2353 Tasting Notes

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Good afternoon Steepster…
I was in a pretty good mood until I got home from taking a walk. I asked my work to send me some boxes a few weeks ago with my personal belongings and they arrived today. I forgot how much tea I was keeping at the office, now I have LOTS of tea, my gosh.

Aside form being reunited with my tea collection, I’m just feeling really sad about not having a job. I was ready to move on from these people anyway but it would have been good if they had treated me better after the 9 years I was working there. I see they are still advertising my position though, maybe nobody else wants it? lol

Anyway as to this tea, it isn’t on the Spicely company website and I’ve no idea why, so no picture. Sorry. This looks to be a Chinese green tea with coconut shreds. It has a nice coconut-vanilla flavor, although not the best coconut tea I’ve had by far. Here’s a nice nutty flavor in this as well. Glad to have this one back, now I just have to figure out where I am going to put all this tea that I got back… :)

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
mrmopar

Back into the cupboard for a Sunny Day! It’s on the horizon you just have to wait till that Sunrise!

TeaBrat

Thank you :-)

MzPriss

What mrmopar said

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Thank you Cameron B., for sending some of this my way!

I’m usually a fan of Moroccan mint teas so I figured I’d enjoy this. Oh my gosh, is it MINTY! I smelled the mint in the mailbox before I even opened up the package… he he

I steeped up a pot of it this morning in my little red Stump teapot. It definitely looks like a pellet-shaped gunpowder green tea and is a dark yellow in color. I am finding the spearmint in this blend to be a bit overwhelming to say the least. I like Moroccan mint teas where you can taste a bit of the smoky green underneath it and I’m not getting that here. I wonder how this is flavored and could you please tone it down, Kusmi? hee hee.

This seems to be a common theme between Kusmi and I — their flavored teas just seem a bit too flavored for me.

Anyway I tried this plain and then added a bit of sugar, it is good both ways but I do sort of feel like I’m drinking toothpaste. I put the rest in my Lupicia cooler to cold brew, as I’m thinking this would be really nice with tomorrow’s lunch and a few ice cubes might tone it down a bit as well.

Thanks again Cameron, it was fun to swap with you!

Flavors: Spearmint

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cameron B.

I definitely preferred it cold brewed. :D Good luck!

boychik

I mix it with plain gunpowder and sometimes add some peppermint as well. Anyway its good iced.

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drank Paris Breakfast by Mariage Frères
2353 tasting notes

Good morning Steepster!
I’m happy to report I can finally breathe this morning. Last night was kind of rough though, I was coughing throughout my entire class and then couldn’t fall asleep until around 3 am. Ick.

I’ve had this tea a few times now and this seems a difficult one to get “right”. I think I happened upon success today with 3 minutes at around 200 F. It has green tea in it, as well as black, which makes the steeping parameters a bit tricky. I’m getting the candied orange and vanilla notes quite prominently and this is an easy one to sip on plain. It seems like more of an afternoon tea than a breakfast tea — it has a sweetness about it due to the flavoring I’m not keen on.

It’s nice but I don’t plan to restock it once it’s gone. Maybe snooty French teas are not my thing as I haven’t been too impressed with anything I’ve had from MF so far, even the esteemed Marco Polo just missed the mark for me. This is another one I’d be happy to swap out if anyone wants to try it. :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Good morning Steepster!
This is such a delicious Ceylon, normally I’m not a fan of Ceylons, I can find them too bitter and wine-y. This has such a delicious flavor profile of cherry and a bit of menthol. It’s also “hefty” and has great body which is not something I normally associate with a Ceylon.

SOT says: One of the classics, this is what an Uva Ceylon can and should taste like!

I agree, it puts most of the other Ceylons I’ve had to shame. Evidently I’ve been drinking crap Ceylons but this is one I will gladly restock once it runs out. I’m also excited to be getting a couple of other things from them (hopefully this week).

