363 Tasting Notes

drank Sichuan Caravan by Verdant Tea
363 tasting notes

This tea is wonderful!! I’ve been enjoying this one all afternoon while trying to stay warm on a cold damp day. Full of flavor with a great kick to it – this is a must have!


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I have several different puer mini tuos which I like to keep on hand for convenience. When you don’t want to work on picking apart a larger cake, these are handy to have around. This particular mini is one of my favorites because it never fails to taste sweet and fresh. I’ve been sitting at the dining room table working on a project all afternoon and this little one has been my loyal companion – six steeps so far.

The scent of the dry leaf makes your mouth water – like a sweet flavored rice cake or a nice kettle corn. Steeping produces a clear bright liquor which is pale yellow-green in color. The sip is a delicious nutty rice flavor. Very sweet on the tongue and mouth. By the way, this one works nicely as a meal accompaniment.


Yum! This sounds good. I have tried a few sticky rice tuochas and have never been disappointed. i need to add this to my list.


It’s one I always enjoy. In fact, I’m down to my last two and I’ll need to reorder very soon. Here’s the link:
There’s also a ripe tuo but I prefer the raw for this one.


Good seller on this also. I have gotten a lot from them.


Yes, a good seller. Always done well by me!

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Honey-sweet, bread-like, with a bit of malt in the back. This is one fine tea!

I used 1 heaping teaspoon in an 8 oz cup with 200 degree water and steeped for just 1 minute and it was delicious. Resteeps for 2m, 2.5m and 3m were almost as delicious but the flavor declined a bit with each steep. The next time I’ll try boiling with a longer steep just to compare.

I’ll keep this tea around for sure and plan to enjoy it frequently.

200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Black Dragon Pearls by Tazo
363 tasting notes

A few months ago I purchased these during a 50% off sale on tazo.com. I’ve used them a few times but I was not sure how I felt about them so I did not write a review.

I think I’ve finally worked out the right combination for me to enjoy them.
3 Dragon Balls in 8oz boiling water for 3.5 min; resteeps for 4m and 5m.
The cup was pleasant and I’ll do it again.

This yields a solid black tea – nothing fancy; not really malty. These are not my favorite Dragon Balls by any means. I have three others which I would rate higher; however, these are cheaper and without the comparison to the other three, quite acceptable.

I’ll probably use these to grab and take out to a restaurant meal. In fact, someone is coming over with Chinese takeout next week and I’ll probably serve this as one of our teas with the meal.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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Former coffee drinker. Switched to tea as part of my goal to work on living a healthier, more balanced life — haven’t looked back since. Surprised to learn what a passion I have developed for all things tea related.

Steepster has been a big help – I’ve been reading daily to learn as much as I can. Thanks to Steepster reviews, I’ve been able to find good tea (and sellers) – a few misses for me but lots of hits!

At the moment, I enjoy most tea types but I cannot handle jasmine or other florals and I’m not particularly fond of bergamot. Started with flavored teas but moved quickly into high quality blacks, greens, oolongs and puerhs — drinking hot flavored teas less and less. Now most of my purchases are puerh cakes for aging. My cold brews for iced tea tend to be a fruity green, white or rooibos but every once in awhile I’ll chill an oolong or puerh.

Note: In an effort to keep track of all the teas I’ve tried, my cupboard includes any tea I’ve ever owned (including things I’ve sipped down or given away and no longer have in my tea cupboard). In addition, many of the teas listed are unopened waiting to age or work their way into the rotation.


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