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I received a free sample of this from a trade show a while ago.

First I was a bit disappointed, it was in a nice pyramid sachet. But there was only about 1/2 teaspoon of tea in it. Not a very large sample and not enough for a full cup. My opinion, anyway.

This tea screams hibiscus. I was anticipating that based on the fact it was a “fruit blend” and on the large amount of hibiscus and rose hip in the dry blend. So it is hibiscus tart, there are hints of citrus. Nothing I would describe as orange or pineapple. I can understand the whole point of the use of “cooler” in the name. I bet this one would be not too bad as an iced tea. Brew up and iced, then quite a bit of sugar added, would taste like a sweet and bitter juice drink. Oh well, I definitely didn’t have enough sample for that.

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Queen Anne by Fortnum & Mason
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From the GCTTB3.

This one came in bag form. I was anticipating it to be either bitter or astringent.

But it wasn’t. It was actually quite smooth. The black base is very bold and strong, with only a slight but of astringency. There is a creamy quality to the tea, which was nice as I was anticipating having to add some milk.

Better than I expected for a tea bag.

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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From Sil via the GCTTB3.

This dry tea smells very fresh and clean. I am getting very light hints of malty cocoa and maybe vanilla. Slightly sweet. The leaves are quite large and long, making it hard to scoop out of the bag with my tea spoon. So I instead just poured enough out that seemed to be a good amount to brew for one cup.

The brewed tea is very smooth. The liquor is thick. Definitely creamy but no cloying. There is a very light citrus flavour. The slight bitterness of the citrus is in contrast with the creamy flavour but they somehow work together. I am not getting any cocoa or vanilla flavours that I got in the smell. The black tea base is smooth with no bitterness or astringency. There is a slight roastiness to the tea.

This is a very good tea. Thanks Sil. I am curious as to why it is called Georgia Old Lady though…

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

Hi Lala, the tea is produced by an old lady from Georgia who makes all the tea by hand, hence the name ‘old lady’.


nice! glad you enjoyed it :) always happy to share teas!


Sounds lovely!

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drank Darjeeling Green by Tea2You
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So I think this is the right place to review this tea. Taking a bit of a guess.

I was visiting a relative today. This relative is aware I really like tea, but that is the extent of it. So she says to me that a friend brought her some real tea from England. It is English tea and I just have to try it. She says it is English Darjeeling. So at this point I am already not looking forward to this because 1) I dislike Darjeeling but I don’t want to say that because she is so excited for me to try this tea, and 2) There was a lengthy discussion in which she was adamant that this was “Darjeeling made in England” even though I tried my hardest to explain that it was not grown (or made) in England.

Then she proceed to tell me where the tea was and asked me to make us both some because she didn’t know how to make it.

The package read “Fresh Hand Picked Darjeeling”. It recommended 1/2 tsp per 8 oz, in boiling water. There was no other info about the tea on the packaging. It was clearly a green Darjeeling.

So I brewed up 3 cups (a second relative arrived while I was making the first two cups). Let me start by saying all Darjeeling tastes like ashtray to me. It doesn’t matter if it is high or low quality, 1st or 2nd flush, green or dark, or what steeping parameters are
used, it all tastes like ashtray.

The ashtray this time was a bit more floral from being a greener variety. It was ok. It was quite dry and could have used a bit of sweetener.

I falsely told my relative I thought it was good.

190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Celebration Tea by Harney & Sons
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Steepster, I seriously HATE you right now. HATE, yes in all capital letters. Since when does backspace mean “go back to the previous browser page”. The answer is: NEVER!!!!!!!!!!!! I wrote a giant 10 minute long post and hit backspace to correct a spelling mistake and VOILA – completely lost review. Hate, that’s right, HATE.


So here goes an even longer story that no one saw the first time. I normally sip a lot of my teas on the weekends. The weekdays are for guzzling tea to get me through the work day. For the last several weekends I have been really busy so I haven’t been able to drink a lot of tea. I have been trying to make sure I make tea to go so I can take it with me on my travels. But I have a major issue (other than hate…), I often forget to bring the travel mug with me. This is not a new problem. I have been doing this for years.

So yesterday after I brewed up a giant travel mug of this tea, I loaded up the car and locked up the house. Then I had to come back into the locked house, twice no doubt, because I kept forgetting things. I was well into my travels before I reached out to grab my tea and only grasped at the empty air in the cupholder. So when I got home 11 hours or so later, I couldn’t bear to throw this delicious tea away. I ended up sticking it in the fridge over night.

This wasn’t brewed with the intention of being a cold brew so it didn’t turn out too great. (Brewed 1 sachet, 10 oz, 195F, for 2 minutes). There is very strong cinnamon flavours. There is also strong apricot with a lot of sweetness. But the liquor is quite thin. There is not much to the rest of the tea. It is like very watered down cinnamon-apricot juice I think I will stick to this one hot.

Still angry steepster, still angry!




lol so sorry!


That really sucks. I’ve been writing my reviews in my notes app and then copying them over so as to prevent things like that.


I thought surely that can’t how Steepster works, but NOOOOOO! Backspace really does behave badly. That’s just crazy.


I just tried it also thinking it surely can’t happen…and it did. BOO.


It’s a browser-and-forms issue, not just Steepster. There’s a plugin called Lazarus you can get for Firefox that remembers what you’ve filled in.

