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Hi Steepster. I am so far behind on tasting notes it’s kind of ridiculous. There is just no time to taste teas with me being at work all of the time and being gone a lot on the weekends. Sad but I hope you haven’t missed me too much ;)

Recently got this at a Peet’s for cheap. They are discontinuing their tea line and bringing in the Mighty Leaf brand. I find this to be kind of a bummer and wish I had tried more of the Peet’s teas when they were around.

So jasmine does not tend to be a super favorite of mine. But if it’s done well it’s ok. I used two teabags in my tall glass tumbler. For a bagged tea, this isn’t too bad. The jasmine seems fairly strong and the tea itself has a vegetal quality that ends on a sweet note. I find some jasmine teas to be a bit bitter but this is pretty good. I definitely prefer the high quality jasmine pearls as the flowery flavor is more subtle. Might try using one less teabag the next time to give it more of a watered down & subtle effect.

I will probably end up giving the rest of this to my boyfriend if he wants to drink it (he likes the convenience of teabags). If you live near a Peet’s and want to try any of their teas, you need to act fast!

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

I have missed your reviews! You were one of the most reliable reviewers on my feed. But I understand—I drink a lot of tea at work and then forget to post or I won’t buy tea for a bit and therefore have nothing new to review.

TeaBrat

Hi Doug, thanks! It seems like the only time I am at home is on the weekday evenings when I am not inclined to drink any ea. I’ll try to step it up a bit in the next few weeks :)

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This is bit of an odd bird for Peet’s tisanes, it does not brew an intense cup, in general Peet’s tisanes usually brew very flavorful. The flavor is still very light with a 10 minute steep and a tablespoon for a cup of water. The flavor is more akin to lemongrass very lightly supported by ginger with hints of mint. The mouth feel though is thicker than expected. No real tartness from the rose hips. Overall this much more gentler than I expected. Would not buy again on the other hand if you have an upset stomach this stuff is excellent for that.

Flavors: Ginger, Lemongrass, Spearmint

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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88

One of my favorite tea beverages to buy! I love this on a hot summer day the balance of jasmine and lime utterly refreshing but with jasmine it has a unique thirst quenching bite that makes it feel unique compared to other tea based beverages sold on the market. The jasmine note makes this feel like a more grown up beverage.

Flavors: Jasmine, Lime

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80

This was my first Assam and for years I drank it in the morning with a splash of milk. In the winter the malty sweetness so utterly comforting on a cold morning. Was this tea smooth, did I drink it without milk, nope, but in all honesty this tea just says add a splash of milk and feel comforted. Serve it your rustic thick pottery mug and let it take you through a cold morning.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I happen to enjoy a lot of Peet’s unflavored teas, in fact because I worked there they were my jumping off point into tea appreciation, yet for the most part their flavored teas frequently left me wanting. Well, Peet’s hit it out of the park with this tea blend. The chocolate and vanilla working beautifully with the base black tea. The smooth cocoa notes of the cacao shells and dusting of cocoa work perfectly to enhance the cocoa notes of the tea Better yet the vanilla is used with the right hand, supporting the maltiness of the tea, and bringing forward the depth. For a truly absurdly decadent experience brew this tea dark add a splash of half n half and a splash of real maple syrup.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Malt, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Backlog – I didn’t like this too much when I tried it yesterday out of the store. I think this tea needs to be prepared gong fu or at least with short steeps to really appreciate the flavor. I could pick up some of the classic Phoenix flavor but mostly it got bitter and muddy after it was steeped for around 3 minutes. So I can’t really rate this either, but I feel bad for anyone whose only experience of a Phoenix Mountain oolong is trying it this way.

Dustin

What is the classic Phoenix flavor?

TeaBrat

the flavor of a phoenix mountain oolong…

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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 Jade Mist by Peet's Coffee & Tea
2786 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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Backlog from last week.

Daddy had a Peet’s giftcard and he’s a fan of Starbucks soooo he treated me to Peet’s while he just nibbled on some of their baked goods.

It was just starting to get hot back home and I knew I wanted to try a tea of theirs and I saw a list of their tea coolers! I decided on this one because come on, it’s jasmine!! And I love jasmine teas so much :)

This tea was just okay. It was good and drinkable, but I didn’t taste the jasmine at all. It just tasted like a sugared limeade or something like that. I like limeade, but I would have preferred to taste a bit of the jasmine! But it was a nice tea to drink on a warm day

Flavors: Lime

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drank Sencha by Peet's Coffee & Tea
1794 tasting notes

Drinking the bagged version, which is mediocre. It was okay, but I am glad I did not bring more to drink on this trip.

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This tea doesn’t look or smell like much but after it is brewed their a clear sweet smell that comes out in the aroma. The taste has a wonderful apricot mixture with somewhat of a plum taste. This oolong goes from a dark brown/black color to a dark green color after being steeped which I found amusing.

