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1161 Tasting Notes

89

The name of this sounds so heavy and ominous, yet the liquor is so clear and transparent with the lightest yellow/green tint. The scent is lovely, even though someone here describes it as smelling like latex gloves and now I can’t erase that from my mind. Lightly buttery, with a bit of vegetable late in the sip, followed by a pleasant lingering aftertaste. 3 cups before lunch.

Then had a Jalapeno Crunch at SnS. Wow! (no I don’t work there). Double burgers, pepper jack cheese, salsa, jalapenos, onion straws, & chipotle mayo. There is also something smoky in there as well. I do not even want to know how bad it is for me.

Of course I was miserable afterwards and thought I need puerh but there are still a lot of steeps left in this tea. This is too good to throw out before its time. I am going to lie to my stomach and tell it this is now a sheng.

At the end of the work day this was still going strong. Upping my rating.

Azzrian

Great now I am starving lol

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91
drank Earl Green by Empire Tea Services
1161 tasting notes

Tea of the afternoon. I have no idea what emperor’s pride leaf is but it makes for a good cup of tea. This smells so good just sitting on the desk. Of course sipping it isn’t so bad either. Drinking on this one all afternoon.

SimplyJenW

I had to look up the tea base on this….they say it is a pouchong in the description.

K S

Not sure where I came up with EP. I thought pouchong was an oolong?

ashmanra

This one was sooooo yummy!

SimplyJenW

Pouchong is kind of a hybrid between a green and an oolong….at least the way I read it in my oh so short research and experience! Maybe the EP is from the label. EP could be a Pouchong, and they do sell EP unflavored, too.

kOmpir

Isn’t Pouchong term for low tea leaf oxidation (i.e. Pouchong Wangjia Oolong)?

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97

Determined not to repeat yesterday, I took extra care in putting on the full armor this morning. I brewed this one as it so very good and in anticipation of Wednesday morning. There is an elderly lady that has been with the company forever. She comes in for half a day once a week to go through the mail and keep the owner’s checkbook. More importantly she brings snacks. Usually it is cookies – she makes the best lemon sugar cookies on the planet – today it is brownies. I always thought I hated brownies. Turns out I only hate my Mom’s brownies (sorry Mom). These are so soft and fluffy. She says the secret is to add one additional egg. They taste like a hug and brought out the bread qualities in this tea. Drank on this all morning.

Bonnie

Hooray for the old lady! My race is represented! Yo old lady!

K S

Indeed!

SimpliciTEA

“Turns out I only hate my Mom’s brownies (sorry Mom).” Same thing for me with pies. I don;t think my mom ever mad a homemade one, so I just had store-bought ones. After having a homemade one, I started becoming m ore interested in pies. About the same thing happened with chicken noodle soup and other soups that I only had from a can (Campbell’s).

I like the more fudge-y brownies. I bet the tea goes well with the brownies!

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drank Tazo Rest Herbal Infusion by Tazo
1161 tasting notes

Tazo – why? Why would you bag this stuff? I don’t care the other reviewers apparently liked this, it is just gross. It smells like perfumey rose powder or toilet water.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
gmathis

Sounds like something to bathe in.

Joshua Smith

I agree with @gmathis, this sound great for a relaxing bath. Perhaps if you bought a whole box of this, you should throw them in your bath tub to relieve some stress with a scented bath. It certainly seems like a better experiment than trying to brew it as tea again…

Bonnie

Yep, mix with some bath salts and give to a mom for Mothers Day!

K S

This stuff actually didn’t taste all that bad. I just can’t stand the smell, so I can’t imagine bathing in it. I also can’t imagine drinking it again. My wife’s stash is safe another day.

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74
drank Hoji-cha by Yamamotoyama
1161 tasting notes

That’s what I get for taking a day off. If it could break or go wrong this morning it did, and the moment I walked in the door I was irritated by the attitudes of the unscrupulous narcissists welding power. Not jealous, saddened by it. On top of that I learned the plant is going on strike at the end of the week. We haven’t had a raise in 3 years and now we are expected to go another 3 without one. Have you seen the price of everything lately? I need tea.

