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92
drank Golden Dragon by Teaism
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Flavors: Drying, Mineral, Smooth, Tannin, Tea, Toasty

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 24 OZ / 700 ML

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83
drank Chai by Teaism
4 tasting notes

So there’s only a handful of places to get tea locally if you live in DC. Teaism is more of a cafe to me but it still carries some pretty good teas if you want to buy loose. I have to admit that I was addicted to their chai shake. It’s so awesome that I had to get some loose chai for my home in case I’m too lazy to go to the cafe.

Very balanced chai without too much ginger, just the way I like it. Drink it with or without milk. I usually froth my milk and pour it into a hot cup of chai. Perfect for the winter days :)

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Milk

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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83
drank Chai by Teaism
4 tasting notes

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87

From the Phi tea box. Smells nice… I mostly got lavender in the dry leaf, with more mint when it was brewed. And now it has a soothing scent. The flavour is very herbal. It’s mostly a mint tea with some lemon notes.

Flavors: Lemon, Mint, Spearmint

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70
drank Soba Cha by Teaism
7 tasting notes

I love roasted flavors in my tea (but somehow, I don’t like coffee). This tea is nothing but roasted buckwheat, so it offers plenty of those flavors. It definitely reminds me of the toasted rice or popcorn flavors associated with genmaicha, but with none of the green tea flavors. Because there is only one ingredient in this tea, the flavors are pretty straightforward. I wish there was a little more complexity, but it’s just roasted buckwheat.

Another benefit of this tea: you can eat it!

Flavors: Grain, Roasted, Toasted

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80
drank Golden Dragon by Teaism
407 tasting notes

This is one the my friend picked from the shop outside the Capital.

The taste was very earth and lacked the chocolate tones of the monkey counterpart. This brew had a more malt and spice taste rather than smooth and dessert like. It also carries a light rose hip flavor which was strange. I did enjoy this, but I mostly stuck to my Golden Monkey :)

Flavors: Earth, Malt, Rosehips

Tealover

Hints of chocolate and rose-hip, interesting. would you say these flavours went well together?

Haveteawilltravel

Actually this one lacked the chocolate tone. The Golden Monkey variety had a stronger tone. This had a slight hint of chocolate but was mostly earth, malt and rose-hips. It flowed very nicely. The rose-hip flavor was prominent in the aftertaste.

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87
drank Golden Monkey by Teaism
407 tasting notes

I am back from another vacation :) This time I was in Washington D.C. and of course I must stop for Tea. I’ve been wanting to try this tea house out for awhile. I will post a review in the Discover/Explore section.

I couldn’t decide on a brew, so my friend just picked two closely related blacks and we sampled both. This was the one I chose. This comes in a very generous amount. The liquor is a deep chocolate crismon soup. The aroma is of dry cocoa and malt. The flavor is a deep coco tone and smooth. It tasted similar to a decent quality Jin Jui Mei. The last sip finished with a silky caramel tone. I really did like this tea, but it was on the pricey side. I know of other businesses where I can get much higher quality for about half the price. I believe the price was for the experience of drinking tea within sight of the Capital.

https://instagram.com/p/1o83YOTGe5/?taken-by=haveteawilltravel

Flavors: Caramel, Cocoa, Smooth

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90
drank Jasmine by Teaism
353 tasting notes

A friend gave me a bag of this. She in turn had picked it up from the freebie table at her workplace. And I never turn down free loose tea.

This is lovely. Light, just enough jasmine to satisfy without turning into perfume. It’s perfect.

I just looked at the Teaism website and it’s a bit pricier than I’m used to paying for jasmine tea (11.25/2 oz) but I’m glad to have this bag. Given the price and my knowledge of where to find similar or better quality for less, I probably won’t make my way down to their store in Penn Quarter to purchase more.

Flavors: Jasmine

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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drank Cinnamon Apricot by Teaism
100 tasting notes

I had this tea the other night after dinner at a fantastic restaurant in DC, and while it took a while to steep (longer than the 3-4 mins my waiter suggested), it was quite delicious – very light, yet with a comforting apricot flavor with an intriguing cinnamon twist. I’d definitely drink it again.

Flavors: Apricot, Cinnamon, Flowers, Honey

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100

Can be slow to steep, but smells beautiful and tastes the same :-)

Preparation
8 min or more

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65
drank Guranse (Organic) by Teaism
3 tasting notes

This Nepalese black has the flavor profile of a mid-grade Darjeeling, with a musky, lightly spiced aroma with hints of peach. Fair amount of silvery tips, but most leaves are broken. Golden color in the cup, with a light floral-fruity aftertaste.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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81
drank Golden Monkey by Teaism
3 tasting notes

Wiry, lightly oxidized black tea with lots of golden tips. Golden is great word to describe this tea: a honeyed aroma is prominent, with undertones of hay and quince. Reddish brown color in the cup. With careful brewing, can be brewed twice, but initial brew should be less than boiling. This review is for the 2012 harvest.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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So I lost this elaborate post I just wrote…so I’m going to just gloss over it because I’m lazy and want to hurry and get to my newly arrived Samovar order! Basically I’m going to say that I was scared, but drank it anyway. It wasn’t bad, and I’m glad I tried it.

I think it’s just too far from the flavors I’m going for lately. It’s very forceful and savory, while I’m tending to like sweet and complex. I know that quality could have something to do with it, but I think it’s something I would have liked more when I was more into black tea anyway.

Honestly, and I know that it’s not necessarily the case with all Lapsangs, all I could get from the smell was “bologna”…Being a vegetarian I haven’t had bologna in about 10 years, so I suppose I could be wrong, maybe a hot dog, but it was pretty distinct. The taste was black tea with hints of bologna…>__< It wasn’t bad, but it was really strange.

My sister quite enjoyed it with some honey. I tried a bit, the floral/sweet honey taste seemed to balance the smoky/savory really nicely. However, I’d rather not add anything to my cup at all.

I’m really not sure how I feel yet, so I won’t rate it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec
takgoti

Eee! Samovar!

takgoti

I was going to write more, but…Samovar!

teaplz

Hahaha! I always love to see what meat/smokey taste comes out of Lapsang. I’ve seen ham, pulled, pork, roast beef. And now bologna! Very interesting indeed.

I never thought of adding honey. That might be a good idea, since I didn’t have such a great time with my first lapsang.

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drank Thai Nguyen by Teaism
2 tasting notes

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98
drank Chai by Teaism
3 tasting notes

No joke the best chai in town! Drink it by the mug-ful there or buy loose and make your own traditional masala at home. I kind of want to use it as pot-pouring in my sock drawer I love the smell of the spice blend so much.

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98
drank Gen Mai Cha by Teaism
3 tasting notes

I’m so excited that Teaism got their Japanese teas back! This stuff is the freshest, deep emerald leaves with superb toasty rice flavor.

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90
drank Cinnamon Apricot by Teaism
8 tasting notes

Hidden gem, if you like apricots! A delightful, light, fruit tea. The best apricot tea I’ve ever had. I steep just a short time. No caffeine. 6-2013

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90
drank Cinnamon Apricot by Teaism
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90
drank Cinnamon Apricot by Teaism
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90
drank Cinnamon Apricot by Teaism
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97
drank Star of Africa by Teaism
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One of my all-time faves! Solid, mellow rooibos, with a very subtle citrus twist. I steep this for a very short time—just a minutes or so. Absolutely wonderful for rooibos lovers. No caffeine. 6-2013

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