2580 Tasting Notes


I must be a glutton for punishment but I keep trying keemun samples to find a few that I like. :)

I steeped this for 3 minutes and am finding this is one of the most gentle keemuns I have tried. I definitely get the cocoa/roasted notes but not much tobacco/smoke that you find in some keemuns. There’s a few interesting fruity notes in here that are reminiscent of wine. I’d recommend drinking this straight in order to appreciate the delicate flavor. it is lighter in body than most other keemuns I’ve had. In fact, I might try steeping this a little longer next time.

Not destined to be a personal favorite, but I have enjoyed the cup. This morning I’m thinking about going back to bed after I’ve had my tea and breakfast!

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

Have you tried Mandala’s Black Beauty? They describe it as ‘keemun style’. I’ve never found a keemun I love but can’t get enough Black Beauty, and it gets rave reviews here.


Ha, never mind – just saw your review on it. ;)


yes I do recall that it was good, I should get some more


TeaBrat, You may find this thread of interest:
It also sounds like your Keemun search experience may be helpful to the readers of it.


Flowery – Im very sad I just read this. My most recent Mandala order is likely on its way and now I have toi turn around and do another. I LOOOOVE Keemuns and I love Mandala. Sigh. Y’all are bad influences.

@TeaBrat – I recntly got samples of most of Upton`s Keemuns. I need to get busy and try them.


Oh that stinks MzPriss… at least they have very reasonable shipping? Definitely not one to be missed. :) I just ordered 4 ounces myself, and I almost never order more than 2 ounces of anything, usually 1. It’s really special and has just grown on me!


MzPriss – I look forward to your reviews

looseTman – I’ll check it out


@Flowery – mine is on the way

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drank Indian Queen by Cardamom & Curry
2580 tasting notes

I’m sad that this is a sipdown! I have really enjoyed this herbal chai from Cardamom and Curry. I will probably get some more of this at some point because I like the effects of tulsi but I don’t always like the way it tastes. This is good with vanilla soymilk and a touch of sweetener. Nice cardamom flavor here.

Boiling 7 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone, here is my green tea of the afternoon.

This is a mild sencha, definitely not too vegetal. I think I did overleaf slightly today but I’m still not getting as much goji/fruit flavor out of this as I would like. I should try cold brewing this some day. I need to remember to drink 1-3 cups of green tea a day for the anti-inflammatory effects. See previous notes if interested.

Flavors: Berries

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Rose Congou by Simpson & Vail
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Well i’m all out of the Kasmir Rose blend by Simpson and Vail so today I added some of my own cardamom to this and the taste is pretty similar. Who would have thought that roses and cardamom would be such a good combination? yum

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Honeybush Vanilla by Teavana
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Tisane of the afternoon here. I managed to get out with the BF today and go for a nice long walk through Golden Gate Park. Thought I would have some of this when I got home, I always forget that I have this, and ancient Christmas gift from my brother. I decided to add a bit of ginger root to mine and that was a nice addition. Sweet and vanilla-y…

Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Banana Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Matcha latte of the morning here. I probably don’t need any more caffeine because I’ve already had two cups of tea and a grande coffee from Starbucks but I don’t care. :)

Recovering from my broken arm will be an ordeal. I read somewhere today for every day your arm was immobolized it will take 3 days for the muscle and joint function to repair itself. Thus I am looking at 3-4 months of rehab time. This morning I was having a big pity party and felt like I needed something to cheer myself up. I got this matcha from Red Leaf yesterday and prepared it for the first time this morning.

I love banana flavored things and this is super good. I made it this morning as a matcha latte and the banana flavor is great in this. It’s even better than I expected. It’s sweet, starchy and overall… banana-y – yum yum yum. I didn’t think it needed sweetener but the soymilk I used already had sugar in it. I can’t wait to make a smoothie out of this as well. Super delicious, I definitely deserve a treat and this is a good one. ;)

Terri HarpLady

I recommend very slow taichi/quigong for rehab, it is the best!


yes I need to look into that!

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drank Cheesecake Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Tea of the afternoon here. I’ve been waiting for this matcha for a while now, I thought maybe the post office had lost it. This was the free matcha sample for March from Red Leaf Tea.

I decided to make a latte out of this because that seemed like it would go well with the cheesecake theme. I love my new milk frother for making matcha lattes. It’s been ages since the last time I’ve had any cheesecake. Aside from being creamy, this has the slight tang one would associate with cream cheese. I am not really getting anything “buttery” however. The flavor seems pretty authentic for a matcha but I cant really imagine drinking this plain. Overall it’s good but I am not blown away, I doubt I would order a full size of this. Maybe it would be better with cardamom. :)

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drank Kashmir Rose by Simpson & Vail
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Tea of the morning here and a sipdown…

I have really enjoyed this tea. I love cardamom and the rose is also really nice in this blend because it’s subtle and not “in your face” perfume-y or girly. This is great with a splash of soymilk. Might need more of this…. it isn’t that easy to find a cardamom tea.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Tea of this afternoon is a matcha latte. I used soymilk for this and added cardamom per the suggestion of one of my Twitter friends. I also used my cheapo milk frother. This is just as good as any Starbucks matcha latte for about 1/8 of the price…

Good news also, my fracture is healing according to the doctor. I will be at home for 3 more weeks convalescing and drinking lots of tea. :)


Yay! Healing is good. :)


I’m so glad to hear that it’s on its way!


thanks, I am happy, finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel


Yay!good news!


Great new!!


That’s great news!

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Tea of the super early morning. I am loving this a bit more every time I have it. A delicious yunnan, malty, peppery, chewy. Makes a great breakfast tea with a splash of soymilk. I may need to make it part of the permanent collection. :)

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My profile pic is of a pink dahlia at Golden Gate Park.

Hobbies include: tea, making art, animals, vegan things, buddhism, nature, creativity, books, writing, cooking, meditation, yoga.

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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