1686 Tasting Notes

From last night. Not my favorite tasting night time tea (that would be Two Leaves Better Rest, sadly it is over twice the price). I am not a big fan of spearmint but this is better than it has to be, fairly inexpensive, readily available. It’s comfortable. And it helps me relax so I can get some sleep.

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90

Sipdown of the bags generously sent by gmathis. It took a couple cups to figure out my personal favorite way of preparing this. (1 bag, 8oz, close to boiling. I even leave the bag in) Once I got it right, this is so satisfying to sip and tastes just like the name implies. I now have a reason to look forward to colder weather in a few months. I can stock up on this and Candy Cane Lane. Celestial Seasonings you have surprised me.

KatNa

This is the second time around for a comment here, because I can’t speel worth beans,
This is one of my all time Favorite teas. I could drink this All. Day. Long. hahah Now, I have to wait for cooler weather to find this in stores.

K S

I would have missed this one completely if not for Steepster. I just never took Celestial Seasonings seriously. Go to show you never know until you try.

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90
drank Super Fruit Sencha by Fusion Teas
1686 tasting notes

A sipdown sort of. I finished off the sample bag. I still have about half of the 4oz bag I bought.

Superfruity and delicious. If you like gojiberry you really should try this one.

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85
drank House Blend by Tropical Tea Company
1686 tasting notes

I seem to like this one more than most of the other reviewers, once again. I don’t even like pineapple, so go figure. I forgot this was a white tea. The water was a little hotter than I would have used if I had remembered. The coconut and pineapple blend so nicely, yet each is clearly tasted on its own. It would get an even higher rating if I could separate out the white tea in the sip.

Rabbit trail ahead: This is the first cup I prepared in my new den (the wife’s former junk room – she moved her stuff upstairs). I went to Walmart and bought a unit made of 4 stacking plastic drawer type bins. You have probably seen them, they stands about two feet tall (abt 2/3 m). Two drawers are about 8" tall and two are about 4". I put it in the den and filled it with my tea. I had to leave the tea bags and decaf out so it would fit. I also left out the teas that are two aromatic to be trusted with other teas. Oh, and like Bonnie, I have hardly bought anything in six months. I think maybe $10/month and that includes the stacking drawers.

Anyway, so I now have my main station with my kettle in the den. I also have a smaller station set up in the corner of the living room with all the bagged and evening decaf teas. I have a press and a Finum basket at each station. Pretty awesome.

gmathis

We won’t worry until you own up to stashing some under your mattress.

K S

Under the bed sure, but not under the mattress – it might hurt their tiny little tender leaves.

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83
drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
1686 tasting notes

My first from Lupicia. Wow, most everyone seems a bit hostile towards this one. Not understanding why. It smells wonderful when you open the bag to remove a sachet. Mango, pineapple, assorted citrus. I did not use boiling water as directed nor a 5oz cup. With 10oz of steaming water this turned out a bit weak. I think it tastes nice. It is cooling and the aftertaste is a bit like watermelon. The problem is I have had low cost bagged teas that tasted nearly as flavorful and were much stronger in a mug. I will try again with a smaller cup later. I like it but expected more.

Dinosara

I like it pretty well! It’s really tasty iced as well.

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91

Really like this. It is somewhere between an Assam and a Chinese black but not really like either. Doesn’t make me think oolong at all. Just yum for my first cup of the day.

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drank Green Tea with Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
1686 tasting notes

From yesterday – needed this after watching Paranormon at the $1 summer kid movies. I am and forever will be a big kid. My wife, grown son, and I sat in the middle of bus loads of little curtain climbers to watch this. No we didn’t go with any of them. It was great fun watching with kids. At one point you could hear the room gasp, then one of them whispered, “He said a bad word”. They giggled nervously at the creepier parts. They laughed and clapper out loud at the funny parts. So much fun.

The tea was comfortable as always – read one of my other 700 notes on this one.

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100
drank Golden Monkey Black Tea by Teavivre
1686 tasting notes

Golden Monkey, how I love you! I read my first tasting note. I can add nothing to it. I also noticed I was able to get 6 western mugs out of a single scoop of leaf. Simply an amazingly glorious tea.

kOmpir

Can you give us your steeping preferences for this tea?

K S

I fill my scoop, which is about 1/2 the sample packet. I almost never use as much leaf as called for on the instructions. Prepared with 12oz of heavily steaming almost boiling water and my press. The steep was a little less than two minutes.

K S

I went back to my notes and found I stayed around two minutes until the fifth cup @ 3 minutes and sixth @ 4.

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90
drank Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
1686 tasting notes

Just got home from watching Monsters University. In the middle of the day. On a Monday. Just feels weird. There were several people in the theater, maybe a half dozen of which were kids. Good mindless fun.

I have maybe enough for a couple more goes at this tin that never ends (not complaining). I used less than boiling water and that really smooths out the Ceylon base. Really hitting my earl grey spot this afternoon.

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85

A nice simple sweet puerh. It is smooth with no harsh edges. Last time I had this I called it book leather with out the mustiness. Today it is more horse tack – which I like. A good start to Monday. Went well with my bagel.

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