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545 Tasting Notes

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This is the first time I’ve had Rishi’s Masala Chai tea. Upon opening the canister, I was hit by the yummy spicy smell and the lovely assortment of spices. There seemed to be more of spices than actually black tea. I’ll begin by saying that it was indeed a yummy tea but my preparation of it needs to be tinkered with. I brewed it by the “cafe style tea” instructions on the canister. The amount of tea seemed like a lot to me but I thought I’d try it. I can safely say I’ll be using at least half of that amount next time I brew it. The tea came out strong and I had to put in more milk and sugar than I’ve have liked to use. I think my rating will go up a bit once I figure out the optimal brewing method for me.

Large, round, light blue-glazed pottery mug. 2 tbsp. 3/4 water, 1/4 milk.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Green Tea by Ricola
545 tasting notes

So… We picked this up on sale at Earth Fare, our regional Whole Foods-type store. We thought it might be soothing for sick or rundown days. This morning I woke up after a poor night of sleep and I was sniffle-y and scratchy throated so I thought I’d give a try. I added the recommended two tsp of small pellets to a mug of hot water and it barely had any taste. After some addition of tea pellets, I figured out that it should have said 2 tbsp. Or my taste was quite impaired by the sniffle-y-ness. But still: YUCKO! It was bitter, herb-y, and had an unpleasant aftertaste. I didn’t finish my cup. I might not even try this again. I might just throw it out. I do not recommend it.

White Mepkin Abbey ceramic mug. 2 tbsp. Instant.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C

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52

I had my possibly second from last or third from last cup of this tea this afternoon. I’ve been trying to use it up for awhile but now that I’ve finally figured out how to brew it (higher water temp and less time) I’ll be sad to see it finished. That said, I probably wouldn’t buy it again.

Grey, teal, and maroon striped pottery mug. 1 tsp.

Btw, love the new Cupboard and Discussion. Now I have to decide if I want to log all my teas into my Cupboard. I have a lot and it would be a project. I also might have to change my Steepster routine. I used to check my Tealog, then my Dashboard for the last 24 hours, then the Tasting notes for the last 24 hours. Now I have to add Discussion in there somewhere and I’m sure I’ll be a bit addicted to the Latest Activity stream when I’m on.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
takgoti

Hahaha, it’s pretty crazy go nuts, right? It’s hard not to get really overwhelmed if I’m away from the site long enough. The new tabbing should help tremendously, though.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

I have to limit myself if I haven’t been on the site recently. I tend to be completionist. So I limit myself to only reading the last 24 hours of my dashboard.

takgoti

Oh god, me too. This is part of why I both love and hate RPG video games. “I KNOW THAT I DON’T ACTUALLY HAVE TO COLLECT ALL OF THESE FEATHERS BUT I CANNOT SUPPRESS THE FEELING THAT I MUST!!!”

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

lol I totally get that!

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drank Sencha by Teavana
545 tasting notes

I brewed a small pot of Sencha to drink while catching up on stuff at my desk. It started out a bit bitter but as my tongue got used to it, it softened nicely into a decently yum cup. This tea has always left a little tea leaf residue in the tea but there seems to be noticeably more in this pot.

Robins-egg blue teapot. 2 tsp.
Cream pottery teacup.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec
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I brewed a second pot immediately after I finished the first. Tea must be doing something right.

1 min 10 sec.

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52

Chris and I share a pot of Blood Orange Black this morning.

I’ve had this tea for awhile and did not like it. I had been trying to drink through it so not to waste tea because it wasn’t awful. The blood orange had just been coming out so bitter and astringent that I had been picking the pieces of orange peel out. I was left was an okay orange-y black tea.

Since Steepster, I’ve been experimenting more with tea steeping times, water temperature – which dramatically changed my liking for different types of teas, and amount of tea used. I tried brewing the Blood Orange Black at only 3 minutes instead of 5 – I used to think I liked really “strong”, longer brewed tea before the above experimentation – and it was like drinking a different tea. It’s still not a favorite but it’s immensely more drinkable and one of the few blacks that remains in my tea cabinet. I have been hinting to my husband that I’d like the Damn Fine Tea duo that has gotten some rave postings here for our “dating” anniversary on the 17th.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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78

Not too long ago, I didn’t think I liked white tea. I hadn’t really drank it much. Now this tea is one of my favs and half the canister is gone. I’m also surprised to find that I can actually tell if I made the tea badly. Water was a tad to hot. Tea was a bit too brewed. But still yum.

Small robin’s egg blue teapot. 2 tbsp.

New cream pottery with dark brown speckles teacup that I brought from the farmer’s market just this morning.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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78

Getting rid of a slight headache finally. Enjoying this tea for the second time. Yum!

Deep blue pottery mug. 1 tbsp.

Second brewing. 5 minutes 30 seconds.

Headache all gone now. Enjoying a nice salad of romaine, spinach, spring mix, cumber, scallion, radish, tomato, and ginger dressing.

Third brewing. 6 minutes.

This should tide me over until dinner is ready and my husband wakes up. He’s on nights for the next two weeks so later dinners to let him sleep a bit more. This might be the best brewing of the batch.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 5 min, 0 sec
I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Tealog updated.

