2809 Tasting Notes

87
drank Apple Pear Tulsi by Fusion Teas
2809 tasting notes

I really liked this blend and I’m finishing off the rest of my sample today. I think it could have used a bit more tulsi, of course I could always add some in. I wish more tea companies would offer free shipping promotions sometimes. I know Fusion Teas shipping cost is $5.95 for me and the costs of shipping do add up over time…. of course I know that it is expensive for the company.

Anyhoo, this is a nice blend to check out!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec
Scott B

Free shipping really does make a difference. I don’t think anything of ordering a tea or two with free shipping, but when shipping reaches $6, I usually wait or not order at all.

TeaBrat

Me too. Once shipping goes over $5 I am much less likely to order anything; every time Harney and Sons does one of their free shipping with $25 sales I always buy stuff!

CHAroma

I’m definitely more inclined to impulse buy if there’s a free shipping promotion. But I usually care more about the value of the tea than the value of the shipping. If 2 oz. of tea costs $10 and there’s free shipping, and 2 oz. of a similar tea costs $4 and shipping is $6, I’m more likely to buy the cheaper tea. Promotions end, but the cost of the tea hardly ever goes down. I don’t like to fall in love with expensive teas I can’t afford to keep around. :(

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94

My feet are feeling a bit better since I had my shoe inserts adjusted, which is good! I’m hoping for the best.

Today is a beautiful day in San Francisco, the sun is out and shining. I had cold brewed this overnight and am having it after lunch today. Mmm, there is nothing quite like an iced Moroccan mint tea to perk me up.

This is my last bag of this and the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf that’s near my apt. has just closed! I am going to try making my own with the gunpowder I have from Red Blossom and loose leaf spearmint. We’ll see. I might look for this blend again someday, it’s mighty tasty.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Missy

Glad your feet are feeling better! Boo to closing of tea shops.

Mélissa

(omg, the Lama as your profile pic made me SQUEEEEEE)

Indigobloom

good luck with the inserts! and the tea blending :)

TeaBrat

Thank you, IB! I have noticed a decrease in my symptoms which is a definite plus!

TeaBrat

Melissa- I love llamas, they’re so silly and cute.

Dylan Oxford

Moroccan Mint really does make the best iced tea ever. We tossed a few leaves of some fresh mint we picked up at a local produce stand in our last batch. SO MINTY.

Bonnie

I just ordered some from Stacy at Butiki after trying a sample but I could make some from my mint too.

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87
drank Gyokuro Matcha by Teavana
2809 tasting notes

Here we go with the last of the Teavana gift set…

I brought this to work with me today and managed not to spill it – yay! It’s very smooth, green and slightly sweet. Definitely a bit spinach-y, but I like that. I want to drink more of my Japanese greens so I can justify buying something from Mellow Monk when their new teas come out. See how crazy I am… always thinking ahead to the next purchase. :-D

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 0 sec
noordelijk

I need this tea set in my life. I’m such a green tea nerd.

Also, I’m confused by the picture… is this a loose leaf tea or a powder (matcha) ? The picture makes it look like its just a leaf, so, Gyokuro leaf with matcha mixed in? I know they make they ceremonial matcha with Gyokuro so it could be anything haha.

TeaBrat

It’s a gyokuro leaf with matcha mixed in

noordelijk

I wish they sold that separately from this gift set!

ScottTeaMan

I’m always thinking ahead too Amy. :)) Noordelijk, I got a Teavana sample of this from Amy I wish they sold seperately:

http://steepster.com/teas/teavana/23904-tama-ryokucha

That was such a good tea! :))

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34

Normally I like most things that come out of Upton Tea, so it pains me to say that I thought this was a truly yucky cup of tea.

The tea leaves are extremely broken up, like fannings. I followed the instructions which said to steep for 3 minutes at boiling. The tea liquor is very brisk, bitter and tannic. In short, everything I do not want in a tea! Might try steeping it again at a lower temp., but I truly could not finish the cup.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

Sad. Happens, but sad.

TeaBrat

At least I didn’t spend a lot of money on it.

CHAroma

There’s the silver lining!

ScottTeaMan

I’ve never tried the BOP version, but I did try Lover’s Leap years ago from another vendor, and didn’t like it.

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95

This is such a good pu-erh! I’m doing short steeps of 30 seconds this afternoon with the remainder of my sample. The tea liquor is dark and silky, I am getting all kinds of interesting flavors like chocolate, camphor, & cinnamon. Smooth and gentle, with no funky aromas. Mandala did a great job with this cake they commissioned. I will need to pick one up soon. :)

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec
Bonnie

I love the name! Phatty Cake! Gordita…so cute!

TeaBrat

You would probably like this tea Bonnie.

Bonnie

Sounds like I would!

Garret

Amy! I was drinking this tea today, too! I am so happy that you enjoy it. It’s one of my favorites and I’m so glad I got so many cakes pressed.

Sunday, I got together with David (Verdant Tea) and we sipped teas for 4 hours. It was great. He and I try to get together every couple of months for a “tea summit”.

I was thinking of you because I had brought along some of the “wild tree” mao cha that I am having pressed into sheng pu’er. It is one that I think you will love. David thought it was spectacular and we worked it quite a while. I think you’re gonna like this one.

