2815 Tasting Notes

drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
2815 tasting notes

Sadly this is a sipdown… I seem to be finishing a lot of teas lately but don’t worry, I still have plenty more! I would like to replace this someday when I am working and can afford to stock up on a few favorites from Verdant. I love the roasted chocolate notes of the Laoshan black. It is truly divine!

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sami Kelsh

Every time I see this tea mentioned it just sounds like such a big bowl of YES.


You need to try it some day!

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Another sipdown…
Just decided to polish this one off tonight while I’m watching my grammar class on Udemy. I’m trying to use my unemployed time to further my education and I’m also starting a writing class at UC Berkeley extension tomorrow.

This is a lot more flavorful when it’s been steeped for around 7 minutes, it’s still not going to be a repurchase for me however.

Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

That’s great news about the classes :)


Thanks… why wallow in self pity when I can be improving myself? :)

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drank Yunnan Golden Buds by Verdant Tea
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Sipdown #2 of the day. This morning I was looking at my cupboards and thinking to myself “Why do I have so much tea”? I blame Steepster… lol

Sami Kelsh

You have so much tea because tea is magic and love.


I feel the same way. But it’s a good thing, right???


It’s a good thing!

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This morning I am working on sipping down more samples and so have decided to finish off this 10g sample from Norbu. It looks like this tea is sold out as I don’t see it on their website anymore. Also it looks like Norbu decided to discontinue the 10g samples altogether which is kind of a shame.

Anyway this is enjyoable, a lightly smoked tea with some sweet notes, it also seems somewhat flowery to me today. See previous tasting note for more details.

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Tea of the afternoon. I hope this doesn’t keep me awake since I’m drinking it in the afternoon and lately I’ve been a bit more sensitive to caffeine. I just had a hankering for something warm and dessert-like and it’s been a while since I’ve had this. Adding a bit of raw cane sugar really helps to bring out the caramel notes in this tea. Enjoyable but probably won’t be a repurchase. I wonder if I can go without buying more tea until I actually get another job…lol

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I’m back to San Francisco after spending a portion of my weekend at Harbin Hot Springs. The sun and splashing around in the hot water definitely seemed to make my arm feel better. Coming back to SF, it feels foggy and FREEZING! High temperature today of only 61 degrees?!

Anyway I thought I’d brew up some of this sample I got from Verdant. I don’t remember how long I have had this, it could have been years already. I usually appreciate yunnans and this is good this morning, very mellow, no astringency just lots of malt and chocolatey goodness. See previous notes for more details.

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Terri HarpLady

I love this tea!

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Tea of the morning here. I forgot I had this one and in my stupor this morning I accidentally steeped it for too long (3 minutes). Even so, it is still good and reminds me of bittersweet chocolate. I will have to remember to steep this one for less time next time. I need to get into the habit of writing a note or putting a sticker on my teas for the optimal and preferred steeping time. I hope everyone has a good weekend. :)

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

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Tisane of the afternoon here…

I don’t quite get all of the wonderful reviews with this one. Although there are several teas from Simpson and Vail that I really like, this doesn’t seem to be one of them. It’s an okay rooibos, I do get a bit of chocolate but not really the other flavors. I also don’t see a lot of rose petals in the tea like the one that is in the picture.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

I never really got all the fuss over red velvet…always tasted like chocolate with food coloring to me :)

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drank Cherry Vanilla by SereneTeaz
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Thanks to carol who for this one! I meant to try it before but it somehow got lost in my pile of samples. I do like the cherry flavor in this blend but I’m not really sure about the combination of black tea and rooibos. I’m kind of wishing for one or the other. The vanilla flavor is peeking out as well and was helped along by a dash of vanilla soymilk. Overall this is pretty good and I’m glad I got the chance to try it.

Flavors: Cherry, Vanilla

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Shincha Houryoku by Den's Tea
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This shincha came from my latest Den’s tea order and is from the 2014 season.

This stuff is amazing! For one thing the color of the tea brews up to be a brilliant emerald green color and is vibrant. The flavor is very mellow and sweet with a hint of grassiness. Evidently this was produced with some extra steaming which accounts for the color and the flavor. They call this herbaceous but there’s almost something creamy about it in my opinion. Definitely glad I got this one, it’s one of the better senchas I’ve had.

170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Hobbies include: tea, making art, animals, vegan things, buddhism, nature, creativity, books, writing, cooking, meditation, yoga.

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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