2291 Tasting Notes

drank Unknown Green Tea by Unknown
2291 tasting notes

I received a sample of this tea from a coworker who is from China and has a stocked tea cabinet at work. She described it as a panda poop fertilized green tea. It came in a really cute little gold toned tin with a peel-off metal top. I steeped at 175 for 1 minute for the first steep, and it is really surprisingly nice. The steeped leaves smell a little bit too umami oceany kind of scent for me, but the tea itself is just very light umami with a subtle richness in mouth feel, and without too much of the Marine flavors that I don’t care for in green teas.

Would drink again. (I’m actually going to do a few steeps to really give it a go.)

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Finishing up another sample. This one from Sil!

I haven’t had a raw puerh like this for a long while. It’s still sharp, but it does have depth of flavour. I don’t know that I could drink this all this time, but I’m appreciating it right now.

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Finishing this one from Dexter off.

I do still quite like it. It’s smooth, dark, and takes me forgetting about it on the counter quite well. Also goes nicely with Nigella’s Mother-in-Law’s Madeira Cake.

I recently decided to unearth my water boiler to use on days when I’m at home. It’s 3L, and holds the water at 208F. Hotter than my usual temp (195F on my variable temp kettle), but works fine in all applications. Today I’m appreciating just having the hot water there, ready to go.

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drank Phoenix Pearl by Zen Tea
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This tea is old as balls, but I still like it.


AH We had this tea on the same day. haha

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Hello, hello. A coworker gave me some tea samples and so I’m trying them! It was super sweet, so I’m giving them all a go. And in return I went through my bags and pulled a significant puerh selection.

One of them is Laoshan Green 2021 from Cultivate Tea here in Vancouver. I, umm, I really don’t like green teas, especially Laoshan Green.

2 min at 175. Oh, and I did a quick rinse too and then smelled the tea. Wow, seaweed. Wow.

The leaves always look so pretty as they unfurl. But the scent of the steeped tea is not doing it for me. (One of the main reasons I drink mostly black teas is because I have IBS that is significantly touchy about how tea leaves are processed, and most oolongs and green teas don’t meet the requirements – scent is a great tell for how processed a particular tea is.) I mean, it’s a nice Laoshan green if you like them. Smoky, rich, mineral, seaweed/grass flavours, the broth is nice and thick. Just not my preferred flavour profile.


The second step is definitely better, but still not a favourite. Nice to revisit a tea style I don’t buy or have, though!

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Because of the apple in here, I’m risking angry guts by drinking this tea… I had to though, as a friend got it for me and it’s not a true allergy that I have to apple.

It’s seeet and tart, and I’d never guess it was rhubarb specifically. Just generic hibiscus-berry flavour. Fun to have a little bit of, and I’m glad she only got me about 30g of this one.

I’ll probably cold brew a batch as well, some day in the future.

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drank Cotton Candy by DAVIDsTEA
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I haven’t had this one in a long while, but one of my friends came through town and spent a couple days before visiting her parents (the first big drive I had in my NEW CAR (actually my first car)) in the Okanagan. She got me this tea and a hedgehog mug.

The mug is cute, but in true DT fashion the print is already peeling. I only hand wash, so that’s still a disappointing quality issue.

This tea is so so so sweet. Lol. Not surprising. Sweet candy mango melon taste, with some woodiness from the rooibos. Not bad, and something I’ll enjoy finishing, but not something I’d go out of my way to get.

Hope everyone is doing well. I logged in again as my random password had a security issue and I had to change it. So if you haven’t changed your password you might want to…

Evol Ving Ness

Good to see you!

I keep getting bumped out of the site, both here and on fb. Who knows what’s going on.


Yay, welcome back! :)


Well, I’m back for some definition of back. I’ll probably pop on here every once in a while, especially as I prepare for my comps and try to finish my final project. Procrastination is the key to good work, right? ;)

Evol Ving Ness

Procrastination can be mulling over time, consolidating necessary information. Break a leg on your work!


I find Steepster gets more attractive as deadlines loom.. Procrastination for sure, but even working out some of those writing/ordering nerves (like a freewriting exercise almost, haha).

Good luck with your comps and the project!

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Of course I had to try it!

It’s a light EG, I don’t know about oak flavour though. It’s nice enough, and I’m enjoying drinking it.

(Also, hi! I’m still trying to drink through all my teas but they’re all the same old and this site is annoying on my phone, so I’m not on here much.)

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Ok, this must be the one I have? Idk, it’s an old sample with an old label and I am no longer proficient in figuring out whose handwriting is on what type of bag.

Nice cup this afternoon. I’m glad I’ve had it, but I’m not super sad there isn’t more.

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drank Rou Gui Oolong by Cultivate Tea
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This is good, but definitely not a daily drinker for me. I would buy again, but only in small amounts as a fun treat. It’s toasty, mineraly, spicy.

I’ll probably only have a couple steps of this. Here’s hoping it’s not an oolong that triggers my gut issues!

Edit: this was an oolong that triggered my gut issues. I expect a few more like this as I have several oblongs in my tasting basket.

Sierge Krьstъ

These could be tricky to figure out nuances if blended. My first non-teabag was pure shui hsien and since then I tasted lots of so called da hang pao that were actually different measures of both. Rougui from phoenix oolong are definitely worth exploring as it is like Italian tomatoes replanted in Greece or something, great fun at the very least. Some clayware is more suited oolongs of specific roast as well but that’s a different realm of alchemy.

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I mostly drink black tea.

Also: A map of tea places in Vancouver. I’ve been to some of them, but not a lot. If you have any suggestions, please let me know!


Vancouver, BC, Canada



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