1945 Tasting Notes

drank Rose Tuocha by The Tao of Tea
1945 tasting notes

Sipdown no. 13 of 2020 (no. 608 total).

Continuing on my iced shu kick, we sipped this one down cold. Refreshing, if a bit earthier than the usual cold brew tea, but the rose lightens that aspect a little. And it didn’t seem to matter to no. 2, who was very eager for the last batch to be strained and drinkable.

For my thoughts on this hot, see original note.

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My original note for this tea is under a duplicate entry, which is currently inaccessible. I get a 404 error when I go to that page. Frustrating. New overlords, if you are listening, can you fix that please?

Sipdown no. 12 of 2020 (no. 607 total).

After the discussion of cold brew puer, I was in the mood. So my last two cold brew pitchers have been of this tea. The little nests made it really easy — I just unwrapped them and plunked them into the pitcher. The first time I left them in the fridge way longer than I intended, and they pretty much unfurled themselves completely. The second time, they retained some of their shape after about 1.5 days steeping.

Shu is actually quite pleasant cold, at least the ones I have tired. This one is. It’s like a very full bodied black tea. Not particularly the best vehicle for discerning nuances in flavor, color, aroma, etc. but the trade off is a very refreshing cold tea.

I wish I could read what I wrote about this before so I could figure out if I have anything to add. I can’t even tell how I rated it before.


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drank Samovar by Kusmi Tea
1945 tasting notes

Sipdown no. 11 of 2020 (no. 606 total).

A little smoky for my taste in cold brew, but no. 2 loved it. I couldn’t keep it in the fridge for more than a day.

See previous notes for more detail.

Hope everyone is safe and healthy.

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drank Troika by Kusmi Tea
1945 tasting notes

Sipdown no. 10 of 2020 (no. 605 total).

I could have sworn I just posted a note on this. Maybe it didn’t take?

Luckily, it was short. I just noted we polished off the rest of this as cold brew and it was every bit as tasty as it was hot. The first two notes provide detail upon which I can’t improve.


I drank St Petersburg today and determined that I really must also place an order for Troika. It was my favorite of the Kusmi Russian line I tried.


Yes, it’s a nice one. If I ever place another Kusmi order it will be on it.

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drank Pu-erh by Golden Moon Tea
1945 tasting notes

Sipdown no. 9 of 2020 (no. 604 total).

This was an accidental sipdown. I am sipping down from lowest rated to highest rated, generally. But I was in a hurry and I have a lot of pu-erh that at this rate I’ll never get around to drinking, so I used this to make a cold brew.

It’s a mild pu-erh which is why I rated it on the high side, and for that reason it made a very nice cold brew — just a tad earthy, but not so much that no. 2, who is the primary consumer of the cold brew these days, thought it worthy of mention. He just demolished the pitcher’s worth.

For more detail, see previous note. In my original note I mentioned I didn’t get much earthiness, which may be why no. 2 didn’t notice it either. My tastebuds are, I hope, a bit more refined than they were when I wrote the original note 10 years ago….


Cold brew puerh is absolute delight. I find it the most refreshing and most cooling summer drink ever.


Ooooo, cold brew puerh? I need to dig some out and try this.


Sometimes I make a pot of hot Puerh and then toss the leaves in a glass carafe if water and stick it in the fridge. If there are lots of leaves and it is strong enough, I will pour a glass and then top it up with more water once or twice.


I feel like it can be hit or miss. I have had some really nasty cold brew sheng.


I’ve never tried cold brewing puerh! Maybe I will soon.


I have only had cold brew shu. I imagine some sheng (most) could be rough!

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drank Cinnamon by Kusmi Tea
1945 tasting notes

Sipdown no. 8 of 2020 (no. 603 total).

It was sort of weird as a cold brew. Weirder than I thought a cinnamon tea would be.

Why was it weird? I guess the part of my original note that mentioned the subtlety of the cinnamon flavor is closest to coming up with a reason. There isn’t enough cinnamon flavor for it to be obviously cinnamon, but there’s obviously something other than tea there. The puzzlement is what makes it weird, I suppose.

