Mint Pu-Erh Tea Organic .Numi

May 29, 2013 at 11:09 pm | Posted in Green Tea, Jasmine, RTD Bottled Tea, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment
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You are seeing double…. just changed some words from the jasmine one review


4x more antioxidants !!! FOUR !!!

40% less sugar – who doesnt love dentists ?

ancient healing – i feel healed just by looking at the label

the PUREST TEA ON THE PLANET – lol its embossed on the glass bottle.

ohmy… what else ! this like totally convinced me !!! oh wait a minute … wheres the “ALL NATURAL”  /// OMG \\\ !!!

contains less than 1% juice – now we’re talking… however it didnt say its organic juice concentrate ……… S-H-iiiiii-T

smell: mint

taste: mint green tea with some sugar(total 10g/bottle), not much tannin, however nothing that would remind me of “PU-ERH” …im not even going to polute my lonely puerh category with this. And definitely nothing appealing for me to buy this again.


White tea Hint o Mint unsweetened .inkos

November 14, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Posted in Green Tea, RTD Bottled Tea, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

Not bad, no weirdness, has some body to it, some medium-low general green tea flavor, and hint o mint.

Morrocan Mint Green Tea .Honest Tea

March 6, 2008 at 6:34 am | Posted in Green Tea, Herbal Tea, RTD Bottled Tea, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

part of the drown my sorrow with three bottles of tea day.
iced tea with lemon .teany,
Morrocan Mint Green Tea .Honest Tea
green tea with ginseng .teany
see the level- thats how much i could drink from them.

smell: some lemon & … fruit? medication?… a smell i cant pinpoint, need a word, having lapse in memory.

no sugar (labeled 10g total),
no green tea
mint? what mint, oh yeah, hmmm. well there is some mint aftertaste after the bitterness goes.
this feels like they over brewed the mint and components too long until the plant taste started to give it this bitterness. also theres not enough mint in this. maybe other components are interacting and diminishing it.

update: i added sugar: nice and sweet now – much better – some minty flavor but not like fresh looseleaf tea (did they use enough mint ???). there isnt much nasty sugar aftertaste. some freshness from the mint in the aftertaste. pretty good now!!!

how much mint etc compared to some real fresh loose tea? somewhere around 1/2

i really dont get it. either these people dont know how to make something good (that i could like) or they’re trying to make something that will just sell.

Spearmint .Adagio Teas

January 2, 2008 at 8:40 pm | Posted in Herbal Tea, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

Adagio Teas 9$/8oz = $19/lb … cheap, but its not tea.

the wife likes mint ‘tea’ so along with some real bottled tea, i got some samples of some minty leaves.

smell is really intense, i briefly hallucinated i was chewing the gum…

techniq: 6min + 9oz @ 180F + ~1 flat tablespoon?

liquor: smells intense, looks dark?too long infusion/too hot/but herbals are not supposed to go bad like tea so we’ll see:

taste: mild spearminty flavor, hot, its not that appealing like the smell is… but no bitterness or strange overcooked ‘tea’ flavors, so it worked ok.
added sugar, this helped alot, it brought in the flavors to the tongue, and so it tasted really nice strong spearminty, might have felt some little spicyness in there!

on subsequent re-infusions water was eyemeasured in volume as 1/3 room temp + 2/3  ‘180F’, 4 minutes, 5, 7min –> liquor was alot lighter, and taste remained pretty much the same, maybe less dense as the first infusion (which next time i’ll clock in at 3 min  not 6…)

overall: good. would definitely stock (maybe check if alternatives exist, but this one i like).

Mint Iced Tea .Casbah Cafe

March 25, 2007 at 6:27 pm | Posted in Herbal Tea, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

hot day make for a desire to cool down with some iced tea,

got a glass full of ice, with some faded yellow liquid and a leaf of mint.

taste: cold minty water, zero tea flavor or astringency. refreshing but flavor is a dud 1.5/7

Organic Orchid Oolong

February 2, 2009 at 10:04 pm | Posted in Green oolong, Oolong Tea, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment (review)(product link)  $10/50g = 5.68/oz
review sample courtesy of David’s Tea.

Leaf: small oolong nuggets. I’m no florist so not sure if this is orchid smell, but definitely some sort of flower mixed with green oolongness. Wet leaf shows some signs of oxidation (browned margins), though flavor remains on the very green side. Some stems.

Method: 4g tea, 4oz water, time (various minutal variations: 1,2,3)
tried the 90C but seems to burn the leaf: astringency (+) in the first infusion, and throughout the subsequent.
then did 70C: seems to do better, no astringency.

