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drank Cinnamon Apricot by Teaism
87 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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Can be slow to steep, but smells beautiful and tastes the same :-)

Preparation
8 min or more

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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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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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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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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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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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drank Cinnamon Apricot by Teaism
8 tasting notes

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drank Cinnamon Apricot by Teaism
8 tasting notes

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drank Cinnamon Apricot by Teaism
8 tasting notes

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drank Star of Africa by Teaism
8 tasting notes

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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drank Baozhong by Teaism
2031 tasting notes

I grabbed this one at Teaism after my work day was over to relax with on the bus on the way to my friend’s house. It was floral and buttery, but it suffered from both a paper cup and a paper tea sac. Mmmm paper. Blech. Still better than having no tea, but I am so sensitive to papery flavors in my teas.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
CHAroma

Don’t you miss the days when paper and metal cups didn’t bother you? *Sigh.

Dinosara

Haha yeah!

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drank Golden Dragon by Teaism
2031 tasting notes

Traveling again! A quick two-day trip this time. I am in DC and got up way earlier than I needed to this morning because the friend I’m staying with had to be at work way earlier than I can arrive at the museum. The place where we had breakfast didn’t have any tea, but lucky for me this tea shop is very near the museum.

I’ve never had a golden dragon tea before, though if it’s Chinese and has “golden” in the name I’ll try it. This is pretty tasty. I can feel the energy slowly flowing into my body as I sip it. It’s a bit malty with a kind of earthy note toward the end of the sip. As I drink more its definitely reminding me of some kind of black tea-puerh hybrid. Not entirely my thing, but decently tasty nonetheless.

CHAroma

Enjoy D.C.!!

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drank Chai by Teaism
10 tasting notes

A very nice blend, and if you happen to be in DC, it’s absolutely worth it to go buy a cup in their shop. Try a salty oatmeal cookie, too, while you’re there. It’s a pretty expensive tea to buy to bring home, and I’d usually rather spend the money on a good Kashmiri Chai loose leaf, but this is still definitely a favorite.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Assam (Organic) by Teaism
52 tasting notes

This is a good, basic Assam. It doesn’t have a lot of malty, chewy flavor to it, but it is a nice tea. I’ve had it in the afternoon and prefer it to a “stronger” Assam that is great in the morning.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Assam by Teaism
52 tasting notes

This was good, but not great, Assam.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Gen Mai Cha by Teaism
73 tasting notes

Oh, Teaism. First you had me with the Chai, and now you throw a wonderfully smooth, tasty Genmaicha over my tastebuds. I am generally a black/milk tea person, but any cup of tea that essentially tastes like liquid Frosted Flakes has my vote. But YOUR genmaicha, Teaism, isn’t quite as cloying as others; it is more subtle, but the toasted rice comes right through. Assertive little things.

I look forward to my next visit to Teaism in DC. I’ve had a bracing black and a gentle green; I want to try so many more!

KeenTeaThyme

I live near here; I’d love to try this place out! :)

rubicat

you totally should. And then send me tea as my finder’s fee. LOL. Seriously – you won’t be disappointed. The food is amazing, too!

KeenTeaThyme

LOL – good to know! I’ll trek down there soon! Thanks for the tip!

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drank Chai by Teaism
73 tasting notes

While visiting a friend in DC, I had breakfast at Teaism. I thought that I had tasted all manner of Chai from mild to spicy, but I had never had THIS Chai. The fragrant burst of spice from the cardamom makes the initial spice of this chai very assertive, but the flavours throughout are smooth and delicious. I ended up going to the store and buying a bag to make a proper chai at home.

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A new arrival from South Korea that arrived to my door in rainy England this morning.

Colour: Mellow Yellow.
Smell: Rice crackery

A light, sweet and ricey tea with a somewhat refreshing after taste (similar to menthol just without the menthol taste). I enjoy rice tea very much (also known as popcorn tea). I am trying to guess the after taste, it’s slight but still there..ginger? licorice? I cannot be sure but either way it is still yummy.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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