366 Tasting Notes

85

I already wrote a review on it. So some quick thoughts. ^^

This is so comforting today. It makes me want to start drinking pu’er again lol. I don’t know why but I just haven’t felt like it at all the past few months.

It’s such a cute and tiny little mandarin that fits perfectly in my 110ml gaiwan. Last time I wrote about it I had it grandpa style. I prefer it this way better. I didn’t poke holes in it or anything. I just put the whole thing in there and hit it with a quick rinse of boiling water. Then I continued with quick 5 to 10-second infusions. Casual-like so not really timing it.

The smell is so nice. A tart citrus aroma. I really like it. The taste is really mellow for a ripe pu’er. No strong taste but very flavorful. Mainly of mandarin, citrus, citrus zest. There is a little sweetness to it, a very soft and good throat feeling because it’s so smooth. I really think these did get much better with time. That’s one thing I love about Pu’er tea. It can sit around for years and tastes better later on.

I guess because of the skin of the mandarin, it gives almost a menthol feeling in your throat after you finish sipping it. I am not a fan of menthol at all but this one doesn’t bother me at all. It actually adds to it. Gives it a medicinal quality to it.

Flavors: Citrus Zest, Smooth, Sweet, Tangy

Preparation
Boiling 4 OZ / 110 ML

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90

There’s a break in the impeachment trial. Such disturbing, horrifying, sad unseen footage shown. Thought I’d write a quick review during the break.

It’s been two years and these improve with age so thought I’d try another today. I put the dried tangerine stuffed with Pu-er in my little gaiwan and rinsed it with boiling water. It barely fit lol. The liquor is a really dark reddish/brown color, tangerine scent. Afterward, I did like 5 to 10-second infusions. So many times that I lost count. It’s fallen completely apart now lol. I can not emphasize enough just how mellow this pu-erh is compared to many. I am reluctant to even put “earth” in the taste profile because it’s that mellow. I haven’t been in the mood for any pu-erh tea for months but this was just wonderful and warm.

It’s a really nice, mellow pu-erh with no leather, fishiness, or strong overbearing notes. Tangerine, citrusy notes and aroma, filling the room.

So time did, in fact, make this even better. I have a couple more. I just ordered from TeaVivre and I am looking forward to trying Quanzi green mandarin pu’er. I added that as a sample. If it is as good as this, I’ll be a happy camper.

Flavors: Citrus Zest, Citrusy, Earth, Smooth

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 4 OZ / 110 ML
ashmanra

I am nearly out of my Premium Jasmine Dragon Pearls. You are tempting me to add more tea to the order…

Kawaii433

ashmanra hehehehe Now that I’m back and I can even update my profile (yay), my temptation has gone up 10-fold. Oy vey~

Lexie Aleah

I’m drinking Teavivre’s Green Mandarin Orange Ripened Pu-erh right now what a coincidence!

Kawaii433

Lexie Aleah Yum! I have that one in line for tomorrow! :D

derk

Kawaii appears again! I’m just now watching trial videos from today. Disturbing indeed. I haven’t had any shou this winter besides white2tea’s channel orange, a different take on this style of chenpi puerh. My body feels warmer this year compared to others so I’ve been drinking lighter tasting teas like darjeeling, whites, unroasted oolong and sheng. But this sounds nice :)

Kawaii433

derk! :D I really, really like white2tea’s channel orange. This year something is up with my body too. Far less shou, black tea even… Greens and light oolongs here.

LuckyMe

Nice to see you back on Steepster. I’ve been following the trial too and I’m not sure what to be more outraged about. The storming of the Capitol or the lack of impartial jurors in this trial.

Kawaii433

LuckyMe 100%

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90

I have Genmaicha blends from Harney & Sons. Golden Genmaicha, Matcha Iri Genmaicha, Duck Rice Genmaicha and Genmaicha.

