539 Tasting Notes


This is the other tea my fellow library intern friend gave me. I’ve never tried genmaicha before, either.

The dry leaf smells sweet, like organic candy. When I steeped it, it smelled strongly of burnt rice. It tastes like toasted bread, butter, and grassy green tea. It’s a very savory tea, and I can tell that this particular green tea base is very good quality. Not bad!

Note: I tried for a second steep, and I think either I oversteeped it, or the popped rice doesn’t do well with second steepings, because I got a burnt-tasting, highly vegetal cup, which I didn’t enjoy. More experimentation is necessary!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Butter, Grass

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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I’m sorry I’ve been gone for so long, Steepster! I’m in the final stretch of the semester, and also of my undergraduate education. It’s been a very emotional, stressful, and busy time for me.

This is my first experience with a legit, loose pu-erh. My friend, the grad student who interned with me at the library, gave me some of this as a parting gift today. We share a passion for tea, among many other similar interests. I’ll miss him.

The dry leaf smells heavenly— just like caramel. I can see bits of toffee mixed in, too.

I steeped a cup of it in my glass gaiwan. The liquor is a muddy, almost reddish color. It tastes like earth, caramel, and toffee. It’s so rich… Like the Godiva chocolate of the tea world.

Oh, my God… I will be so sad when this tin is empty!

Flavors: Caramel, Earth

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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I tried this one again… I brewed it at a higher temp and let it steep a lot longer.

Still couldn’t coax much flavor from it, but it was a titch bit better than last time, I guess. I got a lot of chamomile with just a hint of a nondescript fruitlike note. It’s so strange, because it smells amazing dry.

Oh well. I guess you can’t judge a tea by its bag.

180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more

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I always seem to have a box of this tea around, even though it really isn’t my favorite. So weird. It’s like a talisman or something.

Anyway, I’m trying like hell to get rid of the teas that I don’t love, so that I can make room for the teas that I love, so I drank a cup of this last night. It’s minty and chamomile-y, nothing spectacular. And it did diddly squat to combat the cup of coffee I stupidly drank at 5:00pm last night.

I deserved to be wide awake until 1 am. Anyway, gonna keep drinking this down until it’s gone, and I will NOT replace it.

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Everything about this tea is wonderful. It’s organic, fair trade, super cheap, and delicious! Delicate and perfectly balanced, with the perfect amount of fruit and floral. The base is very smooth and tasty, but doesn’t take over.

Thoroughly enjoyed this whole cup. Best three dollars I ever spent.

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This is my favorite tea out of the eight different kinds in my tea chest. I find it to be the most balanced. The sweet peach and the spicy ginger blend nicely. I forgot how much I liked it.

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drank Chamomile by Stash Tea Company
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This was a nice, smooth, sweet cup of chamomile. I was nervous and anxious last night, so I made this at my boyfriend’s house with dinner. By the time I finished the mug, my nerves were considerably soothed.

I think chamomile is one of the most comforting teas out there. As far as I’m concerned, it has magical nerve tonic qualities.

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drank Caramel Vanilla by Lipton
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I should have tried this before I tried Butiki’s Caramel Vanilla Assam. I’m totally spoiled now! Hahahaha.

This really isn’t terrible, though. In fact, by Lipton’s standards, it’s downright delicious. It’s creamy (probably owing to the modified corn starch) and the caramel is there without being totally overpowering or cloyingly sweet. The vanilla takes a bit of a backseat, and the black base has just a bite of astringency to sharpen up the overall flavor.

Not too shabby. My experience with these Pyramid teabags has generally been positive. Now if only Lipton would ditch the industrialized, processed ingredients like the modified corn starch and the soy lecithin and stick to just the tea leaves and the natural flavorings, everything would be golden.

I definitely still prefer Stacy’s amazing Assam, but this stuff is good to have around when the money’s tight.

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Writing my thesis. Very stressful.

I know it isn’t breakfast time, but lavender and vanilla are very soothing to me, as is Earl Grey. So when they all meet in one amazing cup, I can’t help but reach for it during my hour(s) of need.

I know this seems crazy, but this bagged tea is better than many of the loose teas I’ve tried. It’s just so completely perfect in every way.

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drank Chai Green by Stash Tea Company
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On Monday, I was wearing shorts. This morning when I woke up, there was (I kid you not) SNOW on the ground.

This zoomed me back into Winter Mode, but only halfway. So instead of having a hearty black chai, I reached for my springy/ wintery green chai.

I still feel pretty ambiguous about it. It’s good if you like cinnamon, but I still think black chais rule.

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Hello! I love literature, politics, and tea. I work in the Information Technology field and am currently working toward an MA in English.

Favorites: Black, oolong, and rooibos. Blends that are vanilla, chocolate, nutty, or dessert-like are especially appealing to me. I also love ginger, citrus, and lemongrass.

I like green teas as long as they are blended with fruit and/ or spices, and I LOVE them when they’re floral.

I have a love-hate relationship with kombucha, and I’m very picky about my chai- It has to have a high-quality black tea base and be heavy on the cinnamon and light on the nutmeg. Also iffy about mate and herbal teas in general, although chamomile and I are usually on speaking terms.

Dislikes: White tea, unflavored green teas, honeybush, fruity herbals, hibiscus in high quantities, plain peppermint. (Although I am not opposed to trying blends that cross into these neighborhoods if they come from reputable companies.)

I’m not a swapper, but I hope we can still be friends :)

90-100: Perfection and heaven and magic, all in one cup.

70-89: Good.

50-69: Meh.

49 and below: Blerg.


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