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92
drank Pai Mu Tan by Unknown
159 tasting notes

Had six cups of this over the last two days. Rapidly becoming a favourite!
Nice slow steep brings out a mellow flavour. No bitterness.
Frangrant from about 5min steeping. Absolutely recommended to drain the pot as you drink and then resteep about 4 times over the day.
Aftertaste is a gentle lingering sweetness

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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78
drank Oolong by Unknown
1702 tasting notes

We buy this in bulk…about 31 cents an ounce…at local health food store. Can’t beat it for the price! I’ll have to see if I can associate it with a brand. The leaves are big and loose and … well, leafy instead of tea-ey. It has a nice wet-earth sort of aroma and a hearty brown (as opposed to golden or black or chartreuse) flavor. Ices pretty well in the summer too.

laurenpressley

That sounds lovely! I wonder what brand it is… I have a few teas like this, too, where they’re good, but I’m not sure what company they come from.

gmathis

We literally scoop it out of a bin; I think I’ve seen some 20-pound feed-sack sized bags of the same on the shelf. (Can you imagine how long it would take to drink 20 pounds of tea?)

laurenpressley

That’s awesome! And I can’t even imagine with 20 pounds of tea looks like, let alone how long it would take to get through it! Fun stuff!

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drank Green Tea by Unknown
1267 tasting notes

I’ve been gathering courage for this. After dropping a certain package off at the post office I was attacked by sudden drowsiness. Initially I thought, “bad time for tasting a new tea”, but then I thought, “half unconscious is probably a pretty good time for tasting a new and intimidating tea, actually…”

For Christmas I got this great big mug with the word ‘tea’ on it (which btw isn’t very good to drink from. Too large and unwieldy), some biscuits, a tea measuring spoon and a tin with these bags in it. I can’t find anything about which brand it supposedly is or which type of green tea it supposedly is.

It looks like dust and fannings in the bag, so I’m not getting my hopes up about the quality. Also, it smells rather a lot of salt water and seaweed. Like, when I smell it, I can almost hear the seagulls. It smells like something you ought to drink on a blustery day while standing in the dunes and looking out towards the sea.

Oh look, it’s radioactive green tea again! That must mean there’s a good chance for it being a japanese green, but then it quickly turned a much less amusing sunny yellow, so now I don’t know.

It still smells pretty salt waterish, but not as blustery-day-in-the-dunes-ish. It’s more like after you’ve gone home again and you’re feeling all blown through, so you need something warm so you can feel like a person again, while waiting for dinner to be ready. The dinner bit comes from a buttery note in the aroma.

Okay, there’s no way out, so I’m taking a sip. Aaaaaaaaand we’re back on the beach. Very strong note of seaweed in the flavour here. To continue with the blustery-day-at-the-beach scenario, a fricking seagull just flew off with my dinner so now I have to make do with seaweed in a cup! And not that fancy sushi stuff either. I’m actually finding myself wondering what it would have tasted like if it had been brewed on lightly salted water instead of just tap water. (I’m not even remotely dumb enough to actually test that particular theory out, though)

All that said, I’m not actually completely disliking it, it’s just different. It’s a pleasant enough sort of taste once you’ve reconciled yourself with it. If you expected something sweet and grassy, you would be hugely unhappy with this. But if something like this was what you were expecting, it’d probably be quite nice. Having remembered to take a good sniff at the bags before steeping, I had a fairly good idea of what I was in for, so I’d probably give it around 65 or so.

This isn’t the first unknown green tea I’ve had and others might need it too, so I’ll refrain from using the rating slider.

Ricky

Sweet the mysterious package is making a journey around the world! Hopefully it doesn’t get stuck in customs when the time comes ;D

Angrboda

I crossed off ‘gift’ on the customs sticker, so I’m hoping it shouldn’t happen. :)

RubySlipperLady

I love to read your tasting notes. Such vivid writing! Thanks!

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87
drank Gen Mai Cha by Unknown
22 tasting notes

I need to get more of this. A small-leaf tea with roasted rice (some bits popped like popcorn) in it, I love this for relaxing. The smell is sweet and not very grassy, and the liquor is a pale gold. The taste is smooth and has a nutty undertaste that’s very subtle, almost like a cornsilk infusion.

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drank Oolong tea candy by Unknown
1267 tasting notes

I may be pushing the limits with this one. I debated whether or not it belonged on the board or in one of my own posts, but eventually I decided that since it’s made of primarily real tea and it’s built pretty much like my other posts so here it is.

