1357 Tasting Notes

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drank Chamomile Rose by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
1357 tasting notes

Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for this one. There were two previous reviews of this. They were not impressed. I am going to go agaist the flow. I actually liked this one. Ok, it’s not really tea. It’s chamomile. As mentioned this turns pinkish and not the lemon lime orange look of the picture.

The chamomile is obvious in the sip. The rose, hibiscus, lemon, and orange all meld together but you can separate their tastes if you choose to work at it. I like that. I also like the fennel. I have seen it in blends before but this is the first where it stands out on its own. I love fennel.

The hibiscus adds only a mild tartness that I think works with the citrus to keep the rose from being too girly. I personally think this is one of the more enjoyable herbals I have tried.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

I wondered if you got my. Envie ok cool

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96

Gmathis and Ashmanra’s comments the last few days have me craving this one. It’s a dreary gray rain-soaked December morning – the perfect time for a great hearty tea. Malt, grain, and cocoa, and that is before it ever hits the water. If you don’t have a clear steeping vessel, you really owe it to yourself to get one. I use a so-called 4-cup Bodum French Press. It is really a two-mug press but what do I know. Anyway, the leaf danced the entire time this was steeping. I am sure it was a ‘happy, happy, joy, joy’ dance. This is a very dark, rich, luxurious cup of tea. It’s even better than I remembered. AND when it gets cold it is super delicious. Staying with this one the rest of the day. Upping the rating. Highly recommend!

Someone who is well gifted with words and the craft of separating flavor notes should do a side by side of this, Bailin Gongfu, and Golden Monkey – my three favorite black teas. They are similar but very different at the same time, though I can’t describe how they are different.

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81

A pleasant balanced cup. I would like it more if the Sencha was not so light bodied.

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82

Not a bad Earl Grey. A little too light to inspire me to switch from my regular steep. I did a long review on my blog.

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84
drank Darjeeling by two leaves and a bud
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I am not sure I could have identified this as a Darjeeling. It tasted like malted milk balls to me. No one else seemed to experience this. Maybe my taste buds are off today. Hope they stay off :) The more typical muscat flavors came late in the sip and stayed in the lingering aftertaste. No bitterness. A nice smooth cup.

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

Don’t think I’ve seen the Darjeeling locally; our little Fox Farm carries the Assam and maybe a couple or three other varieties…a little pricey.

K S

Yeah, Two Leaves, Numi, and RoT are about even in price locally. Two Leaves is definitely the best of the three IMO. A good cheapster is Ahmad’s Darjeeling.

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86
drank Assam by two leaves and a bud
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This one came in the complete sampler kit that was a gift from my ‘buds’ at Two Leaves (har, har, I kill me). The sampler is a neat way to try out some new teas. I grabbed this one for my morning cup. I have never had a whole leaf Assam before. I thought I wouldn’t much care it. I’ve always called Assam beige. Then again all I have had before is dust in a bag. This one I really like. Its fruity kind of like cherry and sweet. There is no bitterness. The malt is a nice touch. Got two mugs from the leaf gorged sachet.

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec
Claire

I giggled at the pun…uh oh!

ashmanra

Oo, I have an Assam or two you need to try. I can’t drink most of them – they give me a stomach ache or heartburn – but I have a couple that are really nice!

K S

I have to take it easy with Assams as well. No more than a couple cups, then I need to switch to greens or something for a while. This one was nice and mellow. It reminded me a lot of a Chinese black. It was fun to have to rethink this type tea.

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84
drank Premium Taiping Houkui by Vicony Teas
1357 tasting notes

I put all of my Vicony samples in one big resealable pouch for storage. I think it had unintended but pleasant results. This starts light green then mid sip I am getting smoke. I never noted smoke before so I’m pretty sure this is cross contamination but it is exactly what this tea needed! late sip it turns creamy. The aftertaste is bitter but not offensive.

I had a rough day today so this was a pleasant distraction.

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91

I have so been craving this one. I can’t believe I still have some of it. Steeped about a minute and a half. After I poured my cup, I stuck my nose in the press and took a deep breath. It was like a bouquet of field flowers. The taste of this is cucumber and melons with a nice tongue tingle. It is sweet with a fresh hay-like taste late in the sip. The aftertaste lingers with white tea delight. This is an exceptional white tea. It re-steeps well. I spent the rest of the day with this one.

This tea is a gift from Heaven how delightful and appropriate that it was sent by an Angel. I lift my cup in humble gratitude. Thank you.

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90

I was thinking white tea today. Then I remembered drinking a lot of very flavored teas yesterday. Just in case some lingering remnants might be hanging around in my press, I thought I would start with something that could easily overcome any cling-ons. This was a great choice. The dry leaf smells wonderfully strong. It is up to the task like Kirk on Klingons. The cup itself is smooth and mellow. Not bitter but has enough astringency to make the tongue tingle just a little (yeah!). Has a very good fruity aftertaste.

Live long and prosper.

gmathis

I still have some in my big basket o’half-packets. To try it again would be logical…

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92
drank Coconut Almond by Zenjala Tea Company
1357 tasting notes

Big almond slivers, shredded coconut, and large pieces of sencha leaves. Mmmmm. The brew itself is light green and more cloudy than I am used to seeing. This is what I want a coconut tea to taste like. The only thing I can think of to improve it would be to scrap the sencha and go with a chocolaty Chinese black tea base. Until that happens, this is very tasty.

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