3125 Tasting Notes

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I thought I would try this herbal blend with my last order.  S&V has quite a few Yoga blends which is a fun name, because I would never do yoga, especially publicly (I shudder to think at how this appeals to anyone — but to each their own!)  I don’t think this is the Yoga that S&V means anyway.  The nine Yoga blends focus on certain Chakras. ‘Shanti’ means ‘peace’.  In my mind, “peace” means this blend should be calming and peaceful and reduce anxiety.  It seems I need it now more than ever, especially for anxiety, especially for these times.   A large mix of ingredients here (copied from the description): Birch Bark, Rosehips, Organic Cinnamon Bark, Orange Peel, Organic Cacao Nibs, Eleuthero Root, Damiana Leaf, Pau d’arco, Organic Spearmint Leaf, Cloves, Sarsaparilla, Organic Ginger & Organic Peppermint.     It seems like a bunch of earthy ingredients, but the flavor is fairly pleasant.  Mostly I’m tasting the sarsaparilla, with hints of mint, cloves and cinnamon.  A fifteen minute second steep results in a depth flavor similar to the first steep, surprisingly none stronger.  It seems like a thoughtful mix of ingredients.  Did the tea bring me peace?  I’m not sure if anything can.  I try.  Maybe if I mix all nine of the Chakra blends together and drink them at the same time? I’ll drink this blend anyway — maybe it helps some.  Wishing everyone health and happiness. 
Steep #1  // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 17 minutes after boiling  // 2 minute steep
Steep #2  // just boiled // 15 minute steep

derk

It sounds earthy, warming, slightly stimulating and a bit astringent in the body. Grounding, not necessarily peaceful. May I interest you in a homemade blend? Health and happiness to you as well, tea-sipper.

White Antlers

I scoffed at doing yoga for the better part of my life. When I finally tried it, I spent the first 30 minutes of the class annoyed with intense inner chatter going on like a brass band. Then that chatter stopped and it was all I could do to just breathe and hold a pose. As someone with severe ADD/dyslexia (don’t ask me to tell left from right!), it was wonderful to be able to be mentally present and in the moment for a good part of the class. So-not pushing you to try yoga at all, just putting in my 2 cents.

ashmanra

My husband and I started with Healing Yoga for Aches and Pains from Amazon. It was free with prime and another by the same couple called Yoga for Common Conditions could be rented. We eventually learned the harder versions of each pose as well as some additional ones and now we go through streaks of doing it regularly. I need to get back to it. Yoga with a pot of tea on a warmer , sipped between sets while soothing music plays, is so peaceful and really helps me.

White Antlers – no ADHD here that I know of, but I have controlled mirror dysgraphia! I started out writing everything in a mirror image but learned to do it the normal way. I am a lefty and it happens to us more due to random lateralization. I can get really confused if I write backward “for fun” much.

White Antlers

ashmanra-That is so interesting! And what a unique talent! I was born a lefty but in that era, kids were leaned on very hard to use their right hands. We were told back then by parents and teachers that ‘life is very hard for left handed people.’ WHAT?!

No one ever addressed learning disabilities like dyslexia then, either. I was humiliated often by my teachers for not being able to do math (dyscalculia) and for my poor fine (writing) and gross motor skills. My handwriting is dreadful to the point where sometimes I can’t even read it after I’ve taken down a note or phone number. When I was in my 50s, I sought pharmaceutical treatment for the ADD but can’t tolerate stimulants like Ritalin and the off label stuff was completely useless. Yoga really does calm my mind and allow me to focus-at least while I’m doing it. Right now, it’s way too hot but I am looking forward to getting back into my practice come cooler weather.

ashmanra

White Antlers – I was very fortunate. There was no kindergarten here when I was growing up, except for private school which we couldn’t afford. My first grade teacher was fresh out of college and ready to tackle her class with modern methods. I was allowed to continue using my left hand. She told my mother to watch me write and gently remind me to go in the other direction. Since I did both without preference, it just became natural.

Now my cursive backward looks like a child learning cursive because I never really practiced it, but my manuscript writing backward is fine.

I am divided hand-wise. My fine motor skills are all left, and my major motor skills are right. I bowl and bat right handed – not that I ever bowl or bat – I play guitar right handed. I paint a wall right handed but paint a picture lefthanded.

I am sorry you did not have a good school experience.That is so disheartening for a child when it should be utterly magical!