Of the four, I like this one best. Having said that the Hojicha overpowers the popped rice taste but it’s still tasty. I prefer writing positive reviews and just rate bad teas. I think that darn message my parents beat into my head is still there… If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say it. lol Not that any of these were bad. This was just my favorite of the four.

I brewed it in a gaiwan 4g, 140ml, at 1 min, 30 sec and then 1min 30 secs. I poured boiling water into a warmed cha hai then quickly transfered the water into the gaiwan so I’m guessing it’s about 203F.

The aroma of the dry tea is roasted, nutty, sunflowery, pleasant. Some coffee notes in the aroma, the roasted smell. The brew is very nice, not bitter (two of the three I mentioned above were bitter so I’ll have to drop the temperature way lower for H&S genmaicha >.<). The liquid was medium brown and had a very mellow taste, smooth, not bitter, nutty. Nice and naturally sweet notes of molasses, burnt sugar, caramel notes.

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Caramel, Molasses, Nutty, Smooth

Preparation
4 tsp 5 OZ / 140 ML
Cameron B.

Was the Duck Rice one noticeably different from regular genmaicha?

Kawaii433

Cameron B. Yes, it’s more of a richer rice flavor, more smooth, less bitter than their regular genmaicha. I’d buy the duck one over the regular from now on. :) I like it. ^^

Kawaii433

Of the four, my least favorite was their regular Genmaicha. I think I just need to play around with it a bit to find a decent temperature/time maybe.

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85
drank Tippy Yunnan by Harney & Sons
366 tasting notes

Earthy, medium-bodied to full-bodied, slightly astringent, maple sweetness is the core aroma/notes. The dry leaves are dark & twisted leaves mixed with a few golden tips. The liquor is a dark amber to dark brown. The aroma was earthy, spicy with some maple sweetness. The flavor profile matched it with an added vanilla and peppery spice notes. On the last steep, it was very astringent.

Silver gaiwan 6g, 140 ml: no-rinse, 15s, 30s, 45s, 60s at 212° F

Thanks, Tea sipper, for the sample! I finally finished the end of it today.

Flavors: Earth, Maple Syrup, Pancake Syrup, Pepper, Spices, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 6 tsp 5 OZ / 140 ML
Cameron B.

Yum, maple sweetness sounds delish!

tea-sipper

I’m very glad you liked it! :D

Kawaii433

tea-sipper I did and thank you! <3

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90

Got this as a sample and am drinking it now… And it’s a lot better than I remembered. I definitely taste the Rhubarb, and there is a little bit of vanilla going on in the background. Very creamy, not tart, and not too sweet. The aroma gives a strong custard and that’s really good too while I’m sipping it. If I do taste the custard, that’s probably why :P.

Because I wasn’t able to log on for so long… I have so many reviews to catch up with so I’ll probably just start from today if I drink something new. I’m actually still drinking the tons of tea I bought last year and the year before so here’s to the inner fight to continue to get more sip downs before purchasing more.

I hope you are all well and safe <3. I’m same ol’ same ol’.

Flavors: Creamy, Custard, Fruity, Rhubarb, Vanilla

Courtney

This is one of our favourites — the flavour is so tasty!

Kawaii433

Courtney Yes, it’s delicious even the resteeps. Still creamy and fruity, yum!

Cameron B.

Possibly my favorite one from B&B. And yay to seeing a note from you! ❤

Kawaii433

Cameron B. :D

Leafhopper

I’m glad you were able to log in. And yes, the struggle not to buy new tea is real. :)

Kawaii433

Leafhopper Thank you, good to be back… And yeah, the struggle is very real /cry. I don’t have a lot of room where I live as it is >.<

Tiffany :)

Welcome back!

Kawaii433

Tiffany Thank you! :D

derk

Good to see you back, Kawaii :)

Martin Bednář

Happy to see you around again!

Kawaii433

Thanks, Derk and Martin! :D

tea-sipper

Looking forward to more notes from you!

