334 Tasting Notes


I had read that one of the reasons Anji Bai Cha is so healthy for you is because less of the theanine is converted to chlorophyll, and therefore, it has a much higher theanine content, ~3-4% higher than most green teas. Theanine has lots of health benefits, if curious, there is a lot of data on it. I personally like the relaxation aspect but it doesn’t make you sleepy at all. Adds concentration and mental alertness.

The dry leaves are long and slender, a pale green, sharp looking. The dry leaves had a slightly grassy aroma, and the extremely pale yellow-greenish liquor also had a slightly grassy aroma with hints of fruits, citrus.

Deeply umami. Rich and smooth mouthfeel. Slightly nutty, maybe chestnut. Definitely vegetal: Asparagus, celery, green beans, some soybean notes. Don’t quote me but I believe the high presence of amino acids also contribute to this thick mouthfeel, the brothy-ness, a little sweetness in some infusions, and alas, a complex tea. It’s full of amino acids that help lower cortisone, therefore reducing stress levels.

Very nice.

Flavors: Asparagus, Celery, Chestnut, Citrus, Fruity, Grass, Smooth, Umami, Vegetal

185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

I just received my tin of Dragon Well from teavivre today that I won during their Black Friday giveaway. I’m so thrilled.. especially as the tin is beautiful and somehow I have managed to miss all their tins so far with all the Teavivre I have acquired. :D


That’s great! Congratulations on the win :D. I really love they Dragon Well too.

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drank Sweet Potato by 52teas
334 tasting notes

Very nice sweet potato Yunnan tea. You can see the little bits of sweet potato floating in it and the cinnamon is just right to add more warmth and flavor. Without the sweet potato, I’m positive it would still be a delicious cup but the added bits of dehydrated sweet potato, as well as the added organic flavors, kicks it up a notch for me.

Highly recommended. It’s really yummy.

I had a quiet Christmas. I am watching a Russian drama series called Life of a Mistress. It’s pretty interesting :) and a couple of weeks ago, I got to visit my family and saw my nephew again. I was happy to see he was still interested in tea! I brought him another package of a tea he really liked. My brother is doing better, my mom is taking care of him. He’s put on some weight but still dreadfully underweight. It still doesn’t feel like Christmas since I lost my dad awhile ago. I still say “Gotta go visit mom and dad”. Having said that, I still had a pleasant visit… And after coming home, having a beautiful peace and quiet Christmas at home, good movies, and nice tea was great. :D

I hope you all had a great Christmas.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Holidays tea buds <3

Flavors: Cinnamon, Spices, Sweet Potatoes

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 4 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

Happy everything! It’s great you were able to get your nephew to start drinking tea. I’m sorry you lost your dad, even if it was a while ago.


Glad to hear your brother’s situation is improving. Sounds like he has loving family to help him through this. Merry Christmas to you :)


My father passed away in 1988. I had been married for less than two years and had a little baby just a few months old. Life was so full of new things and mostly what I felt was anger – not at him, but anger that I couldn’t go show him the baby’s first tooth, first steps, etc. mad he was gone.

Years later we bought the house next door to where I grew up and I missed him so badly that it felt like I had been punched in the chest every day. I constantly thought of what we would be doing together if he lived next door – we would grow tomatoes together, and I knew he would have come over in the mornings to build the fire (we largely heat the house with wood.) it seemed nearly unbearable – years and years after he died! I still miss him, but it did get easier. I look forward to seeing him again one day. I need to share a big hug with him.

Hugs to you, and what an awesome memorial to him it is that you miss him and have such a place in your heart for him, so we all know what a great man he must have been.


Thank you all <3 and ashmanra, Thank you for sharing, and I understand. hugs

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drank Nine Lotus by Mandala Tea
334 tasting notes

Received a free sample of this and oh, yum!

Busy day on a chilly overcast day, so I’m drinking this grandpa style. I saved a little to do it gongfu next time. This is so good that I may just grandpa it again.

First impressions: The leaves are awesome looking, long and thin, vibrant green. The liquor is virtually clear with a light greenish-yellow tint. Very creamy mouthfeel, almost buttery, when sipping but has a crisp ending. Because I just used a little of the sample, so I can gongfu it later, it was perhaps more light than usual. Maybe with more of a sample, I’ll get more umami or vegetal taste. I did get a little of that but not much. It was just a calming, delicate fruity taste, a twinge of lemon and other fruity notes with lemongrass notes, with no bitterness, really low astringency and slightly naturally sweet throughout. Highly recommended.

Flavors: Fruity, Grass, Lemon, Smooth

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g

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Additional notes on this lovely tea. Last time I had it, my nephew was staying with me so I didn’t gongfu it. This time I did.

There is still that warm, comforting spice that I can’t name and it goes well with the oats notes. I still don’t believe it is cinnamon. What is it?? lol Anyway, it’s a warm taste. Lovely.

Lots of fresh red apples, apple skin, some berries… As it tasted when I made it as directed, it still comes off as a yummy lightly spiced-oatmeal-apple pie. Creamy barley notes, more raisin than honey sweetness. No bitterness at all, almost dessert-like and it’s rich, full. In the beginning, I got some sweet potatoes but only, in the beginning, it remained full of oats and fruity notes throughout all the infusions. Tasted some lychee and stonefruits notes somewhere in the middle. Warm, fruity, oat-y, yummy. I think I prefer my ‘Golden Lily’ this way now.

