2463 Tasting Notes


I just discovered this is a nice thing to steep along with some dragonwell tea…. much better!

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drank South Korean Green by Butiki Teas
2463 tasting notes

This sample was provided by Butiki in my last order – thank you so much!

I brewed this according to the directions on the directions on the package – 3 minutes at around 180 F. I probably should have used a little less water for the sample…

I’ve never had a South Korean green but I like this one! It is a bit reminiscent of spinach but it’s also very sweet and light. Definitely has a smooth and creamy mouthfeel with perhaps a bit of spice on the backend? Might be a tad astringent for yours truly however. Definitely worth checking out.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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My nice handmade evening chai type of drink tonight is a cup of with a cardamom pod, vanilla bourbon extract and soymilk. Mmmm, shou pu-erh chai, I think I love this! Delicious!

Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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I didn’t think I liked jasmine tea but then I tried this one…. oh so sweet and lovely

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I still have more of my Tea from Taiwan samples!!!

I steeped this in an infuser mug with 195 F water for about 1.5 minutes. Based on my experience with oolongs this seemed to be a good place to start. After my first steep I noticed the leaves have an aroma of molasses – nice! This is very nutty and toasty. I think I get an aftertaste of honey & molasses too (it is not a flavored tea I believe) …

then I notice in the description that the honey flavor is left by secretions from cicadas! How interesting. Also I learned from a documentary on wuyi tea that the dong ding oolong came to Taiwan after the wuyi tea was planted there. So it does seem like it has elements of both for sure.

2nd steep: The leaves are starting to open up here and smell VERY molasses with a hint of anise. Also some peach aromas are emerging here. This is really quite delicious! I am getting mesmerized.

3rd steep: Some woody notes are starting to emerge here and the molasses aroma is giving way to something intensely floral… pretty neat!

Recommended to those of you who like darker style oolongs.

190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 15 sec

Wow… Cool! “Flavored” by cicadas! : ) Sounds amazing.


hmmm, cicada secretions. I’m not so sure about it. But it sounds so good!


It does sound weird… but you know there are insects all over tea plants anyway


If you like tea with bug secretions, Oriental Beauty is another good oolong to look for.


I’ve had one OB and I liked it! :)


I loved this tea also! I thought the secretion was made by the plant as a result of being nibbled on, though. Maybe I misread.


I think all tea has some sort of bug secretions, bugs are everywhere.

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drank Snow Leopard by Peet's Coffee & Tea
2463 tasting notes

I think this may be my fallback tea to order whenever I find myself at a Peet’s.

Unfortunately everything gets steeped in boiling water so the subtleness was kinda lost here, but I was still able to pick up some notes of vanilla and flower. Pretty mild and smooth. I would have to make it myself at home to get a better assessment.

205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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I tried cold brewing this last night and at first I liked it better but I still can’t quite dig the aftertaste. If anyone wants to swap please let me know. I’ll probably end up blending it with something else to mellow it out.

190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Charles Thomas Draper

You know I do not care for flavored teas but I love this one….


It’s so strange the way people’s tastebuds are different…

Charles Thomas Draper

It is a great dessert tea.


If you want mine you can have it…


I tend to like just about everything, ’cept Rooibos…….well, I can drink it, but my tea time is better spent on another tea.

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This also came as part of my Teavana Japanese green tea set I got over Christmas.

I really like gyokuro as well as genmaicha blends so I thought there was a pretty good chance I’d be into this. I was not disappointed for sure. The gyokuro is very sweet and vegetal while the rice adds a nutty/popcorn-y quality. This is very buttery and brothy as well. Definitely putting a smile upon my face this morning.

I steeped this for two minutes at around 170 F water. When I read the other tasting notes I think that might have been a bit too much. But it is still not bitter at all. For sure my favorite genmaicha to date! Very nice, Teavana!

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drank Yong De Mao Cha by Silk Road Teas
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When it comes to pu-erh teas I am pretty much open to trying anything especially when they are this cheap (11.00 for 1/4 lb). This is a loose leaf sheng which was evidently sun dried. Somehow I love drinking shengs at night whereas shus I like in the morning…

I was a bit nervous after reading the previous review that described it as bitter and bracing – does not sound like a good sign! I steeped about 1 tsp of the leaf in the gaiwan with boiling water for 60 seconds and then for a second steep at 30 seconds, this was plenty.

This is intense, it’s a very lemony almost sour tea with slight asparagus notes. Yes it is floral smelling but the flavor is not that flowery at all. I definitely get “bracing” here in addition to it being very zesty and great for the digestion. Wow, a surprising and nice adventure as well as uplifting! I think I will need to get some more at this price. Proceed with caution though, with oversteeping this would become a real bitter nightmare!!!

Boiling 0 min, 45 sec

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drank Black Spiral by The Tao of Tea
2463 tasting notes

I also steeped this with a cardamom pod this afternoon and it’s good! I really need to stick to flavoring my own tea instead of buying flavored tea. Unfortunately I am almost out of this and my tea budget has been totally blown for the month of Jan. already (I got excited… )

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