1108 Tasting Notes


This is a lovely clean shu for the first day of spring! I am so lucky, I have so many nice puerhs in my cupboard right now :)

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I know a lot of people around here are anti-paper filters, but in case anyone else is like me, and uses them at work for convenience I thought I’d review these just in case.

I recently switched to these after using the David’sTea drawstring cup shaped filters for about a year. I haven’t been drinking much actual David’s Tea tea lately, and I don’t even have a local store to shop at, so I got really tired of having to pay shipping AND paying 10 cents per filter. These Rishi filters were half the price and I found them at a local supermarket. The main reason I liked the drawstring filters so much was that they would not spill out if I just threw them in my purse full of tea on my way to work in the morning. Luckily these Rishi filters are nice and LONG so I can just roll them up! So far I haven’t experienced any purse leaf loss, heh. Also apparently they are compostable, for anyone who cares about such things. If I didn’t use my metal steepers exclusively at home I’d probably toss them in the compost pile, but the whole point of bringing them to work for me is they are super disposable and easy to deal with.


I love my paper filters, honestly. And think the bigger ones are probably better than tea balls for allowing leaf expansion. They work great on the go and they’re how I got fiance into loose leaf. So viva la paper filters.


:D hear hear!

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drank Apple Sencha by Den's Tea
1108 tasting notes

Well, although this is better than the Grape Sencha, I still would have preferred it if I had just ordered 2oz of Sakura sencha and 2oz of pineapple sencha, instead of the 4 flavored sencha tasting set.

It is interesting, this doesn’t taste like apple juice, or apple cider…it’s more like a natural apple candy of some kind. Even though I didn’t sweeten it, it reminds me of taffy or something! Not bad, I’ll enjoy all of these cold brewed this summer for sure. Glad I tried them but I know my order next spring will be different :)

190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Thank you SO much Amanda Wilson for sending me a sample of this.

I am really enjoying this sheng. Most raw puerhs I’ve tried so far have been a lot younger and more “wild” tasting. They always tasted like spring to me, but this one tastes of summer, full and lush and golden. It still has so much energy. I love sheng! I can taste this one for at least a minute after each sip. So sweet! :)

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

Yay! I am so glad you liked it, and you are very welcome!

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drank Pumpkin Milkshake by Butiki Teas
1108 tasting notes

Yum yum yum…I’ve only got a couple servings of this left. I will be OK letting this one go, because I think it is discontinued, but I will be sadder when Irish Cream Cheesecake changes or goes away, heh. Maybe I’m just over this one because it is no longer pumpkin season? shrug I’m still enjoying it though, especially because it is a particularly chilly spring day :)


I have like almost my whole pouch of irish cream cheesecake. Would you like it?


Well sure Keychange! Could I send you anything in return??? PM me :)

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drank Grape Sencha by Den's Tea
1108 tasting notes

I did a cold brew of this one overnight. It is completely drinkable, but sadly a little “kool-aidey” :/

Now I’m REALLY wishing I’d gone for a larger quantity of the Sakura instead, for sure :(

Maybe the Apple will be slightly better….we’ll see! :)

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Wow I’ve been SO busy this weekend I didn’t have time to read OR write tasting notes until now! I taught my first block printing class on Saturday, AND hosted a baby shower…it was awesome but exhausting. I made this tea in a to-go mug for my Sunday afternoon errands. Still one of my fave black teas.

Terri HarpLady

sounds like an awesome weekend to me!

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drank Sakura Sencha by Den's Tea
1108 tasting notes

Already regretting only getting 1 oz of this. What was I thinking?!

Sigh. So good :) it’s like a gentle floral with a hint of cherry, which is perfect with the butter greeny Sencha.


i should probably get it. There was no sakura sample in my Den’s sampler;(


did you try apple sencha and grape sencha? i was thinking maybe its better to get pineapple and sakura only. your thoghts


I haven’t tried grape or apple yet. I’ll bust those open ASAP! :) I definitely recommend pineapple and Sakura though.

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Another Butiki favorite. I just realized that today is Friday! TGIF!!!

Seriously there is something so special about this tea.


The melon flavourings she uses are incredible.

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Sip down :(

I will miss its sweet vegetal goodness. At least I got a bunch of sencha in the mail yesterday so I’ve got some greens around! Nothing quite like this one, though. It is similar to Laoshan Green but brighter and sweeter and with more of an asparagus/sweet corn flavor.

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Graphic artist, printmaker, lover of tea.

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.

Butiki, Verdant, Mandala, TeaVivre, Yunnan Sourcing, TeaUrchin, White2Tea and Den’s are my favorite online retailers so far.


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