2661 Tasting Notes
My tea collection has been quite limited since I’ve been out of town, just the few I brought with me and one I bought. I don’t feel like I’m missing out on that much so why do I have so many teas right now? A good question…
I like this fairly well for a bagged tea, the flavor of cardamom and the shu pu’erh go nicely together and work well for after meals. Something about it is slightly rich and decadent. It’s probably my favorite tea from Numi currently.
This was definitely an impulse purchase I picked up today at the store. I’ve been wanting to try it for a while, but I don’t have such a great track record with Republic of Tea.
In the bag it just smells like rooibos and artificial flavoring. I ended up steeping this for 7 minutes. At first I didn’t taste much flavoring at all but as the cup cools, it is coming out more. I get a bit of almond and creaminess which I suspect is the coconut. It does have a very artificial flavor IMO.This was better with a bit of soymilk but I can’t say I’m a big fan and now I have a whole tin of this stuff. Perhaps I can find a way of making it more palatable. Ugh.
p.s. – it is better when steeped for 5 minutes instead of 7.
I brought this teabag sample with me on my trip, it came for free at the Lupicia store the last time I was there. It’s 4 pm but I just woke up from a nap. My allergies have been bothering me ever since I got back east (I now remember why I moved to California).
This does have a fairly strong blueberry and cassis flavor today but there is something medicinal/cough syrup-y about this in my opinion. It’s nice with a little soymilk and sugar but not something I would bother to keep around in my stash.
This is a bagged rooibos blend I bought while here at my parent’s house in MD.
I wasn’t expecting much but was pleasantly surprised to find this is quite drinkable. The Viennese cinnamon flavor is fairly strong and well balanced by the bright/sweetness of the orange flavor. You don’t taste as much rooibos as cinnamon and orange. It was good with a splash of soymilk as well. Not bad for an everyday afternoon or evening tisane.
Good morning Steepster. I hope everyone has had a nice Christmas!
I think I need to try severely limiting my time here, getting sick of the constant negativity of the site not working and the old timers complaining about it. Not that people don’t have the right to complain but it seems totally futile. It’s probably a good idea anyway because I don’t need reasons to discover any new teas I might want to buy. :)
So this is a sample I got from Lupicia in the latest newsletter. I am a bit sniffly with allergies this morning and thought a green might be nice. This is reminiscent of Den’s super green, it’s a genmaicha with matcha mixed in. This is a nice mesh tea bag, the flavor is brothy/nutty with a seaweed flavor and sweetness from the matcha. It’s definitely tasty, I might save the teabag and go in from a re-steep soon.
I hope all of my tea drinking friends are getting ready for a nice & relaxing holiday! I am doing ok but already miss my sweetie who went on holiday with his family. Tomorrow I go on my trip back to the east coast.
I’ve had this before but bought another package of it the last time I was at the Lupicia store. In my opinion this tastes like black tea with melted graham crackers mixed in. It’s definitely a nice afternoon/dessert tea and is good with a bit of soymilk and some sugar. I wonder if Santa will bring me tea this year? I asked my family for tea gift certs but I don’t know if they will comply. ;)
Free sample that I got from Lupicia the last time I was at the store. This is a mesh pyramid teabag.
So, it’s a genmaicha… I generally like genmaichas but I can’t say I adore them or crave them very often. This is sweeter than some other varieties I have tried. I am definitely enjoying the savory, nutty flavor of the toasted rice. The green tea is a bit seaweedy and vegetal but overall, fairly mild. This is good stuff! I do have almost a whole package of genmaicha from Maeda-en I need to finish off or pitch it in the New Year… so I won’t be buying any more soon!
Tea of the morning here. I’ve actually had this a couple of times but haven’t reviewed it until now. I think Nepal teas are great and so is the Jun Chiyabari estate…
Anyway I steeped this for 3 minutes in my tetsubin. Yes I do brew tea in this thing, I don’t just use it for hot water. This is just such a wonderful tea. It has a lot of the qualities of a darjeeling but no astringency in sight. The thing I am getting the most strongly in the aroma and the flavor is a deep honey flavor that is almost bordering on maple. It’s difficult to believe there is no sugar in here! It leaves a nice sweet and thick aftertaste in your mouth. I am also getting roses and a bit of a grainy flavor, like dark pumpernickel bread. This is a seriously delicious tea, one that is made for sipping on plain. Any sugar or milk/cream would ruin it, I think.
Very happy with this one…
Per the suggestion of Liber teas I ended up steeping this more like a green, I did around 185 degrees for 7 minutes. That brought out the kettle corn flavor some near the end of the cup. But now the mate flavor is so strong it ends up tasting like coffee. Anyway I raised the rating a couple points but wouldn’t repurchase this.