1169 Tasting Notes

drank Jungle Ju Ju by DAVIDsTEA
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For some reason, I was feeling groggy this afternoon, so it seemed the perfect opportunity to brew up a blend touted as “stimulant” by the folks at DavidsTea: Jungle Ju Ju.

This is only my second guayusa experience, so I’m definitely a gringo about this herb. Jungle Ju Ju brews up much less sweet than I was expecting. The huge chunks of sugary papaya and peach notwithstanding, the green herbal guayusa ended up being nearly neutral on the sweetness scale. I ate a couple pieces of the dried fruit, which is why I know that it is sweet, but the sweetness did not really translate into the infusion.

Whenever I brew up one of the Teavana foodish blends, I grind it up first, so that the flavors will fully infuse. In this case, the huge chunks are not the main player, so it seemed unnecessary. I’m probably better off just munching on the fruit and brewing up the dried green guayusa leaves.

The brew is fine. It tastes nothing like the last (a flavored Runa) guayusa I tried. Instead, it seems about half way between a not-very-minty Morrocan mint and a mate. I probably won’t restock once these .8 ounce envelopes are depleted, but who knows, maybe I’ll develop a craving for this specific taste by then. On ne sait jamais…

(Blazing New Rating #18)

Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 4 g 9 OZ / 266 ML

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drank Sencha House by Zen Tea
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I have been focusing on China greens of late, but I was craving sencha, so I decided to brew up a two-glass tetsubin of the house sencha from Zen Tea.

Very tasty! The liquor is pale green and slightly shimmery—the citrine-peridot color unique to sencha—and the flavor is fine indeed. Slightly vegetal but also smooth and silken. This house sencha is said to be ichiban Kyoto style from Uji. Now I’m very curious what the superior sencha is going to be like! Up next…

(Blazing New Rating #17)

165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 30 sec 4 g 20 OZ / 591 ML

I love the differences and similarities between Chinese and Japanese greens. It’s amazing.


Cheri: I used to only really drink sencha and bancha. But then I began exploring China greens. The variety is amazing!

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(backlog from 5/30/14)

This strongly scented jasmine silver needle from Teavana contains large shimmery needles, some broken pieces, and a few dried jasmine blossoms. A three-minute infusion at 79C produced a pale yellow liquor with a touch of green and a touch of peach.

The tea is smooth and delicious and tastes slightly less perfumey than it smells. In fact, it seems a tad closer to a green tea than did the Rishi jasmine silver needles from yesterday. It could be other factors which make this tea seem bettter to me, so I’ll have to do a steep off chez sherapop at some point—once the BNR challenge is through!

second infusion: excellent

third infusion: still going strong!

(Blazing New Rating #16)

Flavors: Jasmine

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

sounds delicious.


Cheri: it is! ;-)

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My second Rishi experience, Jade Cloud is an organic and fair trade China green which brews up pale yellow with a touch of green.

The scent and appearance of both the dried and the infused leaves remind me very much of Mao Feng, though this tea is identified by Rishi as “Wulu”. The flavor offers some interesting Long Jing facets as well.

A solid offering, and a yummy lunchtime tea! I made a big pot and will be reinfusing the leaves for a post-dinner decaffeinated green.

(Blazing New Rating #15)

170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 27 OZ / 798 ML

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(backlog from 5/29/14)

This is one of the better rooibos blends I’ve tried. Not at all woody, and the verbena is not sharp but smooth.

Are the muslin bags a copy of Kusmi’s? I ask because Palais des Thes appears to have been established only relatively recently. For some reason they are avoiding the “silken sachet” craze…

(Blazing New Rating #14)

Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 2 g 9 OZ / 266 ML

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(backlog from 5/29/14)

This pleasant rooibos blend from Palais des Thes brews up amber and tastes smooth. The mint and the linden are quite light but serve to moderate the rooibos a bit (not much of a rooibos fan here…).

The pores of the muslin sachet are rather large so that small woody pieces jutted out before brewing, and there were some particles in the bottom of the glass.

