2765 Tasting Notes

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This came in the YS tea of the month club recently. I’ve been a little remiss in writing tasting notes for all the teas I have gotten through the tea club.

This tea says it was dry stored, but to me it tastes a little murky. I was thinking it was a wet stored tea. After two steepings I am just finding this a little off in taste. It has a nice, creamy mouthfeel but I am not too impressed with the flavor. A bit barnyardish and musty for my tastes. If anyone else would like to try it I would be glad to send the rest of the sample your way!

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Boiling 0 min, 15 sec
boychik

air it out. you will be surprised in a month or two ;)

TeaBrat

hmm, good idea

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Hi Steepster folks,
I’ve been a bit absent recently with reviewing teas. Also I haven’t been buying that much new stuff, trying to drink more of what I have. The tea pile still seems neverending!

This was a sample I got with my last Tao Tea Leaf order. I’m no a big fan of jasmine teas but if I’m in the right mood, they can be quite nice. I decided to steep this one Western style for 2 minutes and it became more full-bodied than I thought it would. The silver needle has a nice sweetness to it, also I am getting almond-y and hay type notes. The jasmine is clearly present but it isn’t overwhelmingly strong.

I feel this may have been better prepared in the gong fu style. I steeped mine Western style for 2 minutes and felt like some of the delicate white tea flavor got really lost. This is a pretty nice afternoon tea for me today but probably not something I will need to repurchase. I have one jasmine pearl tea in my cupboard and don’t think I need any more jasmines.

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195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Nice to see you around!

TeaBrat

thanks :))

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drank Mint To Be (Organic) by DAVIDsTEA
2765 tasting notes

Picked this up at David’s recently, it is ok if you like a bit of mint in your tea. I like the way they described it with the coconut. Made it sound like it would be really creamy.

I don’t detect a lot of coconut and the black tea blend is a bit on the light side for me. It was good with some soymilk and a touch of sugar. Eh, this stuff is ok and I will probably finish it but it isn’t knocking me over with being fabulous. ;) Might try it as an iced tea someday, that would be really refreshing.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

I was so excited when I saw this in their lineup! but then I realized it has coconut in it. Ugh.

TeaBrat

I like coconut!

Indigobloom

I do to, just in my teas… well I have become wary. I find it either takes on a profile I don’t like, takes over the tea entirely, or adds a sour/scratchy note (coconut oolong not counted). That said I have been pleasantly surprised on occasion :)

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Bleah, I am not feeling too great today for some reason. Woke up with big allergy face and also taking an antibiotic for an unrelated condition. Seems like a good day to focus on green tea and eating fruit.

So this is another sample shincha I got from Yunomi. By the way I noticed they are doing a free shipping deal on shincha this weekend if you spend $40 and with the discount code of KEY05. I just ordered from them (and have plenty of green tea too) but I don’t know if I can pass this deal up. I’ve been giving away some green tea to my BF because he likes it too. ;)

This is another good shincha, very vivid green in color and fresh tasting. You can get at least 2-3 decent steeps out of these teas. I feel like this is a little more bitter than the last one I tried from them. Maybe more of an asparagus flavor than spinach and definitely less on the sweet side. tasty though. I definitely feel healthy when I drink these teas but I don’t know if it’s the placebo effect.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank You're welcome by T-We Tea
2765 tasting notes

Afternoon tea that I got at local company T-We tea in San Francisco. I wasn’t expecting too much from this blend but it’s really good in my opinion. Of course, I love ginger and that is the predominant flavor of this blend: ginger with a slight hint of orange. There’s white tea in it too but it’s actually hard to find to detect the white tea in it. I might have to go back and get some more of this next week. If you don’t like ginger I wouldn’t bother though.

I definitely felt this was warming, invigorating and SPICY! I also found if you buy a glass tumbler from them they will give you a free cup of tea every time you go in. Pretty good deal if you’re in the area, the tumbler would pay for itself in a little over 10 visits. I think I will be doing that more often :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Just a short tasting note here. I honestly didn’t know what this was and thought it was a black tea so I used boiling water with it. It still came out fine though, just reminds me of genmaicha. I don’t think I am picking up the black soybean flavor… it is nutty and rice-y though. Not a bad morning cuppa, I don’t think I need to get any more though.

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

sounds….different heh

The DJBooth

Soybean Rice and Matcha? HMMMMMM.

Mikumofu

I like this one but it’s definitely an unusual mix :)

Stephanie

Very interesting

Ost

ahh still really wanna try this one sometime! Seems so interesting!

Kirkoneill1988

hi! id like to try this tea :D care to swap?

TeaBrat

@Kirkoneill1988 – I wish I could but I literally had the one teabag that came in the Lupicia holiday gift set.

Kirkoneill1988

that’s ok :)

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One of a few shincha samples I purchased from Yunomi this spring. I hope I am not going to regret this caffeine later but I seem to do ok with Japanese green teas in the afternoon and the theanine helps me relax this as well.

A lovely shincha from Yunomi. Couldn’t grab the photo off their site, so sorry about that. I am drinking it in my new clay kyusu though which came from Japantown. Here’s the photo on IG: https://instagram.com/p/2mgX4JILZD

Anyway this is a really nice shincha. I did one 90 sec steep and one 60 sec steep and found I liked it slightly better at the 60 sec. mark. It has a lot of flavor, brothy with spinach type notes, a nice sweetness and a slight bitter finish. It seems very clean and fresh but it’s not the sweetest shincha I’ve tried. I might try steeping this at 30 seconds too. Pretty happy with it though, definitely a tasty tea and gives a nice relaxing energy :)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Liquid Proust

How many grams of shincha do you use per session?

TeaBrat

I used about 5g and this teapot is not very large, makes about 8 oz of tea

Kirkoneill1988

did it have an asparagus taste too? or am i confusing asparagus with spinach?

TeaBrat

spinach is sweeter than asparagus but they are both green :)

Kirkoneill1988

YAY FOR SWEETNESS! :D

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drank Pineapple Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
2765 tasting notes

Backlog – I had this Sunday, just one cup made for me at the David’s tea store. I wasn’t too impressed with this. It tasted like watery pineapple juice and I could barely detect any oolong at all. Won’t be a repurchase for me, sorry David’s!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Kirkoneill1988

i think i’ve heard of this tea before

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drank Coco Chai Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
2765 tasting notes

Finished off another pouch of this tonight. I think rooibos chai is my favorite dessert tea. This isn’t even the one I like the best but it’s good enough that I keep going back for more. Nice with soymilk and a bit of stevia tonight.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms out there and thanks to Wymm for this sample. Nice to have a shu puerh on this day we are having, which is mostly cold and overcast.

I steeped this tea about 4 times this afternoon and have been really enjoying it. Has a rich, earth taste with a little bit of sweetness. With my first steep, I was reminded of mushrooms and cherries. I had about 4 steeps only because I was worried about the caffeine. Definitely a decent shu and one worth checking out.

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