2765 Tasting Notes

This is a tea I got from Angelina’s quite recently, it was fairly inexpensive but it is still kind of a young sheng. This is a very aggressive tea, smoky and bitter in the first few steeps. I found it helped to lower the water temp. to about 180 and do very short steeps with this one.

It definitely started mellowing out around steep #4 and then became more woodsy with some interesting plummy flavors, definitely sour but with a bit of sweetness too. I am picking up some tobacco notes. I would say this is fairly typical of a traditional young sheng. Sorry I don’t have time to write more about it today.

I’ve tended to like Xiaguan products in the past and this is definitely an energizing tea but it seems like it needs a few more years of aging before most people would really like it (including myself!) I know this isn’t exactly a connoisseur’s tea but since it was cheap it will be interesting to see how it ages in the my closet, lol

185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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drank Grapefruit Green by Lupicia
2765 tasting notes

Just a quick note that I finished this off as a cold brew and it is very good that way. Might need to get more when spring comes, I don’t care much for it when warm but it’s good when it’s cold :)

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Tea of the afternoon. I’ll have to take it easy on the caffeine after this because I had two cups of coffee while I was out at a workshop today…

I’ve had this in my cupboard for a while. It happens to be one of the only bergamot teas that I care for and I think that’s because of the quality of the bergamot in this blend. Smelling it reminds me of an essential aromatherapy oil. The black tea base isn’t bad either but I like this with a bit of sweetener.

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carol who

Gotta love a good bergamot! :D


I like this one too. Have you tried A&D Mt Gray ?


@boychik – no, I normally am not a fan of EG’s so I steer away from them as a rule :)

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I remember how Mandala tea did a sale recently and the online code was “NOPUMPKINSPICE” – hee hee

Anyway, I bought another box of this, I had some last year and it isn’t as good as I remember. The tea base is just weird and artificial tasting which is always a danger with decafs, but I thought it was better previously. Bummer, I think I am lowering the rating today.

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drank Sweet Orange Spice by Tea Forte
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This was part of a FF sampler pack I got from Happy Earth this past spring. I had heard there was a drought in darjeeling and wonder if that might be affecting the quality of the teas.

I did one steep of this at around 195 F and found it to be kind of bitter with apricot and peach notes. But I wasn’t enjoying the cup, due to the bitterness.

I decided to start over again and brew another sample at a lower temperature. This time I would try to brew it like a green tea. I got better results this way, the bitterness retreated and the fruity notes became more prominent, as well as some nutty ones. Compared to the 2012 Puttabong ff I had a few years ago, this is more harsh and less flavorful. Glad I got to try it, but also glad I didn’t buy a larger size. Much better experience with the Sungma and Risheehat…

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Enjoyed this sample last night from a friend. I haven’t been reviewing as many teas as I’ve been drinking lately because I’m trying to be productive and spend less time on Steepster so I get some things done, lol…

At first I tried steeping this for 30 seconds, but after reading a couple of the other taster’s notes I went to one minute with this one. That yielded a darker and more sweet kind of brew. I steeped it that way for about 4 -5 times and really enjoyed it. I am not enjoying tobacco flavors lately in shu and this was devoid of those as well. I got more earthy and cocoa notes. Glad I got to try this as I’ve been dying to have something from Crimson Lotus.

Overall this is a definite good shu, I wouldn’t say there’s anything about it that made it stand above others I’ve had but it’s a nice, smooth tea. Might want to pick some of this up for my cupboard!

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drank Mao Jian 2014 by Aroma Tea Shop
2765 tasting notes

I’ve been drinking a lot of puerhs and darker teas recently as well as soup and warming things, but energetically, I feel kind of blah (and the weather is totally blah) so I thought it might be nice to lighten up a bit and see how I feel…

This is a tea I got the last time I was at Aroma Tea Shop. It’s fun to get teas in the mail, but on the other hand, a bummer when you get a bunch of teas you don’t care for. It’s nice to be able to sample teas like you can at Aroma.

This is a lovely green tea I tried in the shop. It smells very vegetal and buttery. The tea liquor itself is vegetal, with sweeter notes of peas and corn. It’s slightly on the delicate side for Chinese green teas with only the tiniest hint of pungency if you steep it for more than 2 minutes.

I only got 1 oz. of this but I will need to be getting more at some point. Rarely do green teas really blow my mind (usually Japanese ones) but this is a beauty and gives a peaceful, happy feeling. This needs a permanent place in my cupboard. very nice for chasing the blahs away…

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I am done with this tea, used one long Western style infusion for around 3 minutes. This is definitely a nice golden yunnan type of tea. Not bitter, lighter in body with notes of sweet potato, malt & cocoa. I don’t know that I’ve ever had a yunnan black tea I didn’t like. I am enjoying this as a breakfast tea.

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drank Twig Tea by Choice Organic Teas
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I have so many things to do and have been procrastinating like crazy, as is my wont…

I could be much more productive if I blocked everything about tea and my personal social media accounts from my computer! But it shall not be!

Anyway this tea has been in my cupboard for a while now. I drank it years ago and decided to pick up a box recently to revisit it. It is pleasant and has a roasted, nutty and slightly vegetal taste. I used to drink it all the time with soymilk. Now it reminds me of soba (roasted buckwheat) tea or the roasted dandelion I had recently. If you’re a fan of roasty type teas, you could do worse than a cup of this. I will probably finish the box eventually, it is nice for evening time too due to the low caffeine content.

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Holly Faye

I know what you mean about tea-related procrastination!


dont worry, you are not alone ;)


lol… I know I find some similar minded people here ;)


Bonus points for using wont correctly in a sentence! (We are a literate bunch here, aren’t we?)

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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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