921 Tasting Notes


Honey Black Tea Premium Small Yellow Tips – shrug, dunno but sounds good – so I ordered some. It was REALLY cheap.

OMG!!!! and it’s REALLY GOOD!!! Yep honey, sweet, black tea. Not your typical cocoa – malty Chinese black. This is a little lighter, but it’s a fantastic black tea with a hint of honey. Western Steeped – just off boil for about 2.5 minutes. Soooooo yummy. Can’t wait to try this one gong fu….

ETA: Ok there is some chocolate/cocoa notes here as it cools. It deepens – get bolder as it cools. This is a great tea!!!


Mmm. Sounds nice!

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I’m not sure this is the correct tea to be logging on, but I’m too lazy to add a new one. This is what I am drinking:

It is FABULOUS – it’s as good as any of the big brand name bilouchun and it’s really inexpensive. It you like any of the golden snail teas out there but not the price, I suggest you take a look at this one. It is just SO GOOD!!!!!


That tea looks beautiful. The list is as tea bags but show loose tea though. I am assuming it’s loose tea. I’ve bought from Han Xian Ecological Tea a couple of times now and have been happy with the tea. I’ll have to try this one next time but right now have lots of sipping down to do.


It was loose – it came in a 125g package. I’ve had some of their teas before and enjoyed them. I was expecting good but this one is GREAT. Their site is confusing and I think some things get lost in the translation, but it’s so inexpensive that even if you get something you weren’t expecting – it didn’t cost you a lot. I find they are quick and friendly in responding to questions, but again there is a language issue. Not complaining – their English is better than my Chinese, but I don’t always understand the answers. :)


Yes I’ve bought this one a few times and it’s been consistently great. Glad it still is:-)

Sometimes you have to rephrase questions to get clear answers but the seller is always willing to communicate and I have had conversations with him online about Teas and regions that have been really informative.

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This is the third tea from my order. I was drinking it hot last night and then put some in the fridge to cold steep, which is what I’m drinking now…..

Hot – I really really really didn’t like this. Tangerine – nope, Mango – nope, Raspberry – nope, coconut – ok I got that – way too much of it. This was just a little bitter, a little acidic, something weird that I’m just calling sharp, a little citrus and a whole lot of coconut. Not to my taste at all. I didn’t finish the cup…

Cold – better, but not much. There is still not at all what I thought it would be. Orange coconut – that’s what I’m mostly getting. There is still some of that weird sharp taste.

Sorry – nope, this is a total miss for me. :((

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Second tea from my order…….

I was really excited when I saw the listing for this one. I’m not the biggest maple fan (I know it’s almost against the law here in Canada) and most pancake teas are maple something. This is Banana Nut Vanilla Butter Pancake. That makes me happy.

I like this – I really like this, but as others have commented I think it needs more banana. The banana flavor is really nice and should shine more.
There has been some conversation about the base in this one. I actually like it. I think there is just a hint of astringency and that helps cut the sweetness, it helps with the balance. I also like the mouth feel. Bold and thick aren’t the right words, but this isn’t thin and weak – it’s just right. Something about the mouth feel helps with the buttery aspect of this.
I’m rambling – Nutty, buttery, hint of vanilla, some banana, nice base. Really good – could be amazing with more banana.

Just a note – this is a really heavy tea, there isn’t much in the 1oz bag. That’s not a criticism – I’m just saying that there are lots of nut chunks in here making it heavy. If you want lots to play with order 2oz. :)


Yep – This needs more banana. The second steep is sooooooo smooth and comforting but ZERO banana. Ahhhhh if there was just a little more banana…

Mad Hatter//Lauren

I think I mentioned it on another post, but I’m definitely working on a more banana powered version after all the feedback! :)


IMHO I wouldn’t take it too far. Over the top banana wouldn’t be that appealing, but I would be happier with a touch more. :)) That said – the second steep of this could be my favorite vanilla tea. I almost couldn’t believe how warm and fuzzy it was. That hint of vanilla with the nuts – you just want to hug your cup. :))


On behalf of the RCMP (Royal Canadian Maple Police), this is your one and only warning to stop breaking the Canadian Maple laws!!!!

Mad Hatter//Lauren

@Dexter I’m personally not a huge banana fan, so I couldn’t in good conscious crank it up too far! I’m a strong beliver in tea being a gigantic hug in a cup, so glad to hear that it gets hugs back! :)


There would be a lot of us who don’t believe there is ever enough banana flavor in tea, so do feel free to go hog wild with banana flavouring one day if you’d like!


I agree @keychange if it’s a banana black or banana green tea – but in this application I think too much banana would spoil/conceal all the other fun things going on. :)


@Lala – I bought Maple Walnut Ice Cream today – will that be enough to satisfy the RCMP ?


I guess we can put up on maple probation…for now :P

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My order arrived today!!!! YAY!!!! I placed that order because of the reviews of this tea.

I’m just going to agree with the others. ABSOLUTELY FRICKEN’ FANTASTIC

3tsp/16oz 95C 4.5 minutes That’s what I did.

Dark chocolate, coffee, cherry – that’s what I’m getting – in that order. Lots of slightly bitter dark chocolate, some coffee, and then a really nice hint of cherry at the back. And it’s CHERRY not cough syrup. I’m not getting much oolong, but there is some roasty toasty goodness in here – that could be the oolong or it could be the hojicha. Doesn’t matter, it’s well balance and so yummy. I’m a very, very happy camper.

(Having to stop myself from rushing back to the site to order more – need to try the others I got first – there may be others that I will need more of….)



Roswell Strange

Knew you’d love this one :)


This one rocked my world. Glad you also enjoyed it!


uggh tipping over into orderville!


So glad you love this one. I didn’t oversell it. :D

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drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
921 tasting notes

This is just a happy tea. Warm, fruity, nutty. So comforting. I need to drink this more often.


I agree completely.

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Interesting this is the second sheng I’ve had this week that I really like. Either my tastes are changing OR I’ve finally learned how to steep sheng for my tastes OR I’ve just gotten lucky and chosen a couple of good ones.

This is really nice. It’s a little astringent but not really bitter. It’s nice and light but has some really nice earthy notes. I am finding some stone fruit and a little hay. Not really green, not really grassy. Nice balanced young sheng. And the color is amazing…..


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The leaves of this tea are just beautiful – really golden and fuzzy. It’s just ok for my tastes. Really sweet potatoe – pretty starchy. Those aren’t my favorite notes in Yunnan blacks.
Nce but not a necessary rebuy.


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Couldn’t find it in the data base…
2011 Organic Premium Yunnan Aged Tree Pu’erh Streetshop88

Fricken Fantastic!!!!




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I received a sample of this with my last Verdant order. Thank you.

I don’t drink a lot of sheng. I’m trying hard to like it, but most young sheng is too bitter for me. The older ones seem too musty. I have a ton that I haven’t tried and keep avoiding them. Tonight I pulled this one out. Really happy that I did.
This is awesome – almost perfect for my tastes. It’s really mellow and smooth – zero bitterness. It’s just a hint earthy, a touch of grass/hay, and a little something that I’m relating to white wine. I really really like this one.



oh good to know. often i find myself in the same boat as you with sheng.


is this the sample marked “sheng brick”? Cause I got one, but I don’t know what it is specifically.


My package was marked “spring brick” – I didn’t know what it was either but Verdant commented on my IG photo saying it was this one….


I’d imagine it’s the same then. I ordered from verdant two days after you ;)

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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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