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82

Sipdown no. 21 of 2017 (no. 302 total). A sample.

No bitterness this time, and a pretty unobtrusive accompaniment to the work day. Bumping the rating a bit.

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82

How ’bout that NYC Marathon?

Continuing on my flavored green tear as of late with this sample. I always love how teas with flower petals in them look. The smell of this in the packet is indeed quite melony. Cantaloupe, is what I’m getting.

I saw some notes on murkiness, and my tea has a fair amount of cloud in a dark golden liquor. There’s a mild, and pleasant, melon aroma with just a hint of grassy green tea underneath.

It tastes like it smells, but has a touch of bitterness in the finish. I think with both this and the Immortal Green of yesterday, I am going to cut back the steeping time just a bit next time. I’m not sure that green melon can beat white melon (like ever) but this is a strong second, bitter finish notwithstanding.

Flavors: Cantaloupe, Grass, Melon

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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74

Sipdown no. 22 of 2017 (no. 303 total). A sample.

This one was also a nice work tea. It was better when I didn’t think too much about it but just let it play the soundtrack of my morning.

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74

First of all, I love the name. I think I’m going to adopt ’Lil Immortal Green as my rapper name.

I also love the idea of a peach green tea. Remind me that I can’t mention the existence of this to my BF who likes all things peach just slightly more than all things pumpkin.

The smell in the sample packet is a rather generic stone fruit one, but the aroma and flavor of the steeped tea is much less so. I taste the passion fruit more than the peach in this cup, but that could be because of the vagueries of what showed up in my two spoons this morning.

I’m glad I have a bit more to try again. I wanted to love this. And I like it, but two things are keeping me from getting there 100 percent.

The aroma of the steeped tea has a note that I find off-putting. It might be the passion fruit, or it could be the marigold, or a combination of the two. It has a heaviness, almost a pungency, that takes away from what is a rather light fruity taste. I’d prefer if it smelled the way it tasted. Also, I’m detecting a tad more bitterness in the finish than I find happy-making, but that’s a very minor point. I probably wouldn’t have even noticed it if not for the aroma, because the contrast between that pungent smell and the flavor highlights it.

Still, this is unique enough that I might consider having some around. But you know, I’ve been saying I’ll come out of lock down for about 3 years now and I’m still not even close.

Flavors: Green, Peach

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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79
drank Dong Ding by American Tea Room
24 tasting notes

Very smooth balanced flavor with lots of cinnamon, brown sugar sweetness and very nice body.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 10 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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76

Here’s Hoping Teabox – Round Seven- Tea #7
An interesting one – the light black tea really paired well and supported with the tasty fruity flavor here. The description says it is a Ceylon which might be a Ceylon I actually liked, but take the flavor away and I probably would hate it. I’m sure this would be excellent iced. Two tasty steeps. Sorry for the short note, but tasting notes are also helpful for dating a tea in a teabox… then I know when I’ve had it before.

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83

Spicy, fruity smooth. wonderful morning tea

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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91

What a silky smooth tea! Wonderful notes of apple, chocolate, coffee, sweetness

Flavors: Apple, Apricot, Bamboo, Butter, Chocolate, Coffee, Malt, Smoke, Sugarcane, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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100

Brilliant sun scattering the pouring rain here as I sit in a cafe soaking up their wifi and catching up on posting my scribbled tea notes from the past few days.

This is one punchy kick in the pants tea. The label tells me that it is a premium robust black blend of Indian (Assam and Nilgiri) and a Chinese black. It reminds me of a Damn Fine Teas concoction. Drinking this black and unsweetened, it is just on the verge of wanting an addition, but it is really really good on its own. Rich malty stone fruit. This is one that I’d like to keep around.

Flavors: Malt, Stonefruits

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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86

From the Here’s Hoping TTB.

The nose is lovely with apricot/floral flavors. Taste is also very good, with the fruit more subdued, but the tea flavor is good as well; a good balance between the two flavors. It may just be I’m getting used to it, but the fruit seemed to fade as I sipped, and a strong astringency began to dominate in the finish. Not bitter, but my whole mouth is puckered up.

The fruit is less obvious in the second steep, but I find that I still enjoy the tea. The fruit is there, just less obvious. I’m also picking up the flowers more, and seeing less astringency in the finish. Overall, a very good tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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92
drank Peppermint by American Tea Room
1711 tasting notes

Sipdown! Between being sick for a few weeks and just being sheer lazy, I burned through the rest of this fluffy bag relatively quickly. This is such good peppermint. So cooling and refreshing. ATR sent this to me as a mistake when I ordered something else and it ended up being an awesome thing because I could see myself getting more of this in a future order.

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92
drank Peppermint by American Tea Room
1711 tasting notes

Last fall, ATR sent me this by accident instead of the Peppermint Choco Latte I ordered, but they very promptly sent out the correct one and generously let me keep this, so thank you, ATR! I’m finally getting to this, sadly, but it’s been sealed.

I’m going through a little peppermint binge. I want to try all of my peppermint-related teas iced and make comparisons. The dry leaf smells so refreshing and slightly sweet. Almost like a candy cane. Iced, it loses a bit of that slight sweetness but it doesn’t have any bitterness or other weird undertones. Sign me up, I’m a fan!

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66

Drank it in the store, so not sure about the preparation (but presumably prepared to it’s best). Tastes roasted with a nutty tone. It was fairly smooth and had a warm, buttery aftertaste. I ordered a pot and couldn’t quite finish it off, but a cup or two was lovely.

