1928 Tasting Notes

drank Bourbon Vanilla by Kusmi Tea
1928 tasting notes

This is actually my fourth tea of the day, it’s just that the other three have been the subject of several notes already and I don’t have exciting new discoveries about them to record. I thought I’d give this one another try. It’s one of the lower rated Kusmi’s I’ve already tasted and I’m lowering the temp and increasing the time to see if that makes a difference (195, 4 minutes).

Kusmi makes an outstanding caramel and some really terrific fruity combinations, but I don’t care for what they do with chocolate. My recollection is I had a similar reaction to their treatment of vanilla though not quite to the same extreme. It’s been a while though, so we’ll see.

I’m pretty much in agreement with my first tasting note of way back when on this one. The lower temp and longer time may make some difference, but it’s not extreme. The vanilla is definitely present, but in a subtle way, and it’s definitely more present in the aftersip than during the sip.

On the other hand, it’s not the bakey fakey vanilla that really gets my goat and that I tasted in the Numi and the Adagio oolong. It’s not a bad flavoring agent, I’d just prefer there was a bit more of it as it seems to me to get lost in the tea base.

I’m considering taking this one to work when I need to bring in some more tea, which will be soon. Since it’s not a favorite, I’m not concerned about getting the temperature just right, and I have a lot of it, which seems important in a work tea. Otherwise I have to remember to schlepp in new stuff constantly.

I’m drinking more black tea than I would ordinarily today in the hopes it will keep me awake enough to do some writing. I just realized I have a couple of weeks before a deadline I’d like to make and I have a story that’s is in the awkward tween stage after the beginning and before the middle that I can probably finish and polish in time if I get on the stick. Then again, I won’t be able to get any quiet time until the kids are in bed and a lot can happen between now and then to affect my awakeness level. ;-)

Flavors: Vanilla


Have a food time writing :-)


It’s still a big “if” given how tired I feel right now. LOL


Haha! Just noticed my typo “food” instead of “good”… Well “good food” might keep you awake then???


It would certainly be a boost to the blood sugar. ;-)


Lol, just read your Almond Biscotti review, not that you weren’t tempted! You’re such a good girl ;-)


I try, I try!

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drank Sleep Tight by TeaGschwendner
1928 tasting notes

I’m taking a mug of this to bed to watch the old version of The Manchurian Candidate.

The good news: I can see the bottom of the tin! The bad news: it’s another couple of servings before total sipdown.

We went out for dinner tonight at a Mexican place and I had two Margaritas. Oh hai!
Who’re you again?


Great film! Much better than the remake (predictably)…


I watched the remake two nights ago and the original last night. It was interesting to see what was considered dark and edgy in 1962. I really love Liev Schreiber so his appearance in the remake colored my opinion of the film, but I liked the choice in the remake to make Raymond Shaw a likeable character from the beginning.

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drank Lotus by Tazo
1928 tasting notes

If LeafSpa Eagle’s Nest Ever Drop has been my commuting to work tea lately, this has been my commuting home tea. I am down to my last eight bags of this, two currently steeping, four in my work stash and two in my home stash. So there will be a sipdown coming next week.

I really will be sorry to see this one go and I expect I’ll buy more, eventually. I have to get closer to sipping down all my decaf options before I do, though.

It’s such a pleasant light floral flavor that really isn’t like anything else I’ve had on a green tea base that can be abused with impunity and which doesn’t taste at all like a decaf. My association with this tea is floating on my back in a swimming pool that’s deserted and still except for me, in the late afternoon while the wind is rustling the leaves of the trees around the pool.

carol who

Empty as in no water? or empty as in no other people? LOL


Empty as in no people. Hahaha. ;-P


Hahah, I just had the funniest image of a person “floating” on their back at the bottom of an empty pool.


Haha! I thought about the exact same thing!!


Ditto… same image came to mind when I read that :)


Well gee, that was a total literary fail! I must pay more attention to what I write in my notes while I’m in the office. ;-)


I changed it to deserted. Does that help?


Nooooo, you should have left it, it was just more fun that way :-) :-) :-)
That’s exactly the kind of thing that makes reading notes so much fun and interesting, and no worries, no one doubt your literary skills, lol!!! I’m French, i make REAL mistakes all the time :-O


I make real mistakes all the time too. Homophones are the bane of the internet. I’ll be typing along and realize I just spelled something like their there because I was going by sound instead of thinking about it.

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Sipdown no. 123 of the year 2014. Yay. Nothing like getting the daily sipdown taken care of in the first few cups of the day!

An easy sipdown. Nice cashew flavor today. Pretty sure this is the “old” black base that is currently under discussion on the discussion board given when I bought this. I have to say I’ve never had an issue with this base in and of itself, but I haven’t tried the new one. When I have issues with the 52Teas flavored blacks it tends to be with the flavoring and sometimes with the effect the flavoring has on the base. To be honest, I don’t notice the base that much in most of the 52Teas flavors because the flavoring is the main event. I’d notice it if I thought it was too harsh or too strong, though, and that’s not my reaction.

