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82
drank Strawberry Pepper by Nothing But Tea
50 tasting notes

I made the ‘pleh’ face when I took my first sip, but in fairness I’d just been eating Haribo bears.

I actually quite like it, and I don’t like flavoured blacks. Soft strawberry with a mild peppery bite. I think it’ll taste good iced so I’m going to try that tomorrow. I think I’ll be buying some more of this.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Jason

I kinda wish all food/drink tastings could be done by eating Haribo bears first :D

Mac

Ain’t that the truth! XD

Angrboda

Preferably the red ones.

Mac

I like to mix the red ones and the nearly clear ones :D

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92

Oh my. I lump “oolong” and “green” together in my mind most of the time, but this tea may just force me to accept finer distinctions. This is an absolutely delicious tea, very sweet and flowery, and not at all what I expect when I think of green tea. Oolong, huh.

ETA: And it’s definitely getting juicer with resteeping. Interesting!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 45 sec
Cofftea

While there are green and dark oolongs, oolongs are definitely not greens no more than cooked Pu Erh is a black tea. I wish tea companies would educate themselves enough to not misinform their customers, that happens a lot w/ cooked pu erh/blacks. Now if I can just figure out what yellow tea is- I’ve seen it lumped into the white, green, and oolong categories.

Cait

Wikipedia suggests that yellow comes from a post-oxidation process, so perhaps it can be applied to a variety of teas that would otherwise be white/green/black?

Oh, cool, check this out:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/47/Teaprocessing-small.png

Cofftea

Freakin sweet!

Cofftea

I don’t like that they don’t call pu erh by its name, but oh well.

Cait

Hmm! My tea-of-the-month subscription is supposed to be one black, one green, and one herbal each month, but last month was a black-and-green blend, a fruit tea, and this tea, so I’m not sure how that works out (maybe one black-and-green blend and one oolong are equivalent to one black and one green? grin) — unless what I have isn’t the “variety” but the “surprise me” subscription, and I can’t seem to find the “you’ve got tea!” notice that came with it to check…. On Tea Table’s website, at least, green and oolong are not conflated at all.

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95

My last leaves.
I’ve bought a smaller gong fu cha teapot and … the tea tastes even better.
Small teapot 10cl : 20’’ – 25’’ – 40’’ – 60’’ – 1’30 – 2’30.
Very good Dan Cong with a strong fruity after taste. After the last brew, the after taste stayed in my mouth for a long time.
Not too hard to brew compared to some Dan Cong.
Very good tea.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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75
drank Bakeapple Tea by The Dark Tickle
161 tasting notes

Let me just start out by saying how refreshing it is to try an “apple” flavored tea WITHOUT cinnamon as an additive. Thank you! It’s nice! Spread the word to other tea companies.

This tea is a very mellow and smooth black tea with just a smidge of apple behind it. Apple is not the main focus, but it is harmoniously playing in the background. It’s there when you want it to be there. I’m also getting that bake-y taste.

The sample I received in my teaswap was in bagged form. For my 1st cup, I removed the bag after about 5 minutes. I tried to resteep, but ended up with faintly apple-flavored hot water. For my 3rd cup, I used another teabag and left it in until I finished my cup. No bitterness…just a little more apple…or bakeapple. YUM! I added just a faint sprinkling of Splenda and it was wonderful. I bet it would be lovely iced. It’s light and thirst-quenching.

Daaaaark Tickle! shivers

Edit: OK, so there’s no actual apple in this. WTF am I tasting?…the word apple? LOL! I’ll stand by it though. I tasted a dry/tart (Granny Smith apple) kind of taste.

Auggy

BAKE-Y!!! Whee!

LENA

oh you know it!

Jillian

Except…there’s no actual apple involved. Bakeapple is a type of wild berry related to the raspberry.

Did you get this from TeaEqualsBliss? I know I sent her a bunch awhile ago. :D

LENA

That’s freakin’ wild! Maybe it’s that dry/tart taste (kind of like a Granny Smith apple would taste)…or simply the power of perception. I really liked it though. Yep, TeaEqualsBliss hooked me up with 2 teabags. I’d love to try the bakeapple beer or liqueurs that Wikipedia talks about. MMM!

