13 Tasting Notes

89

Cures what ails ya! This amazing blend of pu-erh and spices does exactly what the company says it will. The dark spicy flavors hearken back to a primal cup that needs no explanation. The tea is well balanced, flavorful, and yet unassuming and comfortable. I liked this tea so well I asked for a second steep, which I rarely do at a tea shop. It may be my next bulk purchase. One cup of this tea and all the weight of life left and the creative juices began to flow. I stayed in the tea shop for almost an hour and a half writing in my journal. Good stuff.

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

Remedy! Still haven’t made it there in my Seattle adventures yet. From my research, one of the few places you can get matcha in Seattle as well. I’m putting this on my “to try” list as well.

Christopher Weiss

Remedy is incredible. It’s modern style, which gets a lot of people down, but it grows on you. The teas are totally worth it though. They source, and blend their own teas. Obviously the traditional ones are finished when the arrive in Seattle. But their blends are incredible, and they do them all here in the city. Their menu is quite good as well. Even something so simple as toast and jam will really hit the spot.

Cofftea

Stop it Christopher- you’re making me miss Seattle even more than I already do… and my “reasons I miss Seattle” is long enough already. :)

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100

This is one of the greatest teas I have ever tasted. A nice mellow green tea infused with hints of cherry, and actual rose petals. It will soothe and calm you. It will wake you up. It will comfort you when you’re low, and intensify your happiness when you’re feeling great. It’s litter wonder this tea is one of very few that Remedy chooses to prepackage. It’s off the charts incredible.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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100

A beautiful blend of tea. Classic, warming, friendly, and near impossible to mess up. Be sure to leave room for the tea to expand in the cup or pot. If the leaves are constrained you’ll end up with a weak result. This tea needs at least twice it’s dry volume to expand.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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75

A very bergamonty blend of breakfasty goodness.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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100

Another triumph from Mighty Leaf! This chamomile tisane comes on quickly with the flavors of chamomile and citron, and is quietly overcome by a delightful rising honey flavor. As other tasters have mentioned, the often off-putting bitter taste of chamomile is delightfully absent. I have never tasted a Mighty Leaf blend that I didn’t like, and Chamomile Citrus is no exception.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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77

Let us presume for a moment that not all bottled teas are evil. And let us further presume that sweetening green tea is also not evil. If we categorize this as tea-in-a-can and line it up against other bottled teas of a similar price point, there is simply no contest. If it’s hot outside, and you’re walking around the Pacific Place Neighborhood in Seattle, this is a fantastic beverage. Especially since you can drop a single on the counter and walk away with a great cooling beverage.

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92

My roommate is awful… just awful. And she doesn’t even know I think this about her. Why? Because of Kava Stress Relief. A nice welcoming blend of herbs and spices that I drink on frequent occasion. Now in an argument between bagged tea and loose leaf, loose leaf wins from a culinary perspective. But bagged teas are homey, and easy. They don’t often require special temperatures, and the best ones (in my opinion) don’t even require specific steep times. You just pull the bag out when you feel good and ready! Now I could wax poetic about the “levels of intriguing flavor” and the “timeline of flavor that is first bold, and then shy”. But really what it comes down to is that Kava Stress Relief is a great drink, and has a place in my tea cupboard next to any Pu-Erh that I can afford.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
teaplz

Love this one! It has such a delicious flavor. I could almost taste an undercurrent of chocolate in the drink. It has one of the more delicious tastes and smells of the bagged teas I’ve tried.

gmathis

May have to try this…I’ve popped medicinal kava in capsule form and it is effective.

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44

This is a nice peach flavored black tea. Stash never disappoints in the way of a “standard” tea/tisane. I wouldn’t go much lower in quality than Stash. But if it’s cold outside and you’re looking for something that brews up quick in a mug, this could do nicely. Perhaps a little astringent, but not overly so for the price. It is absolutely imperative that it not be overstepped, or it will taste like the wrong end of a camel.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Rena Sherwood

That’s it — gotta start following you now. Although, I do have to wonder how you would know what the wrong end of a camel would taste like.

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1

I decided to try this tea at work (because I won’t pay for it) after seeing the “Modern Marvels” episode about tea. Surely if they think highly enough of lipton to dedicate 75% of an episode to it, it must be good right? Wrong! This tea has a decidedly old taste. In fact if you really think about it, it tastes dusty. It is quite obviously over oxidized, which makes sense. Lipton produces millions of pounds of tea a year. Which means they have to get their tea from about as many places. Goodbye terroir, hello heavy oxidation. If you have a load of tea from several different sources, the only way to make it all taste the same and maintain product continuity is to oxidize the hell out of it. It’s like what would happen if you took an apple, a pear, and a carrot and put them in the oven for the clean cycle. At the end of the cycle, they’d all taste the same. Drinking lipton is so unnecessary. Even in places where it’s the only thing available. With the expansion of tea sales on the internet, (case in point: steepster) no one of discerning taste need resort to this unholy liquor. Of course Lipton does do us a big favor. They keep our favorite teas cogent by keeping their market share down, and their batches small.

theKENnection

Haha, well said!

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67

This is a fantastic tisane. The licorice spice imparts a natural sweetness. However the licorice is artfully mitigated by a host of other spices that make this one of the best licorice teas I have ever tasted. This wonderful tisane tickles the tongue and lingers just the right amount of time. It has a great mouthfeel, despite the presence of the abundance of licorice spice. Because of the presence of licorice spice, this tisane can stain the palette for quite some time, though not as long as Stash’s verity. It makes a great after dinner, or evening drink.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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A Story That Could Be True

If you were exchanged in the cradle and
your real mother died
without ever telling the story
then no one knows your name,
and somewhere in the world
your father is lost and needs you
but you are far away.

He can never find
how true you are, how ready.
When the great wind comes
and the robberies of the rain
you stand on the corner shivering.
The people who go by—
you wonder at their calm.

They miss the whisper that runs
any day in your mind,
“Who are you really, wanderer?”—
and the answer you have to give
no matter how dark and cold
the world around you is:
“Maybe I’m a king.”

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