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drank Toasted Walnut by DAVIDsTEA
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Tea I had this morning at David’s. I thought I had this one before but wanted to try it again. I asked them to put agave in it, and that wasn’t a good idea because all I could taste was agave, it was overwhelmingly sweet. Note to self: drink the Toasted Walnut plain.

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drank Shincha Kunpu by Den's Tea
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First tea of the afternoon. :)

My BF and I are having a very lazy morning so far, had coffee and breakfast and are still trying to get out the door.

This is such a wonderful shincha. It tastes very fresh and sweet, with no real bitterness in sight. The flavor is very vegetal and reminds me of spinach and peas. Den’s shincha is really amazing, I highly recommend you try it at least once. Compared to a lot of senchas I’ve had it’s quite delicate. Somehow you just feel revived after drinking this.

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drank Pineapple Sencha by Den's Tea
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I rarely rate teas so high but this is just such a wonderful sencha and has the most authentic flavor of any pineapple tea I’ve tried. It’s perfect cold brewed or hot…

I should try making a pina colada with this :)

Zack S.

Tried any of their other flavored senchas?

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

Pineapple sencha, that sounds delicious!


Zack, unfortunately no. I’d like to try the Apple

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

The grape is really good! It does taste kinda like candy, but in a really good way.


I already have a grape sencha from Lupicia that reminds me of candy.

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I’m uncovering this ancient sample I got from Verdant a while ago. The first cup I tried to steep my sample for 2 minutes and I didn’t like it that much. Normally I’m a fan of yunnans but the 2 minute steeping time had some very bitter/tobacco elements. So anyway I am not rating this today.

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drank Flap Jack Oolong by Tiesta Tea
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Tea of the afternoon here that was part of my big Tiesta order from a few weeks ago. Sorry to write such a brief review, but I’m busy today.

This just sounded so good! Flapjack oolong… maple syrup and nutty with a dark oolong. yummm. Unfortunately I felt the flavor here was pretty light. I was definitely hoping for something for more intense, but in the bright side, at least it wasn’t artificial. You do get notes of maple/nutty/pancake but they are very faint. I think the best idea I had with this was to sweeten it with a tiny bit of maple syrup. Then it was perfect. Not bad but not quite flavorful enough for my personal tastes.

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

This one is next on my wish list!


If you want I can send you a sample :D


steepster ate my comment that today is national pancake day in the USA so you must have another cup to celebrate even if it wasn’t quite flavorful enough (add more maple??) its all in fun!

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drank Kangaita OP by Harney & Sons
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This tea is ok but definitely not one of my favorites. I’m really glad to just be finishing this one off. I think I accidentally overleafed it because it is VERY strong and somewhat bitter this morning but that’s ok. I need to wake up since I didn’t sleep too well last night. I think 3 minutes is probably enough steeping time for this one.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Decaf Vanilla by Adagio Teas
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This was a sample I got quite a while back at the same time as Adagio’s
plain decaf ceylon, which I did not really like. I figured I wouldn’t really like this much either but had to try it. The vanilla is very artificial, but at least that adds some life to the base tea underneath which is bland and flavorless even though I added plenty of leaf. Soymilk made this a bit better, but the rest of the package is going into the compost… oh well!

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I have never had a Decaf tea that had good flavor. The process really seems to drain the leaves.


Harney and Sons does them the best, I have found, The Decaf Comoro and Decaf Paris are pretty good in my book.


I agree that Harney’s decafs are the top of the heap. I drink their Decaf Ceylon (aka Orange Pekoe), Decaf Assam and Vanilla Comoro. My fondest wish is that they would offer a Decaf Keemun or other decaf China black, but that will likely remain just a dream.

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Just another note, this is a sipdown… I discovered it is good when it’s cold brewed, I put it in the fridge last night. Would definitely consider getting more of this if it is offered again someday. =)


I love cold brewing 52’s genmaichas! I don’t even bother wasting them on a hot steep, cold is where it is at! Strawberry marshmallow treat is in my fridge right now. :)


Well, I am going to try that right NOW since I didn’t care so much for the strawberry one hot. thanks =)

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Another afternoon green tea. I like this banana creation so much better than the strawberry genmaicha from 52T. Maybe it’s just that banana goes so well with the nuttiness of the genmaicha. And there is a touch of cheesecake. If Frank reblends this someday I might get some more. Has anyone seen the new website, tea sizes and the pricing structure? Shipping is no longer free, but $2 is a bargain compared to what most companies charge.

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

I just looked at the site. Wow! Talk about a change. I love the idea though. I’ll probably sign up for one of the subscriptions next month.


yes, that’s very tempting!

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I’ve been busy today doing stuff for my 2 volunteer jobs and I might have another volunteer gig on the way, but it’s always good to be productive, especially if you can put that experience on your resume.

This is a delicious tea from Nepali Tea Traders, which has evidently been discontinued because I can’t find it on their website… it is a delicious blend of flavorful, bold green tea with just a touch of lemongrass. Nutty and citrusy! I happen to really like lemongrass so it’s too bad I won’t be able to get any more of this. It’s really good!

It’s also a bummer that Nepali Tea ships everything UPS because the UPS guy can’t even get into my building… sad.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

This sounds yummy. I also really like lemongrass.

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Hobbies include: tea, making art, animals, vegan things, buddhism, nature, creativity, books, writing, cooking, meditation, yoga.

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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