Kawaii433

Tea-sipper I’ll try :P lol :D

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90

Been back to matcha crazy lately. That’s practically all I drank for years. One of the reasons is our USPS in our area has been very poor and I can’t order tea unless I have time to go track it down at the post office. This one had to be shipped twice, the first was shipped back without any notification… Etc. I understand that the USPS is under a lot of stress right now. Without going political, I’ll leave it at that. :P

So, long story longer… I still have a lot of matcha from over the years that I’ve been drinking and can always get more from Amazon which uses it’s own delivery people. I hope things get worked out soon.

I have not had this ceremonial style aka straight. I have only had it as a latte and with oat milk, this is now, one of my faves now. Creamy, tastes like ice cream but not sweet (thank goodness), vegetal, it’s just really really good to me. I saw there were mixed reviews so sometime soon, I’ll try it straight. So keep that in mind, when you read this review.

I used 2 tsp of it, add 240ml oat milk, 100 ml water, lots of ice. Even as it melts, it just tastes so rich and creamy.

If I disappear for a week or two, it’s because I can not log into Steepster. I was just able to get back in today (again).

Flavors: Cream, Creamy, Vanilla, Vegetal

Preparation
Iced 0 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 11 OZ / 340 ML
tea-sipper

Oh gosh, since the last time I was commenting about usps in your tasting note, I didn’t know how dire the situation actually was for the entirety of usps and it is stressing me out. Now I’m seeing all these puzzle pieces fit together and it all seems like some conspiracy theory that I will vaguely mention is [virus + masks + mail in voting]. But I will stop now to not seem like a crazy person. For me it has absolutely nothing to do with Dem/Rep. A president shouldn’t be doing these shenanigans. Hopefully everything works out. Please America. Please.

tea-sipper

Oh, but it looks like there is SOME good news about usps today anyway.

Kawaii433

tea-sipper To your first comment 100% with you. I heard of the good news, however, although DeJoy was forced to backpedal for now, he won’t commit to fixing the damage that he’s already done. What a mess :(. I know some senior citizens who are not getting their checks and prescriptions. Ugh.

Cameron B.

Miss you dear! Hope you are well! :)

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Quick review. Busy day hehe.
Yum. Cinnamon, banana, toasted rice. Nice balance too.

Steepster was down for a week for me, now it loads but it’s sloooow for some reason. As long as it doesn’t hang, I’m good. Glad it’s back.

Flavors: banana, Cinnamon, Toasted Rice

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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84

While waiting for my Mandala Matcha package (a staple for me), I bought some Encha from Amazon.

I finally found the darn package. I thought because it’s local, i.e. USA, I wouldn’t have a problem with shipping. Wrong. Mandala has excellent shipping speed (and tea) but as I wrote before, something is going on at my local PO. They never try to deliver it, said they gave a final notice and kept it at the post office without alerting me… Sigh. I call, they don’t answer, so I was delighted it was there when I stopped by today and wow, my B&B package was there too. The replacement for the one that the USPS lost last time, months ago.

Bah, a tangent haha. Thanks for letting me complain. :)

So I bought this because I ran out of matcha. I always get my Amazon shipments, that’s always a plus. It’s a decent first-harvest organic matcha powder. It doesn’t smell like turpentine like most of the Amazon matcha purchases I’ve bought in the past.

It’s weird, but it’s pretty neutral. No bitterness, nor sweetness, no real taste either. I still recommend it if you can’t get excellent matcha from another source or if you’re in between buying. Since it is culinary or latte grade, it went with milk just fine, without a turnoff taste (health benefits still there), and it mixed well, no clumps. I used oatmilk, yum. I will not drink this ceremonial style because latte grade means usually more astringent or bitter if you drink it straight, so I’ll just use this as it is directed… Lattes or cooking.

Ah, so nice to have Steepster back.

Flavors: Vegetal

Preparation
Iced 0 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 240 OZ / 7097 ML
ashmanra

Have you tried D25 from MatchaOutlet? It is good even ceremonial style and a pretty good price!

