351 Tasting Notes


Got this one with my Iherb order so I could reach the free shipping minimum xD
Not sure if I like this one of the Celestial Seasonings version better…
this one reminds me a lot more like chapstick. Not the good flavored kind, but the crappy unflavored kind. That’s what the texture is like…it’s really weird. Maybe that’s Twinning’s version of “vanilla”, because it smelled a lot like a fake vanilla anyway. But its just weird.
It’s definitely a calming tea, and I will definitely drink it all because I need to drink more chamomiles but, wouldn’t ever buy it again, I don’t think. xD

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drank Golden Tips Assam by The Tao of Tea
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Got a tin of this for pretty cheap in my Iherb order!
So, was expecting a lot more in this tea, but find myself kinda disappointed.
When it was steeping it mainly smelled like wood (as you guys know, I really dislike woody teas).
I ended up over-steeping this one by like a minute or two on accident, But I kinda doubt that that is why it mainly tastes like wood. There was a little malt, but mainly wood taste. :/ Think I will have to try this a couple more times before I decide if I should keep it or not. On the bright side, at least I got it really cheap and I don’t feel like I totally wasted my money! XD

Flavors: Malt, Wood


Sipping on this one right now! Sorry you don’t like it :(

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Thought I’d have this one again since they have a free shipping deal again. Had to see if I needed more. :P This really is a wonderful assam. I really do enjoy it. But I don’t think I need more than 2oz for now. Maybe once I sip these 2oz down I’ll be ready to buy more!
Still a very strong, malty assam. Enjoying this one!!
If you haven’t had it yet and like malty teas-you should definitely take the free shipping offer up now and get some! It’s not super expensive too!

Flavors: Malt

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drank The Black Lotus by Butiki Teas
351 tasting notes

Trying to figure out which teas I should order when I finally put in my last Butiki order. Still sad it’s closing, but glad that we got so much warning so we could stock up on our favorites!
Haven’t had this tea in a while, but figured I needed to try it again to decide whether or not I should order more.
Don’t like it as much as I did at the beginning. Not sure why…doesn’t have as many flavors as it did when I drank it a few months ago. Stupid taste buds changing ><
Now this just tastes a little malty, and that’s really it. Disappointed in my stupid body for changing on me! XD
But at least now I know I can spend more money on other teas haha!
I will enjoy sipping this one down all the same, just not as unique as I used to think it was. So dropping the rating. Still a nice tea (:

Flavors: Malt


It’s so sad when our tastes change, and old favorites are no longer so special.

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Cameron B. was nice enough to send me a sample of this the other day-thanks! :D
This one also seems to be popular, so I had to try.
And honestly,I’m really not all that sure what to think. It’s pretty buttery, and has a lot of vanilla notes in it. It’s like a buttery, vanilla, genmaicha.
Because while the vanilla and buttery notes mainly dominate this tea, I can still taste the toasted rice…It’s very different. Unique.
Not like anything I’ve ever had before.
I’ll have to try it again sometime before I decide if I really like it.
I mean, I really like how it’s like a vanilla genmaicha…just the butter flavors kinda turn me off. I can see myself either really liking this one, or feeling really really sick from the buttery-ness of it. xD I’ll have to rate this one later when I’ve sorted my feelings for this one! Thank you soo much for the sample, Cameron B.! :D

Flavors: Butter, Creamy, Toasted Rice, Vanilla


Sounds really interesting!


It is! Not sure how to feel about it-haha!

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My new way of trying tea samples is to steep three different ones at once…maybe that’s not the best way of doing it, but it keeps me more focused and distracted from everything else. So that’s just what I do now. XD
Out of the two other teas that were steeping right next to this one, this tea smelled the strongest. It smells incredibly roasty.
The flavor is pretty much the same. Think I’ll enjoy this one more later on when I’m back on my roasty tea kick. xD

Flavors: Roasted


did you make it western?


Yeah. That’s how I mainly brew my tea. It’s easiest haha!
Is there a better way to brew this one without making it be super roasty?


Definitely. only gongfu for these types of oolong. you would see such difference and might fall in love with them. i find the best parameters for me 5-6g for 100 ml rinse and super short steeps, flash, like 2-3-5 sec tops. try it please. you dont even need gaiwan, you can place leaves in a steeper and just lift it up. rinsing is a must to remove dust and extra roast/smoke.


Huh…intersesting. I need to get a gawain. xD I just have been buying tea instead of teaware. I’ll have to remember this will be better gongfu style. Thanks for the tip!!


Gaiwan or glass gongfu teapots like 150ml are so inexpensive. You will be surprised how come you haven’t tried it this way. If you need links to tried and true gongfu stuff let me know :)


Heh, I am definitely gonna get a gaiwan sometime. Maybe sometime after all the holiday sales because there are just so many teas I wanna buy. But when I’m looking into one more I am definitely hitting you up!

