55 Tasting Notes

78
drank Earl Grey by Steepster
55 tasting notes

Haven’t had Mr. G in years. Like many, had way too much inferior product that it shut me down. I then got into Yezi Tea and Yunnan Sourcing black teas and forgot all about Mr. G. I shared this generous sample with a work mate and we were both floored at how good it was. Well structured black tea with a precise amount of bergamot. I wish I could find this so when I offer my friends, with less sophisticated palates, a cup of tea they will accept Mr. G, as apposed to my “crazy” teas from China.

boychik

Agree. My friends don’t want any “crazy teas fr China”. They are happy with Kusmi

Angrboda

The amusing thing there is that by far the most of Kusmi’s tea comes from China. :)

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

80
drank Jin Xuan by Wang De Chuan
55 tasting notes

Received this as a gift from my mother in law who received it as a gift from a friend, as she does not take caffeine in any form, I was the lucky recipient of this tasty tea. It is quite unlike any Jin Xuan I’ve ever tasted. Light, soft buttery notes, not overpowering like some others. It may be a bit too light and soft. The florals are also muted and I wonder if this is an organic tea. I perused their website yet could not find the tea I have in front of me. It is in a light brown tin where as all the teas on their site are in red tins. The brew has a decent mouth feel and a sturdy amber hue. It steeps out pretty far, probably due to the large amount I used. I really wanted this to be better, yet never look a gift tea in the bush.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec 10 g 240 OZ / 7097 ML

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

84
drank Houjicha Ichiban by Steepster
55 tasting notes

Wow the dry leaf aroma is very powerful. Cocoa Puffs, toasted almond and the whiff I get when first opening a nori package. What an amazement when those aromas presented in the tea. Not so much the Cocoa but definitely the Puffs. Made 4 steeps drinking 2 at a time. Although I tried this at work in the morning I would really like this while watching Ran.

SFTGFOP

How have you found Steepster Select? I’ve been sitting on the fence, and as you tend to also like un-flavored teas….

BigDaddy

I like it enough, but I’m not that much interested in some of the selection they include in the box’s. There is usually one each black, green, white or non tea (rooibos) and every once in a while an oolong. I have been giving away those I know I don’t like like the lighter teas and I try the traditionals. That said, I might not do another year, I now know what I like (oolongs) and prefer to spend my time and money searching these out. Hope that helps

SFTGFOP

It does. I’ve been falling pray to peer pressure, and seeing all the teas other people are tasting. But I did try some of Select teas from Upton and kinda found them to be sub par.

BigDaddy

I think they need to move product. The other thing about Steepster’s box is some of the teas are offered by Steepster themselves so you can not purchase them. I found a local tea shop that suits me well, no more hoarding from the internet tea shops like years gone by.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

72
drank Silver Bud Ya Bao by Tea Source
55 tasting notes

Not keen on these teas as they are so subtle I basically need someone with experience to walk me through. Mostly flavors of oat-grass and a faint hint of sweetness but that’s all I got out of it. Heading off to my local tea shop (Tea Drunk) for instruction.

apt

if I lived closer to the east village id be making up all kinds of excuses to go to Tea Drunk haha

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

78
drank Organic Long Jing by Steepster
55 tasting notes

Not the best Long Jing I’ve had, but none the less smooth; offering grassy, buttery pie crust flavors and a most pleasant aroma.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

86

Damn, love me my ooooo-longs. Used a small pot and this tea just didn’t quit with the flavors. Each sip bringing the florals and the honey. There is also a faint hint of almond in there as well. Started to fade after 7 steeps but I’ll take what I can get from this excellent sample.

Flavors: Floral, Honey

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 45 sec 4 g 5 OZ / 140 ML

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

84
drank Imperial Keemun by Steepster
55 tasting notes

Everything you want in a good red tea. Subtle flavors, nice aromas, good mouth feel and great energy.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

80

OK, I have no idea what I’m doing with this tea. Darjeeling is foreign to me so I definitely need to take a class or two. Did my prerequisite reading but there is so much it confuses rather than directs. It seems mostly brewed western style but that didn’t stop me from doing a gongfu session with the two packets from the box courtesy of Steepster. I don’t know why I resist western brewing so much, probably has to do with my impatient nature not wanting to go the whole 4 minutes in order to taste my tea.
I thought that the two packets looked like a lot of tea for 160 ml pot, and I was right, the first steep was way powerful after 20 seconds. I did 15 sec for the 2nd and 3rd steeps and back up to 20 for the 4th. The 4th was the best of the lot, nice muscatel, apricot, flowery, spiced tea with a pronounce bitter aftertaste which was not cringe worthy but seemed like it was meant to be there. The energy was more than I like but I need to awake for the evening “get out of town” for the weekend. This reminded me of oolong more than black, guess I will wait for now and read more reviews of Darjeeling before adding to my cupboard. If anyone knows of a good resource please pass it on.

Flavors: Apricot, Cedar, Cloves, Flowers, Mineral

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 5 OZ / 160 ML
boychik

FF I usually make at 190F 2,5-3 min western. Im not an expert. Read excelsior ( I hope I spelled it right. He is. He orders FF fr Mariage Freases every year. Ask him ?? He is very passionate abt Darj

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

83
drank Ever Spring 2014 by Tearroir
55 tasting notes

Very nice, reminds me of the teas I drink when I go to the New World Mall in Flushing with proprietor Susan. She knows I like my green oolongs so she brings out the best and this is right up there with the Lishans I’ve tasted.

Flavors: Butter, Grass, Peas

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 15 sec 8 g 5 OZ / 160 ML
mrmopar

Been a while good to see ya on here!

BigDaddy

Thanks bought a home, been busy, drinking up all the cupboard.

mrmopar

+1 for the Home! When ya build a pumidor for it I want to see pics! :-)

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

86

Very nice, used the two sample pckets and brewed for 1:15 for the first then 40 seconds there after making for a rich brew of buttery oolong goodness. Waiting for all my purveyors to return from there tea buying trips so I can get full steam ahead into the 2014 crop.

Flavors: Butter, Gardenias, Grass, Peas

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 15 sec 8 g 5 OZ / 160 ML

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Profile

Bio

Food and Drink fanatic. Expanding my horizons with new teas. Accomplished cook with a love of wines, liquors, cocktails, coffees and teas.
Semi-retired Interventional Cardiology Registered Nurse

Location

East Village NYC, USA

Following These People