497 Tasting Notes

drank Maracaibo by Crio Bru
497 tasting notes

I took a sample of this from the GCTTB and was saving it for when I got a day that was a bit more relaxed. Life has been so hectic lately.

I think this sample was put in by Sil. Thanks Sil. I was pretty excited to try this tea.

I brewed for 10 min at 205F. Added just a little almond milk and a tiny bit of sweetner. It’s like having a cup of hot chocolate. Very nice! I can also pick up a bit of vanilla in there. Really enjoy this tea and might consider ordering if they have a good sale on in the future.

Flavors: Chocolate, Vanilla

Boiling 8 min or more 1 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

you can sometimes find it at the grocery store. That’s actually where i found mine to try haha


Really? I’ve never seen this in the grocery store but I have to admit; I pass by the tea section a lot more now than I used to. Which one did you find it in?


it was one in vancouver – uh…safewat if i remember right


Oh. Haven’t seen one of those in Ontario.

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I had a sample of this The Finest Brew sent me some time ago. I couldn’t find brewing instructions on their website and I couldn’t remember exactly how I brewed the last moonlight tea I have. So I started at 190F and brewed a few seconds.

It was good. Smooth and sweet. No bitterness. Had a bit of that hay taste that I get off of white but was strong and full bodied with a bit of malty flavour. There’s a bit of fruitiness in there too.

I messed up the brewing infustions after the first one and left it a minute or so. It was even better. Sweeter and more flavor.

This one kind of reminded me of the one I got from the Ebay seller Goshopstreet. Both are great moonlight teas.

Flavors: Fruity, Hay, Malt

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drank Roasted Barley by assi brand
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Picked this up at the local Asian supermarket. I am having tea buying withdrawal symptoms since it’s taking since April for my Yunnan Sourcing order to come! lol

I love buckwheat tea so I thought why not give barley tea a try? It came in this HUGE 2 lb bag for $3.99. If I didn’t like it I wasn’t out a lot of money.

On the bag it said to add 2 tbsps. to 2 litres of water and boil for 20 min. I checked out some other reviews and other people had used more tea and about the same amount of water. I just put what looked like 2 litres in a pot, not really measuring. Then added 3 tbsps. and boiled for 20 min.

Mmmm, it was nice and comforting toasty . It doesn’t taste like buckwheat. Definitely has it’s own flavor but it’s toasty with that grain flavor. Hot, this makes a soothing, warming herbal drink in the colder days. I still enjoyed it now and took the rest to put in the fridge to have as iced. It’s supposed to be pretty good cold too.

Flavors: Roasted, Roasted Barley, Toast

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Enjoying this tea this morning. I find a lot of Japanese teas are so over the top that they make nice occasional teas but not everyday teas. At least that’s my experience on tasting some. I realize there are plenty of everyday senchas out there.

This one has a delicious green bean, mossy green & sweet flavor without being over the top. It still borders on decadent because it’s soooo good but I could it enjoy it more often.

I would definitely consider adding this one to my next Yunomi order.

Flavors: Green Beans, Moss, Sweet

185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Peach Yellow Tea by Cornelia Bean
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This tea is not for me. The peach came across as too artificial tasting. I’m just really sensitive to artificial flavours so I think others who drink them might like this tea. It definitely was peachy.

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I had this tea today at work. Just brewed Western style. The smell of the dry leaves smelled so much like chocolate!

I wasn’t even sure of the temperature I was using but I know it wasn’t boiling.

This tea didn’t taste quite as chocolatey as it smelled at first. The chocolate notes were still there along with a roast flavor. As it cooled down the chocolate notes became stronger .

So this tea makes me think of chocolate genmaicha! There this roasted flavor coupled with chocolate. That’s all I could think of was chocolate genmaicha even though there wasn’t any rice in it. I really enjoyed this tea but the one downside to it was the major caffeine kick. After I had it , I was done for the day with caffeine. This seemed to pack as much caffeine as coffee.

It was really good though!!

Flavors: Chocolate, Roasted

Liquid Proust



I could still smell the infused leaves sitting on my desk all day. Chocolate was waffling under my nose and tempting me for a 2nd infusion but my heart was pumping too much from the last cup!

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drank Kuding Loose Leaf Tea by Tealyra
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This tea is really strange. I brewed 1 tsp at 190 for 1 min. I think that might be too much tea since the rolled amounts say to use only one or two sticks. It’s hard to tell with the loose leaf. It has a real bite with lots of bitterness that hits the tip of the tongue and as it rolls to the back there’s a sweetness. It’s also a bit astringent like a green tea.
I just have a hard time getting past the bitterness. As the tea sits it seems to become even more bitter.

Flavors: Bitter

Terri HarpLady

Kuding is an medicinal herb that is the leaf of Holly Ilex. It tastes terrible, LOL, extremely bitter, no matter how you brew it, although if you start with 1 spike & very short time, you’re supposed to get used to it after awhile, & the ‘after sip’ is supposed to be sweet.

Roswell Strange

Over Christmas I worked with a Chinese international student who talked about Kuding; she said it was a household staple for her family and a lot of people she knew – but not for the taste but because it’s believed to make you look and feel more youthful.

Terri HarpLady

it’s also suppose to be good for respiratory problems & as a detox. I have some, but have only drank it once, so far.


I could use it for my respiratory problems. I’m always congested from allergies but this tea is really hard to get used to.

Terri HarpLady

So Uba, maybe we should both agree to drink a cup a day, starting with 1 spike at say 15 seconds? It can be a joint operation to built up our sensitivity to bitterness, LOL


I don’t have it in spikes, only loose and not sure I could follow through on that. I might be willing to try if it really helped my lungs!


I can’t believe this was my 400th tasting note and I never even knew. On top of that I wasted it on Kuding tea! LOL


Bitter Needle or bitter nail I think is how it is translated.

Terri HarpLady

Congrats on 400!
@mrmopar, yup!

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I am pulling out some teas for a swap this weekend and of course had to have some of this tea. It’s been ages! I remember how I liked it but the smokey flavor was a bit much for me at the time. Thinking of how I loved the smokiness from the lapsang souchong I tried a few weeks back I was thinking I might enjoy the smokiness now.

So did two quick rinses. Then 10 sec. OMG!!!! Love, love , love this tea all over again. I usually throw out the first few infusions of most pu’erh but I was drinking on the first infusion and loving it.

So fun to pull out an old tea and love it even more.


adore this tea…


There’s probably not that much of it left out there. I never tried the 2014 Wild Monk but it doesn’t seem to get the same amount of love that this one got.


I love this one too. I’m hoarding it but shouldn’t. Should just drink and love it. I have almost two cakes of it, and that doesn’t seem like very much. :(


I know what you mean. There may be Wild Monk’s close to this tea but this one will never be again. I thought you bought the last cake but it seems to be still up on the website:



Ooops, just saw the out of stock on availability


heh i have 2 cakes of the 2012 and 1 of the 2014. I keep meaning to do a comparison but then i’d have to break a cake hahahaha

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Green teas are my favourite teas but I also enjoy: white, some herbal,rooibos, raw pu’erh, light oolongs, a little bit of black , and a little bit of ripe pu’erh. I have moved away from artificial flavourings and there’s hardly anything left in my cabinet with artificial flavouring or colours. It is mostly straight teas or tea blends.


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