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drank Kukicha by The Tao of Tea
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Sipdown no. 70 of 2016 (no. 281 total).

Is there a word for the reverse of when something grows on you?

After drinking this as a daily go to work tea for a while now, I got to the point where I wasn’t finishing the Timolino-full during the day. That never happens.

Bumping it down a bit.

P.S. I’m almost level 10 on team Mystic. How about you?

a bad pasty

Hmmm, how about “this tea wilted on me”? Maybe try boiling the tea next time; According to Cwyn this is the preferred method for twiggy teas.

I’m almost level 13 team Mystic. I was snubbed by a Beedrill today, but managed to catch a Golbat to make up for it.


GO TEAM MYSTIC that said, i’m only a level 7. my son and i are about to go on a tour of the neighborhood to fix that, tho.

second the boiling for twig tea, if you haven’t done so yet. NOM!

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drank Tenryu Sencha by Todd & Holland
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Sipdown no. 69 of 2016 (no. 280 total). A sample.

Really sorry to see this one go. Not much to add to my previous note other than that I will be very sad when my Japanese greens are all gone.

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Sipdown no. 68 of 2016 (no. 279 total).

Enjoyed this while it lasted. It was trading off with the kukicha as my “take it to work tea” for the last couple of weeks. Makes me think of rice crispies. My description of my first encounter with this in a previous note is pretty much still spot on.

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drank Marzipan by TeaGschwendner
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Sipdown no. 67 of 2016 (no. 278 total).

This grew on me over time. It made an awesome cold tea. The lack of sweet pastry-ness that I thought made it not really marzipan-like worked well cold. The almond flavor was very noticeable but not overpowering.

Having the last bit of this hot and I appreciate it a lot more now than I did when I first tasted it. Bumping the rating.

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drank Kukicha by The Tao of Tea
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I haven’t had kukicha before and it was a pretty interesting experience. I steeped according to info found on the internet, but I think next time I’ll go a bit hotter and a bit longer. There’s an interesting flavor there, but I’m not sure I’m getting the best of it in this cup.

The leaves aren’t so much leaves as little sticks. Sort of reminds me of very fine mulch or tambark, but more uniform in size, shape and color. I do get a bit of a chocolately aroma from sticking my nose into the tin. And it’s there in the steeped tea, too, a sort of toasty chocolate, like a very subtle ’smores aroma. The tea is almost copper in color, pink/brown/yellow.

I say I’m not sure I’m getting the most flavor out of this because it comes across as subtle, a sort of houjicha-ish flavor but a darker note. It’s classified as a green tea, and it does have that character in a houjicha-ish way, but I think I expect more flavor because of how it looks.

Which has no basis in anything other than some weird association in my brain.

I like it. I think I would prefer houjicha if I was going for a roasty green tea, but perhaps this will grow on me. It leaves and interesting coolness in them mouth. It has a barky, bamboo like aftertaste.

It’s fun to try something new and different for a change.

Flavors: Bamboo, Bark, Chocolate, Green Wood

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

I love green kukicha. Never tried it roasted before.

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Sipdown no. 66 of 2016 (no. 277 total).

I forgot how much I like houjicha. When I did the big stash organization project, I found a number of opened or not optimally stored samples, all of which tasted pretty much like dust. But this was a full sized, never opened, hermetically sealed package. What a difference! And I’m sure that something less elderly than my package would be even better.

I steeped this one hot and short. Boiling for 1:30 according to package directions. It’s obviously green tea, but of a completely different tone than sencha or sincha. Less like vegetables or fresh cut grass and more of a slightly sweet tree taste.

Awesome. I’ll miss it.

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drank Shincha Kunpu by Den's Tea
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Sipdown no. 65 of 2016 (no. 276 total).

It really seems like I’ve had more sipdowns than I’ve recorded this year, but I’ve been pretty religious about it so it must just be one of those things that seems different than it is.

I enjoyed this one quite a bit. Not as juicy as the Maeda-en, but still, in the words of George Harrison, sweet and lovely.

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Sipdown no. 64 of 2016 (no. 275 total).

Used the last bit in a cold brew with the Tavalon Darjeeling 1st making up the difference.
Very nice while it lasted. Nothing to add to previous note.

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drank Darjeeling 1st by Tavalon Tea
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Sipdown no. 63 of 2016 (no. 274 total).

Used the last bit in a cold brew with the Kusmi Darjeeling Makaibari making up the difference. Very enjoyable while it lasted. Can’t improve upon my earlier notes.

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Sipdown no. 62 of 2016 (no. 273 total). A sample.

I’ve been extremely busy at work, so much so that I am feeling it physically. My body feels beat up.

Meanwhile, both kids have playoff games today (two different teams).

Drinking the last bit of this one as first tea of the morning, without any fish accompaniment despite my discovery that darjeeling and fish work well together. I also forgot to use a lower temp which had worked well. But it is hitting the spot anyway. The muscatel notes aren’t as sharp as some others, but still give a grape-flavor that I’m enjoying this a.m.

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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 tea skills and tastes developed they became far less appealing to me. I do not mix well with tulsi or yerba mate, and savory teas are more often a miss than a hit with me. That said, I’m not entirely a purist, and I enjoy a good flavored tea, particularly flavored blacks.

I like all kinds of tea depending on time of day, mood, and the amount of time I have to pay attention to preparation.

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 First rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Excellent; will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again

60-69 Good; 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.

People have sent me tea on occasion, and I was once persuaded to send some Tazo Om to AmazonV. I’ve also done at least one group buy here on Steepster, the famous Doulton-led Dammann Freres experiment years ago. But mostly, 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, though I don’t put samples in my cupboard and not everything I have at any given time is showing in my cupboard. I do try to remember to remove things from my cupboard once I no longer have them.

I was an early internet adopter and have been online in various environments since around 1990. Steepster is one of the nicest online environments I’ve ever been privileged to participate in and that is saying something. :-)


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