There’s one other Ceylon that I liked equally as much and that was the Sam Bodhi by Palais de Thes. I just haven’t bothered restocking it that one because there weren’t too many other things from Palais de Thes that really “wowed” me & you have to spend $75 to get free shipping.

I’m still sick, although I am feeling like I’m a bit on the mend. I hope I survive the day, as I have writing class tonight that goes until 9 pm.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

on to the wishlist hahaha

Veronica

I’m getting a SOT order together. I may add this to it.

Cameron B.

I’m glad you’re starting to feel better finally. :)

TeaBrat

Veronica & Sil – you need some. he he he!
Cameron – TY!

yyz

Glad your feeling a little better. I love cherry notes in Ceylon’s. My Lumbini estate one fits that need for me right now but maybe I’ll try some from this estate in the future!

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CT says this tea is good during times of illness… well we’ll see about that!

I brewed up some of this yesterday in my Lupicia handy cooler and it’s been sitting in the fridge overnight. I think this is really nice as an iced tea, the lemon and gingergrass are very refreshing. The mint seems stronger than I remember and there’s only a tiny bit of licorice in here. It’s barely noticeable if you ask me. Still I feel like I am not tasting things normally at all so I still don’t want to try anything new.

I’m already feeling like a nap and it’s only 2 pm. This doesn’t bode well for the rest of my day… :)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
Cheri

Feel better!

Stephanie

Yes feel better soon! Tea can only help right? :)

TeaBrat

More tea for everyone!

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My breakfast today is heavenly – I made a smoothie with this matcha, an entire 2 cups of strawberries, banana, chia seeds, soymilk, and some cashew “cream” I made last night.

Really yummy and delicious – tastes almost like a dessert. I am getting that Vitamin C in today! Lots of it!

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drank Jasmine Golden Yunnan by thepuriTea
2353 tasting notes

Tea of the morning here. I forgot I had this until I was poking around in my cupboards yesterday, sometimes having too much tea is perilous because you forget about stuff you have and really enjoy!

I’m still not feeling great, my cold is still lingering and my tastebuds are still off, but I am still getting a nice jasmine-y note from this one as well as chocolate. I’m not always such a big fan of jasmine (especially the artificial kind) but when jasmine teas are done right they can be very good if I am in the mood for them. Too bad thePuritea is out of business, I liked several of their offerings.

Happy Tuesday!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Tisane of the evening here. This is a weird tea to be drinking in the middle of June but it still gets chilly here in San Francisco in the summer time. :)

I don’t put stevia in a lot of things, but a couple drops in this made it sweeter and a bit more cookie like. Also soy milk, but I put that in practically everything other than green teas and herbals. I think I’m feeling better, or maybe my Tylenol is just kicking in? Have a good evening everyone!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 45 sec

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drank Coco Chai Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
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Not being terribly productive today. I was on the phone with my BF earlier and lost my voice… bleah. Not up to doing much but can’t take a nap due to drinking too much caffeine earlier.

I decided to have this and threw in some extra ginger root. It’s still difficult to taste much but I’m definitely getting a zingy kick out of this concoction. Okay, on to try and do some more reading, maybe if I break it up into smaller chunks it will be do-able.

Veronica

Being sick and having to study sucks. I hope you feel better soon!

TeaBrat

Thanks, I am studying English grammar today which is a VERY dry subject but after that is over I will be able to write a fun essay (hopefully tomorrow!)

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This was a tea I bought during my FF darjeeling obsession in 2012 – unfortunately I bought so much darjeeling I couldn’t really drink it all and some of it still languishes in my cupboard. I heard that cold brewing a FF darjeeling is tasty, my attempt was not so great. I find it got a little bit astringent/bitter although I know my tastebuds are off due to this cold I am fighting off. I might have to give up on this one soon and just pitch it. I know this tea would have been best consumed within a year of my purchasing it. I think I will try it at least once more hot.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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