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100
drank Jasmin Pearl by Unknown
13 tasting notes

Oh this is damn good !

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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65
drank Gunpowder by Unknown
1257 tasting notes

WHOOOOOOAAAAHHH!!!

Last night’s insomnia is finally catching up with me. I had maybe a total of four hours sleep and have still been, to use a danish and directly translated expression, fresh as a fish all day. In spite, I might add, of having acquired the sniffles.

It’s now 9pm and I’m beginning to suspect that tonight I’ll sleep well. Although I’m not really ready for bed yet. I’m not finished being awake for today. And I wanted a good cup of tea first too.

So why this kinda mediocre generic one? I don’t know. I’ve seen a lot of people review green lately (and pu-ehr but sadly I don’t have any of that) and what can I say? You lot are inspiring.

It’s really dark. Okay, so I was busy writing the intro on this post and nearly forgot, so it’s probably just a teensy bit oversteeped but it’s still good. I kinda wish I could remember what I said about it when I reviewed it earlier because I hate ending up contradicting myself. It makes me look like a dork who can’t make up her mind. (And I don’t want anybody to find out the horrible truth)

Today though, I’m finding that I still agree with my previous rating. It’s a nice tea, but not super-duper awesome. The first Gunpowder I ever had was from Chaplon and it was also iirc the first green I ever had (that didn’t come in a cheap bag). I just remember that one as better than this.

OMG! I just realised I also have dinner leftovers heating in the oven! Man, imsonmia really IS catching up with me.

These oven potatoes are a bit bland, possibly they should have been heated just little lon-WAIT! I’m supposed to be talking about the tea!

Anyway, the tea. It’s pleasant. I think it would be a good one for my travel mug in the mornings (gosh, I love that thing! How did I go for so long without?). I’m picking up a kind of… Well, there’s definitely a note there, I just can’t really describe it. It’s not nutty or salty (Salty? Really? I’ve never found a salty note in a tea! Where do you lot get that from?) or grassy or leafy or anything. It’s just sort of… green. Yeah, it has a green flavour.

I’m getting nowhere with this. I’m finishing my tea and my meal and going to bed. Clearly, since I also wrote ‘imsonmia’ up there, it’s the only sensible thing to do.

takgoti

Haaa. Following your thought process on that was fantastic.

If I get a green that has an obvious salty taste to it, it’s usually at the beginning and typically gone by the time I get after the first few sips. I haven’t had a lot of gunpowder tea, so I don’t know if that’s typical in it, but I’d say that genmai chas are the ones I have where it happens most consistently. Though, those are also the type of greens that I myself drink most consistently.

Auggy

My personal (pre-Steepster) notes from when I was attempting Chinese greens with more frequency used the word “briny” a lot.

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56
drank Genmaicha by Unknown
21 tasting notes

A friend brought this tea to me all the way from Japan, so I have no idea of the company. It is packaged in a bright red patterned tin. The tea is good, but I have probably had it too long. It is good if you are looking for a green tea with a little more depth. It is a very interesting tea. If you are feeling adventurous, you must give this tea a try!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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At Chicago’s Drake Hotel … I expected a high-dollar hotel like this to wow me. This was fine. Nothing to make a scene about. Lovely sunny lobby, though, and a nice break in the work day.

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drank Pu-erh by Unknown
43 tasting notes

Mine was actually Teavana’s discontinued Organic Pu-erh. It tea and dirt had a baby, that’s what this tastes like. I do enjoy it quite a bit, but I have to be in the mood for it. Usually it goes like this: I’m looking through my tea collection trying to decide what I’m going to drink, because I’m feeling indecisive, usually I know exactly what it is, and I see it and I say, “Hell, why not?”

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26
drank Apricot Orange by Unknown
911 tasting notes

I’m a sucker for anything orange, so of course I got some of this to try. I have no clue who makes this tea but after drinking it, I don’t really care.

Maybe I’m just moody because it’s wet and rainy and traffic was a bear. But this tea? Not so great. It brewed up decently dark but had little flavor other than sweet. And not even a good sweet. More of a sickly, artificial sweet. I couldn’t pick out any apricot or orange flavor. (It was kind of like trying to figure out what flavor the Runts candies are as you eat them. You don’t really know because they don’t actually taste like fruit but they are pretending to be some sort of fruit so you just have to go with it.) But if hard pressed, I would have said this tasted like mango. Not good mango, mind you. Runts mango (they do make a candy in that flavor actually).

And if that wasn’t enough, it left a nasty taste in my mouth, not dissimilar to the aftertaste I get when I have something with Splenda or (worse) Sweet n Low.

Bottom line: not a fan.

Atacdad

The ability to say “no, not this one” is underrated.

takgoti

I like banana runts.

That is all.

Auggy

You LIKE banana runts? REALLY?

Wow. My entire world view has shifted. I thought it was a fact of life, kind of like gravity. Gravity keeps us from falling off the earth, no one likes banana Runts.

The next time I get a 5lb bag of Runts from Costco, can I send you the bananas?

takgoti

YES PLEASE.

