600 Tasting Notes

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drank Organic Easy Digestion by HELPS
600 tasting notes

A review of 100% Organic Easy Digestion by Helps

Date: 11/14/2012
Company: Helps
Tea Name: 100% Organic Easy Digestion
Tea Type/Varietal: Herbal
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: brownish color
Leaf Characteristics: tea bag smells strongly of herbs.

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes

Since purchasing of this tea, I have had it nightly it seems. So this evening I am reaching for it again. I steep the tea very hot for five minutes and takes slow sips of the tea. I enjoy the mixture of herbals to be found in the cup: mainly anise, with hints of chamomile and mint leaves.

I have yet to experience anything profound with drinking this tea. It is soothing as I drink it and taste pleasant enough but nothing to say Wow, this is the tea for life, or to had again and again. I will not buy this tea again; not for disliking it, but that I did not find that Wow…this is it. What is the song by Vandross, Searching…?

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

I know what you mean about the WOW factor. but now you know! :)

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84

A review of Green Tea) by Price Chopper

Date: 11/14/2012
Company: Price Chopper
Tea Name: Green Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: Green
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: light green
Leaf Characteristics: tea bag smells very astringent and of green leaves.

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 180 Fahrenheit
Time: 3 minutes

As I was out all day, and I did not have tea while out, so, I am selecting this tea to have with my late afternoon meal. I take one of the tea bags and put in my cup and fill with the hot water. I leave to steep for several minutes.

This tea’s color is lightest green; some would say brown. And this tea smells strongly astringent/ grassy like and when I taste the tea prior to sampling my dinner it is astringent. It is good that I am having noodles and I can pretend it is noodles with broccoli perhaps. A better tea would have been an oolong tea which at times is so light that it does not interfere with the taste of the food; rather oolong teas blends well with what is eaten. But, no, I am having green tea with dinner and it is fine.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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83

A review of 100% Organic Rosehip Herb Tea by Garden of the Andes

Date: 11/14/2012
Company: Garden of the Andes
Tea Name: 100% Organic Rosehip Herb Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: Herbal
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: pinkish red/ light cranberry
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes

I am having this tea as my morning cup of energy since I must go out into the world and try once again to find employment; knowing all the while I will be met with no. I take on tea bag and put this in my cup and fill it with boiling water and leave to steep for five minutes. After the set time I take my tea and find it to be a lovely pink grapefruit color and smells wonderfully of hibiscus and rosehips. When I sip and sip this tea, first it is slightly on the salty side/ acidic like but mellows out eventually to fruity/citrus like flavoring. This tea is not unsweetened but non-astringent with a natural citrus sweetness to be found in plants like Rosehips fruits, and Hibiscus plant.

It is a lovely tea and one to be compared with Rooibos since it seems similarly in coloring. I mean this tea makes me think of Rooibos teas.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Organic Easy Digestion by HELPS
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A review of Helps Organic Easy Digestion by Helps

Date: 12/13/2012
Company: Helps
Tea Name: Helps Organic Easy Digestion
Tea Type/Varietal: Herbal
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: brownish/amber-ginger
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes

I am having this tea too relax and not necessarily for indigestion. I place one of the sachets in a cup and add nearly boiling water into the cup and leave to steep for five minutes. After which time, I remove the covering and take in the aroma of the anise and chamomile with mint leaves. It is a lovely fragrant with the anise more pronounce. I take sip after sip of this tea and think of licorice flavor and although I tend to not enjoy licorice this is suiting my palette at this time.

This tea is considered to be a digestive aid as well as to calm and relax. In due time, I hope to experience calmness…that profound calmness that is to be found when all is well.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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78

A review of Taiwan Dong Ding Oolong Tea by Teavivre

Date: 11/13/2012
Company: Teavivre
Tea Name: Dong Ding
Tea Type/Varietal: Oolong
Region: Taiwan
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ leaf
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: light green with shorter steep, then peachy with longer steep.
Leaf Characteristics: leaves were finely somewhat rolled than plump when brewed for few minutes and fully blown with even longer steep.

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 3 minutes

Note: I brewed this tea for few minutes, as I watch the tea leaves unfold and the leaves are very green and always I think of green veggies. There was a sweetly aroma that came from this tea and when I took sip I was pleasantly pleased to find it sweet and smooth with a creamy texture not unlike greens like broccoli.

