216 Tasting Notes

drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
216 tasting notes

Thanks to TeaNTees I have another sample of this. Thank you! I keep planning a Lupicia order but then the responsibilities of adult life take precedence.


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drank 1989 Suncha Blend by Butiki Teas
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I almost got called (texted?) into work today. I said no due to the want of trying the few teas in my stash that I haven’t gotten to and in the hope of sipping some of said stash down.

The dry leaf smells a bit like camp, like a mix between the scent of a campfire and the sauna. But there is something else on top of that smell that I cannot place. I am likely doing this tea a disservice by using a gravity steeper when the directions indicate to “Gonfu brew for best results.” The only thing I get from the first few sips is smoke. It feels almost heavy in my mouth, in a nice way. It is growing on me and I think this would be great for a cooler fall day.


Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

Blowing off work for tea. You are my hero.


Lol! I knew I would just be “extra” since I wasn’t originally scheduled!

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This brewed up lighter than I expected for a black tea. The first sips taste like the usual harsh black tea to me. After several sips, it softens up. I think I am getting floral notes.


Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
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Drinking one of my oldest herbals tonight, Honeybush and Rooibos that I picked up on my Swaziland trip. I cannot believe that was 8 months ago already. Regardless, this one is perfect for when I want something simple. I still like it best with some honey added :)

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It’s been so long since I’ve had this one. It is now one of my two oldest black teas! Last time it wasn’t strong enough, this time I think it’s too strong. Added sweetener again, it helped but this still isn’t my favorite. I have over an ounce of this one left, is there anyone out there who would like to have it in their stash?

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Golden Yunnan by In Pursuit of Tea
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Another sample from long ago from a box of Steepster Select.
Accidentally steeped this for 2 minutes longer than recommended, which is likely causing the bitterness. I am not going to make it through the cup, but it is user error and cannot be blamed on the tea.


Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

Since those finicky Dian Hongs turn nasty after over-steeping, my trick is to carefully under-steep the next infusion, so as to soften and diffuse that bitterness, without harming the flavor.
Now, that’s frugalitea!


Thanks for the tip! :)

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drank Coco Chai Rooibos by David's Tea
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Second and last sample of this.

Tea latte: 2 tsp (the entire contents of the second and last sample) in 1 cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. 1 1/3 cups of warm milk with 2 tsp of sugar was added. This is MUCH better this way. I think I should just stop trying to drink chai teas plain. Not bad for a cold night.


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Another sample. The dry leaf smells amazing. Dad asked what I was smelling and put his nose in and said it smelled like watermelon. Personally, I’m not getting that. I think what I’m smelling is gooseberries? It’s definitely a sweet, fruit smell. This ended up cooling off quite a bit because I got distracted when Mom asked for my help. I want this to be more flavorful. I think I would like it if it was stronger but worry that this almost medicine taste I’m also getting would also increase.

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drank Blackberry Mojito by Teavana
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Accidental sip down. Sitting here with my brother and his girlfriend again. They are working on college stuff and I should be studying for my licensing exam. Sadly, they are listening to country music. I guess that is my cue to put in my headphones and get some work done.
I boiled water and then added 2 ice cubes to both her cup and mine to bring it closer to 175 degrees F. I love the color of this tea. i do like this one iced but didn’t make it that way. I like that I can drink this one without sweetener. The mint is hiding in this steep but it is very tasty. Once I am allowed to order again (goal is to be at least under 30 teas), I may get it again, but maybe after I try the new ones I want to try!

Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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This small town girl is back home and loving it. The weather is cooler and the view is prettier! I am getting ready to start the adult chapter of my life which is terrifying!

I am happy to have found Steepster. It gave me a hobby that I could devote as much or little time as I could during school and I believe that it will continue to help grow that hobby as I now have more time to explore.

I still consider myself newbie to the world of tea. I am still in the process of trying just about everything but have come across a few favorites. So far the only thing I don’t care for is coconut.


1-49: Never getting again. Couldn’t drink the cup.
50-59: Finished the cup, but won’t get again.
60-79: Buy once in a while.
80-89: Will get more as soon as I run out.
90-100: Must not run out.





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