2809 Tasting Notes

drank Almond Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
2809 tasting notes

Good afternoon Steepster…
We were having a nice, warm sunny day but the fog rolled in and took care of that (typical for San Francisco).

I got this matcha in my last Red Leaf order. I wasn’t a big fan of the Belgian chocolate, but this is a lot better. I made a hot latte with it this afternoon and I made a cold matcha drink with soymilk in it the other day. Each drink was equally as good. It does have a slightly sweeter, marzipany quality about it, but I liked that. In my opinion this is pretty yummy and somehow less grassy than the Belgian chocolate, though I did order the standard matcha flavor on this as well. I prepared this by nuking my soymilk in the microwave and then mixing it up with a milk frother.

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I bet it is gorgeous down on the peninsula! I’ll be there in a week and can’t wait to go tea shopping. Eeeee!


Nice! Where do you plan to go?


I moved to Cali mid-December and I have been dying to go see what SF has to offer in terms of loose leaf.


Oh man, everywhere! Lupicia, David’s, there are several shops I have book marked that sell Kusmi or Mariage Freres both in SF and Oakland.


Dustin, you may also want to check out Red Blossom in Chinatown if you like Chinese teas!


Hey Dustin, where can you get Mariage Freres teas in SF? I haven’t come across them yet.


Last time I was in town I checked out several tea shops in Chinatown. Red Blossom was interesting, but packed with tourists tasting, so it was really hard to get any help and I just ended up leaving.


From what I have read, a lot of the William Sonomas in the bay area have a few tins. Bi-Rite markets have mini Kusmi tins. Dandelion has MF… I thought I had a few more bookmarked for SF.
In the East Bay The Pasta Shop has MF in tins and bulk, Market Hall Foods and Maison d’Erte are supposed to have them too. Pasta Shop is the only one I have been too, the others I have just seen online mentions of having gotten MF there in the past.




There is a French bakery in Hayes Valley called Chantal Guillon, aside from macarons they sell MF teas, or at least they did the last time I was there which was 2 years ago or something

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drank Sencha "Chiran" by Lupicia
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Tea of the morning here! My Boyfriend is trying to transition off of coffee to green tea because of stress issues so I thought we would try this one to start with. As far as senchas are concerned it is slightly sweeter than some I have tried but it definitely has a seaweed-y type of flavor. I liked it and so did he. I sent him home with some sencha teabags. I might make this a green tea day myself.

In other news, I went to the doctor yesterday and he has signed me off of work for an additional two months…. :-/

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

Two more months is a long time, but obviously you need it. :( I’m glad the tea went over well with the BF.


Thank, my most immediate concern is just money. I need to put myself on a budget! Luckily I have enough tea to last for at least 6 months I would guess. ;-)

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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
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I decided to keep in line with the chocolate theme this morning and have a pot of Florence tea with my breakfast. When I first got this I loved it but my enthusiasm seemed to wane rather quickly after I bought 7 oz. of it. So I have probably had a tin of this for over 3 years and I am rarely in the mood for it somehow. I think the key to greater success with this one is a 5+ minute steeping time as well as a generous amount of sugar. At least I can say the aging process doesn’t seem to have hurt it at all. ;-)

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

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This was the free Matcha sample this month from Red Leaf tea. I was really looking forward to trying this but I guess I am a little “meh” about this one. I mixed it in with some soymilk this morning to have a matcha latte. There is definitely a chocolate flavor but it seems totally obscured by the matcha flavor. It’s like drinking liquid grass with a chocolate flavor. I’ve had several of Red Leaf’s other flavored matchas and I liked them a lot better. I don’t think I would buy this one, but if I did I would definitely get the mild matcha option at the checkout.

Flavors: Chocolate, Grass

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

Good to know!


well, other people seemed to like it more!