2nd Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 3 minutes

Note: I brewed this longer this time since I was planning to have my meal with this tea. It brewed a lovely peach color when I removed the tea leaves, there is hints of fruits like nectar. When I taste the tea it is that smoothly full-bodied effect that I had earlier with first steep. I find I always like oolong teas as they are good way to rinse off; no, I mean to finish off a good meal. I enjoyed sipping this with the noodles I had again this evening. I should say half noodles and half pasta since I must sample what I cook for the husband.

I remember sampling earlier this past summer some Charcoal Dong Ding Oolong as there was not a smoky aroma to this oolong. Well I trust that this palette is experiening this oolong correctly; in that it is smooth and lush, not so much of veggie taste with second steeps and third but more of a nectarine/raw peach flavor and I washed it down with dinner wonderfully.

I like oolong teas and thank you Teavivre for sending these samples for me to experience; as this one was definitely likeable by this reviewer. I am a fan of Oolong teas. Thank you.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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A review of Jasmine “Dragon Pearls”by Teavivre

Date: 11/13/2012
Company: Teavivre
Tea Name: Jasmine Dragon Pearls
Tea Type/ Green
Region: Fujian China
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ loose leaf
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: light amber/yellowish orange
Leaf Characteristics: very tight buds / pellets like and when immerse in water the leave unfold to become string like or small ropes.

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 176 Fahrenheit
Time: 2 minutes

I received this tea with several other teas from Teavivre and I am finally taking the time to sample some of their teas. I am not a fan of Jasmine tea; so with this in mind, I cut open the tea sample and scoop out 1 teaspoon of the small pearl like buds and put this is my tea mug and add the boiling water to the cup. I cover and leave it to steep for two minutes.

After the allotted time I remove the saucer and find that the leaves are now: fine, small loose strings; more like coils of rope, short ones. It is kind of scary when looking at this in my cup. So I am imagining more bad things to come my way since I seem to be paying back or time to give back pass dues. The story by Steinbeck “The Pearl” comes to mind.

My in-laws enjoy dispensing justice of me since I am hardest of hearing.

Anyhow, I sip this tea reluctantly since the jasmine fragrant is strong and over powering. It is heady and must be left alone, perhaps for another time.

Thank you, Teavivre, for sending this tea along for me to sample. It is a lovely and very famous tea, I am just sorry that I cannot find enjoyment in the tasting and smelling of this tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank French Vanilla by Bigelow
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A review of French Vanilla Tea by Bigelow

Date: 11/12/2012
Company: Bigelow Tea
Tea Name: French Vanilla
Tea Type/
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ black tea
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: dark amber
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 4 minutes

Note: I had finished the last of some pu-erh tea earlier today and I wanted something like desert maybe so I reached this French vanilla tea which I have had on a few occasion. I fixed it very hot and steep for several minutes so that aroma of the vanilla been to be found in the tea is very pronounce and sweetens the cup even more so since it is hot.

I think since I had pu-erh tea earlier today this vanilla tea might have been another component in the flavoring of this pu-erh if needing to add more to it. Pu-erh are good dessert teas and vanilla is an extract used in many dessert recipes, I think this is what I am getting at in explaining my craving for vanilla tea perhaps.

Sorry if not making sense. Do I ever?

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
gmathis

You do!

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84

A review of Xingyang 2007 Shu Puer by Verdant Tea

Date: 11/12/2012
Company: Verdant Tea
Tea Name:
Tea Type/
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf:
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color:
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 196 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes

Note: I wanted to finish off this pu-er and I am not sure why. Anyhow, I take the remainder of the Xingyang in my mug and add the boiling water over it. I cover it for five minutes.

When the time elapses, I remove the cover and I find the tea’s color to be that raisin/prune color I had described before. It is the color that comes to mind; another might say darken amber, etc. At first there is this earthy aroma to the tea, but after a few seconds of immersion in the air, one can start to inhale the vapor of cinnamon and yes that soaking or prunes/raisin in the cup and a slight buttery residue that is left on the palette.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
gmathis

A raisiny tea sounds wonderful; great for fall. I’m still a pu-er newbie; most of the ones I’ve tried are mossy and musky.

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A review of Sansia Bilo Chun by Nuvola Tea

Date: 11/12/2012
Company: Nuvola Tea
Tea Name: Sansia Bilo Chun
Tea Type/ Green
Region: Taipei Taiwan
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf:
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: a very light green
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 3 minutes

Note: I brewed this tea for 3 minutes with hot water, cooled after boiling and the tea’s color was a light green color and the aroma is sweetly and when I taste the Sansia Bilo Chun, it is so very light on the palette, has no astringency. I kept sipping and sipping this tea until it was all gone. I can say this is one of the lightest teas’ I have had.

Thank you, Nuvola Tea for sending these samples to me.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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