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106 Tasting Notes


Sipdown. :(

I’m going to miss this one.

Terri HarpLady

I’m hoarding a small supply of this one myself :)

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Dry leaf smells smoky and chocolatey. Strawberry scent comes out when steeped. It’s nicely balanced in flavour, but the smokiness can eventually overpower everything else when oversteeped. Overall, an enjoyable tea that is very reminiscent of Sherlock and Irene.

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drank Coconut Oolong by Zen Tea
106 tasting notes

I really love this. It’s creamy, sweet coconut with a hint of floral. Yum. I might need to restock it.

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drank Crimson Horizon by Butiki Teas
106 tasting notes

Quite bold, but still drinkable without additions. I think I prefer the Grandpa’s Anytime Tea as a morning CTC, though. This one’s a less bread-y, and I seem to enjoy that flavour in my breakfast teas. It’s ‘brighter’ than Grandpa’s Anytime, if that makes any sense.

Something tasted a bit… green, or something. Like a hint of some savoury vegetable. That was rather unexpected.

I brewed this at a bit below-boiling for about a minute and a half, and didn’t get any astringency at all. Pretty impressive.

200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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drank Grapefruit Dragon by Butiki Teas
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Wow. This is just… it’s unbelievably good and real-tasting. It really does taste like grapefruit at the beginning and end of each sip, with the middle being rounded out by the buttery dragonwell. There’s even a lingering tartness that tingles on the tongue. Wow.

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drank Earl Grey Cream by Zen Tea
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I’m not a huge fan of Earl Greys, but I really enjoyed this one. The bergamot isn’t too strong but still packs a punch and the cream is very sweet and creamy. The two flavours balance each other out so nicely. I may even reorder this, once my tea box is under control.

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drank Marshmallow Treat Genmaicha by 52teas
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I’m not sure if it’s me or the tea, but it tastes really odd to me. The first time I brewed it, it came off as chemical-y. This time, it tastes like cardboard with a green tea background. I’ll put it aside and give it one more try in the future, but if it doesn’t work out, I may have to bin it. :(

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drank Browncoat Genmaicha by 52teas
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Just looked through my Steepster cupboard. I think I had a sipdown of this a while back. I remember enjoying it, but that’s about it.

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drank Qilan Wuyi Oolong by Verdant Tea
106 tasting notes

Pleasant, but nothing that stands out in particular. Floral (but not overwhelmingly so), juicy, and sweet-ish with a hint of tartness. I think I prefer the second steep overall.

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Buttery, green, and a bit floral. Quite refreshing. Even though I’ve recently realised I prefer darker, roasted oolongs, this is still pretty good and can hold up for many short steeps.

Thanks for the sample, Little Red Cup!

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College student. Anthropology and evolutionary biology major with various interests ranging from theatre to medicine to programming.

I enjoy black teas, green teas, pu’er, and oolongs (uaually aged or roasted/dark), depending on my mood. I’ve had limited experiences with white, mate, honeybush, matcha, and rooibos teas/tisanes. I’m not much of a fan of jasmine teas.

I’m still trying to figure out a rating system to go along with my developing tea tasting skills, so pardon any inconsistencies in my numerical ratings. At the moment, my rating system is as follows:

96-100: This tea is a must-have (or at least, a must-try).
90-95: This tea is amazing. I love it!
80-89: I really like this tea, and I may be inclined to get more of it once I run out.
60-79: While I like this tea, I don’t plan on having it in constant supply in my tea stash.
50-59: I dislike this tea. It’s tolerable enough for me to finish the cup, but I don’t think I’ll be trying it again any time soon.
Below 50: I don’t like it at all. (Ranging from “I avoid it” to “You couldn’t get me to drink it if you paid me”)

Current favourites:
Irish Breakfast (Butiki, Adagio, or Golden Moon)
Grandpa’s Anytime Tea (Butiki)
Premium Taiwanese Assam (Butiki)
Special Dark (Mandala)
Xingyang 1998 Golden Leaf (Verdant)
Golden Fleece (Verdant)
Silver Buds Yabao (Verdant)
Milk Oolong (Mandala)
Hu-Kwa (Mark T. Wendell)
Paris (Harney & Sons)
Manistee Moonrise (Whispering Pines)
Coconut Pouchong/Oolong (Golden Moon or Zen Tea Life)



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