1005 Tasting Notes

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Don’t have a lot to say. Gunpowder green base tea. Peppermint and peppered green bean aroma, tastes strongly of cooked green beans and spearmint. Salty-tart, a faint smokiness that blends very well, light non-penetrating bitterness, some astringency. Warming in the ears, cooling in the chest with minty burps. Second steep is too astringent. Might play with timing for the rest of my sample.

Of note, I bought this bulk. This is ‘Moroccan Mint Green.’ Choice Organic Teas also makes a bagged version called ‘Green Moroccan Mint’ which has the same ingredients as this tea plus lemongrass.

(Western, 3g, 8oz, 190F, 3/4m)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75
drank Black Tea (Delight) by Stan Teahub
1005 tasting notes

Here’s another one from Togo :)

Gone western. 5g, 8oz, 212F, 3 steeps at 5/5/8m.

Dry leaf is roughly processed and voluminous with a mix of whole and broken leaf, stems and a few silvery buds. Range in color from various greens to browns with a lot of reddish-purple oxidation.

Wet leaf after the first steep smelled like orange, raspberry, herbaceous with a touch of florals. The liquor had an odd aroma of squash blossom and chlorine. The taste was undefined with an herbaceous quality and floral undertones. It was sour after the sip and medium- to full-bodied. It had a kind of tingly superficial astringency.

In the second steep, the tea came to life (yay!) with an aroma of orange blossom, almond, dry warm wood and unplaced herbs. The tastes fell in line with what I was expecting of this tea: almond, walnut, orange marmalade, apricot and orange blossom with a persistent mango-apricot aftertaste. The liquor thinned a bit and some bitterness came in with a little stronger astringency.

The third steep was surprisingly similar though with a little less depth, some added warming black pepper, the bitterness moving to the back and turning into sweetness, lots of salivation and a stronger astringency. Two steeps was plenty.

I’d play around with the temperature and steep times to see if that could bring out the desired aromas and flavors in the first brew. I’m also curious about the changes in the tea as it oxidizes more. For the price that Togo said he paid, I think this is a great tea for daily drinking.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This tea isn’t for the faint of heart when it comes to lavender. The contents smell very fresh with the lavender dominating.

I’ve prepared this a multitude of ways.

Following the recommended parameters of 2 bags to a mug, boiling water, steeped for 10-15 minutes, It’s weirdly thick and stewy. I don’t like cooked flowers. Even with 1 bag and brewed for a shorter amount of time (between 2 and 5 minutes), I couldn’t really enjoy it. I did find it tastier when brewed in glass over ceramic for whatever reason.

By far the best preparation has been cold-brewed with 2 bags to a liter of water overnight in the fridge. The taste is just right, cool, clean and light with neither flavor dominating. There is also a little bit of bitterness and sweetness which makes the brew less one-dimensional than when hot. I’m not sure I can taste the lemon balm besides as part of a lightly citric aftertaste that is partnered with some sweetness and lavender. I could see myself sipping this while sitting on a porch on a sticky summer night with the crickets and tree frogs chirping away.

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I had gone over 48 hours without real tea or caffeine and thus feel the need to log this again. This afternoon I was in the mood for something light and bright. Ceylon seemed like a good pick. In my other review of this tea, I said I’d like to keep this around for the warm months, which are usually September and October here, but fortunately or unfortunately we didn’t have much of an Indian Summer so this tea sat around.

The tea has retained its flavor and aroma integrity over the past 3 months of being stored in its original pouch. It has a strength to it that needs to be drawn out and I highly suggest not tossing the leaves after the first or astringent second steep because it still has plenty to give with a third. Its light/med-bodied and brisk quality makes it easy to drink quickly. Warming in throat and chest. I also noticed a moderate, long-lasting sweetness in the throat which is not something I’ve come across in other Ceylon teas (granted I haven’t had many of high quality).

Feels good to be drinking a proper cup again.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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87

Something my aunt picked up on her trip to the motherland.

The bag smells really good, like hair freshly washed with a lightly scented lemon shampoo. Kind of a musty quality but clean. The liquor smells the same but with an added depth probably from the saffron and rooibos. I can also pick up on the peppermint and a faint whiffs of rosemary and sage. It kind of reminds me of a Ricola throat lozenge.