Ricky

Whattt bakey apple tea without the cinnamon!??! Count me in! Haha bakeapple aka cloudberry =] Ohhhh, it has a nice name to it.

Jillian

@LENA: Awesome isn’t it? Here’s a picture of bakeapple/cloudberry: http://www.berryscotland.com/cloudberry.jpg
And here’s the company’s website (if you dare): http://www.darktickle.com/
Although I didn’t actually buy the tea from them, but from a Canadian company that sells unique food items. I also bought a jar of their crowberry jam which I haven’t tried yet.

@Ricky: Stop trying to mooch more teas from me! Jeez! ;P

Ricky

LOL! What!?!? This is Lena’s post, so if anything I’m mooching from Lena. You know what! I’m just going to fly over to Canada and haul away your cupboard one evening while you’re not around =P

takgoti

Don’t forget apple sencha for apple sans cinnamon tea! You sent that to me! Though, that wasn’t very bake-y. I do like bake-y. Hehe.

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95
drank Downy Sprout by Samovar
158 tasting notes

I swear I change my entire rating system every few days.

This one I consistently enjoy. The combination of sweetly, very subtly floral notes with the savory quality of the nutty fullness they describe yields a very pleasant cup of tea. Ending my day with this is never a bad decision, and I’m almost always able to get more than one steep out of it.

Strangely though, tonight I was getting a weird feeling of…tanginess, after my sip. Tangy sweet-sour. It wasn’t present anywhere in the actual tea, so I’m…admittedly sort of at a loss as to determine where it was coming from. Bizarre.

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

That’s why i wrote mine down, I can’t use the stupid “sad face to happy face” method. I give a guess rating, then adjust it after the post.

Ricky

Haha, I change mine all the time too! Ratings are so difficult! Haha, tangy sweet-sour o.O Did you have some food before hand that was sweet and sour?

sophistre

I’ve been contemplating setting up a more formal system, the way some other people have, actually. I guess I probably should. But I do the same thing, Heyes…I’m always adjusting on my ratings page.

@Ricky: I did, actually, but hours earlier. Tomato sauce on pasta. But…seriously, it was hours earlier! The thought did cross my mind, but it seemed so outlandish. Tonight I’ll surely make a point to give it a second go and see if I can recreate. ;)

takgoti

I get that tangy-aspect from white teas sometimes. I’m not sure what it is that causes it but for me it usually happens with the teas that have nectar-like qualities to them.

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82

I stopped by my local teahouse, Wystone’s World Teas, for dinner and my favorite Chai. Alas, they were out of chai, but I did pick up some food and this lovely Japanese Sencha. I had previously tried a Cranberry Sencha, and I liked the tea but found the cranberry flavor overpowering. This Japanese Sencha is perfect – grassy, mild, and natural in the way a green tea should be. A fellow patron of Wystone’s said this was his favorite green tea, and I can see why :)

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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72
drank Eastern Beauty by Teavana
67 tasting notes

On a whim, I decided to purchase this from Teavana because I was looking for a new oolong since my plum oolong ran out.

And for $20 for 2 oz., I was expecting an oolong that made me say “ooh girl”!

On the first brew, this has an interesting buttery note that plays off to a more floral after taste. I’ll have to try a different brew in the morning.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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80

This is one of the one of the only herbal teas I can stand to drink on a regular basis. I like to drink this before bed. This is very strong lavender. If you don’t love lavender, don’t try to drink this infusion. Seriously. I like it because it’s not cloyingly sweet like so many herbal infusions, but the flavor isn’t weak like so many of the not-sweet infusions.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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73

Just the second loose leaf tea I’ve tried and I’m already hooked. Steeped for 4 minutes at an almost boiling temperature. The aroma and color are awesome and are both much deeper than the green teas. This was my first time trying a predominantly rooibos tea, and I must say, I enjoyed it a lot. The taste of the rooibos is fairly sweet especially in combination with the orange, which I can faintly get a taste of. Honestly, I couldn’t even tell you if the chamomile is in the blend. I don’t have a clue what it is supposed to taste like. Anyway, this is a great tea and is worth a try (especially when you get it free with your order from Adagio =) ).