Flavor: (not counting the 90C one): seems to be a sort of “regular green oolong flavor” …green… 😀 (my favorite word lately, someone lend me a tea verbiage manual), with a sort of mint-like sensation/flavor. Aroma is flowery?-herbal!? medium strength, i’m not sure i’d call it orchid (it reminds me of chamomile).

Overall: not my thing.

Nana Iced Tea .Wissotzky Tea

September 15, 2008 at 2:51 pm | Posted in Black Tea, RTD Bottled Tea, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

Had some time to waste in the supermarket, came upon this in the kosher isle. price ~ $2.5 !  …well, it is imported.

Label: “natural tea concentrate from tea leaves”. mmkay, i’m feeling mellow today… so no cuss words for this pile of printed words. good thing its natural bs concentrate.

Smell: mint ! nice.

Taste: pretty strong mint, nice mix of mint + lemon + sugariness. No bitterness, doesn’t feel like over-extracted mint. The lemon/citric acid is here but it blends very well.

Overall: i really liked this mix. I drank it all in a short time. I liked it much better than the Honest Tea bottle.

Yunnan Arbor Puerh Tea Cake 2005

April 26, 2008 at 3:46 pm | Posted in Pu-Erh, Sheng (raw green), Tea Reviews | Leave a comment cake sample $3.99. Sheng (raw,green) puerh, 2005. (no more on their website)

Dry leaf: looks like pieces & broken. Some full leaf which seem thick… mmmm…

Dry smell: green, very small ‘tobacco-ish’…

Method: ~2cm x 2cm x .5cm piece in 4oz @200F, filtered water.

#0 wash 20sec
#1 1min (oops, my bad) = strong sharp astringency of green vegetal plant/some twig.
#2 30sec = strong astringency same ‘sharp’ quality, vegetal, kinda feels remotely/memory trigger to me: mint plant
#3 30sec = the same, + the astringency/tannins coat the mouth and then –> minty after-taste feel !
there is a very very distant ‘aged’ feel.
none of tobaccoish that is still a little present in the wet leaf smell.
if left some minutes until drank, little particles settle on the bottom. Now the liquor tastes less astringent. If you reach the bottom and drink the liquor with particles the astringency/tannin is stronger.(tho this happens with most looseleaf teas).
Even if i’d remove the astringency/tannin strength got in the infusions(supposing i overinfused) there isn’t much flavor left around to taste on my tongue.

not sure if my first 1min might have burned for the subsequent infusions, but still have leaf left for more trys 🙂

Wet leaf: see the pic, its all the leaf i infused. but there’s alot of tiny bits and chopped up stuff. any pieces of leaf are large…but pieces. stems are thick(from the big leaf).
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Overall: to me the main flavor is mild-low (it reminds me of gunpowder green tea), astringency is enough-high. minty aftertaste is ok. not bad for my first green pu 🙂 = i ain’t scared no mo’ … BRING IT ON !!!!

green tea with ginseng .teany

March 6, 2008 at 6:35 am | Posted in Green Tea, Herbal Tea, RTD Bottled Tea, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

part of the drown my sorrow with three bottles of tea day.
iced tea with lemon .teany,
Morrocan Mint Green Tea .Honest Tea
green tea with ginseng .teany
see the level- thats how much i could drink from them.

what’s with the ginseng? make me lov u long time or what?

smell: nasty

taste: sugar + weirdness … ass? + lemon.

overall: u suck.

the end.

iced tea with lemon .teany

March 6, 2008 at 6:34 am | Posted in Black Tea, RTD Bottled Tea, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

part of the drown my sorrow with three bottles of tea day.
iced tea with lemon .teany,
Morrocan Mint Green Tea .Honest Tea
green tea with ginseng .teany
see the level- thats how much i could drink from them.

label is simple, somewhat retarded looking. i coulda done better.

aroma: faint but : lemon + some black tea

taste: 3/4 lemony + 1/4 or less: black tea taste + faintness sweety in the aftertaste.

the frikin fudgepackin definition of american bottled tea= LEMON SUGAR WATER. and a label with natural organic f**** antioxidants that will keep away all of mankind’s diseases plus whatever your dog gave you when you kissed it(more like whatever you gave the dog- since the human mouth is the filthiest of all… except that big lizard thing) …SH** ….alright. i’m calm. shit. i was about to go off again.

again. why do i even try? curiosity? just hope. oh well. its just how i dont like it. u might.
obviously it dont goes on MYF*KN LIST OF TEAS *I* LIKE. (not narcissistic or self absorbed.)

