2743 Tasting Notes


This came as part of my recent swap with Cameron. Heh, after reading the reviews I see this tisane did not get very much love. It seems like licorice is a pretty well hated ingredient by many people, I don’t mind it in small doses and if it’s blended well. Since I am sick and licorice is supposed to be good for respiratory problems, I thought I’d give this one a try tonight. Between the licorice and the ginger, it should help something!

Eh, this is okay in my opinion, I probably like it better than most of the other tasters do but I wouldn’t say this is something I’d drink for the sheer pleasure of it, it definitely seems like a medicinal tea. I might have liked this better myself without the cinnamon because there’s a lot going on here, and the flavors are really competing. This has a bit of a really strange aftertaste as well. I don’t see this on Verdant’s site right now and I guess it’s no wonder! I think this will be really good for my sore throat though, I’m sure I can manage to choke down the rest of it.

I am tired of getting sick so often, who has an immune boosting tea that they really like?

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Cameron B.

All of the ones I sent were from the Blends Club. :)

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drank Bamboo Leaf by Min River Tea
2743 tasting notes

Finishing off the last of this sample from Min River Tea. BTW, am I the only one who feels guilty if I get free samples from a vendor and then don’t end up buying anything? I should get over it.

I don’t have a lot of Chinese green teas in my collection, most of my straight/flavored green teas are Japanese. I’m not sure why this is the case as I do enjoy them. At any rate, Min River has some delicious Chinese green teas, some of the best I have had to date. I think I will go in for a 2nd steep of this one, perhaps it will mollify my immune system. See previous review for a better tasting note :)


I feel guilty when I get free samples for review and don’t review them promptly. There should be no obligation to buy with samples, so I don’t feel guilty – I participate in spreading the word if they’re good!


We can’t buy all the teas


But boy do we try.


I think I have almost all of them… lol ;)


Yeah, absolutely, don’t feel guilty! Personally, I’m happy to hear feedback and spread a bit of love. From a business point of view, the cost of giving away samples is part of our planning, so it’s no problem on that front!

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drank Paris Breakfast by Mariage Frères
2743 tasting notes

This tea gives me problems when I try brewing it (because it’s a black/green) blend but I think I’ve discovered the secret is steeping it for around 3 minutes at water that’s around 190 – 200 f.

So blast this being sick stuff, I am missing another class today. I took a nap and woke up feeling worse than I did before I went to sleep. I thought a cup of this would be nice, I am definitely getting the orange notes, ‘though it’s hard to taste a lot in my current state.

Also I forgot to mention, here is a blog post about Sophie’s Cuppa, in Montclair, if anyone is interested in reading it. What a lovely place. I’d highly recommend a visit if you’re in the area.


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I woke up this morning feeling worse than yesterday, so I don’t think I will be drinking any new teas today. Blast this %^^$#@ cold!

Because of the bergamot, this is not something I would normally choose to drink in the morning but since I can’t taste or smell much today it hardly matters, lol… this is pretty good with soymilk and some coconut sugar. If you haven’t tried coconut sugar I highly recommend you give it a go. I get mine at Trader Joe’s and it seems to give a mild, sweet flavor to a lot of teas.

This is sort of a small thing but my “likes” are not sticking to people’s tea tasting notes, is anyone else having the same issue?

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many days my likes dont stick, but today is ok


get yourself fresh ginger. i swear it helps. feel better

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Going through my pu’erh box this afternoon, I found this sample disc from mercuryhime which is ancient, oh well, at least it’s had more time to age… :)

I’ve been trying to make an effort to drink more of my pu’erhs. Shu is especially nice s an after lunch drink, where it seems good for your digestion and it’s early enough that I don’t have to worry about the caffeine keeping me awake. This disc is good because it doesn’t have any post fermentation flavor that you sometimes pick up with shu. I am getting mostly cocoa in my cup & I will enjoy a few more steeps of this today. Farewell Butiki…

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Hmm, are you sure it’s the disc? If you’ve had it for a long time it can’t be because she just released these on the website recently!


Yes, I know a disc when I see it. :-P I think these were different because they are ancient phoenix pu’erh and the ones on the website are 2012 Ancient Puerh Discs. Perhaps it’s a different batch.


Ohhh! Did not mean to impune, heh. There must have been discs I wasn’t aware of at some point :-O

Butiki Teas

Stephanie-These were different discs that we sold, I think in 2011 maybe.


Stephanie, no worries!

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drank Pumpkin Patch by DAVIDsTEA
2743 tasting notes

I thought I would try this one again today, it is definitely better steeped for only 3 minutes, which is keeping the spiciness from the garam masala down a bit. I swear this tea smells like curry though, I think the g.m. might just be a bit too much for me in this particular blend. I want something that’s more like a pumpkin dessert and less like an Indian restaurant. I will probably finish the cup but I’m not sure if I will find a way to prepare this that’s really too my liking. Totally interested in swapping this for something if others are interested. :)

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drank Pumpkin Cheesecake by DAVIDsTEA
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okay, I am trying this again. I think my nose has cleared up enough for a proper sense of taste. This doesn’t really remind me of cheesecake but it does have a spicy cookie kind of flavor. Also I like the nutmeg in this blend which is yummy. I am drinking this with soymilk, which should help with the cheesecake flavor but doesn’t. I like this blend fairly well though and I think I will enjoy drinking it.

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drank Banana Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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I am finishing this off today in smoothie form with soymilk, banana, pineapple and some ice. Definitely my favorite flavored matcha so far, I would definitely like this back in stock someday! It also makes a fabulous latte.


I have always has a soft spot for artificial banana flavor. This matcha sounds delicious!


It is! I hardly ever rate anything 100… I do like banana flavored stuff myself

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I was digging through my pu’erh box today and it’s been a long time since I’ve had this, I thought I would break it out and try some this morning. This cake is 7 years old already and will benefit from a bit more aging as it is still fairly aggressive, but I am drinking it with a lower water temp. and hoping it will clear up my stagnant qi. Nice lemony notes and some smoke here.

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drank Cinnamon by Lupicia
2743 tasting notes

It wasn’t that easy to get out of bed this morning! I am feeling better than I was last night but still feel like I am fighting something off… I was supposed to go to a seminar this morning but I think I might lay low until my class tonight. anyway I decided to have this as my breakfast tea along with some toast and peanut butter. It’s very cinnamon-y, reminds me of cinnamon candy. At times I wish this wasn’t so one-dimensional, I guess I could always try adding something to it, like cardamom maybe. Still this is pretty good the way it is :)

Flavors: Cinnamon

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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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