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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84

Smell of Dry Blend: Peach, Chocolate, Nutty, Black Tea, Almost a flavored Coffee type smell
Smell of Tea after infusion: Peach, Chocolate, Flavored Nutty Coffee-esque
Coloring: Dark brown with a little murkiness…hard to tell because it’s very dark in color.
Taste: Black Tea with Nutty and Peach Flavorings. Maybe a hint of flavored coffee taste…but not much at all.

This was certainly a treat. The warmness lingers long after the sip goes down. A creative blend that does work well!

Cofftea

Peach and chocolate? Yum!

Cait

I second the yum! That sounds really, really good.

silvermage2000

Nice review this sounds really good.

TeaEqualsBliss

The scent is out of this world, it really is!

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83

I’ll do a full tasting note later, but I got to try this tea today! A&D also has damn fine shipping as well as damn fine tea, so it arrived on Saturday. I didn’t find the box until Sunday evening (oops!) and then tried it this morning.

Nice, smooth, and flavorful. Not too powerful. I can see myself enjoying this tea a lot!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec
Ricky

I don’t know when mine will get here. Maybe today? I wish they would post up the tracking numbers online. I mean they do ship with it….

Sounds great already judging from your rating.

S

Ooh, I hope mine gets here today!

Ricky

Wait, didn’t you order series 3 or was it 2?

wombatgirl

Who? Me or Shanti? I’ve got Series 2-4, but only got 4 this time around…

S

I ordered series 2! Jackee Muntz and Thomas Sampson!

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

What day did yours ship? Mine is still not here yet. It shipped on Wednesday. So I thought it would be here on Sat (my last A&D order was here in 3 days) or today. But it was not and I was a little sad because I was looking forward to it being in the mail. Perhaps it will be here tomorrow. I’m glad to hear it good though.

Ricky

Sorry! The comment was meant for Shantea, but it’s also cool to know what everyone ordered :). Ohhh… mine was shipped Friday. So I should get it today or tomorrow. That’s exciting =]

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99
drank Pi Lo Chun by Adagio Teas
43 tasting notes

This tea a finicky to say the least, but worth the hassle. I first tried this type of tea in a tea shop downtown. I loved the subtle fruity note. So I had to buy some of my own, but at a more reasonable price. It took a lot of time playing around with the temperature and time to find what worked for me. But once I did, I was sold. It is also good for multiple infusions, and grandpa style if you prefer. If it tastes rubbery, try again. It takes patience to find that sweet spot.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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100

Pleaseexcusemyomgit’scoming…. tea*GASM*. Phew thanks. I just needed to break the ice with that.

Well this little ravishing thing is definitely a tease on the taste buds. I had the ecstasy of taking a sip of this tea a few days ago paired with a bag of Archer Farm’s Cinnamon Apple Pie trail mix. Um, until this point in time, I’ve always considered myself a prudent girl… however this whole little threesome between the tea, the trail mix, and my tongue was enough to make me into a permanent sinner.

I bought this along with a few other teas in a Desert Sampler set from Art of Tea. I haven’t gotten around to them, but if all the teas in that set are half as good as this one I might just quit my day job and take up teanography. Hmm.

The first few sips are a lovely heavier bodied rooibos with a hint of cinnamon. Later gulps (cup licking?) result in a fantastic end note of pears and other sweet ditties I just can’t place. It’s definitely smooth on the way down, not a single thought of dryness. (Haha.. dryness… smooth… [AHEM]).

Me and my little friend went for about 4 rounds (i mean cups, naughty thinker ;]), afterwards it degrades into a plain ’ol rooibos. I am definitely ordering more than 2 ounces because this little sample pack is NOT going to tide me over.

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86

I had to actually buy this from a place in the States because this particual CS tea never showed up in my local stores. They were selling all the other holidays teas but not this one, oddly enough.

The smell…oh my god, the smell! The teabags smell like cookie batter that just had a bunch of fresh citrus zest grated into it – it made me want to eat the teabag instead of steep it! Then, when the water was added, it got even better, turning into the smell of just-baked sugar cookies, fresh out of the oven.

