423 Tasting Notes

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Yesterday, I impulse bought a cast iron set of a teapot, two teacups, and a wooden trivet at World Market. I went there to pick up some tea tins, saw this set, fell in love, couldn’t believe the price, and somehow found myself at the cash register buying it, haha. Anyway, I wanted to break it in with a less picky tea, so I went for this hojicha. Delicious as always!

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drank Genmaicha by Unknown
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I’ll use this “unknown” to log two unknown teas that I had today. First off, I rang in the new year with a nice cup of rose green tea and some macarons. We were too lazy to pop open the bottle of champagne right at midnight, but the tea was nice. In the morning, I then had a nice genmaicha with breakfast. Both teas are unknown because I was at a friend’s house and she only knew that they were “from China”. Anyway, both teas were great and a lovely way to start the new year!

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A short tasting note, but basically, I’m loving this oolong! It’s sweet, floral, and buttery. Some greener oolongs can be a bit too vegetal or grassy to me, but this does not fall into that category. Kind of reminds me of the Traditional Tieguanyin from Verdant.

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Not the best English Breakfast I’ve had, but it was good enough while I was at a diner for brunch this morning. Would it be too pretentious or snobby to start carrying around my own tea bags? I haven’t gotten to that point yet, but I’m seriously starting to think about it, haha.

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drank Bubble Tea by Custom
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I’ve been terrible about logging teas while on vacation, but I’ll use this as a catch-all for all the boba I’ve been having lately. Among my favorites: roasted oolong milk tea, genmaicha milk tea, and melon milk tea all with boba. There’s a place that has really good roasted barley milk tea, so I’ll probably try and hit that up before I leave California. Gotta stuff it all in while I can!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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Started off Christmas morning with a nice strong cup of Laoshan Black! This tea has really grown on me, and I love the natural chocolate taste. I definitely picked the right tea today :)

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So I’m back in California for a bit and found a way to easily transport a bunch of tea samples and a tea ball with me, so I’m anticipating a few sipdowns while I’m here. I started off this morning with a nice strong cup of this English Breakfast. Even though the semester is over, I still have a take-home final that I need to work on, so I’m sipping on this to wake up my brain. Maybe later today I will reward myself with some very much missed In-N-Out!

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I was a bit skeptical about signing up for Steepster select because I can be picky, but I’m really excited to try all of these teas! Anyway, this is the first tea I’m trying from this month’s package. There is definitely a strong roasted taste with maybe just a bit of smokiness. It’s also surprisingly sweet. For me, roasted + sweet + oolong is turning out to be one of my favorite combos, so I’m really enjoying this one!

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Some mornings, I just want something cheerful to motivate me to get through the day. This morning, this tea really hit the spot. That sweet peach flavor really brightened up a cold morning. And thank goodness it did because I have a lot of studying to do (ughhhh finals week). Now back to work!

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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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