248 Tasting Notes

drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
248 tasting notes

Happy International Tea Day!!!!!!!!!!!


i did not know that this day existed :O

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drank Spring Downy Pearls by Steepster
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Dry leaf are nicely rolled balls of white tea that have a surprisingly salty aroma.
Smells a bit like sheng and produces a fairly clear liquor,,there are the little fuzzies from the tea leaves floating in there and a champagne color to the liquid.
The tea is not very sweet and it has a bitter note that is not unpleasant, like bitter melon.
It is pretty smooth and no astringency but I have had a much better example of this type tea and found that this one was a bit one-note. No sweet, no fruit, cream or any other flavors but the bitter melon so I didn’t like the lack of complexity or balance.

From the Steepster Select Box; November, 2014

Flavors: Bitter Melon, Salt

180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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drank Pu-Erh Imperial by Palais des Thes
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Dry leaf smells so woody and soil-like. I am not a big fan of shou :( so this is not to my taste.
The liquor is fairly clear and it’s pretty smooth. If I was ever going to drink shou, this would be pretty good for that type of tea. It is just a type that I really don’t care for so I am not a good judge of it.
It tastes like sweet wood growing out of the ground.

From the Steepster Select Box; November, 2014

Flavors: Dirt, Wood

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

Flavors: Dirt, Wood – haha


yummm. lol

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drank Melange du Cap by Le Palais des Thes
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The dry rooibos mix is very fragrant,,smells like vanilla marshmallow treat.
Liquor is red colored and has that rooibos scent and flavor. It is sweet with vanilla notes and a touch of honey. It’s very sweet and rooibos tasting.
If you like rooibos, you would like this. I don’t really care for rooibos so I am not a good judge of it.

From the Steepster Select Box; November, 2014

Flavors: Rooibos, Vanilla

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank White Jasmine by Steepster
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Dry leaf is really nice smelling, just like jasmine growing in your garden. The tea is also very pretty, silver needle buds with bits of flower mixed in. The only thing not pretty was that it was very crushed and had lots of tiny bits and pieces instead of whole, intact buds.
Despite all the broken pieces and particles, the tea is quite clear and a nice champagne color.
I have an aversion to Jasmine tea and pretty much won’t try any of them, so I was quite surprised that this is actually kind of tasty!! It’s more white tea flavor with subtle jasmine. It has a jasmine and cream flavor.
I actually enjoyed this jasmine tea and this was the one I was dreading in the Steepster Box and didn’t want to try, lol.

From the Steepster Select Box; November, 2014

Flavors: Cream, Jasmine

170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML
Cameron B.

I don’t generally enjoy floral teas, but jasmine can be quite nice if it’s not too powerful. :)

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drank Snow Geisha by Teavana
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Got this as a sample and I thought I would review it but I should have brewed it Western style as I think Teavana teas are meant to be brewed Western style.
The tea mix itself is really pretty. The tea looks like a green tea but it is supposed to be white. The leaves are a dark moss green and twisted. There are peachy-pink colored dried roses all throughout and it is very pretty to look at.
I put a bit into one of my small gaiwans and only steeped it for a few seconds. This was super bitter :(
Of course, I have been spoiled by the super high quality teas that I have been drinking for a while but I thought this really smelled medicinal cherry syrup and was so bitter— so I don’t know how they get it to taste good. Probably lots and lots of water and sugar :(

Flavors: Bitter, Medicinal

170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML
Cameron B.

Ick, what a shame. Cherry is a wonderful flavor when done correctly. :(


Yeah, I would rather get natural cherry notes from a high quality black tea than an artifiical additive. Oh well, it was free lol. I haven’t purchased Teavana tea in a long time,, since I first started in tea.


Teavana seems in a lot of ways to be like a gateway dealer. They get people their first taste and then from there the true addiction begins. :)


lol yes and they do sell the Breville One Touch tea maker so they have that going for them lol.

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drank Thé des Amants by Le Palais des Thes
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Dry leaf smells very much of sweet cinnamon. There are tiny little pieces of orange in the black tea mix but I wasn’t getting much orange, just cinnamon. The little orange pieces are very cute and tiny.
Brewed this as instructed, 195F Western style, for 4 minutes.
This tea tastes like you took a Red-Hot Candy and steeped it in hot water for a bit.
There is a lot of cinnamon on the nose and more of a sweet subtle cinnamon in the flavor.
The liquor is a clear orange color.
I really didn’t catch the other flavors that are suggested on the package because I was tasting mostly cinnamon. This is definitely the tea for cinnamon lovers :)

From the Steepster Select Box; November, 2014

Flavors: Cinnamon

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

I like the rooibos version of this tea much better, it actually tastes like something other than cinnamon. :P


There is a rooibos from them in the Steepster pack as well. It has cocoa nibs and vanilla so that might be good.