The flavour starts off tasting lightly citrusy and I got worried that that was going to be all there was to it, but then the sweet, sugar cookie goodness kicked in. I can literally taste the buttery, crumbly texture that you get when you take a bite of a cookie. This could easily become an addiction!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
LENA

Mmmm…I still haven’t seen this one in my local stores. Maybe it is out of season now. :(

Bethany

@Lena, it disappeared from my shelves within the week after Christmas, so I think it’s definitely gone for the season. Should reappear in late November or so.. :(

Ricky

Umm…. now I want some!

Jillian

@Ricky: Hey, I just sent you a bunch of stuff, you greedy-guts! ;-P

@LENA: I can spare a few bags if you want to trade – just PM me.

Ricky

Hahah, I must of missed it when I raided your cupboard =P. I told you, you had way too much tea. I should have just told you to send me everything =P

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75

There are two equal flavors in this tea and they blend very well together so you don’t have to worry about flavor war in your mouth which is greatly appreciated. One is the pumpkin which is light and sweet when you put it next to the pecan. Here the pecan is very dark, taking on a heavily toasted nut flavor, and it forms the back bone of the flavor along with the after taste.

Apparently there are two different kinds of pecan pies. One is the sweet molasses with pecan to mellow out the flavor and I like this kind best. The other is dark and nutty with only a little sweetness to brighten the pie up a little bit. This tea tastes like the darker toasted nut kind of pie. I wish it was a little bit more like the molasses kind of pie but, it is good the way it is. And my wanting it to be like the sweeter kind of pie is really just a matter of preference.

Bottom line this tea is delicious and the pecan flavor is present which make the difference between this and the similar pumpkin pie tea very apparent. I like it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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80
drank Sweet Cranberry Black by Teavana
356 tasting notes

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Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
JacquelineM

You should also try Harney and Sons Cranberry Autumn if you like cranberries. I’m crazy for them too – and this tea! I’d send you some but I finished mine! It’s that good :)

Ricky

How could I miss that tea! Added to my shopping list. I might have glanced over it because the orange pieces scared me off.

takgoti

Second the Cranberry Autumn love.

S

Ooh, this is making me crave cranberry juice. :) The only cranberry tea I’ve tried is Portsmouth Cranberry fruit tea…it’s pretty good. More like Kool Aid than tea, though :)

S

And, now I’m going to go make some Cranberry tea, which isn’t in my “drink it up” pile but I’m craving it. :)

Ricky

Harney, Golden Moon, Samovar…. oh boy I’m going to be broke. Shantea bug might take over. Poor wallet.

Haha, what’s this drink it up pile?!? Mine are all those Adagio tin. Good idea, I should try finishing those.

S

Heh, I took a page out of Bethany’s book and made a “drink it up” pile of Adagio tins that I NEED to finish.

Alas, I didn’t end up making cranberry fruit tea OR Adagio tea…instead, I opted for some yummy Simple Leaf oolong :)

Ricky

Drank some Shanti? Wait, that’s not oolong, that’s green.

S

Nope, Tankha this time :) It’s goooood.

Ricky

Simple Leaf’s another company I have to try. I’ll get to it eventually, haha. So much tea left to finish off!

S

Oh, their stuff is amazing…but yeah, no rush, finish off some of what you have first! (I’m telling myself that before I go and buy more stuff, too hehe)

By the way, I spoke too soon re:cranberry tea—I just got my package from 52teas w/ the mandarin matcha and I got a free package of Cran-Cherry Black Tea! Hooray!

Ricky

I’m in a toss up if I want to take advantage of that Golden Moon free 1/2lb of Rose tea offer. Decisions, decisions…. my 52teas order hasn’t arrived yet =(

denisend

Glad you liked it!

Janefan

I got cran-raspberry black as my 52teas extra. I bet it will be great iced in the summer, and now I have something else to offer my mom when she’s over – she likes fruity black teas. They’re not my fave but I’m going to try it hot soon…

denisend

Janefan – I dunno about 52tea’s cran-raspberry, but Teavanna’s cranberry black was AWFUL (IMO) iced (and that’s why I wanted it). It was passable hot, I thought, but I ended up passing it over for things I liked better.

Janefan

thanks for the warning!

Ricky

Haha, add me to the list of people who received cran-raspberry black 52teas.

S

Did you guys get cran-raspberry or cran-cherry? I got cran-cherry.

Ricky

OH just took a closer look. cran-blackberry.

denisend

Cran-blackberry? That sounds good!