On first sip, it also has the sweet medicinal quality of Ricola but then it turns savory and deep with a brightness from all the lemon-tasting ingredients. Thankfully the lemongrass is not perceptible as a separate ingredient. It’s also quite oily from the herbs and light to medium bodied. Tastes a lot like a light, fresh vegetable broth made with a little fresh rosemary and sage and a few drops of lemon. Leaves a nice clean feeling in the mouth afterward.

I’m really enjoying this and will stuff a few bags into my already overflowing backpack to take home.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Stomach Ease by Yogi Tea
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Dude, this is gross.

The aroma is a penetrating medicinal smell with a layer of caramel flavor-scent mixed in. It’s doing the opposite of easing my stomach even though I’m not drinking this for the claimed effect. Sickeningly sweet from the licorice? Can taste some fennel underneath and some peppermint cooling but mostly I feel very warm from the black pepper and ginger. Somebody out there might like this but not me.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 10 OZ / 295 ML
gmathis

I can’t stand Yogi stuff simply because they over-licorice everything.

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75

I know a review won’t matter with 101 of them already and this one will get buried under the people that have multiple entries for this tisane, but I leave a note for everything so here we go.

I forgot how much I enjoy one of the old Celestial Seasonings stand-bys, stands-by, stand-bies. Immortal blends? Whatever you want to call it. Bright peachy sweet-tart, faintly herbal, little syrupy-thick, great hot or iced. The cream is present in the heavenly smell of the dry leaf as kind of a vanilla pudding note but I don’t think I get it in taste. I never not have a feeling of well being while sipping on this. Might take honey well if you like to sweeten your drinks. And you can leave the bag in a mug while you sip without developing any off flavors.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 10 OZ / 295 ML
Mastress Alita

Well, those of us that actually read all the notes that come through our Dashboard from our Friends List will see it, at least. :-)

I remember liking this way back in the day, but then when I retried several bagged teas I used to like after making “the switch”, my palate didn’t really care for any of the fruity Celestial Seasonings anymore. But, I still have that soft spot (and enjoy) Tension Tamer. The one thing I can’t handle, though, is the kind of paper they use for their bags (I can actually taste the paper now) so I have to remove the tea from it and steep it in my gravity well sans teabag (or put it into a corn fiber bag, the taste of which doesn’t bother me). Weird, I know.

Girl Meets Gaiwan

I still have a soft spot for fruity CS (including this one), but usually only as iced tea now. I’ll try other offerings from CS when I’m at friends’ for book discussions, etc, but I’ve not enjoyed their recent trend of apparently adding alternate sweeteners in their herbal blends (monk fruit, stevia) – an unpleasant surprise.

derk

Mastress Alita: I can’t say I’ve ever been able to taste the paper. You’ve got quite a taster. I’ve moved on from CS but do still enjoy a few especially Sleepytime Vanilla.

Girl Meets Gaiwan: That’s really helpful info as I have a low tolerance for naturally very sweet ingredients. Thanks :)

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35
drank Orange & Cinnamon Spice by Twinings
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Not terrible but very lacking. It tastes like a watery orange PEZ candy dipped in orange oil with a tiny bit of cinnamon. Where’s the rooibos?

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 10 OZ / 295 ML

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74

This one is more my style than the Soothing Caramel Bedtime, enough to drink a few cups in a row. Fuller mouthfeel with sweet cinnamon-rooibos-vanilla and faint cocoa and cardamom. Smells the same as it tastes. If I leave the bag to steep forever, it can develop a nice apple note. Lacks the punch I’m looking for, though.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Soothing Caramel Bedtime by Yogi Tea
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Haven’t had Yogi teas in a while. I remember most of them being rather restrained and lacking life even when fresh. This one was no exception. It was mostly just a thin, sweet rooibos-caramel-vanilla-nutmeg flavor. Enjoyable enough I guess but definitely not something I’d seek out.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Great tea is unforgettable. Good tea is sometimes forgettable. Mediocre tea is forgettable unless I’ve drank enough of it to form an impression. Bad tea is unforgettable, unfortunately.

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