2784 Tasting Notes


Herbal tea of the morning. I think I will try to drink a bit less caffeine than I did yesterday, but I feel like I need to drink a lot of fluids. I guess it’s herbal tea & decafs this morning, especially since it’s cold in my apartment.

This is just a basic herbal concoction that is supposed to be good for your liver with different plants like burdock, dandelion, cleavers and stinging nettle. The lemon myrtle is the only thing that gives it much flavor. this is better with a little sweetener, but does that cancel out the effects of the detox? I guess that’s a personal decision. I don’t know if this really works but it certainly can’t hurt anything (unless you have a pre-existing liver or gastro ailment) … Flavor is not wonderful but bearable. I used two teabags in a 10 oz. mug and steeped for 15 minutes per the directions.

Boiling 8 min or more

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Tea of the morning for me. The Steepster dashboard seemed to be frozen all day yesterday but appears to be working again (but for how long?). Annoying but I’m glad it’s fixed.

I’m going to be more in the mood for this now that the weather is colder. This is a solid black tea with some definite smoky notes, but also essence of cherry and plums. I did one steep for 3 minutes and a second steep for 4 minutes. The smoky note has faded quite a bit in the second cup. This is recommended if you like lapsangs and wuyi oolongs as it seems like a combination of both. Compared to a lapsang this has a more mild smoke flavor and is quite good.

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Yep, it was frozen for a while for me, too. I feel like it’s been happening a lot lately. :/


It has… unfortunately.


yay still working!

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drank Isuzu Matcha by Marukyu-Koyamaen
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This matcha was purchased at Asakichi in Japantown that carries these Maruku-Koyamaen teas. They carry over 10 different matchas from this same company, but at the moment they seemed to have mostly the cheaper grades.

This is described as an “entry” grade ceremonial matcha and it’s one of the least expensive they carry. Still, I was told this is a good one for everyday drinking and better than a food grade matcha. They told me it is one of their most popular. Since I don’t know what I am buying I figured I would just go for their suggestion.

When I got home I decided to whisk some of this up. It is definitely a vivid green, and has a smooth, mellow taste that isn’t bitter at all. Although it is definitely on the “seaweed” side of green tea, the taste seems very clean and fresh to me. Someday I will have to try the really expensive matchas to see if they blow my mind…. for now I am happy with this as it seems good quality and is easy enough to drink plain as an everyday sort of tea.

165 °F / 73 °C 0 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I had 3 cups of this tea last night and then was up 1/2 the night with terrible indigestion. I don’t think this was a coincidence, some of the herbs in this blend are pretty bitter so I would recommend using this sparingly if you’re going to drink it . bleah. Might need to avoid this herbal blend for a while!

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Happy Sunday everyone…

Thank you Teavivre for sending me a sample of this tea. I really would love to have a nice dragonwell in my tea collection, but the good ones are pretty expensive! I was glad to try this for review.

I decided to gong fu this so I put the entire sample in my gaiwan and have been doing short steeps of around 1 minute. I am using the “Summer” gaiwan by Red Blossomm Tea:


This yields a very light colored tea liquor that is packed with flavor. I am definitely picking up chestnuts with vegetal notes of peas and artichoke. There was a tiny bit of bitterness with steeping for 60 seconds, but that disappeared when I tried steeping for 30 seconds. I preferred the latest steeps a bit more because they were on the sweeter side.

This is definitely a fresh tea that has lots of flavor, I’ve had some really boring dragonwells that seemed stale and flavorless but this is yummy and it resteeps well. I like it a lot!

2 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Shincha Houryoku by Den's Tea
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My boyfriend and I were out late last night celebrating Halloween so we’re having a lazy day. I thought some green tea would be good to revive us. This is one of 2 shinchas I got from Den’s earlier this year and I definitely will be looking at buying more next year. Sweet, vegetal, grassy taste with a thick mouthfeel. Very soothing and refreshing… see previous notes for more details.

165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Black Orchid by Mariage Frères
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Tea of the afternoon, it’s been a long day as I barely got any sleep last night and had to go to a job interview and then travel home to the mess that is San Francisco due to the Giants parade. I did manage to get a nap in before being woken up by helicopters and now I’m seriously considering moving to the country. But first, I have a presentation to give and tonight is my final night of the 5 week class I’ve been taking.

I decided this would be a nice afternoon tea for me. I used boiling water and it seems a tad more in the bitter and perfumey side than I remember. I should try to remember to use water below the boil because this doesn’t seem as good as the first time I tried it, though I am picking up a lot on the vanilla notes in this blend.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

That’s why I worked from home yesterday. Didn’t want to deal with the parade! Fairfield was nice and quiet. :)


Lucky you :)

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drank Saffron Fusion Tea by Taja Tea
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I got this tea from Marshall’s when I was buying a totebag and it was a bargain. I’ve never seen this in any stores, so I don’t know where it is normally sold. It has a nice mango-y flavor with a bit of saffron. Golden yellow color. It’s not too easy to taste green tea in this blend, Not too bad for a paper teabag but I was hoping for a stronger flavor. I might try two teabags next time.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Dan Cong Red Tea by jing tea shop
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It’s been quite a while since I had this tea and I thought I’d steep some up this morning. It just occurred to me that it might be nice to have another little yixing for gong fu preparation of red tea (I have a bigger pot for this purpose). Maybe someday!

So I just steeped this one for one minute and it’s a nice contrast to all the yunnans I’ve been drinking lately. Definitely has a fruity taste with notes of orange and cherry. Reminiscent of a cognac or bourbon but without the booze, of course. Nice and smooth, no need for additions of any kind. Delicious. The red tea sampler for jing tea shop was very nice, I would definitely like to buy more teas from them someday.

So I’m glad the Giants won the World Series, but am equally glad that baseball season is over after the fans trashed our city last night, boo. I have a job interview on Friday now at the same time as a million people are streaming into town for the parade. I am tempted to try and re-schedule the interview but would that make me look bad? It’s just another thing to have to worry about. :-/

205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Tea of the afternoon. I’ve had this one for a while so it’s good that I’m finally able to finish it off. This is a nice shu blend, the ginger and galangal mix well with the elderberry, though today I am wishing it was a bit stronger on the berry. The orange is definitely a nice touch. this blend appears on the “archived” selection of Verdant’s site so it looks like this won’t be available again. I enjoyed trying it even though pu’erh nuggets are not really my favorite when it comes to shu.

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This tea sounds interesting, too bad its unavailable.


yep, maybe they will revive it someday!

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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!

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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

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