Ricky

Hey it’s like the same thing as teavana =] I might like it we’ll see!

S

Oh wow! I checked the website, and they have LOTS of cranberry black blends: cran-blueberry, cran-strawberry, cran-blackberry, cran-cherry, cran-apple, cran-raspberry, cran-orange, cran-peach, cran-grape….

Ricky

Ohhhh, cran-strawberry! I realized no one ever rated a zoom dweebie bar tea before. How strange!

Janefan

mine’s def cran-raspberry. #094. I keep forgetting that zoomdweebie’s has so many more flavors than what’s on 52teas (or manteas). Not sure how they keep it all straight!

Ricky

Haha, right? It seems they have about 200 teas! That’s crazy, what a large selection. Now Frank, I’m curious. Why do you only advertise 52teas for the most part?

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89
drank Pu'erh Tuo-Cha by Teas Etc
20 tasting notes

Enjoying a wonderful cup of this Pu’erh this morning. It’s not organic (I typically consume only organic foods and drinks), but, I haven’t found an organic Pu’erh that comes in the birds nest shape yet and I really like that special aspect of this tea (even if it has nothing to do with the flavor or quality….it still impacts the experience).

I read a few other tasting notes here and think that folks might be using too much of the tea. I use a Sorapot (newest coolest tea product I’ve purchased thanks to Steepster’s recommendation) and throw one nest in there unbroken. The first steeping is always my favorite as the color of the liquor is the beautiful rose pink (don’t over steep!). I then continue to steep another two or three mugs using the same nest (which is now broken up after the first steep) but only leave the water in the pot for about 30 seconds each time. These final steepings produce a much darker tea but it’s the perfect coffee substitute!

The tea has a nice rounded mouthfeel but it is definitely not too complex versus some of the other “rare” or “vintage” Pu’erhs I’ve tasted. If you’re looking for a first Pu’erh experience, this might be a good starting place. Just pay close attention to your steeping time of course.

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

High five on the Sorapot! Or perhaps, fist bump? Would that be less nerdy? Although, thanks to The Office, I can’t do fist bumps without blowing it up.

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87
drank Kashmiri Chai by Golden Moon Tea
251 tasting notes

Not as spicy as some of the chai’s that I’ve had. This is nice and mellow, especially with some creamer and milk added. It’s not a chai for when you’re craving something with a kick. It’s more of a comforting kind of blend. The cardomom is definitely the start. There were two pods in my sample pack, which is quite a lot for the amount of tea in the sample.

I would recommend this. I’m adding it to my shopping list, which is now about 50% teas from Golden Moon.

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73

I love how peachy this tea smells, it almost makes my mouth water. There’s almost no ginger at all in the scent of either the dry or steeping tea, interestingly. The reverse is true of the taste of the tea; at first it’s like a weakish black tea flavoured with ginger root – and nothing else. But as the tea cool, the fruity flavour of the peach slowly comes back in – although it’s not as strong as the scent would suggest.

I’ve been looking for a good decaf teabag; the Mango Ceylon by RoT was made of fail but this one is actually quite decent. The ceylon base seems weak to me like I noticed with the mango, but again I’m not sure if that’s just the tea they’re using or a result of the decaffeination process.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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92

It’s gray and peaceful outside but warm and comfy inside. I had the previous cup of malty assam and it left me wanting something more, something maltier and more great flavor. I reached for this tea. It’s an amazing cup that’s a blend no less. Not all blends work well but this one is a mix that has a “wow” factor for me. It’s got a sweet malty pow that stands out and not in a sharp astringent way at all. It’s a bold flavor that with some sweetener really hits the spot. This is a really fantastic tea and will remain on my restock list for likely a long time. If you find something better that has a similar description let me know. For now I will sit back and enjoy this wonderful cup of flavor.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Eric Walter

Sounds fantastic. Does this tea come in any of the Golden Moon samplers?

Teaman

I have never gotten their sampler sets, however in viewing their page for them I would be highly surprised if the 31 tea sampler set didn’t have it. I got the sampler as a standalone, which is a dollar. Their sample sizes are small, about enough for 1 cup, so steep it right. I steep all my assams about 2 minutes, no more than 2 1/2. It is a fantastic tea. I have tasted tons of tea and this one is very good… if you like assams.