Look how awesome you turned out!

tea-sipper

WHOA, I’m loving this conversation. Learning all about mirror dysgraphia and math dyslexia, which cripe, I probably have math dyslexia. :X

White Antlers and Ashmanra – Thank you for your experience with yoga. I figured some around these parts probably practiced yoga. I do like hearing about previous expectations and opinions being flipped around anyway, Antlers. :D

DERK – This blend isn’t astringent at all, even with a 15 minute steep! Thank you for the well wishes and the offer of the homemade blend! I would love to try it, but I feel like the package you sent me is still very recent! Maybe we will remember the blend for a later package?

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drank Flamingo Fresca by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m very glad I haven’t gotten sick of flavored teas yet.  I don’t think I ever will.  Flavored teas just mean a billion more options.  I can’t imagine halving my options and only drinking straight teas.  This is a fun blend I nabbed primarily because it was on sale.  I don’t hate it – definitely don’t hate the flamingo sprinkles.  The flavor is sweet and even though the cup is definitely flamingo pink, I’m not tasting an overabundance of hibiscus.  To be honest, it does taste a little bit like Flintstones vitamins, but only slightly, and if I can get past that, the flavor is fruity enough.  I paired this one with Teavivre’s lychee black and it was a great pairing.  I’m usually sipping two different teas side-by-side with caffeine throughout the day, then the re-steeps in the afternoon and one no-caff herbal at night, so it’s really lovely when my two daytime choices actually complement each other!
Steep #1  // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 40 minutes after boiling  // 2 minute steep
Steep #2  // 20 minutes after boiling //  3 minute steep

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I drank this during The Freeze. I’ve tried it many times. I’ve tried, really tried. The pouch is almost gone. But all I can taste is PICKLES. DILL PICKLES. Is this because of age? I’m not sure, but I think that is always what I was tasting. What the heck, Snow Chrysanthemum Buds? Not an extensive note, because you know, PICKLES. (I do notice someone added ‘dill’ to the flavor list so it’s not just me.) At least they look pretty.

gmathis

Ugh. Chrysanthemum teas I have tried taste like lawn mulch. Your description just underscores the fact I can live without them!

White Antlers

I was first introduced to chrysanthemum tea by an acupuncturist who was treating me for chronic pain. My initial reaction to it was ‘OMG-wet toilet paper!’ I told him it was unpalatable. He recommended adding bee pollen to it so I wound up with honey-ish flavored wet toilet paper. Pardon the horrid pun but so NOT my cup of tea. : P

tea-sipper

haha.. well, chrysanthemum teas weren’t THIS bad before, if I recall. I don’t like bee pollen so I doubt that would help. :D

White Antlers

It’s traditionally (in traditional Chinese medicine) not a beverage for pleasure. It’s used in TCM to reduce high blood pressure, calm the nerves and cool inflammation, ward off the early stages of a cold and as a cooling agent for excessively hot chi. To me, things like this, valerian, chamomile, licorice, oat straw, uva ursi and other herbs are good for what ails you but not things I’d want to drink if I didn’t strictly need or have to.

tea-sipper

Ah okay thanks, good to know all those health benefits, White Antlers.

derk

Oh how tastebuds differ! I get a whiff of dill but that doesn’t stifle my love for these buds. Lawn mulch and wet toilet paper are apt descriptors for my relationship with the common yellow chrysanthemum flowers. Hard pass on those.

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drank Summer Isle by teakruthi
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This might be the first from Teakruthi that I did not enjoy.  I guess I blindly went for samples of their fruity black teas, hoping the fruit would be similar to their lovely Emerald Green.  So I was ignoring the fact that these fruity black teas had hibiscus.  And there is a lot of hibiscus here.  The first time I steeped it normally, and I was mainly tasting an earthy tart hibiscus.  I didn’t love it, but re-steeped the leaves anyway.  Much of the same flavor.  I don’t like it.  Then I thought to steep up fresh leaves but take out most of the hibiscus.  I tried, though there was still a lot of hibiscus.  I guess the flavor was mostly the same, just muted.  Very tart.  Somehow the hibiscus in the blend also looks close to the black tea.  I was expecting much more from this blend, as there are so many great fruits here: mango, pineapple, papaya, banana.  But it’s like all of those were missing and I was drowning in hibiscus.  Please remove the hibiscus from this, Teakruthi!  The other fruits can stand on their own. 
(Also I was thinking Mastress Alita would be the perfect person to send this to, but then remembered there is banana in it… or supposedly banana here anyway.  So I won’t try to send it.)

Flavors: Hibiscus

tea-sipper

If anyone has any teakruthi teas in their cupboard, please read my new tasting note I just posted about this one.