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drank Ginseng Vitality by Teavana
1928 tasting notes

Sipdown no. 122 of the year 2014.

I’ve been making a concerted effort to sip down my less pleasurable herbal and fruit blends, and so I’m happy to report this sipdown. I have had some of this for a couple of nights after attempting to dig out the bottomless tin of TeaG Sleep Tight, and by comparison I prefer the Ginseng Vitality. However, that’s only by comparison.

In a way, it’s a blessing I don’t love this because Teavana has, of course, discontinued it. What is it with them? I’d say they treat their tea blends like car models, but even car manufacturers these days keep the same general chassis design from year to year for a while before a major overhaul. I can understand dropping a blend or two that’s not selling once in a while, but they seem to drop even the blends that get great reviews. I don’t get it. Do they think that the American public doesn’t have the attention span of a three year old? (They could be right about that in some respects. Don’t get me started on what constant bombardment by information has done to attention spans in adults. But still, why contribute to it? There’s so little stability in the world as it is. Maybe that’s why I like companies like Harney & Sons that seem to find things that work and stick with them.)

Anyway, I could rant more because I feel like ranting, but it’s not exactly productive. I think I’ll go do something more productive like watch television.

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Steeped this in the little Yixing this time, which leaves just a tiny amount for the next serving. Not even enough for the Yixing.

It’s interesting to compare what I remember of the taste when steeped in the gaiwan with this. It is a much rounder flavor out of the Yixing, as though any sharp edges have been filed off. It’s also a bit less flavorful overall, which I take to be a sign that the little pot is still leaching flavor from the tea and hasn’t reached its saturation point. It’s less like a tree and more like a mushroom this time. Still earthy but not in a green or barky way. I’ve put it through three steeps so far after a rinse.

Yikes, I didn’t realize it was so late. I hope it doesn’t keep me up.

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Second tea of the morning and now poised for sipdown tomorrow.

I realized that in addition to the Butter Pecan and the Irish Cream, I still have some Coconut Cream Pie from 52Teas. I like all of these so they’ll all be enjoyable to sip down.

As has been this one. If the flavor had been just a little stronger on both the cashew and the white chocolate sides, I would have bumped this up to the excellent category. It isn’t that it isn’t really nicely done. I just want more flavor from it.

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Sipdown no. 121 of the year 2014. I almost typed 212. LOL. Wishful thinking.

My very generous teaspoon from DAVIDSTea polished this one off in two tastings. An equivalent of about four cups. Before, I was getting more out of the ATR samples, but in this case, I think going heavy on the leaf can only have helped.

It’s not something I’m going to buy, but I’m glad I got a chance to see what a decaf Earl Grey is like. I’ll be sticking to the caf versions.

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Drinking this while at the kids’ kung fu class. I’m a little conflicted about sipping it down, which it appears will happen sooner rather than later now that it is the default commuting tea. But for a really dumb reason. I just love the name.

It’s got the sour dough bread thing going today. It’s not a heavy breadiness such as I sometimes get from black teas. It’s more like the aftertaste of eating a really flavorful piece of hot, freshly baked sour dough.

I have to stop talking about bread now because I’m getting hungry….


Cool that they’re taking kung fu!


They really like it!

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Woke up this morning tired, not hungry, not thirsty, went through most of the day that way. Finally having my first tea of the day at almost 3 p.m.

It’s a little on the cold side because it sat for 44 minutes before I was able to get off the phone to drink it, but it’s pretty tasty. I think it would be good iced.

Now I want a nap.

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I got obsessed with tea in 2010 for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it. I seem to be continuing that in for a while, out for a while cycle. I have a short attention span, but no shortage of tea.

I’m a mom, writer, gamer, lawyer, reader, runner, traveler, and enjoyer of life, literature, art, music, thought and kindness, in no particular order. I write fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I drink tea without additives. If a tea needs milk or sugar to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’ll rate it high. The exception is chai, which I drink with milk/sugar or substitute. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs, but as my tastes developed they became less appealing — I still enjoy nicely done blends. I do not mix well with tulsi or yerba mate, and savory teas are more often a miss than a hit with me. I used to hate hibiscus, but I’ve turned that corner. Licorice, not so much.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own. But I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas in relation to others of the same type, for example, Earl Greys against other Earl Greys. But if a tea rates very high with me, it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is

90-94 Excellent; first rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Very good; will likely buy more

70-79 Good; would enjoy again, might buy again

60-69 Okay; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but likely won’t buy again

Below 60 Meh, so-so, iffy, or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

I don’t swap. It’s nothing personal, it’s just that I have way more tea than any one person needs and am not lacking for new things to try. Also, I have way too much going on already in daily life and the additional commitment to get packages to people adds to my already high stress level. (Maybe it shouldn’t, but it does.)

That said, I enjoy reading folks’ notes, talking about what I drink, and getting to “know” people virtually here on Steepster so I can get ideas of other things I might want to try if I can ever again justify buying more tea. I also like keeping track of what I drink and what I thought about it.

My current process for tea note generation is described in my note on this tea: https://steepster.com/teas/mariage-freres/6990-the-des-impressionnistes


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