I picked up two or three and put them back before grabbing this one for no real reason other than I don’t have to think when I drink it. I decided to add 3 or 4 chocolate mint leaves. This is a simple heavily roasted bagged tea. The mint is very mild and adds depth to the drink. I never know how it will react in a tea. This time it creates a really creamy texture than tastes almost like milk chocolate. Usually it just tastes like a mild peppermint, so this is the first pleasant thing that has happened today.

Bonnie

We love you and would give you a raise and good tea all the time if able to! Hug! I should be a good grandma and give out cookies!

gmathis

Sorry about your terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day.

Missy

Hope your day gets better.

K S

thx :)

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68
drank Gold Peak Unsweetened by Gold Peak
1161 tasting notes

This is what they serve at the local Mexican Restaurant. It is kind of reminiscent of Snapple. Sure it could be more complex. Then again you could do a lot worse. Beats the heck out of the Con-Tea that Arbys sells.

Bonnie

Positive attitude!

Joshua Smith

My university got machines for this put in at every place that sells food on campus. I agree that it beats most restaurant teas, but it does leave a bit to be desired…

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81

By the ratings, I guess you either love this or hate it. Count me in the love it… sort of. No whipped creme, and 2% milk. It probably isn’t too unhealthy, other than the sugar I would have put in it anyway. Did not realize it was matcha until I got here to Steepster. It was cool and fun. Yeah I got brain freeze. Took the day off to look and lawn tractors. Like everything else they are way expensive, just like this tea thingy.

gmathis

Riding lawn gear is wicked expensive. We’re thinking we could just get a goat…

K S

Wife wouldn’t go for the goat idea, but thanks for trying.

TeaBrat

I want a goat. =)

K S

Lamb tastes better ;^) Goat tastes like they smell. Oh, wait we were talking about lawn mowers. Never eat your lawn mower.

gmathis

Didn’t Klinger try that in M*A*S*H? No, wait…that was a jeep.

K S

Just looked this up on Starbuck’s website – venti (24oz) 2% milk and no wipped cream is still 420 calories! Egads! That’s a lot of corn syrup or whatever they sweeten this with.

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78

This came from Tommy the Toad. Thanks! I have had a couple Choice teas before and found them to be pretty good bag teas. I used my typical black tea method of boiling water and a three minute steep. The bag plumped up nicely. The brew is dark and shiny. Not at all murky. The smell is light and not overwhelming. The spices are very balanced with a bit more cinnamon flavor just ever so slightly more prominent in the aftertaste. More importantly, I can taste the tea base. I never really crave chai tea but this one is very nice. I thought I would try one final test and added French vanilla creamer. This didn’t really add anything to the experience for me. It did introduce a mild pepper note that is not present otherwise.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Super Fruit Sencha by Fusion Teas
1161 tasting notes

I think I have tried six different Fusion Teas. I have liked all of them. This one I love. It has Goji berries, lemon grass, pomegranate, and obviously Sencha leaves. This fills the room with a wonderful fruity fragrance while steeping. The taste is hefty on the fruit without being overwhelming. The flavor while intense does not come off as fake or candyish. If you have had a RoT or Stash type pomegranate tea and kind of liked it, then try this one and taste the difference (I should be in advertising!). Seriously, this is on my must reorder list. I have kept this hidden in the back of the drawer, so I wouldn’t be tempted, and have slowly rationed it out. I have enough left for one more day of steeping. The last cup today I iced and it was excellent.

I also plan to try their chamomile vanilla bean. I haven’t seen any reviews of that one. My wife loves chamomile but all of them are crap as far as my taste buds are concerned. It would be nice to have one we could enjoy together.

gmathis

The thing about chamomile is that it always tastes like chamomile. The trick is finding compatibles strong enough to compete with it.

K S

Her fav is some Tazo thing with 20 ingredients. Rose, mint, & chamomile together don’t do it for me. This sounds simple and could be tasty.

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93

I haven’t been posting the last couple days. Steepster has been creepster. Time to up the rating on this one a bit. Three cups before I ran out of time today. I think I love the smell of this in the pot almost as much as sipping it.

Bonnie

I know It’s been wierd!

SimplyJenW

Ha, Creepster is right! Either that or Sleepster…..

K S

Sleepster?! Oooh that’s good. Or really sad. Either way it’s funny.

ashmanra

Same here. I have given up a couple of times, and I noticed that some of my likes didn’t take. :(

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