567 Tasting Notes


A sad sipdown. I’ve been loving this tea, and I’m sad to see it go. There’s a bit of astringency today, but that may just be because I’ve been drinking a lot of tea anyway. I have a bunch of other hojichas now, but when I run out, I will restock this one!

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My tasting notes about this one seem to be all over the place and this one is no different. Today, it reminds me a lot of a breakfast tea with some astringency, which is appropriate for this morning.

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drank Wuyishan Black by Steepster
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Another from the December Steepster Select box! This tea was very earthy, smokey, and a bit tart. It reminded me of a milder version of some pu’er that I had before (though I’ve only had it once). Seems like a good quality tea, just a bit too earthy tasting for my taste.

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I have two reasons I am so very excited for this tasting note other than the tea itself. First off, I got to use my new clear teapot from Teavivre! Secondly, I did so while watching the third episode of Sherlock season 3 (OH MY GOD). I literally gasped out loud several times during the episode. The show is definitely worthy of all the hype that it gets.

Anyway, back to the tea. The dry leaf is very flat and long. The smell reminds me of dried anchovies. The tea brews up to a light yellow color. It tastes vegetal and also a bit like anchovies. Although, a lot of Japanese greens taste like anchovies to me. This was the perfect tea for my new glass teapot because I can practically pick out whole tea leaves after steeping. I also resteeped a couple of times, and the flavor held strong. I can see this being a nice tea to have with/after dinner in the future.

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When I rolled out of bed this morning, I just blindly grabbed the nearest tea, and this was it. This is a nice, smoky green tea with just a bit of bitterness. I think I like pairing it with savory Asian foods because on its own, it’s a bit intense for me. Today, however, that intensity was appropriate for the beginning of the day. Probably won’t reorder because I have so many other green teas, but I will enjoy it while it lasts!

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For dinner, I ate at a BBQ place and had sweet tea (made in house!) with my meal. While that was lovely, the combo of delicious but greasy food and sugary tea made me crave a palate cleanser when I got home. This green tea is very clean tasting with no bitterness. It does seem a little weak though, so I’ll add more leaf than usual the next time around.

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I’ve been automatically grabbing Laoshan Black a lot these days, so I thought I’d switch it up just a little and drink some of this instead. I haven’t had this since I first bought it a couple months ago, so it was almost like having a new tea, which was exciting. I think I prefer this one over straight Laoshan Black for non-morning tea. I say this because it has the maltiness and dark chocolate flavor like LB, but it is rounded out by the toastiness from the rice. I’m glad that I impulsively bought more than a sample size of this!


I love this one too, I may have recently got 4 oz. Eek.

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I didn’t notice when I was ordering, but this green tea also has rooibos, which I am not a big fan of. I only double checked when I was smelling the dry leaf because it smelled strongly of caramel with a whiff of rooibos. After brewing, it smelled more strongly of rooibos to me. I really liked the level of sweetness from the caramel in this tea (not too overwhelmingly sweet), but it leaves a very typical medicinal rooibos aftertaste that I just can’t get over. It’s a real shame that I somehow don’t like rooibos, because this is a nice tea otherwise. The Persimmon Tree had a lot of really nicely flavored teas, but this is not the one for me.

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As soon as I got back to chilly Boston, all I wanted was a nice cup of oolong. I remember trying this one right before I left, so I thought it would be the perfect way to bookend my little vacation. It is pretty much exactly how I remembered it, so I won’t repeat myself. I’ll just say that I’m going to be very sad when I run out of this!

Edit: I’ve been resteeping multiple times and the flavor is still going strong! I almost think it’s getting smokier each time.

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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Today, I am officially late for a class that I am TA-ing for due to the weather not letting me fly back to Boston, sigh. With that stress accumulating, I decided to sip down the rest of my Laoshan Black sample that I have with me. Because I just used up the rest of what I had, this cup came out a bit stronger than usual, but that is fine by me! I didn’t like this tea at first, but it really grew on me while I worked my way through the sample packet. Good thing that Verdant sent me two of these samples, so I have more to enjoy when I get back!

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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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