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71
drank Vanilla Lemongrass by Essencha
556 tasting notes

Lemongrass is not my favourite thing, but added with vanilla and the other stuff in this blend and it’s pretty decent.

Thanks to Pia M for this sample.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Vanilla Lemongrass by Essencha
24 tasting notes

Very nice tea, really performs well as an iced tea. I like that the vanilla tastes like real vanilla bean and not like artificial flavoring. For some reason this one tastes better cold than hot in my opinion, so I guess I will continue to do so. The flavors seem brighter when served cold, IMHO….

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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50
drank Genmaicha by Essencha
3 tasting notes

My first genmaicha. It was a bit more nutty than I would have liked but still a very nice tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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89
drank Gyokuro Gold by Essencha
37 tasting notes

What a great tea. It is as dark green in person as in the picture. Sweet and slightly grassy. A special treat when you are able to get it. Highly recommend.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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89
drank Gyokuro Gold by Essencha
37 tasting notes

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89
drank Gyokuro Gold by Essencha
37 tasting notes

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84
drank Ceylon Silver Tips by Essencha
37 tasting notes

Beautiful tea. I was very excited to try a white tea from Ceylon and it didn’t disappoint. Smooth and floral, even though not as floral as Silver needle.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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83

Really good stuff- very light and floral. I always thought white teas were boring- this has depth without losing it’s lightness. Give it a try.

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85

(Notes taken from my own comments after Cofftea’s tasting note on Den’s Teas Matcha Kaze, to which she added drinking chocolate):

Well, that was truly inspired, Ms. Cofftea!

I had to wing it on the amounts of chocolate and milk, lacking measuring implements here, but as a gesture of compensation, I did use my chasen, which survived just fine. :-)

One scoop of Essencha’s Jade Bliss Matcha plus 3 spoonfuls of Lake Champlain’s Aztec Hot Chocolate added to some amount of unsweetend vanilla almond milk heated just to the point of small bubbles forming on top.

Holy moly. This was nothing less than exquisite liquid truffle. I wish I could sigh and say that oh, I couldn’t possibly have something this rich more than once a week, but that would be a bald-faced lie. I’ll probably do it again before the day is done.

I’ll be playing close attention to any future tweaks you make to this, Ms. Cofftea. The only thing I’ll do differently next time myself is drink it while it’s hotter. I, too, only taste the matcha “in the very back”, and I like the way it works. Maybe I’ll try a different chocolate next time—I do have one that isn’t spicy but has notes of almond and orange in it. That could be brilliant, I think.

Cofftea

hehe So glad you loved it! This’ll have me smiling all day=P

Cofftea

I think it was especially delicous because it was breakfast and in a bowl. Drinking chocolate from a bowl for breakfast just seems so naughty lol. Isn’t it great to be an adult and be able to do this kinda stuff?:)

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70

There really isn’t much oomph to either the chocolate or the mint here, and maybe that’s indicated by the “smooth” modifier. There’s nothing offensive about this one, no odd taste at any point, but it’s just not that interesting or exciting. I have a whole 8 ounces of it, though, and while I’ll certainly work my way through it quickly enough, I don’t think that I’ll be in a hurry to replace it.

For a chocolatey tea, I adore Teavana’s Haute Chocolate. No mint, but it’s got a little kick of pepper… if that kind of spicy is your thing (as it is mine), I’d check out that one.

Cofftea

Black or red pepper in the teavana tea?

Andrea in New Mexico

it’s black pepper… and not so much that one should be scared off, I think it’s really well-balanced. A touch of rock sugar makes it perfect. :)

Cofftea

Eh, I woulda been sold w/ red.

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70

(A steep time of 8 minutes or more means that I’ve made it in my Rhapsody… so it steeps as long as it takes me to drink it!)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Cofftea

Oh my gosh! I’m going to Cincinnati in June and I just checked out Essencha’s website! I may not actually bring much tea with me on vacation;)

Andrea in New Mexico

I love them! Their prices are generally better than Teavana’s (my other major expense), and their customer service is amazing. They ship their teas in tins, and I ordered four 8oz tins to use as part of Christmas gifts, and when they arrived, each of the tins had some significant denting as a result of the packing. I sent an e-mail just to let them know, and got a reply from someone’s Blackberry on a Friday night saying that they’d get four new empty tins out to me first thing in the morning, plus a $5 coupon for my next purchase. They’re wonderful!

Andrea in New Mexico

(Adding clarification that the 4 8oz tins I originally bought as gifts were full of tea—not just empty! And they sent replacement empty tins.)

Cofftea

lol I knew what you meant. But I wasn’t talking about ordering from there, I was talking about going there! Unfortunately it’s 8.5 miles from my hotel…:(

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80

(A steep time of 8 minutes or more means that I’ve made it in my Rhapsody… so it steeps as long as it takes me to drink it!)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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95

(2nd steep is always as good as the first!)

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95

This is totally one of my desert-island teas right now. I love, love, love chai and am sticking to rooibos or low-caffeine as much as I can during pregnancy. This one is perfectly delicious, with or without the agave nectar and rice milk I frequently add to it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more
Cofftea

Adagio has a rooibos vanilla chai and a decaf spiced green which is pretty much like a chai. Have you tried adding a chai spice mix like the one culinary teas to a decaf tea you like? That may give you more flavor options. Adagio also has a decent selection of decafs, especially blacks.

Andrea in New Mexico

Thanks for the recommendations! I’m about to put together an Adgio order—it’ll be my first—and I’ll definitely try that vanilla chai and a sample of the spiced green. That one sounds interesting!

Cofftea

It is! I never thought green tea and chai spices would go so good together, but they do!

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95

(A steep time of 8 minutes or more means that I’ve made it in my Rhapsody… so it steeps as long as it takes me to drink it!)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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100

I have an order in with Essencha for this, my near-daily morning wake-up, and it’s on back order! Their web site assures that by the time something’s listed as backordered that it’s probably already on the way to their warehouse, but I’m not sure what I’d do without this in my cupboard.

(Oh, I know exactly what I’ll do: My white Ayurvedic chai from Teavana will be here Saturday and I’ll spoil myself for a little while…)

takgoti

We all deserve a little spoiling now and then.

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100

I wake up for this one! I’ve tried so many varieties of Moroccan Mint tea—“Berber whiskey”, as it’s known over there—and this one tastes more like what I grew to love in North Africa than any other. Sweeten it if you like—I sometimes use rock sugar—but it’s not necessary.

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

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