2802 Tasting Notes

drank SF Gold Pu'erh by Spicely
2802 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
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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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drank Bamboo Leaf by Min River Tea
2802 tasting notes

Thanks again to Min River for these green tea samples!

This is a beautiful looking leaf, it’s very long, slender and needle like. I decided I was going to steep this for two minutes and after pulling the wet leaf out, it definitely smells of sweet cooked peas. The flavor was kind of light after two minutes, so I decided to steep it for an additional 60 seconds.

The tea liquor here is a very light yellow, like the color of cornsilk. There is a slightly sweet vegetal flavor here that reminds me a bit of corn and peas. With Chinese green teas, I definitely prefer the more robust varieties and this is extremely light. I think it would be good for a warm summer day (perhaps even cold brewed) but it’s a bit light for my particular tastes or I probably would have rated it higher. If you like very delicate teas this may be your cuppa…

Flavors: Corn Husk, Peas

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

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drank Three Ginger by Pukka
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Yesterday I mixed one teabag of this with a lemongrass tea bag and discovered that it makes a delicious iced drink.. this has been a public service announcement :)


It’s true that we’ll be in dire need of iced tea soon! ;-)

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Thanks to JC for a sample of this one…

It’s been a while since I’ve had gyokuro of any kind, I do like them but it can be hard to justify the price. My allergies were bugging me when I woke up this morning, so I thought I’d focus more on green teas today after drinking my matcha smoothie.

I think I may have steeped this at too high a temperature (around 175) with my variable temp kettle. The 1st steep at 90 seconds seems a bit bitter though there are pleasant grassy and nutty notes in the tea with a vivid greenish/yellow tea liquor…

I tried the 2nd steep at a much lower temperature and liked it better. There is more of a umami flavor with some brothiness present. Still grassy but much less assertive. I think you’re supposed to brew gyokuro at lower temperatures but I forgot about that when I prepared this.

I seem to recall I’ve had some other gyokuros that were sweet and a much deeper green than this one. I don’t know if I messed it up due to my brewing parameters? I appreciate having the chance to try it but won’t rate it for now.

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drank English Breakfast by DAVIDsTEA
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Tea of the morning here. I didn’t like this at all the first time I tried it. I don’t think I am a fan of assam/ceylon blends generally as I’ve had a few but they don’t really seem to interest me much. I discovered if you steep this for only 3 minutes it is a lot less bitter and brisk which is good for me, however I just don’t like it a whole lot. Definitely better with milk and sugar but I am really tempted to just get rid of this.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Jasmine Pearls by Steepster
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I’m back from the acupuncturist and decided to try this as my late afternoon/early evening tea. I believe this is from the February Steepster Select box.

I have to admit I’m not the biggest fan of jasmine, but I do enjoy a good Jasmine pearl green tea every now and again. As far as jasmine teas go, this is very light and natural tasting and not terribly perfume-y. This has a light, sweet finish and a melon like flavor which is really reminiscent of a white tea. I don’t think this is the best jasmine pearl I’ve ever had but it’s enjoyable on this sunny afternoon. I think I’ll go in for a second steep.

p.s. this is also good with a bit of organic cane sugar

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Sailor's Delight by Capital Teas
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This is a sipdown… I’ve had this tea for a long time too, so it isn’t as fresh as it used to be, though I’ve still been enjoying it. Yesterday I put this in the fridge overnight so I could have it as a cold brew. I like it iced, the fruity flavors are refreshing. I don’t think this will be a repurchase for me anytime soon but it’s pretty good. So many other teas to try!

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This morning I am drinking this ancient sample I unearthed from my tea stash. It is almost two years old now which shows how long I can neglect a tea…

I like this a bit better than the first time I tried it, it seems a bit bread-y and also has some stone fruit qualities. Still I am not enthralled with it but it’s good to get the tea sample box under control a bit more :)

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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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. :)

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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