1700 Tasting Notes


Getting ready to head off to my first class. I have been craving puerh for days. This seemed the right time. I chose this one because I don’t have time for an extended pu session. This little tuocha will go maybe 3 mugs. It is no rose tuocha but pretty good (Yeah, I know I am in the minority preferring the rose). This I find a little harsher and a little more barnyard. It’s redeeming value is it is sweet and spicy, slightly floral and peaty. It is way better than my description.

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Could have sworn I logged this before. 6oz cup. Just off boiling. The orange and clove are quite nice. The tea suffers from not enough leaf in the bag and being decaf. Even so, this is really hitting my comfort zone dead center tonight. Ready for some sleep. After 32 years I start back to college tomorrow.


Good luck on your first day of school!


I hope you have fun and learn lots!


Good luck! You will fine you will already know more than the rest of the class!


How exciting! I hope you enjoy your first day back


You’ll have fun for sure, you’ll tell us tomorrow which tea you have picked up to begin this first college day

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Rearranged my den a bit. It’s still a mess. 30 years of office collection, plus my guitars, combined with 20 years of this being my wife’s junk room – and can’t move some of it out yet. Got an antenna on my radio so I now have K-Love.

Finally sitting with a cup of this. Lightly sweet, lightly malty and fruity. I iced it after it started to cool. I like it iced. A nice Nepalese tea.

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I swear the last time I had this (years ago) it was very smoky. This is more roasted and kind of reminds me of a mild genmaicha. Very cheap. I paid $2 for 4 ounces. Others said I overpaid as they got it for $1. Way better than the price would suggest. Halfway through the cup I iced it – made a very refreshing iced tea.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Candy Cane Lane by Celestial Seasonings
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Last night’s bedtime cup. This is so really good. It almost makes me look forward to cold weather so I can stock up on this and Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride.

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I had great intentions this afternoon. Alas, I could not keep my eyes open. Fortunately I still had some of this in the fridge. Now I either have to wake up or switch to Mtn Dew. Of course switching will accomplish both O.O

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Used the last of this today. Sad to see it go but not just yet. There are a couple cups in these leaves and I will savor every moment with them. This is my favorite from Nature’s Tea Leaf and one of my favorites from anywhere. Cocoa, grain, a little malt. Just simply sweet and delicious.


It really is excellent.

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drank Earl Grey Decaf by Bigelow
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Cup from last night. I really wish the bag held more. I don’t want a 5oz cup. Too little tea and decaf. I like it anyway.

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Today for lunch, I had my usual salad but with an overdose of chipotle ranch and banana peppers. I think I squinted with every bite. Wow! This tea has aged a few days in the fridge. It was the perfect rescue. The cooling light mango flavor cut straight through and helped me make it to the next bite. Note to self – too much of a good thing is too much! Liking this more with every bottle.

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drank Palace Needle by Single Origin Teas
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This is from a new company. They aim for a balance between cost and quality. I have tried three of their offerings and enjoyed them all.

This is a good everyday Chinese green. Buttery spinach does describe the first cup well. There is a bite at the end that is nice. The aftertaste lingers long and pleasing. Green and fresh.

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Having a passion for tea and living in rural America is a tough combination. The nearest tea vendor is 65 miles away. Joining Steepster has completely changed the direction of my tea journey.

My Rating System

90-100 Love it enough to keep around
80-90 Like a lot, would drink often
70-80 Above average
50-70 Average – take it or leave it
0-50 I don’t like it and don’t want to like it


Indiana, USA



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