2794 Tasting Notes


This morning I was walking through Japantown on an errand and decided to stop in a little shop that had Japanese tea and candy. This sounded really nice to me. It comes in a paper cube with 10 individually wrapped paper teabags. I would prefer mesh for obvious reasons but beggars can’t be choosers. :-P

I steeped this for 1.5 minutes using the green tea setting on my variable temp water kettle. This is a ryokucha tea. The aroma is slightly flowery and the tea has a mild vegetal flavor. I’d say the cherry blossom flavor is fairly subtle and natural. I don’t think I’ve had another cherry blossom tea so I’m not sure what to compare this with. It is a very pleasant cuppa however, fresh and elegant are two words that come to mind. There’s an underlying sweetness in the finish of the tea but I don’t think any sugar was added to this. I’m not disappointed I bought this and the teabags will be good for travel or at the office.

Nice discovery for a Monday…

165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Sounds nicely balanced. A lot of the sakura teas I’ve tried have been either very weak or very tart.


I did enjoy it. Would you care for a sample?


PM’ing you.

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Finishing off this delicious sample I got from Norbu a while back. Every sip has such interesting flavors… evergreen, a hint of smoke, cherries, sweet malt. I had the 2011 spring version which is no longer available but they still have the 2012 version on their site. Very tempting!

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Tea of the morning here and it’s a sipdown… Black yunnans never disappoint me and this has been an enjoyable tea, one I would not hesitate to buy again if I place another order with the Jasmine Pearl. Nice and malty this morning and I do get the peppery kick today.

See previous notes if interested.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Té de Frutas by Lupicia
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It’s been a bummer of a day. I just haven’t felt up to doing much aside from resting due to pain and insomnia. I woke up from a nap though, which was really nice. I don’t think I need any more caffeine for the rest of the day, so I thought I’d check out this tea I got last week.

In the tin, this has a very intense fruit aroma of strawberry, peach and lychee. I decided to steep this for 3 minutes according to package directions. The flavor of the tea is definitely a lot more delicate than the aroma of it. Thankfully this doesn’t have the bitterness of some decaf teas I’ve tried, but I was hoping for a little more of a flavor punch. I’m getting a bit of strawberry and peach but the lychee is difficult to find and something is a tad astringent about the whole deal. A pinch of sugar was helpful. Still, I have pretty low expectations when it comes to decaf black teas and overall I think this is o.k.

I decided to stick some in the fridge and cold brew it overnight in the Lupicia handy cooler. Maybe that will help bring out some of the flavor a bit more?

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

I just picked this one up for myself yesterday. I really wish they made a non-decaf version. I’d like to know how the cold brew turns out!


I’ll post another note about the cold brew tomorrow :)

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drank Chestnut Green Tea by Lupicia
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I am having a difficult morning, lots of shoulder pain today and I wish it would just end already!

So it was a perfect time to try this tea, I’ve been wanting to sample this for ages and I can’t believe I never have. It’s delicious! The aroma is sweet and chestnutty, it smells like a decadent dessert of the marzipan variety. The flavor is so good, slightly vegetal almost buttery with loads of sweet chestnut flavor. I don’t know how Lupicia managed this one but it is definitely the best flavored green I’ve had. There is probably artificial flavor in here but I don’t care, ‘cause it’s amazing. This will definitely end up as a staple in my cupboard.

Not sure what else to say about it aside from YUM is the word! Tough times call for delicious teas!

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Mmmm I love this one! I really must order some now that it is back in stock (finally!)


I’m wishing I had bought two!

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Thanks to MzPriss for this sample. I’ve had one other keemun mao feng and that was Harney’s version which I quite liked.

At the 3 minute mark, this brews up to be a medium amber kind of color. I’m getting gentle cocoa notes and there’s something about this that seems almost flowery to me. Other people have mentioned smoke which I am not really getting, aside from a bit of tobacco in the finish that stays with you a bit after you’ve sipped on it. This is very pleasant. Overall it seems like keemun mao fengs may be more to be liking as they seem a bit more gentle than the other keemuns I’ve tried. I guess it has to do with the processing of the leaf.

Glad I got to try this one! — p.s it’s also delicious with soymilk

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

I’m sorry it’s a rough day :(
I usually steep this one about 4 minutes which is a wee bit long for it, but I like it that way. I’m brewing the cardamom tea you sent me now and I’m rolling out pasta cause I was grumpy. Coking makes me happier and cardamom almost always works too. Get better!



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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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This morning I was feeling adventurous so I mixed the last of my assam sample in with some yunnan from the Nature’s Tea Leaf. The result is a very hefty cup with lots of malt and the spicy yunnan aftertaste… yumm. I should really look for some more breakfast blends with yunnans or just make up my own. Somehow I am always disappointed in the tradtional assam/ceylon breakfast blends.

Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Lord Petersham by The Devotea
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Thanks to the Devotea for providing me with this sample tea to try. It’s raining here and I had been wanting something warm and delicious to sip on — caffeine be damned!

This steeps up to be a lighter reddish-brown color. Definitely medium in body and a bit on the mild side. At first sip I was thinking this is a ceylon due to the fruity notes that are present, then I was thinking there was an orange pekeo or perhaps a second flush darjeeling in the mix. Either way, this is a really nice blend for the afternoon. No sign of bitterness or astringency, so this is an easy one to sip on plain but is also good with additions. Lord Petersham is nice but 1910 is still my favorite from the Devotea so far. :)

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Robert Godden

Glad to hear you like it!


This is my best seller, i’m more a chai person myself, but this is a lovely blend i often sample out at events

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drank Silver Buds Yabao by Verdant Tea
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I was looking through my tea stash this afternoon thinking I wanted something low in caffeine and also mild, easy on the stomach. This caught my eye and I can’t believe I’ve never logged a note for it on Steepster but here goes. :)

Tea liquor brews up to be almost clear. In flavor I guess this is most like a white tea, but it has such interesting flavors. There is a definite sweetness with flavors of hay mixed with a pine aroma and flavor. I imagine if you boiled up a stalk of dried wheat it might taste like this (but of course I don’t really know). Somehow it manages to be gentle yet invigorating a bit at the same time.

I admit I’m a bit on the fence about this stuff but it definitely suited the mood I was in. I just have no idea how to assign it a numerical rating because it’s quite unlike any other tea I’ve tried.

1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Glad this suited your mood today. :)) I drank this yesterday and thought it was just hot water. Glad you had a better experience.


I love Yabao. I love the descriptors Verdant has given for it: apple, peppercorn, cinnamon, sparkling, cedar…

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Gah, I had written a whole note for this and one false move with the keyboard and it seems to have been lost somehow.

Anyway this tea is a sample from the David’s co-pilot pack. This and the Super Ginger were the ones I was most interested in trying. There is a LOT going on in this blend. First there is peppermint, but also chai type spices like ginger, cardamom, clove and black pepper. Also licorice. With some tea blends the licorice can be so overdone and sickeningly sweet but I am not finding that here. You can’t really taste any green tea at all, but I know it’s there because I saw it, he he. This is blended very well and pretty tasty, but it is so intense, I wonder if I would drink this on a regular basis. I may pick up a small pack some day.

I tried one cup hot and then poured the other cup over ice. I think I prefer it iced but it got kind of diluted. Iced, it is very refreshing and seems like it would be good on a hot summer day.

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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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!

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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

59-50 Ick

49 and below Nasty


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