2811 Tasting Notes

drank Soba Cha Deep Roast by Steepster
2811 tasting notes

Good afternoon Steepster!
Ugh, I have been out on disability for almost 3 months and I got back to the office today, working part time until June. I don’t know why but sitting at my desk is causing me some incredible pain. I am definitely more comfortable at my desk at home but they won’t let me work at home. I think because here I have a drafting table and a drafting chair and it seems more comfortable than being all scrunched up at a short desk.

Anyhoo, I got two Steepster select boxes while I was gone and decided to open them both up today. I don’t know if I’ve ever had a buckwheat tisane before. This smells really good, very nutty and bready. The flavor is nice and sweet. I am getting a grainy sweetness and even though this is a dark roast, it doesn’t taste like something that’s been dark roasted. I like this fairly well but maybe not enough to actually run out and buy any. It’s nice that I survived my day but I wonder if anyone around me noticed how I was so whiny and grumpy. Harumph!

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
carol who

It is always so hard to go to work after medical problems. Especially if you are in pain. :( Hope you feel better soon. We don’t want a grumpy TeaBrat, now do we?


Thanks, I’m afraid I have a long recovery ahead but at least I have plenty of tea. ;-)


I’m sorry you’re in so much pain. :(


Sorry about the painful desk arrangement :( Can you convince them to get you an ergonomic assessment for your workarea?

I signed up for Select last month, and the box with the Soba Cha was my first. I found it really interesting – more like a light broth than a beverage, really. I kind of want more!

Hesper June

Oh no! I hope something can be figured out soon, so you can work pain free!


Thanks all! No the people I work with have been jerks about the whole thing but for now I’m taking a lot of breaks and using ice when I need it.


@TeaBrat, hope you feel better and take it easy at work…I am new to this community and in SF too.


btw, I see you are also a buddhist, that’s great. I went to the two zen centers each once

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drank Kukicha Citron by Spicely Organics
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I picked this tea up after my acupuncture appt. today at the Spicely store on Market Street. They have some unique blends and I don’t think I’ve ever had a blended kukicha before so I thought I would give this one a try.

Instructions say to steep this at 180 f for 2 minutes. This is the roasted kukicha and I definitely think this could be steeped at a much hotter temperature. It’s a light mix of green tea, orange and fennel and it’s pleasant for the afternoon I am having. I ended up doing a second steep with boiling water and it seemed fine that way. This is a very pleasant cuppa though it isn’t destined to be a huge favorite of mine.

It looks like I am going back to work on Monday part time! I hope I manage to survive it. I am still not sleeping very much… :(

Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I’m happy for you that you’re going back to work…I think that’s a good thing?


I don’t know, I wish I didn’t have to!


I’m sorry. :-( I also hope your sleep improves…

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drank Three Ginger by Pukka
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I ended up going for a walk to Whole Foods today and spending money on things I didn’t really need. Well, I did get food but I didn’t need more tea that’s for sure. ;-)

It’s strange that the Whole Foods near my work does not have any Pukka teas at all, but the one closer to my house has a smaller assortment of teas and a lot of the Pukkas. I’ve been wanting to try this for a while. It’s definitely gingery and intense. I’m sure I must have had galangal before in Thai food but I couldn’t really tell you how the flavor is different than ginger. There’s licorice in here too, the tea doesn’t really need it but it provides a bit of sweetness. Also this has a bit of turmeric in it, not enough to really make the tea yellow however. This is definitely a warming and spicy tea! I wish Pukka had a variety pack so I could try some of the individual offerings without having to buy an entire box.

I don’t love it, but I think it will be good to have this one around for my achy body which still feels like that of a 90 yr. old arthritic woman. I am healing a bit more every day!

Flavors: Licorice

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Sailor's Delight by Capital Teas
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This tea ended up being my cold brew experiment of the day. It makes a pretty good cold brew but I think I prefer it hot. Cold, the papaya and green tea notes really seem to pop out and I don’t get a lot of strawberry. Definitely serves the purpose of refreshing me on this sunny day and maybe will wake me up gently (as I just got up from a nap!)

Iced 8 min or more

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drank Stanley's Blend by Harney & Sons
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Good morning Steepster. I was up early and I’ve already had a pot of Kangaita OP and a fruit smoothie with cheesecake matcha in it. I thought I’d revisit the rest of this sample I got a few months ago from H & S but first I had to use a nasal spray and now I cannot taste anything.

I am sorry Stanley — whoever you are — I guess my previous tasting note will have to suffice.

Sami Kelsh

And here I am all curious about this tea because when I hear the name Stanley, all I can think of is Stanley from the US version of The Office, and so I’m picturing a tea that tastes of crossword puzzles and indifference.


I just laughed out loud, Sami Kelsh. Lol


ha, I never really watched that show but now I may need to ;-)

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Happy Earth Day Steepster…

I made some of this earlier today thinking it would be my tea to try iced today. It is good iced but I think I prefer it hot with sugar. I taste more lemon and mint than green tea this afternoon. It might be better to cold brew this one because ice dilutes the flavor a lot.

Speaking of Earth Day I should get my butt up off my chair and go outside for some exercise. I have been feeling so unmotivated today so far and just plain tired. I think allergy season is officially here from the way I’ve been sniffling this morning.


It doesn’t help that the weather is in that in-between stage. Here in MI one day it’s sunny and 75F the next it’s a cold and cloudy 35F… like today D’:
Feel better!

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This came in my last Butiki order… yay for new tea orders!

When I opened up the bag it didn’t seem to me that the dried leaf smelled very pumpkin-y at all, but after the tea is brewed you get the flavor. I am certainly picking up the clove and cinnamon notes and having an oolong for the base of this instead of a black tea gives it a nice gentle quality. I might try adding a bit of ginger to this next time around, if there is any I’m not really tasting it.

I liked this a bit better after adding some soymilk to it, so it’s more like a latte and more like a milkshake! I guess this would be more appropriate for fall than the spring weather we are having, but I have definitely enjoyed this and have no doubt I’ll be polishing off the entire bag soon. :)

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

adding soymilk sounds like a really good idea! :D

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drank Peppermint tea by Twinings
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This morning I was goofing around on the Red Blossom Tea website and I saw they had a peppermint rose tea so I thought this was something I needed to try and I wanted it to be an iced tea.

I mixed up some of my peppermint Twinings teabags with rosebuds I got at the herb store. I really like this combination and it’s good as an iced tea too. The rose adds a nice flavor to the mint while also tempering it down a bit. I would recommend trying it out sometime (or you could try the Red Blossom version)

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drank Coconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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I thought I’d try cold brewing this last night as an experiment. I think I like the cold brew better than I like this hot but it is still not my favorite coconut oolong so I’m kind of bummed I have several more ounces to finish off. I think the key with David’s is to try their teas by the to-go cup first before buying a whole package!

Iced 8 min or more

I buy as small as I can get, as they can sell as little as 10g, though some teas you need more than that if it is heavy or bulky.

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Yesterday I was cleaning up my tea stash and I found these black dragon pearls which I forgot I had. Even worse I never reviewed them on Steepster, how irresponsible of me. ;-)

I decided to steep this Western style in my stump teapot for 3 minutes. I notice this has a slight floral aroma which is really interesting. I definitely get a lot of cocoa notes as well as the sweet honey aftertaste. A very mellow and mild tea, I think this would be a good one for the afternoon too. This is a great one to drink plain if you like your black teas without additions. The Aroma Tea Shop has such great stuff, definitely a good place to visit if you’re in S.F. and you like tea.

Flavors: Cocoa, Honey, Malt

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

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