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85
drank Kale Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
366 tasting notes

Thanks for the sample, Amandastory! :) Sorry it took so long for me to come around to it. I am not a huge Kale fan but I must say I am pleasantly surprised as this was pretty tasty. I’d much rather take in kale this way, than eat it. hehe

The mixture of matcha with kale powder turned out to be a grassy, umami, creamy cuppa. Extremely energizing (probably up there in health benefits too no doubt). Love that there is no sweetener at all in this. Surprisingly, it is not bitter but has a unique, and different kale-spinachy-grassy-matcha notes. Thanks again. :)

Flavors: Creamy, Earth, Grass, Kale, Umami

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
ashmanra

That sounds really good!

Kawaii433

ashmanra, it was a delightful surprise since I don’t like kale but I know kale is so healthy hehe.

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93

I’m loving this matcha. Thank you so much, Derk. I’ve had it both as a latte and the traditional way. 2-3 chashaku scoops, through a sieve. ~2 oz water to make a paste, then whisked another 2 oz. (175°F). A bright green powder, finely ground, full-bodied grassy aroma… And when prepared in a syrup form (koicha) no bitterness, pure umami, very smooth, foamy, silky, light lingering sweetness.

Note: My local USPS isn’t delivering packages anymore even though we have a locker. In fact, they are just sending packages back… So much for buying any tea online for now especially international. I hope all of you are safe and happy.

Flavors: Sweet, Umami

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 15 sec 3 g 4 OZ / 118 ML
derk

That’s wild USPS isn’t delivering. Are you in a particularly hard hit area?

tea-sipper

That seems illegal, especially if they are just sending the packages back instead of at least handing you a card saying it will wait at the PO for you…

Kawaii433

Derk, unfortunately, I am in a very hard-hit area. :(
Tea-sipper, Yup. This is what they do… They put final notice in my mailbox (and it is always the 1st), & refuse to put it in the locker right there OR redeliver it when I request, and sometimes they hold it & other times, they just send it back. I’ve made countless of complaints. >.<

tea-sipper

ah ok, but still, it seems ridiculous even for these times.

Kawaii433

tea-sipper Absolutely ridiculous! It took me literally a month to find one of two packages. I had finally bought some Bird & Blend Tea and was so excited only for this post office to send me on a wild goose chase. They are nice, as they are re-sending me the second package. I believe the original on it’s way back to their place. It’s almost 100% sure than anything international will never make it here without some serious detective work lol. I had this problem with my last TeaVivre shipment. It’s not their fault, it’s my post office.

Cameron B.

I went to Wazuka last fall! Obubu is located there. :D

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Longtime casual tea drinker. In the past, mainly Matcha, Gyokuro, Sencha, Genmaicha… Etc. I like all teas: Green, oolong, black & pu’erh (prefer ripe over raw).

Chanoyu (for matcha prep) and Gongfu cha (for other types of tea) are the main ways I prepare my tea (Gaiwan, Yixing teapot, Kyusu). I drink all tea… Usually unflavored. This past year, I’ve tried many flavored now because of all of you lol. As long as there aren’t artificial sweeteners, it’s all good.

Favorite stores: TeaVivre, What-Cha, Mandala Tea, 52Teas, Whispering Pines, Bird & Blend, Yunnan sourcing, White2Tea, Lupicia.

The flavors I dislike: Artificial sweetener, lavender, violet, any strong floral-perfumey tea; cantaloupe, papaya, honeydew, rose, licorice, anise, jasmine, any mints, leather.

Favorite flavors: Citrus fruits (especially grapefruit & tangerines), granny smith apple, bananas, guava, mango, tamarind, watermelon, stonefruits, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, milk, cinnamon, creme, bread/pastry, nuts, toasted, roasted.

I generally don’t add anything to my teas unless they are flavored, then I may add a splash of milk.

As I explore, my ratings may shift. 90+ generally means I’ll keep it on my shelf.

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