251 Tasting Notes

drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
251 tasting notes

Happy Year of the Sheep!!!!! 2015!!!!

mrmopar

Your new avatar is pretty cool Lee!

Lee

Thanks!!!!!

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
251 tasting notes

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!!!!!!!!!

boychik

Happy Vday to you too !

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
251 tasting notes

Happy Holidays with Lots of TEA!!!

boychik

Happy Holidays to you too !

Lee

Thanks!! :)

mrmopar

You as well!

Lee

Thanks!!

Stephanie

Have a good one!

MzPriss

Happy holidays to you too

Lee

Thanks everybody!!

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
251 tasting notes

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

Kirkoneill1988

i did not know that this day existed :O

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drank Spring Downy Pearls by Steepster
251 tasting notes

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

Preparation
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
251 tasting notes

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

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

Flavors: Dirt, Wood – haha

TeaBrat

yummm. lol

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drank Melange du Cap by Le Palais des Thes
251 tasting notes

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

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

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drank White Jasmine by Steepster
251 tasting notes

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

Preparation
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

Preparation
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. :(

Lee

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.

Nicole

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. :)

Lee

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
251 tasting notes

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

Preparation
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

Lee

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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