2802 Tasting Notes

drank Cardamon Tea by American Tea Room
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I’m glad to just be finishing this one off. For a cardamom tea, it’s just kind of boring, not enough cardamom flavor. I think I’ve written multiple tasting notes on this, so I won’t write any more. It definitely needs something, in my opinion.

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drank Nutmeg Cream by Butiki Teas
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Wow, just home from a long trip on the bus, such crazy traffic! I have to go out again in a few hours but I just want to stay at home and hibernate now.

Just trying this tea now which is from a swap with Cameron B. I like nutmeg and I’ve never tried this before. I ended up making this in a giant mug! I wasn’t sure that I liked this so much when it was plain, but after soymilk and sugar was added it became transformed into a nice dessert tea. I definitely think the nutmeg element is prominent, and there is something creamy about it as well, so overall I was fairly pleased with this.

In other news, I did get notice from the EDD that I’m eligible for unemployment now. At least that money will cover my rent and maybe I won’t have to be so worried for the next few months. Rents are so expensive in SF that I will still have to use my savings to live but the unemployment money should help me to get by. I guess I still need to watch my tea spending for a while!

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

Glad for the good(ish) news!


I’ll take anything I can get at this point :)

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Another sipdown for today… it’s good to be cleaning out my cupboard to make way for some new stuff. ;)

This blend is fairly tasty but I don’t seem to adore it as much as some other people do. Won’t be a restock, but I am enjoying it today.

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drank Anxi Tie Guan Yin by Butiki Teas
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This is a sipdown for me…

I have been so stressed out this week trying to negotiate my severance package, I’ve broken out into hives (!!!) twice and I think the two must be related unless I am developing a new food allergy. I feel like I need a vacation.

This oolong is a bit like a vacation in a cup, very soothing. I love the buttery and slightly vegetal flavor that reminds me a bit of sweet peas. And the aroma is so nice and flowery! I went for 3 steeps of this before I decided to finish it off. I do feel more relaxed somehow after drinking this.

I don’t have any unflavored green oolongs at the moment and I feel I should remedy that situation. More tea shopping may be in store for me :)

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Oh man, hives are the worst. Hope you find some relief soon!


I get stress hives. On the left side of my face and neck. It’s awful. But I’m glad that the tea helped.


Cheri, what do you do with yours? Benadryl cream seems to help me, anyway

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I bought this tea yesterday, although I really KNOW I shouldn’t be buying any more tea. This is one of my favorite Golden Monkeys and I don’t have any more so I felt justified. And it’s my favorite breakfast tea, but right now it’s the afternoon. :-P

So I finally heard from my ex-employer after threatening them with my attorney and now they say they’re going to offer me a severance package if I resign. Oh happy day. Nice to leave a place that would “restructure” your job after you broke your arm and were on a company approved medical leave. I won’t be sorry to leave this pack of wolves but it’s still a very emotional time for me. Thank goodness for tea.

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At least there is some good news in there. Hope things calm down soon for you.


Stay strong & hang in there. Positive energy/thoughts being sent your way :)


small purchases that inspire YAY are good for the soul :)


Thanks guys! ;)


You will be fine. Just don’t let this experience hinder you future.

Terri HarpLady

Go YOU for hanging in there & yeah, I think you deserve a small tea purchase too :)


Yes, I second everything mrmopar and terri said :-)


thanks all!!!


I’m so glad that it sounds like your old job is finally doing something. And YAY! for favorite teas that make things at least a little bit better.


Cheri, thanks I am glad too. I just want them to cut the cord, so to speak.. lol

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Tea of the afternoon here… I haven’t been drinking much puerh lately but this seemed like a good thing to have after lunch. I’ve been poking around in my apartment feeling unproductive and trying to decide if I want to go the the gym (it’s been forever).

This cake is tasting strange to me today, it seems more like a regular tea than a shu and I got some tannic aftertaste after steeping it for around 15 seconds. Odd.

The second steep is darker and still has a bit more shu aftertaste, but it still seems a bit bitter. I wonder if this is a cake that does not age well, or if there is something about storing it in my apartment that turned it bad? what does anyone think?

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I was inspired to buy this recently, although Celestial Seasonings can be kind of hit or miss for me. I really like ginger, lemongrass and lemon verbena. I knew I was taking a chance with rosehips, which I don’t really care for. This has a nice lemon-y and ginger-y element for sure, but is also really tart. It has citric acid in the ingredients list. Between that and the rosehips, the tartness is really overwhelming.

That’s too bad, because I really wanted to love this blend…. even with sweetener it’s a bit much for me. Perhaps I will bequeath this to the boyfriend if he is interested in taking it. ;)

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Hadn’t seen this one locally yet, but appreciate the pucker warning!


Yes, I think it must be new

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drank Garden of Eden by Capital Teas
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Good evening Steepster…
The weekend has been busy with an Xavier Rudd concert on Saturday and World Cup festivities today. Finally getting a chance to relax a bit with some herbal tea.

It’s been almost a year since I had this tisane, which is not exactly a testimonial to how much I like it. This blend is very fruity with apples, pears and strawberries in the mix. It’s a little on the sour side in the finish. I wonder if I will end up keeping this? it isn’t bad it just seems to belong in the “meh” category.

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drank Strawberry Green Tea by Kusmi Tea
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Good day Steepster!
This tea came in a swap from Cameron B. and I’m just getting around to trying it now.

Unfortunately I think I underleafed this one a bit, or rather I was overly optimistic with my water. I’m not getting a whole lot of strawberry flavor but it does seem somewhat citrusy and tart. Overall not impressed but it could be partially a user error – ha ha.

Anyway I won’t rate this one for now. Thanks again Cameron! It’s always fun trying new things.

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Good morning Steepster!
This is a sipdown for me and I am just getting around to reviewing it now. I like the elegant snail shape of this tea and this is a lovely and tasty yunnan. It has a very smooth finish and a honey-like flavor. It’s good with soymilk and it’s also good without. This morning I am drinking it Western style and it’s very tasty! I was near Aroma Tea Shop yesterday and really had to resist going in there. I just don’t have a lot of money for tea right now and meanwhile, I have lots of tea in my stash. The one thing I am really missing is a nice Golden Monkey.

I’m not looking forward to the rest of my day, since I was just prescribed an antibiotic that has a reputation for causing massive stomach upset. I guess I will try taking it at lunch time along with some Pepto Bismol. Something tells me I will be drinking a lot of chamomile and/or ginger tea later. :)

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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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