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drank Black Dragon Pearls by Teavana
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This tea is listed three times at Steepster. The last time I wrote a tasting note, I left it under this profile, though I now see that there are 25 notes here and 68 at another profile. Anyway…

It’s good! The stench of the dried tea had me a bit worried today. I’ve been storing these stinky little gems in a small clamp canning jar, so it must have intensified the scent on this hot and humid 90F+ day. Fortunately, the barnyard pu-erh-esque odor must be volatile, because upon brewing it disappears, leaving behind only a very enjoyable and rich black tea experience.

The liquor is amber, and the flavor more bready than sweet. Very tasty indeed…

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Long Jing (Dragonwell) by Tazo
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purple fades to gray
at the bottom of the well
green dragon succumbs


I love that type of tea :D tastes like grass with sweetness :)

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waves of lavender
golden rays of setting sun
poppies bloom anew


sounds pretty


Thanks, Cheri.


I love this one too!


Thank you, mj! xxxooo

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drank Citron Green Iced Tea by Rishi Tea
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I was craving some more hot green tea, but it was so hot that I opted for this Rishi Citron Green iced. Then it dawned on me: why not see how this tastes hot, before cooling it down?

Turns out that the hot brew is very tasty! This may be the most economical way to drink Rishi, since the iced tea bags pack a generous 10 grams, and they produce a beautiful liter of iced tea plus two nice glasses of hot. The first glass was from the first infusion, but then I resubmerged the bag in another glass of hot water, and I must say that it tastes as good as the first. This suggests that I should try a third, and I shall…

I don’t usually go for flavored green teas, but this one has a very good green tea base and some nice jasmine, in addition to the lemon grass (which fortunately is smooth, not strident here) and citrus oils.

I’m definitely increasing my rating of this tea. I do believe that I prefer it hot!

Flavors: Citrus, Jasmine

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It’s hard to believe, but only six months ago, I had never even heard of Lu Shan Yun Wu. Thanks to Teavivre, I made the happy acquaintance of this tea, and now we shall be together for an entire 100 gram bag. I was craving this tea yesterday, and again today! My epiphany of yesterday (it was not possible to write tasting notes because of server problems) was that if Long Jing and Mao Feng mated, their progeny would be adorable little Lu Shan Yun Wu coils!

Seriously, this tea offers the best of both worlds: buttery and silken and chestnutty, but also green and fresh. I let today’s two-glass tetsubin oversteep a bit and determined that a longer steep moves the liquor closer to Mao Feng, while a shorter steep yields a very faint and gentle brew. So glad that I gave this tea a second try a while back, when I had understeeped and underleafed.

The more high-quality, loose-leaf tea I drink, the more I become convinced that brewing parameters are key to the outcome! Provided, of course, that the product is good, which this one certainly is. The dried tea is not only fragrant and fresh but also beautiful to behold.

170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 30 sec 5 g 18 OZ / 532 ML

Sounds delicious! Right up my alley.


Ubacat: it’s very good. It did take me a while to figure it out, but now this is a serious lunchtime contender. It’s hard to believe now, looking back, that the only green tea I drank consistently in the past was sencha!

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drank Love by Pukka
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drank Relax by Pukka
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drank Tea for Digestion by Good Earth
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It is rare for me to reach for the Good Earth functional teas, though a few errant filter bags are still fluttering about in my “maybe I’ll drink this some day” chest. Yesterday evening, however, was such an occasion, as I had prepared a shredded raw yellow squash salad, tasting it along the way as I added: EVOO, True Lemon, diced red onion, fresh parsley leaves, cracked black pepper, white wine vinegar, and finally organic aduki beans. Obviously, this is bound to be a challenging salad for all but the “raw food only” crowd, to which I do not belong.

My tummy began rumbling and I began asking myself such questions as: why did no one ever serve raw squash salad when I was growing up? Yes, there’s probably a reason for that. Some percentage of human beings are probably completely and utterly unable to digest such veggies raw. Could I be a member of that class?

No matter, I brewed up a glass of Tea for Digestion, and shortly thereafter, I was feeling much, much better. I still have a large bowl of the salad in my fridge. Perhaps I should let it marinate a bit longer before trying again. Maybe just a couple forkfuls next time…

In conclusion, this is a functional tea comprising primarily anise seed, fennel seed, and licorice root. It works, but you obviously must like (love?) the taste and scent of licorice, else this blend may exacerbate rather than ameliorate your condition!

Flavors: Anise, Fennel Seed, Licorice

5 min, 30 sec 2 g 9 OZ / 266 ML

its not only squash but beans too. I like shou for any digestion prob.


Thanks, boychik! I think that I may be more accustomed to aduki beans than raw squash, but the combination may have done me in…

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drank Milk Oolong by The Republic of Tea
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This Milk Oolong from Republic of Tea (new harvest, because the expiration is not until 2016) wins the award for most perfumey dried tea in my cupboard.

It’s really a very luscious scent. I’m not sure that I’d have identified pineapple and cream as the primary olfactory notes, but whatever they are, it’s undeniably delicious and entirely enticing!


IIRC, I tried a milk oolong from teavivre that I did not like but that was months ago


Kirkoneill1988: did you try the flavored or the unflavored? I prefer their unflavored version…

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Effective February 1, 2015, I’ll be writing about tea at my new blog, sherapop’s tea leaves. Please stop by and contribute your ideas—all viewpoints are welcome!

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//

The scent of tea can be just as appealing as—sometimes more than—its taste! Tea also offers boundless visual beauty in its various forms and states of preparation.

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 2400+ perfume reviews, most of which have been archived at sherapop’s sillage (essentially my perfumelog):


Finally, please note that after a great deal of debate with myself, I have decided to use the cupboard here at Steepster as a “museum” of sorts—to commemorate all of the various teas which I have purchased and truly enjoyed since December 2013.

I do not currently possess all of the teas listed in this cupboard, but am using the function as a way of recording how many times I drank every tea which I did own at some point and wish not to forget. Teas found both in my “cupboard” and on my “wishlist” are those which I did own and intend to restock. Teas best forgotten have been removed from the cupboard once depleted (in some cases tossed…).

I have also decided (beginning in 2015) to use the tasting note function to maintain a chronological record of the teas I’ve consumed since December 15, 2013. Most new reviews will now be posted directly at my blog, sherapop’s tea leaves.


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