2469 Tasting Notes

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We are housesitting this weekend so I just brought a few things I had around the house in teabag form. For a sencha this is on the lighter side and not very astringent. These are great for travel. Right now I am eating it with a bowl of berries before our hike in the Oakland Hills. Although I do intend to stop at Peet’s later on and get some of that Scottish Breakfast tea. :)

Hope all of my Steepies are having a wonderful weekend!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C
Azzrian

Enjoy your hike!! :)

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96

Nom. This is an amazing white tea (see previous notes). I’m getting tea drunk today just from being near it…

I am having one of those days where I just want to drink everything I love….well, every day should be like that! =)

Blake

“Tea Drunk.” Brilliant. I’ve been there, but never thought to call it that.

Veronica

Earlier today I was smiling thinking that I am starting to collect a little group of teas that I absolutely adore. Getting to drink what you love on a regular basis is such a treat!

TheTeaFairy

I love those days!

ScottTeaMan

I’m gonna love getting tea drunk on future orders from RTR! :))

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100
drank Kabuse-Cha by Marukyu-Koyamaen
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Chinese green tea is nice but…

Japanese green tea is truly the finest in the world in my opinion. Le sigh. I love this so much! Delicious, clean, spinach-y, slightly buttery. It’s so good. I hope I can get more in the same shop in Japantown where I found this.

Mike G

Some Chinese greens are truly special, but I agree that Japanese greens have something in them that make them yummier.

Anyways, I’m interested in trying Marukyu-Koyamaen’s teas but I don’t seem to understand their website (if you can even order from there anyway) so, if you don’t mind me asking, where can you purchase their teas?

TeaBrat

I bought this in San Francisco’s Japantown – I can’t remember the name of the shop unfortunately!

Mike G

Ok. thanks!

Scott B

I just bought Xin Yang Mao Jian from Teavivre and it is very spinach-y

ScottTeaMan

There are some very fine China greens I really enjoy. I don’t drink them as often, but a really good sencha or gyokuro is hard to beat.

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94
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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This is a sipdown for me! Although I have enjoyed it – I am not considering ordering anymore right now due to the cost. Maybe I’ll check out the spring 2012 version when it arrives…

Scott B

What do you mean by a sipdown tea?
I was wondering if this was the same tea as Laoshan Black? Northern Black is not on their web site and just Laoshan Black is not in the steepster database.

TeaBrat

Sipdown means I have finished off my current supply – I got that term from TeaEqualsBliss!

And yes I believe they are the same tea.

Scott B

Ok, cool! I thought it might be a specific way to drink tea that I wasn’t aware of :)
I just ordered some Laoshan Black from Verdant-they have a late autumn plucking that they are selling now.

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91
drank Lapsang Souchang by Mandala Tea
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Well I know it is too late for caffeine but I couldn’t resist trying this. I am generally not a huge fan of lapsang because I find the smoky flavor to be totally overwhelming. When I saw this on Mandala’s site being described as subtle I figured I would like that. When I compare my tea to the one in the picture it is a bit lighter so I may need to use a bit more leaf next time… I will hold off on rating this for now but my overall impressions are very good. In aroma and flavor this is like a lapsang lite which has a pleasant and subtle smoky aroma & flavor which is delicious and does not cover up the flavor of the tea underneath. More to come…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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86
drank Vanilla Cream by Butiki Teas
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The afternoon cuppa. Technically a honeybush although it’s listed under the rooibos section of their website and they call it a rooibos on the bag. weird. I like this though!

Butiki Teas

Oops, vanilla was a rooibos and now its a honeybush. I guess I forgot to change the bag label.

TeaBrat

that’s ok!

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96

Finishing off the rest of this sample today. I’m still shocked at some of the other reviews of this, maybe these people don’t know how to properly steep a pu-erh or appreciate it. :-P

I thought this had a smooth date, almost cinnamon-y flavor. It is a bit lighter in flavor than some other pu-erhs I’ve had which is actually kind of nice. Did not find it muddy or fishy at all – See my previous notes.

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drank Jasmine Snow Dragon by Shang Tea
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Jasmine is definitely not a favorite of mine so I set out to try this with some trepidation. It came in my Shang sampler pack but is definitely not something I would have bought as a stand alone item.

Yeah the jasmine in this blend is pretty strong, although it smells great the aftertaste is a tad bit bitter and soapy for me. However the aroma is very natural and I can tell this is a high quality tea, very clean and flavorful but I’m not totally feeling the love. Someone who is a true jasmine fan could probably make a better review than this one…

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 15 sec
ScottTeaMan

Shang Teas’s have always intrigued me. Man, I’m really gonna have to start making a company “buy” list. I usually end up forgeting some companies I’d like to buy from. ://

Azzrian

Ah okay I see you have tried this one as well. I will try this one later tonight.

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94

Most of the time I tend to like darker and more robust green teas, but there is something about this valley peak that I am really loving. It is light but has a great nutty flavor. I’m glad to have this back in stock! (see previous notes)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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94

This is a sipdown, sadly. I mixed the remaining of this tea with some Organic Vietnam Nam Lanh from Arbor Teas this morning and it’s a nice mix. I will miss this Russian tea!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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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!

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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

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