632 Tasting Notes


I don’t have a problem with bergamot and flowers from fruit trees. I could live with and possibly even enjoy it in another tea. The tea base though.. I don’t know what it is but it’s boring and blunt- I wouldn’t be surprised if someone told me it was bancha or Chinese sencha (bane of my flavoured green tea-filled existence).

Or maybe my sample is feeling its age. I’m no expert. All I know is that the resulting combination leads to grass soap in one sip and fruity asparagus in another.

Flavors: Asparagus, Bergamot, Cardboard, Fruit Tree Flowers, Grass, Soap

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Generously received this sample as a part of my WP order.

Unflavoured black tea is currently resides in the “unfavoured” pile, along with sheng puerh, flavoured green (“sencha”) tea, and honeybush. That’s not to say I dislike those guys, or that I don’t have all-time favourites residing in those categories, but they do get a low priority stamp.

This Ailaoshan black is smooth, has some great flavours, and I can easily drink a whole pot serving, as opposed to a single mug steep and/or a gongfu session. Still, drinking through my black teas right now is a bit of a chore. My most voluminous teas are currently (mostly Chinese) black and rooibos blends, and I’m so very done with all that.

Maybe my tastes will change in the winter. Maybe I need to mix up the black tea section with a little darjeeling. Oh, hum.

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Malt, Pepper

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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After almost a year long hiatus where I drank mostly puerh, black, and green tea, I thought maybe my love for plain white tea would have simmered down. Thanks to OMGsrsly, I can now put my doubts aside.

I love you white tea. I love you so much. the milkiest Milk Oolong, the nuttiest Dragonwell, and the sweetest black dessert tea have nothing on you. Marry me.

Flavors: Cream, Hay, Lemon, Sweet

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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From OMGsrsly, who received some from Sil :D

Sometimes I think tea gets passed along across the world just to die in my cupboard. Hopefully I’ll be able to reciprocate by New Years.

This is a good example of an well-flavored oolong, and is what I wish David’s Long Life Oolong was like- fruity, nutty, and vibrantly juicy. The nuttiness may be my imagination, which is where I thank my imagination because it’s a lovely note. It’s also delicious cooled or chilled.

Flavors: Almond, Floral, Goji, Peach, Pear

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

haha just glad you were able to try it, and considering it’s age, glad it’s held up!

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Smokey, sour, leathery, wooden barn dweller. I think I’ve enjoyed my cupboard’s shu selection more than my sheng puerh. Sour wood is good but it also gets a little boring after a while?

Flavors: Apple, Leather, Pleasantly Sour, Smoke, Wood


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I was not expecting this interesting combination of smokey, floral, and sweet. This one is kind of neat.

Edit I’m so sorry for that unintentional rhyme, fellow steepsterites. It was wrong of me and I’ll be more aware next time.

Flavors: Flowers, Honey, Kale, Smoke

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Can’t go wrong in the morning with a cup of Dragon Well. It’s a mystery to me why I never seem to keep a solid supply of this stuff around the house (and all my friends’ houses).

Flavors: Butter, Roasted nuts, Spinach

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Theoretically I should love the grenadine, raspberry, coconut blend but I suspect rooibos prevents this from being achieved. Or it could be the coconut, which is not an ingredient that likes to sit around in my cupboard for a year. Anyways, it’s not bad; I don’t get much raspberry but definitely taste the grenadine and coconut.

Oh well. Mom doesn’t seem to mind hers with milk.

Flavors: Coconut, Grenadine

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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Lots of leaf in a little pot, rinsed and short steeps (5, 10, etc).

Has anyone here ever smelled or tasted cream of mushroom ice cream? Because I have, and I’m going to vouch that today’s first steep smells just like it. There is a pleasantly rich and sweet umami vibe going on with this shu. Another way to think about it is rice pudding and raisins with essence of mushroom-hay. Yes, mushroom-hay is a thing I just invented today. The finishing note of sweetness gets more jam-like the longer I sip at it.

Anyways, I really like this one. It always turns out savory, earthy, and with a hint of dessert, making this shu filling and well rounded.

Flavors: Cream, Hay, Mushrooms, Nuts, Raisins, Rice Pudding, Spices




Cream of mushroom ice cream! Sounds intriguing – did you make it?


I have yet to try making my own ice cream! Cream of Mushroom was sample from La Casa Gelato, in Vancouver- famous for its 518 flavours of ice cream. They have garlic, kimchi, wasabi, balsamic vinegar, etc., plus all the popular ones, depending on what 218 they’re currently selling that day.


Whoaa, that’s a lot of flavours! Cream of mushroom sounds tame compared to some of the others.
I have never made ice cream either – just eat it. ;)

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drank Wedding by Lupicia
632 tasting notes

I know I haven’t had this tea but it feels like I have. Probably something to do with that sour-sweet fruit flavouring Lupicia seems fond of using. Think fuzzy peaches.

It’s a nice tea, but I just don’t find it particularly distinctive.

Flavors: Candy, Floral, Peach

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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I started my Steepster loose leaf adventure back in 2012. I can’t say I’m completely new anymore, but I still view oolong as a magical, extraterrestrial creature that unfurls in water.

White teas, roasted/fired green teas, and green oolong varieties are my favourites.

Ingredients/flavours I enjoy (in moderation): anise, caramel, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lemon, lime, maple, marshmallow leaves, melon, mint, rose, vanilla.


95-100: A Personal Favourite; I’m never without this tea.

90-94: Great! I’ll try to keep a small amount around.

80-89: Enjoyable; I may buy more at some point.

70-79: Nice, but not something I’d drink often. I may have a few problems with it.

50-69: Something about this tea falls flat for me. Still drinkable.

30-49: This isn’t a particularly pleasant cup.

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