2661 Tasting Notes

81
drank Cardamom Pu-erh by Numi Organic Tea
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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.

AllanK

I never thought of the addition of Cardamom to Puerh.

TeaBrat

It is much better than their chocolate puerh, IMO

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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.

Ost

I had really liked this one. I’m sorry you didn’t like it. Ending up with a bunch of tea you hate always sucks >

TeaBrat

I knew it was a gamble… :)

Maddy Barone

I haven’t had Republic of Tea. It’s available at the little coffee shop my knitting group meets at and I’ve thought of getting a tin. Is there one you can recommend?

TeaBrat

I liked the lemon chiffon cake if it’s available near you. I haven’t been too impressed with the other ones of theirs I have tried.

Maddy Barone

Thanks! If I see that one next time we knit I might pick it up. My problem is there aren’t tea shops here in North Dakota, even in Fargo, the largest city. I would love, love, LOVE to go to a shop and try a cup or two of a tea before I buy a tin of it. Simply not an option here. :(

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70
drank Cassis & Blueberry by Lupicia
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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.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

Did you move?? Wow I’ve been outta touch lol

TeaBrat

well I’ve been in California for 15 years so the move wasn’t that recent ;)

Indigobloom

Oh! haha thats what I meant… isn’t Cali on the west coast, not the east? lol I’m all mixed up

TeaBrat

yes, I just took a trip to the East where my allergies were bothering me ;)

Indigobloom

ahhh makes sense now :P
Hope you had a fab trip!!

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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.

Lupiressmoon

I haven’t tried this one but have a lot of Twinings. They are actually pretty flavorable, especially for bagged tea.

Maddy Barone

That does sound good. Not that I need any more tea in the cabinet, but “need” is such a subjective word, isn’t it?

Lupiressmoon

This sounds interesting because I’m a cinnamon nut and like spicy orange teas. I haven’t had rooibos yet – some waiting for me in the cupboard (Pumpkin Spice Roobios), but haven’t tried, think I’m reluctant because I have an instinctual feeling Roobios isn’t going to be my thing. We shall see.

TeaBrat

@Maddy Barone – I don’t “need” any more tea myself but I still keep getting more :)
@Lupiressmoon – I used to really dislike rooibos but lately it’s been growing on me. I find it helps if you give it a good, long steep (over 5 minutes)

TeaBrat

@Maddy Barone – I don’t “need” any more tea myself but I still keep getting more :)
@Lupiressmoon – I used to really dislike rooibos but lately it’s been growing on me. I find it helps if you give it a good, long steep (over 5 minutes)

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78
drank Matcha Kirara Rice by Lupicia
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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.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Veronica

Don’t go! I enjoy reading your tea notes. :) The site has been very negative lately, but I’m hoping now that Jason has explained his situation that it’ll calm down some. Maybe?

Tealizzy

Ya, don’t leave us! I have also been bothered by the negativity…but I agree with Veronica and I’m hoping it will get better. The site still mostly works. Maybe it’s best to not read some of the discussion threads for now. ;)

Dustin

I tend to stay away from the discussion board and that steers me clear of most of the negativity. I mostly come on here to make and read tasting notes or to sign up for a traveling box now and then.

TeaBrat

okay thanks all :)

Ost

I like your notes! Don’t leave! D: People already don’t post many tasting notes!

Skulleigh

I like your notes too. I haven’t seen much grumbling, but I don’t go on the forums.

teapartyfortwo

I just got here a couple of months ago and as a newbie I very rarely read anything on the discussion board and focus my time reading tasting notes instead. Please consider sticking around. I enjoy reading your tasting notes. Remember, for every negative person, there is a positive person!

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89
drank Cookie by Lupicia
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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. ;)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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92
drank Decaf Paris by Harney & Sons
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I am sad this is all gone now…
It’s one of the best decafs I have. I will likely get more some day but for now, it would be good for me to keep away from Harney and Sons and focus on drinking more of my current stash.

Farewell, Paris Decaf…

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

They seem to do decaf well then. I’ve only tried their Vanilla Comoro and I can see why it’s raved so much.

TeaBrat

I like this better than VC, but yes they do decafs better than most, I think :)

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80
drank Kirara Rice Tea by Lupicia
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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!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95

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…

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Kettle Corn by 52teas
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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.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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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

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

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