Mastress Alita

Banana is a firm no for me, ’tis true. But I think the bugs would be an even firmer no. :-) But I appreciate the thought, I do love rescuing unloved hibi teas!

tea-sipper

Yeah, I’m very glad I didn’t just hurry up and mail this to you. lordy. So now I’m very glad I realized there was banana in it.

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From TheLastDodo a while ago, thank you!  I never wrote a note for it yet and it’s almost gone.  Also no other tasting notes for this one, sadly. This is one of the teas from the wholesale seller of Della Terra, but not sure if Della Terra ever carried this one.  There are actual rice krispie cereal pieces here, which is fun.  The black tea is extremely light when brewed up (as Della Terra’s teas usually were) but also the age might be contributing to the lightness at this point.  Also, my latest patient steeping probably helps.  The flavor to me is MAPLE.  Very sweet and surprisingly flavorful after all this time.  However, I wish it had been more marshmallow treat than maple.
Steep #1  // 1 heaping teaspoon for full mug // 23 minutes after boiling  // 2 minute steep
Steep #2  // just boiled //  3 minute steep

Kawaii433

Aww and I love the name (and snack hehe). It’s one of the few sweets that I really enjoy from time to time. It’d be pretty cool if there was a tea that tastes like Rice Crispy Treats!

tea-sipper

haha :D the closest tasting would have to be 52teas!

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drank Mother of Dragons by 52teas
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Thank you for getting Steepster up and running again, new team!  I knew that with patience, Steepster would be okay again eventually.  So I will get back to posting some tasting notes that I had written before The Freeze.
Thank you, AJRimmer!  I really wanted to try this – I love fruity, spicy black teas.  This seems a bit muted in the spice and fruit departments, even while using a teaspoon and a half.  There were at least two huge pieces of fruit in the infuser.  Spice, mango and pineapple should be such a great combination for me. Maybe mango never really steeps full of flavor in any tea, especially if it’s only natural mango that 52Teas uses — the mango is too weak here. For Daenerys, I expect a punch of fierce flavor (what do I know – I only read the first book…)  This isn’t what I was expecting, but this also isn’t a brand new tea. 
Steep #1  // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 28 minutes after boiling  // 2 minute steep
Steep #2  // just boiled //  4 minute steep

AJRimmer

I definitely recommend the rest of the books! I feel like his writing only gets better, and the story is so engaging, I’ll just sit and read all day. The show is too intense for me, so I’m eagerly awaiting the next book so I can see what happens!

tea-sipper

Sure, I loved the first book, and am planning to read the others, but I have about a billion books I want to get to at any given point. haha

AJRimmer

I know what you mean. I keep buying more books despite the shelves full I already have.

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drank Citrus Sunburst by Tiesta Tea
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One tasting note for now!
A sample from Tiesta Tea!  Thank you!   A lovely, bright summer herbal.  Though the dreaded hibiscus is here, it is a tame beast, not obnoxious in this golden hued mug.  I really couldn’t even guess the hibiscus is here.  So now that that’s out of the way, I can say this is an acceptable herbal!  This isn’t overtly sour citrus as the name suggests, mainly a nice balance of fruits.  Fruity and refreshing, especially on hot summer nights.
Steep #1  // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 19 minutes after boiling  // 2 minute steep
Steep #2  // just boiled //  3 minute steep
2020 Sipdowns: 66 (Teavivre – Mango Time + 1 sample of Teavivre – Lychee Black)

teaqueen

I love this one :)

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Testing testing… a backup tasting note to post from the last freeze… no new tasting notes for a while. I’m sure all the Steepsterers are congregating in some tasting note I’m not seeing….

From a long ago order, just never wrote a note yet.  First, for some reason I expect this to be like the rocket popsicles, but no, those aren’t chocolate.  Then I always expect this to taste like raspberry, but then I realized I’m thinking of the David’s tea that has a similar name — I think I only had that blend once or twice, so my memory is a bit hazy there.  This blend isn’t raspberry… it’s mainly black tea, chocolate, yerba mate, and coffee.  The yerba mate is the green rather than the roasted, which seems a bit odd with chocolate and coffee.  It works well enough anyway, but it’s not really a flavor profile I’m ever gravitating towards.  Earthy, rustic, a bit bitter, even with only a teaspoon.  At least it doesn’t have the chicory the David’s blend had.  Maybe the caffeine is supposed to skyrocket me into space or something. 
Steep #1  // 1 teaspoon for full mug // 23 minutes after boiling  // 2 minute steep
Steep #2  // just boiled //  3 minute steep

Mastress Alita

I have around four notes on my Steepster.txt, but just am not posting them until the site is more stable. I’m still having it 404 on me several times every day, and hitting 503’s way more than normal.

tea-sipper

Yeah, I just wanted to post that one to see what would happen, now I’ll probably just be drinking some tea without posting anything for a while. Hopefully things will be fixed soon!

