121 Tasting Notes

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The Tea Book was at one of the tea festivals I went to in the last few years… I don’t remember which. I picked up this bag from them at their booth.

This is a pretty solid English breakfast. I steeped it for 3 minutes with boiling water and drank it straight. The malt flavor is pretty strong, and it’s a little astringent. There’s a slight sweet note, and a little molasses flavor right at the end of the sip.

Flavors: Astringent, Malt, Molasses, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank ImPeachMint Tea by The TeaBook
121 tasting notes

For some reason, I was craving this tea again today. I originally reviewed it two years ago.

Still a solid herbal. I really like how the minty tulsi works with the peach flavoring. Pairs well with fried rice and reading a news blog.

Flavors: Mint, Peach, Tulsi

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Dustin

The name made me LOL! Seems like a very appropriate tea for the week.

White Antlers

Great name! Great idea (if it happens…)
: )

derk

Never though I’d have to dig out the lone bag stashed away as memorabilia.

Todd

I have a lot of these. Let me know if anyone wants a few!

Martin Bednář

Todd: open them carefully (https://colnect.com/ht/collectors/wiki/title=How_to_open_a_tea_bag) and send them empty to me :)

I can use them as an exchange material.

Todd

Ah, these are not foil. They’re paper teabags in foil-lined paper pounches.

Todd

Oh you said empty. You just want the printed pouches?

Martin Bednář

Yep, the pouches. We call it tea bags in collector community, which is kind of confusing, I agree. The printed, blue (in this case) outer wrapping. This is world catalogue: https://colnect.com/en/teabags

I don’t want them full, as I have huge load of tea in my cupboard right now.

Todd

Cool, I’ve got two for you so far. I’ll save up more.

Martin Bednář

Great! Thank you in advance, I will send you some tea in return then. If you have any other tea bags, you can include them too, of course!

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Sara sent me a sampler of this along with an Art of Tea order we split. Since she hates banana, this was not a surprise.

Mmm, I taste the banana, cinnamon, and apple, with a hint of chestnut at the end of the sip. Like biting into banana bread! Now I’m craving actual banana bread.

Flavors: Apple, banana, Chestnut, Cinnamon

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 5 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mastress Alita

That was the coal in my advent this year. :-(

Todd

Someone’s coal is someone else’s diamond!

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I think this is the last of my wedding party favors.

I poured boiling water over the bag and let the teabag stay. Wow, the blueberry smell from the brewed cup is amazing.

I mainly taste blueberry, with some sour candy notes that are probably from the hibiscus. I suppose some people might be put off by the sour candy, but I love it. It’s amazing that this tastes so much like candy while having no sugar or sweetener. I may have to buy more of this!

Flavors: Blueberry, Candy, Hibiscus, Sour

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
gmathis

This was too tart for me, but I’m glad it hit somebody’s “perfect” spot!

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This is another wedding party favor. I poured boiling water over the teabag and left it in.

It was pretty good hot, but I liked it better once it cooled off, and I added ice.

This is a real fruit punch of an herbal. The hibiscus stands out nicely and balances well with the raspberry. Sweet and sour. If you don’t like hibiscus, this probably isn’t your cup of tisane. Oh, I wonder how well it would do, steeped in a lemonade. Mmm.

It tastes kind of like hanging out at a nude beach when there’s no pandemic going on, very relaxing.

Flavors: Candy, Fruit Punch, Hibiscus, Raspberry, Sour

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
White Antlers

Black’s Beach in La Jolla.

Todd

White Antlers: Oh, that’s a nice one, went there years ago.

White Antlers

Me too, Todd. Back when I was a skinny little thing.

Todd

Lots of people of all sizes go though. :)

derk

I used to go to Grey Whale Cove. It’s difficult there to catch a warm enough day.

White Antlers

Oh, I was not dissing anyone’s size! It was more me mentally remembering and picturing my long ago, waifish young self, Todd.

White Antlers

The thing I remember most vividly about Black’s Beach in the 70s were the fully clothed dudes in business suits with cameras, trying not to tumble down the rocks while they snapped and rubber necked. :(

Todd

Oh, that makes sense, Whit Antlers.
Business suits… LOL that is quite a picture, thanks.

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drank Earl Grey by Harney & Sons
121 tasting notes

Note to self: Don’t eat a spicy snack like, for example, Spicy Vegan Buffalo Ranch sweet potato puffs, just before your first sip of a new tea. The flavor notes end up all over the place.

