2802 Tasting Notes


For the past few days I’ve been drinking shu in the evenings. The weather here has been so foggy (what else is new?) but I forgot until recently how good shus are for having after dinner. I should try to keep drinking them because I have a whole shoebox full (shubox?) :)

Today was very relaxing since I went to a 3 hour yin yoga workshop with this friend of mine and then had dinner at a South Indian restaurant. I feel like I’m all ready for bed but it’s only 7:20 pm… ha

These are nice little tuos, I especially like the square shape of these. I put one in my xiying and after a quick rinse I did two steeps of about 20-30 seconds each and combined them in a glass cup. This is a fairly mellow shu… it has a lot of coffee flavor in my opinion, smooth but also a little bittersweet in the finish.

The second steep seemed to get a lot more mellow and also darker. It definitely doesn’t seem to have a lot of fishy or funky flavors like some shus can. The flavor started getting lighter around steep #5/6 which maybe means I should have steeped it a bit longer but I might be all puerh’ed out for this evening!

This would be a decent tuo to try, especially if you were ordering other stuff from Pure Puer…

Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

I liked their osmanthus puerh, and I have a good bit of teaware I have purchased from them. Excellent, personal service.


I saw them at a tea festival and bought a few things… don’t need any pu-erh for a long time though, I have LOTS.


Is this the one I sent you? I can’t remember. If it is this one is nice, but I agree with you it runs out fast. Though the yellow stamp on front and the mini brick itself was kind of cute lol.



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This is my sipdown of this morning…

I may have overleafed this today because it sure does seem strong, with notes of tobacco reaching almost epidemic proportions! I don’t quite remember it tasting so bitter before. I see that Verdant is not selling this anymore on their websit. I have enjoyed it…

Hope all my Steepster friends have a great weekend!


It’s only out of stock, not retired. So chances are it will be back again. And thank goodness for that! This is one of my all-time favorites. :)


good to know!


And a good week end to you also :-)


I’m drinking some right now

Thomas Edward(Toad)

I love this one :)

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I am drinking this tonight, it’s been a while since I’ve had it and I felt like having an evening cuppa… I put a whole coin into my small yixing teapot and short steeps are good with this combination. Tonight this seems delicious and tastes like chocolate to me. I would definitely get some more of these coins, but I just looked at the Bana website and the package is $42 now! I think I paid about 1/2 that much a couple of years ago. I guess they must be selling out? I will savor this tonight…

I finally negotiated my severance package with my ex workplace, I think I will be happy when this whole ordeal is behind me!


ReadingMMMMMM CHOOOCOLATE…” $42!?… :(


I know of a tea shop owner in NY who bought out a ton of her own stock of ripe pu coins.


apt – maybe it was these because they’re the only coins that have been on Bana’s site…
JC – like a fine wine it just got better & more pricey with age. sigh


no it’s definitely not these, they weren’t from Bana. They were 2005 vintage, individually wrapped, and 7g each.


ah, ok sorry I was confused :)


Yay for finally getting that stuff with the ex-work all sorted out. I hope it’s all finished and finalized quickly so you can really move on.


Thanks Cheri :)

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mmm. yumyy, yummy, yum. I made a pot of this today to assist me with getting my homework done for writing class tonight.

I do wish there was a version of this without stevia in it, however it doesn’t really bother me that much in this blend since I really LOVE ginger. I may make up another pot of this once I’m done with the first! Today I was looking up jobs in the tea industry and found David’s Tea is hiring all over the place. It might be kind of fun to work around that tea all day but I bet you’d get sick of it.

2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

My friend worked at an ice cream shop and told me that you can get sick of ice cream. 0_o


I can believe it. I don’t even like ice cream that much myself ;)

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Good morning Steepster!
I’ve been busy lately, my BF and I went to Tahoe and Sierraville over the weekend to celebrate his birthday, and last night we were doing more celebrating! Aside from that I’ve been busy looking for volunteer work and a job… sigh

Anyway this tea is a sipdown and the last of a few things I bought at Murchie’s last year in Victoria. It isn’t a bad black cuppa tea that’s good for the cold and foggy weather we’re having this morning. It just isn’t one of my favorites… tastes a bit like dirt in my opinion. Obviously I’m not too upset that it’s gone…lol!

