2340 Tasting Notes

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drank Bancha Suruga by Den's Tea
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Thanks to whoever recommended this bancha from Den’s tea, I forget who you were… :)

I think they do recommend boiling water for this one, but nevertheless I believe I steeped mine in around 190F for 60-90 seconds. This is very vegetal and marine, I am also picking up a bit on the buttery quality others have mentioned. It’s pretty rich in flavor although more savory, not much on the sweet side. I was worried after reading the description that said it was more astringent than sencha, I am not really picking up on that much in the first steep.

My second steep was around 208 F and here I am picking up more on some astringency so although still delicious, I think I prefer it at the lower temp.

It is raining today in San Francisco and this robust green tea seems very comforting. It’s also nice to have at least one green tea you don’t have to worry about steeping with a thermometer, which will make this a nice one to have in the office.

I’m starting to wonder why I even bother buying flavored green tea because I actually like the taste of green tea and more often than not the flavoring kind of ruins them in my opinion… I think this is a good value especially for the price.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

Any Bancha I’ve had (only a few) has never been more astringent than sencha tea. I like them sometimes for there lack of astringency, and even on a resteep, are not as astringent as senchas. I’ve only resteeped bancha teas twice, and I do like an occasional flavored green. Most of the teas I consume (95%) are unflavored. How much was this Bancha?

TeaBrat

$6.25 for 2 oz: http://www.denstea.com/bancha-guricha-and-mecha-bancha-suruga-625-c-102_103.html

I may get the Harney tea someday to compare, it is cheaper…

ScottTeaMan

I really don’t like too many flavored teas, but I like Harney’s Bangkok Blend – Bancha with vanilla & lemongrass. Their Tokyo Blend is even better IMHO, becuse the bancha is blended with caramel & toasted sesame seeds.

TeaBrat

The Tokyo blend sounds really good… :)

ScottTeaMan

It is! I’m not one to lose tea, but I know I have some of this left…….somewhere! Even if I find it, it may now be stale. ://

TeaBrat

Yes that is a problem with green tea, u need to drink it fast

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Another flavored green from my Palias de Thes gift set…

I steeped this at 3 minutes at 170 F and found it to be quite unremarkable so it will be hard for me to review this one. :) The base of this green tea is fairly mild and slightly vegetal, a bit nutty. The cherry element here is fairly light and lends a bit of sweetness along with a slightly tart element. I have to add I’ve tried a few cherry green teas in the last year and it’s been difficult for me to find one I really think is good! They all end up reminding me of cough syrup. I want something dark and luscious like a bing cherry. Maybe there’s a cherry black tea out there for me?

I think I’ll have to try cold brewing the rest of this sample…

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

I think that’s my problem with most flavored teas. The flavoring is usually overdone or artificial tasting to me. ://

TeaBrat

a lot of them are…

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97
drank Organic Houjicha by Den's Tea
2340 tasting notes

“Running around as you do with your head up in the clouds
I was like you
Never had time to lay back, kick your shoes off, close your eyes
I was like you
Now you’re not hard to understand
You need someone to take your hand

Have you never been mellow? "

Hee hee – well enough easy listening, this is so. very. yummy.

Thanks to Den’s I’ve discovered a newfound love for houjicha! I love the way this smells when it’s steeping and the cup is dark, but very clean tasting, roasty but not excessively smoked or burnt. It’s got a sweet finish reminiscent of caramel or burnt sugar. It doesn’t taste like wet bark like some other houjichas I’ve had (well not much anyway)

This will be a great choice for my afternoon tea, low in caffeine and relaxing. It reminds me a bit of a roasted oolong. This is nice mixed with some soymilk too – I really need to make a houijcha latte someday! :)

As always, your mileage may vary but I thought this was super tasty. Also I was able to resteep it 3 times. :)

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec
ScottTeaMan

I love Houjicha! I could drink this tea every day. :)) Have you iced it? I get the feeling it would be quite tasty.

TeaBrat

No, I need to try that!

ScottTeaMan

My last cup of Houjicha I drank was cold (not iced). I had fallen asleep and when I woke up my tea was cold….and tasty!

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90

It’s time for the afternoon pu-erh ritual, and I’m finishing off the last one of these that were generously sent to me by Tommy – delicious!