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Got a sample of this one with my last Verdant order!
I hear a lot about this tea it feels like, so I’m happy to have gotten a sample of it.
The steeping aroma was pretty light and roasty.
The taste was more than just roasty-ness though. There were hints of floral that made it a lot smoother and lighter.
Wasn’t sure I’d like this one since I’m not really drinking a lot of roasty teas lately, but the floral notes really do balance this one out. Not bad at all!
Happy To have tried this one! Thanks for the sample, Verdant! :D

Flavors: Floral, Roasted, Smooth


that was not my fav and i tried some DHP recently

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Really surprised that this one hasn’t been rated yet…Kinda weird.
But this tea smelled a lot like sweet potatoes when it was steeping. Which made me excited. Because I do love a good tea that tastes like sweet potatoes.
The flavor didn’t exactly betray me-but I was definitely not expecting it to get super earthy. It still tasted strongly of sweet potatoes, but the earthiness appeared, seemingly out of nowhere. And i really don’t like teas that are this earthy D:
Disappointed with this one. :( If the earthiness had toned down this would be a great cuppa for me! Perhaps next time I will try steeping it shorter. That might help some. :S

Flavors: Earth, Sweet Potatoes

Cameron B.

I think the Premium version is new. Are you sure this is the one you have, not the Superfine version?


Yeah, I double checked. It really was throwing me off-haha!

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drank Je t'Aime by Nina's Paris
351 tasting notes

Got a sample of this from Cameron B.! :D
Have been wanting to try this tea since it’s caramel and chocolate-which is always good in my book. xD
When I first smelled this tea, I thought that maybe the black tea base would overpower the caramel and chocolate flavors. But when I began to drink it, it surprised me! It wasn’t as strong as I hoped, but I could still taste the chocolate and caramel.
Mostly caramel is in the aftertaste.
So not as great as I’d hope, but not horrible. I’ve definitely had worse-haha!
Thanks for the sample though, Cameron B.!

Flavors: Bitter, Caramel, Chocolate

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I’ve seriously been waiting so long and no one ever actually believed me when I said they were gonna make another one and finally they did and I’m so freakin’ excited!!!!!!!!!!
Now just gotta wait for Child’s Play…

But anyway!
This tea.
This tea is alright. It’s super buttery and grassy. Much too buttery for me.
Always feels like I get sick after super buttery teas…it’s like too strong for me.
This one reminds me more of a green tea, to be honest. I know a few people who would really love this one, this one just isn’t for me.
I will just have to pass it on to someone who likes buttery and grassy teas!
Thank you to Teavivre for these samples!

Flavors: Butter, Grass, Vegetal


I’m excited about the movie, too! :D


Yuss. Definitely going to see that.


And Chris Pratt is in it! :O I can’t really see him in a serious role…so I’m excited to see how he will be in this!!
Though…as much as I love Andy Dwyer in Parks…I hope he doesn’t take that kind of character to Jurassic Park..


Same here! Did you see Guardians? I think he is very adaptable in his roles, so we should be safe. :)


I haven’t yet! I heard it was amazing, But I wasn’t doing so well in the months it was in theaters, so I didn’t go out much. But I plan on renting it sometime soon-or waiting till it comes on Netflix. :P

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I’m not too sharp with intros, but I figured it is about time to give it a go.
I started out drinking oolong and green tea that my dad brought home from his China business trips.
Then I discovered Teavana, and fell in love with some of their teas. Eventually I stumbled across Steepster, and a whole ‘nother world opened up.
Have discovered so many different kinds of teas, and have been loving this journey! The tea world is insanely big and amazing! And I’ve met some of the kindest people here who have broadened my horizons in more ways I could have imagined! Happy to be here, and to be drinking so many amazing teas! :D

My rating system:
1-59: Really really not a fan. An awful cup of tea for me…Totally undrinkable.

60-69: Not horrible, but not something I’d ever drink again willingly.

70-79: Pretty good. Wouldn’t mind drinking ever so often. But not a keeper.

80-100: FREAKIN’ AMAZING. Always keeping on stock in my home!!

I like pretty much any kind of tea except green tea. Unless it’s genmaicha or strongly flavored, I don’t like it usually.

My Tea Goals:
To find the Best Caramel Tea
To find the Best Vanilla Tea
To find the Best floral Oolong
To find the Best Malty Assam Tea
To find the Best Maple/Syrup Tea

Notes I like: Fruit(primarily peach, melon/honeydew, Banana, Kiwi, but I’m open to other kinds), Malt, Desserts (Toffee, Cake, Cookie,etc), Vanilla, Caramel, Floral, Sweet potato, Pastry/Bread,Jasmine, Honey, Cocoa, Chocolate, Maple, Nutty, Coconut, Almond.

Notes I’m Picky with: Lemon, Chai, Roasted, Blueberries, Hibiscus, Smoke, Earthiness, Puerhs, White Teas, and Cinnamon

Notes I hate: Citrus/Orange (Everything that I hate in this life that I have to take for my health is orange flavored, and it just makes me gag…so please…just no), Watermelon, Raspberry, Wood, Apple, Bacon, Lavender, Most mints, Pepper, Spicy, Tart/sour.

Yes, I am a picky tea drinker, but I’ll usually try any straight black or oolong tea that I receive. I like most oolongs, and I’m still discovering straight blacks. They always seem to surprise me no matter what!

And Swaps! I’m always down for swapping. Everything in my cupboard is swap-able. So just hit me up and send a message and we can totally do that!

On an unrelated to tea note, my other interests are limited due to health issues. But when I can, I enjoy reading and writing. Watching Netflix and YouTube have also been fantastic when I feel awful (which is most of the time).
I love Rifftrax, Rooster Teeth, Dexter, Hannibal, BBC’s Robin Hood, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Psych, and Parks and Rec.
Love watching all sorts of movies too, but that would be too much to list. :P
I’m definitely more of an internet person and love talking to people on every website I’m on. So if you ever wanna chat, shoot me a message! ^^


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