2816 Tasting Notes

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drank Chocolate Puerh by Numi Organic Tea
2816 tasting notes

I still had some more of this, so I thought I would try drinking it again today. It still doesn’t impress me very much, might have to ditch the rest.

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84
drank White Christmas by Lupicia
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This teabag came as a free sample in the Lupicia newsletter. I was expecting it to be a white tea like the Harney version, but it’s a flavored black tea.

This is a fairly likeable tea in my opinion, though the other reviews are not stellar. This is a lighter black tea base and the flavor notes of white chocolate and apricot are subtle but present. I don’t drink a lot of black teas without additions, but this is very good plain and would also be good with additions.

I would be tempted to buy more of this but I really do not need any more tea and hope to spend 2013 paring down some of my collection. We’ll see! hee hee.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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90
drank Spicy Chocolate by Kusmi Tea
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One of the better teas from Kusmi, in my opinion. Then again I am not a huge fan of the Russian teas which all have a ton of bergamot in them. Light on the chocolate and heavy on the spices. Nice tea to drink on a colder morning while sitting around in your bathrobe.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Thai Rooibos by Harney & Sons
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I went to see Anna Karenina tonight and liked it. It got some pretty bad reviews, but I was in it for the costumes, jewelry and the set design all of which were amazing. I thought they made Vronsky look like a laughable dandy and I was more drawn to Levin. Makes me want to go back and re-read the book someday (it’s been 20 years).

When I got home I wanted some Russian Caravan tea but decided to have this instead. It’s still exotic and spicy, just a different part of the world, right? Ginger and cinnamon with lemongrass. I do like this! A very warming brew which will send me off to sleep with good dreams. :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Pistachio Ice Cream by Butiki Teas
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Tea of the afternoon. I do like this and it still seems good even though I got it a few months ago. So much tea and so little time! See previous notes for more info.

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94

Oh… my precious!

yum yum yum yum

Had to make some of this this morning, into a latte with soymilk and coconut sugar. Kind of decadent but mostly healthy too! :-D

See previous notes for more info.

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88

Thanks again to Hesper June for this one. I’d never heard of Grace Tea Company before and went to their website which looks a lot like Mark T. Wendell’s.

Anyway I am living dangerously by having this for breakfast, as it looks quite strong. I’m not a HUGE fan of keemun but I think the lapsang in this blend is quite nice, I like the combination of the two together. For me this is quite a strong cup of tea, I used about 2 tsps. in a big mug of tea so I likely could have gone with less. I’ve had a few Russian caravans and some seem very smoky, while others not at all. I admit I added soymilk to this just for an experiment, although not bad it’s probably better plain.

Recommended if you like a strong cup of semi-smoky tea. I might have to buy myself one of the Grace Tea Sampler packs now! I have so many teas but the straight black ones I drink in the morning disappear the quickest.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Hesper June

Good eye:) the same folks that own Mark T. Wendell do own Grace Tea Co.
Glad you enjoyed it!

TeaBrat

Really? Interesting… I wonder why they have two different labels?

Hesper June

They bought Grace Tea Company but its still running independently carrying the rare teas they are known for.
Grace Tea Co. has been around since 1959, I believe.

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92

Yum… I am drinking this with the cookie that Hesper June sent me, perfect for dunking! This is one of the best pumpkin teas I have tried so far, it’s yummy! And laundry is getting done… hurrah

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

oh no I forgot to do laundry! haha. Looks like I’ll be busy tomorrow :P

Hesper June

Biscoff cookies are my newest addiction. This tea sounds like a lovely tea to dunk the cookie in!

TeaBrat

I need to get some of those cookies. :)

Hesper June

Just wait till try Biscoff Spread…OMG! you just wanna eat it out of the jar with a spoon!

gmathis

OK, the pastry discussion sucked me in here. Biscoff cookies…stuff you eat from a jar…curiosity reigns! (Off to Google Biscoff)

TeaBrat

Really? I just looked up the spread and I’m not sure I would like it, what do you put it on?

Hesper June

Well, you can use it like you would peanut butter or nutella.
I love to use it in frosting recipes.

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drank Morgan Blend Tea by Simpson & Vail
2816 tasting notes

Thank you, Hesper June for sending me a sample of this tea I’ve been wanting to try from S & V. By the way the little containers she put them in are very cute.

So… this is a Lapsang and Earl Grey blend which is interesting, I never would have thought to put the two together. Lapsang is the first thing you notice about this, it is quite smoky. There is bergamot in here but it’s more of a background note. I’m not really a fan of Earl Grey on its’ own but I am liking this. I feel like the bergamot has a slight twinge of bitterness.

This tea is pretty strong and I needed it this afternoon. Today was supposed to be my day for laundry and cleaning, but I think I am catching a cold… fortunately I have plenty of tea and Zicam.

By the way, I did another blog post about Imperial Tea Court if anyone wants to read it: http://sanfrantea.teatra.de/2012/12/07/a-visit-to-imperial-tea-court/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Hesper June

Hope you feel better soon!
I had to chuckle at your words “this tea is pretty strong”.
My first thought when I tried this tea is that it was a little weak for me.
In fact I nearly double the amount of tea when I make it.
Thank goodness tea can be made stronger or weaker to suit all kinds:)
I enjoyed your blog post.

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84

Just wanted to mention I did cold brew my leaves last night to make iced tea with this and I like it this way. :)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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Hobbies include: tea, making art, animals, vegan things, buddhism, nature, creativity, books, writing, cooking, meditation, yoga.

I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

Live in San Francisco, I’m a SINK (single income, no kids) and love the urban life, but traveling out to the middle of nowhere is always fun too.

I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

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