Preparation
2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Ti Kwan Yin by Peet's Coffee & Tea
2786 tasting notes

The perfect tea to drink in my new yellow & blue yixing teapot!

I have been reading some of the other reviews and I don’t understand the low ratings but the average steeping time is also 4 minutes and 45 seconds which is way too long for a TGY. I also don’t think the baristas as Peet’s can really make a proper cup of tea with paper cups, t-sacs and hot water.

Anyway, I digress. I have been working on seasoning my new yixing and this is the pot I am going to use for TGY’s now. https://instagram.com/p/z-YKiMILQX

I used boiling water and then let the water rest in a glass pitcher for around 3o seconds before pouring it over the tea. I am using relatively short steeps of around 30 seconds.

This may be my favorite tea from Peet’s so far. It is oxidized nicely and the flavors that come forth are very soothing. I am reminded of roasted butter, sesame oil,apricots and mango. I don’t get a lot of floral out of this tea, but that’s okay with me. I really am enjoying the richness of it, it’s very lush and almost decadent somehow. Imagine if you poured some brown butter and sesame oil over a bowl of mango and apricot and you get the idea.

This is the only TGY in my collection at the moment and I’m so glad I picked a good one. I will thoroughly enjoy the tin.

Flavors: Apricot, Butter, Mango, Roast nuts

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

I love the pot!! gorgeous colours

TeaBrat

thanks :)

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85

This might have Darjeeling in it, maybe Keemun?. The leaves were broken, large thin pieces with significant green hues. A little smoky, a little dusty; the package says floral and malty.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 14 g 24 OZ / 709 ML

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82

Astringent, orange liquor. Brisk, slightly malty. Would drink again, if offered, but wouldn’t go out of my way to purchase.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec 14 g 24 OZ / 709 ML

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78

Wow, this has some low ratings. I’m not really understanding that considering that I’ve now had two cups (one yesterday, made by Peet’s, and one today, made by me) and they have both been reasonably good. The bergamot is on the fruity side, which I always appreciate. I didn’t realize until now that the base tea is Darjeeling, which explains the slightly sweet aftertaste I’m getting out of it. It also does not brew up bitter, which I like. Not bad!

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drank Yunnan Fancy by Peet's Coffee & Tea
2786 tasting notes

Good morning Steepster. I have been drinking this as my morning tea this week and it’s a decent cuppa, it does have me pining for a really good yunnan black. I would say this is kind of average but it does have a nice malty heft this morning.

I was at Peet’s the other day and saw they are bringing back some of their tinned teas but with a Mighty Leaf label on them. I don’t know if they will relaunch the entire line; I only saw about 10 of them in the store and this wasn’t one.

What are your favorite yunnan blacks? Are there any I need to try? One of my recent favorites came from a hole in the wall shop in Oakland’s Chinatown. I do feel I need to do a significant number of sipdowns before buying a lot of new stuff, but maybe I can afford one or two really good ones ;)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Doug F

Jingmai mountain wild arbor black from YS is very tasty, as is their Da Hu Sai village wild arbor black.

TeaBrat

thanks! I was thinking a YS order would be a good idea :)

Teatotaler

Bamboo Temple from Carytown Tea is a marvelous Yunnan – Very deep and chocolaty. It works well as a breakfast tea – Rich and strong. Holds milk and sugar well. This gorgeous Yunnan is a perfect tea for autumn! Carytown Tea is closed until this coming Tuesday and I am not sure that it is even on their website yet, but it is in stock now. I have just begun swapping teas so let me know if you would like to try some! :)

Nicole

Cannot go wrong with YS and Mandala. YS Pure Bud Bi Luo Chun in particular is amazing. And their flowering black cones. And they have a sale on blacks through 9/7 IIRC. Black12 is the code. 12% off.

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drank Yunnan Fancy by Peet's Coffee & Tea
2786 tasting notes

This is a decent morning tea but doesn’t quite compare to some of my favorite yunnans.

I got one yunnan black at a hole in the wall store in Oakland that blows this out of the water. ha!

Anyway I feel that is tea is pretty strong even after steeping it for only 2.5 minutes. I may cut down on that time and see what happens. It’s malty and has definite spicy and peppery notes. Other folks remarked on the muscatel flavor and there is something about it that’s reminiscent of a darjeeling. It has a strong aftertaste. It’s missing the sweet and chocolate notes some other yunnans have. I probably won’t buy anymore of this when the tin runs out though I’ve enjoyed trying it. It’s better with soymilk.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

The “Fancy” part cracks me up…

TeaBrat

So very fancy!

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A touch of milk and a fair bit of sugar tempered the astringency and mellowed the maltiness to a pleasant level that went well with caramel sauce on toast. Did not pair well with stir-fry vegetables.

Flavors: Astringent, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 8 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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85

While traveling, it’s much easier to have bagged teas. This is one I tried at a relative’s house. I liked how this tea smelled so nicely like spices. The flavour reminded me a bit of wassail or a similar Winter beverage. Had more while watching snow yesterday.

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