2784 Tasting Notes

I got this tea at Peet’s yesterday morning to try it. I still think it’s difficult to taste a tea properly when it’s in a big paper cup and a t-sac.I did think this was a nice Ceylon, however. It had a very good, citrusy/lemon note that lent the tea a lot of brightness. I had mine with soymilk and sugar but I think it might be really good as an iced tea and definitely a good chpoice for an afternoon tea. Won’t rate it for now, however. Might need to pick up a tin someday to do a further investigation.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Breakfast Blend by Fortnum & Mason
2784 tasting notes

This is a sipdown for me, it’s been a decent morning tea for sure. The tin is so pretty too. I don’t know if I need to buy more of this as I have a lot of teas to get through now, and I have been drinking a lot less tea now that I’m at work trying to look productive. Now that I’ve been at my job for a few days I think it would be ok to bring in some loose leaf tea and maybe some t-sacs. =)

Dustin

You didn’t disclose your tea habit when interviewing? :)

Jennkay

One of my biggest struggles was deciding which teas to bring in to work. Can’t bring in the whole stash and look crazy! Haha

Michelle Butler Hallett

George Orwell’s favourite tea came from Fornum and Mason.

TeaBrat

Dustin.. lol nope! They have an electric kettle which is nice
Jennkay – I am pretty sure the people at my last job thought I was crazy
Michelle- cool!

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drank Sencha "Yumegatari" by Lupicia
2784 tasting notes

This teabag came in my Lupicia Happy bag/holiday set that I got right after Christmas. It looks like they don’t have this on the US website anymore. Has anyone been there recently? It seems like they greatly reduced their number of non-flavored green teas to the US market. Maybe nobody was buying them? Well, booo.

They still have this on the Australia Lupicia website. It is described as “well-balanced blend of Matcha and Yabukita sencha from Shizuoka. Boasting a refreshing flavour and bright green water-colour, this tea can be enjoyed alongside any meal or dessert”.

This is quite a nice green tea. I would agree it is refreshing, somewhat mild and sweet for a sencha. It is definitely on the vegetal side with grassy, spinach notes but it also has a sweet pea flavor in the finish that I am quite enjoying. And not much bitterness as well. I wish I could get my hands on some more of this but for a nice, bagged sencha there is always the Organic sencha from Den’s.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Jade Mist by Peet's Coffee & Tea
2784 tasting notes

First day at my new temp job. Missing my tea collection already… :-P

Today was a true test as I found out when I got there they have a big project due tomorrow and they hadn’t even started it yet when I arrived. Oy… I almost walked out the door after I heard that but stayed. Pretty unfair as I don’t know them, their projects or anything about the job really. It took me most of the day just to get the documents organized, not to mention what needs to go in them. Well I guess after tomorrow they may throw me out the door but it really wouldn’t be my fault as their expectations were totally unrealistic.

So I got this tea on my lunch break as there is a Peet’s nearby. Honestly I cannot rate this because tea was not made to be consumed in a paper cup with a tea-sac. I thought it had a light, vegetal flavor with a bit of bitterness but mostly I just tasted paper and vegetables.

There is a tea kettle in the new office so I will try to bring some teabags with me tomorrow, I will def. be needing a tea break or two at some point during the day.

Maddy Barone

Yikes! Totally unfair if they blame you for their own incompetence!

Nichole

Ugh! That’s not right. Hopefully it goes better on your second day!

gmathis

Praying for your focus and grace under pressure!

TeaBrat

Thanks everyone! Wish me luck :)

Fjellrev

That’s rough. I hope it’ll go alright! Let’s hope it’s not always like that there.

caile

Good luck! :)

Chai (the Mispronounced Chimera)

Oh, this explains the sudden Peet’s reviews on your tasting log this week! (There’s a Peet’s by my work, too, so I’m making notes. ;) ) Good luck with the job and hopefully things got better after the first day.

TeaBrat

thanks Chai. :) I really like their Scottish breakfast if you don’t mind a bit of smoke in your tea.

Chai (the Mispronounced Chimera)

Nice, will try that one!

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drank Peach Melba by Lupicia
2784 tasting notes

This free sample came from the Lupicia newsletter. The dry leaf smells kind of funky, like rooibos and peach liquor.

