2392 Tasting Notes

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drank Pineapple Sencha by Den's Tea
2392 tasting notes

Just a note to say this is really good when it’s cold brewed. Also good when it’s hot! I don’t recall having such a nice pineapple flavored tea, ever. The few pineapple oolongs I’ve had were good, but I like this even more.

I’ve been craving green tea lately. I feel like I could drink a gallon of it every day if it didn’t get me a little too wired.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Stephanie

Heck yes it is good cold brewed! :)

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84
drank Sencha of Brightness by Obubu Tea
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This was my one indulgence for June which just arrived today … YIPPEE! I’ve always wanted to try the Obubu tea sampler pack and now I have the time to try them all and even write tasting notes. :) I love Japanese teas so I can’t imagine I’ll have anything too bad to say about the selections.

I picked this one at random from the sampler pack, I knew I wanted to try a sencha but I wasn’t sure which one. It has such a lovely name. I steeped this for 90 seconds and it has a very light colored infusion, one that I might associate more with Chinese tea than Japanese. The aroma is lightly vegetal and a bit flowery.

For a sencha, this is very mild. The description says this tea is made with more mature leaves so perhaps that is why. Also they claim it is good as an iced tea, so I’ll have to try the rest of my sample that way. For now I’m enjoying it hot. The flavor is very mild and sweet. It has some light grassy notes but also a bit of sweet vegetables like corn. I don’t think I’ve ever had a Japanese tea that’s this mild before, no astringency whatsover. It’s very tasty and soothing, like floating away on a green tea cloud.

Flavors: Corn Husk, Grass

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

That’s a lot of sencha in that sampler! I’m excited to see all of your notes. :D

TeaBrat

ha ha – you’ll be sick of me soon!

Cameron B.

They definitely knew what they were doing when they named all of them. How can you not want to try something called “Sencha of the Summer Sun”?

TeaBrat

Agreed, their names are very poetic. I’ve been wanting to try their teas for years.

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85

Sample sipdown of the day. I love being able to get these samples from Upton Tea. It’s a great way to try new things, without spending a lot of time or storage space on teas you may not necessarily want. It’s one reason I’ll always be a customer of theirs. I just got the spring catalog and there are so many things tempting me but I really need to focus sipping down what I have while I’m not working.

I’m really not a big keemun person but I like this better than many I’ve tried. It has gentle winey notes as well as a bit of tobacco and smells like buckwheat bread baking. It is definitely very flavorful and is easy to sip on plain but also takes additions ok. If I had one keemun to keep around, this might be a contender. I raised the rating a few points today…

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
MzPriss

I feel the same way about Upton. I got what I believe to be all of their Keemuns in those samples sizes without having to make too much of a commitment.

TeaBrat

Which one was your favorite of the bunch?

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86

Tea of the morning here and it’s a sipdown. Okay, I only bought 1 oz. of this but it’s gone anyway. :)

I find a lot of teas are fine in smaller quantities unless I really love them, odds are I will get sick of drinking them before I finish an entire tin. I forgot to set the timer for this one and I walked off and left it steeping. It got a bit oversteeped but still drinkable, especially with soymilk and sugar.

Preparation
Boiling 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

agreed! I wish all tea companies would let you purchase small orders

Cameron B.

Definitely! Unless it’s a tea I’ve already tried and know that I like, I don’t want to buy 100g of it. :P

Sil

sometimes i don’t even want 100g…i’d rather get 50g and be able to buy it again and have fresh-er tea later.

Cameron B.

That’s true also, probably a good philosophy to have unless the shipping is ridiculous or something.

TeaBrat

50g is usually plenty for me!

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90
drank Spicy Chocolate by Kusmi Tea
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Tea of the afternoon here. I am not having a stellar day. I went to occupational therapy this morning for my hands/wrist which was good, but then my arm and shoulder have been really bothering me today. I’m so sick of dealing with this chronic pain and my Dr. is taking me off work restrictions next month so I’m going to have to try and find a job when I’m feeling poopy. It seems kind of impossible.