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drank Celebration Tea by Harney & Sons
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drank House Matcha by Hibiki-an
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Ok so this is more of a cooking with tea review. But it was a-matcha-azing!!!

I made matcha chocolate using this recipe:
http://www.justonecookbook.com/recipes/green-tea-chocolate/ (this site is totally my new favorite recipe site!!)

I tweaked the recipe just a little bit.

My recipe was:
400g of swiss white chocolate wafers, chopped into small pieces as the wafers were quite large
2TB butter
2TB matcha plus 1 tsp to sprinkle
1/2 cup whipping cream.

Heat the cream over medium heat, once hot but not boiling turn down heat to low and slowly add the chocolate stirring constantly. Then add the butter and continue stirring constantly until fully melted together. Remove from heat and immediately add the 2TB matcha slowly (I sifted it in 1/2 TB at a time), and continue stirring until fully mixed and smooth. Pour in a parchment paper lined pan (I used a bread pan because that is all I had that was small enough). Lightly bang pan on the counter to remove any air pockets. Put in fridge to cool. Once cooled, cut into pieces and sprinkle 1 tsp matcha over top (I again sifted it through a mesh strainer).

This was so absolutely delicious. It was quite sweet, there was subtle smooth white chocolate flavour, the matcha was also smooth but provided a moderate matcha/green tea flavour. There was no bitterness at all. Slightly vegetal. The white chocolate made the matcha so creamy and smooth. Next time I think I would use less butter because this came out more soft than I would have liked (it was almost a soft-type fudge consistency). I would like to try to find some good white chocolate that is also a bit less sweet.

The only draw back it is getting late where I am, I am sure I will be up all night now because of the matcha. #sensitive sleeper. But I want to eat so much more :)


That sounds amazing. I may need to make this next.


yum. I have never cooked anything with matcha but maybe I should start?


Ok, I’m baking the cookies from that website. :D Back in a bit with tasting notes!


sounds nummy!

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drank Ginger Drink by Gold Kili
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I know this is not really tea per se, but it is already in the data base so I thought I would give my review.

I have become addicted to bento. For most of my life I have been addicted to Asian cuisine, very specifically Japanese. And every once in a while I fancy myself an amazing chef and try my hand at making some delicious food. Just a note, Japanese chefs are amazingly skilled, that stuff is hard to pull off and make taste good. But even harder to pull it off and make it look good too. Throughout my bento quest I have been doing a lot of experimenting. So long story, I decided this weekend I was going to go all out and make sushi. I haven’t made sushi in such a long time. I ended up doing maki-sushi, a whole bunch of different onigiri, tamygoyaki, and some lettuce rolls. I wasn’t even hungry by the time I had everything prepared.

So anyway the point of this story is that I had to go shopping for ingredients, and I couldn’t find everything I wanted and I was scouring the shelves and came across this. And of course, I had to buy it.

I was not expecting too much, but if you were sitting in the room with me, this was my review: coughs out loud and then “WOW!”.

Holy spice, Ginger Drink! I actually used more water then recommended too. This comes packaged in individual servings. The granules are actually a fare size, they reminded me of yeasty coloured pellet fish food (gross, I know). The smell was kind of ginger but you could also strongly smell honey. After the tea is dissolved it smells strongly ginger, but it is almost not like real ginger. Is there such a thing as fake ginger? The taste of this is definitely kick you in the face ginger. There is quite a bit of spice too it. There is a very strong honey sweetness. There is more honey then I would have liked but this will work.

Someone in one of the threads was asking about teas for your nose? Well this one would definitely get your nose running and your sinuses clear.


My partner drinks this several times a day. It’s super tasty but a little too in your face for me to drink on a regular basis.


That sounds like quite a sushi-making adventure!


I’m sure your sushi is delicious! I used to make a couple vegetarian kinds at a previous job and it was so hard to truly perfect.

This sounds like an ultra strong ginger beer without the carbonation.


I love these ginger teas! And yes, Fjellrev, that’s basically what they taste like. But, ULTRA strong. :)

Lala, making sushi is so much fun! I hope you got to enjoy at least some of the finished product. :)

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Another wonderful free sample from Angel and Teavivre.

This one is definitely a very dark oolong.

The reviews are interesting as they are so varied in what this tea tastes like.

I am finding this smooth, thick, slightly creamy. There is only very light floral oolong flavour. The roastiness of this tea is definitely present but I would not say it is strong. There is definitely a sweet potatoe/kind of yammy flavour. Slightly nutty. This oolong is definitely closer to a black tea than a green.

180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec 7 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Thank you very much to Angel from Teavivre for this free sample!

There are a lot of tea companies that have good customer service, and there are a few that have excellent customer service, and Teavivre falls into the excellent category. I do have to apologize that it has taken me this long to review this free tea.

This tea is large rolled nuggets. It brews up a very dark, brown tea. It smells floral, sweet, vegetal, and roasty.

The tea brews up lovely. The nuggets unfurled so large that they almost could not be contained in the regular sized tea basket I always use. The dry nuggets were greenish in colour but the brewed tea leaves are more brown.

The taste of the tea is much less flavourful than the smell. It definitely has the flavours of a green oolong, vegetal, strongly floral, almost perfumey. But there is a light roast flavour on top of that. There is a strong buttery/creamy quality to the tea liquor.

I quite prefer the heavily roasted or darker oolongs compared to a green oolong.

This was is pretty good, not as roasty as I prefer, but I love the buttery quality to this tea.

185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec 7 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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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.


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