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84
drank Golden Monkey by Teas Etc
429 tasting notes

I just know I’m going to be heartbroken when this tea is gone.

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83
drank Mango Nut by Teas Etc
6770 tasting notes

What a HELLISH Day! Not really, bad, just BUSY! WHOA! Anyhow…this was tasty. On to the next

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84
drank Golden Monkey by Teas Etc
429 tasting notes

Was feeling a little under the weather today so decided to add a little honey to the tea. It cured my upset stomach but really destroyed the taste of the Golden Monkey. Next time I need honey I’m going to use a cheaper tea. This one is too good to waste.

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

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94

This gets better and better for me. Definitely bring that water temperature down to maximize the fruit. It gets downright juicy.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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75
drank Coconut Custard by Teas Etc
314 tasting notes

I’ve discovered that I’m not much of a fan of rooibos or honeybush teas. They remind me so much of pipe tobacco! The scent and appearance is very pipe tobacco-ish. Which is not really a bad thing, I guess. It’s just not tea to me (I mean, I know it’s an herbal, but other herbals seem like tea to me—maybe it’s a “leaf” thing? Rooibos is not leafy).

This Coconut Custard Rooibos smells like vanilla-flavored pipe tobacco with coconut added. Very sweet, hay-like and faintly smoky. There is real shredded coconut in it. The tea is a deep orange-amber. And the taste is like a root-y, herbal coconut water. I like how naturally sweet this is. It’s actually quenching a dessert-craving I’ve been having tonight.

This was one of my first forays into rooibos/honeybush tea (the others being Very Vanilla and Honeybush) and it may be my last. Because, although they’re nice, I don’t like them enough to try more variations.

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75
drank 1000 Cranes Blend by Teas Etc
314 tasting notes

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91
drank Assam Reserve by Teas Etc
158 tasting notes

I bought this tea when it was featured as the Select. The first time I tried it, it was not at all what I was wanting, and I didn’t finish the cup — not the tea’s fault, mind you, but mine for having chosen something I was really, really not in the mood for. Today finds me sitting down to write and unable to get my brain to turn over like the engine I need it to be, and what I need is an elegant kick in the backside.

This is working for me today. It brews to a very pretty reddish-orange hue and it smells like sweet potato. The flavor is pure assam — malty black tea with a touch of sweet potato sweetness that reminds me post-sip of molasses, but very faint, meaning this would be a perfect pairing with some sugar in the raw and a touch of cream, though I’ll be drinking it with neither today — it’s smooth enough to get by without additives, despite the mild astringency. It has more astringency than I usually prefer, but not so much as I seem to remember it having had that first time…just more than I get from my current black tea staple, Adagio’s Golden Spring (re: none).

I feel as though I should be waiting for the cup to cool slightly before I post this tasting note, but I’m really enjoying the almost-too-hot burn in the belly. Maybe it’ll be enough to scorch away this head full of cottonballs I seem to be cursed with today.

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

I hope the cottonballs dispersed. They are obnoxious when they decide to show up.

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84
drank Golden Monkey by Teas Etc
429 tasting notes

Drinking this complex tea makes me wonder if monkeys actually picked it. It also makes me wonder what other companies Golden Monkey tastes like and do I really want to try them wondering if I will be let down or not. Its not a brisk or robust tea, its a fantastic tea.

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

stick to this monkey – all the other ive tried (including specialteas) just dont stand up

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drank Pu'erh Tuo-Cha by Teas Etc
19 tasting notes

I drop one in a 5oz Giawan.1-2 infusion 30sec. 3-4 1min. Seems to work for me. I think this way it isn’t over powering.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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75
drank Bao Zhong by Teas Etc
596 tasting notes

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89
drank Orange U Slim by Teas Etc
251 tasting notes

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84
drank Golden Monkey by Teas Etc
429 tasting notes

This is very complex tea. I get different nuances every time I brew it different. Its a very earthy tea that is slightly sweet on the tongue. Its very nice for a cold rainy day in Maine.
An enjoyable tea.

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

Love Golden Monkey though I have not had the pleasure of the Teas Etc version!

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69
drank Pu'erh Leaf by Teas Etc
429 tasting notes

OK, so I had to try something different. This time I did steep the leaves for 15 sec and then decant. Then I steeped the leaves for 3 minutes and added 1/8 tsp of splenda. The tea had a grassy hay like smell. The taste was like grassy grain like. The taste was greatly improved for me. This tea is supposed to be very good for you and now I can drink it. Its hard for me to drink any tea with almost no or bad flavor. This is much better.

