2802 Tasting Notes

Bleah, I am not feeling too great today for some reason. Woke up with big allergy face and also taking an antibiotic for an unrelated condition. Seems like a good day to focus on green tea and eating fruit.

So this is another sample shincha I got from Yunomi. By the way I noticed they are doing a free shipping deal on shincha this weekend if you spend $40 and with the discount code of KEY05. I just ordered from them (and have plenty of green tea too) but I don’t know if I can pass this deal up. I’ve been giving away some green tea to my BF because he likes it too. ;)

This is another good shincha, very vivid green in color and fresh tasting. You can get at least 2-3 decent steeps out of these teas. I feel like this is a little more bitter than the last one I tried from them. Maybe more of an asparagus flavor than spinach and definitely less on the sweet side. tasty though. I definitely feel healthy when I drink these teas but I don’t know if it’s the placebo effect.

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drank You're welcome by T-We Tea
2802 tasting notes

Afternoon tea that I got at local company T-We tea in San Francisco. I wasn’t expecting too much from this blend but it’s really good in my opinion. Of course, I love ginger and that is the predominant flavor of this blend: ginger with a slight hint of orange. There’s white tea in it too but it’s actually hard to find to detect the white tea in it. I might have to go back and get some more of this next week. If you don’t like ginger I wouldn’t bother though.

I definitely felt this was warming, invigorating and SPICY! I also found if you buy a glass tumbler from them they will give you a free cup of tea every time you go in. Pretty good deal if you’re in the area, the tumbler would pay for itself in a little over 10 visits. I think I will be doing that more often :)

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Just a short tasting note here. I honestly didn’t know what this was and thought it was a black tea so I used boiling water with it. It still came out fine though, just reminds me of genmaicha. I don’t think I am picking up the black soybean flavor… it is nutty and rice-y though. Not a bad morning cuppa, I don’t think I need to get any more though.

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sounds….different heh

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Soybean Rice and Matcha? HMMMMMM.


I like this one but it’s definitely an unusual mix :)


Very interesting


ahh still really wanna try this one sometime! Seems so interesting!


hi! id like to try this tea :D care to swap?


@Kirkoneill1988 – I wish I could but I literally had the one teabag that came in the Lupicia holiday gift set.


that’s ok :)

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One of a few shincha samples I purchased from Yunomi this spring. I hope I am not going to regret this caffeine later but I seem to do ok with Japanese green teas in the afternoon and the theanine helps me relax this as well.

A lovely shincha from Yunomi. Couldn’t grab the photo off their site, so sorry about that. I am drinking it in my new clay kyusu though which came from Japantown. Here’s the photo on IG: https://instagram.com/p/2mgX4JILZD

Anyway this is a really nice shincha. I did one 90 sec steep and one 60 sec steep and found I liked it slightly better at the 60 sec. mark. It has a lot of flavor, brothy with spinach type notes, a nice sweetness and a slight bitter finish. It seems very clean and fresh but it’s not the sweetest shincha I’ve tried. I might try steeping this at 30 seconds too. Pretty happy with it though, definitely a tasty tea and gives a nice relaxing energy :)

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How many grams of shincha do you use per session?


I used about 5g and this teapot is not very large, makes about 8 oz of tea


did it have an asparagus taste too? or am i confusing asparagus with spinach?


spinach is sweeter than asparagus but they are both green :)



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drank Pineapple Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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Backlog – I had this Sunday, just one cup made for me at the David’s tea store. I wasn’t too impressed with this. It tasted like watery pineapple juice and I could barely detect any oolong at all. Won’t be a repurchase for me, sorry David’s!

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i think i’ve heard of this tea before

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drank Coco Chai Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
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Finished off another pouch of this tonight. I think rooibos chai is my favorite dessert tea. This isn’t even the one I like the best but it’s good enough that I keep going back for more. Nice with soymilk and a bit of stevia tonight.

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms out there and thanks to Wymm for this sample. Nice to have a shu puerh on this day we are having, which is mostly cold and overcast.

I steeped this tea about 4 times this afternoon and have been really enjoying it. Has a rich, earth taste with a little bit of sweetness. With my first steep, I was reminded of mushrooms and cherries. I had about 4 steeps only because I was worried about the caffeine. Definitely a decent shu and one worth checking out.

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A delicious breakfast tea with some wonderful chocolate-y notes. I’ve been finishing some things off lately, which is good. However this is gone but not forgotten. It is definitely going in my re-purchase list as it’s one of my favorite breakfast teas. Very malty and chocolate-y, and perfect with a bit of soymilk.

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this one and american breakfast are my favs i think. I picked up paris breakfast this last trip to see what it’s all about


I have never thought of it having chocolate notes before! I’ll have to pay more attention next time I have a cup.

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drank Organic Assam by Harney & Sons
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Sipdpwn – finished off another tin of it this morning. This is a tea I almost always keep in my cupboard but I might try to wait a while until I finish off more of the black teas I have. Very enjoyable for a morning cuppa with (soy) milk and sugar.

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Sipdown for the day. I actually liked this one, though some of the tasters did not. It’s a decent low caffeine blend – just a bit of green tea and lots of spiciness including ginger, licorice and pepper. I don’t mind licorice in small doses but I can def. see how this might be too sweet for some people. I’m kind of glad to be finishing something off but I might get more of this someday….

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