especially if you can put that experience on your resume.

This is a delicious tea from Nepali Tea Traders, which has evidently been discontinued because I can’t find it on their website… it is a delicious blend of flavorful, bold green tea with just a touch of lemongrass. Nutty and citrusy! I happen to really like lemongrass so it’s too bad I won’t be able to get any more of this. It’s really good!

It’s also a bummer that Nepali Tea ships everything UPS because the UPS guy can’t even get into my building… sad.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cheri

This sounds yummy. I also really like lemongrass.

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drank Coconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
2469 tasting notes

Hmm, I haven’t had this one for a while so I thought I’d brew a cup this afternoon. This smells heavenly in the tin and tastes ok, it’s just too bad it has an artificial taste that I don’t quite like. i sure have a lot of it, so I don’t know if I will finish it, ever!

Nice for a warm, sunny day however…

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

Is this the original blend or the newer one?

TeaBrat

I think it’s the newer one?

Fjellrev

Do you see or taste lemongrass? I’m just curious because I loved the original without the lemongrass and I wonder where that artificial taste you’re getting is coming from.

TeaBrat

I don’t taste a lot of lemongrass but I only got this a couple of months ago, I think it must be the new

Fjellrev

Ah ok, thanks! That’s too bad it isn’t working out for you, though.

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drank Kindness Green Tea by Tea Tibet
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It’s been an up and down kind of day. I found out I didn’t get the consulting gig I wanted but in some ways, it’s just as well since I have a one month class coming up in the month of October and that sounds really intense to me. The job search is depressing, but I am doing what I can to pick up new skills and try to adapt.

Wow, it’s difficult to believe I am the first one to rate this particular blend here. I’ve always wanted to try something from this company since I have an affinity with Tibetan culture and it’s a non-profit, going to a good cause.

This tea is from the Himalayas but I’m not exactly sure where. It could be Jun Chiyabari, but it could be a darjeeling tea since the box says it’s from Northern India. Anyway for a teabag this is pretty good. It’s a darker green tea, flavorful and has a fairly nutty and robust flavor. The finish has a bite to it, and it also seems spicy to me. I like this better than the green darjeeling I got from Kusmi last week. I’m not a fan of paper teabags though, so I might just cut the bag open and try steeping it in an infuser next time. This is definitely a nice cuppa if you like a green tea that’s a bit bold.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Fjellrev

I am really sorry about the job search but I am crossing my fingers for you that something even better will come up soon.

TeaBrat

Thanks :)

mrmopar

Perseverance will reward you! Never give up as life is just a test of our strengths an weaknesses sometime. I am sure that the “right” thing will cross your path as you least expect it to.

TeaBrat

hi mrmopar, thanks :)

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My plans for today have been dashed because I’ve been feeling sick all day, though finally feeling better after sleeping too much this afternoon. I thought a nice cuppa would be good and I haven’t reviewed this yet. :)

Lovely tea from Mandala! The leaves are long and lightly colored, and they smell like spicy cinnamon in the bag. I decided to steep this for 60 seconds according to package directions and it is soo yummy. I may have overleafed this slightly but it’s good this way… I got a mild, sweet infusion that is devoid of astringency and perfect to sip on plain. Truly does taste like caramel and I am picking up that cinnamon note in the brewed tea. This is terrific plain but was also good with the addition of some unsweetened soymilk. I’m hoping I feel better tomorrow and a little more energetic. This is yummy, though I haven’t had a bad tea yet from Mandala!

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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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

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