2802 Tasting Notes


Tea of the afternoon. I hope this doesn’t keep me awake since I’m drinking it in the afternoon and lately I’ve been a bit more sensitive to caffeine. I just had a hankering for something warm and dessert-like and it’s been a while since I’ve had this. Adding a bit of raw cane sugar really helps to bring out the caramel notes in this tea. Enjoyable but probably won’t be a repurchase. I wonder if I can go without buying more tea until I actually get another job…lol

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I’m back to San Francisco after spending a portion of my weekend at Harbin Hot Springs. The sun and splashing around in the hot water definitely seemed to make my arm feel better. Coming back to SF, it feels foggy and FREEZING! High temperature today of only 61 degrees?!

Anyway I thought I’d brew up some of this sample I got from Verdant. I don’t remember how long I have had this, it could have been years already. I usually appreciate yunnans and this is good this morning, very mellow, no astringency just lots of malt and chocolatey goodness. See previous notes for more details.

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

I love this tea!

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Tea of the morning here. I forgot I had this one and in my stupor this morning I accidentally steeped it for too long (3 minutes). Even so, it is still good and reminds me of bittersweet chocolate. I will have to remember to steep this one for less time next time. I need to get into the habit of writing a note or putting a sticker on my teas for the optimal and preferred steeping time. I hope everyone has a good weekend. :)

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Tisane of the afternoon here…

I don’t quite get all of the wonderful reviews with this one. Although there are several teas from Simpson and Vail that I really like, this doesn’t seem to be one of them. It’s an okay rooibos, I do get a bit of chocolate but not really the other flavors. I also don’t see a lot of rose petals in the tea like the one that is in the picture.

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

I never really got all the fuss over red velvet…always tasted like chocolate with food coloring to me :)

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drank Cherry Vanilla by SereneTeaz
2802 tasting notes

Thanks to carol who for this one! I meant to try it before but it somehow got lost in my pile of samples. I do like the cherry flavor in this blend but I’m not really sure about the combination of black tea and rooibos. I’m kind of wishing for one or the other. The vanilla flavor is peeking out as well and was helped along by a dash of vanilla soymilk. Overall this is pretty good and I’m glad I got the chance to try it.

Flavors: Cherry, Vanilla

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

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drank Shincha Houryoku by Den's Tea
2802 tasting notes

This shincha came from my latest Den’s tea order and is from the 2014 season.

This stuff is amazing! For one thing the color of the tea brews up to be a brilliant emerald green color and is vibrant. The flavor is very mellow and sweet with a hint of grassiness. Evidently this was produced with some extra steaming which accounts for the color and the flavor. They call this herbaceous but there’s almost something creamy about it in my opinion. Definitely glad I got this one, it’s one of the better senchas I’ve had.

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

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This is a tea I will miss having in my cupboard. It is a wonderful blend of black tea with douglas fir needles. Would definitely get this again if they offer it next holiday season. On the other hand, it is nice to actually be purging myself of some stuff.


I happen to try this tea today. its soo good. Will pick up at Christmas time. Today is his Bday, they have 15%


Thanks for letting me know! :)

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I picked this up from the Spicely store down on Market Street just because I like tulsi and it’s relaxing. the flavor of this one is a little “meh”, however, mostly it is tulsi and there’s not very much ginger involved it would seem. I suppose I could add my own and maybe I will next time!

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

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drank Pineapple Sencha by Den's Tea
2802 tasting notes

Tea of the morning here after I finished my morning coffee — is that a sacrilege?

This came in my recent order from Den’s Tea. I don’t think this is a 2014 sencha but it is still really good. It’s hard to get pineapple flavored teas “right” — I’ve had ones that seem really sour and downright acidic. This is really nice and natural tasting with not a lot of grassiness from the green tea. Definitely worth checking out if you’re into flavored greens. I might just go make myself another pot of it this morning, I am enjoying it on this beautiful, sunny day!

170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

Not sacrilege! For me, in fact, it’s necessary to begin the day with a stout cup o’ Java! The rest of the day I get to enjoy lovely tea.


I think of coffee as being totally necessary (and delicious) in order for one to be fully alert and attentive to the complexities and surprises that tea has to offer. :)

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Tea of the afternoon here. I am not sure what possessed me to buy more tea but I recently got a few things from Den’s. I definitely need to do a moratorium on tea buying after losing my job due to my arm injury.

This is a nice idea for summer time. I love the cold brew flavor of this and the sencha itself is bright and flavorful. I wish I was getting more pear out of this because the pear flavor is pretty mild. I don’t regret buying it though, it’s pretty tasty! To prepare this, you pop a tea bag into your cold water and steep it for at least an hour. I believe I did mine for about 3 hours.

Iced 8 min or more 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

Sorry to hear about your job! I knew you were injured, but didn’t know the other part! Hope everything gets better soon!!!


Thanks, that just happened a few days ago. oh well. :(


Will be praying for peace and provision for you!


Thanks G!

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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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