But the kids must not have had the same thought because they plowed through it pretty fast, particularly no. 2.

I hope everyone is staying safe — we are good so far. The stay at home is getting a bit old, but as our household falls into several risk categories I would rather stay home than risk our collective healths.


My family has a high-risk member too. We’ve all been staying in during lockdown in the UK so far, but I’m about to start training as a social carer where I’ll have to go out into the community, and I do worry about the risk. I’m glad you’re all doing well and staying safe.


Thank you. Stay safe!

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Sipdown no. 7 of 2020 (no. 602 total).

We drank the last of this as a cold brew and it made a good one. It has a rather intense tea essence. Like Nestea but obviously better. But that makes it a really excellent iced tea.

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Sipdown no. 6 of 2020 (no. 601 total).

We had a virtual coffee chat for my team at work and I brought the last of this along.

I must say that my group is doing a nice job of keeping people in touch even though we’re on week three of working from home. I probably see some people more on video now than I did in person.

Anyway, this tea. With age, it’s a little less juicy on the tea front and the cherry has a sort of “dry” aspect for lack of a better word. But it was still enjoyable. The original note provides an interesting record to compare this to from back when this tea was young.

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy!

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drank Chocolate Mint by Harney & Sons
1945 tasting notes

Sipdown no. 5 of 2020 (no. 600 total). A milestone!

We drank the last of this as cold brew and it wasn’t as weird that way as it might sound.

As I mentioned in the original note, if you’re looking for a chocolate mint tea, this is a nice one. The mint is a little stronger than the chocolate, but not significantly so.


Congrats on so many sipdowns! I’m trying…

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Sipdown no. 4 of 2020 (no. 599 total).

It made a refreshing cold brew, as well as a nice take it to work tea for the couple of days before we were told to work from home because of the coronavirus. It pretty much held up to the original note I wrote about it. I still don’t totally get white tea, but flavored whites are easier to get.

Hope everyone is staying healthy. We are under a shelter in place order here.


Glad you have to ability to work from home! We’re as of yet unaffected by shelter-in-place in Sonoma County. If/when that changes, according to SF’s list, I’ll still be working :/


Oh no - sorry. Or maybe it’s a good thing? At least you are “essential.” :)

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I got obsessed with tea in 2010 for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it. I seem to be continuing that in for a while, out for a while cycle. I have a short attention span, but no shortage of tea.

I’m a mom, writer, gamer, lawyer, reader, runner, traveler, and enjoyer of life, literature, art, music, thought and kindness, in no particular order. I write fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I drink tea without additives. If a tea needs milk or sugar to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’ll rate it high. The exception is chai, which I drink with milk/sugar or substitute. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs, but as my tastes developed they became less appealing — I still enjoy nicely done blends. I do not mix well with tulsi or yerba mate, and savory teas are more often a miss than a hit with me. I used to hate hibiscus, but I’ve turned that corner. Licorice, not so much.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own. But I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas in relation to others of the same type, for example, Earl Greys against other Earl Greys. But if a tea rates very high with me, it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is

90-94 Excellent; first rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Very good; will likely buy more

70-79 Good; would enjoy again, might buy again

60-69 Okay; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but likely won’t buy again

Below 60 Meh, so-so, iffy, or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

I don’t swap. It’s nothing personal, it’s just that I have way more tea than any one person needs and am not lacking for new things to try. Also, I have way too much going on already in daily life and the additional commitment to get packages to people adds to my already high stress level. (Maybe it shouldn’t, but it does.)

That said, I enjoy reading folks’ notes, talking about what I drink, and getting to “know” people virtually here on Steepster so I can get ideas of other things I might want to try if I can ever again justify buying more tea. I also like keeping track of what I drink and what I thought about it.

My current process for tea note generation is described in my note on this tea: https://steepster.com/teas/mariage-freres/6990-the-des-impressionnistes


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