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drank Li Shan Oolong Tea by Yezi Tea
2163 tasting notes

This morning I am trying out this sample from Yezi tea in my gaiwan. I haven’t gong-fu’d anything in ages but not being able to use my right hand at all made that pretty cumbersome. Thankfully I have some more mobility now.

Steep #1 – After steeping this for 30 seconds I got some light floral aromas and flavors that remind me of lily of the valley. My tea liquor seems very light, I think the oolong needs another steep or two to fully open up.

Steep #2 – I used a little less water in the gaiwan and steeped for 45 seconds. I am still getting a lot of intense floral but now an underlying sweetness and light buttery quality is peeking through the tea as well.

Steep #3 – Perhaps it is me but I don’t think this has changed much from Steep #2. This is still a very flowery tea. It is lovely but the floral is so intense that I am not sure I would drink this on a regular basis. I feel like I’ve had better Li Shans though it has been a while. I have enjoyed trying this but I prefer slightly more buttery and vegetal green oolongs overall.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 3 OZ / 88 ML

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68
drank Malama by Lupicia
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I bough his tea by accident in the Lupicia store but then decided to keep it anyway when I got home. I was wanting the banana rooibos they had and I don’t need another chocolate/nutty tea especially as I have several ounces of “Florence” languishing in my cupboard that I seem to be incapable of finishing off.

So anyway, onto the tea. Package states this is a blend of black tea, roast cacao, macadamia nut, cocoa powder and “flavors”. As far as chocolate teas are concerned at least this one actually has a chocolate-y flavor which is more than I can say for some other teas I have tried. I don’t get a strong macadamia component here, there is something slightly nutty lurking in the background but I’d say it’s more chocolate than macadamia. There is something slightly sweet about this that I don’t really care for. Maybe that’s where the flavorings come into play, but it seems a bit artificial to me.

This is okay but I am not terribly fond of it…

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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mmm. I love this as a morning tea, it’s super malty and contains just the right amount of heft. It’s making a good accompaniment to the carrot raisin muffin I’m having for breakfast. I see I’m almost out of this which is a good reason to start looking for a new assam. I just wish Steven Smith has more reasonable shipping charges – I think you have to spend $75 before their free shipping kicks in and I don’t think I like enough of their offerings to spend that kind of ca$h right now.

In other news I have a visit to the doctor today and I am interested to see what he has to say about this shoulder pain of mine, especially given that I am supposed to be going back to work soon. Let’s hope it isn’t anything too serious/complicated.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
looseTman

Hopefully, your Dr. will have good news!

TeaBrat

thanks!

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77
drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
2163 tasting notes

Tea of the afternoon here…
Just woke up from a nap and decided it would be ok to have a small pot of tea on this rainy day. ;) I hope the caffeine in this won’t be enough to keep me awake later tonight. This came from the David’s co-pilot pack which I’ve been enjoying sipping my way through

I noticed David’s says you can steep their black teas for 5 – 7 minutes and I was wondering who has steeped a black tea for 7 minutes? I never have, not on purpose anyway.

I was honestly expecting this to be rather pukey, but surprised that it’s a good flavorful tea that is nicely balanced. I do get a definite chocolate-y note from this, followed by a touch of peppermint and then the spicy peppercorn element. There is artificial flavor in here but that may just be from the red sprinkles. This is good plain or with a blob of soymilk for a creamy effect. This might be a good one to have around for when those after lunch dessert cravings strike.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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84
drank Budou Green by Lupicia
2163 tasting notes

Ugh… I was so grateful the PT went easy on me today due to the amount of muscle pain I am feeling in my arm. I got a light regime and a bit of a massage which was nice.

It is COLD outside and when I got home I just wanted something warm and satisfying. When it comes to flavored green teas, Lupicia has quite a few nice ones, there is no doubt about that. Sometimes the extra flavoring will inspire me to drink more green tea than I would otherwise and this is such a nice and juicy grape flavor. I did not think I would like this but it’s tasty!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

Sipdown of this morning… with all of the new teas I’ve acquired over the last week it’s good to be finishing something off.

Today I noticed if you steep this for 4 minutes, it really helps to bring out the strawberry notes, but then it also has an intense tartness which I’m not sure I like.

I won’t really miss this but would consider getting more if I place another order with Della Terra. See previous notes for more details.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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94
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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Tea of the morning here; this is an old favorite of mine and practically everyone else on Steepster. :)

Although I wouldn’t really classify the Laoshan Black as a “breakfast” tea per se, I am finding the cocoa and roasted barley of the tea to be extremely comforting today. As a general rule I don’t take NSAID’s due to a prior stomach issue but I started in on a low dose of ibuprofren yesterday to see if I can get rid of this tendonitis and get back to more physical therapy!

Cavocorax

Mmmmm… I nearly brought some of this to work today and now I wish I had.

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79
drank Wedding Tea by Harney & Sons
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I’ve never had this one before and couldn’t resist picking some up when I came across a local coffee shop that sold some Harney teas in the tagalong tins…

The color of this is darker than some white teas I’ve tried and I was wondering if perhaps this was due to the rose element. When I compare mine to the picture that Harney provides, it definitely looks a lot darker. The aroma of this is very flowery and flavor wise, I get more vanilla and rose than anything else. A nice sweetness is present here but I wouldn’t say the lemon note is too prominent (I can’t really find it). I’m not the biggest fan of white teas in general, but I could see how this would be nice for a wedding or an afternoon tea served with cake.

More vanilla seems to be coming to the front as the cup cools, and if you ask me, this is smelling more and more like a cupcake as time goes by. I may try steeping this at a slightly lower temp. next time.

Probably not something I need to keep around for the permanent collection but I will certainly finish off the mini tin.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70
drank Té de Frutas by Lupicia
2163 tasting notes

Update
Cold brewed this overnight in the fridge but I think I prefer this one hot.

The lychee notes really come through in the cold brew but it also tastes a bit bitter and soapy to me so I don’t think I will do this again… he he

CharlotteZero

Hm. Good to know! I usually never cold brew anyway, because I have the tendency to forget about it for days and ruin the batch…

TeaBrat

It might be better just brewed the regular way and then poured over ice.

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This morning I was walking through Japantown on an errand and decided to stop in a little shop that had Japanese tea and candy. This sounded really nice to me. It comes in a paper cube with 10 individually wrapped paper teabags. I would prefer mesh for obvious reasons but beggars can’t be choosers. :-P

I steeped this for 1.5 minutes using the green tea setting on my variable temp water kettle. This is a ryokucha tea. The aroma is slightly flowery and the tea has a mild vegetal flavor. I’d say the cherry blossom flavor is fairly subtle and natural. I don’t think I’ve had another cherry blossom tea so I’m not sure what to compare this with. It is a very pleasant cuppa however, fresh and elegant are two words that come to mind. There’s an underlying sweetness in the finish of the tea but I don’t think any sugar was added to this. I’m not disappointed I bought this and the teabags will be good for travel or at the office.

Nice discovery for a Monday…

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

Sounds nicely balanced. A lot of the sakura teas I’ve tried have been either very weak or very tart.

TeaBrat

I did enjoy it. Would you care for a sample?

gmathis

PM’ing you.

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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

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