307 Tasting Notes



My very first pu erh cake! (I have no idea what the label says… I’m not even going to try.) Admittedly, I also stabbed myself with the fork trying to pry pieces off (I didn’t break skin, so it’s OK!). It was super inexpensive, I think about $4 for the 250g cake. I’m grandpa brewing it and enjoying it with a donut. Happy day. I honestly probably didn’t use enough leaf. But that could be because it’s inexpensive (my usual pu’s are loose leaf from Mandala), or because of the sweetness of the donut. Oh well. There’s still plenty left!

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It’s really hard to try and write notes when some things are just labeled like ‘puerh’, ‘darjeeling 1st’, ‘darjeeling 2nd’…. the latter two I’m assuming they meant 1st&2nd flushes, but who knows. I don’t.

Mostly I’m just checking in because I know I’ve been bad about tasting notes lately, but I’m alive and still drinking (tea)! Haha.

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drank Matcha Milk by GreenMax
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Ahh… that feeling when you realized that you forgot to do something for work at 2am and have to rush to your lab to fix it… even knowing you’re probably doomed anyways. Sigh.

Anyways. This is a nice powdered milk tea mix sealed in serving sized portions. I quite like it. It’s got a good balance of matcha/flavor, creamer, and sugar. Not too sweet. Keep stirring though, the matcha will settle. It’s also nice at room temp. I haven’t tried it cold yet, but a packet only makes about 5oz, so expect it to be watered down if you add ice (duh).

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Overboard TTB.

I can see the coconut in the mix. But I can’t taste or smell it. Disappointing for that aspect. Otherwise it’s just another vanilla black tea blend from Adagio. There are so many of those that they all seem to just blend together now.

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From the Overboard TTB.

Ergh. I don’t know. Maybe it’s just not to my taste? It’s like a sweet ish, but predominately sour… something over a dark base. If you didn’t tell me it was pu erh, I would have assumed it was a very dark black tea. To be fair, I have no clue what rhubarb is supposed to taste like (it looks like red celery stick!), but I guess I had high expectations because it’s Butiki. I didn’t order this myself and was glad to try it, but it was nice for the experience. Just not my cup of tea. At least there’s no lingering aftertaste.


I wasn’t a fan either… It smelled amazing but there was something a little off about the flavor

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drank Caribe by Harney & Sons
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Thanks to the Overboard TTB that I’m getting to taste this one.

I hardly ever get to taste any H&S teas, although not that many really catch my attention, I did really like the Christmas tea I got this year. Anyways, I figured that the name was a play on the work Carribean. Guava is a eastern tropical fruit though, so maybe the theme was just ‘tropical’.

There were no brewing directions on the sachet (and I was too lazy to look them up), so I brewed the sachet in a mug 175*F for 4 minute, the low temp because it’s a green/black blend, and that’s what my zojirushi is set to. This didn’t taste much like anything really and the smell was just OK. Eh. I guess it could do in a pinch, it didn’t taste bad, but I literally can’t remember much about it at all, and I drank it less than a half hr ago. I would finish the mug, but I wouldn’t buy it, I won’t even bother rebrewing the bag.

The Cookie Lady

I find I prefer this one cold-brewed. The fruit flavors seem to come out more that way.

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From the Overboard TTB. Thanks to Beelicious for sticking this one in!

I was expecting more nuts from the name honestly. It’s a smokey roasted coffee chocolate tea. Good as a breakfast type I would assume. I would totally be loving this tea if not for the smokiness of it, but because of that I only finished half the cup.

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It’s like apple pie in a breakfast tea. Hmmm. Yum.

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drank Pan-fried Barley by Lupicia
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From the Overboard TTB

This was quite a bit stronger than I’m used to in terms of barley tea. It had a deep roasted flavor, very deep, but I can see how it can be described as pan fried as the sweetness that comes from roasted barley didn’t come through as much. It was kind of like eating a very toasted slice of multi grain bread. I appreciated the nuttiness.


This reminded me of toast, too! I haven’t tried any other barley teas, but this made me think I should.

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It’s pretty late, but I’m still up because I basically slept the evening away. I had to hunt around my room for a caffeine free option and this is what I came up with. Everyone was talking about the big storm that was going to be coming over our area, and it was raining pretty hard, but it only lasted maybe two hours it feels like. Oh well, the little creek behind our house that’s been dry all year was bubbling earlier. California needs rain!

I got this in a Bulu Box, which is a subscription with supplements and stuff. It came with a coupon code, and no instructions. The website says it won the Healthy Food & Drink award for 2015 from some sort of Fitness magazine, but I don’t know what that would actually mean. From what I can gather from the website it’s made from the Moringa plant, and the version I have is blended with dried mint. I’m not always the biggest fan of mint teas, but the mint in the picture looks more like spearmint than peppermint, so that’s promising. I wonder if the moringa plant is related to the moringa flower (probably), I’m a fan of that scent at TBS. =)

It smelled kinda funny right out of the bag, just some weird sort of herbally smell that wasn’t really defined to me. The smell of the mint is stronger in the brewed tea, but not what I would call strong. The scent doesn’t carry around the room like some teas do. There weren’t any brewing instructions, so I boiled water, but by the time I got around to it, the water was 175ish and I didn’t feel like restarting the kettle. I’m just leaving the tea bag to brew in there because it’s an herbal, so why not?

The flavor is overall a mild grassy flavor with the slightest tinge of peppermint. It’s a round flavor that’s not drying, but it’s not really anything that would stand out for me, or anything that I think I would go out and purchase. It’s not offensive though, and if you’re presumably drinking this stuff for the health benefits, it’s quite easy going and I can imagine it being soothing for the stomach as well.

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I get easily excited and tend to get into the habit of collecting things I get really really excited about- books, fountain pens, fragrance, tea and any number of things. Mostly I’m just really excitable.

My favorites are oolongs! Also high for me are greens and ripe pu’erh. But I do like most teas and I’ll try most anything at least once. I just don’t like rooibos, smokey, or banana flavored things.

My name is Christina, but there’s also another Christina with a cat as a profile picture, so I go by Flyawaybirdie.

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NOTE!: My cupboard is not up to date. Not even close. But it does have a bunch of teas I have pretty substantial quantities of, so I put them in there anyways because I’m unlikely to run out soon. Also, if I wrote a note on it and didn’t include a TTB name or a sipdown note, I’m likely to still have some even if it’s not in my cupboard, so feel free to ask if you want to swap!

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