Adagio Teas

December 28, 2007 at 4:01 pm | Posted in Tea Stores | Leave a comment

I cant buy the plain tea bottles at stores in my enchanted forest so i thought to give them a try from online.

Nice website, no issues. Was emailed when delivery sent,
they have a very nice shipment tracking page 🙂

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Packing was ok, just that the small aluminium containers of tea leaf are not well sealed at all, and the mint one stunk up the whole box, and i think it polluted some of the others :\ — yes it poluted the 1st layer of the pilochun in one of the containers next to it… not good 😦 … see, this in contrast to other stores which use just plastic bags, WHAT IS THE POINT OF THE FANCY CONTAINERS & PACKING/LABELS WHEN THEY SPOIL TEA????

if wanna be fancy, at least use vacuum or just plain heat-sealed plastic bags that don’t let air in/out.

Their dubiously named teas such as mambo, golden monkey, something melody, harmony…concerto… darjeeling #1,2,44 … wtf?!… seems that normal naming would have confused the average customer… but this inhibited me from inflating the order, so i got something they probably have greater turnover: yes, you guessed it: herbal tea (u can see the little boxes in the pic) – ooo, i got a bilochun from them, forgot!, i should try that …

Overall: good store for American(which i am one) demands of tea & beginner to loose leaf teas.

last point: What adagio has going on -which i think is of great value- is the many ways its enabling people to come together in a tea community, experience & talk about teas: Teachat forums, the live Teachat …chat, Teacritic blog thing, Teamap, and Teamuse, …and more !

> Click to find our tea reviews for Adagio Teas <<

Health & Well-Being Green .Tealeaves

January 28, 2007 at 1:58 am | Posted in Green Tea, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

tried to enjoy these tea bags at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills during a looong conference.

I really HATE bullshitted fancy named asskiss names for teas,… especially shitty teas… ESPECIALLY SHITTY TEA BAGS.

“AROMA: Sweet & grassy”

what the shit??!?!? flavor: mild slap of minty flavor, on the way down some kinda green tea astringency.

this is shit. i emphasize SHIT. keep this shit away from me.

Zen Tea .Tazo

October 27, 2006 at 2:50 am | Posted in Herbal Tea, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

scavenging around the office begets me this unfortunate product of which’s kind i had deterred myself from palating.

in need of tea, i decide to polute the tastebuds. reading over the teabag reveals contents of green tea, lemon, mint. (can you ever go wrong with those ingredients?)

3min boiling water: flavor 2.5/7: green=0 but crap green tea=.5, lemon=1.5, mint=.5

no. definitely dont like this. even Teavana’s herbal is more pleasing.

Qi men red tea .Wing Hop Fung

June 10, 2006 at 8:33 pm | Posted in Black Tea, Keemun, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

well, this is a ‘red’ tea, but it was with the blacks, and online found Qi Men as a region in China where they produce Keemun, so i temporarily put it here with the keemuns. >> apparently ‘keemun’ is the western translation of Qimen.

looseleaf $2.81/oz ($45/lb)

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leaf is very thin, its very cute.

taste: strong full taste, stronger than the other keemun i had, similar taste, i think the woody/fermented taste is a bit more pronounced here, and its got a stronger bitter side than keemun, but the aftertaste is good, minty! .overall like it well.

keep? YES.