Mercuryhime

I love Jujubes!

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91
drank White Peony King by Shang Tea
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This is a gorgeous white peony with long green, olive and brown leaves. The wet leaves have a lovely intoxicating floral aroma.

My cup was steeped for around 2 minutes at 170 F. My cup is a light, soft yellow. Yesterday we were at the Legion of Honor for a show about the Victorian Avant-Garde and I have Whistler’s “Symphony in White #1”and some other similar works on the brain today. I want to put this tea in a china cup next to some white lilies…

This is a very subtle and sweet white peony, it has a delicate hay and clover like aroma. It’s lightly floral with a light sweetness which produces a very relaxing feeling. I’m not an expert on white peony but I really enjoyed this. As the tea cools down a bit, I’m noticing a creamy rich feeling about this lingering in my mouth. Perhaps my favorite from Shang so far is the honeysuckle white but this is lovely too.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

I’ll have to buy some eventually…their teas do look delicious.

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86

The morning cuppa. It’s a nice and versatile black tea blend which I like especially for breakfast but would be good anytime…

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94
drank Hu Kwa by Mark T. Wendell
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I also owe my sample of this to Narwhalclub! I’ve been wanting to try this tea for a while after I read about it in “The Story of Tea: A Cultural History and Drinking Guide”.

This was very smoky and I was already scared of it since you could smell it through the envelope… :)

I steeped this for 5.5 minutes and then let it decant according to the instructions of the website. I was not overly generous with the leaf – I had about 2 teaspoons for a 16 oz teapot. I knew I wanted to share this one with my boyfriend. He says it reminds him of cigars or single malt scotch, specifically Laphroaig.

I don’t drink scotch (ick) but I agree with the reviewer that mentioned this was like barbeque sauce. It’s smoky but also a bit sweet at the same time with some molasses/honey type of flavors in the finish. I figured this would knock me over with smoky flavor but I’m happy it isn’t too strong. I never thought I’d find a Lapsang Souchong type of tea I would even remotely tolerate, but this is good! It seems like according to the other reviewers it is also a bit on the lighter side. The flavor is a bit intoxicating the longer I sit here and sip on it. I might have to pick some of this up someday…. and on the list it goes… :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
Charles Thomas Draper

I like the sound of this one….

TeaBrat

I think you would like it…

ashmanra

Have you tried Baker Street Afternoon Blend by Upton? It is yummy. My youngest daughter loves it.

TeaBrat

no. have not had that yet. :)

ScottTeaMan

I’m all for a lighter LS. :))

narwhalclub

I’m so glad that you liked it!

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78
drank Tochiotome Green by Lupicia
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This came as a free sample in the Lupicia newsletter and anyway I am just in the mood for green tea today somehow.

This is one of those mesh pyramid bags which are great but I don’t know if these are the biodegradable kind. Inspecting this somewhat closely to me it looks like a sencha. I steeped it at 170 F for 2 minutes. It is very interesting because the sencha is kind of grassy and vegetal but the strawberry flavor is light and sweet. Some of Lupicia’s flavored teas seem almost gummy bear like in the flavor (like the apple I tried recently) but this was a bit more natural in my opinion. Although I enjoyed it I can’t help but feel like the strawberry and the green tea are almost competing with each other for attention. And why would Lupicia recommend you steep this in boiling water, I have no idea. Maybe it’s a bancha…

Regardless, I do not think I need any more flavored green teas right now… but this was a fun one to try!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Enchanted Forest by Sereni Tea
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The morning cuppa… not a bad green tea/mate blend although it is a bit on the sweet side… see my previous notes

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Coconut Pouchong by Golden Moon Tea
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I seriously cannot help but make this every time someone mentions it – so I sent some to Tamm and she remarked on how good it smells and I had to have some too. It is one of the best coconut teas out there.

Tamm

This one really does smell different when compared to other coconut teas.

Invader Zim

I read so many reviews on this, it sounds so good, so I finally caved the other day and ordered a sample of this and now I’m just waiting for it to come in. I can’t wait to try this!

TeaBrat

@invader Zim – if you like coconut you will not be disappointed….

Invader Zim

I love coconut, one of the reasons I want to try it so bad! All the good reviews don’t hurt either!

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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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