595 Tasting Notes


Unlike the only other commenter here, I steeped this…closer to the directions. I steeped it for a minute rather than 30 seconds at 205 degrees and I have to say that I’m not getting much other than the tea itself. The additional ingredients aren’t making much of an impact with that short of a steeping time, though the tieguanyin itself is quite nice. A bit roasty and sweet. Next time (next steep?) I’ll try to remember to steep this for a bit longer. Right now it’s giving me a headache because I haven’t eaten anything yet today (darn you oolong effect!)

Second steep (the next day) – done at boiling (thanks Dinosara) and 4 minutes. I can taste more now, a tiny bit of citrus and what I think is the sarsaparilla. Which I apparently have been pronouncing wrong forever. The vanilla is very faint, if it’s there at all, it’s hard for me to tell. And I don’t know what birch is supposed to taste like.

Overall, I think I like the plain tieguanyin better.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 750 OZ / 22180 ML

haha oh verdant and their short steepings for blends clubs..


Yeah, I don’t know why I pay attention to it. It might be enough time to get the ‘tea’ taste but not really enough for the rest of the ingredients. I assume that’s why it’s all ‘boiling’ too since that’s bad for the oolong but almost necessary for the orange peels, etc.


Boiling isn’t bad for oolong… That’s a common misconception. I used to always brew oolongs at 195F but now I usually brew them at boiling and they are fine, even western style. They are more robust than people give them credit for!


Good to know. Thanks Dinosara.

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drank Purity by Yokotea
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Hopefully the last of this. It wasn’t really enough left for my normal mug so I mis-judged the amount of water slightly. Not awful, but glad to be rid of it and I hope I don’t have more of it hiding at home.

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drank Blood Orange by Adagio Teas
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I actually quite enjoyed this today. Perhaps it’s because I drank it at room temperature. I don’t think I sweetened it any more than usual. Or perhaps I did? Hard to say, it is quite sweet which overwhelmed the hibiscus sourness. However I haven’t eaten anything in hours and hours so I’m not primed for sweetness like usual. \

In other news, I just volunteered myself for weekend work with some of the most tedious boring stuff available to me as an engineer. On the other hand, money and it’s at my normal worksite so all my tea will be there too.

Flavors: Citrus, Orange

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML

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I think this one is getting really old. I know I haven’t kept it like I should so I should probably be happy that it’s kept as much flavour as it has. This has lived at my desk for the last….year. Yup. Long overdue for being drunk up.

So I’m trying to get back into matcha. Harder to do at work now. The cafeteria and break room are a lot farther away for milk and I don’t have a whole lot of access to ice. I’m trying though. I put some tea (not matcha) into an iced tea maker to cold steep in a work fridge so I’ll see that for tomorrow.

As for the boysenberry matcha…meh.

Flavors: Berry

0 tsp 2 OZ / 59 ML

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drank Vanilla by Adagio Teas
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I’m not dead!

This tea is the first tea I’ve had in many months. It is not really the best thing to start out with, since it’s fairly low-quality for a vanilla tea and requires some persnickety temp/time to get it not bitter for me. As it turns out somewhat bitter in this case.

I thought I’d reviewed it before but I can’t find my own tasting note. At any rate, I have maybe one pot of this left and I won’t be replacing it.

In other news, my health crisis is pretty over. I’ve changed job sites for 6 months to a year and Things. I’ll be catching up with stuff over the next week or so. Apologies to those I’ve let down. I should really know better than to make any promises to anyone by now.

Flavors: Vanilla

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML

thank godness everything is ok :) welcome back!


Welcome back! :D


Things got really bad. And they’re still not good. Certain things are really really not good. But I’m trying to normalize and that means being back on this site. Please be gentle :(


Happy to see you back :-)


Glad to see you back! Hopefully everything continues improving for you.

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Nice nice nice. After and still being very sick (and still sorry to the people who are supposed to be getting tea from me), I’m making tea for the first time in days and it had to be this one, something sweet and light and delicious.

I have a headache again so I can’t appreciate it fully but I’m managing to forget it sometimes between this wonderful white coconut tea an the Sherlock fanfiction series that I’m deeply invested in.

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

Aww glad you feel better :)

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Herbal Cranberry Orange – Davidson’s – 2/11/2014

This is a very pretty blend but as I opened up the bag to spoon some into my Finium brew basket, I caught the definite scent of rooibos, which I hadn’t guessed was in this blend. Also hibiscus, which I’m not all that fond of. The tartness is too much sometimes. Most of the time. Such an awful filler ingredient.

