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2163 Tasting Notes

88
drank Gong Fu by Zhi Tea
2163 tasting notes

Thanks to MzPriss for sending me a sample of this tea. Evidently I forgot I already tried it two years ago when Charles sent me a sample of it (I was looking through the tasting notes and found mine, he he).

I am still finding this to be pretty tasty overall. The aroma and flavor of the tea are very “cocoa” and the finish is slightly winey like a keemun, without being overwhelming with tobacco or bitter notes. I actually found this to be really good with a tiny pinch of raw cane sugar but otherwise I’m drinking it plain. I’m really glad I got to sample this again!

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

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80
drank Super Ginger (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
2163 tasting notes

Got this tisane in the Co-Pilot David’s Sample pack. Such a cute idea to have 5 sample teas to try. I love ginger so I was pretty keen to try this one. Steeped it up for 5 minutes in my Stump teapot after lunch.

I was worried about the stevia in this blend but it’s fairly subtle. The pepper is very spicy and almost obscures the ginger element in here. But yes… there it is. Lots of loads of lovely ginger! This is a nice blend but I’m not sure it has anything much to offer me personally over a cup of plain ginger tea. Peppercorn is supposed to be good for your respiratory system so this might be good when you’re sick. Not sure I would need to keep this around in the permanent stash but it’s been a very enjoyable cuppa.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
caile

Those little packs do look cute.

TeaBrat

they’re purrrrfect!

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90

Thanks to J.C. for this tea. I figured if I was going to have another cup of black tea I should get it over with before Noon and then the decafs will have to begin.

Ceylons can be a bit hit or miss for me. I have found some of them to be way too brisk but others are good. This was a pleasant surprise. The cup brews up to be a nice dark amber color. There is a definite “brightness” here but it is also exceedingly mellow and lacks any bitter characteristics. I am getting the woody note, it definitely seems earthy but I don’t know if I’m detecting a balsamic flavor like the company describes.

I tried it plain and then with soymilk and definitely preferred it plain. This is a really good ceylon, I’m glad I got to try it.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
JC

Glad you liked it! I feel like the company’s description are a little too ‘flowery’ lol. I felt like they take liberty with describing things, maybe is an European thing?

TeaBrat

Perhaps, or maybe they have an overzealous marketing department :)

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drank English Breakfast by DAVIDsTEA
2163 tasting notes

Tea of the morning here. I was at David’s yesterday and I felt like I needed another breakfast tea, so I rather optimistically bought a 4 oz. tin of this without trying it first.

Directions say to steep for 4 -5 minutes so I decided to do mine for 5 minutes. Yuck! I definitely think this is too strong for me, very brisk, bitter in the finish and too assertive in general. Normally I like assams so I have to believe it’s the ceylon doing this, or perhaps 5 minutes is just too long of a steeping time. I’ll report back after trying it at 3 minutes sometime but right now I’m just wondering if they’ll let me exchange this. Icky.

At least it seems to be waking me up…

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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65

I drank too much caffeine today. In addition to the tea I had, there was also a tall Starbucks coffee. I am feeling so sensitive to the effects of caffeine lately and I know I need to do a better job of having less tomorrow.

This seemed like it would be a nice relaxing herbal. I have some plain passionflower tea, and it doesn’t taste like much. You get a lot of the spearmint and lemon verbena in this blend which boosts the flavor content a lot. Regardless, this isn’t something one would choose to drink for the taste alone, but hopefully it will help ratchet down my energy levels a notch or two. I might need another cup of this before I go to bed.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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74

I almost laid down to take a nap this afternoon but figured it might be better if I just stayed awake. The physical therapist seems to think I should be trying to use my right arm more before I go back to work and typing notes on Steepster is good for practicing on the computer.

Here’s another supposed strawberry flavored product that has only very faint notes of strawberry. Also there is sugar in this and I wish I knew how much, and how many calories I was consuming but I figure for 2 teaspoons of matcha mix there can be 1 tsp. of sugar at the most? Who knows.

