239 Tasting Notes


The smell upon the water first meeting the tea elicits the smell of roast and char but not in a smokey way, as unlikely as that may seem.

First steep in the gaiwan, 15 seconds, produces a surprisingly sweet, almost tart, fruit with only a faint hint of roast. Second steep, 20 seconds, is more of the same with maybe a little more roast flavor. It feels simultaneously juicy and drying in the mouth.

The subsequent steeps were taking down while caring for a 4 month old but what I will say is that it stays fairly consistent in terms of quality with slightly varying levels of that fruity and char flavor until it fades near the 7th steep.

Flavors: Char, Drying, Fruity, Roasted, Sweet

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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A very nice mild puerh. Delicious nutty and earthy notes linger in the early steeps. A very nice daily drinker that I’m glad I let mellow out for a couple of years.

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

Nice to see you’re still around! My last couple years have been spent burning off old tea stock that accrued at home, but I’m hoping to try and review some more new things this year.


Hey, you too! I’m also currently in burning off stock mode. It has to be done.

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This tea is something else. I’m not sure how you managed to make a green toasted rice tea taste like a sweet marshmallow dessert but… here it is. This is really fantastic. I sipped on this one all day and it is good warm or cold.

Flavors: Earth, Green, Marshmallow, Sweet, Toasted Rice

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Brenden, you magnificent son of a bitch. You really did it with this one.

I remember specifically having tea with Brenden and listening to him talk about the field of jasmine he rode past on his bike and how it triggered this whole adventure of his into blending. I connected with that because I also adore the scent of jasmine and jasmine scented teas.

So, I know that this has to be a special blend for him. And it really, really is a special blend. It takes two of my favorite things in tea, a glorious golden snail tea and the scent of a high quality jasmine, and blends them beautifully. Seriously, between the visuals of the golden snail and the smell of the jasmine… this is one of the more perfect teas I have had.

Brenden, please. PLEASE. Keep this in your rotation.

Flavors: Honey, Jasmine, Malt, Sweet

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 7 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Really tasty white tea. If you have had a good moonlight white tea before, you know what you are going to be getting with this tea. A little earthy, a little sweetness. Solid overall.

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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An interesting mix of vanilla and mint. I did try to add a little bit of honey, per the suggestion of other reviewers but didn’t find it to add much to the flavor. I definitely felt a bit of calm relaxation despite the claims of high caffeine content so that was nice.

Flavors: Earth, Herbaceous, Mint, Vanilla

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Rainbow Sherbet by The NecessiTeas
239 tasting notes

Big no from me. I kinda got some of the sherbet flavors on the aftertaste a little bit. But that was after I fought through all of the bitterness of the green tea along with what tastes like an acrid rose petal flavor. I just dumped out a full tea pot.

Flavors: Bitter, Flowers, Lime

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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I’m not normally a huge green oolong fan. Probably explains why I’ve taken so long to try this one.

And while the tropical notes described are faint and more prominent on the aftertaste, this IS a very creamy and drinkable oolong. My son keeps stealing away sips. I’m pleasantly surprised.

Flavors: Creamy, Smooth

185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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drank Assam Beesakopie by Simpson & Vail
239 tasting notes

I’m really not good with CTC style teas. I’m so used to full leaf teas that whenever I use the CTC I always put too much in. Inevitably, the little tea balls all compact and form an impenetrable shell, all the while, coloring my tea VERY strong.

That being said, even strong, this wasn’t a total disaster. It had some bright citrus notes going on underneath it all with some malty notes present as well.

I’ll have to try another round with much less tea. This one is on me. Therefore I’m holding off on the rating as of now.

Flavors: Bitter, Citrus, Malt

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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Michigander, Husband, father of two, lover of tea, books, nature, gardening, and passion. Stay at home dad currently. Previously a preschool teacher.

I have now completed some tea swaps and I am so totally up for swapping! What a cool way to connect with fellow tea lovers and try some new teas.

Black tea has been my go to tea for some time. Oolongs are starting to wiggle in for the number one spot. Mainly roasty oolongs. I’m finding that there are some green and white teas (mostly Moonlight Whites) that impress me lately which they never used to do. I am just getting into and developing a taste for Pu-erh. I have tried raw and my Ulcerative Colitis just can’t handle the roughness of it. So I stick to ripe Puerh. I am least likely to drink herbal tea or Rooibos though I do enjoy some of them, especially STRONG ginger blends. I’m not too picky.

Rating system:
90-100: Some of the best I’ve ever had. I’d be a fool not to keep it stocked as often as possible
80-89: A damn good tea. Not to be missed
70-79: A good tea but lacks the wow factor. More than likely a simple tea that could be an every day option
60-69: Eh. This is okay. Not swill by any means but fairly underwhelming.
50-59: Not really doing it for me. I’ll finish it but please don’t bring me any more.
Below 50: Life is too short to waste on things such as this


Lansing, Michigan

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