2399 Tasting Notes

drank Banana Coconut Decadence by Spicely
2399 tasting notes

Tea of the afternoon here – I love banana and coconut and this is a decent blend but the base tea could use some improving, I think. It’s better with a little soymilk and some rock sugar but I doubt I will be buying this again once the current supply runs out…

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Sipdown #2 of the day. This has been an enjoyable tea but I’ve probably had it for 3 years now so it’s a good thing I was able to finish it off today while I was doing my physical therapy exercises, aka physical torture. ;-)

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drank Gingerbread Black by Simpson & Vail
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Sadly it’s a sipdown for me, I have really enjoyed this blend. Today I added some of my own ginger root to the mix which did a nice job of boosting the flavor a bit. I really liked this tea so perhaps I should look into placing another order with S&V, though BF says I don’t need to buy any more tea for at least a year… he he

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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I’ve tried this a couple of times now and am still trying to figure out what I make of it. I wonder if I over leafed it this morning by accident because it seems really brisk and wine-y, more so than the first time I tried it. I think a few more experiments are needed…

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Tea of the afternoon here and another small sample from Upton.

I wasn’t sure about their suggested steeping parameters since 4-5 minutes seems like a long time for a Chinese tea. I settled on 2 minutes for mine and this seems to have been a good choice. This is a little darker than some Golden Monkeys I’ve had in the past. It has some gentle malt and cocoa notes along with a bit of winey-ness but there’s not bitterness or astringency anywhere, just a nice flavorful cup! My favorite Golden Monkey is Red Blossom’s version but this is good too. I decided to steep the leaves for a 2nd time at 4 minutes and that was good as well. Equally good neat or with a splash of soymilk.

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I got a few samples from Upton to try recently. Being alone at home all day with my credit card and the internet is dangerous for tea buying! I’ve been trying to focus mostly on small purchases until I make more progress getting my cabinet decupboarded.

This is a VERY strong blend, the keemun and assam combo are extremely winey and brisk. This is a little too bitter and pungent for me to drink it plain. Adding soymilk did help some, but I’m afraid I’m not a super big fan of this. Even adding sugar didn’t help it out too much. Well at least I only got the sample size :)

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is my second attempt at trying out this sample. When you keep the steeping time short (to around 10 seconds) it has some nice cocoa notes along with a bit of roasted/fruitiness that remind me a bit of a wuyi oolong. I’m surprised that some people have been steeping this tea for so long with good results. When I tried steeping mine for 40 seconds it became bitter to the point of being almost undrinkable. I’m glad I tried this but can’t seem to make it hit any kind of sweet spot where I am really enjoying it, it will go unrated for now.

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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Tisane of the mid-morning here; I am attempting to take it easy on the caffeine today, or at least trying to pace myself. This reminds me a lot of Bonbon by Steven Smith. which is in a tin I can’t open right now (with my bum arm). I like cinnamon and ginger but there could be a little less licorice in this and I’d probably be happy.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank English Breakfast by Adagio Teas
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I must have needed a decent English breakfast tea because this has been in my cupboard for a very short time. I woke up early (again) this morning and decided it was just time to go ahead and have a pot of tea.

I had some shocking news recently that my exbf died so I’ve been going over a lot of memories, we drank a lot of tea together and he bought me some of my tea ware. It was difficult to hear the news especially as he was relatively young… sigh

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

Aw, I’m so sorry to hear about your ex.


Awful news, so sorry.


so sorry to hear that :(


thanks, we broke up a while ago but it still is very unpleasant…

Charles Thomas Draper

I’m sorry to hear….


Oh, I’m so sorry to hear.


Sorry prayers for you and the family.

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This was definitely an impulse buy for me as I’m not normally a big white tea fan or a jasmine fan, but I really just wanted the big red tin + I have no teas like this in my cupboard currently.

I’ve had two steeps of this so far and it’s a nice soothing afternoon tea. The white tea brews up to be a medium yellow color and is very clean tasting. The jasmine in this blend is definitely strong but it also seems natural. Some jasmines seem artificial and soapy tasting but this is lovely.

By the third cup of this, the jasmine flavor is starting to fade a bit and you’re left with more of the white tea flavor which is slightly peachy and ever so flowery from the jasmine. I’m not sorry I picked this up, it’s truly a nice relaxing tea which is what I need now trying to prepare for my physical therapy appointment!

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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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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