Once upon a time I was in a travelling teabox, the very same that inspired the one I’m organising here (note! Sign up for the Travelling Teabox by emailing address and steepster username to me at [email protected] before dec 31st! Guidelines for participation can be found in this thread (http://steepster.com/discuss/102-travelling-teabox) on the board) and someone added these candies that I nabbed a couple of. Two red ginseng candies from Korea, containing sugar, maltose, red korean ginseng chunks, raw honey and peppermint, and two oolong tea candies from god knows where in Asia and containing oolong tea, maltose and sugar. (There were also a couple of maple candies which I’ve eaten long ago)

I’ve never had the guts to try either of these, but tonight I happened across them and I was feeling brave. It’s a sort of greenish dark grey colour and it smells vaguely of tea. It definitely does taste like a sweetened proper oolong tea, though. It’s like a dry cup of tea. It’s like…. sucking on the leaves after brewing. It tastes like the inside of the pot smells after a number of good steeps. I wish I could get my hands on more of these, because they’re really kinda yummy! One is definitely enough, but I could get addicted to these things.

(The ginseng ones didn’t actually have tea in them, smelled rather bad, and tasted worse… it was like sucking on a bit of dry toothpaste. The less said about those the better.)

Carolyn

I came across this today while looking at pu-erhs: http://www.puerhshop.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=105&products_id=725

They’re called pu-erh candies. I’m not certain whether they are actually candy or not. All I know is that they definitely have pu-erh in them.

Cofftea

Oolong and pu erh candies! WOW!!! I’ve only seen green tea ones before! I would agree w/ the “pushing the limits” (at least for current steepster usage, I’m praying we’ll some day be able to offically log tea food items/accessories/wares)- but this is just too cool! This is the very reason I want that idea implemented:)

Cofftea

@Carolyn, it isn’t actual candy. It’s brewed so I’m thinking they use the word candy instead of cake maybe?

takgoti

I can totally see myself becoming addicted to these.

Angrboda

Carolyn, those look awesome. Just right for travel sized. Although I can just see someone getting one and try to eat it. LOL! :D

Takgoti, I am blessed with not knowing how to get more. Really. If I knew, I might get myself in trouble.

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89
drank Woody Piece by Unknown
45 tasting notes

Very nice and very unique tea I keep having at an Italian restaurant here in Kyoto. Unfortunately they keep their teabags in a glass jar so I can never find out what brand it is but the tea itself is lovely with a definite but subtle pine flavor. I believe it also contains mint and some other root like substance but I can not place the taste exactly. It certainly keeps me coming back again and again.

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This has green tea and good sized chunks of strawberry and there is apple in it. It mostly smells like green tea and strawberries. I steeped this a short time. This has a natural tasting medium apple stawberry taste with green tea. I think this I’s good.

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65
drank Gunpowder by Unknown
1267 tasting notes

I’m in a green mood, so I grabbed this tin and made me a pot. Now that I’ve taken the first couple of sips, I suddenly remember that I also own a rather nice Chun Mee, and I’d actually rather have had a pot of that.

sigh

It’s probably just as well, because I have discovered that I didn’t rinse the pot out properly before brewing. My gunpowder has gained a weak note of liquorice root from yesterday’s Black Satin.

Interesting, actually. It adds an element of surprise to it. ‘Ahhh green tea… wait, what’s that?’ If I had any liquorice root, it might be fun to experiment with.

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16
drank Respiratory Rescue by Unknown
6 tasting notes

Has anyone tried the Respiratory Rescue Tea ?

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I brought this tea from a vendor at my local farmer’s market. Either I don’t remember the brand or the vendor blended it herself. After the first few tries, I decided I didn’t like it much so I haven’t drank it in awhile. It tastes mostly of chamomile with something else that is not distinctly citrus-y.

I made my husband a cup tonight since he has been drink teas in the evening with me when I offer to make him some and I’m trying out different kinds of tea to figure out what he likes, which is so far everything – he did particularly like a spicy holiday bagged tea last year though I can’t remember the name now. He rarely drinks a second cup unless I make a pot which he will keep drinking, even more than his fair share sometimes. So I brewed it again for myself. In a lighter version, it’s actually not bad but I’m not sure I actually like it still.

2nd brewing: 1.5 tsp.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank rooibos, durban by Unknown
10 tasting notes

Mystery tea/tisane. Found in bottom of box of random rooibos I was given by Angrboda, about enough for one pot, wrapped in cling film and labelled “durban”. Apparently this is a town in South Africa, so possibly this is the point of origin.

Smells of something apply or peary, albeit faintly. Taste is not as strong as I was expecting. In fact, maybe this is plain rooibos. Any pear smells may be from cohabiting in a box with some very fragrant neighbours :-)

Anyway. Not a bad choice for winding down after a rather trying journey on public transport. Goodnight Steepsterites.