I put a bit of sweetener in because that tends to tame the hibiscus a little bit. The dripping liquid from the brew basket looks red but I can’t tell because my cup is black on the inside and outside. I should really get a glass mug for work but I haven’t found one that’s 16-18oz that I like. Not that I’ve looked very hard.

Drinking this…definitely the tartness of the hibiscus right up front, scratchiness in the throat from the rooibos that I can feel but not exactly taste, and the slightly different tartness of the cranberry and every so slight bit of orange in the middle and the chamomile comes out right at the end of the sip and in the aftertaste. I could have identified the chamomile with my eyes closed because that flavour is so distinctive. Mostly this tastes like hibiscus-y fruit juice with a chamomile aftertaste. Not something I’ve ever looked for but it’s nice enough. I would drink it again if offered and I wouldn’t even make the yuck face.

You guys, I am so so so tired. My cold is making my brain fog and it’s taken me an hour to write this note. I’m getting minimal work done at work and there’s 5 hours left (I suppose to get more work done, we’ll see). I’m stuck with a mystery problem in my data file in a why will you do this when you won’t do this that’s almost exactly the same kind of problem. Frustrating.

This is my 500th tasting note.

TTBB #14

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

Congrats on your 500 note. Feel better:)


OMG 500 !!!
may your next 500 be as great as the first :)


Happy 500!


Awesome! Grats on 500!

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drank Tropical Eyebrows by 52teas
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Tropical Eyebrows – 52teas – 2/10/2014

Well it certainly smells tropical. The smell from the steeping cup is definitely fruity, though when I put my nose closer to the cup I can pick up a faint green tea scent.

This is actually pretty good. I’m not drinking it very hot because I have trouble doing that. The green is quite grassy and the fruit is very generically tropical though I couldn’t say anything more than that. I am getting a faint flavour in the background that seriously reminds me of hotdogs though I’m sure there aren’t any hotdog-like ingredients in here. It really gets strong in the aftertaste.

I can’t say I ever want to drink this again, but I’m glad I tried it.

I’ve finally managed to think through the fog in my head to get some actual work done. (Not entirely fair, I had a lot of work conversations this morning but they were not useful towards meeting this deadline).

TTBB #13

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

I kept reading ‘hedgehogs’ instead of ‘hotdogs’ and I think I really need to get some sleep.

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drank Mind Boost Mint by sTEAp Shoppe
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Mind Boost Mint – Steap Shoppe – 2/10/2014

Took a break from tea for the weekend because of a vague cold-like thing that I still have but now I’m at work and I need tea. I made this without looking at the ingredients first (stupid me) and have just now realized that this has stevia in it so I’m now not expecting much. Otherwise, we’ll see. I like mint.

Well, it is a little overly sweet and the stevia taste is bleh but it’s mostly pleasing on the first sip. The mint is somewhat subdued to me by the other flavours. I think I’m picking up what must be gingko biloba but I’m not sure, never having tasted that separately before. There’s a certain earthiness that I’m not familiar with in here.

I imagine my taste buds are sort of dulled from my sort of cold and my mind is dull from the cold and lack of sleep and the aftermath of an adrenalin rush from my car accident last night (my fault, stupid mistake). I wish I didn’t have a headache.

TTBB #12

175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

Ugh, hope you feel better son!


car accident? ACK! Sounds like a rough time…


Yikes! I hope you’re OK, and hope you feel better soon.


oop! hope you’re doing better today!

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I cold-brewed this tea a few days ago but only now got around to putting sugar in it. I’m somewhat sick with a cold but there’s cleaning that needs to get done today and I’ve gotten a late start to it.

This tea, when cold brewed as long as I did, which is about 12 hours, has a nice dark rich tasting base and some sweetness on top that must be the cotton candy/caramelized sugar. If asked what the sweetness was, I wouldn’t have said cotton candy, but this is nice tasting all the same. Not quite up to the razzleberry standards but still pleasant to taste.

Iced 8 min or more

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Single, vegetarian, asexual, 5 cats. Airplane Engineer. I drink most of my tea with a bit of sugar and all the ones with a black tea base with a little bit of milk too. I’m super sensitive to bitterness and spiciness so I tend to avoid those.

I am also a flavoured matcha latte fanatic.


Renton, WA, USA

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