Flavors: Apple, Apple Skins, Baked Bread, Creamy, Fruity, Lychee, Oats, Roasted Barley, Stonefruits

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 110 OZ / 3253 ML

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drank Pure Buds Black by Mandala Tea
334 tasting notes

Really nice flavors throughout the infusions. Sweet Potatoes, baked bread, sugar cane, dark cherry, hints of cocoa and caramel, malty, earthy, honey, mineral, and stonefruits. Slightly astringent.

Gaiwan 208 ˚ F, 110 ml, 6g, quick rinse, 6 infusions: 10s, 15s, 20s, 30s, 1 min., 2 min.

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. :) I made a huge bowl of soup and watched The Irishman which I enjoyed and also The Crown Season 3. It sucks being away from my whole family who are in Southern California but I enjoy my peaceful evenings with games, knitting, and movies very much!

Flavors: Apricot, Baked Bread, Caramel, Cherry, Cocoa, Fruity, Honey, Malt, Sugarcane

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

I wish you could have seen your fam on Thanksgiving but the peace must also be nice. Yesterday, I was sipping a tea you sent over. :D


tea-sipper Yeah, peace and quiet is always nice hehe. Yay for sipping on some tea I sent you. Give me a holler if you want more of anything in my cupboard :D.

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So TeaVivre put out some new rooibos and of the 3 I tried (chocolate, toffee, and strawberry rooibos), I liked this TeaVivre Rooibos the best. It’s tart but delicately sweet and creamy, natural, no artificial flavor taste since it’s all-natural ingredients. roasty and earthy. I think some may put want to add a little sweetener and/or milk. I think this would make a really awesome latte so since I bought a bag of it, I’ll try it that way next. :D

Flavors: Earth, Roasted, Strawberry, Sweet, Tart

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

I had to buy all the new rooibos flavors also! I’m excited to try them, especially the toffee!


Sounds delicious! I was just thinking of a strawberry tea…

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Thank you for the swap, Amandastory5016. :D
I’ve drank matcha all my life. Usually the traditional way. This is the first time I’ve ever tried flavored matcha. True story hehe, which is why I really appreciate the swap so I can try some. I look forward to the others you sent. This one is a bit chalky as someone mentioned but the flavors of berries, vanilla and cream as well as the matcha itself is very pleasant. It is too sweet for me but I’m sure I can send some to my nephew who will appreciate that part. :)

Flavors: Berry, Cream, Sugar, Sweet, Vanilla

Boiling 0 OZ / 0 ML

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drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
334 tasting notes

Thank you for the swap, Amandastory5016. :D I had a sample of this before, but my nephew at the time drank it all up. So I got to drink this alone and enjoyed it very much. Not overly sweet, very creamy, apple, cinnamon and full of nuts. Kind of like a cinnamon covered apple with nuts on it. Yummy on a cold night.

Flavors: Almond, Apple, Cinnamon, Nuts, Nutty

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Bread Pudding by 52teas
334 tasting notes

Sip down.

It didn’t taste quite like bread pudding to me but it was a nice warm, comforting tea especially now that it’s chilly out. It is balanced, very smooth and spiced just right with raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves notes. I liked it much better when I used twice the amount as directed. It was fuller, richer and was a nice dessert tea. I can taste the bread notes more with double the amount.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cinnamon, Cloves, Creamy, Nutmeg, Raisins

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 8 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Ambrosia has delightful notes of cocoa, malt, dark cherry, vanilla, and marshmallow. It’s smooth and creamy, nice mouth feeling… A thickness feeling and has a long-lasting finish. It is a complex tea with lots of underlying notes especially of fruity layers such as stone fruits, apricots, apples, mainly baked cherries, however, the vanilla and chocolate notes are on the forefront. Other notes throughout are baked bread, malt, berries. It is energizing and calming at the same time.

Gaiwan, 200℉, 5g, 110ml, 7steeps: rinse, 5s, 10s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 60s,120s

I have also tried it as directed, western brew. Excellent that way too.

Flavors: Apple, Apricot, Baked Bread, Cherry, Chocolate, Cocoa, Malt, Marshmallow, Stonefruits, Vanilla

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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Longtime casual tea drinker. In the past, mainly Sencha, Matcha. I’m currently into Oolong, Black & Pu’erh.

Gongfu cha is the main way I prepare my tea (gaiwan or Yixing teapot). I drink all tea… Usually unflavored. I do try some flavored now. I don’t like artificial sweeteners.

Favorite stores: TeaVivre, What-Cha, Mandala Tea, Yunnan sourcing, White2Tea, Lupicia. (Note: I love the teaware from TeaVivre and Yunnan sourcing.) Good experiences with 52Teas, Harney & Sons, Whispering Pines

Flavors I dislike are artificial flavors, especially artificial sweeteners. Strong lavender, violet, any strong floral-perfumey tea; cantaloupe, ripe papaya, sweet honeydew.

Can handle a little of the following: Rose, licorice, anise, jasmine, mint, spearmint, peppermint, leather.

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

I generally don’t add anything to my teas.

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





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