600 Tasting Notes

92
drank Fennel Tea by Alvita
600 tasting notes

A review of Fennel Seed Tea by Alvita

Date: 11/07/2012
Company: Alvita
Tea Name: Fennel Seed
Tea Type/ Herbal
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: clear broth like
Leaf Characteristics: I like the smell that comes from this tea bag, it is like onions and dill or pickle juice since I have had this tea before. I know what to expect and it is most pleasant.

  1. Steepings

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

Note: I have enjoyed this tea quite a bit and it is not from doing anything differently. I take one tea bag in a cup and add the boiling water to my cup and left to steep for a few minutes. The teas’ color is very light, like a mild broth when it is first brewing. It smells of the fennel seed and I refer to this smell as dill-like or pickle juice or a very mild onion soup but this is pushing it.

Were I incline I could use this when cooking with onion and celery to add a dash of this fennel seed tea to what I am making. No, I have not tried it as such. I have simply made nicely cup of hot tea to sip and sip while thinking of pickled juice.

I am silly and depressed since nothing that I do is noticed. I am always the one on wrong side of things and my side adds to a big zero and this is perhaps due to not holding employment as father-in-law was kind in reminding me. “You are annoying; you want to talk about annoying…etc.” Quotes do not have to do with tea review.

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

Know you are valued here! I love your thorough and thoughtful reviews. Be blessed.

Angrboda

What gmathis said. We wouldn’t like to be without you here. hug

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

88

A review of Arabian Night Green Tea Flavoured by Zen Tea

Date: 11/ 07/2012
Company: Zen Tea
Tea Name: Arabian Night Green Tea
Tea Type/ Green
Region: China
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ loose leaf
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: light amber
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 195 Fahrenheit
Time: 3 minutes

Note: I selected this tea this morning since I wanted something very fruity and exotic. While fixing a cup of tea before my husband’s departure for work, I asked him to sniff the aroma of the tea and he said very interesting. I said: does it make you think of pineapples? He nodded.

I place 1 teaspoon of this tea in a tea mug and pour in the boiling water and left to steep for few minutes. I waited for the tea leaves to settle at cups bottom since I did not wish to remove the leaves for this fixing.

I know that this tea is comprised of Jasmine, sunflower and rose but somehow this morning in particular it is making me think and smell of pineapples. As I sip and sip this tea, I get the rosy scent but not of jasmine but of pineapples instead. I am noticing the citrusy aspect of this tea and it is wonderful. I am having this tea very hot with leaves settling at the bottom of my cup and I plan to on having this tea for most of the early morning by simply pouring more hot water into my cup.

Overall, this is a lovely tea, if not for early morning than it would make a fine afternoon to re-awaken the senses that might be dulling by mid-day.

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

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

94

A review of Shui Xian Wuyi Oolong by Verdant Tea

Date: 11/06/2012
Company: Verdant Tea
Tea Name: Shui Xian Wuyi Oolong
Tea Type Oolong
Region: Taiwan
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf:
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: peach with a blush
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 3 minutes
Note: I am finishing the remains of this Shui Xian Wuyi Oolong. I have a teaspoon of it left and so I pour the warmly boiled water over it. And the aroma as the cup steamed is like milk simmering with vanilla pods; the essence is there with that caramelizing effect towing along. The tea’s color makes me think of peaches with a blush; it is that amber color but not darken.

When I taste this oolong it is heaven. I am reminded of the Chai that I had enjoyed earlier this morning and perhaps that is why I have reached for this tea. It has many folds; there is that buttery sweet flavor left on the palette and that of fresh cinnamon…sprinkles of cinnamon over banana to be exact, but unfortunately I don’t get this.

I know this is one of the better tasting oolongs that I have had, as there have not been any that I did not like. I do remember vaguely one Apple Wuyi Oolong tea that I had purchased and I could never discern the apple, for it had no crispness, tart/sweetness at all. It was oolong tea and yet very mild and they were tea bags as opposed to loose leaf tea.

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

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

89

A review of Organic Masala Chai Tea by David Rio

Date: 11/06/2012
Company: David Rio
Tea Name: Organic Masala Chai
Tea Type/ Chai
Region: India
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ fine powder
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: warm caramel
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

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

Note: I wanted a cup of this spice milky tea today since I was thinking for having a cup of cacao, purely. I took one teaspoon of the sweetly fine powder and add this in my mug and pour the very hot water and stir and stirred until the granules were evenly blended /disappearing in my cup.

I sip and sip this tea which is so warm and sweet. All the warm, spicy sweet flavors of traditional masala chai are in this blend that I have fixed for myself: there is the cinnamon, ginger and clove vying for attention with the cardamom seemingly in the background cloying at my taste buds.

This tea is such a delight on this very cold day and I feel somewhat secured while holding this cup of warmth in my hand. I am sorry as I finish this chai and so to passes the moment of having obtained creature comfort/ bliss even, if only for a few moments.

There will have to be another time then, since there is more of this chai in its tin.

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

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

79

A review of Slimming Special Herbal Tea by Triple Leaf

Date: 11/05/2012
Company: Triple Leaf Brand
Tea Name: Slimming Special Herbal Tea
Tea Type/ Herbal
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color:
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

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

Note: I like to have this tea (all my herbal teas strongly) so infusion is longest of steeping for 5 minutes or more and this makes the tea very dark in color and smelling strongly of herbals like the Senna leaf, dandelion, licorice root and persimmon leaf making this tea a sweeter brew.

