2731 Tasting Notes


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
2731 tasting notes

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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I got this matcha yesterday in Japantown. Normally I go for the Maeda-en standard grade matcha but they were all out, so I thought I’d get this instead. I mostly use matcha in tea lattes and smoothies so I didn’t see the point in getting anything ceremonial grade. I had some this morning when I woke up: in a pineapple/banana/soymilk/chia smoothie. That was super tasty!

Then I decided to try some of this the standard way using the ceremonial matcha bowl and whisk. Drinking it plain, it is definitely bold and grassy with bitterness. When it comes to drinking matcha plain, you definitely get what you pay for. I’ve had some really nice ceremonial matcha that’s naturally sweet and delicate but almost 3x the price. I wasn’t expecting this to be great on its own, but for mixing with other things it’s fine.

165 °F / 73 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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drank Marie-Antoinette by Nina's Paris
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2/2 of the teas I ordered from Nina’s, again I love the little red tins!

This smells heavenly in the tin and the brewed cup; I love the aroma of tart apple and rose. I tried to be slightly conservative in my leafing and steeping as I know this is a strong blend. 2 minutes, 30 seconds seems like a good time for this but I might step it slightly longer next time. I never would have thought to put apple and rose together but it is nice. This is a very girly tea and will be good for the afternoon time. It’s a nice one to sip on plain… although I am getting a touch of bitterness from the ceylon base that is easily remedied with a touch of sweetener. Another tea from Nina’s that seems very elegant but I’m not sure if I would add this to my list of “must haves”.

Definitely it is more appropriate for an afternoon tea than a morning tea. I liked their strawberry tea a bit better than this blend which comes across a tad bit perfume-y for yours truly.

Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I’m glad you’re enjoying your order. :)


thanks :)


I love the chameleon nature of this one…it is a rose flavored tea at three minutes and a sour apple tea at four!

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I haven’t been drinking very much pu-erh lately as my pu-erh collection is in a box in the kitchen and it’s difficult for me to get to at the moment. I managed to fish out these tuos out of the box after lunch.

After a quick rinse I decided to steep this up in my yixing teapot I’ve reserved for shus. I did two steeps at 30 seconds each and combined them into one cup of tea. These are good tuos, the tea liquor is dark and creamy and this is so mellow with the date flavor. see previous notes for more details. I hope to drink up some of my other pu-erhs soon if I can manage to access them.

Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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drank Cleanse by Pukka
2731 tasting notes

My teenage years are long behind me, but I’m afraid the stress of my injury is making my face break out – BOO!

I bought this a while ago but only tried it a few times but I figure now is the time to see if it can really do anything. I steeped some up and put it over ice because it’s warm today. Makes a very pleasant iced tea so I decided I will make some more and stick it in the fridge for later. Predominate notes are mint and licorice but I really like it & it also seems to be good for an upset stomach. The licorice isn’t overwhelming like some other teas I’ve tried.

Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

Ha! I have worse acne now as I approach my 40s than I did as a teenager. I hope the injury, and the acne, clear up soon!

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I was super interested to try this after SimplyJenW’s review. I would not really call myself a Chinese tea connoisseur however and keemuns are one I have tended to shy away from in the past.

I know I could have gong fu’d this but I didn’t see any particular instructions on the website so I decided to steep it Western style. The tea liquor brews up to be a clear reddish brown and the aroma is that of roasted chocolate.

As far as flavor is concerned this is a very interesting tea. I’m getting a tiny bit of smoke along with notes of roasted grains. There is a faint bitterness here and something of pipe tobacco with cocoa. hmmm. Don’t know about keemuns, I keep trying to make myself like them but I’ve only had a few that I really love. I liked this better with milk than plain but it still seems a bit “winey” to me. Might need to gong fu the remainder of this sample before making a decision but it’s more something I am forcing myself to drink than it is a pleasant experience. Must be my tastebuds.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I LOVE Keemun. Haven’t had this one, but I need to put it on the list. I want ALL the Keemuns.


MP-how do you normally prepare yours?


keemun + maple syrup = the best.


Just saw this question. I normall do Keemuns Western style. I do about 200-205 for about 3.5-4 minutes. But if I get a new one that I’ve never tried before, I try to follow their suggestions the first time and adjust to my taste in subsequent steeps. I like them plain but I have been known to add a little honey or maple syrup like Sil and the occasional drop or two of milk.

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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. :)

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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

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