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100
drank Lapsang Souchong by Unknown
1 tasting notes

This has long been my favorite tea. I purchase it loose these days from a local tearoom; I’m not sure who produces their tea for them. It’s intense and smoky and I’ve had it branded “stinky tea” when I’ve had it at work. As others have said on other lapsang boards, it’s the type of tea people either love or hate. I love it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Lapsang Souchong by Unknown
4 tasting notes

I really enjoy it at the evening.

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65
drank Gunpowder by Unknown
1267 tasting notes

Hey Steepster Peeps and those who decided to follow Lexitus in particular? Did you know that apparently we are the Steepster Mafia? ;p It made me LOL. Does that make me Godfa- er… Godmother?

4th steep actually, with a crutch (as in a pinch of fresh leaves). I didn’t actually need any tea tonight after the pot of sodding Earl Grey earlier, but then Denisend made a forum thread about honey in tea and… I got inspired.

And for some weird reason this Gunpowder was my first thought. Sweetening a green tea, and a naturally sweet one at that. I’m nuts, obviously. This will either be spectacularly spectacular or spectacularly dreadful.

Yup. It’s actually spectacularly indifferent.

Gunpowder tends to have a sweet note naturally and the honey just added a little bit to it. Granted I didn’t add very much, but it still didn’t really swing it either way.

denisend

Oh, I’d better not tell my husband that I inspired a sweetened green tea. He’d totally cringe (he’s a green tea purist).

Angrboda

I am too, to a point. I don’t mind flavoured, but I don’t think I’ve ever added anything to it before. I kind of cringed myself too.

Carolyn

The angry Danish Steepster Mafia? You could inspire a book on your own.

My beloved doesn’t drink any hot beverages (or cold beverages other than water and orange juice). It seems like it would be nice to share tea drinking. Or perhaps not. Perhaps it would simply increase the chance of getting to one’s favorite tea and finding it gone.

denisend

@Angrboda – I don’t think I’ve ever seen my husband drink a flavored green, either, now that I think of it. I love flavors, but he just gives me weird looks.

@Carolyn – It’s nice to share tea drinking in that we both like to go to tea houses and such, but he does make fun of me for using sweeteners and such. We have totally different tastes (except southern sweet tea, since we’re both originally from the south). There’s a bunch of stuff I should probably remove from my ‘cupboard’. It’s his and I’ll probably never drink it.

Angrboda

You should make him get an account. :D
I tempted Lexitus into is and he owns a grand total of four different teas. :p

52teas

Wasn’t sure where else to post this (Need to go add to suggestions board—Ability to send private messages to other users), but I wanted to let you know that your tea was dropped at the post office tonight.

The paperwork was a major hassle until I found out I was trying to fill out the wrong form (live and learn). It should be pretty simple from here on out.

Be interested to see how long it takes to get to Denmark and if they charge you any sort of tariff. (I was required to provide the receipt in duplicate along with details on what you purchased.)

Anyway, I’m sure you will find our teas well worth it.

Angrboda

52teas, I assure you, you can read about it here when it arrives. I’m very excited. I’ll try not to break Steepster’s CSS again though. ;p I’ll drop you a note via your site too, when it gets here.
Experience tells me that it will probably take about 7-10 days, maybe a little more. I don’t know if the customs people have any specific sort of way to check or if they just check a randomised representation of arriving packages, but I think it might have something to do with size and weight. We’ll see. :D

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65
drank Gunpowder by Unknown
1267 tasting notes

Editing: Done! Just dropping in my notes on the tea made during the day before going to bed. Didn’t make nearly as many infusions as I had thought I would.

2nd infusion much like 1st, in spit of being forgotten, oversteeped and lukewarm. Completely drinkable, shockingly enough. Would probably have been a different story had it been the first steep

3rd same as the others. More or less. One note has come out of it here and it reminds me of popcorn. I think my gunpowder thinks it’s genmaicha… At least now I know what to do in a pinch when I run out of genmaicha.

Carolyn

Congrats on the editing! You’re a much faster editor than I am.

Angrboda

Oh, it wasn’t the NaNo story! This was a different thing of about 7500 words and endless beta-notes. Took me all day. :)

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65
drank Gunpowder by Unknown
1267 tasting notes

This would be the tea for the day, chosen because I want something that I can just recycle. I have Writing Ambitions today, so I’m going to be lazy about tea and try not to spend too much time on Steepster either reading or writing. (snort as IF! And while I’m dreaming I would also like a billion kroner.)

