549 Tasting Notes


I’ve had such a bad day, but this seriously was the best part. I was kinda getting sick of drinking decaf teas earlier, so this one was perfect.
I do love a good floral oolong.
I cannot resist.
Don’t think I’d buy more of this unless there was a really good sale, but I do love having this ounce! It’s a delicious tea! :D

Flavors: Floral, Flowers, Orchid, Perfume, Smooth

Red Fennekin

As someone also on a massive, green oolong kick, I totally know what you mean. Verdant’s Jade/green TGYs are absolutely incredible!

Red Fennekin

(Sorry to hear that you were having a bad day though :( )

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drank Morning Sun by Mandala Tea
549 tasting notes

Another one from Nicole!
This one wasn’t nearly as strong as the other one I had. In fact I had to drink like half the cup before realizing what it tasted like. Guess that’s what happens when you are eating food and drinking a new tea at the same time. xD
But eventually I could pick the flavors out.
The main note I got was earth, which I really dislike in teas. But there was a decent amount of honey flavors to not make the earthiness too overwhelming. Which is good. But overall, I wasn’t a huge fan. Those nature flavors are just killer for me apparently xD
Anyway, happy to have tried more teas from Mandala though! Thank you so much, Nicole!

Flavors: Earth, Honey


at first i thought it was a puehr

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drank Downy Tips Black Tea by Mandala Tea
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Tried this one earlier this morning. Wasn’t totally expecting to like it since the majority of flavors it lists on here don’t appeal to me all that much for the most part. So I wasn’t overly disappointed by not liking it.
The taste reminded me mainly of wood and an almost leathery taste. It was so so strong. I wasn’t expecting it to be that strong. I know I didn’t over-steep it, so no idea what on earth went wrong. Or if that’s just how it is.
But definitely not my cuppa. Anyway, thank you so much for the sample, Nicole!

Flavors: Leather, Wood


Aw, I’m sorry this wasn’t your thing. Right now this one is on my list of deserted island teas. :)

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So, I’ve been wanting to try this again since I am searching for more decaf teas. Darby graciously sent me a sample in our last swap! :D
The first time I over-steeped it (of course >>), by like 4 minutes so it was super sour. Drank it down anyway and then re-steeped.
It was MUCH better!
The strawberry and yogurt flavors were creamy and meshed together so well. It was so naturally sweet and flavorful. It really was done well.
The only problem I have is that I’m scared to buy some because I’m not a huge strawberry fan. I like the yogurt and cream flavors. That makes it so much better. I’m just not sure I would want a 50g bag of it, even though I really really wanna love it. Does that make sense? Probably not…
Maybe I will just have to get it for my frequentsteeper points…If they actually let me cash those in haha!
Anyway, it’s a really good tea, I just need to love strawberries more, and it would be a staple in my collection probably! At least for some time!
Thanks for the sample, Darby!

Flavors: Cream, Creamy, Sour, Strawberry, Sweet, Yogurt


You’re welcome!

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drank Silent Night by Steven Smith Teamaker
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Licorice and Peppermint.
I never thought that those two would mix.
When Rosehips sent me a sample of it, and I smelled the tea bags, I still wasn’t sure. But man was I wrong!
Those two flavors together made for an excellent cup! I can’t even explain how amazing it was! I wouldn’t consider myself a huge fan of either of those flavors alone, but I haven’t had many teas with those flavors in them. I really never could imagine they would mix so well.
PLUS! It’s a chamomile!
I desperately wish that I had tried this before all of this tea was sold out. Now I have to wait a whole ‘nother year to get more of this tea! I’m so sad! Thankfully Rosehips was so generous and gave me three tea bags. I will savor the two I have left!
I seriously had such a horrible day yesterday, and an even worse night. This tea was seriously the best part of my entire day last night. It helped me relax and actually smile and feel a little happier inside.
Ahh! I’m just so happy to have gotten to try this! And it really did cheer me up some last night. And writing this makes me smile because I’m really happy that I still have two more tea bags left! I should save them for the really bad days so they will help me feel more relaxed and a bit happier! (: I can’t wait till Next Christmas to get more!
Thank you, Rosehips!! I’m so excited and happy about this tea! :D

Flavors: Licorice, Peppermint, Smooth, Sweet

Red Fennekin

Mmm, I know what you mean about liquorice and peppermint! It sounds really odd, but they work so well together as a tea! I’ve never tried this particular one, but the Teapigs one is ace :-)


I know! When I smelled it, I was also unsure, but its fantastic! I’m so sorry its all sold out. Enjoy the other cups!

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You know…I actually like this tea. It tastes like plums. I don’t even like real plums that much, and I don’t think I’ve ever really liked a plum tea before. But this one surprised me. I might not have steeped it long enough, but it was light and fruity. I know that there were other flavors, but the main flavor I picked out was plum.
This one surprised me. Not only because it tasted like plums, but also because I liked that It tasted like plums. XD That’s a new one for me!
I Don’t know if I would buy more than the sample I already have, but it’s just a really interesting tea. Wasn’t expecting it to be good since I haven’t had much luck with What-Cha teas sadly. :( Glad I liked this one though. Definitely interesting.
I am happy I tried this one!

Flavors: Fruity, Plums

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drank Mango Madness by DAVIDsTEA
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The steeping aroma of this tea is pretty much all apples and nothing else. And the taste is almost all mango and nothing else. xD
Kinda odd how drastically that cup changed on me, but as an apple hater, I’m glad it did!
This one is alright. I like the mango flavor in it. But it’s not very sweet. I’m sure you are supposed to add sugar but since I never add anything to my tea, it just tastes kinda bland to me. Not what I would drink again. I really want to find a good juicy mango tea that doesn’t need sweetener…Well…Guess I should say another, because Lupicia’s version is pretty good, and the best mango tea I’ve found so far! But would be nice to have another good one that’s less expensive. xD
Anyway, thank you for the sample, Darby!

Flavors: Apple, Mango

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Yeah, another tea that just tastes roasty to me. But this one is not as bad as all the other roasty teas I’ve had. I think that if I ever get off the floral kick I’m currently on and go back to roasty oolongs, I’d end up really liking this one. It’s not too overwhelming or anything. It’s a roastiness that I can live with. xD And that I’d end up really liking.
I’m happy to have gotten to try it!
Thank you so much for the sample, The Cookie Lady!

Flavors: Roasted

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drank Yunnan Dianhong Black Tea by What-Cha
549 tasting notes

Another one that reminds me of horses….D:
There’s a slight sweet potato flavor going on, but not enough to make me really like it. Really wanted to like it though :/ What a shame. Oh well. Maybe What-Cha is not for me :S

Flavors: Sweet Potatoes


Unfortunately, it appears that we have diametrically opposed tastes when it comes to tea.

leaf in hot water

Lol horses + sweet potatoes is quite a combo

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drank Kenya Premium White by What-Cha
549 tasting notes

Okay, this is the first What-Cha tea sample of the day that I actually kinda like. It’s different. Didn’t really know what to expect, but it’s pretty good.
It’s pretty malty, which is weird since it’s a white tea. Kinda expected it to taste like hay and have a really light flavor. But I taste malt, which makes me feel like I’m drinking a black tea. :O
I don’t know if I like it or not. I have mixed feelings.
I can’t pick out the other flavor. It’s malty and something else. Not bad. I look forward to sipping down the rest of this one and figuring out what I think of it. It’s definitely one of the best white teas I’ve had so far. xD

Flavors: Malt

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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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