Flavors: Butter, Nutty, Roasted

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83

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Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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80

I got this as a free sample sachet. Thank you American Tea Room! I feel monotonous for all the 80’s I’ve given, but all the teas I’ve had deserve decent ratings.

I’ve had so many frickin versions of this tea, and the spearmint of this one is fresh thank heavens. It was just barely crisp enough for me to drink straight, but some honey would be a natural compliment. I only brewed each cup two minutes, and two minutes and 20 seconds, so I tasted the green tea more in the background in the texture. The balance was nice and it was not too astringent or bitter.

The sachets are on the pricy end of 10 bucks for 15 sachets, but the loose leaf is actually a decent price of about $25.20 for the 7 ounce serving. I personally do not prefer this type of tea often, but I have to say this product compared to what I had in Egypt so long ago which is saying something. I definitely recommend this if you are into mint or if you have a penchant for Marrakesh Green Tea. Now to figure out when to travel to Morocco in an impossibly more pleasant political environment.

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87

I ordered 2 oz for a one day 50 off sale. I should have ordered a pound for half off instead because this tea is almost perfect for me.

Getting two nit picks out of the way: one, it is way too overpriced, and two the body does not re-brew as well as other teas of the same price. That said, the taste would fall into a category of favorites.

The leaves have a delicate roast producing a thick coconut oil from the tea leaves that permeates your cup and stays on your fingertips. It’s like removing coconut macaroons from a cookie sheet.

The tea itself is predictable but excellent: a lightly buttery body that is naturally sweet, fruity, fragrant, and with a bare toastiness in the aftertaste. The florals get more pronounced with each resteep, and the profile is soft and creamy. It does have a little bit of grassiness from the Baozhong, but it’s closer to lemon grass or pineapple in my opinion. The roast makes it barely noticeable, but its still a very green tea.

Of course this was western, but I Gong Fu does not yield too much of a difference. It just divides the tea into noticeable steps. First steep is creamy light coconut, secondd is like coconut oil with that coming toastiness, the third is more coconut with a touch of green pineapple, fourth is more coconut floral, green, and a little bit of toastiness. I’m impressed with the roast making this more like a light desert than a mega savory tea. It’s the exact balance I like.

Getting two ounces was a smart idea for the sheer quantity of tea I have. However, I wish I took better advantage of that sale and designated this as my bulk tea instead. But the price, even at discount is still high. If only Zen Tea continued to have their coconut oolong. I’d regularly give this tea a 98 or 97, but price is the big thing that lowers my rating. I’d recommend this for coconut tea lovers anyway.

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I miss coconut oolong; this sounds tempting even with the price tag! Zen Tea dropping it was a big deal breaker for me :(

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80

The company had a mega sale, so I took advantage to finally try a few blends I’ve wanted to for a while. They were incredibly generous this time and actually granted me a sample of this from request. It would have costed $10 for a sample otherwise.

The high reviews from a few key people perked my interest, and since this milk oolong used Tie Guan Yin for the base, I was naturally intrigued. Brewing it up at 2 minutes, it was creamy and floral. The natural orchid florals of the oolong blended fairly naturally with the buttery cream flavor. It has a light and well rounded balance of savory and crispness overall. So think flower creamer leaning towards condensed milk, though it is not as sweet as other milk oolongs. It definitely is far from fake.

I got three brews out of it with the third leaning more on its Tie Guan Yin qualities. I would normally rate this tea between a 85-90 because it definitely suits my preferences, but the megalithic price is the main thing that I hold against this tea. Great quality, yes, but I’ve had other Tie Guan Yin’s that had some of the complexities this had for much cheaper. It was actually comparable to What-Cha’s Winter Tie Guan Yin which was fairly creamy on its own, though a step less creamy then this. I do love the cream flavor combo for this tea and I am very glad to have tried it, but I cannot justify the price for this tea which is why I rate this one lower. I doubt that the profile would change too much gong fu.

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drank Masala Chai by American Tea Room
1899 tasting notes

Sipdown! I had a sample sachet of this I got free with my last Am. Tea Room order. Unfortunately I oversteeped it. Maybe I should have had this iced.

The base was super bitter (I had to dilute it 50%, and it was still bitter), but I wish I had soy milk and sweetner because this could be fixed. Maybe this tea isn’t made to be had plain, or maybe I ruined it by leaving the bag in a few minutes too long. I really like the spice combo (perfect blend of ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, and pepper). It is also vaguely nutty.

If the base was smooth, this would have been 90/100. Because the bitterness names it undrinkable and I don’t have any soy milk, it is more like a 30/100. I’m not going to rate it because I feel like I should have payed more attention to the brew time (it might be really good brewed correctly), but I would never buy a tea so finicky for myself.

Flavors: Bitter, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Clove, Cream, Ginger, Nutty, Pepper, Spices, Spicy, Tannic

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 7 min, 0 sec 4 g 15 OZ / 450 ML

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80

Got this as a sample. The description talks about chocolate and tobacco undertones and a fruity aftertaste — I’m not sure I’m getting all that, but it is a flavorful earl grey, nice and punchy, with a hint of smoke. I still prefer the H&S earl grey supreme that’s become one of my cupboard staples; it’s a bit lighter and brighter and more citrusy, and just more my style, but this is still good.

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70
drank Cape Town Chai by American Tea Room
38 tasting notes

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Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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