Leafhopper

The http version of Steepster works for me, but the https version consistently does not. I’ve decided to keep posting tasting notes in case the site stops working for me altogether.

Mastress Alita

For me, even the non-SSL version of the site goes down (Someone forgot to turn the kettle on! screens) several times a day. Too unstable for me to bother pasting over my tea notes right now.

Leafhopper

Mastress Alita, you’re right, I’ve gotten a few of those screens, too. Let’s hope they figure out how to restore some functionality to the site.

Mastress Alita

And now my Dashboard is completely missing yet again… the site is just so broken for me the last week it’s been unbarable.

CrowKettle

There was no dashboard new notes at all and then I followed a new person and now my dashboard is just there notes. lol. Stuff is strange.

Leafhopper

My dashboard also disappeared this morning, though now I see my last review. Sigh.

tea-sipper

Yep, I’m only seeing your last review on my dashboard too, Leafhopper. Hopefully a bright shiny new steepster will eventually happen!

Leafhopper

Yes, fingers crossed.

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Another from StarFevre!  I’m on a roll with StarFevre’s teas. THANK YOU.  I recently saw a stellar note for 52teas normal version of this, didn’t think I had any, but StarFevre had sent me some of the SBT’s blend. Of course, it probably isn’t as good as the normal blend, but opening the pouch, I was thrilled!  It definitely had the scent of lime marshmallows. YES.  I brewed a teaspoon hot and the flavor was there.  It reminded me a bit of Butiki’s Lime Marshmallow.  Glad I’m able to try this! 
Steep #1  // 1 teaspoons for full mug // 35 minutes after boiling  // 45 second steep
Steep #2  // 30 minutes after boiling //  2 minute steep

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Thanks so much CameronB!  I always wanted to try this one when I first saw that gorgeous artwork and photo and description for the tea.  Sadly, I think I like the artwork and name better than the tea.  It’s a perfectly acceptable black tea, but I really expect something special to go with said name and artwork.  It’s a dark cup anyway, which seems only fitting with the name ‘Black Sunshine’.  The dry leaf has a slightly smoky aroma and the flavor is like a high quality assam.  Bright, brisk, strong, maybe a hint of berry on the backsip.  But I really expected special here…   
Steep #1  // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 22 minutes after boiling  // 2 minute steep
Steep #2  // just boiled //  3-4 minute steep

gmathis

I have always been a fan of A&D’s marketing mojo and backstories.

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Hi! I love tea and trying new ones – it adds a bit of variety to my day! Books, music, TV & movies are my thing… and tea, of course.

Some of my favorite tea shops (still operating):
birdandblendtea.com
teavivre.com
52teas.com
svtea.com
teakruthi.com
harney.com
angrytearoom.com
Dammann Freres
Yunnan Sourcing
fusionteas.com
AprTea.com
Javateaco.com
Lupicia
Plumdeluxe.com
Octaviatea.com
Davidstea
eco-cha.com
what-cha.com
justea.com
singleoriginteas.com
teasenz.com
tealyra.com
whisperingpinestea.com
Mandala
verdanttea.com
thenecessiteas.com

Favorite tea shops (RIP):
butikiteas.com
steapshoppe.com
steepcityteas.com
aquartertotea.com
dellaterrateas.com
zentealife.com
theteamerchant.net
joysteaspoon.com
tealiciousllc.com
Rivertea
Specialteas

My icon photo is Richard Mayhew from the graphic novel ‘Neverwhere’ by Neil Gaiman, Mike Carey & Glenn Fabry.

Most of the teas listed in my cupboard are actually sample sizes. I don’t really have 2,000 ounces of tea around here! Many of my teas have only one teaspoon left… maybe two. But I like keeping them in my cupboard list for reference to what I could be sipping. Usually, I write tasting notes once for each tea. I’m still drinking them, just not writing tasting notes each time!

My dislikes: hibiscus, ginger (unless in chai), turmeric, bee pollen, charcoal type flavors

My ratings:
95-100 – Super awesome deliciousness favorites – cupboard essential
80-95 – Also pretty delicious
65-80 – Pretty good
50-65 – Okay
1-50 – Probably won’t want to sip it again

I’m planning on being a Steepsterer as long as there IS a Steepster, so if you’re not hearing from me, that means something happened to my health… if you know what I mean. (Or as evidenced by the great computer hiatus of 2019, something happened to my computer.) :D

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