2309 Tasting Notes

93
drank Sencha "Chiran" by Lupicia
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75
drank Sakurambo Vert by Lupicia
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I am drinking this today after a long hiatus from it. I downgraded it a bit as it is not as good as I remember, it’s a bit tart and has a strange aftertaste. It’s interesting how my tastebuds have evolved over time. I need to finish it though!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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96
drank Organic Blue Nettle by Butiki Teas
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I bought this recently with a few things from Butiki to try. I have to say I like this very much. For one thing the unique twisted shape of the leaves in this conical fashion is just fun to look at! An organic and free trade tea from Sri Lanka, also a bonus.

For another thing this has a lot of flavor for a green tea, I am definitely picking up some vegetal notes of artichoke and the like, but there is also a flavor here which is reminiscent of black tea, I had to make sure I washed my cups since I was a bit puzzled by this. Then I went on the internet and found some other reviews which said the same exact thing so no, it is not my imagination apparently.

I feel like I am getting a hint of smoke and dried fruit in the aftertaste here. Very complex and rich for a green tea. I recommend you try it if you are a fan of green teas. :) Definitely a keeper in my book.

I followed the instructions on the bag which was 180 F and 3 minutes, two cones for 8 oz of water.

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

Amy, what other teas did you get from Butiki? I was just at their site and noticed their pistachio ice cream tea uses vegan certified flavoring. That Blue Nettle Puerh sure looks tempting. What to do? After Specialteas.com closed, I was looking for a company replacement…….not 3, or 4, or 5…………

TeaBrat

ha ha… I got the Purple kenya tea, the blue nettle and the Mao JIan – the greens were both good, I have not tried the Purple Kenya yet.

Charles Thomas Draper

I have 3 samples that I have to taste….

TeaBrat

@ Charles – what are they? :)

Charles Thomas Draper

Green Jade, Purple Tea of Kenya and Gyokuro Superior

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80
drank Plum Oolong by Rishi Tea
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A very nice afternoon tea, delightful

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100
drank Kabuse-Cha by Marukyu-Koyamaen
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i’m having some this morning and it’s still yummy. yes the gyokuru is better but this is still excellent.

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86
drank Organic Mao Jian by Butiki Teas
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It is everything the description promises. A sweet and mellow green tea with vegetal notes a bit like artichoke notes with a sweetness like clover and hay. The instructions said 180F and 2/5 minutes but I let mine go more towards 3 and it was still fine. I am enjoying it this morning. The brewed leaves smell almost floral in nature.

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74
drank Kukicha by The Tao of Tea
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Japanese green tea day is slowly coming to an end here on the tea drinking homestead…

A bunch of years ago I was very interested in a macrobiotic diet and they recommended drinking twig tea as a coffee substitute so I am quite used to this stuff, but the brand I used a lot was Choice Organics Twig tea.

This is very nice, a smooth mellow cup reminiscent of toasted grains, wood and a touch of molasses. Slightly brisk. It’s a good choice for bedtime due to the low caffeine content. I steeped this for about 2.5 minutes at 180 degrees but might steep it longer to see what happens. A very comforting brew, delicious and rich. A great choice for the evening hours after dinner.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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64
drank Gen Mai Cha by Silk Road
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I wanted to get a different genmai cha to compare to the stuff that I’ve gotten in the past from Maeda-en. I know that the Silk Road Teas have a good reputation and I got a bit of this at the local Whole Foods this afternoon in the bulk section.

I believe this blend has slightly more green tea than what I am used to. And I’m not sure I’m a huge fan of whatever green tea this is here as the base. I am getting a bit of astringency/bitterness which is one thing I am not fond of about senchas. It does have a nice nutty quality and I like the brown rice but in my opinion it’s just ok. If I was on a desert island with no other Japanese green tea I would be happy with it, I’m sure. Of course now I am spoiled after drinking gyokuro this morning!

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

Some Gen Mai Cha teas use bancha tea which is a smoother green without the Sencha bitterness. You might want to try steeping at 1.5, or even 1.0 minute to cut down on astringency. This might increase your enjoyment of this tea and maybe up the rating too.

TeaBrat

thanks – I will look into it

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I was very excited to try this after my new found appreciation for Japanese green tea…

When I opened my sample package to smell the leaves are so fresh it is like smelling a bunch of spinach. I brewed this up in my glass mug for about 2 minutes using cooled boiling water.

I have to say I am in heaven! This is a beautiful greenish gold color with slight “bubbles” in the brew. It has such a creamy mouthfeel, it is VERY buttery, slightly grassy and creamy. Truly delicious. Another tea I would rate at 500 if I could because it sort of blows the other teas straight out of the water. I only got a sample of this stuff, and YES it is expensive but I am getting more. It would be very expensive for an every day tea but nice to drink on the weekends or when you needed a pick me up. It is very energizing and refreshing. A++++

note: I got four steeps out of it before I gave up and put the leaves in a smoothie. they are so mild you can eat them with no problem.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Charles Thomas Draper

I got a sample of this from butiki. I know it’s one of the worlds greatest teas….

TeaBrat

nice! I hope you like it. mine was fantastic…

Charles Thomas Draper

36.50 for 5 ounces is not bad for a super premium

TeaBrat

I have def. seen more expensive ones – I have no idea if they are better or not.

ScottTeaMan

I love bubbly, frothy teas like that…..YUMMY! I agree, for a tea of this quality, that is a really good deal for 5 oz-especially if you really enjoy it like you do Amy.

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82
drank Decaf Carol by Lupicia
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A very nice decaf offering from Lupicia for the holidays. I received this free (loose leaf!) sample at the store recently.

There is so no question that this is what my boyfriend calls a “gummy bear” tea. It’s so so sweet and festive though and the strawberry flavor really comes shining through. The coconut and vanilla round out the flavor very nicely. Ok, it is hard to taste any actual tea here especially after I added soymilk. But what a delicious, low calorie dessert drink! Lupicia does strawberry well – I also suggest trying their strawberry and rhubarb tea if you are a fan of strawberry tea. =)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

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My profile pic is of a pink dahlia at Golden Gate Park.

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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San Frandisco

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