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drank Mango Green by Teavana
545 tasting notes

Last year, Teavana had a tent at our local farmer’s market and was selling 1 oz tea sample for a dollar. I swear I got this mango green tea from them there but I had moved the tea into a small container once I only had a few portions left so I don’t have the bag to look up the tea’s name. I search Steepster. I looked on Teavana’s website. It had to be called something else or discontinued. This is bothering me.

On to the tea, it tastes of mango and I can tell it’s a green. A bit sweet, a bit more fruit, a decent amount of vegetal bitter. A yum drink.

Deep blue pottery mug. 1 tsp. Gently steaming water. 1 minute.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Second brewing: Gently steaming water. 1.5 minutes. Better than the first brewing, less bitter.

takgoti

A google search surfaced this, but it looks like it’s no longer available on the site. So, good news! you’re not going crazy!

http://is.gd/4t7pB

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Yay! I’m glad to hear that I’m not crazy.

Cofftea

Adagio’s mango green is REALLY good.

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Today I tried a tea my mom brought back for me from her vacation in Nashville, TN. My dad and her decided to take a long weekend and see the area, for no reason other than that they’d never been before. This is the first tea I’ve logged on Steepster that I haven’t had before.

Generic sencha taste, not strong. Non-descript tropical flavor, no one fruit stands out. Decent, not good, not bad.

Large pottery moose head mug. 1 tsp. Gently steaming water. 3 minutes.

Jillian

Almost sounds like the best part is the mug. ;)

gmathis

A friend in the Nashville area treats me to teas from Franklin Tea … they have an orange rooibos (can’t remember exact variety) that tastes just like Creamsicles.

LENA

Ok, this is sad. I work in Franklin, TN and I’ve never heard of or been to Franklin Tea. Hope your family had a good time! I’ll be making a visit to Franklin Tea soon!

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

There was a second brewing. Gently steaming water. 4 minutes. Taste about the same as the first.

I had a cup of peach ginger black from Franklin TEA at my mom’s and it was pretty good. So I would try it, Lena. They have a website too.

Khürt Williams

As someone from the Caribbean who lived there until I was 18, I have to say, I never ever saw a tea plantation or heard of any regionally produced teas. This may be pure marketing by Franklin.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Khurt ~ I think they are meaning Caribbean-flavored (tropical) sencha.

Khürt Williams

Chrine,
I hope “Caribbean-flavored” means something to you. Means nothing to me. Not sure what a Carribean flavour would be. We’re talking about a place in the with a mixture of Asian, African and European cultures. Kind of like saying “American flavoured”.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Khurt ~ The tea is a sencha flavored with orange, mango, passion fruit, and kiwi. If you click on the name of a tea in a Tasting Note, it will take you to a page with a brief description of the tea on it. I hope this is helpful to you.

Khürt Williams

chrine. Thanks for the tip.

I guess I was reacting to the “Caribbean” description. American companies have a penchant for “misleading” branding. Like, Hawaiian pizza (pineapple and jalapeno peppers) which no Hawaiian has ever eaten. Jalapeno pepper are not native to Hawaii. This tea has kiwi which is not native to the Caribbean. It’s a New Zealand fruit.

Anyway …

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78

I didn’t think I liked white teas. In fact, I didn’t think I liked this tea. But two days ago, I had it again for the first time since I started paying attention to water temperature. Delish. Light, grassy/vegiteal, and easy to drink. I’m adding it below the oolong on my this-is-all-I-want-to-drink list.

Standard mug – blue pottery. 1 tbsp. gently steaming water. 5 minutes.

Second brewing. 6 minutes.

I was hoping to try a third brewing but I fear I might be tea-d out for the evening.

Jillian

White teas scald and get bitter REALLY easily if the water’s too hot. Also shorter steeping times might help with the taste as well.

takgoti

Oooh, this sounds good. Rishi and I have been getting along quite splendidly thus far, so this one might have a place on a future order.

You should try a silver needle – I find those to be particularly lovely. Most vendors make one and they’re typically good across the board. Of course, I love the one from my life partner – Samovar.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Jillian ~~ Thanks. I’ll try steeping it for less time next time I make it.

takgoti ~~ I think the only silver needle I’ve had was in pyramid bags. I don’t remember being impressed with it. But it was bagged and back when I was just starting to drink anything other than black teas and flavored black teas. I will remember that though next time I buy white tea.

I googled Samovar because I wasn’t quite sure it wasn’t your gf or bf and you were referring to a tea gifted by them. =)

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I’m 33 years old, studying pharmacy, and have a surly cat named Bin. I love tea, coffee, beer, wine, and most things food and beverage related. I also love music, movies, reading, writing, and learning new things.

I’ve drank tea all my life but about five to six years ago, my close friend Spautz got into tea and got me more into tea. I drink black teas and tisanes/herbals most. Since receiving a variable temperature kettle from my parents for Xmas this past year, I’ve been drinking more greens, oolongs, and whites. I’m very very new to puerh. That is, I’ve had only one.

Ratings scale:
90-100 Awesome
80-90 Great
70-80 Good
60-70 Nice
50-60 Decent
40-50 Drinkable
30-40 Meh
0-30 Awful

Would I order this again ranking:
5 – definitely
4 – likely
3 – maybe
2 – neutral
1 – no

Location

Charleston, SC

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