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Sipdown! Although, I never added it to my Steepster cupboard, so I don’t have the satisfaction of watching that number go down. Oh well. Last time, I had a very vegetal flavor from this tea. This time around, I still had that, but also some nuttiness. It’s surprising that I enjoy this one as much as I do because I usually much prefer Japanese greens. Anyway, I will miss it as I have no idea how I would get my hands on more of it.

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Sipdown (126)! I’m sad to see this one go, but at the same time, I don’t think I will miss it too much because I have so many other Japanese greens. I overleafed a bit (last of the sample) and steeped for under one minute in order to avoid bitterness with success! I’m not sure if it’s because I overleafed a bit, but it also has a very thick feel this morning. There is a hint of astringency, but it’s barely there. I’m actually more excited that I’m having a sipdown on Saturday Sample Sipdown! Maybe I’ll finally really participate and find some other teas that I can sip down… Time to go through my (physical) cupboard!


This tea looks very interesting… Added to my wishlist!

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Sipdown (127). I’m slightly panicking because I’m sipping down my Verdant teas, but I’m not allowing myself to buy any new teas until the end of the semester. Eek! Even though I only had one serving of this left, I decided to bust it out today because I had an essay and presentation today to wrap up finals for this quarter. Thank goodness for the lovely resteepability of this tea! See previous notes for my tea descriptions.

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I’m grumpy. Building management came through my apartment “inspecting” things, saying everything was old (oven, fridge, windows, etc etc) and making a mess. When I asked if they would be replaced, they told me it wouldn’t happen until after I move out. Greeeaat. Thanks, guys.

Anyway, while they were trampling their way through the apartment, I was sipping on this tea that Skysamurai sent me in a swap. I’m getting a peppery/spicy taste from this tea that is surprising. It reminds me of some kind of sauce that I can’t quite put my finger on. It also has a thick mouthfeel. All of these things really surprised me as I have not really experienced the same in other oolongs. It is certainly nice to try it out, but I wouldn’t restock on it (and good thing, too, cause it looks like it’s discontinued). On to other oolongs!


Ugh…owning a house is difficult sometimes too in different ways, but I sure don’t miss that sort of intrusion when renting!

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I’ve fallen into a pattern of drinking houjichas after I have an unpleasant tea experience to re-set my palate. I guess it’s because houjichas have never failed me so far. This houjicha in particular has more of a pronounced dried anchovy taste. Sounds weird, but that’s what it reminds me of, and I do like it. My little sample has gone lasted quite a while, and I still have some left, thankfully.

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drank Cheesecake Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Thanks to Red Leaf for the monthly free sample! I’m thinking that I’m just not a fan of matcha. I’ve had matcha before, prepped hot and cold, with not so much success. Today, I took a jar and shook up some of this matcha with cold milk. I can kind of tell there is a cheesecake flavor there because it tastes more dairy than just regular milk. I just can’t get over the seaweed-y taste from the matcha base. It’s weird because I like “green tea” flavored foods that are essentially flavored with matcha. I just don’t like the tea itself I guess. It’s a real bummer because I always see these fun flavored matcha reviews and get really excited about it. Oh well, another lesson learned on this great tea journey of mine.


Have you tried caramel yet? That’s probably the best one to start with, if you’re not a fan of matcha taste. Or, order it with, “There’s matcha in here?” flavoring, which may help. I found the cheesecake I had just meh, and I think I needed it with a much stronger flavor level, plus a touch of added sweetener.


I tried the caramel matchaccino and did not care for it either. I have more of the cheesecake left, though, so maybe next time I will try adding sweetener. What do you usually add?

carol who

I usually add a little sweetener. I use either Stevia, Splenda, or I have a nice liquid vanilla/stevia blend I got at the health food store.

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drank Karigane #22 by Tea Wing
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I think I mentioned this in my previous tasting note of this tea, but this is a Japanese green that really hits the sweet spot between vegetal and savory for me. Today it also had a thick mouthfeel that was nice considering it started snowing again (sigh). I did resteep it, but was eating something else with it, so I can’t comment much on flavor retention. Anyway, a good start to the day!

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drank Oriental Beauty by Butiki Teas
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Another faux sipdown (aka sipped down from physical cupboard, but not Steepster cupboard). Last time I tried this tea, I didn’t really pick up on all the subtleties that everyone else seemed to be finding. This time around, I did taste that strong honey note at the end. It strangely also left a bit of a sour sensation in my mouth afterward. Interesting. Anyway, despite getting some more flavors this time, I still am not enamored with this tea. It’s a nice tea, but doesn’t seem all that special to me. Plus, there’s a bit of astringency that isn’t that great. At least I finally got to try an Oriental Beauty oolong!

Flavors: Honey

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drank Orchid Temple by Golden Moon Tea
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I’m sipping down on the rest of this sample that I pulled from the Tea & Cards TTB today. I never added it to my Steepster cupboard, so it’s kind of a faux sipdown today. Anyway, see my previous tasting note for tea description. I just wanted to say about the TTB that it’s really cool that I got to try out so many new tea companies including this one!

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Sipdown (127). Brought this one to class today and just gulped it down during an otherwise very uninteresting lecture. I still can’t believe the complexity of this flavored tea. So cinnamon-y sweet with that buttery feel that really nails the “brioche” part. I even resteeped it, and it surprisingly still packed a punch. Everything that makes me wary of flavored teas (artificial tasting, less resteep-ability, etc.) is not a concern in this tea for me. Sad to see this sample sipped down, but thanks again to bluebelle for letting me try this one out!

Flavors: Butter, Cinnamon

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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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