508 Tasting Notes


Yuck! This is some nasty tea. It’s Keemun? really? I don’t like Keemun, but this doesn’t even taste like that. It has a strange sickly-sweet flavor and a pasty mouth feel.

3 min, 0 sec

Ew. Did it go bad perhaps?


I ordered this sampler cube a month ago, I certainly hope it didn’t go bad. I’d like to believe that H&S doesn’t sell stale tea O.O

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I’m with BrewTEAlly Sweet about the “no kidding theres tobacco in this!!” thought. Amazing the variation possible even within the same type of tea. I’ve always thought of Yunnans as a delicate, sometimes sweet black. This one is far from delicate, but don’t mistake with for being Assam-like. Its not bold and brisk. It’s a serious flavor profile with a manly vibe to it. I totally respect this tea for what it is, but it’s not my cuppa. I intend to send my second sample to my father, who will likely appreciate it better than I.

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Green Oolongs have become my favorite teas recently. I remember the very first time I had one (an Iron Goddess, I think) I didn’t like it at all!. Strange how preference changes. My perfect oolong is a balanced blend of creamy and floral. This Nantou Four seasons is perfectly creamy, but I wish it was more floral. It hints at wanting to be more, but didn’t quite make it. Still a lovely cup of tea and one that I would drink often if I had more.

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drank Karigane #22 by Kettl
508 tasting notes

hmm, I seem to be the first and only one reviewing all the Steepster Select teas. :D

The dry leaves of this tea smell so fresh and grassy, almost like a fresh batch of Laoshan Green. I love the smell of fresh green tea. The taste of this one doesn’t disappoint either. It is creamy and vegetal and not wimpy about its flavor at all. Just the way I like my green teas.

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec

I should have signed up…le sigh. This one sounds good :)


I figured the first month promotional price was worth it, at least. Don’t know if I can afford the membership indefinitely, but if the teas are always this good I might figure out a way ;) Of course, then it will get me hooked on too many premium and costly teas that I can’t afford more of. Such a dilemma :)

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I am hesitant to try Chinese blacks anymore, except yunnan. Others usually taste like veggies that have been steamed in a dry pot. yuck! But the description of this one made it sound much different: fruit, cherry, caramel. . I almost detected the fruit at first, but then I lost the detection. This tea, to me, has that smokey undertone that I can’t appreciate, like a keemun. These type of teas literally taste all identical to me. I can’t get past the smoky to notice other flavors. I am leaving this tea unrated since I cannot be a fair judge here.

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Yay, my very first steepster select box arrived today! I love the packaging and the helpful extras like the filters and tea-info card.

This roasted dong ding is quite tasty. Roasty at the top of the sip with a sweet finish. I can’t say that its significantly better than any other roasted dong ding that I’ve had, but it does have a place amongst the rest of the “winners” :)

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Did I tell you all how much I love this tea last time I logged it? I think I was too distracted with intense studies at the time to give proper attention to the tasting note.

So, just so you know, I most definitely love this tea!

I worry that my meager supply will run out before I have money to afford more. Xmas shopping really drained my already meager funds. I only ordered a small bit during the black Friday sale because I didn’t know if I would like it. I have maybe 5 servings left. I will definitely be getting the most out of each teaspoon with re-steeps (which I am usually pretty lazy about).


That’s exactly what I was telling myself about Lychee oolong tonight!

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drank Caribe by Harney & Sons
508 tasting notes

Admittedly I’m not the biggest fan of tropical flavored teas, but when they are in front of me, I usually appreciate them well enough. This one was in the sampler cube that i got from Harney and Sons.

I don’t like it at all! Maybe its the specific blend of tropical fruits, or maybe its the combination of black and green tea (I used water slightly under a boil to account for the green). Every sip is a struggle to swallow and I quit trying after I drank half of the cup.

2 min, 30 sec

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Just a note to say that I am raising the rating on this one. A definite re-purchase.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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I just don’t think that rooibos and cherry is a good combination. it’s a guaranteed recipe for cough syrup. There’s nothing particularly unpleasant about the flavor, but it tastes cheap, like kool-aid tea.

Aside from the cherry flavor, rooibos itself isn’t so exciting. The first few times I had a rooibos tea, I thought it was alright, but the more of them I have, the more ‘meh’ they become.


Oh yeah, cherry and rooibos must taste really weird together. :/


It seems to be common, though rooibos really adds the the medicinal characteristic.


I love this tea iced! I highly recommend it!


oh no I hate iced tea of any kind. I also imagine that cold would make it seem even more like a kiddie beverage. I can see the appeal for some, but not for me.

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Name: Shelley Lorraine Limegrover
Location: Thornton, Colorado
Occupation: Evil Genius
Ward: 2 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, 1 Cocker spaniel, 1 super cranky but lovable siamese cat, one bipolar black turkish angora, and my husband’s black and white cat.

Hobbies: Learning, reading books, math, physics (have a degree in it), literature (have a degree in it too), anthropology, traveling, piano, and making TEA, of course (^o^)

Future plans: World domination >-)

Favorite teas: Kukicha, Green teas in general, aged oolongs, charcoal roasted oolong, taiwanese oolongs, Assam . . .

Don’t like: Genmaicha, Earl Grey, Darjeelings, ginger, coconut, smokey teas (even mild ones), nut flavors, overwhelmingly strong floral flavor (esp. Jasmine), most della derra and adagio teas. . .

My Rating System

100 My happiness absolutely depends on it

95 Will definitely repurchase

85: Might repurchase (teas that depend on my mood)

75 Won’t repurchase (but I would drink it again if offered).

65: meh

45: I reluctantly finished a cup.

15: Couldn’t finish a cup.

I simplified my ratings to single numbers rather than ranges because I can’t precisely compare so many teas with a system more detailed than this.

An unrated tea is most often one that I recognize as having significant notable quality, but that does not suit me personally. Sometimes, I leave teas unrated for other reasons, such as I am undecided or I brewed it wrong, etc.

Note: Boiling temp. barely reaches 200 where I am (and a few times it sticks at 195, I assume due to unexplainable shifts in altitude or the position of the moon. . .aliens?. . .).





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