414 Tasting Notes

I finally got around to trying this one. I had the sample of it, and then just went ahead and got it in my September box.

So I tried the sample of it.

It’s a good four seasons oolong. Not the best I’ve had, but not bad at all. I am enjoying it.

It goes well with Twix. I don’t know why, but it does.

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Garret sent me a few of these mini tuochas with my order.

I’ve been looking at them sitting there for a while, but I was never brave enough to try them, or any of the ripe shou that I got from him in the sampler. Nope. Terrified.

I tried these today.

I am in love.

I did two rinses and then tried the third infusion. I didn’t like that one very much, and I dumped it about half way through.

But after that….


At first, it was black, like a dark roast coffee black. Deep, dark, and so rich. Almost creamy. Earthy.

Then it mellowed out. Still rich and creamy, but not to heavy. Delicious. Amazing.

Oh, and did I mention that I was kinda really tea drunk by this point? I just kept gulping it down as fast as I could.

Tea Drunk. At work.

Fortunately, it went fine and dandy, no problems.

The tea did calm down more through the later infusions. It did get almost sweet, which surprised me. REally nice.

I was sad when the final infusion (I wish I’d counted, but I was distracted with work and drinking tea) of 8 minutes was weak. I knew that was the end of it, and stopped there.

I will be buying more of this. So Yummy!


hehe, I’m pretty much always tea drunk at work :) I’m so happy that you enjoyed these mini-tuos. In a year, they will change a bit. In two and three years, they will change much. I don’t want to wish time away, but I do look forward to tasting them then. Did you see that this is also available in 100 gram cakes?

Thanks for writing up your experience with them, my friend!

With gratitude,


Well, I don’t think I could do it every day. Today, it worked…although part of that might be that I went out to lunch during the worst (best!) of it. I really enjoyed this tea. I hadn’t realized it is also available in a cake. Ooh. I might have to just get that and age it. It’ll age better than a mini tuocha, I think. And the minis for enjoying now. Hmmm…… I don’t need more tea. (But I want it. I will just put most of it in a drawer and age it…..hmmm…..)

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I had the rice mini.

I enjoyed it quite a bit. I don’t know why I’ve bee so afraid of Shou, but I have been. I didn’t need to be.

I got multiple infusions out of this. Lots and lots. Just below boiling.

If I didn’t know it was rice, I wouldn’t have guessed rice, but once I knew for sure, that was exactly what it tasted like. Weird how that works.

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August GTT Subscription box

I drank it but I don’t really remember it. I don’t like third flush as much as I do first and second. Shrug.

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August GTT subscription

Much better than the other first flush that was from last year. This one is from this year. The scent from the dry leaves was much stronger, as was the flavor. A good tea. I quite enjoyed this one.

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From the August GTT subscription box.

This is a decent first flush, but it’s from last year, so I wonder if it’s lost a lot of its flavor already because it seems kind of flat. It feels like it wants to be more flavorful, but it just isn’t there.

It’s easy drinking, though, and keeping me company as I work. I can’t work with a bad tea because it actually distracts me too much. This one works.

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Interesting. I have had the empty packet of this tea from the one (free) Steepster Select box I got sitting on my desk so I’d remember it and order it if I ever placed an order with Eco-Cha for months. I never wrote a review or added it to my wish list, apparently.

And I didn’t take tasting notes today because I was sure I’d written a review before. I just don’t see it.

But this oolong has kept me company all day long. It’s been a cruddy day at work, but the tea has been excellent.


Tea therapy! Hope tomorrow is a better day, bad work days stink. :(

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drank Amaretto Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
414 tasting notes


I didn’t realize this was the end of my amaretto matcha until I was trying to add the last little bit to my milk this morning. I just dumped it into a 16oz 2% milk container. Not quite enough matcha but it still was yummy.

I’m debating on ordering more matcha. I need to get more calcium, and this seems an easy way to do it.


Mmmm matcha :)


I splurged. Flavored matcha on the way.


What flavors??? :D


Cheesecake (not my favorite, but decent, and on a crazy good sale today), amaretto, Belgium chocolate, Bavarian cream and hazelnut.



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From the Golden Tips August subscription box


It’s pretty good. I enjoyed it. I’ll probably drink the rest of this instead of passing it on.

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From the Golden Tips August box

Oh Emm Gee.

Can you say Muscat Grapes?

I can. I think I just drank a glass of them.

This tea is what I think a second flush absolutely should be. It’s amazing.

Super muscatel and ends very complex.

I really like it.

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Still relatively new to drinking teas, or so I feel, even though I’ve been at it for several months now.

I’m drinking more and more of different varieties of tea.

It’s been a few months that I’ve been on here. I’ve expanded from greens and flavored teas to now I’m all about the oolongs and some unflavored blacks. I’m mostly drinking unflavored teas now, but there are a few of those flavored ones that have a special place in my heart.


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