866 Tasting Notes


Well. I am am going to give this review thingy a try. Steepster hasn’t been working in such a long time. I can’t even remember the last time I reviewed a tea on here. Becuase I am part of generation impatient I am only going to give this one try.

This tea is from the lovely Scribbles. When I first opened the package, the smell of malty tobacco wafted over me. I love it. It kind of makes me laugh becuase it is titled a Gongfu tea but the instructions call for 1tsp steeped for 2-3 minutes. Ha ha. But that is ok, I don’t gongfu anyway.

The tea brewed up really light. My mug this morning is clear, so the colour looked extremely pale. I was a bit worried I either did not use enough tea or that I didn’t brew long enough. The taste of the tea is wonderful. It is a very nice gongfu tea. Malty, with some sweetness. A hint of honey flavour. There is a really nice light, sweet aftertaste. Even though the colour of the brew is light, there is a moderately bold flavour.

I am really liking this one.

Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

it’s getting better but still not quite there yet.

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drank Nina's Japon by Nina's Paris
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Well, it appears that Steepster (fingers crossed) might be back up and running. The dashboard is at least. The discussions and search functions are still all screwy. le sigh.

I am well aware I am very late to the party with this one. I have no excuse – well really I have lots of excuses, but no good one. Other than I have way too much tea!!

This one smells so delicious. A nice sweet, smooth, popcorn-ey scent with caramel drizzled on top. I can’t help but crave caramel corn, the kind you get at the fair, and its probably been sitting there forever so its got that crunchy outside and kind of chewy inside, but oh so good :)

The base tea is interesting because it is a black/green blend, I would say I think I am getting a bit more green tea taste than I am black, but the black tea pretty much covers up any of the vegetal type green tea flavours. It is very smooth. The base seems to be very light and lingers in the background. The flavours are what are predominate. I feel like I am drinking a caramel latte. There is that genmaicha/toasted rice/popcorn kernel flavour, the caramel is sweet over top. It adds depth to the flavour without making the liquor feel too thick. One of the first thoughts that came to my brain on the first sip was ice cream float (not sure why, but I think that pretty much covers the taste for me).

Very delicious. I am sure now that I have uncovered this one in my vast tea cupboard(s), it won’t last too long.

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

MMmmmmm…sounds so yums!! :)

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drank Earl Grey by Tazo
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I ordered tea at a restaurant today and picked a bag of this out of the basket. Good ol’ stand by.

After brewing this up in my cup I was a bit apprehensive because there was just something unusual about it. When I took a sip I definitely got a non-Earl Greyish flavour. Lavender. There was lavender in this tea. Hmmmmm. I dislike lavender.

So I read the package the tea came in and it read something along the lines of “essence of bergamot lavender”. I was not aware the bergamot contained lavender.

Anyway, I think this must have been some kind of special addition, or this tea has changed greatly since I last had it. Who knows…? I am fairly sure this tea never had lavender before.

I still drank it. Lunch was delicious otherwise.


I hate being surprised by junk additions to my Earl Grey. I’ve never noticed lavender in a Tazo EG either. Now I’m afraid to have another.


I drink wines at restaurants. Never have a problem :)


Ha ha. I was at a little café and they didn’t serve any alcohol, unfortunately. Food is delicious though.

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drank Assam Mokaibari by The House of Tea
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So the awesome Ms. Scribbles contacted me out of the blue and asked me if she could send me some Assam teas because I made such a big deal about how I love Assam in one of my tasting notes.

This is the first one that I have tried out of the huge package she sent me. It smells nice and bold and malty, just like an Assam should.

The brewed tea is not as bold as I had anticipated based on the smell. But there is a nice malt to it. There is just a hint of sweet astringency at the end of the sip. It works really well with the tea. I feel like I am almost on the verge of getting a tobacco note, but not quite. There is only a tiny bit of sweetness to this tea. I normally like there to be a but more sweetness to my Assams, but overall this one is good. The liquor is thicker than I anticipated.

Thanks Scribs!!

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Hmmm…maybe it’s the assam’s that I am trying/purchasing…‘cos I used to love assam’s. Ok, more accurately, I remember lovin’ the Tiger Assam…those damn fine tea’s! heh!


Tiger Assam is super delicious!


DAAAaaaaamn! Also out of the Double Knit…sighs…more orders that I shouldn’t be putting in, but probably will… :/

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You know when you drink a tea a lot, then you have it one day and it is totally and completely different then what it was before. So weird…

Today I am getting almost a cherry like sweetness on top of the bold and malty assam. There is no astringency. And I almost hate to say it, no tiger… It is light and bold at the same time. A lot more sweetness then I usually recognize in this tea. I just finished eating some Harvest Crunch cereal, but I can’t see why that would make this tea taste so much different.

Either way, it is still super delicious!

1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

heh weird :)

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drank Whiskey & Cola by Southern Boy Teas
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Being Canadian, I am used to rye whiskey, as that is what I would say the majority of Canadian whiskey is made of. Where I am from, there is actually not such a thing as whiskey, we call it rye – Can I have a rye and coke please! Ha ha. Anyway this is a preface to this note as this one tastes more like a malt corn whiskey. If anyone cares to know. (I swear I don’t drink that much…).