This is another wedding favor tea bag. Unlike the Twinings, this is a very subtle earl grey. I can actually taste the tea! It’s balanced nicely with the bergamot oil. Actually I taste the tea just slightly more than the bergamot. I like it a lot! I definitely want to explore more Harney & Sons teas. I think the other one I’ve had was a cinnamon tea at a festival.

Flavors: Bergamot, Tea

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mastress Alita

Sounds like Derk’s roommate Kiki, who pairs Keto Flamin’ Hot Cheetos with tea…

Todd

Haha, nice

Nichole/CuppaGeek

Spicy Vegan Buffalo Ranch sweet potato puffs sound amazing!

Todd

They’re really good!

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drank Earl Grey by Twinings of London
121 tasting notes

I found a box I still hadn’t unloaded from moving in a year and a half ago, and I found some tea bags I got as wedding favors, from a wedding two and a half years ago. It included this, a Harney & Sons earl grey bag, and some Celestial Seasonings: Raspberry Zinger and True Blueberry, in 3-teabag plastic pouches.

The main flavor here is the bergamot, but I don’t find it overpowering. The citrus note from the bergamot lingers on my tongue. I don’t know how old the tea is, at least three years old, but it’s held up well. And it outlasted that marriage.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Lemon

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mastress Alita

I like Twinings EG… I wish the stores around here sold their LEG, which I like even more!

snorts at the tea outlasting the marriage…

Todd

I’ll keep an eye out for Twinings LEG! Yeah, it was sad.

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drank Pan-fried Barley by Lupicia
121 tasting notes

Summer tea in winter, lol. I’m the type who likes ice cream in winter, hot tea in summer… no regard for seasons. At least I’m drinking this hot.

It smells like barley when brewed but in kind of an odd way, not very appetizing to me. Kind of a pile-of-wet-leaves smell.

Drinking it though, it tastes like the woods and camping and Japan and toasty goodness.

Edit: Getting just a slight coffee flavor now that it’s cooling down a bit! Interesting. Not bad.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Coffee, Roasted Barley, Toasty, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Oh my, Smith, you’ve done it again.

This houjicha-chai tastes like gingerbread! And wood a bit, cause it’s houjicha. I can pick out notes of clove, chocolate, cinnamon, and gingerbread.

I find it resteeps pretty well. I plan to try it with almond milk too, hot and iced. I got a 2.75 oz tin, although I plan to send some to Sara soon. She’s the one who linked me to it.

Oh. I have some gingerbread. Dips gingerbread into the tea Gingerbreadception! Holiday overdose! Also tasty.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mastress Alita

I really should just pick some of this up before it is gone, honestly… I just hate contributing to the shipping frenzy around this time!

Kawaii433

I love gingerbread. That sounds really good. ^^

derk

Did you see the picture of the gingerbread monolith atop Corona Heights hill in San Francisco? The angled pictures made it look gigantic until I saw one with a person for scale :/ Still, I’m happy there are weirdos out there doing things like this.

tea-sipper

2020: Creepy monoliths but also gingerbread monoliths.

Todd

derk, wow! I just looked that up, crazy gingerbread goodness.

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Day 24 of Sara’s Old Tea came with a big sachet of Hoji Matcha Chai!

No longer available from Tea Chai Te, this can still probably be purchased if you make a phone order, as they still have everything needed to make it.

I brewed it and added a bit of almond milk, just enough to cool it down to my preferred temperature.

The chai flavors blend together so well, that I had to take several sips to try to tease out what’s in there. I taste clove, ginger, and licorice, with a bit of woody flavor from the houjicha near the end of the sip. It tastes like… sitting and talking with Sara with a pot of tea at Tea Chai Te in Portland, the one on NW 23rd Avenue, a block from Salt & Straw ice cream.

I finished my glass before finishing the review.

Flavors: Clove, Ginger, Licorice, Wood

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 6 min, 0 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
gmathis

I read your last sentence first. That’s a very good quality indicator right there!

Mastress Alita

What turned into, “Oh ya, I need to send Todd my old package of Hoji Matcha Chai” then became, “I need to throw away this gutted DAVIDsTEA advent packaging in the big dumpster, it’s bulky… oh heeeeeeeeeey…”

Todd

gmathis haha yeah, it was that good :)

Sara: Oh LOL, so that’s how it happened…

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I have enjoyed various teas most of my life, but have recently started exploring higher-end teas. Still, plain houjicha (loose-leaf or bagged) makes me feel like I’m in Japan.

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