Eric Walter

I’ve had a little experience with assams… however I haven’t had your background so I’m still trying to gain a palette in that regard. Any suggestions?

Teaman

When I started out on loose teas I didn’t like Assams at all. They were always bitter for me. I figured I must not have found the right ones or they weren’t for me. That was part of the problem I found… but the main problem was steep time. In my opinion, for some reason Indian teas start turning bitter after about 2 minutes of steeping. Bitterness comes from the release of tannins in the tea leaf and those teas seem to release it quicker than most. I love most Chinese black teas and they don’t have this sensitivity I found. You can steep them 3-5 minutes and little impact but Indian teas, Assams in particular, it is much more sensitive. So, combining that with finally stumbling on some Assams that have a nice malty flavoring and I started really enjoying them.

I’m still very picky about my Assam picks. Some even claim to be malty but when I try them they aren’t that malty in my opinion. I have found some that are really good. It varies by the source and by the year even. I’ve had some one year that were very good and the next season they are not good. So each year I go through a sample and trial period trying various places till I find a few that are great and then order more. I have found some really good ones from teasource.com, a shop in MN that I stumbled on, however they are out of stock (OOS) on the ones I’ve found to be really good such as Special Reserve or Panatola. I have also found some from a Portland shop called taooftea.com such as their Golden Tips Assam. The Mokalbari Estate tea from SpecialTeas.com I’ve find is good however it too is OOS. They have had a Salonah in the past but it’s OOS. I’m sure there are others, just can’t keep ordering more and more tea, I already have too much.

Just thought of another consideration. 2009 was not a good year for Indian teas due to the drought. It has resulted in far less tea output hence higher prices. It has also had impact on the flavorings of the teas. Some are saying they are stronger flavors not necessarily in a good way. I haven’t determined if it’s related to the drought or to the randomness of the year and the source as already mentioned.

Try some assams from various sources (get samplers) and try steeping them for 2 minutes or 2 1/2 and see if you find a difference. Hope this helps.

takgoti

THANK YOU FOR THIS. Seriously, I was just lamenting to Auggy about how my black tea tends to go bitter on me a lot, and I do believe that this is why. It doesn’t happen with all Indian Blacks, and I think that some of them are simply beyond fixing, but I’ll be shortening my steep time down to 2 minutes on a lot of them to see if that helps. FANTASTIC.

Teaman

Takgoti! You crack me up… some (Indian Blacks) “…are simply beyond fixing” LOL! Yes I hope this helps you start to like some of the great Assams out there!

Teaman

Eric, I misspoke on that recommended tea from SpecialTeas.com. I stated Mokalbari Estate but I was going from memory (bad idea). I meant Majulaghur Estate Assam. I’m having another cup of it now and it’s really good. I recommend it and it’s for a great price on their site. BTW… I have no connection with any tea source… other than as a customer.

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85
drank Pina Colada Honeybush by 52teas
2277 tasting notes

My 52teas groundhog day special order arrived today! I managed to wait a whole 2 hrs before tearing it open. Two thumbs up for a tea that can taste tropical and refreshing even while it’s hot. Everyone else said it and they’re right – it smells/tastes like pina colada. I think I’m getting a bit of rum flavor too, but it may just be the sweetness of the honeybush. I don’t care. I love it. I only suspect I will like it better iced. Love the big slivers of coconut. Didn’t realize until re-reading ingredients that that’s real pineapple mixed in with the honeybush! Cool!

Directions say to steep 7-10 min. The two good reviews w time info on here were based on a 5 min steep. I set my timer for 7 min but got impatient and stopped at 5:30. Next time I will steep longer & stronger and try it iced. I bet it would also be good in a smoothie…

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
Ricky

Glad you enjoyed it! How did you manage to wait two hours!?!?

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54
drank Green Kukicha by Den's Tea
260 tasting notes

I’ve been on a really big kukicha kick lately, so when I got some of this from Micah in a tea swap it was one of the ones I decided to try first.

First off, I want to say that I think that kukicha is really pretty. I think it’s something about all those linear strips of varied, yet tonally cohesive greens. It makes me want to pull the colors into a room with some warm medium wood tones and fresh cream fabrics. […Am I bleeding HGTV yet?]

