596 Tasting Notes

72

Drinking up my last. This is more delicious than I remember. Must get more.

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83

Cocoa goodness. Try with some almond milk for a creamy treat.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
Geoffrey Norman

This stuff is…awesome. And it makes the best friggin’ actual latte I’ve ever had.

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87

Still drinking. Still good. Darjeelings are beginning to grow on me.

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72

Peppery and convenient. Needs milk (dairy or non) of some sort, though, as it is too intense to drink on its own. Good for cold days.

Cofftea

I actually like this sans milk as well (great in drip coffee if you’re a coffee drinker)- but then again I drink things I need to sign a waiver for:) I’m getting low, but I think I may have some today between furnace runs.

Geoffrey Norman

I received a batch of their decaf instant. Agreed, best with milk. But it is the best quickie chai I’ve come across.

Cofftea

Geoffrey, you mean the concentrate? I’m under the understanding that this is the entry for the powdered form of the instant. I use the terms concentrate and instant to mean different things when refering to chai, but that’s just me.

Geoffrey Norman

You could be right. Couldn’t tell from the description on the tea profile.

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87

I’ve got the sweet spot for brewing this tea. Trick is to use 2 tsp, slightly cooled water, and no more than a 3 minute steep. If done properly, this is a truly delicious tea.

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89

Very nice, very smooth. I agree that it could probably go longer than 2 minutes, but I’d also advise paying attention and not oversteeping. Temperamental? Yes, but worth it.

Geoffrey Norman

Funny, I never found it temperamental. It held up quite well, but definitely needed the two-minute steep time. Embittered quickly even slightly off. However, this also iced well, taking on a spicy note.

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73
drank Earl Grey by Lahloo Tea
596 tasting notes

Refreshing, light Earl Grey.

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90

Still quite lovely. Demands attention.

Geoffrey Norman

Canton has a Huang Ya!? I love that stuff. Better than its daintier cousin, Jun Shan.

Thomas Smith

Funny, most Jun Shan Yin Zhen I’ve had is more full-bodied and expresses a wider range of flavors than the Meng Ding Huang Ya I’ve had (I’ve only had 6 or 7 incarnations of it, though). How does this Huang Ya stack up in comparison or in general dimension?

Geoffrey Norman

I’ve only had one Huang Ya, I’ll admit. So I don’t have a median palate to judge from. But I’ve had two Jun Shans, and – while good – they were highly temperamental, spinaching if the temperature was off by a hair. Sometimes even Silver Needle temps were too touchy for it. Didn’t have that problem with the one Huang Ya I tried. It remained ever spicy and herbaceous.

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81
drank Black Ruby by Shui Tea
596 tasting notes

Intense and weird. Good, though!

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