I brew this tea so strongly and that it is darken-cloudy mush in my mug and when tasted, tea is very hot and good; I like how the persimmon and licorice play nicely together; this tea is wonderful because it has no bitterness at all.

As this was my ending cup of tea for the day, it was very welcoming cup of tea.

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

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

72

A review of 100% Organic & Pure Tea by Organic & Pure, Inc.

Date: 11/05/2012
Company: Organic & Pure, Inc.
Tea Name: 100% Organic & Pure Tea
Tea Type/ Green
Region: China
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: very light green
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 175 Fahrenheit
Time: 3 minutes

Note: I wanted to have a quick cup of tea this morning before heading out for the day. I should have selected some special tea, but opted for this green tea. I use one tea bag and add the heated water to my cup and leave it to steep for few minutes. I remove the tea bag and add not a thing to this tea. I like it that is simply a cup of warm water, lightly green in color and smelling of tea leaves.

When I taste the tea it is a mildly fresh and astringent cup of tea at first that softens the more one drinks it finding that it has a natural sweetness to it. It is good to know that one is having something that is delicious and good for you as well. Since Green Tea is considered by many as one of the healthiest beverages on Earth.

Organic and Pure Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis) begins as young tender leaf buds, plucked fresh at the height of potency and flavor. Each leaf is simply steamed, rolled, and gently flash-dried to hold in the delicate flavor and aroma. So enjoy Organic and Pure Tea today, guaranteed to like.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

84

A review of Green Tea by Price Chopper

Date: 11/04/2012
Company: Price Chopper
Tea Name: Green Tea
Tea Type/ Green
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup / tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: light green, actually more like the color of honey.
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 2 minutes

Note: I use one tea bag in my cup and pour the hot water over the tea bag and leaving it to steep for 3 minutes. I remove the tea bag and take in the tea’s aroma which is very subtle and fresh. And the tea’s color is that of honey. Since the tea leaves are steamed and not fermented the taste is fresher, a refreshing drink that is delicate and clean; making for a very astringent cup of the freshest of green teas.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

83

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

Date: 11/04/2012
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: light red / plumeria
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 4 minutes

Note: This is a lovely tea to have when one is feeling lull, drained with no energy. It is similar to Rooibos tea but not as strong.

I take the tea bag and put this in my cup and I pour the boiling water into my cup and left to steep for five minutes. The air is filled with the scent that is hibiscus and rosehip and this makes for a floral bouquet. Teas’ color is pinkish at first and when held under the light it is like plumeria with specs of rosehips.

Tea taste tangy and refreshing with a citrus undertone. This tea has high concentration of Vitamin C because of the hibiscus plant; providing also good source of calcium and riboflavin, all things that are good for the bones/joints, to obtaining maximum energy and support.

I mean that this tea makes you want to get up and do something; or to be contemplative about doing something.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

87

A review of Herbal Laxative by Triple Leaf Tea

Date: 11/03/2012
Company: Triple Leaf Tea
Tea Name: Herbal Laxative Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: herbal
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: Cup/ tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: darkish red/amber at times like muddy water since brewed for more than five minutes.
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

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

Note: I steep this tea only once since it is my nightly cup of tea. I take one tea bag and place this in my cup and pour the hot water over it and leaving it to steep for close to ten minutes since it states: “for stronger flavor and effect, steep longer.”

Teas’ aroma is very sweet of the licorice root, dandelion, mulberry and ginger. This all lingers in the air. When tasted it is more of the licorice root and ginger that I taste.

In all I drink this tea for the benefit that is offered to aid me in ridding of excess waste. To be detoxified and clean that is helpful to the body’s normal process. I drink this tea because at times it is a good thing to do.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

78

A review of 100% Natural Green Tea by Market Basket

Date: 10/03/2012
Company: Market Basket
Tea Name: 100% Natural Green Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: Green
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf:
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: a very light green
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 2 minutes

Note: I have not had this green tea brand in a very long while since we have not shopped at Market Basket. Anyhow, we did stop in to purchase a few items and I selected this tea once again. I always say that store employees are not nice to me when there; but I say this of many folks; so I am not to be believed.

I take on tea bag and put this in my cup and fill tea cup with boiling water, steep for two minutes. This tea is one of the more enjoyable cup of green tea that one can have in a tea bag. The color is a very light green or light brown to some and smells strongly of grass and very astringent in that it has a fresh, clean taste; reminiscent of early morning dew on the leaves of trees outside.

I always enjoy this tea for what it is worth.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Profile

Bio

I enjoy a lovely cup of tea most days,and I like sharing my tea experiences with the world. I have been doing this for most of two years now.

I am at that thresh hold, unsure of how to proceed and why. My blog page is there for viewing and I am thankful for the experience as I have been allowed. Thank you everyone, sorry to have failed by not writing a tea book. I simply could not do it. I simply could not.
--
Steepster is offering: Steepster Select and together we’ll explore the world’s most interesting teas; with one free month and the resuming price of $24.95 for the remainder and one is free to cancel at anytime. I have no income and I live on my husband income; so would this be wise to do knowing where my life is at right now?
It is something to consider and thank you for the invite. Thank you for Steepster.com’s community of tea drinkers, tasters, reviewers, aficionados and all.

Location

Sterling, MA

Website

http://seule771.wordpress.com

Following These People