613 Tasting Notes

Finally got around to trying this sample. And thanks to Tea Spot! :)

This blend smells really good, the chocolate scent is pretty strong. The flavour kinda reminds me of coffee. I can see why this would be a gateway tea for the coffee people. It’s probably too late in the day for this, and it’s most flavourful.

Flavors: Chocolate

Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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This was part of my Steepster Select box. It’s rainy here, so I needed some black tea. The scent reminds me of a breakfast tea blend, except a little sweeter. I enjoyed the malt, and honey flavours, but that is a little hidden under the black tea flavour.

I’d probably enjoy this on Winter mornings with oatmeal or something.

Flavors: Honey, Malt

Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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This is from my oolong sampler. My first milk oolong.

Nose (brew)- sweet, slightly floral
Colour- pale gold, hints of green
Flavour- creamy, lightly vegetal

This was very good, glad I finally was able to try it.

Flavors: Cream

Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
Lariel of Lórien

I made this again with Tea Source’s Rare Orchid Oolong. Now I have a cup of milk, floral goodness.



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This came in my Steepster Select box.

It smells vaguely vegetal. The flavour is mellow and sweet, and semi-fruity. Not bad, but I much prefer to cold brew my white teas.

165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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It feels a little wrong to brew this with an electric kettle, but I don’t have a gaiwan (yet).

I’m really liked the scent of these Teavivre greens. This one smells mildly of jasmine, and slightly sweet. There a little bit of peach in the flavour, it’s mostly jasmine. For some reason jasmine makes me crave steamed rice dishes.

Thanks to Teavivre for sending me this sample. :)

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Lariel of Lórien

Uh, could somebody explain what dragons have to do with pearl teas?


Good question!


Thanks for your concern. About the name of this tea, it should not be separate dragons and pearl, they should be dragons pearl. In China, it’s called dragon pearl that something with ball shape. So we named our teas with dragons pearl that have ball shape. Hope this is useful for your concern. :)

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Green tea steeping… successful! I made a cup of this while watching Castle.

This smells so good. The scent is a bit fruity, which I really like. It has a nice, mellow green and fruity flavour. Thanks to Teavivre for letting me try this sample.
If it wasn’t so late here, I’d have another cup.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

I love the way Castle doesn’t take itself too seriously. There are some really intense and dramatic shows, and then there’s last night with Esposito wearing an afro. :)

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Thanks Steepster Select, I might not have tried this otherwise.

The scent reminds me of brown rice, or toast. It has an interesting flavour, like a mild coffee and houjicha hybrid. Which is actually pretty good.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Roasted Barley

Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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Thanks Teavivre for letting me try this sample.

This is my breakfast cup. As soon as I opened the package, I smelled the straw berry. Which is a fantastic scent when you’re waking up, or any other time. The scent carries over to the brewed tea, along with the nice green scent of the leaf. I like the strawberry flavour a lot, and I really like the light flavour of the oolong.

Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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Thanks for the free sample, Tea at the Sea. It comes with a cork sailboat? I’ll need to make that for my bookshelf. I do like the little sample bags.
It’s something that would look nice a gift shop of a port town.

It smells lovely. I really should have more unflavoured black teas. This has a sweet, malty flavour. Shall have to make some again in the morning.

Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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After many years of drinking coffee, I’ve recently become a tea convert.

Faves- Black Tea (Preferably Chinese- Most Gold/Golden), Assam, Nilgiri, Oolong
Likes- Pu-Erh (Shou), Green (Chinese or Japanese), Interesting Tisanes, Dessert Blends/ Flavoured Teas, Masala Chai, Honeybush/ Rooibos, Ceylon
Dislikes- Smokey Teas, Hibiscus, Licorice Root, Chicory
Exploring- Sheng Pu’erh, White Tea, Sticky Rice Mini Tuocha
Fruity Flavours- Lychee, Muscat, White Peach, Fig, Apple, Bergamot
Other flavours- Rose, Lavender, Vanilla, Cream

95- 100: By Yavanna, it’s amazing!
89- 94: my favourite
85- 88: it’s fantastic
81- 84: really like
75- 80: like
70- 74: it’s okay
69 and below: meh
unrated: still unsure


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