428 Tasting Notes


A wonderful example of a fruity rooibos blend made right. Thanks again Kyle of EPI Tea.

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Boiling 8 min or more

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Mild in flavor. Not your typical bold Irish Breakfast but could work for some. A full review on my blog…


Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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I have been drinking this matcha these past two days thanks to The Tea Spot and I must say I am happy I had the chance. I have had several different types and grades of matcha and find this one best suited for homemade matcha latte’s. I simply used heated milk, a little sweetener, and about one teaspoon of matcha. It is such an easy recipe and completely adjustable to your liking. I found it to be very satisfying. The natural sweetness of the matcha came through first and strongest. I also noticed mild vegetal notes. The matcha seems great for making speciality drinks and I’d venture to say even matcha infused ice cream. I would recommend better packaging that would help contain the matcha better. If drinking this in traditional fashion I would consider it a nice starter matcha.

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Wow, this tastes amazing. I remembered the last time I had this that I liked it as well but I am on my fifth infusion using my new Crane Gaiwan pictured here… http://instagr.am/p/KSgR3RyqQ2/ and all I can say is that I truly believe that this Gaiwan has improved upon perfection. I can’t believe how well it is holding up. I love the sweet liquor I get and just how silky each sip tastes and feels. Truly a gorgeous oolong.


beautiful Gaiwan!


Yes, I agree, the gaiwan is gorgeous. I had a couple of gaiwans for a number of years, but never really used them because the first couple of times I did, I burned my fingers on it, and decided they weren’t worth the trouble. And then, a couple of years ago, I decided to try them out again… and it is just AMAZING to me the difference it makes when an Oolong or Pu-erh is steeped in a gaiwan.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Thank you guys and I agree LiberTeas I had the same issue with my first Gaiwan I now just like you I decided to give it a try again with this new one and I love it. Huge difference. Also, with practice you can use a Gaiwan without burning your figures but it does take some doing. :)

Autumn Hearth

That is the first gaiwan I wanted but foolishly went with a dark clay dragon design that cracked the second day I used it. Can I ask if you got your gaiwan from EnjoyingTea or Chinese-Tea-Culture? They seem to be the same design, but the one from ET is lighter in color like in you picture, C-T-C’s seems darker and more green, but they offer cups: http://www.chinese-tea-culture.com/teacup-c019.html

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I received this along with my Lupicia Tea Magazine and made it almost right away. I found it fruity and slightly sweet. It was light and refreshing as well. If I had more of this I almost certain it would taste amazing cold brewed.

Yummy stuff.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

How long does it take for your first Lupicia magazine to arrive? Can’t wait to get mine! :)


Wait hold on … delete that – I must have got the magazine because I too got this sample and LOVED it … but what the heck did I do with the magazine??? Ugggg {goes seeking!}

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Thanks again Two Leaves and a Bud for sending me this sample.

I honestly wasn’t a huge fan of this one. It was a little flavorless and the flavor I did get was a mineral like taste. Only once did I get a vegatal flavor but it wasn’t nearly as strong as I would have preferred.

I hope someone else tries this and experiences something better. I have enough for two more cups and will give it a try again and change my steeping perimeters. I hope to get a better result. Until then, this was not my cuppa.

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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First, I want to say “Thank you” to Two Leaves and a Bud I really appreciate your sending me this tea to sample.

Can I just say “Wow” I was very surprised by this one. It’s rather good actually. It’s light, fresh, and has best lingering note that only occurs in a Darjeeling. I am not sure how to put that flavor into words but I am sure you know what I am talking about.

I’d say try this the next time you want a Darjeeling. :)

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Interesting. I didn’t get the caramel notes as discribed. My first reaction was that it tastes like a sort of light cider. Definitely something you could enjoy on a cold snowy day. Still usually on such days I prefer that which a bit heavier and this is clearly light. I got this as a sample from David’s Tea so I don’t have any more to experiment with but I imagine if made stronger with more tea and longer steep time perhaps I could have added honey and maybe a little milk but that would be reaching for me. Nevertheless, it was alright and I imagine I will not be trying this again because if I wanted to I’d have to purchase it unless they send me more with another order and I simply didn’t like it enough to order more.

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

I dislike this one. Blech


Wasn’t my favorite either. There are better cidery teas.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I agree guys. I will say though I desperately want to order from David’s again. Even made a wish list. Trying to resist the temptation.


Hahahaha, you should swap with someone with a whole whack of them instead (like me!)! Unless your list is full of favourites you want to restock :)


Rachel—I can totally swap some teas with you! I really need to create an excel spreadsheet with all of the davids I have. I have way more than what’s in my cupboard on here.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

It’s a great idea Krystaleyn and Erin, except honestly I don’t have many. I just started buying them. However, if I start collecting a lot I’ll definitely consider swapping. Most that I had tried previous were from swags which got me buying them now. :)

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This is just as discribed. I found the color once steeped to be very light. It was barely colored at all. Shockingly though there was definately flavor there. It was delicate, green, fresh, and just a touch nutty.

Although, it is good I like teas that are a touch more robust in flavor, even my greens. So perhaps I will fiddle a bit more with leaf quantity and steep times until I find what’s perfect for me.

175 °F / 79 °C

just came across your post on cold brewing from a few months back. Been looking for a comprehensive guide, one that I would be incapable of messing up! Thanks so much for the thorough report!

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I purchased this from the lovely KeenTeaThyme who has a site on www.Teatr.de it is one of her personally created blends.

First, I mixed up the bag since much of the ingredents decided to seperate. After doing so I decided to steep it in my Gaiwan. The dry leaf smelled wonderful. The strongest scent was the bits of strawberry. I do love strawberry and this had a wonderfully juicy smell to it.

Once steeped I found the flavors to be nicely balanced. However, I was hoping for a stronger oolong flavor but it was to be expected that it wouldn’t since this blend did have a wide variety of ingredents. Nevertheless, it was a pleasant treat and I am glad I purchased it.

Picture: http://instagr.am/p/mRiCY/

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Well, looky there… It’s my 400th note. I really should have had more than this by now. I guess I’ve been a little lazy and a little slow. Here’s to moving it along in the future.


Congrats on 400!


I think I will be adding more oolong in my next batch. You’re not the first to recommend that. :) Glad you enjoyed it though! :)

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