2815 Tasting Notes


The morning cuppa. It’s a nice and versatile black tea blend which I like especially for breakfast but would be good anytime…

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drank Hu Kwa by Mark T. Wendell
2815 tasting notes

I also owe my sample of this to Narwhalclub! I’ve been wanting to try this tea for a while after I read about it in “The Story of Tea: A Cultural History and Drinking Guide”.

This was very smoky and I was already scared of it since you could smell it through the envelope… :)

I steeped this for 5.5 minutes and then let it decant according to the instructions of the website. I was not overly generous with the leaf – I had about 2 teaspoons for a 16 oz teapot. I knew I wanted to share this one with my boyfriend. He says it reminds him of cigars or single malt scotch, specifically Laphroaig.

I don’t drink scotch (ick) but I agree with the reviewer that mentioned this was like barbeque sauce. It’s smoky but also a bit sweet at the same time with some molasses/honey type of flavors in the finish. I figured this would knock me over with smoky flavor but I’m happy it isn’t too strong. I never thought I’d find a Lapsang Souchong type of tea I would even remotely tolerate, but this is good! It seems like according to the other reviewers it is also a bit on the lighter side. The flavor is a bit intoxicating the longer I sit here and sip on it. I might have to pick some of this up someday…. and on the list it goes… :)

Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
Charles Thomas Draper

I like the sound of this one….


I think you would like it…


Have you tried Baker Street Afternoon Blend by Upton? It is yummy. My youngest daughter loves it.


no. have not had that yet. :)


I’m all for a lighter LS. :))


I’m so glad that you liked it!

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drank Tochiotome Green by Lupicia
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This came as a free sample in the Lupicia newsletter and anyway I am just in the mood for green tea today somehow.

This is one of those mesh pyramid bags which are great but I don’t know if these are the biodegradable kind. Inspecting this somewhat closely to me it looks like a sencha. I steeped it at 170 F for 2 minutes. It is very interesting because the sencha is kind of grassy and vegetal but the strawberry flavor is light and sweet. Some of Lupicia’s flavored teas seem almost gummy bear like in the flavor (like the apple I tried recently) but this was a bit more natural in my opinion. Although I enjoyed it I can’t help but feel like the strawberry and the green tea are almost competing with each other for attention. And why would Lupicia recommend you steep this in boiling water, I have no idea. Maybe it’s a bancha…

Regardless, I do not think I need any more flavored green teas right now… but this was a fun one to try!

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Enchanted Forest by Sereni Tea
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The morning cuppa… not a bad green tea/mate blend although it is a bit on the sweet side… see my previous notes

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Coconut Pouchong by Golden Moon Tea
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I seriously cannot help but make this every time someone mentions it – so I sent some to Tamm and she remarked on how good it smells and I had to have some too. It is one of the best coconut teas out there.


This one really does smell different when compared to other coconut teas.

Invader Zim

I read so many reviews on this, it sounds so good, so I finally caved the other day and ordered a sample of this and now I’m just waiting for it to come in. I can’t wait to try this!


@invader Zim – if you like coconut you will not be disappointed….

Invader Zim

I love coconut, one of the reasons I want to try it so bad! All the good reviews don’t hurt either!

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Having a sample of this tea from Bana this afternoon.
Steeping method: xiying teapot after doing a quick rinse

First infusion: 45 seconds. earthy, slightly musty, a hint of smoke and bitterness. Shiitake mushroom aroma. hmmm

Second infusion: 60 seconds. Color is now darker. The tea has a very round mouthfeel and whatever bitterness I was sensing is now gone. The liquor is a gorgeous reddish brown. The flavor is very mild and soothing, woodsy. A tiny bit of sweetness present. Somewhat lighter in flavor than some other shus I have tried recently and a bit uninspired in terms of flavor, but definitely no offensive aromas/flavors.

Third infusion: Sweetness and richness is increasing with no noticeable loss of flavor. I am getting a bit of fruitiness along with some more wood sensations.

Not my favorite shu from Bana so far but still very nice, I enjoyed trying it. I think this would benefit from a few more years of aging perhaps.

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec

I’m so glad you’re reviewing all of these Bana ones. I enjoy your puerh tasting notes. I’ve still not got the palate to pick up the nuances in it. But being able to read good notes like yours makes it easier to recognize what one should be looking for.


I don’t think I totally know what I am doing , lol :)

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I finished this off recently but decided there was no point in repurchasing it from TeaGshwendner, so I went to the middle eastern grocery store and got 3 bags of anise, caraway and fennel seeds and mixed them together for about 1/2 the price.

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drank Sencha "Uji" by Lupicia
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My morning cuppa. I raised the rating today by a few points. With a thermometer and a timer it is much easier to control the outcome of this tea and it isn’t as astringent now as I remember. It does seem fairly grassy, marine and a bit sweet with a hint of bitterness. Perhaps it has umami… see my previous notes. I love the vivid color of this! bright green with tiny little bubbles….

The second steep at 170 F was nice too… a bit sweeter and milder.

I still prefer the sencha chiran from Lupicia. :)

160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec

Have you tried their Sencha Nara? That’s my favorite, although I’ve never tried Uji.


No, I haven’t had that yet… maybe I can get it at my local Lupicia store!

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drank Bleu Peacock by Mighty Leaf Tea
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I decided to switch over to this – I think I was in the mood for something girly. I haven’t had this tea in a while and I can’t quite place the blend of flavors, vanilla, flowery, lavender something or other? It’s quite sweet and aromatic, a nice choice to just wind the evening down… it is very flavored I admit.


Sounds interesting! I will have to keep an eye out for this one!


I can send you some if you’d like…. it is pretty strongly scented though. :)

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Thanks to Dinosaura for this sample…

I think I might like darker oolongs better than most people but wasn’t sure what to expect with this. I have been doing my steepings in the gaiwan for around 30 seconds or so.

First steep: very roasted quality, aroma is a bit like burnt sugar and vanilla but flavor is lagging, I don’t think my water was hot enough either

Second steep: the sweetness is starting to come up a bit more along with some nuttiness. reminds me a lot of buckwheat or roasted barley and a bit of the hojicha I had a few days back. There is some tobacco is the aroma for me. Interesting.

Third steep: Very toasty, a bit smoky… I am still getting these burnt sugar/honey like flavors but it isn’t evolving into much more. It does have a bit of a bitter aftertaste…

I’ve enjoyed it but probably is not going to go on the must purchase list. I can’t help but wonder if I would appreciate this more on a cold and rainy day, I think I’ll save the rest of my sample for a time like that. This was fun to try but sadly, I’m losing interest. It tastes like someone charbroiled it, which is kind of the point, really but maybe not what I was in the mood for just now.

180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

Live in San Francisco, I’m a SINK (single income, no kids) and love the urban life, but traveling out to the middle of nowhere is always fun too.

I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

59-50 Ick

49 and below Nasty


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