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Dry leaves smell like sweet raisin bread and they are all perfectly uniform with tons of golden color mixed with tan medium sized twists. The leaves are really perfect looking.
Did a very quick rinse in my gaiwan with their suggested 185F temp. This lower temp produces a clear auburn broth that also smells like the dry leaves,,,sweet raisin bread.
Wow! This is super smooth!! And the flavor of sweet raisin bread as well.
At this low temp, you can steep it for a pretty long time to extract more flavor. This tea is super super clean. Love it.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Raisins

185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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I have really been impressed with What-Cha teas because all of their teas are perfectly intact-there are no broken, mishapen, or dusty pieces in the bags-just perfect tea leaves.
These dry leaves are really pretty, long purple needle shapes.
If you like young sheng, this is one for you to try!
Crazy scent to the leaves after I rinsed them in my gaiwan a couple of times. Really smells like a young, very stern sheng. Very petrol scented with a little bit of edamame to it. Liquor also smells very petrol. (I used green wood in the flavors section, as Steepster doesn’t include petrol in it’s choices) (I didn’t bother trying to add petrol to the Steepster choices :)
Wet leaves reveal themselves to be long, gorgeous green super buds.
Flavor is definitely like young sheng but it is very smooth and not bitter or astringent, just hard core petrol flavor. It has a thick and creamy mouth feel as well. Later as I am done drinking it, I feel it coating my chest area so it does have a biting and a bit of a burning effect so could be a good one to drink if you want to open your chest area for deep breathing.
This is not my favorite tea from What-Cha but I love that I was able to purchase 10g of it to try without the risk of buying a huge amount and not enjoying it. So I really like that about What-Cha as a company.

Flavors: Biting, Green Wood, Soybean

175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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drank Autumn Blend #9 by Steepster
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This totally smells like licorice candy. I happen to like natrural licorice candy every once in a while but not licorice tea.
It has pretty chamomile flowers and fennel seeds. Also looks like a bit of lemongrass and orange citrus peel in there. It all smells like licorice though.
The brew is a bit cloudy and it is a light golden color.
This smells like licorice and the flavor is straight up licorice. I am getting a hint of the orange but that’s it.

From the Steepster Select Box; October, 2014

Flavors: Licorice, Orange Zest

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Oddly, tea is maybe the only place I’ve enjoyed the taste of fennel seed. It is very licorice like. I cringe whenever I bite into a fennel seed in any dish. That flavor inside… ugg black licorice DOES NOT belong on a pizza! Nightmare inducing surprises there.


Trust-obliterating surprises. Lol.


I like fennel, anise, etc. in cold applications such as a salad but not hot tea. But a lot of people enjoy hot tea with this flavor so they will like it lol.

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Tea is Life. I love Tea!

Bai Mu Dan
Bai Hao Yin Zhen
White Bud Puerh
Feng Qing Yunnan
Marangi Estate Assam
Pengaree Estate Assam

Long Jing
Bai Mao Hou
Tai Ping Hou Kui
Anji Bai Cha

Ya Bao
Arya Estate Darjeeling First Flush

Elderflower Nectar
Pure Chamomile
Pure Tea Flowers
Dried Citrus
Fresh Turmeric w/ Honey & Lemon

I like Ayurveda, Yoga, Zumba,
walking, stand-up comedy clubs.

Love chefs and foodies. Love veggies!!!!
I avoid artificial and processed foods such as diet sodas because I think those things affect your palate for tasting teas, foods, wine.
I always use filtered Culligan water for tea, no tap or bottled so I don’t find many teas I dislike bc I start with super delicious water.

Also enjoy bonsai, xeriscape gardening, my doggie, & all nature.

Preferred brewing method: Gaiwan

Favorite Varietals:
Ye Sheng (wild)
Yunnan Da Ye (large leaf)

I have stopped rating teas with a numerical value here on Steepster because I realized on May 13, 2014 (a tea enlightenment lol) that once you start to learn what teas you like, get practiced and good at gong fu, and which companies are selling quality tea,,,they are all 100’s to me because I purchase and drink what I like and the best I can find.
I respect all the work that goes into the tea that I am drinking and I like thinking about the different terroirs they come from.



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