Auggy

Wow. Alrighty then. I don’t get the bags too often (because I eat them way too much when I have them) but when I get the next one, I’ll pack all my bananas up for you!

takgoti

And there was much rejoicing!

Jillian

Can I convince you to send me all your strawberry Runts then? ;)

Auggy

@Jillian: Hahaha! Nooooo! I like that flavor!

Jillian

Awwww! :<
;)

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35
drank Peppermint by Unknown
1257 tasting notes

I don’t really care much for mint flavours on their own. My colleagues drink this mint/liquorice root concoction that they claim is delicious. I disagree. You don’t even get the two flavours at the same time. First it’s minty mint and then the liquorice root doesn’t come through until you swallow, which to me seems like trying to have two different sorts of tisanes at the same time. Like they couldn’t decide if they wanted one or the other. But that’s not what I’m having now so I’ll shut up about it.

As mentioned I don’t really care much for mint. I have it so I can mix it into other stuff.

But then, on days like these where I’ve apparently eaten something or other that I shouldn’t have, it’s the only sort of tea or approximation of tea* that I can stomach. The very idea of anything else, even my normal favourites just make me go bleeeeargh!

So I’m having plain peppermint infusion now. I’m not enjoying it really, but it’s the only thing I want.

*Herbal infusions are of course NOT tea. Herbal infusions never HAVE been tea. Herbal infusions never WILL be tea. Herbal infusions have never even as much as seen a tea bush and are therefore no more tea than cocoa is coffee.

Auggy

I feel the same way about mint, but I have a tin of spearmint for those days where my stomach can’t handle full on tea and then I usually mix it with a cream-flavored black. Mint is more medicinal than happy.

takgoti

I reserve my Moroccan Mint for when I’m feeling frazzled and need to hit the refresh button. Or the wake-up button. Or hit both buttons frantically until I break the machine and then go cry in the corner. It’s not for everyone, though.

Cynthia Carter

Mint by itself is kind of a one-hit wonder. Try mixing it with a green or black tea. You’ll still get a heady hit of freshness, but the tea will add a satisfying complexity.

Jillian

Licorice root is better for coughs and sore throats I find, although apparently it’ll coat and soothe irritated digestive systems aswell.

Have you tried mixing in camomile with your peppermint?

Angrboda

Aug3zimm & Cynthia Carter: I’ll save those suggestions for later, when I’m feeling better. At the moment I can’t have tea primarily because I think my stomach would revolt against me, and secondarily because when I’m sick it just doesn’t taste good.

Takgoti: I’ve never had Moroccan Mint, but it pops up everywhere regularly. Maybe I should get around to trying it one of these days.

Jillian: I don’t have an chamomile at the moment, otherwise I’d totally try that. I’ve used liquorice root successfully before with sore throats, though. It might have been somewhat placebo, but as long as it works I don’t care if it’s psychosomatic or not. Just a small bit of parted lengthwise liquorice root in the cup, boiling water on and in combination with strepsils. That totally works.

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100
drank Jasmin Pearl by Unknown
13 tasting notes

Oh this is absolutely delicious !

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drank lahijan Tea by Unknown
1 tasting notes

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83

I like it. Pu-erh is one of my favorite.

Life is too short to drink tea from a bag.

~paganbuddha

TeaCast

Truer words have never been spoken!

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75
drank Dragonwell by Unknown
43 tasting notes

The current Dragonwell I have comes from the Essencha tea house in Cincinnati. Dragonwell is my current favorite green Chinese, and this specimen is a fine one. Smelling the leaves, before and after steeping, remind me of chocolate.

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75
drank Bai Mu Dan by Unknown
3 tasting notes

At 70C, has notes of lilac and a very light butter taste.

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75
drank Cui Yu by Unknown
3 tasting notes

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75
drank Sencha Ashikubo by Unknown
3 tasting notes

Very pleasant Japanese green tea. The leaves are very fresh and when steeped for 4 minutes at 75C, has the traditional herbal, “green” taste of Senchas but also offer notes of peach and mango.

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drank Chrysanthemum Tea by Unknown
15 tasting notes

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75
drank Sencha by Unknown
32 tasting notes

I’m drinking Organic Sencha from a tea shop in Canada- it was given to me as a gift.

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75
drank Roasted Barley Tea by Unknown
22 tasting notes

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75
drank Roasted Barley Tea by Unknown
22 tasting notes

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Was nice to have on my walk ^ ^

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drank Dragonwell by Unknown
15 tasting notes

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75
drank Matcha by Unknown
22 tasting notes

put two heaping into a bottle of water. yumm

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75
drank Bi Lou Chun by Unknown
22 tasting notes

Tastes like a slightly stronger sencha.

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75
drank Bi Lou Chun by Unknown
22 tasting notes

SUPER STRONG, for first infusion. Like my favorite Sencha after. on my 3rd infusion of the day, going for a fourth.
Might of used too much leaves, but… we’ll test that next time.
Very pleasant. The leaves smelt like B.O. though, the actual made tea is great!

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