978 Tasting Notes


Having issues entering a tea on my tablet, so this is just getting posted here.
I’m in San Fransisco and spent a frusterating day trying to buy tea in China Town. On the way back to the hotel I stopped at Imperial Tea Court and finally got some real tea, served correctly, from polite knowledgeable staff.
I spent a pleasant hour drinking an aged wild tree shou. Pretty earthy, some fermentation, but all in all a decent shou. Ended up buying an oz of several blacks.
I was in several tea stores today and this was by the the best experience. If in SF, worth a visit.


glad you’re finding some fun while you’re out there, even if there are some less than fun things :(

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Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong is one of my favorite black teas. This one, while a little unusual, is really good.
A little lighter than what I’m used to, not as dark, not as rich but still has a really nice mouth feel. The malt and chocolate notes are present, there is definitely a starchy sweet potato thing happening but there is also some fruit – plum maybe. It’s really fruity for a ZSXZ.
This has made me very happy today. :)

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drank Hot Chocolate by DAVIDsTEA
978 tasting notes

I really like this – it’s very similar to Coffee pu’erh – take out coffee insert chocolate but the base and the texture are very similar.
Nice chocolate pu’erh. Really works for me.
Add a little chocolate cherry Baileys and it’s even better…..

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Sil you know I love you. I absolutely adore all the amazing care packages you send me. I may not like every tea that you send, but it’s always an interesting experience, and quite often I find some hidden gems that I wouldn’t have chosen for myself. Thank you for being an amazing tea friend – but……


This is the most vile tea I’ve ever tasted. Buckley’s cough syrup is better than this. OMG it is so camphor, medicinal, icky.
Tea in easy gaiwan – rinse – sniff – ewww camphor – scared.
flash steep – sniff – maybe if I rinsed again…
two more rinses and another flash steep – hold your breath and try it. Nope ewwww Buckley’s.
This went on through a gazillion steeps and 1.5 litres of water. I sniffed and sipped occasionally though this process, but nope couldn’t do it. I could not even contemplate drinking a cup of this. WORST TEA EVER

Sorry ….. I’m going to let this go and choose something else…..

R.F. Hill

Sounds interesting.


bwahahahahahahahahaha I’m laughing so hard right now


I’m sorry it wasn’t for you but now you know! :) besides, it’s like all that EG people send me!


Your Instagram posts were mysterious, then I read this. Sorry you had such a bad experience :[


Sometimes having a really bad tea is like a little victory for the tea budget. Now you can cross it off the “must have” list forever!


I will dispose of it properly in a way you will never see it again. This is a free service for all who wish to dispose of any puerh deemed undrinkable.
This is a free service and the spokesperson above is not a celebrity or endorsed spokesperson.


Hahaha. :D I have totally done that with teas, Dex. And now I’m curious. I have a sample of this one somewhere…

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drank Jin Jun Mei by O5 Tea
978 tasting notes

This is just flat – boring. JinJunMei should be bold with lots of interesting nuances. Not this one – just one note. For a relatively expensive black tea, it really was definitely disappointing. I’ve had lots of much better JinJunMei that weren’t this expensive.

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2016 Sheng Olympics

Since I enjoyed the Whispering Sunshine yesterday, I thought I should move right into Hidden Song today.
This is very similar to Whispering Sunshine, but I do feel that it is more sheng and less white. If you drew a line between aged white and sheng – this would still be on the white side of the line but closer to sheng than the other one.
It’s pretty sweet, fruity, but it’s sharper (?) – not bitter, not astringent – but the notes are higher (brassier). What I’m not getting is the veggies – lots of others have commented on asparagus, greens, edamame – savoy – vegital. I didn’t find that – I got more fruit.
What I didn’t find in either of these was the earthiness – part of me thinks that pu’erh should be earthy, or at least I want it to be earthy.

I like this – and while I probably liked yesterdays better – this would have more chance of making it back into my cupboard, because it is more sheng like (of course it’s sold out so that’s really a non-issue).


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2016 Sheng Olympics

This is really light and gentle. Zero bitterness – zero astringency. It’s pretty sweet, quite a bit fruity (grape earlier shifting more to apricot/peach later).
This is a really nice tea to drink. While I really like this, I don’t think it’s sheng ish ( and that’s probably why I like it). To my tastes this is more like an aged white or a moonlight but not quite as deep of flavors as those are. If I were reaching for this style of tea I would be more apt to reach for a really good moonlight.
Happy to have experienced this – had a couple of really nice afternoons with it – but I don’t think there is a place for this in my cupboard.



Sounds like my kind of tea. I love the “white” raw puerh teas.


I even got hints of cucumber pineapple and lemongrass -

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drank Gold Rush by DAVIDsTEA
978 tasting notes

Not sure why I haven’t tried this before. I really like it. Sweet, coconut, fruity – just a happy little tea. Having a nice afternoon with it today.


I love this, and it makes a tea latte very well, too. I need to restock on this.


Oh dear, I heard it is being discontinued today. I must buy all I can find. Ha!


I just heard that too – It’s showing sold out on the website. Will be checking local shops over the weekend…. :(

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drank Spicy Pear by Joy's Teaspoon
978 tasting notes

Mmmmmm This is still my favorite pear tea…….

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C.S. Lewis – “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

I needed to update my profile. I joined Steepster 03Mar13. I am just amazed at how much my tastes have changed since then.
When I discovered loose leaf tea about a year and half ago, I didn’t know anything other than my local Davids and Teavana/Teaopia. Stumbling onto Steepster CHANGED EVERYTHING.
Hello, my name is Dex I’m a tea addict.
I’ve been through the “I need to try every single tea out there” phase. I really hope the worst of that has passed. I’ve learned enough to know that I only need to try HALF of all the teas out there. LOL
When I started this journey, I was all about the flavored rooibos and fruity tisanes. Don’t get me wrong there is still room for dessert (chocolate/caramel/nutty) Rooibos teas in my cupboard and I still do enjoy them, BUT I am quickly learning to appreciate the some of the straight teas of the world.
Big bold (but not icky)pu’erh is suddenly my favorite, followed by woody/roasted oolongs. I’m just starting to explore straight black teas, and have found some that I really like.
Generally speaking I’m not into greens at all, only like the occasional green oolong, and white teas are just too mild for my tastes (unless they are fruit flavored). I still enjoy really good fruit tisanes, but am now cold steeping them.
I don’t like floral/herbal blends, and mint anything is not on my preferred list.
I am still exploring new teas, adapting to my changing tastes, understanding more every day how little I really know about tea. Ultimately I would love to find approximately 50 teas that I just “can’t live without” and always have them in my cupboard. That might not be practical, but that what I’m searching for. It’s going to be a fun journey.

All in all, I love this site. I’ve met some wonderful people, and have gotten to try some amazing teas because of them. It really restores your faith in humanity when you get a note saying “oh by the way I sent you some tea”. Wonderful, generous, people here.


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