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I decided to cold brew this last night for today’s lunch (veggie sushi) and am glad I did. It makes a delicious iced tea with a light currant/grape flavor. this is one of those teas that sits in my cupboard that I seem to forget about for some reason. Maybe I’ll be drinking more of it soon now that I know it’s good for the warm weather.

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Here’s another green tea from my Min River sampler pack. I don’t think I’ve ever had a Jade Eyebrow tea before. The leaves of this tea are fairly small and curly. After taking a whiff of the steeped leaves, my immediate associations are that of green beans.

The tea liquor brews up to be a vivid greenish-yellow. The flavor of this tea is very bold and vivid. I’ve been sipping on it a bit and get vegetal tones, brothiness and some citrus flavors in the finish. Something about this seems very nourishing, almost like soup.

When it comes to Chinese green teas, I tend to like the bolder ones and this would definitely qualify. So far I have been very impressed with all of my Min River samples and I would definitely consider buying a full size of this someday. Their teas seem very clean and pure.

Flavors: Green Beans

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

What an interesting tea name!


Glad you enjoyed it! The farmer told us it was a unique tea of their own creation – it’s a bit of a mix of traditional Sichuanese green tea processing techniques and they chose the name themselves. In Chinese it’s Qing Mei (青眉) which literally translates to “Green/Jade Eyebrow”.

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drank Two Tigers by The Devotea
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Good morning Steepster…
I was having a heck of a time sleeping last night which is odd, because the night before I slept like a rock! Anyway when I got up this morning I wanted something hefty and this certainly fits the bill. Dark, with malty, spicy and winey notes, it takes sugar and soymilk really well. Don’t know if this will wake me up but it certainly makes for a delicious morning cuppa.

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

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drank Laos Black #05 by Steepster
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Good morning Steepster.
I am having a rough day already as shoulder and arm pain kept me up again last night but that seems to be more of my normal routine than not. Also I drank some yellow tea around 5 pm and I should not be drinking caffeine at all that late. Just couldn’t resist!

This came in the March Steepster select box, I believe. It’s a nice medium bodied tea, malty and with no tannins or astringency. It’s nice enough but I wouldn’t say it’s bowled me over in terms of its flavor profile. This is pretty good plain but I also enjoyed it with some soymilk. Definitely a decent tea but not something I would really need to keep on hand.

Boiling 2 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

Sorry that you have to experience so much pain…hope the tea helps a little.
You just reminded me I have this awesome yellow tea I keep forgetting about, added to todays list!


Thanks Tea Fairy. Of course I am very comforted by my gigantic tea collection, lmao :)

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I bought this at Trader Joe’s a few days ago and am just getting around to trying it now. It’s a paper teabag which is definitely one drawback but the price was super cheap.

I decided to steep two teabags up in a large mug. Yeah it definitely tastes like paper to me, oh well. Aside from that the strongest element in here is the clove which seems VERY strong, it’s almost to the point of bitterness. I don’t really understand all the positive reviews of this because I think it’s a bit icky but nothing ventured, nothing gained, so they say. I did add soymilk and a teaspoon of sugar but it isn’t one of my favorite rooibos blends at all… hopefully I will manage to finish the box.

Flavors: Cloves

Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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Good afternoon Steepster!
I am way behind on trying all the tea samples I got from swaps and elsewhere and I got some free samples today from Min River Tea that are green and yellow teas. Thanks to Min River for their generosity :)

This is the first tea I wanted to try. I haven’t had too many yellow teas in my lifetime but the ones I’ve had were very enjoyable. I steeped this one for two minutes in a regular teacup and it’s very tasty. I would definitely agree with the company’s description of:

“It’s rich, thick and vegetal tastes have a surprisingly long-lasting mouth-feel”.

It has a very light yellow, almost brothy appearance and is very refreshing in the mouth. Something about it reminds me slightly of artichoke. There’s a slight palate cleansing bitterness in the finish but nothing offensive in any way. This is a very tasty yellow tea and I’m glad I have more in my sample. I think I’ll go in for a second steep now…

p.s. second steep was yummy!

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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