1108 Tasting Notes


Another awesome surprise swap sample from Jennkay

Della Terra teas are pretty hit or miss with me…this one is shockingly good! Even though I oversteeped it slightly, it has a nice creamy white chocolate flavor, even without sugar. I don’t mind the slightly drying astringency of the oversteeped white tea! Tasty!

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YUM! This is still so good! Thanks so much for sending me some Jennkay! :D

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drank Sungma Autumnal by Harney & Sons
1108 tasting notes

I drank this earlier and enjoyed it very much. I didn’t take notes while I drank it though so I’ll have to do that next time. Thanks boychik!

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Another exciting tea from my swap with Jennkay! Thanks!

I’ve had houjicha before, but it was cheapo bagged stuff. This is much smoother! I love the roasty flavor and low caffeine. This kind of thing is really nice to have around. Very toasty and satisfying :)

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Another new to me puerh from boychik :D

These little mini cubes are so cute…they remind me of chocolate squares. This one brews up a smooth and earthy shu. Definitely drinkable but not my absolute favorite shu either. Glad I got to try it :)


Oh, it does look just like chocolate! Never seen that before…

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Thanks so much Jennkay for a sample of this tea!

I love Japanese greens but I’m not sure I’ve ever tried a bancha! The dry leaves look very fresh and HUGE. Brewed up it is extremely green and vegetal tasting and smelling, like spinach or maybe kale, but somewhat sweet and almost a little spicy. It is a very interesting change up from the types of greens I’m used to! Very fun to try :)

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drank Hello Sweetie by Butiki Teas
1108 tasting notes

OMG this is even better than I remember it being. Once again, kudos Stacy and JustJames…major WIN on this blend! So perfect. I can’t think of a single thing I would change about it. I absolutely adore it hot, but I am quite excited to try it iced this summer. Coconut banana tropical iced tea? Heck yes!

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
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Oooh, haven’t thought about icing it but I bet it would be fantastic!


That sounds amazing!

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ohhhh, I’m really not the best person to be writing the first note on this tea, haha. Welp, here goes nothing!

First off, thanks very much to boychik for the sample! I’m a moron and forgot to do a rinse before my first steep, which I did in my semi-western style. 1 min steep. I have never had a shu this sweet! I am assuming it is a shu?? I’m not even sure, it tastes so different…no dark woodsy musty notes, but definitely a fermented taste here. There is a faint taste of bamboo shoots…perhaps from the basket?

I’m not sure if this is something I’d want to drink regularly, but I’m enjoying it this morning and just appreciating how DIFFERENT it is. I will be interested to see if the next steeps change much flavor-wise.


It is different. I couldn’t do more than one steep and I rinsed it.


Hei cha is deeply fermented most of the time. It is basically a “loose” puerh I think.

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I drank a to-go mug of this while I taught my block printing class this afternoon. It helped keep me alert but not jittery and tasted lemony and great! My class went really well but now I’m so tired and kind of have an adrenaline hangover headache, lol. I will feel much more confident if I get to do this again, and way less nervous the next time :)

195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

oh gosh, I know the exact headache you’re talking about. I didn’t know anyone else got those.


I can imagine its so much pressure to teach. I’m sure it will be smoother with each class;)

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I love pretty much every type of tea camellia sinensis can produce. I like herbal teas sometimes but I can’t stand rooibos. I’m recently becoming a puerh addict.

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