I haven’t steeped it more than two-three minutes here in the first go. It has a rather soapy smell today. Well, not really soap as such, I don’t really know how to describe it but soap is as close as I can get. This isn’t really surprising since I don’t know what the quality of this stuff is, but it came in an ordinary clear plastic bag without even a brand name on it and ‘Gunpowder green tea’ or something like that stamped directly on the plastic bag, so I’m inclined to think it’s probably not top quality.

The taste is strong and spicy and I can see why some would call it bitter. I don’t think it’s bitter, but it has potential to become so if oversteeped. It tastes like it would be good with a bit of mint in it, but I’ve tried that before, and I didn’t really think it worked as well as I had hoped. It might have been better with further experimentation, but the result wasn’t interesting enough that I’ve ever bothered trying again.

So, this is the tea for the day. We’ll see how much I can get out of these leaves.

And now you’ll have to excuse me. I’ve got stuff to edit.

gmathis

Much sympathy. Proofreading is my kryptonite.

Carolyn

I love editing. I wish the writing part of the process was over so that I could begin the editing part. Alas, it is true that one must write before one can edit one’s work.

Carolyn

Good luck to Angrboda with her editing. May the typos be caught cowering from her mighty red pen.

Angrboda

On this particular one it’s a tough job. The person who proof read for me was REALLY thorough, and while that’s a good thing because she explained her suggestions and changes and I’m learning stuff from it and what not, she’s forcing me to actually think for myself. The horror! O.o

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drank Roasted Barley Tea by Unknown
1702 tasting notes

Very, VERY different—you definitely get the grain taste. Picked up some experimentally a couple summers ago and discovered I liked it iced better than hot. Supposed to have lots of health benefits, though I can’t remember any at the moment.

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drank Green Tea by Unknown
1267 tasting notes

Huh. I’m drinking this one now because I couldn’t figure out how to add it so I could put it in my cupboard. So I thought, HA! I’ll just drink it, I will. Only had the one bag, see! Genious, I am.

Except too late I realised that I couldn’t log it without adding it. headdesk You would think that would be logical, but nooooooo!

Anyway, this is a tea that was given to me by a friend who had been on holiday in Japan. I haven’t the slightest clue of what it says on the bag, it’s all in Japanese. It only says ‘Green Tea’ and the name of the hotel in letters that I can read. There were these teabags in the hotel rooms for the guests. (There was also a super-foul …concoction that they claimed, apparently, was plum tea. It was a powder that you stirred into hot water, it looked like washing machine soap and it tasted like sweat. It was disGUSting!)

I’m pretty sure it’s Sencha. It’s light, like Sencha, and it would seem the obvious choice to give to the guests in Japan. It’s got a sweet, mild and nutty flavour, but it’s not really particularly interesting. No clue about the quality of this stuff, obviously.

Suzi

I’m encountering a lot of little mystery bags as I clean out my cupboards. I can never decide whether it would be better to log ‘em as I drink them or just move on since I’ll never get any more of it. (They’re hand-labeled, or discontinued, or I can’t locate the tea on the Internet ANYWHERE)

teaplz

Oh my. That description of that horrific plum concoction you found in your room made me want to gag and laugh hysterically at the same time. Love your description, but I can’t imagine how awful that tasted!

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drank Earl Grey by Unknown
1267 tasting notes

Backlogging, yesterday during work.
Or, work and work, I was at a course all day and this is what I assume they gave us. It was definitely citrus-y and when you serve a citrus-y tea to a large group of people without bothering to tell them what sort of tea it is, this is usually it.

It was watery weak and synthetically citrus-y. Drinkable, but only for the lack of better. On the next course day, if we’re not having it somewhere where I can pop into my own lab and make me a quick cup, I think maybe I’ll just drink coffee instead.

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77
drank Blueberry Rooibos by Unknown
17 tasting notes

This tea is best after it has cooled to room temperature. Drinking it cold doesn’t let all the flavors come out; same with drinking it hot. There is something about having a glass of this once it has cooled that is really refreshing.

Not complicated, but lots of fruit flavors. Definitely a must for blueberry fans. No sweetener needed – it’ll confuse all the natural flavors that are in it.

This tea was purchased from a Wegmans grocery store. At the time of this review it did not appear on Harney’s website.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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70
drank Irish Breakfast by Unknown
419 tasting notes

This smells like black tea. You can see I’t when you look at I’t. This brewed up quick, I did not have to steep this long. This was really good.

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64

The oolong with the tangerine but the vanilla was too stong.

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76

This I’s a nice white tea with a medium raspberry tea.

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