2399 Tasting Notes

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drank Silver Bud Ya Bao by Tea Source
2399 tasting notes

Hello Steepster!
I’m back from my trip to Minneapolis but we were so busy with my boyfriend’s family that we didn’t get to visit ANY tea shops much less do much sightseeing. Oh well. I’m bummed to have missed both Verdant and Mandala but maybe I’ll be back there someday.

This is from one of the Steepster select boxes, I think from March. I can’t say I’m a huge fan of these yabao type teas. The other one I had was from Verdant a while ago. I steeped according to the package directions and I’m getting a slightly sweet type of drink that reminds me of clover and/or hay. I wish this had more flavor to it… I’m definitely not getting the notes that other people seem to, but I will finish the cup.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Veronica

Welcome back! Hope you had a nice visit with bf’s family.

TeaBrat

It was! They are very nice.

Cheri

It’s nice to have a trip where you have back up plans (visiting tea shops) but then you never get to those. Family visits can be hit or miss sometimes, so I’m glad this was a hit.

I’m also disappointed when I don’t taste what other people get out of teas. I try to drink at least half of my cup before looking at tasting notes, first to get my impression, and then to see if I can find what others taste in teas.

2001: A Buck Odyssey

@ Teabrat,

Try doing a 1 minute steep @ boiling instead of the recommended 160. This method brings out a much stronger flavour, and it won’t get bitter/nasty like a green tea would if you tried to boil it.

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God morning Steepster!
I am off to Minneapolis today, don’t know how much tea I will be drinking on vacation, but I hope to pop in on Verdant tea and maybe Mandala if I have the time.

This 1910 is still a fabulous breakfast tea and I hope it wakes me up soon because I still need to pack!

have a greeeeat week :)

boychik

Lucky!!! Enjoy your trip!!!

Terri HarpLady

Awesome! If you stop into our beloved tea shops, please hug everybody & say it’s from me! :)

Stephanie

Oh how fun! I’d love to visit them some day :D

Cheri

Enjoy!

mj

Welcome to my neck of the woods! The weather has been GORGEOUS. I hope you have a great time :-)

TeaBrat

Thanks mj! I’m packing right now and am really looking forward to being somewhere sunny, it’s FOG CITY here. :)

mj

It’s’ bright and sunny here right now! I don’t know how familiar you are with Minneapolis or if you have contacts here already, but if you have any questions or need something, please feel free to message me :-)

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Thank you Stephanie for generously sending me this sample!

It’s a little late for me to be drinking caffeine, but I just woke up from a nap. I was kept awake last night by a snoring boyfriend and a mosquito bite that had me itching. Hopefully the caffeine in this won’t keep me awake later…

This tea is so interesting looking. I love the long slender leaves that are bright green and look pressed flat, almost as though someone had ironed them. I decided to steep this at 170 F for around 3 minutes.

The tea liquor is a light yellowish-green. I definitely get the green bean flavor here but what’s amazing about this green is how sweet it is. The sweetness lingers in your mouth long after you’re done sipping it. It seems really fresh and light which is also good. Teavivre has so many good green teas and I was really glad I got to try this one. I wonder if anyone’s tried cold brewing it? It’s tasty.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
Stephanie

I’m glad you liked it! I’ve not tried cold brewing it myself.

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drank Houjicha - Dark Roast by Obubu Tea
2399 tasting notes

The afternoon cuppa….

I don’t think I’ve ever had a dark roast houijcha before so I was looking forward to trying this. It’s pretty yummy! It definitely has a roasted flavor that is reminiscent of coffee, but there’s also a fruity, sort of cherry flavor about it and something creamy that would best be described as caramel. Normally houijcha is nothing for me to get super excited over, but this was a delicious sample. Glad I was able to try it…

Flavors: Caramel, Cherry, Coffee

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

That sounds fantastic! You are a terrible influence on my wallet! XD

TeaBrat

Steepster is dangerous! :D

Cameron B.

The shipping on that sampler is so high! QQ But I noticed that YunomiUS has all of their teas and their shipping is better so I may just order from there.

TeaBrat

good to know – yes the shipping was kind of pricey since it came from Japan. :/

Dexter

Steepster is very dangerous – this is something I would really like, so of course I’m looking at the web site….

Jennkay

I love Obubu hojichas, and I got all of mine from Yunomi. They seem to have frequent sales/shipping deals

TeaBrat

Looks like Yunomi has some good stuff! I’d be tempted to order but I’m swimming in Japanese teas right now :)

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drank Yanagi Bancha by Obubu Tea
2399 tasting notes

Good morning Steepster… I drank a lot of tea yesterday but didn’t post tasting notes because a lot of what I drank were things I have posted notes for multiple times.

Anyway, here’s another sample from the Obubu tea sampler pack. Bancha is a lesser grade of tea than sencha, but it’s still drinkable in my opinion. This has sort of a vegetaly-seaweed taste with a definite bitterness in the finish. It isn’t my favorite from Obubu by far but I will definitely finish off the pot I made this morning. Compared to their senchas it isn’t as light and sweet, but still far better than most if the mass market green teas you find on the market.

I feel like my tasting notes are getting shorter but that’s because I’m trying to limit the time I spend on social media sites… so please forgive me :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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Hmm, I’ve had this rooibos blend for a while and I don’t really care for it much. I decided I would try making it as an iced tea today and I actually like it better that way, but the cream flavor is sort of un-natural and off putting to me.

Would anyone like the remainder of the package? I have enough for maybe 1 pot of tea.

Cameron B.

Sure, I’ll try it if there’s anything you want to swap for in my cupboard. :P

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Sipdown…
sadly I’m out of this, it’s been such a lovely Golden Monkey but luckily I do know where to get more. ;)

My cupboard overfloweth with tea but I still like to keep at least one Golden Monkey around as they are one of my favorites.

Preparation
2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Dustin

Do they not sell it at Aroma anymore?

TeaBrat

Yes, they do… which is why I know where to get more :) Just trying to save some money right now.

Dustin

I totally read that sentence wrong. Well cool, maybe I’ll check it out next time I’m there!

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Thanks to Mz P. for sending some of this my way!

I can see why people like this tea… it smells very chocolate-y in the bag and when you steep it up it’s so nice and rich. It definitely tastes like chocolate too! Is it a flavored tea or is it natural? I see it has vanilla in it which would explain the almost creamy quality it has. Anyway I’m glad I got to try this one! It’s good with soymilk and it’s also good plain.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
MzPriss

It’s natural and it’s magic :)

TeaBrat

And yummy!

MzPriss

Indeed. My very favorite blend.

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I got this one the other day and am just getting around to trying it.

I accidentally left it steeping too long so I’m not going to rate it right now. It might have been 5 minutes or longer. There’s been a lot of talk about the “barnyard” flavor of this tea. I’m not really picking this up. If anything it seems to be earthy in some ways like a good shu pu-erh is. It’s also kind of chocolate-y and also… savory. It almost seems to me like there is salt in here. So anyway I definitely plan to revisit this soon and rate it, but I’m glad it isn’t as scary ass I thought it would be. In fact, I kind of like it. :)

Flavors: Chocolate, Earth, Salty

whatshesaid

Oh good!
To me it tasted sort of like the way a horse smells, haha. Ah well

Single Origin Teas

ah! yep. Sorry my barnyard is supposed to be more like “freshly brushed horses”. So a clean barnyard smell. :)

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