491 Tasting Notes


Backlog. I had this again this morning. So deliciously cocoa-y and potato-y. Yes, I am pretty good with the words. I only have one serving left of this tea, noooo! See previous tasting notes for more coherent thoughts.

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Backlog & Sipdown (96)! I had this the other evening, which in retrospect was not such a good idea because I stayed up a few more hours than I had intended, oops! I’m not such a huge fan of jasmine teas in general because they tend to be too perfume-y to me. This one definitely smelled very perfume-y while it was steeping. However, when I actually tasted the tea, the jasmine flavor was not as perfume-y as I had expected it to be. Still a little much for me, but nice enough that I could finish the cup and even resteep it once. Plus, there was no astringency, which is also something else that puts me off of a lot of other jasmine teas. I won’t be repurchasing only because I don’t really like jasmine, but it provided some very lovely cups of tea while I had it!

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Backlog from yesterday. I recently bought two new tea tins to match my existing ones from World Market (I love that store), so of course I rediscovered this tea which was in one of my older tins. I figured it’s autumn, so why not go for an autumn bancha, right? Is that how it works? Anyway, it steeped up to be a lovely transparent light green with a slightly sweet, vegetal flavor.

I particularly like drinking this one alongside my meals because of the vegetal flavor. I don’t like having sweeter or flavored teas when I’m eating because it throws me off. Besides, Japanese greens seem to always complement foods nicely.

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I cold brewed this one again. This time, 1 tablespoon in my water bottle for 5 1/2 hours. I think that it turned out pretty well. It was light and grassy, very refreshing on this unusually hot October day in California. I can’t comment much on subtle flavors or bitterness because I had this while eating my lunch. I find that when I’m eating and drinking tea at the same time, I notice bitterness much less. Anyhow, I’ll just have to cold brew it again some time and remember to try some before eating.

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I’ve been loving using my new variable temperature kettle, so I thought that I would try out a white tea. First off, it was evening, and I didn’t want to much caffeine. Secondly, I could finally use my new kettle to get the proper low temp that white teas need. Now all I need is a scale to measure tea in grams rather than messy teaspoons. It’s especially hard with this tea to use teaspoons because it is so fluffy. So I just kind of ended up eyeballing it and steeping for about one minute at 180 degrees.

The tea ended up a lovely transparent yellow/brown color. I’m not sure if this is because I may have underleafed, but the flavor was very very delicate. I could almost barely taste it… which probably means I should add more leaf. Despite this, I do think I detected some grassier or hay notes. After I read the description on the Yezi website for this tea, I do think I started to detect some plum notes in there as well. Who knows how much of that was psychological, though, haha.

Overall, a very pleasant and mild tea that was the perfect fit for a calm evening. I’m going to hold off on rating the tea because I have not tried too many straight white teas yet, so I’m not sure how this measures up in comparison. I do have some left from my free sample, though, so I’ll definitely come back around to it sometime.

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drank Superfruit by RiverTea
491 tasting notes

Sipdown (97)! I’ve been hesitant to try this one because I do not like rooibos. However, I thought after a few other flavored rooibos teas that turned out okay, I could venture into this sample. I can’t remember who sent this one to me, but thanks!

I’m pleasantly surprised that I could not take the rooibos at all. The raspberry note is the most prominent in this cup and it almost has a heavy, syrupy texture to it as well. I can tell that there is another fruity flavor other than raspberry, so I’m guessing that’s the pomegranate? It’s hard to tell. Considering the rooibos base, it’s not so bad. I probably wouldn’t buy this for myself, but it was a pleasant afternoon tea for today!

Edit: As the cup cooled down to lukewarm temps, the rooibos suddenly jumped in and said, “Here I am!” That medicinal taste was not a pleasant surprise. In conclusion, piping hot, this tea is decent. As soon as it cools a bit, my dislike of rooibos takes over and refuses to keep drinking.

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Oh man, it’s such an awesome day today. It’s sunny enough out that I can finish off my cold brew from yesterday yet cool enough in the morning to drink hot tea without sweating bullets. I also finally got a variable temperature electric kettle! So of course I had to take advantage of the new kettle and wonderful weather to sip on one of my favorite teas.

I really love Verdant’s straight black teas, and this one is no exception. It has a nice sweet potato scent and flavor to it, and it is just so darn smooth. I resteeped the leaves today as well and the flavors held up very nicely. There was a tiny bit of astringency hitting the back of my throat afterward, but it wasn’t really all that noticeable. I think this tea is perfect for mornings where I want a slightly gentler wake up cup of tea. It’s not too bold and brisk like some of my breakfast blends, yet it manages to get the job done in terms of waking me up. I only have one or two servings of this left, which makes me so sad. But at the same time, it brings me that much closer to my sipdown goal. And once I achieve that goal, I will be sure to stock this one again if Verdant has it in stock!

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drank White Rhino by Butiki Teas
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Sipdown (98)! The last time I had this tea, I somehow royally screwed up and it just ended up tasting metallic. After seeing so many others’ rave reviews about the tea, I knew it must have been an error on my part, so I finally got around to steeping it up again. I’m not quite sure what I did differently this time, but it was delicious. I can see why people were so crazy about it. It has some maltiness like a black tea with some subtle caramel notes. At the same time, though, there’s a background grassiness that reminds me that this is indeed a white tea and not a black. I think it was perfect for this evening.

Oh, and I’ve been a snickerdoodle factory this past week. It started off baking them or my brother to take to college and somehow turned into baking dozens and dozens for family friends and others. Anyway, I had yet another freshly baked snickerdoodle alongside this tea. I’m no pairing expert, but I think the cinnamon and sugar from the cookie complemented the caramel notes of the tea nicely.

Overall, I really enjoyed this tea. I’m hoping to place an order with Butiki when I come off of my spending ban. When I do, I’ll definitely remember to add this one to the cart (fingers crossed that it’s available)!

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drank Golden Monkey by Teavana
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Backlog. Even though it’s fall now, it’s still pretty sunny and warm in California, so I’m gonna keep cold brewing for as long as I can. I cold brewed this one again. I just wanted to add that I like this tea because I can leave it cold brewing for hours and hours and it still tastes fine at the end of it all. I think this time I left it in for over 12 hours. I’ll probably use another Starbucks reward to get more when I run out if there are not any other tempting options.

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I cold brewed a tablespoon of this tea in my water bottle. I meant to leave it in for 2-3 hours, but I accidentally took a nap and woke up six hours later… Oops? As a result, the tea was very bitter. I was drinking it alongside food, so I could take it, but I don’t think I could have had it on its own with that level of bitterness. Bitterness aside, I still wasn’t a fan of the cold brew. It was metallic and vegetal and basically just not my cup of tea. I can’t remember how this one tasted hot, so I will probably look up my older tasting notes if Steepster cooperates with me to decide how to use up the last of this tea.

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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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