2154 Tasting Notes

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drank Petrushka by Kusmi Tea
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I picked up a big tin of this tea at the Kusmi shop in NYC before I left. Yes, I have officially moved away from New York, and all of its lovely tea shops. It’s definitely a bit sad but I am moving on.

I bought a whole large tin of this tea because it was not included in their Russian sampler collection but I very much wanted to try it, since it included almonds and rose as two main flavors. I do not have optimal brewing conditions here at my parents’ house, but I can tell I will definitely enjoy this tea a lot when brewed properly. I definitely get light almond and rose, with a bit of orange. A very pleasant blend.

TeaEqualsBliss

I haven’t tried this one yet! It’s been a while since I’ve had any of the teas from Kusmi…sigh…SOON, I hope, fingers crossed!

Indigobloom

How many tea shops are there in NYC?!
I’m thinking about the dozen or so in Toronto… I can only imagine what the big apple is like! SIGHS

Ysaurella

I understand how you feel Dinosara as I am moving from Paris in one week.
Curiously we don’t have this tea available in France whereas Kusmi is a French brand

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I am using up the last of my sample for this cup, and I am somewhat sad to see it go. I wouldn’t have expected to enjoy a blend of these ingredients (peppermint? chamomile? chocolate?), but I really do. I didn’t really have quite enough actual tea left in my sample for a cup, so I threw in an extra pinch of Laoshan Black.

Today I really need the calming yet awakening properties of this tea. Dissertation committee meeting this afternoon, and I already know it’s going to go poorly (I mean, it’s a committee meeting, they never go well). I steeped this up and I am just sitting here next to it, waiting for it to cool enough for me to drink it, and I started smelling wafts of what smelled a lot like amaretto. Wuh? No, just the notes of this tea combining in an intriguing way.

Very tasty, and I am consistantly getting those amaretto notes in the aroma this time around, but not in the flavor. The flavor is all lovely Laoshan black with additions. Man I love Verdant’s blends.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Prairie Berry by DAVIDsTEA
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Sample #2 of the day. This one comes to me thanks to Faith!

Not being very familiar with the Canadian prairie, I have never had Saskatoon berries. But I am always up for a new and interesting fruit!

The the tea smells very berry-ish, definitely the tart, sweet kind. I also smell the warm, roasted oolong base underneath that seems like it goes pretty well. I am getting quite a lot of tart berry from the flavor, cranberry for sure and perhaps Saskatoon berry, though I don’t know that I would be able to identify it. The oolong base is a touch roasty but not very strongly so. As opposed to several other reviewers, I get basically no maple syrup, and I would hvae liked some maple syrup. Still, this is a pretty tasty tea and I enjoyed it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Faith

Glad you enjoyed it! >_

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drank Tippy Earl Grey by Golden Moon Tea
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I am trying to do some sample stashbusting for the rest of this week! Lets see how many samples I can get through before I move.

I had a sample of this before, but another sample pouch of this came to me via Infusin_Susan, I believe. I really liked this one before and am interested to see how it comes off now, since my tastes have changed quite a bit from the last time I tried this.

I have to say that whereas once was quite a fan of this, now it’s decent but not great. I don’t know what to point out except that I don’t think I am really that much of a lavender fan. That said the lavender in this is light and not soapy, which helps its cause a lot. I think it is partly the base that I no longer care for so much; it has a particular flavor that I am just not digging. But it is still a drinkable cup and I am enjoying it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Donna A

I read your post with interest, since this was one of the first loose Earl Grey teas I have tried as part of a sample pack, and I enjoyed it a lot then. Since then, I have sampled many more Earl Greys and have a new favorite. Have you figured out what your favorite is?

Dinosara

I have searched through many Earls looking for my favorite! Right now it’s Lupicia’s Earl Grey. I also quite like Dammann Freres’ Earl Grey avec fleurs, though it is a slightly lighter bergamot than I usually go for. When I want a lot of bergamot I will go for Todd & Holland’s Double Bergamot, but the Lupicia one is so well balanced.

Donna A

Thanks. Lupicia’s Earl Grey is on my shopping list.

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drank Chestnut Green Tea by Lupicia
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I drank this one earlier today while doing some work. I wanted to try this one (and once again, Alphakitty was willing to oblige… thanks so much!) because I love nutty flavored things and nutty flavored teas. I wasn’t totally sure about chestnut because I didn’t grow up eating roasted chestnuts or anything so I am not super familiar with the taste of them. I do love chestnut-filled mochi that I buy at the asian grocer, so I figured that there would be a good chance I would like this.

