215 Tasting Notes

drank Karigane Houjicha by Den's Tea
215 tasting notes

I had a sample of this and I decided to make this iced. I don’t know why. I usually avoid trying teas for the first time iced.

This awesome-“leafed” tea has an unmistakable roasty flavor that reminds me of roasted rice in genmaicha and I think it would work great hot but as an iced tea it seems that its most characteristic features were a little jarring. Especially at first. When I have iced tea, it means I’m either driving to work, am at work, or driving back from work, so I don’t pay that much attention to the flavors but with this one I kind of… had to. So roasty!

I still have about 1 serving of this left and I am definitely going to try it hot!

Iced 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Coconut Oolong by Zen Tea
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Okay, it’s time to backlog some teas!

So, I got my order from Zen Tea on Friday and I already tried some teas I was most curious about. Since I am a huge fan of Golden Moon’s Coconut Pouchong, I decided it would be a great idea to try this! And it seems like the base here is also Pouchong…

I cannot say much about the comparison of the base between the two, pouchong always just seems to me the shyest of oolongs that nevertheless makes a great base for flavored teas. However, the coconut flavor is creamier and bolder here, which does not necessarily make it better than the GM’s counterpart. It doesn’t make it worse either! Just different! Which is great because what would be the point of having virtually the same teas? :D It makes for a very delicious cup and I might be tempted to keep it in stock most of the time along with the Golden Moon’s one.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I must have not been into it last night when I steeped it as this oolong did not steal my heart away. It was roasty? yes. Tieguanyinny? Yes. (Tieguanyinny is totally a word meaning vegetal tasting with a these-leaves-went-through-so-much-suffering-to-bring-you-light oolong flair). Did it resteep nice? Well, it did! So what was wrong with it? Absolutely nothing.

But it did fail to steal my heart away. I think I just wasn’t in the mood. I remember some unique, salted caramely and even weak-chocolate notes trying to communicate with me last night but I just waved them away. I need to try this again soon and then remember to write about it! I should be writing “revised” or “returning” tasting notes more often. I almost never do that!

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Oh the Chinese green teas! They are so sneaky and so shy at the same time. The dry leaf for this tea is spectacular, silver, pretty and curled – the name doesn’t lie! The liquor I got is straw colored and smells like the promise of a buttery peas and asparagus casserole :D Yum!

The flavor is bolder than I expected. There are some mildly roasty grass notes in the foretaste that evaporate into sweet, buttery aftertaste. This tea is kicking! There is a certain boldness to its flavor that is in no way straightforward but rather complex. The mouthfeel is more on the astringent side, but only very slightly so. This one is definitely more a sneak than a shy chick, LOL. I don’t even know what I meant by that.

In other, but still related, news, I ordered a bunch of teas from ZenTea because of their huge sale they have going on, but I was also tempted to get one of their gaiwans and 2 cups. My first gaiwan!!! I am really excited. I have a little glass pot that is going to make a perfect pitcher, and the trays are way too expensive for now, so I figured that a gaiwan and 2 cups (for my hub and me) would be all I need to finally go gongfu style!

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I don’t know what “This one is definitely more a sneak than a shy chick” means either, but it made me chuckle.


This tea really quite surprised me with its straightforwardness… Because I didn’t expect it :D


I love this cute little tea, very unusual.

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You know what? I don’t eat enough apples. I’m too lazy to eat them, bite into them and munch them. I usually just settle for an easy banana (LOL) or grapes – they are so much more convenient. It’s kinda scary to admit that I have been usually passing up on apples because I feel there’s too much jaw work involved eating them.

All these fascinating reflections were initiated by the first sips of this tea. It’s an apple tea alright. It’s pretty good at being what it is, too. I like the ceylon base here, it is not shy, it is not weak, it is not hiding. It works perfectly with apple flavoring, which is just exquisite in its lack of artificial nastiness. All the apple notes I had in teas before were either practically non-existent or super fakey-fake. This one almost tastes like there’s a splash of cider in there. And it smells heavenly. I also detect some flower notes, from the rose petals I’m sure, although they are fainter.

Whenever I consider ordering from Nina’s Paris again, I will definitely re-order this one :) Thank you Laurent from Nina’s Paris for letting me try a sample of this tea :)

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Lol, I eat apples everyday, excellent jaw work out :-)


I should seriously get back to eating them. My husband eats one for lunch every day. I can, too!


I find I am more likely to eat them if I cut them up into slices beforehand :)


Yes, you can do it! GO Kat, GO!


Haha, TeaFairy, thanks :D

TeaBrat, that’s actually a really good idea! So simple and brilliant :D


This note made me laugh. I generally don’t like fruit. I’m much more of a vegetable girl. Apples…I’m so picky about apples. I don’t want a soft apple; it must be crisp. I don’t want an apple that is too sweet or too tart. I just find it easier not to eat apples.


Yeah, I don’t like them too tart either… I can see what you mean. Certain apple kinds can put me off apples in general for a while. By the way, Cheri, do you like hard ciders?


