438 Tasting Notes


Again!! The black tea base really takes over the flavor. This one is worse though…I don’t taste pineapple at all. What a disappointment :(
Glad I didn’t waste my money on this one either, because it really did sound good to me.
I think I might just stay with Snowflake from this company, and that’s all :/
Thank you The Cookie Lady for this sample!

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drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
438 tasting notes

So…I think if I liked cranberries I’d really enjoy this tea. Because it’s not overly cranberry, and it’s not overly almond. It’s like half and half. Which I can appreciate. Usually it’s one or the other it seems, but it’s a well-rounded tea.
It’s strong and smooth, but I’m really not a fan of cranberries. So this one isn’t for me.
Glad I got to try it though. Thank you to Rosehips for this one!

Flavors: Almond, Cranberry, Smooth

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Thanks to Marzipan for this sample!
So, I think I might have steeped this a minute or so over, because it’s super strong.
It’s pretty earthy, And reminds me a lot of grapes. It’s earthy, but also fruity.
It reminds me of another tea…one from Teavivre that I really didn’t like, but I am totally blanking on the name. But yeah, it’s not really my kind of tea. Definitely liked the Honey Black better!
Glad to have tried it though! Thanks again for the sample, Marzipan! :D

Flavors: Earth, Fruity, Grapes


these teas are really shine gongfu. this one i like more than Honey Black ;)


I tried this one with a short steep, and found it absolutely amazing. No earth or grapes, just malt and bread and sweetness. I preferred this to the Honey Black :)


That sounds like a better and an entirely different tea, Anlina! :P Maybe in the future I’ll try this one again, and do a shorter steep.

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drank Vanilla Black by Georgia Tea Company
438 tasting notes

Got a sample of this one from The Cookie Lady! Glad I got to try a sample instead of buying it. Pretty disappointed in this vanilla tea too! What’s with all these bad vanilla teas tonight?! XD And from good companies too! I don’t understand…
But this one would be so much better if the vanilla was stronger. I can definitely taste the vanilla more in this one as opposed to the last one I tried. But, the black tea base kinda overrides everything :/
So yeah…not a fan of this one either.
Thanks for the sample though, The Cookie Lady!

Flavors: Vanilla


Vanilla seems like a hard flavor to get “right” in tea for some reason


Yeah…seems that way tonight. xD Though generally speaking, in the past I’ve found them usually to be decent. Just tonight I’ve picked all the wrong vanillas! XD

The Cookie Lady

I’m not too sure how old this was…perhaps the vanilla would be stronger if it was fresher? I haven’t tasted this one myself yet lol


Well when did you get it, The Cookie Lady?


I agree with TeaBrat – Vanilla seems to be one of those that is hard to get just right.

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drank Vanilla Black by Harney & Sons
438 tasting notes

Was hoping that this would be more flavorful since their Vanilla Comoro is amazing!
But, I am kinda disappointed with this one.
Definitely smells and tastes like vanilla, but it’s really not all that strong and full at all. So that’s a bummer. Don’t understand how they can have such a creamy and rich vanilla tea-and a DECAF one at that. But then they have this one that isn’t strong at all, and is just your basic, lame, vanilla tea. xD
So yeah…disappointed with this one! :(

Flavors: Vanilla


I agree- it tastes artificial to me also compared to teas with real vanilla beans like Golden Orchid. I bought 4 oz of this so it is taking me a long while to get to a sipdown!


Oy! That sucks! Just have enough swaps to give it away in :P

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drank Eight Candles by Della Terra Teas
438 tasting notes


Had this one last night! Whenever I open my tin of this I’m hit by the magical aroma of caramel and marshmallows!
Took it in a traveling mug while I was out and about, and seemed to be okay, which is good! But I’d rather enjoy it more in a mug at home.
Still a wonderful tea though! Will enjoy drinking this more and more! This and Winter Nogg!

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Marshmallow, Sweet


I need to try this! I planned to last year and forgot to put it in my shopping cart. Not this time!


Yes! It’s a must try!! :D


heads perks up


I may have to check out this one. Never heard of Della Terra Teas, so this is a brand new one for me. :)

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drank White Christmas by Harney & Sons
438 tasting notes

Got a sample of this one with my last H&S order!
Was hoping it would be more Christmas-y. But the dry leaf and steeping smell are hardly anything at all. I have allergies, which means I don’t have the best smelling ability, but usually I can at least smell something. But there was like nothing, which is weird….
Definitely is light and smooth like a white tea should be. Also, the leaves are fluffy and cute, which is also good. xD
The flavor though…
It’s slightly citrus-y, with maybe a hint of vanilla? It really doesn’t taste strong at all…
It’s kinda a pathetic tea. Even silver needle tastes like more! Least that just tastes like sweet hay!
This I just…I don’t know.
I really don’t. xD
It’s just hardly any flavor at all. :/
So I’m gonna give it a low rating until I can find a way to actually make it taste more.
Maybe if I just use all of the sample next time. xD But then it might be bitter….I’ll have to experiment with this one later >>

Flavors: Citrus, Vanilla


I would probably suggest more tea, less time. Then you can always return the basket to your water if you taste it and it’s not enough.


True. Might try that, thanks!

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drank Cantaloupe & Cream by Butiki Teas
438 tasting notes

Finally getting to try this one!! So excited!
Also, this is the last tea from Butiki that I have, so I wont’ feel like I have to hurry and try all my samples before everything goes out of stock!
The smell of this one is probably the most similar to RoT’s Honeydew tea, which I wasn’t a fan of.
As for the flavor, it’s definitely not as soft and smooth as Lupicia’s Golden Honeydew, but it’s also not as sour and tart as RoT’s version.
It’s like right in the middle of both.
Which is relieving for me, because I really didn’t like RoT’s version at all.
This one is definitely not as good as Lupicia’s Honeydew or Melon Oolong, but it’s still a good tea. Glad I got to try it! (:

Flavors: Sweet, Tart

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Hm….not really sure how I feel about this one. First off, it’s the darkest oolong I have ever seen. It’s so dark. Like, pitch black.I guess it is aged, so it makes sense why it’s this dark. But for some reason It’s still surprising to me. xD Not used to it I guess.
The aroma reminds me kinda of charcoal, or something else that’s burnt.
The flavor is kinda the same.
It’s like a roasted oolong 2.0, since it’s way stronger than any other roasted oolong I’ve ever had. Not really been enjoying roasted oolongs lately, so this one isn’t my favorite at the moment.
But I can see myself drinking more of this kind of oolong once I’m off my floral oolong kick. For now…it’s just an interesting tea.
Think this is my first aged oolong…and I’m not really sure what to think. :S I’ll have to try it again I suppose.
But thanks to MzPriss for a generous sample of this tea! Happy to try it!

Flavors: Burnt, Char, Roasted

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Was craving this one when I woke up! And it definitely hit the spot. I forgot how rich and almost creamy this one is. It tastes strongly of sweet potatoes and honey to me.
On top of the amazing flavor, it’s also freakin’ adorable. Love how it looks. Just makes me smile, no matter what!
Really good tea to start my morning out with. And I’m happy to say this one is definitely a staple in my collection!

Flavors: Creamy, Honey, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes


Sounds amazing. I really need to get a WP order in!


I could send you some if you want! (:


Thank you so much for the offer. I would accept by I’m trying my hardest to control my cupboard. No new teas allowed until BF :)


Haha okay. No problem, i understand (:

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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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