96 Tasting Notes

drank Demain by Nina's Paris
96 tasting notes

Dry, this smells wonderful! Juicy raspberries and strawberries abound.

Steeped, it tastes like mellow green tea and a titch of raspberries. The berries come through more in scent than taste, which is still lovely.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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This tea’s claim to fame is that it uses apples from King Louis XVI’s kitchen garden in Versailles, which is pretty damn cool. After sampling this blend, I’m wondering whether Marie-Antoinette ordered her husband’s apple trees to be watered with wine? ;)

Dry, this smelled like a cheap sauvignon blanc. Bleh!
Steeped it smells a bit better, like mulled wine and there’s the Jolly Rancher note that others are mentioning. Taste, hint of light rose, but overall just fermented.

Kind thanks to Laurent for the sample, but this one isn’t for me.

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I brewed this western style and easily got 9 full flavoured steeps!

The leaves are long and unfurl beautifully. Scent is sweet, floral and lightly starchy. When brewed it has a slight syrupy mouth feel with cocoa, honey, and floral notes. Can be slightly malty depending how long it’s steeped for (longer steep = more malt) which is a nice addition. This tea takes milk well, but is so beautiful by itself that I much prefer it without.

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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Main notes were lemon and bergamot, no caramel present. I didn’t care for it plain, but I believe that’s more due to how long I steeped it (4 minutes). The liquor is relatively dark, which surprised me.

With milk, the lemon and bergamot blended together and a light caramel note came out. Yum.

With milk and sugar, the caramel note comes out a lot more, not just in sweetness but gooey creamy caramel. MMMmmm.

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drank Sencha by Infussion
96 tasting notes

Dry, the leaves smell buttery and grassy.

Brewed, the tea smells grassy – like a typical sencha. Taste wise, this tea was very light, mellow, and, well, weak. I have tried a minimum of 6 different methods of preparing this and still end up with a very similar cup.

140 °F / 60 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
96 tasting notes

One of my staples and a “must-try”.

A beautiful bergamonty caramel tea with a slight fruit undertone – mostly berry and apricot, but very very subtle. Lovely black base, I do find it becomes astringent quickly when steeped longer than 3 minutes.

I usually have this straight, but sometimes I’ll add in milk if I’m after the comfort factor. When milk is added it brings out a hint of vanilla and rounds out the caramel making it more creamy.

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Marcel Duchamp

I have a sample of this in my cupboard, I look forward to trying it.

Miss Starfish

Hope you enjoy it Marcel, I’ll be on the lookout for your tasting note!


I would agree. This is a staple of mine too! I steep it for 5 min, which turns out okay if you add milk and sugar, which I do with most black teas. Having some right now! :)

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An absolutely fantastic Pouchong!

Dry, the leaves are medium-dark green and remind me of seaweed. The scent is somewhat nutty with a distant milk note.

While steeping the leaves smell faintly of green apples and the sea. The liquor is a light vivid green. Taste is light and lovely. Slightly fruity, a hint of green apples. When it cools, it becomes slightly floral. Subsequent steepings become more vegetal and nutty, while retaining a fruit aspect.

190 °F / 87 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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A nice classic Earl Grey. I find that I like the bergamont that Harney uses much more than others I’ve come across thus far. Medium strength, preferring this blend without milk. Solid black base, slightly malty.

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Totally hate tea ninjas. I have certain teas that I hide from family members/guests, not to be rude but because I don’t want it all to go missing while I’m not looking :P


They went through a whole tin without asking? How rude!

Miss Starfish

My issue was the lengths they went to, to hide everything. I would have been happy to open it and share if they had asked. Oh well.


I feel like I missed something here….. O.o

Miss Starfish

Yeah, I removed the negativity from my review. I had some house guests who opened my tin of this without asking, and went through all but one bag, while purposefully hiding that they were doing so. I don’t understand why they felt the need to be sneaky, but figured people who were looking up tasting notes for Earl Grey Imperial didn’t need to hear me rant ;)


Ahh. I am not nearly as thoughtful as you! That would drive me crazy, btw! I’m lucky that nobody steals my tea here (granted, it is in my room, which is technically off-limits to my roomies).

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I’m not really a fan of Chamomile. By not really, I suppose I mean…at all. In fact I’m normally a “nose wrinkler” when it’s mentioned. Yup, afraid so. That being said, I actually liked this. Perhaps I’ve just been drinking poorly blended, low quality Chamomile previously… who knows!

This is smooth. I certainly don’t get the apples that Harney mentions, but I don’t feel at a loss because of it. Lots and lots of large chamomile buds in the sachet. I’m starting to feel less gypped at there only being 3 sachets in this tag-along vs the normal 5.

Okay Chamomile, I’ll concede. You may just earn a spot in my permanent cupboard yet! Although I’m still not a fan of your natural musk.

Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

I also am not a fan of chamomile. But I think I will have to try this after reading your review.


noooo really? chamomile was okay? idk, … skeptical shmiracles is skeptical. (but i’ll consider it i suppose) ;)

Miss Starfish

I was pleasantly surprised at the outcome of this. It’s great that it comes in tag-a-longs for the chamomile hesitant among us. ;)

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This is a lovely black with a melange of stone fruits that remind me of the orchards in the south island where I grew up. I’m getting apricots, nectarines, plum, maybe a touch of fresh dark cherries. The stone fruits come through more strongly in fragrance than taste. When it’s raining and dreary, like it is today, and I’m after something comforting, this is my go-to cup with milk. Sometimes with sugar, but not often.

Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

I picked this up on my most recent tea acquisition spree. Can’t wait to try it out – Your review sounds so yummy!

Miss Starfish

I absolutely adore it. Hope you enjoy it and I’ll keep an eye out for your review!

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Time for a profile update. I’ve been on Steepster since early 2012, and my tastes have expanded since then.

I generally take my tea straight, although occasionally blacks may end up with a splash of milk if I’m after a certain comfort factor. Right now, I’m going through a black phase, although white and oolongs still remain my secret favourite children. Honeybush and Rooibos are still a case-by-case basis.

Likes: Coconut, Peach, Honeydew, Various Melons, Lychee, Nectarine, [Blood and normal] Orange, Tangerine, Berries in general, but specifically Strawberry and Raspberry, Chocolate, Pumpkin, Caramel, Pecan…

Dislikes: Licorice, Coffee, Grapefruit…

I (still) haven’t perfected a rating table as of yet, so here’s some bad tea jokes instead!

What is a baby teapots favorite game?

What does a teapot say to it’s lover?
O, dajarling!

How long does it take to ship tea from China by slow boat?
Oolong Time!

What does a tea bag do when it’s tired?
It seeps.

What do lady teapots like to wear?
String of Earls!

Why did the tea get away?
Because it was loose.


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