(Blazing New Rating #13)

Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Honeybush by Numi Organic Tea
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(backlog from 5/29/14)

I have new filterbags of Numi Honeybush, so though I reviewed an old bag a while back, I am treating this as a new tea.

Well, this is definitely better than last time, so perhaps the previous bag was stale?

The liquor is light amber. The dried filter bag was a bit stinky. The brew tastes fine, but I have never really developed a liking for honeybush, it seems.

(Blazing New Rating #12)

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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drank Rooibos by Numi Organic Tea
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(backlog from 5/29/14)

The liquor of this Numi filterbag-produced rooibos is reddish-brown. Comparing it side-by-side to the Numi Honeybush, I believe that I prefer the rooibos. It’s a close call, though, as I don’t love either.

(Blazing New Rating #11)

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 9 OZ / 266 ML

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drank Silver Needle Jasmine by Rishi Tea
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(backlog from 5/29/14)

This is my very first tea from Rishi, which seems to have a devoted clientele of fine tea connoisseurs. I’ve been wondering about these teas for a while, but at Whole Foods they seems never to go on sale and seem a bit pricey—for a grocery store tea! Or are they?

The first infusion of Silver Needle Jasmine was a light peach-tinged liquor. According to the box, this blend contains not only jasmine petals, but magnolia as well. However, to me this is nearly a jasmine soliflore experience—a bit like drinking perfume, and I mean that in a positive way! The texture is smooth and silken. Unsurprisingly the tea itself is not contributing much flavor. I rarely get much taste out of white teas, the tofu of the tea world, it seems to me.

second infusion: liquor more yellow than peach and quite pale, with the flavor correspondingly lighter. The spent leaves were a bit stinky, so this will be all for this tea today.

(Blazing New Rating #10)

Flavors: Jasmine

170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Coconut green by Zen Tea
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(backlog from 5/29/14)

The sencha base of Zen Tea Coconut Green is very neutral—not at all vegetal. The cloudy gold liquor has a very strong coconut aroma and taste. There are literal chunks of coconut amidst the dried leaves, but there must be some coconut essence as well.

This coconut green tastes different from Harney & Sons Bangkok Blend (aka Green Tea with Thai flavors), not only because the base tea is different (sencha rather than bancha), but also because there is neither lemon grass nor vanilla here.

Coconut, all coconut! For coconut nuts only!

second infusion: coconut flavor still going strong!

(Blazing New Rating #9)

Flavors: Coconut

165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 0 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Update: 28 September 2014.

I am officially going on strike. You have lost another contributor, Steepster. Two months is too long to endure total site dysfunctionality. I’ll be writing about tea-related matters at a new blog, sherapop’s tea leaves, from here on out. I cannot waste any more time here.


A long-time tea and perfume lover, I have recently begun to explore the intersections between the two at my blog: http://salondeparfum-sherapop.blogspot.com//

I participate at fragrance community websites, and I care about tea as much as perfume, so why not belong to Steepster as well?

A few words about my ratings. In assessing both teas and perfumes, my evaluation is “all things considered.” Teas do not differ very much in price (relative to perfumes or any luxury items), so I do not usually consider the price when rating a tea.

What I do consider is how the particular tea compares to teas of its own type. So I might give a high rating to a fine herbal infusion even though I would never say that it is my favorite TEA. But if it’s good for what it is, then it deserves a high rating. There is no point in wishing that a chamomile blend was an Assam or a sencha tea!

Any rating below 50 means that I find the liquid less desirable to drink than plain water. I may or may not finish the cup, depending upon how thirsty I am and whether there is another hot beverage or (in summertime) a source of fresh water available.

From 50 to 60 indicates that, while potable, the tea is not one which I would buy or repurchase, if I already made the mistake (I have learned) of purchasing it.

From 60 to 70 means that the tea is drinkable but I have criticisms of some sort, and I probably would not purchase or repurchase the tea as I can think of obvious alternatives which would be better.

From 70 to 80 is a solid brew which I would purchase again.

From 80 to 90 is good stuff, and I probably need to have some ready at hand in my humble abode.

From 90 to 100 is a tea (or infusion) which I have come to depend on and look forward to imbibing again and again—if possible!

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