2809 Tasting Notes

drank Bamboo Leaf by Min River Tea
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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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drank Lemon French Macaron by Butiki Teas
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I’ve had this for a few weeks now but haven’t gotten around to reviewing it until now. I believe this is one of Stacy’s newer blends and it smells incredible in the package.

I steeped this according to package directions and the lemon flavor is quite strong in this blend. I thought I’d add some organic cane sugar to really make this more dessert like. It’s hard to believe there is no actual lemon zest in this tea. I wouldn’t say I feel it is “cake” like exactly, but it’s a good lemony white tea that I’m enjoying this afternoon.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Houjicha Ichiban by Steepster
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Good afternoon Steepster.
It’s been a very busy weekend for me and my Sweetie, sometimes he is a dynamo of energy. We went to 3 festivals yesterday and today we went for a hike. Much to my chagrin, I discovered that my arm hurts when walking sometimes, I wonder if I will ever be back to normal with this stupid arm injury.

Anyway it seems like a nice relaxing afternoon for tea. This came in one of the Steepster select boxes, and I ended up tossing the first steep because I thought it seemed kind of soapy, like I didn’t rinse my teapot out enough. I decided to dump the first pot out and start all over again with the 2nd sample after rinsing the teapot very thoroughly.

After checking out the second sample, I still thought this tea looked slightly “foamy” after brewing which seems kind of odd. I’ve had several houijchas that I’ve really liked but this doesn’t seem to be one of them somehow. I definitely get the roasted cacao quality but it isn’t flavorful enough for me and the finish seems slightly bitter somehow. I don’t know why but I just wasn’t a big fan of this and don’t want to drink the cup that is now sitting in front of me. Sorry Steepster. :(

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

Foamy? Maybe the tea is rabid ;)


sure seemed that way, lol

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drank English Toffee by Simpson & Vail
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Good morning Steepster
This is kind of a strange choice for breakfast but I chose it anyway because I’m not drinking a lot of teas in the afternoon these days due to concerns about caffeine.

However, my insomnia seems to be getting MUCH better. My arm is healing enough so that I’m not being woken up 5 times a night due to pain. I’ve slept pretty well in the last week, of course some of that is due to not having to be at my stressful job.

I still have too much of this tea left. I’ve discovered that the flavor is improved by adding sugar but I just don’t want it in my tea cabinet anymore. If I got rid of every tea I feel is mediocre I would purge 1/2 my collection in one day, lmao. As it is, I usually just get rid of the ones that are so horrible I would never drink them. Which makes me wonder, why do I keep buying teas I don’t like when there are so many I do like? I guess I always want to be trying new things but perhaps it’s better to stick to the tried and true….

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

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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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