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83

I really enjoyed this tea tremendously. I love the undertones of fruity smoothness and yet a little woodsy, earthy tantalizing taste flow through this tea. The coconut was not something I was expecting to blend well, but it did. I think it actually added to the smoothness.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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98
drank Golden Monkey by Teas Etc
158 tasting notes

Steepsterrrrrrr. I miss and love you.

I have been on a tea-buying hiatus, and as such am not writing tasting notes, while I feverishly try to dispose of (read: drink) a rather remarkable surplus of tea in my cabinet.

However, I needed to write something today to give people a heads-up. Anyone near NYC ought to be aware of the following:

“Harney & Sons in SoHo, 433 Broome Street (between Crosby and Broadway), will pour free cups of tea and hold discussions with experts about the culture at tea this weekend. On Saturday, James Norwood Pratt, author of “Tea Dictionary,” will speak about tea between 4 and 6 p.m. On Sunday, John and Michael Harney join the discussion and guests can sip tea before a screening of the documentary “The Meaning of Tea” at 7 p.m.”

If I were closer to NYC than Cambridge, I would totally go!

Also, my cup of golden monkey was delicious this morning. ;) And now, back to the trenches of my word processor!

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drank Rosy Earl Grey by Teas Etc
1112 tasting notes

Oh, Rosy! I love you! I’ve MISSED you!!!!!!! I get so into my Winter Dark Roasty Smoky habit, that I forget how much I enjoy your sweet, gentle but flavorful, jasminey, rosy delightfulness. Definitely one of my Top Ten All Time Tea Loves. This tea is pure synergy – you don’t taste the individual ingredients as much as you taste this new amazing swoon worthy flavor. Love, love, love!

mpierce87

Ooh, I may have to get my hands on some of this!

JacquelineM

I’d be happy to send you some! PM me your address and let me know if anything else in my cabinet speaks to you!

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65
drank Rosy Earl Grey by Teas Etc
464 tasting notes

This tea makes me believe I’m sipping from a fancy teacup at an afternoon tea. It screams, “I’m FLORAL!” in both its taste and scent. This is a fine tea, but I’m realizing more and more that I’m not particularly into floral teas. It’s a refreshing and rejuvenating cup, but really isn’t that enjoyable unless you like jasmine and flowers.

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86
drank Tung Ting by Teas Etc
211 tasting notes

Chaou Zhou clay teapot, tea to cover the bottom of pot in 2 layers. The dry tea consists of small (5mm and smaller), rolled-up nuggets with bits of stem attached. Very dark green, with rich vegetal scent to match. First infusion at 195F, 1 min, liquor is a buttery yellow with buttery taste to match, and full-mouthed body which lingers on. A floral note which is faint, but being that this is the first infusion, raises my expectations tremendously. Second infusion, 190F, 30 sec, the florality is a little more noticeable, rose and lilac perhaps, with an underlying sweetness like new-mown hay. Third infusion, 200F, 1 min, the tea has unrolled so that the teapot is almost full of leaves. The body and sweetness of this tea are, to me, its most remarkable qualities. Very enjoyable. And speaking of quality, the freshness of this oolong is outstanding, and essential.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Champagne & Berries by Teas Etc
698 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 2 tsp
Water: 12 oz hot spigot water
Tool: kati loose tea system (my Review here.)
Steep Time: a little over 1 minute (http://steep.it/)
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: amazing, delicious! sweet, berries, hints of champagne and vegetation
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet, vegetal, berry
Flavor: vegetal, berry, sweet
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: bitter
Liquor: translucent murky olive green

I think less time cooler water or less time? and a touch of sweetener, really enjoying this berry green though.

Yes, let the spigot water cool and keep it to just a minute and it’s a sweet vegetal with hints of berry. I wonder how this would fair as a tea cocktail?

This was a surprise gift from Newman who had read about my trip to the tea and champagne bar in NYC. Not only did it have a nice note but it was the most observant gift I’ve received in a long time!

Pictures: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/01/teas-etc-loose-leaf-green-tea-champagne.html

Preparation
1 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

What an incredibly thoughtful gift!

AmazonV

very :) talk about a day brightener!

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Wow, those are my favorite type of gifts.

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85
drank Golden Monkey by Teas Etc
4 tasting notes

finally found a black tea I really like. delicious. wish I could of tried last years batch though. sounds like it was considerably better.

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

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72

Grabbed a cup of this while I was out at a local coffeehouse. Nice berry flavor. Soothing.

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79
drank Orange U Slim by Teas Etc
31 tasting notes

An absolutely horrible name for a tea… but it tastes great!

I say horrible name because it gives the assumption that oolongs are used for weight loss. Simply put, there is no proof of this. End of discussion.

However, the tea itself tastes quite smooth. There is just enough orange flavor and it isn’t overpowering. My 2oz. sample is almost gone. The leaves are large and open up a lot, so make sure to give them a lot of room

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

Simply put, there is no proof of this. End of discussion.
Yes. This. Same thing with pu-erh. Miracle food, it does not exist.

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75
drank Coconut Custard by Teas Etc
464 tasting notes

I’m just about out of this bag! I have been having a pot at least once a day. I don’t know why, but it’s not tasting as sweet as my first few cups. I’m tasting more of the rooibos than the coconut/sweetness as before. Still good!

Cofftea

“I’m just about out of this bag!” may be a clue… maybe ingredients have shifted/settled.

QueenOfTarts

I was thinking about that.. but it was about early/mid-way through the bag when it started to not taste the same. I’ll try shaking/shifting it a bit to see how it goes! Thanks!

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50
drank Coconut Custard by Teas Etc
902 tasting notes

Another sample from Rachel!!

