2705 Tasting Notes

drank Dinjoye Estate Assam by Butiki Teas
2705 tasting notes

Tea of the morning here. I don’t feel terribly ambitious so far, but what else is new… :)

I felt like having a nice, hefty assam this morning. I got this tea a while ago, but haven’t done a review on it yet. It’s very malty with an underlying fruitiness I am enjoying. This is one of those assams that have a sort of “winey” quality about them. I put soymilk in this which is the way I normally drink assams.

Definitely an enjoyable tea but doesn’t really stand out to me over other assams I’ve had.

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

Sounds good.. maybe I’ll try this one tomorrow morning…

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drank Laoshan White by Verdant Tea
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I’ve had this tea for two years now and somehow lost interest in it. Obviously it isn’t as fresh as it once was, but I don’t have too many white teas in my stash. I thought I’d at least try brewing this up to see what I think of it now.

I’ve stored this fairly well in an airtight container away from light. I am getting some creamy, almond notes but the tea seems a little bit flat. I liked this a lot when I first got it so I think it just has to be the age. Now will I keep it or toss it? Perhaps I could try the cold brew treatment with this now. I don’t seem to drink white teas or green teas fast enough. Of course if I didn’t have so many teas to begin with that would really help. ;-)

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

I really like brewing whites at higher temps. 195 or 200. Resteep may be not great and bring some bitterness but first steep might be just spectacular.


okay, I will try it ":)


Forgot tiny detail: more leaves short steep. It doesn’t work for me western;-)

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drank Adagio by Lupicia
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Sipdown of the day…

This is a good tisane if you like citrusy things, and one of the better green rooibos blends I’ve had. I prefer drinking this over ice, it’s very refreshing. Lots of lemongrass and grapefruit!

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drank Rare Orchid Oolong by Tea Source
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I got this in one of the Stepster select boxes and I thought it was supposed to be a wuyi oolong for some reason so I steeped it up in my xiying I have dedicated for wuyi oolongs. Whoops, I was wrong. So I don’t really think I can do a proper tasting note on this at the moment. It really does smell very flowery and has a nice sweetness about it. I do have another sample left, so I think brewing it in the proper pot or in a gaiwan will give me a better sense of this.

In other news, I can’t get myself motivated to do much since I found out I was losing my job due to my injury. It would be a good idea for me to get more exercise, but my gym is downtown near where my former office is. It takes me longer to get there and back than I would spend exercising. As Nike says — I just need to do it. I think perhaps I have a case of the blahs.


The blahs suck! Maybe just go for a nice walk if the weather is good today. :-)


Oh, I’m so sorry to hear that…That’s really bad, I hope you can find an even better job when you have fully recovered :-)


The blahs suck. I’m sorry about that. Maybe find something else you can do closer to home instead? You could always just try starting back out with a walk and then maybe that would get you in the mood to try something else?


thanks, I was able to do a bit of yoga and am feeling better now :)


:) That’s great to hear. Sometimes just moving helps. Or some tea. Or a little of both.

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Tea of the evening here, I just finished off a small pouch of this that was around .75 ounce.

I’ve really enjoyed most of the teas that I purchased from Cardamom & Curry, the company I discovered at last year’s San francisco Green festival. This is a good honeybush/rooibos chai that has lots of spicy notes from the clove and nutmeg. The weather we’ve been having is seriously yucky (foggy San francisco).

This blend is very warming and tasty, especially with soymilk and cane sugar added. I wish I had more of this, but that will have to wait for my next paycheck.

Flavors: Clove, Nutmeg, Orange

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

I was up in San rafael today and the weather was gorgeous. Crazy how just north or south of the city can be totally different weather!


yeah my BF told me that the weather was nice in Berkeley while it was foggy here!

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drank Lychee Green Tea by thepuriTea
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I finished off this sample as a cold brew this afternoon. I didn’t like it as much prepared via cold brew method, that seems to have brought out a smoky element to this green and I don’t get much lychee. I really liked it hot, but won’t be getting anymore as the PuriTea is now out of business, oh well.

I just woke up from a nap. I feel like I’ve been sleeping too much recently but for the first 3 months of my injury I didn’t sleep at all. Maybe my body is making up for lost time?

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drank Ginger & Lemon Myrtle by Lupicia
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This was my pre-lunch tisane, which I drank as I was learning about dangling modifiers. It’s a good one if you like a lemon and ginger mix. The honeybush and rooibos adds a good sweet element. Overall quite enjoyable.


Sadly, my teacup is empty. (Did I dangle properly?)


looks ok to me :)

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This sample tea came from the February Steepster Select box, which shows how far behind I am in trying out the samples that I have — it’s now the beginning of June.

I couldn’t help but sneak a peek at the other reviews and I saw a lot of dismal thoughts about this one. I confess that 2nd flush darjeelings don’t tend to be a favorite of mine, but I’m up for trying any tea at least once.

I noticed the wet leaf smells very “woody” — almost like musk — when I took the infuser out of the teapot. The tea liquor steeps up to be a medium orangish-brown in color. As far as the flavor is concerned, Upton’s flavor description seems to be spot on. I would also describe it as woody with a hint of muscatel. There’s a slight astringency in the finish but it is palatable.

I liked this better than most of the other reviewers did; though I still don’t plan to put this on my shopping list anytime soon. A pinch of raw cane sugar makes a nice addition to this.

I started my writing class yesterday which is very interesting so far. Maybe I’ll get inspired soon to write some more blog postings. :)

Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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For some reason I haven’t been drinking a lot of puerhs lately. It’s not often I break out a shu and even less often I break out a sheng, even though I have two boxes of each. I should really remedy that situation! One reason is for this oversight is I usually drink puerh tea in the afternoons, but lately I haven’t been drinking any caffeinated teas after noon. However, today I have my first writing class tonight and I thought it would be beneficial to be more alert than I normally am… ;-)

I did several steeps of this in my yixing teapot. I’m getting some interesting notes that remind me a bit of coffee or bittersweet chocolate. I recall I liked this cake a lot when I first tried it, and it still seems really good to me. I gave up on wanting more after the 4th steep but I’m glad I revisited this.

190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 30 sec

I have 2009 version. I like it a lot, maybe 1/8 of a cake left. I make it 212F and shorter steeps until its light in color and taste like nothing. What’s your parameters?


I usually use boiling water and steeps of around 30 seconds


I like the Hong Yuns a lot.


Writing class…fiction? Hope it’s fun and interesting!

Terri HarpLady

I go through phases where I want puerh, but I know I won’t have time for all the repeat steepings, so I end up drinking something else.


g- it’s a non fiction writing workshop

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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Sadly this is a sipdown… I seem to be finishing a lot of teas lately but don’t worry, I still have plenty more! I would like to replace this someday when I am working and can afford to stock up on a few favorites from Verdant. I love the roasted chocolate notes of the Laoshan black. It is truly divine!

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sami Kelsh

Every time I see this tea mentioned it just sounds like such a big bowl of YES.


You need to try it some day!

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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. :)

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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

79-70 Acceptable

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59-50 Ick

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