2809 Tasting Notes


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
2809 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
2809 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
2809 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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drank SF Gold Pu'erh by Spicely
2809 tasting notes

I wonder if it’s too late in the day to be drinking any caffeine at 9:43 pm. However it’s a Friday night so I think I’m living dangerously. WooT!

I haven’t had this tea in a long time, so long in fact, that I had to read my previous tasting note to remember anything about it. I like the idea of a chocolate pu’erh but this is just kind of light on the chocolate flavor. Do you ever write notes to yourself on your tea tins? I wanted to remember to steep this for at least 4 minutes next time.

I haven’t been drinking many pu’erhs at all lately. Haymen at the Aroma Tea Shop says I might be all pu’ed put… lol

On another positive note I am happy with the progress I am making in PT. Although it is overall exceedingly slow I am doing a little bit better all the time so I am optimistic that I will be able to avoid surgery! wheeee

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

I’m glad you’re doing better hope you get to avoid the surgery.


thanks :)

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drank Yunnan Golden Buds by Verdant Tea
2809 tasting notes

Tea of the morning here. Didn’t sleep too well last night but I am hoping today will be a good day! I have to admit I felt a sense of relief upon looking at my tea collection this morning because at least running out of tea isn’t something I will need to worry about for a while. :)

This isn’t really my favorite tea from Verdant or my favorite Yunnan, but I am appreciating its gentle nature today. I added some soymilk to mine and am getting some notes of sweet potato and spices.

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

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Good afternoon Steepster…

I am feeling a bit down today as my work notified me they were replacing me at my job due to my injury. The final stick in the eye seems to be that they “might” offer me a part time position in the future in some remote office in order to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Why can’t they just lay me off and give me a severance package after the 9 years of service I’ve given them? :((

Anyway depressing things aside, I was in the mood for some oolong this morning so decided to have this today. It’s a nice darker oolong and seems sweet and plummy, as well as cinnamon-y. I think I may have underleafed it this time because I recall it being more flavorful in the past. Live and learn…


Hm. While that sounds fishy to me (your employer’s behavior, I mean) I had a similar thing happen seven years ago. It was the BEST thing that ever happened to me, because it made room for me to live my dreams – and now I am. Huge hugs to you!


that is great to hear! thank you!


Sorry you’re going through a rough patch, to put it mildly. Hang in there. Things will get better eventually.

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Wow, what a terrible employer. Geez. So sorry you have to go through that, especially given how loyal you have been to work there for so long. Just terrible.


Sorry to hear :(


I’m really sorry to hear that! I’m no expert, but your employer’s behavior doesn’t really seem like it would be within the law.


mj- sadly I spoke with a lawyer and although they are a*holes they have done nothing illegal as far as he can tell. thanks for joining my pity party everyone! ;-)


That’s really shitty.


That’s really rotten. :(


Oh no, that’s really awful.


Oh no :( that sucks!

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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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