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank English Toffee by Simpson & Vail
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Good morning Steepster :)

My tea cupboard is a mess… I have too many little tins and this morning when I was rummaging around in there a few fell out on my foot. whoops! It actually seems a bit less cumbersome to keep them in the envelopes somehow, although the tea probably stays fresher in the tins.

I also broke my For Life teapot this week which is a major bummer… I’m forever breaking teaware! Might need to talk a walk down to Japantown this afternoon to buy a new one.

Anyway I thought I’d drink this for breakfast this morning. It isn’t anything too special, though adding sugar and soymilk seems to bring out more of the toffee notes. I doubt this will be a repurchase for me somehow.


Sorry abt your teapot. Was it glass or ceramic? I broke glass teapot ForLife almost as soon as I got it, but ceramic keeps strong. If you get a new one pic pls


It was a red ceramic teapot. I liked it :) Oh well…


I do have red ceramic. Just don’t get glass ForLife , in all reviews it’s prone to breakage .


I have broken a lot of glass teaware myself!

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Sipdown of the morning…
I’m having this in my fruit smoothie along with a banana, frozen peaches, soymilk and chia seeds. I never thought it tasted much like strawberries, even when I was drinking it plain. I think it’s fair to say I won’t be restocking this, although there’s certainly nothing offensive about it.

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drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
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hmm, when I first reviewed this tea 8 months ago I didn’t like it as a cold brew, but today I do! What gives? I don’t know if I’m such a big fan of melon flavored things in general but today this seems very buttery/sweet, refreshing and with a cantaloupe flavor. I made this in the Lupicia handy cooler and am drinking it straight from that, also trying to wake up from a nap so I can meet my friend for dinner… anyway I am finding this very refreshing today and might make up some more to have for tomorrow :)

Iced 8 min or more 2 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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drank Kabuse Sencha by Obubu Tea
2802 tasting notes

Tea #2 of the day…

Wow I was so looking forward to trying the senchas from Obubu, but sadly none of them have really blown me away so far and they all seem sort of similar. I made the sample in my Lupicia handy cooler and was just so eager to scarf down some green tea I am now drinking it by the glassful. Maybe I should have made this is a smaller teapot?

Anyway my tea liquor is very light, compared to other kabuse senchas I’ve had this isn’t nearly as bright green. It has a nice sweet vegetal flavor — reminds me of peas — but with a bit of palette cleansing astringency in the finish. Definitely not a bad tea, jut not super thrilling.

It does seem to be waking me up, however!

Flavors: Peas

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
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Good day Steepster…
I had kind of a rough morning, I was over at my boyfriend’s house in Berkeley and woke up with itchy hives again. Decided to go home and take some Benadryl and that seems to have helped the problem, though it made me so sleepy I didn’t wake up again until almost 11:30.

I decided to have some of this as my wake up call. This is actually a fairly decent breakfast tea and goes well with a slice of gluten free toast. This really does taste like someone crushed up a cookie and threw it in the tea. Very caramel, sweet type of flavor.

I know my immune system has been out of whack lately and I’ve been very prone to stress related illnesses. I think I’ll try to focus on green teas and decafs for the rest of the day.

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

Oh, itchy hives, so nasty. Hope it goes away soon…


Good day to you.

Sami Kelsh

Ugh, I know the feel of itchy. I feel your pain. :(


Thanks everyone :)


I had a problem with hives for about six months after I got a GIANT bug bite from some indeterminate insect. Seriously, the bite took up about 3/4 of my inner thigh. Anyway, the doctor prescribed me a topical steroid which helped a ton! Maybe look into that?


mj – if I continue to have these problems I will def. go see a doctor. It’s only been a week and I’m just hoping they go away! Thanks for the tip…

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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

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