1201 Tasting Notes


Here I am back at my Margaret’s Hope Darjeeling Autumn Flush 2012 FTGFOP1 blog. I have not been adding new reviews to the Steepster database, in protest to the protracted dysfunctionality of the site.

I’ll be unveiling my new tea blog, sherapop’s tea leaves, soon… It’s just a matter of deciding whether I want to transfer all of my 1000+ reviews or start from scratch. Not sure what to do. To be perfectly frank, I do not have an enormous amount of faith in the folks at Steepster, which inclines me to make back-ups of all of my reviews before the place is shuttered permanently.

Let’s face the facts, my tea-infused friends: it has been months since this site functioned. I haven’t used my cupboard and most of the time the forum and dashboard are many hours behind the actual time, all of which makes this place not very fun to hang around anymore. My best guess is that the people in charge have “other priorities”, as Dick Cheney would say… Otherwise it just does not make any sense. How difficult can it be to make the changes needed to bring a site back to its formerly functional state?

Baffled, I remain.


What dysfunctionalities do you see? I just really want to be able to ingrain pictures within my posts.


tantonino: the cupboard is completely broken. Try sorting it using the pull-down menu. It does not work. The dashboard is often many hours behind schedule, which means that I don’t see other people’s reviews when they post them. Same for the forum.


Sometimes “like” and comments don’t work either. Plus, the most frustrating of all is that it’s all a gamble: is writing anything here even going to post? Or will the site freeze yet again?


I have to agree the site is flaky

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Update: 28 September 2014.

I am officially going on strike. You have lost another contributor, Steepster. Two months is too long to endure total site dysfunctionality. I’ll be writing about tea-related matters at a new blog, sherapop’s tea leaves, from here on out. I cannot waste any more time here.


A long-time tea and perfume lover, I have recently begun to explore the intersections between the two at my blog: http://salondeparfum-sherapop.blogspot.com//

I participate at fragrance community websites, and I care about tea as much as perfume, so why not belong to Steepster as well?

A few words about my ratings. In assessing both teas and perfumes, my evaluation is “all things considered.” Teas do not differ very much in price (relative to perfumes or any luxury items), so I do not usually consider the price when rating a tea.

What I do consider is how the particular tea compares to teas of its own type. So I might give a high rating to a fine herbal infusion even though I would never say that it is my favorite TEA. But if it’s good for what it is, then it deserves a high rating. There is no point in wishing that a chamomile blend was an Assam or a sencha tea!

Any rating below 50 means that I find the liquid less desirable to drink than plain water. I may or may not finish the cup, depending upon how thirsty I am and whether there is another hot beverage or (in summertime) a source of fresh water available.

From 50 to 60 indicates that, while potable, the tea is not one which I would buy or repurchase, if I already made the mistake (I have learned) of purchasing it.

From 60 to 70 means that the tea is drinkable but I have criticisms of some sort, and I probably would not purchase or repurchase the tea as I can think of obvious alternatives which would be better.

From 70 to 80 is a solid brew which I would purchase again.

From 80 to 90 is good stuff, and I probably need to have some ready at hand in my humble abode.

From 90 to 100 is a tea (or infusion) which I have come to depend on and look forward to imbibing again and again—if possible!

If you are interested in perfume, you might like my 2300+ perfume reviews, most of which have been archived at sherapop’s sillage (essentially my perfumelog):



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