Tea Reviews

May 10, 2006 at 1:29 am | Posted in | 12 Comments
I love tea. These are my “tasting notes”, organized by type. Some have pictures (usually of tea… :D).
tea = alternative/original/westernized name
VAR = varieties of that tea (tea) = additional varieties ^ = link to info
Thank you for visiting, enjoy…
B l a c k T e a
Just Black Tea/ unblended, unflavored, etc:
China black tea “hong cha, red tea, congou
> Qimen “Keemun^ VAR: Qimen Hao Ya (A, B), Qi men Mao Feng “Hair Peak”
> Yunnan “Dian Hong^ VAR: Yunnan Black, Yunnan Gold, Yunnan Gold Tips
> China ‘true black’ tea “hei cha” VAR: Fu bricks, Liu an, Liu bao
> Assam^, Darjeeling^, Ceylon^, Nilgiri^, Sikkim
Black, Blends:
> English Breakfast tea^, Irish Breakfast tea^
> Chai Masala^
Black, Scented/ Flavored:
> Earl Grey^
> Souchong, Lapsang Souchong^, Smokey Souchong, Russian Caravan^
> Jagertee^ = black tea + rum
oolongs, wulongs
O o l o n g ” W u l o n g” T e a
Green/ partially oxidized/ fermented wu-longs “jade oolong”
> High Mountain Oolong “Gaoshan Oolong”
> Tie Guan Yin “TGY, Iron Goddess of Mercy, Iron Buddha, Ti Kwan/Kuan Yin”
> Fo Shou “Buddha’s Palm”, “Monkey Picked
> Bao Zhong “Pouchong, Wenshan Baozhong
> Dong Ding “Tung Ting , Frozen Peak/Summit”
> Alishan “alisan wu long”
oolongs, wulongs dark, fermented
Dark/ oxidized/ fermented wu-longs “amber = baked, champagne = fermented”
> Champagne Oolong, Fujian oolong, Formosa Oolong
> Bai hao Oolong “Oriental Beauty, Dongfang Mei Ren
> Dancong “Phoenix oolong, Feng huang dan cong”
> WuYi Oolong “wu yi yan cha, rock oolong” (the WuYi & YiWu Master: MarshalN)
> Qi Lan “Rare Orchid”
> Xiao Hong Pao “Small Red Robe”, Da Hong Pao “Big Red Robe”, Rougui “Chinese Cassia”
> Shui xian “Shui Hsien, Water Sprite”
> Shui Jin Gui “Golden Turtle”
> Bai Ji Guan “White cock/rooster crest”, “White Cockscomb”
green tea
G r e e n T e a
Just Green Tea
Japan ^classification
> Sencha VAR: Shincha (1st harvest), Asamushi, Chumushi, Fukamushi (long steamed)
> Gyokuro (shade grown), Matcha (shade grown, powdered), Guricha
> Hojicha “Houjicha” (baked), Kukicha (stems), Bancha
China “lu cha”
> Longjing “Lung Ching, Long Jing, Dragon Well” VAR: ming, yu qian “1st, 2nd plucking”
> Bi Luo Chun “BLC, Pi luo chun, green snail spring”. Gunpowder
> Mao Feng “huang shan mao feng, yellow mountain fur tip”
scented mixed green tea flavored
Green Scented/Flavored/Mixed
> Jasmine
> Genmaicha^
> Touareg =green + mint + alot of sugar
> Kashmiri pink chai^ =green+baking soda+sugar/salt+sprinkled nuts …sounds good!
everyone’s favorite: pu erh tea
Pu-erh “pu’er, pu’erh, pu-er cha, pooer, po-lay, pu-lay, pooh-erh”
> looseleaf pu’er, Maocha = raw pu’er loose leaf
Shaped: tuo cha “bowl”, bing cha “cake, beeng cha”, brick
> Sheng pu “raw, green” // Shu pu “ripe, cooked, black”
here comes white teas
White Tea
> Chinese white tea “bai cha”, Indian white teas, Darjeeling.
otd tea
Ready to drink Tea “RTD, Bottled Tea, iced tea”
herbal teas
Herbal ‘tea’ Tissanes
of leaf: rooibos, mint, Kuding cha Ku Ting, Wu Tang, Bitter stalk tea, Qing Shan Lu Shui, Yerba Mate^
of flower: chamomile, rosebud, linden “lime, tilia”
of grain: barley^ “JP: mugicha, KO: boricha”
not my thing
Display teas, flower tea etc don’t like those, some have glue (i don’t eat glue, i don’t sniff glue, so …no).

Yunnan Black .Wing Hop Fung

June 11, 2006 at 11:32 am | Posted in Black Tea, Tea Reviews, Yunnan | Leave a comment

TEA> Black Tea> China> Yunnan (for more)

Wing Hop Fung (review), $0.43/oz = $6.99/lb :O !!! cheap !

Leaf: nice, varied length, with lighter colored leaves (are these so called gold tip?) (sorry about the 1st image is over-sharpened)

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Method: 4g? 8oz? 200F.

Flavor: here’s my notes of the first yunnan black tea experience:

woody? aroma? …good yunnan flavor woody?, i did not sense any strong fermentation like pu-erh (but maybe i dont remember)
aftertaste: minty fresh (not sure about this) & a little malty
very nice.

update 07/12/06: water 198F, more than 1 cup water, ~1.5tsp , 10 min. Wow, this is great! strong taste, low bitternes, low astringency, but the taste is very good, like it alot. Can feel some agitation from caffeine or related chemicals. really really enjoyed this, very good for morning, breakfast tea, wake-me upper. mm so good.

Overall: not bad.

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