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

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84
drank Golden Monkey by Teas Etc
429 tasting notes

I’m spending lots of time with this tea. It has a sugar raisin type of smell to it. My first taste this morning gave me a sweetness that coated my tongue. I have tried a 5 minute steep, but a 4 minute one brings out more flavors and complexities. I can understand why this tea rated a second place and I’m no expect on tea by any means. I may drink this tea all day and then lament over having drank it all this evening. Such a warm and comforting tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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75
drank 1000 Cranes Blend by Teas Etc
314 tasting notes

This seems to settle the stomach after a heavy meal—maybe it’s the astringency of the strawberries? It’s very refreshing. The slight sweetness makes this work well as a dessert tea, also.

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69
drank Pu'erh Leaf by Teas Etc
429 tasting notes

This is my second try today with this tea and I had much better results thanks to Cofftea.
My first steep was for 15 seconds and then decanted the tea. Then I steeped for 20 seconds and the results I had were much better. The tea still had a grassy hay smell. It almost taste the same way, at least it didn’t taste like muddy water like it did the first time. This tea was slightly sweet on the edges of my tongue. This is not my favorite type of tea, but I just have to try everything. So I need to up my ratings since my first steep didn’t do this tea justice.
2nd steep;
The tea seems to get a little sweeter. It still has the hay notes, but its a little smoother and is easier to drink and enjoy. I steeped for 45 seconds with 195 deg. water.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Cofftea

There’s always raw pu erh, which is a completely different experience:) Glad you were able to make some improvements though!:)

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69
drank Pu'erh Leaf by Teas Etc
429 tasting notes

This was my first experience with Pu’erh and I can’t really say that I liked it very much. The tea smelled much like grassy hay when I smelled it dry. The instruction said boiling water from 3-5 minutes, so I tried 4. The tea had an earthy smell and taste, much like muddy water. The tea was amber in hue and has no bitter taste at all. I don’t give up easily and I have an ounce of tea so I will keep trying other temps and steep times. If anyone has any ideas, please leave me a comment.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Here’s how I do mine, thanks to Carolyn, now after being completely revolted by steeping parameters similar to yours lol: 1g of tea per 1oz of water. Rinse the leaves by pouring the appropraite volume of boiling (I actually use just below boiling to preserve the health benefits) water over the leaves and let steep for 15 sec. Decant and discard this 1st steep. Boil more water and do a 20 sec. steep. This is your 1st drinkable steep. To do additional infusions, continue at 20 sec til you find the flavor to be too weak for your taste, then increase by 10 sec.

Dan

Thanks, I will try anything after my first bout with Pu’erh.

Cofftea

Let me know how you like it!:)

Dan

Thank you Coftea, it works great and tastes much better. Now I need to do a new Tealog.

Cofftea

Any time!

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71
drank Keemun by Teas Etc
596 tasting notes

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90
drank Rosy Earl Grey by Teas Etc
314 tasting notes

I’m really liking these florally teas, lately! I think this is a nice twist on your standard Earl Grey. The rose and jasmine really complement the bergamot. It’s like drinking a lovely soup bouquet. So, If you don’t like flowers in your tea, I’d say steer clear. :)

Also, it’s kind of heavy on the rose and reminds me of Turkish Delight.

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84
drank Golden Monkey by Teas Etc
429 tasting notes

Now this is a very nice tea. It has a copper red hue and smells very earthy. It has a sweet finish and is smooth with no bitterness at all. This tea actually has a caramel character which I have never tasted before. This is not a brisk robust breakfast tea. This is a tea to sit and linger over. Overall, one of the best teas I have ever drank. I followed directions on the packet for my first cup, but I intend to experiment a little with regards to temp and steep time in the future.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Niko12345678

I must taste this tea! It goes straight to the shopping list!

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75
drank 1000 Cranes Blend by Teas Etc
314 tasting notes

This is a nice, light, fruity tea. I really enjoy the combination of strawberries and roses and coconut. I think the story aptly describes how the taste of this tea “feels” – wistful, romantic, light-hearted- like a lace-trimmed valentine’s note. It smells wonderful too—floral and tangy-sweet. But, when I first received this, I overenthusiastically drank several mugs first thing in the morning—on an empty stomach—and it made me really queasy! Too much of a good thing, I guess.

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82
drank Lemon Ginger Snap by Teas Etc
58 tasting notes

I wasn’t sure if I’d like this tea because ginger and lemon can both be very strong flavors and sometimes I just can’t handle them. This one is mellow with that nice zing that ginger adds to the back of your throat. It has just enough flavor for me to wake me up but doesn’t get to be too much halfway through the cup. I used really hot water on this because I thought it was black tea (woops). Didn’t seem to hurt it much though. Yummy!

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

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75
drank Bao Zhong by Teas Etc
596 tasting notes

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