254 Tasting Notes

I had a lot of fun trying out this tea. It’s a caffeine-free and guilt-free way to enjoy one of my favorite treats of the holiday season: My grandmother’s stollen, a sweet bread with raisins and cinnamon, topped with white icing that’s decorated with candied fruits and nuts. This rooibos does an excellent job of capturing those flavors… and makes me want to go bake the real thing, too!

You can see pictures here:
http://wordsabouttea.blogspot.com/2014/12/winter-wonderland-rooibos-by-simpson.html

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Fjellrev

Awesome that your grandma makes stollen! I’ve always wanted to learn.

TeaBrat

this sounds good!

wheezybee

Let me know if you’d like a copy of her recipe. It would be easy to scan and send.

Fjellrev

Really? That would be awesome if it won’t be a huge bother! I love the idea of using family recipes.

Cameron B.

Count me in for the recipe, sounds fantastic! :D

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This was a new variety for me, but the sweet and smooth maltiness made for a tasty cup. I’ve never tried a purple before, but I wasn’t able to notice much difference between it and the other Oolongs in my cupboard. Maybe it influenced the milder, gentler flavor, or the fruity notes? Whatever it was, it was a nice way to start the day!

You can see pictures here:
http://wordsabouttea.blogspot.com/2014/11/kenya-hand-rolled-purple-varietal.html

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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It’s been a long, looong time since I’ve last posted on here. Let’s just say that life and school have been crazy, but I’m trying to get all my various responsibilities back in check. One of those responsibilities was reviewing this tea. The Persimmon Tree was kind enough to send me a tin in September, so I’m glad I was able to make this happen.

It’s a caffeine free, organic rooibos but the caramel notes I usually get from rooibos blends are far, far in the background here. This tastes like melted mint chocolate chip ice cream… the kind of flavor you get at the end of the bowl. The chocolate is somewhat understated, but it doesn’t let itself be forgotten, either.

You can see pictures here:
http://wordsabouttea.blogspot.com/2014/11/mint-chocolate-chip-rooibos-by.html

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Tealizzy

Welcome back!!

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This was a nice way to start the day today! My husband made up some pad Thai for dinner last night, so it was fun to follow it with a tea that reminds me so much of a Thai iced tea… but without all those super creamy calories!

Like the beverage, it does taste more like a dessert treat than a tea, and the black base vanishes into the background in favor of a lightly balanced cardamon, ginger, and lemongrass.

Pictures are available with my full review:
http://wordsabouttea.blogspot.com/2014/07/thai-chai-by-persimmon-tree-tea-company.html

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Several months ago Angel at Teavivre sent me five black teas to review. If I had known how absolutely nummy this one is, it wouldn’t have taken me until now to try it out! It’s slightly toasty, with a rich, creamy maltiness that I can just sink into. This tea is a new favorite, and hopefully I can talk hubby into getting me some for my next birthday!

For some pretty pictures, you can visit my blog at:
http://wordsabouttea.blogspot.com/2014/07/nonpareil-yunnan-dian-hong-chinese-red.html

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 7 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Holiday Blend by Simpson & Vail
254 tasting notes

A sample of this tea came my way for review, and while I did enjoy it I found it quite surprising. The black base is very light, and so the peppermint and floral notes take the forefront. It’s an undercover black tea, and a nice way to enjoy the flavor of an herbal with a kick of caffeine.

You can see the full review at:
http://wordsabouttea.blogspot.com/2014/07/holiday-blend-by-simpson-vail.html

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Thank you Angel of Teavivre for this wonderful sample! The package of green teas arrived the other day, and I just couldn’t resist it any longer. I opened this package up for a quick sniff, but it smelled so fresh and tasty that I had to let it jump the queue!

It’s the last week of school, and suitably hectic, so I made this Western-style in my travel mug. Sipping it now, I think it definitely deserves better treatment, so next time I’m going to get out my gaiwan for the full experience.

This morning I added 2tsp of raw sugar (which is actually pretty restrained for me, as I have a horrible sweet tooth) and I think that was just right. The flavor is light and fruity, with a crisp, grassy aftertaste.

I look forward to trying this again in the weeks to come!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I was feeling like something sweet and soothing tonight, and this is fitting the bill quite nicely. If anything, it’s too sweet! I’ve enjoyed a lot of Della Terra’s rooibos blends, but I’ve found they run very, very sweet.

With my black teas I usually go for a rounded tablespoon of raw sugar, so I scaled this one back to 3 teaspoons. In the future I’ll cut back even further, because this was way too sweet even for my sweet tooth.

And as for the taste? Well, while this was steeping I actually accused my husband of opening a package of strawberry Pop Rocks I was saving for something. Poor guy! While still somewhat affronted, once he tasted the tea he understood. It really does taste – and smell – like strawberry candy.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Thai Chai by Adagio Teas
254 tasting notes

I made the mistake a couple months ago of ordering a lot of Adagio teas at once. I was so disappointed in the ones that I tried that I stopped trying them at all. Picking out this blend today, I was worried I’d be faced with the same experience. Luckily, this seems to be hitting the spot today. It’s not quite as smooth as my favorite Thai-inspired blend (a Teavana) but it’s a huge step up from the Adagio blends that I had been steeping up. I’m getting a lot of coconut and cinnamon, with some other sweet (vaguely pina colada) flavors.

I can’t list quantity and times today, because my husband made it up this morning.

Preparation
0 OZ / 0 ML

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My husband made me a mug of this for my commute to work this morning, and he usually follows any written directions pretty closely. I think I made a note on this tea’s bag for 1tsp/8oz, boiling water, and a 3-4 minute steep, but I don’t know for sure if that’s how it was prepared. However he made it, I’m getting some pretty similar results when compared to my notes from last time. The Laoshan Black is still front and center, with only hints of additional ingredients at the tail end of each sip.

On a side note, I apologize for going so long in between notes. Between my students’ upcoming graduation, preparing for the school’s move to another part of town, and the battle for and loss of our beloved kitty, things have been a bit hectic lately.

Stephanie

Sorry about your kitty :(

Terri HarpLady

That is a lot! Sorry to hear about your kitty.

Charisma

I am sorry about your kitty :(

Tealizzy

Oh, I’m so sorry about your kitty!

wheezybee

Thank you. We don’t know exactly what it was, but as a kitten Mei-Mei nearly died from a respiratory infection at the shelter. The three and a half years we had with her were a blessing. A truly wonderful little snuggle-bug.

MissB

Lots of hugs and love to you all!

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Feel free to browse my cupboard if you’re interested in swapping, but all the mate and pu-erh in our household is my husband’s.

For swapping purposes, please note the apple allergy. Thank you!

I tried to limit my cupboard to teas that were 1oz or larger, but that was a gorgeous failure in terms of swap communication. It’s all going back up.


Okay, I just feel wrong trying to grade things without a rubric – it’s too inconsistent! So, here is the grading breakdown:

0-50: Dump it!
50-60: I might finish the cup
60-70: Possibly finish the pot
70-80: I may keep this on hand
80-90: Cupboard space guaranteed
90-100: Poetry may be involved!

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