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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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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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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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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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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 refreshing change from the black teas I’ve been drinking all week!

I used the last of my 1oz. tin (about 2.5 heaping teaspoons in my 12oz. mug). The scent is super tangy and sweet—very “pink”. The tea itself is a pinkish amber and very “downy” because of the feathery white leaves. I’m tasting mostly rose petals and a little bit of strawberry. The coconut appears only as a hint of sweetness. The aftertaste reminds me a little of Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berries® cereal!

I think I may order more of this, eventually—but not for awhile because there are so many other teas out there to try!

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Another neat tea name and a romantic story with it to boot.

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75
drank 1000 Cranes Blend by Teas Etc
314 tasting notes

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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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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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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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94

Pretty extraordinary oolong. Surprisingly light for an Oriental Beauty, but also fruity. A delight.

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71
drank Keemun by Teas Etc
596 tasting notes

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71
drank Keemun by Teas Etc
596 tasting notes

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71
drank Keemun by Teas Etc
596 tasting notes

Tasty, smooth, but a bit more aggressive than other Keemuns I’ve tried. If you eschew Keemun on the grounds that it is wimpy, do give this one a try.

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68
drank Ginseng Oolong by Teas Etc
240 tasting notes

Searching for the correct temp and time to brew this tea. 180 deg F for 5 minutes didn’t get much into the cup. Has a slight garlicly aftertaste today….not sure why.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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68
drank Ginseng Oolong by Teas Etc
240 tasting notes

And yet another resteep…that’s two for those counting. I suspect I could get a 4th cup (3 resteeps) from the pellets, but I’ve had enough…time to move on :-)

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68
drank Ginseng Oolong by Teas Etc
240 tasting notes

Got a good resteep out of the pellets. They started to unfurl a bit with this steeping, so you can actually tell they are green tea leaves.

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68
drank Ginseng Oolong by Teas Etc
240 tasting notes

I was somewhat worried by this tea…my only experience with “ginseng” and tea was a Stash’s Ginseng Tea disaster. I was pleasantly suprised by this tea. Its very light..in fact I’m not getting much, if any ginseng. Perhaps a slight, little tingle after the fact.
The visual appeal of this tea is lacking…rabbit pellet tea, that’s what one co-worked called it; but, the taste is a nice, mild oolong. A bit of vegetable in the flavor, but not grassy.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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50
drank Bohea by Teas Etc
161 tasting notes

MY 100th TASTING NOTE! Cue the balloons and confetti.

For my 100th post, I chose a tea that I have never had before. I’ve kind of been avoiding Lapsang Souchong teas due to their smell. Not that the smell is offensive, I’ve just never been in the mood to drink them. The tea’s liquor is much lighter than I expected (even lighter than most black teas). I think I was expecting a tarry, murky, dark color to match the smell. Surprise #1. The tea smells like a campfire. Well, maybe not like a campfire per se…but it smells like your clothes after you have been close to a campfire. The 1st taste (the second it touches your tongue) is that of a smooth black tea. Then an overwhelming flavor of smoke and ash (and I mean that in the best of ways) takes over. The after taste is that of residual smoke and a very light sweetness. Odd and interesting. Surprise #2.

I didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it either. I’ll be open to try other LS in the future now that I’ve gotten the initial experience out of the way. I really do like the lingering taste. It’s not like cigar smoke that can hang on for a day or two. It’s like the aftertaste of a nice meal that involved eating smoked ham or something similar.

Now that the world of LS has been opened, it might be time to delve into pu-erh…maybe. Slowly.

Here’s to experiencing 100 more teas.

JacquelineM

Congrats on 100! clinks my tea cup with yours

Angrboda

Why, Lena! It’s your Steepsterversary! Congratulations. :D Shame it didn’t happen with an awesomesauce tea though, but at least you’re not completely scared away.

Dan

Congrats…may your tea cup never be empty.

Mike

Congrats Lena! ;)

LENA

@ JacquelineM – clink clink Cheers to your recent 100 too!

@ Angrboda – Thank you!!! It’s ok…I’m sure I’ll find something wonderful in the TTB. It should be making its way toward TN fairly soon.

@ Dan – Thanks for the kind words. :)

Ricky

Now how did I miss this! Congrats!

~lauren.

WOW! 100+ tea tasting notes! Congrats!

takgoti

WHEEEEEEEEE! Unfashionably late to this party, but congratulations!

Doulton

An auspicious occasion indeed! And cheers for discussing a LS for #100!

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72
drank Huang Jin Gui by Teas Etc
240 tasting notes

Resteep. Again a long steep…flavor isn’t as intensely green as the first go around, but still veggy. This cup is a nice oolong, but its not being slapped in the face with an oolong like the first cup.

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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