I do on occasion drink hard ciders. I’m more of a beer person in general than a cider drinker.


I used to drink more ciders but since I got hooked on beer, I think most of them would be too sweet now.

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I had this last night and… well, it tasted like a buckwheat tea would ;D I can see myself reaching for it when I feel overdosed on caffeine, but it failed to stir me in any special way. It was definitely flavorful, more flavorful than one would expect from a handful of buckwheat and the aroma reminded me a bit of Polish roasted grain “coffee”. It was kind of like… a genmaicha with no tea in it :D

I would still like to try Lupicia’s flavored orzos though. I realize it’s not quite the same thing, but this tea and these orzos often come up together in people’s notes, so that’s where my mind went.

Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Funny that you mentioned genmaicha without the tea, I have actually mixed it with Verdant Laoshan Black and also, with some sencha. Both were so delicious, it’s like making your own genmaicha with any kind of base you choose :-)


Ha! Thank for the tip. I should try it with sencha :)

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drank Coconut green by Zen Tea
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I had this tea a few days ago when I couldn’t quite log it (or even write it down), so my impressions are somewhat hazed and dazed.

The tea arrived to me among others in a mystery pack I got from MissB. Thank you, MissB, for including it :)

I love coconut in everything (my husband just recently brewed a lime & coconut belgian wit beer… It’s not ready yet but it’s going to be AWESOME!) and I absolutely loved the smell of this one. The taste disappointed me a little, however, since the base tea turned out to be a rather pungent sencha. It turns out, the more and more tea I drink, that I am not so huge on sencha. I can see myself craving this seaweedy flavor from time to time, but when I think yummy green, I think dragonwell, gunpowder, or some other Chinese green. So… yeah, the sencha was pretty strong and it spoiled coconut for me a bit. I also detected some matcha bitterness in it. It could’ve been that some of the sencha powdered up a bit and stuck to the coconut pieces and then imitated matcha.

It’s a pretty unique tea, I will definitely have more of it, too. Perhaps I will like it more next time :)

1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

OOh! The Belgian Wit sounds delish!


I know! We kind of tasted it flat before priming it and bottling, and it seemed super promising. I wonder how it’s going to turn out carbonated.


I look forward to hearing about it. :)

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This is a cup-worth of tea that I saved from a Traveling Box C and what I scribbled on my baggie was Black Currant Bergamot Shou Mei… but there is no way in hell I can find that here on Steepster.

I found this, however, and perhaps that’s what this is supposed to be. Especially that I’m not getting any bergamot out of this.

Anyway, it’s a pleasant white tea with an unmistakable black currant flavor. The flavoring is not artificial in any way, and the smooth, slightly sweet white tea base blends well with it. I’m not head over heels in love with it, but it’s a nice companion for this pre-stormy yet peaceful afternoon.

185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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So here we go! I think I am going to edit this one post as I go with my tastings. It is going to be easier to keep it organized that way.

Bolivia Green – Wow! I am absolutely loving it. The leaves are long and rolled up a bit, they steep into bright yellow color that, to me, usually means it is going to be a delicious green. The aroma is flowery and syrupy, it tastes like a cross between a dragonwell and a maltier gunpowder. It has creamy mouthfeel to it. As it cools, I detect a really shy notes of bitterness. It is really yummy and I wish I knew where to get more of this potion! :D 90/100

Darjeeling 1st Flush #3 – This was very subtle and unassuming, with no bitterness. I love the color of the leaves, it almost looks like a green tea! The liquor was also pretty light for a black tea. I detected some flowery notes as well as some mild citrusy ones. It was good, although lacked character a bit. 78/100

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While not quite as delicious as Brioche (can any dessert tea beat that one???), it is very tasty. Very nutty with a hint of preserved fruit flavor as well as very mild spiciness. The black base is bold enough, but it lets the flavoring shine.

It smells heavenly, too! Good yum to start the afternoon with.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I started drinking tea when I was a teenager, my dad used to make tea a million times a day as it was (and still is!) good for his health. So he would make it for the entire family. Usually it was Lipton with a teaspoon of sugar per cup and a slice of lemon. I was fond of it made this way then a lot.

Then I would have occasional loose leaf teas, I slowly got into green tea… I would mostly stick to bagged tea though. It was just convenient.

Only recently, in the middle of 2013, did I start getting seriously into all kinds of loose leaf tea.

- Chinese black teas
- green oolongs
- super-fruity rooibos/honeybush “teas”
- interesting dessert teas

- green teas
- white teas
- dark oolongs
- non-Chinese black teas
- earl greys
- pu-erhs
- anything else that is missing from other categories

- chai teas
- herbal teas
- fruit teas

- mint in blends (it’s ok as straight mint)

Apart from tea, I love reading, board-gaming with my husband, learning foreign languages (currently Spanish and Portuguese) and listening to lots and lots of music!

And if we just stick to food-related stuff I am also a great aficionado of good craft beer and dark chocolate :)

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