I made this with unsweetened soymilk and per Lupicias’s instructions, I zapped it in the microwave for one minute and then mixed it up with my milk frother. The lady at the store told me this would be good for my skin. I don’t know about that, but this is pretty tasty, even though the strawberry note is really lacking. I will have to deduct a bunch of points for that but for a sweetened matcha, it’s pretty tasty. I feel like I need to go brush my teeth now.

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

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66

I’ve had this tea for a couple of weeks and am not sure what to do to it to bring forth the promised strawberry notes. The first time I had it, I brewed it like a green (around 175 at 3 minutes) and got a very faint strawberry with a very strong genmaicha flavor. Today I tried brewing it for 30 seconds with boiling water and got a nice marshmallow flavor with less of a strong green tea flavor, but no strawberry to be found.

I have to say I am a bit disappointed since strawberry is the first word of this blend. I was really expecting a lot more strawberry flavor from this though it isn’t a bad genmaicha. I’ll keep experimenting with it. If anyone has a recommended steeping method please let me know and I’ll definitely revise the rating if I can find a way to make this a bit better. I’m not sure why my experience seems to be different than the other tasters. Perhaps it is possible my bag had fewer strawberries, I didn’t see that many in the pouch.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
CHAroma

I didn’t see too many in the pouch either, but I felt that the leaves themselves had been flavored with strawberry. I steeped it for 2.5 mins at 175, and Awkward Soul steeped it for 2 mins at 175. We both seemed to get strawberry from it that way, although I did think it was a light flavoring. I’m sorry you’re finding it difficult. :/

TeaBrat

I’ll keep trying :)

Fjellrev

Here I imagined this one to have a strong strawberry candy flavour.

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79
drank Ginger & Lemon Myrtle by Lupicia
2163 tasting notes

Tea of the mid-morning here. I had a doctor’s appointment downtown and I decided it was time to go to the Westfield Mall to check in on the Lupicia store and David’s Tea (but not Teavana, ha).

Of course I do not NEED any more tea but I needed a treat and I also picked up the small Lupicia Handy Cooler. I broke mine last year and I loved it for cold brewing tea.

This particular tisane is a mix of rooibos, honeybush and lemon myrtle. I love ginger so I figured I would like this blend, and I do. It definitely has a strong ginger element with plenty of lemon from the lemon myrtle. The last flavor I taste is the honeybush. I wonder what this would have been like as a rooibos only blend because sometimes I find honeybush to be a bit sweet for me. Overall I’m finding this to be pretty tasty though, and it might be good iced too. Definitely recommended if you’re a ginger fan and it’s nice for a no caffeine option.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

i like this one :)

CharlotteZero

I love the Loving Hut in the Westfield Mall. Their food is so, so good…Albeit, not the healthiest. But “bad” vegan food can be such a rare treat.

TeaBrat

I thought about going there for lunch but it was 11 am and I just wasn’t that hungry. Their food is really good though!

mrmopar

You can never have enough tea…..

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94

Tea of the morning here. I love this unique and savory blend from Steven Smith. the Douglas Fir and Rosemary are so just so warming and satisfying, especially on a really rainy day like today. this is good plain or even with soymilk. I kind of wish this was a regularly stocked item by Steven Smith (it was only out for the holidays) but maybe they will have it again next year.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

ooh that sounds really neat…

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80
drank Masala Chai by Peet's Coffee & Tea
2163 tasting notes

Good afternoon everyone. I sort of needed a treat today because PT was a real bit*h this morning. I am making progress but the therapist is pushing me pretty hard which equals a lot of pain. Will be glad when this process is over. I guess dealing with the pain now will be better than dealing with a frozen shoulder in the long run.

Anyway a chai is always a nice treat for me. I brewed 2 tsp. of this in an 8 oz cup then poured that into a giant mug and added 8 oz of heated unsweetened soymilk and 1 tsp. of raw cane sugar. This is a good, spicy chai which is great for the rainy weather we are having here and I’m also getting a calcium boost. Lots of ginger and cardamom in this tea which is plain old yummy! Very traditional tasting, down to the CTC assam.

My day will be looking up, I’m going to get a massage later which should just be relaxing and good for my achy muscles.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 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!

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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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