This tea is an old favorite and definitely my favorite tea from Kusmi. The chocolate and spicy notes seem very soothing and delicious right now. I don’t have any chais that I really love at the moment, but this is almost as good. It’s nice to have an old tea “friend” to cheer me up.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

This was one of the teas that caught my eye when I was browsing their site. I’m a little wary of chocolate teas but this is one I’ll have to try. :D

Skysamurai

Feel better!

TeaBrat

Cameron, I would recommend checking it out!
Sky – thanks!

Cheri

I have a feeling the perfect job will be waiting for you.

TeaBrat

Thanks Cheri. you’re a peach!

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80
drank Sencha "Matsuri" by Lupicia
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Sencha of the morning here. This is not a personal favorite of mine, but it came in a Lupicia Happy bag I got last year so I’ve been trying to drink it. Some mornings just seem like they were made for sencha. This is a little on the strong side for me, lots of grassy notes but if you keep the steeping time to around 30 seconds it’s better that way.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Kat_Maria

I still have some of this too… It’s definitely time to finish it up! It’s just that I feel like having sencha only once in a while.

TeaBrat

Me too… but I find myself drinking more in the summer….

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75
drank Fujian Baroque by Adagio Teas
2392 tasting notes

Sample sipdown of the morning…

This is a nice tea — especially for Adagio — who haven’t impressed me too much in the past with their quality (sorry just had to say it). I’m getting some nice cocoa notes here along with a bit of malt. Very mild, no too much astringency. A decent Chinese tea but not something I will need to stock up on at any point in the future.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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94

Sample sipdown of the afternoon. My tastebuds are finally getting back to normal and the numbness is wearing off.

Wuyi oolongs are my absolute favorite type of oolong. I don’t drink them nearly as much as I should, and I have no idea why. It was nice to revisit this today, I had several steeps in my yixing teapot . The aroma is like burnt caramel and the flavor is reminiscent of roasted plums. I really get into roasted teas as I’m also a fan of houijcha. Something about them seems so warming and cozy.

It’s so easy to procrastinate on Steepster but I really must sit down and get my homework finished for writing class!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Bi Lo Chun by Harney & Sons
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I’m back from the dentist. After having four fillings done my mouth is still numb!

It’s difficult to taste anything so why am I writing a tea tasting note? I will chalk it up to boredom and procrastination. I’ll write a better tasting note for this once I am back to normal. I can’t believe I haven’t written anything about it before now!

This is a good every day tea green tea. It’s flavorful with lots of vegetal notes especially artichoke. this is perking me up a bit after having my mouth assaulted earlier. ;-)

Flavors: Artichoke

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

Yeeouch! That is a lot of fillings.

TeaBrat

ugh. I know. Two of them were old fillings that needed to be replaced though.

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72
drank Black Dragon Pearls by Tazo
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Tea of the morning here. Thanks to Carol Who for this sample that I’ve been meaning to try.

I steeped this entire sample for 3 minutes in a 20 oz. teapot. What I had was around the equivalent of 6 or 7 pearls. Eh, this stuff is okay. It certainly got some dismal reviews from others but I don’t mind it that much. It seems to be a bit on the side of brisk and winey for me, which is strange for a tea you’d think is Chinese. To me this tastes a bit more like an Indian tea. I thought it was better with some soymilk added. Now I feel like I’m getting a bit of chocolate notes. I’ve definitely has better dragon pearls but this wasn’t terrible in my opinion.

I’m NOT looking forward to my morning. I have to visit the dentist and I’m getting 4 fillings worked on. They told me to eat a good breakfast because my entire mouth will be numb for hours afterwards. I guess I will be having a smoothie for lunch… lol

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML
carol who

I’m glad you got to try the Tazo Black Dragon Pearls. My opinion was about the same. Nothing special.

Sorry about the dentist. That’s never fun. But think how strong and healthy your teeth will be! OK, its hard to come up with something positive to say about going to the dentist!

TeaBrat

at least my teeth probably won’t fall out if I take care of them… lmao

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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

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