Brewed, I am not terribly impressed with this one. Maybe I should have used a smaller cup instead of a 12 oz mug, but I’m just not getting much flavor from this aside from a rooibos flavor. Not too impressed but won’t rate for now since this could be a user error :)

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drank Plum Oolong by Rishi Tea
2784 tasting notes

Sipdown, for me…
I’ve had this tea for a while, possibly too long as I think it’s been 3 years since I got it from my brother for Christmas. This isn’t one I drink too often because of the hibiscus and it is tart, but thankfully the hibby is not that strong in this blend. I still wish I could taste a little more of the oolong underneath which seems to be more of the Eastern beauty variety.

kind of glad this is gone and don’t think I’ll be repurchasing.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Kirkoneill1988

what about plum? do you taste plum?

TeaBrat

not really

Kirkoneill1988

oh. that’s weird :( it says plum oolong

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This tea came form the great Marzipan stash sell off! Like I need anymore tea? I should be selling off some of my own!

My first tea from Golden Tips. I’ve only had a few Temi teas but recall I generally like them. I’m not really a fan of autumnal flushes though usually. This tea steeps up to be a dark reddish brown and is very woody in nature. I am also picking up some fruit flavors, specifically cherry and citrus. There is a bit of astringency in the tea I’m not enjoying so much but perhaps that would be remedied by a shorter steeping time. It strikes me that this might be really good as an iced tea with a bit of lemon and sugar. I will have to try it that way soon.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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It will be interesting to see how I feel upon starting my temp job on Wednesday. It’s been so long since I was working full time due to my disability and subsequent unemployment. I’ve gotten used to drinking tea whenever I want and being able to gong fu it all with my yixing pots! Probably can’t do that in the office but maybe this will be a good time to divest myself of some bagged tea I haven’t gotten around to drinking. I think this is what’s known as a “first world problem”

I’ve been drinking more green oolongs lately and definitely enjoying them. I wonder if they have a similar theanine profile to gyokuro or the Japanese green teas as I always find them relaxing.

This one in particular is very nice if you like floral teas. It is sweet and creamy with an intense orchid aroma and flavor. I steeped it 3 times and steeps #2 and #3 were really tasty. This might actually be a touch too floral-y for my palette, but it is a terrific green oolong, Definitely would recommend trying it.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec
caile

Best of luck that Wednesday goes well!

TeaBrat

Thank you :)

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drank Jasmine Oolong by Tokyo Futon & Tea
2784 tasting notes

Was at my BFs house earlier but I’m kind of glad to be back at home with my tea collection. All weekend I’ve been in a shitty mood because it looks like I’m going to take a part time temp. job that I don’t really want in order to pay the bills. It isn’t nearly enough money. Anyway sometimes we just have to do the things we need to do in order to survive.

I am pretty happy with this tea this afternoon. It really has a relaxing feel about it, thought the jasmine is not very strong. I’ve been using a gaiwan and the gong fu method to prepare it. It has a light, vegetal and buttery quality with a pretty sweet finish. I do detect some jasmine in the aroma, but it’s so very light when you only steep it for 15-30 seconds. That is fine with me, because I don’t like strong, perfumey jasmine tea. Super relaxing, I almost feel like a nap is in order!!!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Indigobloom

I’ve been there, doing work that really doesn’t satisfy. Awful feeling. Hang in there and it’ll get better!

TeaBrat

Yah! thank you :)

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Tea purchased in the grocery store yesterday. I am still having problems sleeping so need to find more decaf options until this crisis is over. :P

I don’t see the point in paying a lot of money for a decaf tea because they aren’t usually that tasty anyway. THis blend is ok though. From the name, you would think its all fruit flavor, but there is also spearmint and lemongrass in the blend. So it’s more of an herbly, minty, fruity kind of flavor. I found it fairly mild and refreshing, Definitely nothing to rave over but it will serve the purpose of helping me sleep better.

I put two of the teabags in the fridge to try cold brewing them. I think this will be a bit better as an iced tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
boychik

did it work ? i had quite a lot sheng yesterday. i was pretty energized before going to bed. decided to fix some shou. 3 cups later and felt so sleepy

gmathis

I think I’d like this better than the traditional lemony one! (Is it just me, or do 99% of all herbals taste minty?) Have to look for it in town.

TeaBrat

@boychik I did sleep better last night than I have in a while. Can’t drink shou at night like some of you folks, I’m so jealous!

TeaBrat

gmathis – you’re right, a lot of them are minty and i’m not often in the mood for a tea made of straight herbs anyway. this isn’t bad for a mass market product, I found mine at Safeway

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Hobbies include: tea, making art, animals, vegan things, buddhism, nature, creativity, books, writing, cooking, meditation, yoga.

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

59-50 Ick

49 and below Nasty

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