1294 Tasting Notes

drank Sencha Fuji Organic by Thé Santé
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Well, I still don’t find this to be a true sencha specimen, but it did taste better today than last time. My thinking now is that this may be a Chinese bancha blend or perhaps a bancha-sencha blend. It’s definitely potable, and I’ll continue to fiddle with the parameters in an effort to find the optimum preparation method for this particular tea.

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 22 OZ / 650 ML

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drank White Ginger Pear by Tea Forte
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Perhaps white tea is best brewed from big billowy leaves covered with white fuzz? Somehow filter bag whites, including this flavored blend from Tea Forte, always start tasting indistinguishable from grocery store greens. This is okay, but the ginger is quite light and polite. My preference is for a bolder ginger bite.

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drank Tazo Thrive by Tazo
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Scrounging around the tea which has yet to be packed, I found a cache of Tazo filter bags. I don’t know why these white envelope filter bags are so disappointing to me. Maybe because in most cases they changed the ingredients, so naturally I’m expecting the same tea as the whole leaf, but usually it’s not. It’s not just that the tea inside the filter bag is not whole leaf—the proportions and even the ingredients are different, too.

I don’t recall what the ingredients of the whole leaf Thrive are, but I do know that I prefer it to this blend. It’s not bad, mind you, but it’s just not that good. The green tea and the green yerba mate and the green rooibos are combined with mint and pepper, as in the whole leaf, but somehow the end result is not that flavorful.

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I brewed up a couple glasses of Wissotzky Timeless Green. Satisfying as usual. The liquor was a bit more brown than I recalled it having been before, so I may have oversteeped, but the tea was not bitter at all.


I hate when a tea gets a little oversteeped and it just turns really bitter. I had that happen yesterday.


Yes, Cheri, the temperature and time really matter!

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I am attempting to finish off my box of Celestial Seasonings Tension Tamer tonight. I was unable to finish everything I needed to do for my move this morning at 7am, so now I really need to relax and unwind so that I can cope with the consequences. Que sera, sera.

I am going to stop working for today and go watch an episode of the BBC series Hustle. Anyone who is interested in the wheelings and dealings of con artists would enjoy this show. The grifters are portrayed as totally likeable people—it’s just that they live off other people’s gullibility and greed. In reality, when we encounter such people in the real world, we tend to regard them as low lifes, so the show offers an interesting, almost amoral perspective on the creatures who prey on people naive enough to trust their fellow human beings. Kind of nihilistic, actually.

So, more Tension Tamer is in order.

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drank Coco-Lemon Thai by DAVIDsTEA
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Both the scent and the flavor of this tea have improved my mood markedly. The coconut is lighter than the lemon and the ginger. There is a sort of coconut-lemon cream vibe to the blend. I like this tea, though not as much as Harney & Sons Green Tea with Thai Flavors.

Once again, I find the ginger (not an available flavor in the pull-down list…) quite marked, and it becomes especially evident in the aftertaste, when I start to feel that I’ve consumed a ginger infusion!

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Shan First Flush Green Tea is a flavorful and aromatic tea. I noticed today that the dried leaves bear a resemblance to some kinds of dried mushrooms—both in shape and in scent. The brewed liquor was pale yellow veering brown and the taste was slightly earthy. Perhaps that was caused in part by expectations, after having sniffed the dried leaves…

In other news, I am now suffering from sleep deprivation. Moving hell continues…

Flavors: Mushrooms

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Chamomile by Celestial Seasonings
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I am working fast and furiously to clear off and empty out furniture to be moved tomorrow. I am also drinking fast and furiously to a sip-down of Celestial Seasoning Chamomile. The way this night is going, I should be able to do it! I’m not even close to finishing what needs to be done by 7am, the time of the arrival of the guys moving my furniture.

I now heartily regret having succumbed to the pressure of my landlord to try to get out by Monday, rather than my previously scheduled Wednesday. Oh well, when he shows up at my door on Monday morning to find me still here, bleary eyed from sleep deprivation, I’ll just have to say “I told you so.” Seriously, I have worked non-stop on this Sisyphean project, and I could not possibly have done any more any faster. I should have followed my former landlord’s advice and squatted until the end of the summer.

Now for a chamomile tisane—or two.

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drank Gyokuro Ureshinocha by Tealux
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I overleafed and oversteeped today’s pot of Tealux Gyokuro Ureshinocha. It’s still good, but not as exquisite as last time. Too many distractions today!

I’ll be sure to get this right for the sipdown, coming soon post-move…

second infusion: I am drinking this at about 1am, so I do hope the caffeine is mostly gone. Then again, 7am is just around the corner, so maybe I should just brew up a fresh pot! The liquor of this round was beautiful viridescent and the flavor was smooth. I used 73C water this time.

170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I brewed up two cups of Celestial Seasonings Tension Tamer tonight, in the hopes of allaying my ever-mounting degree of moving anxiety. I’ve been trying to tackle segregated tasks but sometimes I take too small a slice. Like organizing tea. I can spend an amazing amount of time deciding which teas should be grouped with which teas, believe it or not. When in reality I should be clearing out more furniture so that it is ready to be taken away! I also took a bath and watched Episode 1 of Season 3 of Hustle (a BBC production).

After taking a bath, drinking this infusion, and learning some more about the wheelings and dealings of con artists, I do feel a bit better. The brew tonight seemed like a good licorice blend once again. That’s a good thing in my book, since I happen to love licorice root. Onward I shall continue, but now it’s time for some shut eye. I also donned Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile eau de parfum, the beautiful aroma of which should help to cradle me to sleep.

Flavors: Licorice

Boiling 6 min, 15 sec

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Update: 28 September 2014.

On the above date, I officially went on strike and stopped posting tasting notes at Steepster, having endured more than two months of this site’s complete and utter dysfunctionality.

Today is November 1, 2014. I write now to announce that I’ll be launching my new blog, sherapop’s tea leaves, in the not too distant future…

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!

If you are interested in perfume, you might like my 2300+ perfume reviews, most of which have been archived at sherapop’s sillage (essentially my perfumelog):



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