2809 Tasting Notes


My morning cuppa – highly recommended (to darjeeling lovers especially) for the delicious and unusual flavors – see my previous notes.

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drank Tsugaru Green by Lupicia
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I am far behind on trying all of the things I received in swaps plus some things I have recently purchased so I’ll try to get on it, I swear. :)

I was a bit worried about this one after reading the reviews but I actually don’t mind it. It really smells like apple gummy candy or jolly ranchers when you open the bag but the flavor is a lot more mellow. It certainly isn’t the most natural apple flavor I’ve ever had and I’m not sure I can even taste the bancha. I mean, yes it tastes like a green tea but personally I’m a bit overwhelmed by the flavoring. I think this really needs to be made into an iced tea where it would be much nicer, a cold brew experiment would seem to be in order soon.

Not too bad but probably not a repurchase for me.

180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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drank Genmaicha Extra Green by Den's Tea
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Another one from the Den’s Tea sampler – this is the pyramid teabag which I wouldn’t buy myself (I’d get the loose leaf).

I thought this might be like my standard Ito En genmaicha with matcha, but it’s better. The matcha here definitely makes it a lot greener than some of the others I have tried. The nuttiness from the rice is light and the tea itself is hearty, sweet and broth like. If this base is Den’s bancha I will definitely need to get some to try on its’ own! Although the matcha could very likely be playing a part in the sweetness here. I’m not really a fan of sencha genmaichas because they can be a little too astringent/bitter for me, so I appreciated the mellowness of this. The only drawback is that I did notice a bit of matcha dust in the bottom of my cup, which apparently a teabag cannot even encapsulate…

Overall, this is very yummy, I think I might have preferred a little more toasted rice in this blend but I am quite enjoying this cup. Soon I might be a Den’s Tea convert!

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Twenty Herbs by The Republic of Tea
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I got this as a free sample at the SF International Tea Festival. Republic of Tea was there, and they were very nice. This blend was created for their 20th anniversary.

Often times with RoT I find I really need two teabags instead of one to get my tea as strong as I would normally drink it. This definitely tastes like a rooibos and herb blend. It’s well balanced but nothing really stands out to me, aside from the minty aftertaste which I don’t really care for and the slightly medicinal flavor. Sorry to be a negative nelly, but I really did not care for this at all and did not finish the cup. I like the concept of the twenty herbs but I think there is too much going on here for me.

195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec

I’m the same way, Amy, with RoT – at least two tea bags per cup.

Note to self: avoid this one. Doesn’t sound good. Sorry it was a FAIL for you!


RoT is too pricey to require 2 bags. Apparently they intend for you to brew it one Dixie cup at a time :(


Well that’s one reason I don’t buy their stuff usually…

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drank Fukamushi Karigane by Miroku
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This tea is very good today – I think it is green twig tea made from fukamushi sencha. It’s very green and sweet. Grassy but not very astringent at all, very pleasant. I should go on another Japanese green tea kick, I certainly have enough of it already. Den’s Tea recommends you store your Japanese green teas in the refrigerator – does anyone else do that? I moved mine last night…

180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec

I’ve heard of this before but I’m unsure how effective it is. shrugs I know some people also store coffee in the fridge, but after taste testings that I read most people can’t tell a significant difference between the fridge stored coffee and the ones just kept at room temp.


yeah I don’t know either but I got a lot of Japanese green tea for Christmas and I don’t seem to be drinking it fast enough, maybe this will help prolong its shelf life. I guess it can’t hurt anyway.


I remember a thread about this at one point. Part of the controversy about storing the tea in the fridge (or freezer) was that when you inevitably take it out for any length of time, condensation might occur which would be bad for the tea. I think that for most it doesn’t matter if it is in a cupboard or fridge.


My Japanese neighbor keeps her tea in the refrigerator. She gets her tea from a sister who still lives in Japan and sends it to her.

Charles Thomas Draper

I froze my TGY from Verdant ….


I don’t think you’re supposed to freeze teas!?!


The Japanese guy in my office froze his green tea…. i’ve never tried it though


Oh….I remember reading somewhere…here it is:


I’m just trying to help here, but if you want to try it, of course that’s up to you. :))

Here’s another link:



my freezer is way too small to keep any tea in there. thanks though!


So Amy….what did you think of the articles? Personally I’d probably screw my teas up if I put them in the freezer, but I like the articles because they give you different info, or come at the issue from a different angle.


The articles were interesting – I’m just keeping the Japanese green teas in the refrigerator, the rest are staying in the cupboard. I’ll let you know if that ruins them or anything. :)

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These are so good, I think the rice scent offsets most of the bitterness this toucha has, though I did let it steep today accidentally for 2 minutes, it was a bit potent but still drinkable.


Rice scented? Like toasted rice genmaicha? Sounds intriguing.


Yes indeed…


Oh! I need to try this one then! :)

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I just read through the tasting notes and it’s very interesting to see the variety of responses to this one…

I got my Den’s Tea sampler in the mail today and was very excited, wow, that was fast but they are in Southern California. I was impressed by the literature they sent and all of the different brewing guides/instructions.

So it’s been ages since I’ve had a Houjicha really. I chose this because I wasn’t ready to go to sleep quite yet and thought I might try something with light caffeine. Steeped for about 90 seconds in an infuser mug, one rounded teaspoon to about 6 oz of water, 205 F.

Ah yum! I thought this was delicious. I love the roasted smell and the flavor is also woody, earthy, roasted, nutty and a bit sweet like molasses or honey. It doesn’t really taste like a green tea, it’s very meeeelllllllooowww, DUDE. :) This would be a nice one to have around for afternoon and evening and the price is sure right.

I thought this was excellent and I would definitely purchase it again. I’m looking forward to trying all the other teas in my sampler now. :)

205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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This one came as a sample from LiberTeas – so thank you very much for letting me try it!

Ovation Teas has not even been on my radar until now so I just went to their website to check them out, they have a lot of interesting looking stuff.

I’m not really sure about this tea though. I thought the black tea base was fine for me personally (others remarked on the bitterness). I think it’s more the flavoring here that did not strike a chord with me. I do like figs, and brown sugar of course. I’m not even sure what this tastes like to me, a slightly sweet raisin-esque kind of concoction? I didn’t hate it but something was missing. I liked the flavor a bit better after adding soymilk but I don’t think I would purchase this. A little sad because I was hoping it would be fantastic…

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Thomas Edward(Toad)

Sounds good to me :)


I’ve been really curious about Ovation because like you said they have a lot of interesting looking things and it’s all pretty cheap too. I hope more people review their teas.

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I’ve become a little obsessed with pu-erh lately and spend way too much time looking at pictures of beengs and bricks on the internet. I need to drink more of what I have before getting more :)

In any case I discovered the best steeping time for this brick is 195 F for around 60 seconds. see my previous notes… still love it

195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec

Hahahha…….I can really relate to this review. I’m constantly looking at tea on the internet. Well, not constantly…….but alot. Ditto to your “:)” statement. I am planning on finishing :(( the Hand Rolled Bao Zhong you sent me tonight. I’ll do this & think of you looking at Beengs and bricks on the internet. That might turn my :(( to :))!


It also gets very tempting when you realize it never really goes bad and might even improve with age…


Enablers! Quit getting in my head!

Charles Thomas Draper

This obsession sounds familiar….


ha! Good to know I am not alone!

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It’s a green tea kind of morning and I am revisiting this today – very enjoyable!

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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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