2809 Tasting Notes


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 :)

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Liquid Proust

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
2809 tasting notes

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!

190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

i think i’ve heard of this tea before

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drank Coco Chai Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
2809 tasting notes

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.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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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.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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
2809 tasting notes

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….

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Home for the evening but not down for the count yet as my FB says I still need to walk another 2,000 steps. ha ha.

Got this in my new Yunomi order. I got mostly samples and I have been really curious about this one for a while now. Baked apple and roasted houijcha sounds like a really good combination to me. I steeped this according to the package directions, 1 minute at around 195f. I found the tea to be a little thin in taste and very gingery. I like ginger but wasn’t getting apple until the cup cooled down a little. I did get the apple as an aftertaste, but it is kind of on the light side and a bit artificial at that. Hmm. Not too impressed with this at the moment but I will try steeping the rest of the sample for a longer time period and see if that improves my experience of it. For now, I am not too upset that this is just a sample size.

Flavors: Apple, Ginger

195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Liquid Proust

Lupicia has a pretty good honey & pear hoijcha I can send you to try.

I was hoping that this tea would be good, it does sound like a good mixture.

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

Man, more tea blends need to use Houjicha, I do not see it nearly enough.


I have yet to find a flavored hoji that I really like. LP- sure I will take you up on your offer ;)

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drank Milk Caramel by Lupicia
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Good afternoon/evening Steepster.

It has been a massive weekend of exercise for me. Yesterday I walked almost 10 miles which is the longest I’ve done in a while. Today I feel mostly like laying around. ;)

Anyway I wanted something low in caffeine that would be good for this later time of day. Hojicha is always good for that purpose. I find I don’t really care for this blend as much as the other reviewers seem to. I don’t really pick up the caramel flavor much but it is ok with sugar and soymilk. I have barely touched this since I bought it but I don’t think roasted tea like this goes bad too quickly.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

10 miles is great! I did 6 miles the other weekend and messed up my foot :/ it’s better now but damn!


That’s no fun. I have messed up feet, also!

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drank Strawberry & Vanilla by Lupicia
2809 tasting notes

Sipdown of the day…
This isn’t a bad flavored sencha, I don’t know if I will buy anymore in the future since it wasn’t/isn’t one of my favorite flavors but it does make for a nice afternoon tea and a pick me up.

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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