Glancing through the tasting notes, I can’t help but think I’m missing something. It tastes…like rooibos. Plain, un-flavored rooibos. If I really try, it’s kinda sweet…but still more like plain rooibos to me.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I had the same problem and was shocked as well based on the tasting notes. I informed the company maybe something was wrong with this batch as a courtesy and was basically told my palate was off and perhaps I was wrong and I should take that into consideration. I replied that I did take into consideration but still felt I should say something. It wasn’t very happy with my interaction it was borderline aggressive. I normally never complain or say anything. Honestly, just wanted to help but I guess I should have kept my mouth shut. After all it could just be me.

Jaime

I don’t think it was just you…cause this had no flavor to me at all. And they actually told you your palate was off? Wow. I have no other words for that.

LiberTEAS

wow! I am just flabbergasted.

I guess their “customer service” could use some fine tuning.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

She suggested on multiple occasions that I must have just not liked it and that there were no other complaints so nothing could be wrong and no one at her company mentioned anything off with it either. She did not and would not acknowledge that it could be something else. She did give me a credit so I can purchase something else which was nice but I didn’t ask for it. She seemed very defensive about the product and was convinced I was in the wrong.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I am so happy to find out I am not crazy

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Well, at least not this time.

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91
drank Cold Comfort by Teas Etc
5 tasting notes

This Teas Etc. brew (Cold Comfort) is very tasty. I have a bit of a cold today, so I will be able to judge its medicinal properties and let you know. I carry this tea at the Curious Garden if/when you’re under the weather.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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89
drank Assam by Teas Etc
31 tasting notes

I have been taking this to work with me for the last week and a half. It’s a great “wake the heck up and be productive” tea.

As far as taste, it is smokier and more astringent than a Ceylon tea, but it is not too bold. It’s fine with nothing added to it. I’m sure it could stand up to milk, but why bother?

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

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drank Rosy Earl Grey by Teas Etc
902 tasting notes

JacquelineM sent me a little tin of this to try…thank you so much!!

It’s almost too pretty to brew. This is full of rose petals! Has a lovely rose and earl grey scent, with just a hint of jasmine.

In the brewed cup, though, that hint of jasmine becomes a whole heap o’ jasmine. There’s still some rose, and bergamot at the end of the sip, but there’s a whole heck of a lot of jasmine going on. And I’m not quite sure how I feel about that. See, me and jasmine…sometimes we just can’t be in the same room, and other days we’re best friends. Kind of like tweenage girls.

As it cools, there’s less up-front jasmine and more rose; bergamot is still playing the final fiddle. I’m thinking this is an Earl that’s just not for me. I’ll try it out again at a lower steep and see what happens.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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70

Too much Ginger and not enough lemon but not a terrible taste. Probably not one I would purchase again tho.

SIPDOWN!!!!
Ricky

Snap! And here I thought I might try it out.

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87
drank Shui Xian by Teas Etc
89 tasting notes

A very smooth oolong. Fruity, but not citrus. More flavor as it cooled, but I could not detect the chocolate.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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66

Okay, but I still like Coconut Custard more! The dry leaf has almost a tangy yogurt smell. It reminded me a lot of some sweet yogurt drink I had when I was younger. When steeped, there is a bit of a floral scent. This tea is just alright. A tiny bit drying after you swallow. It’s sweet, but I don’t really taste individual honey or vanilla.

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51
drank Mandarin Orange by Teas Etc
911 tasting notes

The Final Sipdown: Day 14
Decupboarding Total: 28

I slacked yesterday and today with The Final Sipdown but honestly? I’ve been too busy cooking, eating and napping to worry much about what teas to finish off. However, tomorrow is a new day and I’m back on The Final Sipdown wagon. To show my determination to decupboard, I’ve finished off this not-tea tonight.

I went a little heavy on the leaf just to finish this off and the smell is even more rooibos-y than normal. The taste isn’t as bad as the smell though, so it ends up drinkable and a little orange-y. But I’m still not that hot on this one. Thankfully it’s gone.

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75
drank Coconut Custard by Teas Etc
464 tasting notes

This is probably my new favorite rooibos! I love rooibos and I love sweet dessert teas… what a perfect combination this is! I don’t detect something that is pure coconut.. I’m just getting a creamy, almost honey-like sweetness instead. This is so smooth! The perfect balance between rooibos and sweetness. I don’t know how, but it’s quickly soared to the top of my list. Delicious! I won’t ever go without this blend in my cupboard.

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drank Chunmee by Teas Etc
19 tasting notes

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73

I liked it! It’s citrusy in all kinds of good ways, but if I didn’t see the package, I don’t know if I would have gotten to grapefruit. But, that’s not a bad thing. It was really nice plain, without sugar. Sugar, ice… both… I could see that working well with this.

I didn’t think it was remotely like freshly picked grapefruit. But it’s citrus in a way that’s unexpected and different. For that, it deserves a try.

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87
drank Green YinZhen by Teas Etc
89 tasting notes

I had but a single serving sample of this tea from Teas Etc. I have delayed consuming it until my desire for a nice green tea was just right. It was worth it. This is a delightful tea, very smooth and pleasant. Great for these chilly afternoon wet-yuck days. It has now gone, but will be remembered in a future order.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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86
drank Assam by Teas Etc
89 tasting notes

I moved away from black teas during the summer. Their flavor just no longer been interesting. But lately, I have a very nice Earl Grey, and this very nice Assam. Maybe it was the teas. Maybe it was the heat. Maybe it was Me.
But this is a very smooth, subtly favored Assam. I am surprised, and delighted.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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74

This is so SWEET and to bring the honey and vanilla out more I added a bit of Agave and wow did they ever come out. However, next time I will probably have it straight or maybe just a tiny bit of tea honey. Nevertheless, it is absolutely as described and will not disappoint. Can’t believe I was the first to log this one either.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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