This particular tea, while pretty, unfortunately couldn’t run with the refreshing aesthetic it inspires [at least in my head]. It wasn’t nearly as buttery as the kukicha I’ve been inhaling [Samovar’s] and while it had grassy and nutty tones to it, it was missing a lot of that sun-kissed sweetness that makes grassy teas enjoyable to me.

In a way, the taste almost reminded me of the pith of an orange, but without the citrus taste and residual tartness. It rested somewhere in limbo between bland and bitter, in a way that wasn’t completely off-putting, but also wasn’t enjoyable.

Fortunately, some sweetness eventually began to arrive on the aftertaste and grew in volume on my breath, but it wasn’t enough to make it good. I’m going to take the water temperature down into the 160’s on the next go round, maybe steep it a bit longer, and see if I can get this tea to bloom.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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88
drank Candy Cane by SBS Teas
54 tasting notes

I generally enjoy minty, candy cane flavored black teas, and this one might just be my favorite of the bunch. There’s something about the flavor that’s just a bit different from other candy cane teas, and I’ve yet to figure out a way to adequately describe it. It’s not that it’s sweeter, it’s not that it’s mintier. This tea does have hunks of actual candy canes in it, so I suspect it’s something the candy canes themselves are imparting. Whatever it is, it makes this tea a favorite with me.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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77
drank Matcha by Teavana
243 tasting notes

Today called for a Matcha Smoothie.

Ingredients: Matcha from Teavana, milk (skim or 1%), Splenda/Sugar to taste, Dole Frozen Unsweetened Mixed Berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries), Blender.

Recipe: I put in a 1/4 cup of the frozen mixed berries, 1/4 tsp Splenda, 4 ounces skim milk (cold), 4 ounces cold water, 1/4 tsp Matcha powder in the Magic Bullet blender cup, mixed for about a minute.

Makes a thick, frothy smoothie, tasted like ripe mixed berries and matcha. Fantastic.

S

Ah, you should have posted this yesterday! I tried to make a blackberry matcha milk smoothie, and it came out horrible. Will try this out today, although I’m out of blackberries now :(

Cinoi

Aww, I’m sorry, but for today, here are a few cheats here for you: use frozen berries because then you don’t need ice and it turns out creamy and cold, don’t use all milk, it makes it too thick, also you usually need to add sweetener because most frozen berries lose their sugar and require added sugar/sweetener to taste right. Sorry about your lack of berries, but if you don’t mind the mix definitely look for the Dole Frozen Mix (its by desserts in the frozen section) and makes the smoothie process a lot easier.

S

Yeah, I think that was one of my mistakes – I used fresh berries and milk, the only things I had on hand. I tried adding some fresh strawberries too, but it didn’t help. Boo. So now I wasted some yummy fresh berries, too. :(

Ricky

Ummm, did you strain the berries o.O I never have luck with frozen blackberries or raspberries. The seeds make it difficult for me to drink. I just stick with strawberries and bananas. Next time I’ll try adding some matcha.

S

Ricky, I had an awful blackberry seed experience yesterday. Maybe frozen berries have fewer seeds?

S

Oh wait, nevermind. You said you used frozen and there were seeds. I tried fresh yesterday, and there were seeds too :(

Ricky

Well, I always freeze all my ingredients. I’m lazy and I don’t really use them for a long time. I think I still have frozen strawberries tucked deep within my freezer.

Cinoi

i had a few blackberry seeds, none of the other posed any problems though. the mix i bought had such distinct pieces that if the seeds really did bother me, i would just not use the blackberries next time since they are so easy to pull out. however, i am sure there were seeds and i did not notice any more than one or two.

Ricky

It might be because I’m using fresh berries and throwing them into the freezer and yours is premixed?

Cinoi

Yea, the berries are premixed, if not for extreme convenience it also saves money. The blended bag is 12 ounces and $4.00 where fresh berries vary depending on season and can cost the same as that.

Ricky

When it gets warmer, I think I might just do that instead of buying fresh berries. I didn’t think about that.

Cinoi

Yea, especially because I, too, am lazy and this way if it takes me a week or two (or longer) to use all the berries, at least they are frozen and won’t go bad

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