To me, this is like you took some of the buttery, nutty, and what I call cookie-ish notes that are naturally present in some awesome straight green teas and turned them up to 11. I was never able to properly identify those notes in those teas, but now I know they are chestnut notes. I would assume that the base teas contain some of these notes to start, but they have just added to them in such a way that it makes it seem like it is totally natural. Really, quite a delicious tea and one that I could definitely see getting more of.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

oooh, I may need to try this next time I go to the Lupicia store. :)

Azzrian

I would go crazy in a Lupicia store! LOL

Alphakitty

This is one of my favorite holiday teas, it’s candy-sweet but somehow light enough to have multiple cups of.

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Backlog from yesterday.

I also got this tea from Alphakitty, thanks!

This was pretty pleasant. The base of the tea was similar to the pumpkin cream: uninspiring, but inoffensive. The apple was juicy, the caramel was definitely caramel “flavored” but not very authentically. It’s like some caramel candies, or caramel flavored things that don’t have caramel in them inherantly. Again, not necessarily bad, but just with that hint of fakeness to it. Still, again, I drank up my cup of this tea with pleasure.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Pumpkin Cream Tea by Culinary Teas
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Backlog from yesterday. Super busy lately!

I got this tea from Alphakitty, thanks!

I love anything pumpkin, so I was interested in trying this. It was a pretty tasty tea! Definitely pumpkiny, though not especially creamy. It’s also only lightly spicy. A hint of pumpkin pie spice, but not overwhelming for sure. More like a delicate pumpkin souffle. The tea base was not very interesting, but also pleasant enough and not bitter at all. Definitely tasty and I drank up my cup with pleasure!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank A Li Shan by Naivetea
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I’ve had this tea for just about a year now (ordered the sample packages from Naivetea’s black friday sale last year), and have sinced discovered that although I enjoy taiwanese high-mountain oolongs, they just don’t excite me that much. I decided today that I wanted to use up the rest of my sample, which probably had between 5 and 3 grams (a bit more than one tablespoon) left in it. It was more than I usually steep “western style” in my 12oz mug, but I decided to throw it in there and give it a 1 minute steep for the heck of it.

And I’m pretty pleased with the results! It smells lovely, all buttery and floral. I was feeling a bit meh about finishing up the rest of this tea, but it has reminded me that I do enjoy drinking these teas, even if they’re not among my faves.

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

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drank Tangerine Blossom by Shang Tea
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This tea is amazing. I’m just going to start with that.

This has been on my “to try” list for it seems like forever. The idea of a lightly flavored floral-citrus blend, and the fact that it is unique in being a red (i.e., black) tea created from white tea leaves, were very appealing to me. Fortunately Azzrian was kind enough to send me a sample, and so my wishes have been fulfilled. And this one, lucky for me, lives up to my expectations.

First of all, it smells wonderful, like tangerines with a light floral note. Like orange blossom water with the addition of a brightish black tea base underneath. Flavor-wise, definite yum. It’s such a light and bright black tea, but still distinctively a black tea. The flavoring is present but light and natural. This seems like a scented tea, like the tea was dried with tangerine blossoms (like how jasmine greens are made), and maybe it was. In any case, I am very much enjoying this cup and this will definitely go on my “to order (once I gain control of my stash)” list.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

So happy that you are enjoying this one! :)

Shang Tea

Glad you like it! We have been drinking a lot of this at our store recently… it has a nice warmth to it, especially for the winter months!

TeaBrat

Everything from Shang Tea is good!

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drank Bangkok Blend by Harney & Sons
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This tea has been on my “to try” list forever it seems like, but I never got around to samping it or picking some up. But fortunatley that has changed now since Alphakitty was kind enough to send me some of this in our last swap!

The tea smells nice and lemony, coconutty, and also the somewhat more intangible “fresh and green”. The flavor is quite nice. It’s not too heavily flavored, which is good because it keeps it light and that fits with the tropical blend. Honestly I’d like a little bit more lemon to it, but the coconut is creamy and nice. The green tea in there even makes the coconut taste fresh, and I have the sensation of eating chunks of coconut right from the shell. Yum.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-86: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
85-80: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.
Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.

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