While I have 66 lbs being pressed, I have 1 kg loose mao cha here and 20 more pounds on the way. It’s your kinda tea :)

Happy day,
Garret

TeaBrat

Hi Garret – I am looking forward to trying it soon!

CHAroma

What’s camphor?

ScottTeaMan

This is on my list.

TeaBrat

@CHAroma – it’s a tree, it has a minty sort of flavor

CHAroma

Cool, thanks!

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94

Decupboarding – the hard way!

I took this to work to finish it off, unfortunately when I was on the bus the can spilled out all over the bottom of my bag and created a huge mess. There’s no use crying over spilled tea, I guess!

SimplyJenW

Argh! Look at the bright side….now you have room for more tea!

TeaBrat

Well, it also came in a really nice washi tin that I can reuse for something else. :)

Scott B

I’ve done something similar. I’m sure it’s all Teavana’s fault somehow.

TeaBrat

@ScottB – lmao!

Bonnie

Sorry! They charge alot too! The guy in Teavana said it was one of their only good tea’s! (Kept making apologies for their low quality tea)

TeaBrat

Bonnie – it was a gift so I didn’t have to pay for it, but I agree it’s one of their better teas. :))

CHAroma

Aww, I’m sorry! That’s sucks. :(

Missy

D’oh! That sounds like some thing that would happen to me.

Indigobloom

eeep! that’s terrible! atleast it wasn’t a hot beverage that you burned yourself on (like I’ve done!)

ScottTeaMan

Amy….‘No use crying…’. That depends on the tera and the amount. I’m getting teary eyed just thinking about it! :*((

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88

This is a very interesting tea! I got a 10g sample of it from Norbu. The tea uses jin xuan (milk oolong) source materials but is processed like a green tea. I wonder if this is how that other tea from the Bird Pick is processed too? Anyway, the leaves here are a bit longer and wiry and not rolled. There are some stems in the tea but that’s the way the Taiwanese drink it, I have heard.

I steeped this for about 3 minutes at 180F. This tea has a very creamy and fresh green flavor. I am also picking up on a bit of a floral quality here. It’s nice and gentle and pretty delicious! Breakfast this morning is a bowl of bananas and raspberries and this is a nice accompaniment. It’s not as buttery as the Bird Pick tea but I am finding it very pleasant. I think this would be a very popular tea if more people tried it – give it a shot! The samples from Norbu are a bargain.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

It’s been a long time since I have had any Norbu Teas in my stash! Reading all of your tasting notes makes me ponder an order :)

TeaBrat

I am enjoying my teas from them, a lot!

TeaEqualsBliss

I especially used to like their oolongs and some pu-erhs – they really shine in those teas!

TeaBrat

Do you remember which pu-erhs you liked? I have the ye sheng wild tea log but haven’t tried it yet.

TeaEqualsBliss

I can’t remember them all but I do recall the Lao Mansa Sheng Pu Erh – it was when I was first getting into pu erhs and it was mellower one to handle at the time. I think my Norbu Pu Erh experiences were about 2 years ago :)

Missy

ohhh a mellow pu erh. I shall have to look that up for my journey into pu erh. :D

ScottTeaMan

I will try Norbu…….eventually! I’m trying to reduce my current stash a little.

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94

Monday morning? Is that you? How did you get here so soon?

I chose this to drink this morning, was somehow in the mood for it and not exactly sure why. Today I added a smidge of raw cane sugar. I like this tea! (see previous notes). Today it seems softer and even fruitier than I remember — I might have steeped it for longer before. See previous notes if interested.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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80
drank HOUJI-CHA Tea Bags by Maeda-en
2809 tasting notes

I have some loose leaf houijcha at work but I wanted some today at home, so I picked up this little package of 10 teabags in Japantown. This is a mesh teabag which is a little bit better than the paper ones. This houijcha is made from roasted sencha.

The instructions on the package say to steep for 30 – 60 seconds, but that seemed a bit light so I ended up going for 90 seconds in the end. The aroma is delightful and flavor is pretty good. It has a very caramel, burnt sugar flavor but I’m detecting a tiny bit of vegetal bitterness in the finish. The other houjicha I have is a loose leaf from Den’s Tea that’s made out of roasted bancha. I have to say I prefer the Den’s version because it is sweeter and more aromatic (and it’s loose leaf, which makes a difference as well). But this is still a nice everyday tea, and good for the evening because there’s less caffeine. I need to try cold brewing it sometime! Yummy!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Alphakitty

I really love Den’s Houjicha! And as a flavor it seems to be getting pretty popular, my local Japanese mart actually has houjicha flavored soft-serve.

ScottTeaMan

HOORAY HOUJICHA!! :))

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92
drank Wen Shan Bao Zhong by Naivetea
2809 tasting notes

I haven’t had this tea in eons and I have no idea why – it’s wonderful!

I’ve been gong fu’ing oolongs mostly, but I have my copyediting homework to do soon, so I thought I’d just sit down and brew myself a small pot. This tea is very smooth, flowery, sweet and a hint of creaminess like coconut milk is present. I was worried this might be getting stale/old but it still tastes wonderful to me.

I re-steeped this also Western style for 4 minutes and it still has a lot of flavor.

Lately I’ve been wondering when Naivetea is getting their formosa oolong back in stock, it’s been ages from what I recall. Naivetea does some lovely oolongs…

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 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!

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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