556 Tasting Notes


Sitting at work at 8pm, staring at the Steepster Explore tab. Exciting.

I haven’t yet mustered up the motivation to walk to my far-away car since I’m in the overflow parking lot today and I don’t enjoy walking that far and over gravel in 3-inch heels. Bah.

This tea today, I overleafed it a bit, I think. I made it for the first time in a mug with my finium brewer and mis-judged how much leaf per water ratio. I usually make it in the pot but I didn’t have that much water because the filtered water is all the way on the other side of the building, and like my car, I didn’t want to walk that far today. This is still good, just a little bit…much.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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Made a pot (5 cups) of this at work to spread around. Both it and the second steep of it were drunk by quite a few people around. At least 5, not including me.

Everyone thought this was quite nice. One person told me it tasted like spinach from a can (and that she liked spinach from a can, so that was okay). It tasted a bit like that to me and also soybeans.

I did enjoy this tea, but it’s been a very very long day and I am ready to be done with the world. Done done done. So very done.

Flavors: Soybean, Spinach

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 41 OZ / 1200 ML

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Note to self: just because the flavour has gone down, does not mean add way more matcha. Then it gets gross. Bleh.

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I was sure I’d reviewed this tea recently since this is the second time I’ve had it at work in the last few weeks but apparently not.

Still good. Coconut is still good, does not taste like soap. My colleague likes it too.

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This is so very blah. It’s not nearly fruity enough to sate any berry cravings and it’s got kind of a meh aftertaste. It’s also old so that might be contributing. Not enjoying but this was kind of a sipdown. I’ve finished the big packet at work with this pot (one cup left in the pot, half of my mug still left to go). Reading my previous tasting note, I have 2 more small packets at home, so I can’t mark this as gone quite yet.

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This has definitely lost most of it’s potency. Still tasty but it doesn’t wow me anymore. I don’t have a whole lot left so I’m trying to drink it up.

Trying to share more with my coworkers.

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So I’ll preface this with the good news. My Indian (as in from India) cube neighbour shares most of my workday teas these days and he liked this one a lot. He’ll probably be getting the balance of this once I finish this pot, if I can’t foist the rest of the pot off on him also.

For me, well, I haven’t even tasted it yet but it’s brewed too hot to drink and when I smell the tea liquor, it makes my too-spicy senses tingle without even touching my tongue. Like the back of my throat is on fire. So I don’t have high expectations of this myself.

I did add some sugar because I find that sometimes that makes the cinnamon a bit more palatable for me. I can occasionally eat cinnamon rolls after all. (Not sure anything makes ginger palatable for me).

This is…sweeter than I expected, even with the added sugar. And the licorice…well. I can never really tell with licorice because I don’t hate the flavour itself but every time I drink a tea with a strong licorice flavour, I can’t suppress the shudder that goes down my spine. I’m really not sure what causes it. The ginger and cinnamon aren’t too strong but they’re definitely there, making this tea experience one to be endured rather than enjoyed. If there’s vanilla in here, I can’t tell. I can’t even really taste the lemon. It’s spicy licorice all the way.


Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger, Licorice

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML

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I wasn’t in the mood for anything complicated as my last tea of the night and after I’ve finished spending the day deconstructing binders. Busted up my fingers of my dominant hand enough that they’re so sore it’s actually painful to use my phone touchscreen. Bah. Hopefully they’ll heal soon.

This tea is getting old but still good. It’s nicely malty and nicely smooth. I’m coming to the end of what I have of this, one or two more servings (pot-size). I’ve enjoyed this but it’s time to move on. I’ll consider getting it again if I ever pare my hoard down to the point of seeking out tea to buy and needing a Yunnan Dian Hong.

Flavors: Malt

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML

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This tea is getting me through this working Saturday. I’m not like Sil, this is voluntary overtime, but that doesn’t make it any less sweaty work since I’m used to sitting at a desk to do my work and all day today I’ve been deconstructing binders full of stuff. About 100 left to do before I can go home.

This tea is back to what I remember it being the first time I drank it. It is chock full of almonds and vanilla beans and it’s smooth and sweet with no astringency or bitterness.

Flavors: Vanilla

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 750 OZ / 22180 ML

Haaaai….. I volunteered when I took the job? Lol. Sooooo tired…

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This tea is very frustrating to me.

Oh, it has nothing to do with the tea itself. It’s a very pleasant oolong of some description that I’m quite enjoying, though I need to eat some more before I drink my next infusion because oolong on an empty stomach makes me headachey. A colleague at work gave it to me after we had a conversation and I gave her the rest of my Spiced Orange Tieguanyin (Verdant) because I don’t like it enough to drink the rest of it.

I have a picture of the package I wanted to put into the picture field of this tea. I’m not being given an option. This is frustrating. I’ve tried on 2 different browsers. I cleared my cache and cookies. I can’t drag and drop. There isn’t even an option to put a URL or file in. Nothing to click at all. Very frustrating.

ETA: This is an instagram of the tea wrapper in question. I was trying to use this as the photo but it’ll work here too.


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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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