Made this one as per package directions, added 2 tsp of white sugar.

This one is actually not too bad. It definitely has a cola flavour and there are hints of whiskey in the background. I mentioned it tasted like malt corn whiskey, but I don’t get the feel of malt from the liquor, just the slight taste of malt, if that makes sense. (You can actually buy “malt” which is like a powder and you can mix it into things like drinks and milk shakes etc.). That is what I am tasting. There is, however, a strange chemical taste. It seems like that chemical taste you can get from some flavourings.

I would say that from the new SBTs (new as in from last years Kickstarter campaign), this is one of the better ones, IMO,

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drank Lemon Lime Bitters by SBT
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So I made this tea today but it is not in the steepster database which is odd because all the other SBTs are there. But what is really odd is it is not even listed on the Zoomdweebies website ?!?!? I even double checked the package and it for sure says Lemon Lime Bitters…

I made this one as per package directions. I added about 2tsp of white sugar.

Let me start by saying I love bitters. Any type of “bitters” or “sour” drink (ie. Whiskey Sour) is my absolute fav.

This one brewed does smell like lemon-lime. The taste of the tea is disappointing. Not bad but just not what I would have anticipated based on the “bitters” in the name. There is a lemon-y citrus flavour to the tea. I would say it is extremely similar to the other SBT/52 Teas limish flavours – lime jello, key lime cheesecake, etc. But it is missing the bitters. Not even a hint of the bitters. I was quite disappointed.

I did however drink a whole litre of this tea in a couple of hours, so it didn’t taste bad, just not what I wanted. I did not re-steep.

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drank Assam by Nina's Paris
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I love Assam teas!

My absolute favourite is a CTC Assam, I don’t know why, but they are the best. This one is not a CTC, the leaves are very small and delicately curled.

The dry tea has a nice, sweet, fruit and slightly spicey flavour. The brewed tea smells malty, slight cocoa-beany, with a lot of sweetness. My taste buds were salivating over the smell.

The brewed tea is bold and malty but with no astringency or bitterness. There is a slight natural sweetness to the tea. I want to say it is a stone fruit sweetness. Reminds me of the pits of an apricot or peach. There is a slight spice to the tea. But it is like a fruit-spice if that makes sense to anyone else.

Very delicious Assam. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a multi-faceted black tea.

In a side note: I lost some of this tea due to dropping the open package on the floor. I bet it was only about a TBSP but I still shed a tear over it.

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I love them too!

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drank Orange Pekoe by Tetley
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So there was one major wicked storm in my area last night. Pea sized hail – my poor plants, 3" of rain in my gauge this morning – however last night the wind was blowing the rain sideways, so who knows. My house and yard ended up being spared, there are some pretty big trees that were downed in the area.

So I had wanted to make sun tea today. But that didn’t happen because when I woke up it was still grey and dreary and drizzling. I went to the farmers market and saw fresh basil. I grew basil this year in one of the deck pots, but I didn’t grow enough of it. So I use it sparingly. I picked up a large bag of fresh basil for $2. Once I got home I put 3 bags of this tea along with all the basil into a 2L jug of water and let it “counter brew”.

This tea is delightful. It always makes an awesome sun tea, so the counter tea brew works well for it too. It is pretty light as it has only been brewing for about 2 hours now. There is a light infusion of the basil, making it taste fresh and crisp and summery.

I just keep adding more water to the pitcher as I pour some out to drink.

I think this will keep me going for a few more days.

The sun is starting to come out. I may be able to do some sun brewing after all!

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So I have had several cups of this one iced this afternoon. I used 6 tsp of tea in about 1/2 litre of boiling water. Then added a whole lotta ice. I didn’t need to add any sweetener as it is sweet on its own.

This one is definitely better iced than hot. The artificial lemon taste is quite blunted. It tastes like a light black tea with candied lemon. Kind of like those little candy lemon drops, but there is no sour, just sweet.

I would say this one is not a favourite but it was nice for an extremely hot and humid day.

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I am a lifetime tea lover.

I did foray into the world of coffee for a period of time, but I returned to my true love. I still, however, enjoy a good cup of java.

My all time favorite tea is Earl Grey, which I drink every morning, the stronger the bergamot the better. I definitely prefer natural oil of bergamot to artificial flavouring.

I mostly like black and dark oolong teas. My current favs are Fujian blacks, Keemun and Assams, and Wuyi oolongs. I gravitate towards anything with lychee in it. I also drink a lot of herbal blends but am wary of hibiscus. I do not favour mate, or pu’erh tea, although I have found a few blends that I like. (I so badly want to like straight pu’erh tea but it all tastes gross to me. I keep trying though). Rooibos, green and white teas fall somewhere in the middle. I find myself gravitating towards heavily roasted oolongs and teas from Paris/France based companies.

I love iced teas and cold brews.

My current tea goal is to make the perfect cup of chai from scratch – almost there…I think.

I am in love with the whole experience of tea.


Saskatchewan, CANADA

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