589 Tasting Notes

drank Apple Sencha by Den's Tea
589 tasting notes

I couldn’t remember if it was this tea or the grape sencha that I liked, so since this was more readily available to me, I steeped this tea as my hot tea for the morning. Now, looking at my tasting notes, I realize that it was the grape sencha that I preferred, oops. This tea smells waxy, tastes waxy, and has a sort of waxy/greasy feel to it that it off-putting. It’s a real shame because the candy apple taste beneath all that is actually quite nice. I guess I will try cold brewing with the rest of it, and maybe that weird waxiness will magically disappear?

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Another sample sipdown (106)! I’m going through my sipdown drawer amazingly fast considering it is summer. Although, maybe it makes more sense because I’m cold brewing a lot and it takes up more leaf? Anyway, I took my last tablespoon of this and cold brewed in my water bottle overnight. Cold brewing really emphasizes and brings out that honey flavor in the tea, so the malty flavor becomes more of a background taste. It’s quite refreshing, and I’m glad to have tried it both hot and cold. While I appreciate honey as an ingredient (like in baked goods and roasted nuts), I don’t actually like straight up honey, so this tea is getting a little too close to that for me to restock. However, if you love honey and want a light, refreshing black tea, this is the one!

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A surprisingly fast sipdown (107). I feel like I just bought this box a little while ago because I was missing California and access to good milk tea. And then it somehow turned into having a travel mug full of this one ready to go in the fridge constantly. Even though I was drinking it so frequently, I was actually shocked when I realized I was down to my last two. Anyway, sometimes I feel like this can be a little too sweet because it leaves that kind of sticky taste in my mouth afterwards, but I love it anyway. I’ll have to resist the temptation to get more at the Asian supermarket soon.

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drank Genmaicha by Argo Tea
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Sipdown (108)! OK, so I know I was supposed to try this hot at some point, and I had plenty of leaf to do so, but the weather got warmer and blah blah excuses blah blah. I used it all up on cold brews, but I feel okay with that because it made a very refreshing cold brew. This time around, there was less rice and more green tea because it was the bottom of the bag, so it’s not quite as roasty as other times, but still good. I won’t be repurchasing this one just because there are so many other genmaichas out there to try and love. One more out of the sipdown drawer successfully sipped down! Woohoo!

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drank Monkey-Picked Oolong by Teavana
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This is another tea from my sipdown drawer. I’ve been cold brewing this one because it didn’t really blow me away as a hot tea. Anyway, I think the key with cold brewing this one is not to overleaf and not to let it steep for too long or else the bitterness is unforgiving. I steeped a bit less than a tablespoon in my water bottle overnight and it turned out light and lovely with floral and vegetal notes. I kind of gulped down the entire thing because I wanted to get that caffeine going in my system, but I think I overdid it with both this tea and the morning cuppa cause now I’m a bit jittery. And I’m sure my anxiety from my upcoming meeting today is not helping.

Ok, back on track, I just wanted to write this tasting note to remind myself, less leaf, less time in the fridge! I’m terrible at keeping track of how long my cold brews have been sitting, and some teas are great at being ignored, but this one is not one of them!

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I have this tea in my sipdown drawer, so I picked it as my morning cuppa. It’s a good tea with malty, honey flavors, yet is a bit too gentle for my mornings. There is some astringency, but it’s not too noticeable. I’m enjoying this tea, but I’m not going to repurchase because there are just so many other straight black teas that I prefer and that I have yet to try. I think I only have one serving left, so I’ll definitely be able to sip this one down before I move at the end of August.

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Oh, wow, how frustrating. After the weirdly salty cuppa I just had, I decided to break out a reliable tea to make up for it. And this is a big deal because I’m running out of this tea and on a spending ban, sigh. I was almost positive that the saltiness in my previous cuppa was from the mug or teapot, so this time I used totally different equipment, but the tea still came out slightly salty. So I guess that means it’s the water? Or the electric kettle? Not only is my new water chlorine-y, but I guess it has now decided to become salty as well. I hope this is only temporary and that it will go back to just being chlorine-y (never thought I’d say that). Anyway, the Zhu Rong has powerful enough flavors for me to ignore the salt, so I’m just powering through. It’s the flavor of spices in this one that really keep the salt at bay. My old reliable tea pulling through for me once again. Thank you, Verdant, for this amazing tea :)

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Yikes, I just seem to be on a roll of messing up teas. I guess I’m out of practice since it is summertime and I’m drinking less? Anyway, today’s disaster was salty tea. Yes, salty. How did that happen? I’m not quite sure myself if it was the water, the teapot, or the mug, but it definitely threw me off. Not sure if this is related, but this time around, the tea tastes more vegetal than floral. Anyway, I do recall having another sample of this in one of my tea boxes packed up somewhere, so I will make sure not to mess up again next time!

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So I had enough of this tea left to make one strong cuppa or two weaker ones. I wussed out and made myself a weak cup to try to make this one last even just a little longer, but I do regret that decision now. It still has that malty goodness, but is much more gentle (aka weak) than I’d have liked. I might take what’s left of the leaves and blend it with something else to avoid this problem again. Anyway, it’s still nice to find the time (and weather) to enjoy a hot cup of tea in the midst of a humid summer.


If you just left few grams and not enough for a cup, maybe you can use less water to get a strong or normal flavor. IF you want to blend, maybe other herbals wil be better. Good luck.


Thanks for the tips! I’ll be sad to see this one go

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drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
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Sample sipdown (109)! I steeped this one in a clear glass this time in order to actually see the tea (last time was in a dark mug). It is a clear, light yellow concoction, which for some reason was surprising to me. I guess I just didn’t know what to expect of it. Anyway, I think I like this best when it is piping hot and the honeydew flavor really lives up to the intoxicating smell. As it cooled down, I could taste my weird chlorine water peeking through, but the smell was still wonderfully delicious. I think that I would like this one better using better water. And perhaps as a cold brew as well. I’m definitely thinking of restocking because I think this may be my favorite caffeine free blend!

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I’m a California girl temporarily located in Boston for school (brrr). I only recently got into teas because I’ve never really liked coffee (too bitter), but I have been a daily barley tea drinker since I was little.

Through some timid tastings and exploring, I so far like:
-Japanese green teas (genmaicha, hojicha, sencha, etc)
-Oolongs! (Most kinds except formosa and dan cong so far)
-Straight black teas
-English Breakfast teas
-Fruity teas (peach, apple, strawberry, other berries)

NOT a huge fan of rooibos, matcha, heavily artificial tasting teas, or anything gingery or peppery, but I’m trying to keep an open mind and taste everything that I can!

I’m trying to sample more straight teas and have been having pretty awesome discoveries so far. Thank goodness for sample sizes!

My tentative rating system:
90-100: Woohoo! I’m loving it, and I’m definitely restocking when I get the chance and/or crying when I’m out.

80-90: Yum! I’ll try to restock if it fits in my budget when I run out.

70-80: Probably would not buy again, but it was nice enough to finish the cup.

50-70: Would not choose this tea for myself if given the situation, but would not reject it if someone offered it to me and would gulp down politely.

50 or less: Nope. Don’t care to taste that tea again, sorry!

I’m always down to swap, so send me a message if anything in my cupboard is calling your name!

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