2398 Tasting Notes


Tea of the morning here. I don’t see this on Asha’s website anymore, but perhaps they renamed it to “High Mountain Black”?

This is a very smooth Taiwanese tea, light in body and fruity with notes of cherry. I’ve also had good luck cold brewing this one and it’s fairly nice that way. To me this dos taste like an oolong cultivar. I’m not normally into this as a morning tea because it doesn’t have the heft of an Indian assam, for example. It is yummy however…

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

I haven’t tried any of Asha’s teas, but I really love their website. :)


They have a teahouse in Berkeley, it’s great!

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Thank you for this one, Cheri!
I had a good day day today, I am getting to take a free class and career counseling for the unemployed due to a program sponsored by the City of San Francisco. And, I may have a potential consulting gig coming up… anyway we shall see!

I don’t have any 2nd flush darjeelings in my stash currently so it’s definitely nice to get some samples. I was looking forward to purchasing one or two this year, but then heard it was a bad year for the 2nd flushes due to a drought. So maybe I need to look at the 2013 teas from Upton if I really want one.

Anyway… this smells very nutty/roasted, almost like a wuyi oolong. Interesting! I definitely get a fruity/grape note with this, a bit of spicy, with a bit of a pungent bite in the finish. Nothing too overwhelming, however. Overall this is a nice 2nd flush, well rounded and easy to sip on plain, though better with a tiny touch of organic coconut sugar. I’m glad I didn’t steep it for longer, I think 3 minutes was fine and at a slightly lower temp than boiling. Thanks again, Cheri!

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sami Kelsh

Oh man, I loooooooooooove a good 2nd flush darjeeling. Disappointing that this year’s a bad vintage! Ho hum.


yeah, droughts all over the place, blah

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Another tea from Tiesta to try…

And if my sleep schedule wasn’t messed up enough already, I had a long nap today and needed something to revive me. This says it’s a blend of green and white teas and certainly smells fruity in the pouch. I saw a piece of dried fruit in there too :)

This is nice, I like the green/white blend because I think the white gives it a bit of sweetness. It has a bit of tart from the fruit which seems mostly tropical to me, and a touch of rose gives it some floral. This isn’t as strongly fruit flavored as I thought it would be from smelling it in the bag. Regardless, it is a nice blend especially for warm weather. I think I’ll need to try this one iced someday. Good, but not amazing. Definitely more subtle than Lupicia’s flavored teas. And I don’t really think tea helps to keep me slim or I’d be the skinniest person on Earth… ha ha

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sami Kelsh

Ha! If tea were genuinely that slimming, I’d be a stick insect. I mean, the bear claws and fish and chips probably counteract it pretty well, but…

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I am unearthing ancient samples today, and I apologize, but can’t remember which one of my Steepster friends sent me this tea. It’s been months and I forgot about it. So sorry!

Anyway I already had some coffee this morning, my BF spent the night here last night because he had a job interview and he kept tossing and turning and so did I. Definitely need another caffeine injection here.

This is a bit of a lighter tea and is very smooth and flavorful. Cocoa notes are wafting up from the cup as it sits next to me. It has a nice, natural sweetness that reminds me of brown sugar and tastes very clean, and also gentle. Pretty much devoid of any astringency whatsoever. This is definitely a tasty tea… so glad I was able to try it. I’ll have to remember this when I place my next Butiki order :)

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

So many of my samples from people got mixed and I can’t remember who sent what anymore, minus a few examples. I feel guilty about it.


Me too! Next time I will write their name on the baggie/envelope


I have a box full and I mean REALLY FULL that the chairman helps me with on occasion.

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Tea of the afternoon here. I doubt I need much more caffeine today, but at least this is a white tea so it won’t get me too wired. Not a huge jasmine fan here, but when I am in the mood to drink it, it helps to have a good quality jasmine around. The white tea base lends a nice sweetness to this blend. I love the smell of jasmine flowers and it’s soothing to just stick your nose in the cup and inhale deeply… ahhhhh

This also resteeps well and the jasmine is not as strong in steep #2…

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Irish Breakfast by Harney & Sons
2398 tasting notes

Tea of the morning here. I had this before I went on an interview this morning for a 4 month consulting gig. I’m not even sure I want the job, but I suppose I need to start doing something soon. Anyway we shall see…. this is a nice strong malty assam blend. It’s good for breakfast time. :)

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Strawberry Exotica by Tiesta Tea
2398 tasting notes

Part of an order that I received from Tiesta Tea yesterday. Shipping was slow, the post office was partly to blame, and when I inquired about the slow shipping time, Tiesta refunded the money that I paid on shipping for this. I thought that was good of them.

Now I don’t have any fruity white teas in my stash for some reason, and was looking forward to trying this one. It’s the second cup I’ve had this afternoon. With a name like “Strawberry Exotica”, I was really hoping for something huge in the strawberry department. This is definitely sweet (from the white tea) and fruity. I would say there’s as much mango and pineapple in here as strawberry, but it’s a pleasant flavor for sure. Not exactly what I was expecting, but not bad either. It’s a lightly flavored tropical white tea. I will need to try this cold brewed someday, me thinks. Maybe that will bring out even more fruitiness.

180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Sippin' Pretty by T-We Tea
2398 tasting notes

Ah… this is a beautify-full and fragrant herbal blend that I just blogged about today so you can read all the details here:


Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Green Darjeeling by Kusmi Tea
2398 tasting notes

This works well for me as a cold brew. The flavor is still light, but when cold brewed the floral elements become more prominent with some nutty notes. I think I prefer this cold brewed over drinking it hot, which is nice. Now I know how to drink the remaining bags… :)

Iced 8 min or more

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drank Jolly Green Kiwi by Tiesta Tea
2398 tasting notes

I’m not sure why the eff it’s so hot here today, but this is a good tea when it’s made strong and then poured over ice, refreshing!


I still don’t trust this company after the way they made all those fake accounts to review their stuff…


Oh wow, I must have missed that! eeek


Sheesh. I am sorry, I just ordered a bunch of their other teas, oh well

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I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

Live in San Francisco, I’m a SINK (single income, no kids) and love the urban life, but traveling out to the middle of nowhere is always fun too.

I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

59-50 Ick

49 and below Nasty


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