2706 Tasting Notes

drank Honeybush Vanilla by Teavana
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Tisane of the afternoon here. I managed to get out with the BF today and go for a nice long walk through Golden Gate Park. Thought I would have some of this when I got home, I always forget that I have this, and ancient Christmas gift from my brother. I decided to add a bit of ginger root to mine and that was a nice addition. Sweet and vanilla-y…

Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Banana Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Matcha latte of the morning here. I probably don’t need any more caffeine because I’ve already had two cups of tea and a grande coffee from Starbucks but I don’t care. :)

Recovering from my broken arm will be an ordeal. I read somewhere today for every day your arm was immobolized it will take 3 days for the muscle and joint function to repair itself. Thus I am looking at 3-4 months of rehab time. This morning I was having a big pity party and felt like I needed something to cheer myself up. I got this matcha from Red Leaf yesterday and prepared it for the first time this morning.

I love banana flavored things and this is super good. I made it this morning as a matcha latte and the banana flavor is great in this. It’s even better than I expected. It’s sweet, starchy and overall… banana-y – yum yum yum. I didn’t think it needed sweetener but the soymilk I used already had sugar in it. I can’t wait to make a smoothie out of this as well. Super delicious, I definitely deserve a treat and this is a good one. ;)

Terri HarpLady

I recommend very slow taichi/quigong for rehab, it is the best!


yes I need to look into that!

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drank Cheesecake Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Tea of the afternoon here. I’ve been waiting for this matcha for a while now, I thought maybe the post office had lost it. This was the free matcha sample for March from Red Leaf Tea.

I decided to make a latte out of this because that seemed like it would go well with the cheesecake theme. I love my new milk frother for making matcha lattes. It’s been ages since the last time I’ve had any cheesecake. Aside from being creamy, this has the slight tang one would associate with cream cheese. I am not really getting anything “buttery” however. The flavor seems pretty authentic for a matcha but I cant really imagine drinking this plain. Overall it’s good but I am not blown away, I doubt I would order a full size of this. Maybe it would be better with cardamom. :)

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drank Kashmir Rose by Simpson & Vail
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Tea of the morning here and a sipdown…

I have really enjoyed this tea. I love cardamom and the rose is also really nice in this blend because it’s subtle and not “in your face” perfume-y or girly. This is great with a splash of soymilk. Might need more of this…. it isn’t that easy to find a cardamom tea.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Tea of this afternoon is a matcha latte. I used soymilk for this and added cardamom per the suggestion of one of my Twitter friends. I also used my cheapo milk frother. This is just as good as any Starbucks matcha latte for about 1/8 of the price…

Good news also, my fracture is healing according to the doctor. I will be at home for 3 more weeks convalescing and drinking lots of tea. :)


Yay! Healing is good. :)


I’m so glad to hear that it’s on its way!


thanks, I am happy, finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel


Yay!good news!


Great new!!


That’s great news!

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Tea of the super early morning. I am loving this a bit more every time I have it. A delicious yunnan, malty, peppery, chewy. Makes a great breakfast tea with a splash of soymilk. I may need to make it part of the permanent collection. :)

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drank Jin Pin Black Tea by Yezi Tea
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I’m up early so figured I would dig into this sample from Yezi tea. I’m also a bit lacking in dexterity so I didn’t want to fool around with a gaiwan this morning.

I went for one initial steep via mug method for the first cup. First impressions are that this is lightly fruity with some gentle notes of malt. Very mellow, lacking in bitterness which is a plus for yours truly. It’s easy to sip on plain. I am still sleepy but feel like I notice something creamy in the aroma of this tea, perhaps it’s coconut, hmm.

Second steep I did for 3 minutes to see what other flavors I could coax out of it. It still seems very light and mild with gentle cocoa notes. Other people have mentioned a smoke note and I think I’m getting a bit of that here in the finish. Also still getting a kind of creaminess with this tea.

I’d prefer to drink something mild like this in the afternoon but overall I quite like it. It doesn’t need additions at all but takes a splash of soymilk fairly well. This tea is like an easy going friend.

205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Tea of the evening here and it’s a sipdown. I thought I would try this iced today and it’s very refreshing that way. Too bad S&V doesn’t carry this anymore…

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drank Bananas Foster by 52teas
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I just woke up from a nap. The pain and discomfort in my arm is making it difficult to sleep and I am grumpy but this is why I have lots of tea to cheer myself up, right? ;-)

I remember I had a sample of this quite a while ago but I really liked it. Sitting next to me after being brewed, it smells really good, just like a gooey banana, cinnamon creamy treat. I decided to add soymilk and just a touch of stevia to this. As far as the flavor is concerned it’s a tad light on the banana for me but stronger on the cinnamon and rum (I knocked it down one point from my previous rating). Either way this is a pretty delicious dessert tea. Others have mentioned drinking this iced and I will definitely need to try that. Should I cold brew it? Anyone? Such yum… Not sorry I got this reblend and I think this will go rather quickly around here.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Tea of the mid morning here. It’s a nice sunny day in San Francisco and I wanted something on the light and refreshing side of the spectrum. This is a good citrusy blend, but today I feel like I’m getting nothing but grapefruit. Due to the tartness I prefer this with a touch of sweetener. Not really destined to be a favorite of mine but it’s good for the warm weather!

185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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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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