2420 Tasting Notes


It’s been a while since I’ve had a roasted oolong like this one. I’m definitely getting the grape/fruity notes with some gentle coffee type flavors from the roasting. I’m not sure I’m getting all of the subtle flavor in the first steep here.

The second steep I am getting more of the coconut flavors and it reminds me a bit of burnt toast. I’ve enjoyed trying this but it doesn’t really make me want more somehow… I think perhaps gong fu style for the next packet is a good plan.

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Philosopher's Brew by Silk Road
2420 tasting notes

2nd lemongrass tea of the afternoon and finishing off the little sample tin I got at Silk Road in Victoria over the summer. I have to say I was not overly impressed with anything I tried in their herbal collection but this is the best one of the bunch. Definitely lemony and slightly on the tart side, but not exceedingly so. Lavender in tea is a weird concept for me still. This is pretty good for a chill afternoon.

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Love the name of this one.


It does have a nice name for sure!


This has been a favourite from Silk Road for me for a long time! I should remember to drink what I have more often..

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I tried to write a tasting note for this earlier but Steepster lost it… :(

thanks to Indigbloom for this sample. I got a lot of blueberry but somehow felt that the green tea sort of overpowered the flavor. I got a bit of sour flavor which reminded me of cream cheese, but nothing that reminds me of pastry. After reading a few of the other tasting notes I think I may try drinking this as an iced tea since I still have a bit to play with. Not exactly all that I was hoping for but still fun. I will avoid rating it for now.

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

Ooooh iced! I haven’t tried it that way. I found it very finicky. Only works at 2 min, for me lol

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I finally finished off a box of this. It’s definitely not a favorite, I’ve been looking for a good lemongrass tea but somehow this isn’t it. For a decaf it is fairly tasty though.

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drank Anniversary Blend by Harney & Sons
2420 tasting notes

Tea of the morning here, I decided to add a little bit of London Fog by Silk Road into it for some fruitiness. This is definitely not one of my most favorite teas from Harney and Sons which is too bad since I have a big tin of it. I see some swaps in my near future… I might have made it too strong today but there just seems to be some bitterness too.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Wuyishan Black by Steepster
2420 tasting notes

This tea came in the Steepster select box for December. Definitely has flavors that are reminiscent of a wuyi oolong which is understandable given the origin of the leaf. Very earthy with a hint of smoke, slightly winey and fruity. It’s a bit on the light side for a black tea and doesn’t need any additions. I detect a floral aroma in the tea liquor.

Overall enjoyable but not something I would stock on a permanent basis.

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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Thanks to Indigobloom for sharing this one!

I love a good assam, especially in the morning. This is really good, has flavors of malt and honey with some fruitiness present too. I get a slight tobacco in the finish but nothing on the bitter side. This was heavenly with a bit of soymilk, did not need sugar IMO. I may need to pay the Spice & Tea Exchange a visit. This is tasty stuff. Thanks for sharing… :)

Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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I got this last year and have been using it primarily as a mixer for other things: tonight’s blend is rooibos with ginger, orange peel and cardamom. I don’t care that much for plain rooibos so I am not going to rate this one but it is fun to experiment with. If you’re curious this blend came out really well, maybe I should start my own tea business?

Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Karigane #22 by Tea Wing
2420 tasting notes

Part of my first Steepster select box. I have to say it’s fun getting a bunch of mystery teas in the mail. ;)

I get that Japanese green teas may be an acquired taste for some people. For example the BF had his first matcha latte a few days ago and kept asking why it tastes like seaweed.

This is only the second karigane I’ve had (the other one came from Japantown in San Francisco). It brews up a beautiful transparent clear green color. I am definitely getting the nori notes as well as some grassy ones and the nuttiness is evident too. There is a bit of astringency in the finish but that may be my fault since I’m not exactly sure what water temp. I used.

I haven’t been buying a lot of green tea in the last year or so because I can’t seem to drink it fast enough. This was a nice treat and the little packages are the perfect size to stash in a desk drawer at the office. You also get some paper T-sacs and a muslin drawstring bag to keep your teas in.

185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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drank Aussie Ginger Chai by The Devotea
2420 tasting notes

Free sample came courtesy of the Devotea but I am trying to be unbiased… :)

I’ve had this a few times but not prepared the traditional way with boiling the tea and adding milk later, since I’ve been drinking it at the office.

I love ginger and this is indeed very zippy. I added soymilk and one sugar packet to mine. SOme of the other chai elements are not as pronounced as you might ordinarily expect, aside from the ginger this is a fairly mellow blend. Nice and warming for the wintertime.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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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

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