502 Tasting Notes


I’mma say this is the tea I’ve sipped down. This is more green tasting that I would prefer. I got a lot of vegetal notes – green bean and spinach. But also buttery and sweet. Very different flavors in the same steep and not ones I’d want paired together.

Western, 190-205F, 2 min -ish

Flavors: Butter, Green Beans, Spinach, Sweet, Vegetal

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Sipdown at work. Drinking raws has gone so much better for me since I stopped trying to boil them.

190-195F, shibo, 1 rinse
1 square
10s- apricot/vegetal
10s- apricot/creamy
12s- same
15s – apricot, sugary (more as it cools), creamy, lingering minty cooling aftertaste.
several steeps after this but no new notes

I did find this last session to be more enjoyable.

Flavors: Apricot, Creamy, Mint, Sugar, Vegetal

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drank Colored Species by Mandala Tea
502 tasting notes

Sipdown – for a tea that didn’t make it into my Steepster cupboard

Westren, 190F? Autumn 2018 Tea
I got a lot of melon flavors off this tea. It was also floral and sweet. Great tea for work, strong flavors, and well balanced.

Flavors: Floral, Honeydew, Melon, Sweet

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Spring 2018 harvest – sipdown
Boiling, 2 min, western
I liked this tea a lot. It worked much better for me at a hotter temperature than what is stated on the package.
Vanilla, oak, soft, nutty, and orange. I need to re-order some of this.

Flavors: Nutty, Oak wood, Orange, Vanilla

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From the Nov 2018 tea club – sipdown

I was a little scared to try this. But I think the delay caused the roast level to die down. It wasn’t bad, but it didn’t have a lot of variation for me. Solid roast and earth, not the roast – sour I sometimes get. Consistent for with both gaiwan and western.

Flavors: Earth, Roasted

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drank White Night by Mandala Tea
502 tasting notes

Sipdown for a tea that didn’t make it into my cupboard.

Spring 2018
Boiling, 2-3 minutes

Super light even at high temperatures. Soft and creamy. A little bit of vanilla and honey. Of the two whites I ordered from Mandala, I like the other one ‘White Night’ better. I like my white teas to be a little more robust and not so delicate.

Flavors: Creamy, Honey, Vanilla

Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

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Spring 2018 tea
I steep my white teas hotter than most of them call for at 205F. I find I like them better at the higher temperature. Time 2-3 min each steep.
I like this tea, but it’s not very complex. It’s soft and thick, heavy in the mouth. I get creamy lemon and some vanilla. I really enjoyed the creaminess of the tea. Taste is consistent throughout all three steeps.

Flavors: Creamy, Lemon, Thick, Vanilla

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

I, too, like my white teas at a higher temperature. I only back off on the heat when I’m serving others. :P

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This tea is technically Jun Chiyabari – Organic. I don’t feel like adding another tea to the database. Purchased at the 2019 Midwest Tea festival.
I went through this tea quickly. I drank most of it at work. Solid black tea with no real distinct flavors that I remember. I wrote malt on the packaging? Sipdown

Flavors: Malt


The harvest I had of this ages ago was the most complex and amazing tea but you have to drink it SUPER fresh. It seems like yours should have still been fresh enough though.

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I put off trying this tea for a few years because I though it was smoked. I hate the heavily smoked versions of this tea.
This one though is very good and I taste no smoke at all.

205F, 2-4 min, at work
Very fruit forward – cherry, berry, bright; little bit of malt, caramel, and smooth. I’m torn between savoring and drinking it quickly. Berry aftertaste lingers on after each sip. This was a great tea!

Flavors: Berry, Caramel, Cherry, Fruity, Smooth

205 °F / 96 °C

I love smoked teas so I was surprised to find that this one wasn’t smoky when I bought it. What makes a tea Lapsang Souchong if not the smokem?




I agree. If it’s called lapsang Souchong, I expect a smoked tea. Unless it’s marked as unsmoked.

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I started my tea journey with Stash/Celestial Seasonings tea bags years ago. All loose leaf, unless I’m sick or traveling.

I like black, oolong, white, herbals, and raw/ripe pu’erh. I don’t drink green tea often.

I play video games, read, and do pottery. My current favorite tea mug is one I threw and glazed.

I generally review teas twice – initial and final steeps.

My cupboard is mostly up to date.

85-100 are teas that I loved and want to keep in stock.
71-84 are teas that are good. I may or may not get them again. Source for daily drinkers/work teas.
60-70 are teas that I didn’t like. I’ll finish what I bought.
Anything less than 60…nope.



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