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Lewis & Clark Traveling Teabox – Tea #15

I just lost the note for this one too. Sigh. This one is much different from the other 58 I had the other day. Much more complex but to be fair, I did use two teaspoons rather than one this time. The flavor is so deep like unsweetened chocolate, dry like a wine. Kind of like a dragon pearl. The color of the cup actually has the color of wine. The second steep has that oversteeped mulchy flavor.. which is funny as the shape of these leaves actually remind me of mulch/wood chips… they just have a black with hints of gold color. The first steep was delicious though. Probably my fault on the second steep.
Steep #1 // 2 tsps // few min after boiling // 3 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4+min

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Lewis & Clark Traveling Teabox – Tea #14

These dark and wiry leaves don’t seem very “light roast” to me, though the color of the mug is a light gold. Brewed it has a fragrance like a lapsang souchong. I don’t mind smokiness, but otherwise the flavor seems like sour plums. It’s funny this is a “purple” tea if it reminds me of plums. It reminds me of a tea I’ve tried before but I couldn’t say which one but otherwise doesn’t seem like black teas or pu-erh. Not terrible but there are other teas I’d be craving more!
steep #1 // 2 tsps. // 15 min after boiling // 3 min

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Lewis & Clark Traveling Teabox – Tea #13
A very dark green tea (looks almost like black tea) with bits of berries sprinkled in. It’s also supposed to have plenty of other berry flavor. This one tasted familiar and I realized it was like a raspberry oolong I’ve had before: same fruit flavor. A little bit like fruit flavored candy. Though there was a flavor here that was more like alcohol that drowned out any green tea flavor I would find.
Steep #1 // 25 min after boiling // 2-3 min

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Lewis & Clark Traveling Teabox – Tea #12
I decent white tea (that I wouldn’t recommend steeping at 200 degrees as the label says.) The blueberry flavor is more like blueberry candy. Big ol’ twigs in the dry blend but the cornflowers make it pretty. Maybe I SHOULD have used 200 degree water as I couldn’t taste the white tea.
Steep #1 // 30 min after boiling // 2-3 min

A string of five tasting notes but I’ve been on a tea box spree.. no second steeps with teas I don’t LOVE.

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Lewis & Clark Traveling Teabox – Tea #11
A solid green tea with twisted wirey leaves. The flavor is a bit on the light side, but it has the creamed corn flavor I love. Maybe my palate hasn’t gotten around to figure out these flavors yet… they’re all “creamed corn” to me. Not much else for me to say, sadly, though this could be a dependable green to have in the cupboard.
Steep #1 // 30 min after boiling // 2-3 min

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Lewis & Clark Traveling Teabox – Tea #10
I’ve tried a couple 58s from other tea shops. Maybe it’s just the harvest but there are DEFINITE differences in the 58s. This one seems a little flavorless. It’s so light and what is there tastes mildly like cardboard, albeit a sweet cardboard. A little bit of a sweet fruit flavor. It’s so shocking that even something like the same “recipe” or whatever you call it would be so different! Whispering Pines can’t have ALL magic teas!
Steep #1 // 1 1/4 tsp // few min after boiling // 3-4 min steep

Whispering Pines Tea Company

But I can! I haven’t sold this one in a long time! ;-)

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Lewis & Clark Traveling Teabox – Tea #9
This isn’t the highest rated oolong… maybe it doesn’t deliver what it promises. It isn’t so much a milk oolong to me as it is very savory: kind of salty and a bit tough. Kind of seaweed/marine like. It’s so brothy and buttery it could be used as a soup. Again it could be a problem with too many leaves/steep time. But the instructions did say to use boiling water for this one. I’m glad I didn’t. I didn’t even use a rinse this time for some reason. Savory oolongs are very nice on their own and I can appreciate the different flavors once in a while but they don’t seem to be for me.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 tsps. // 12 min after boiling // 2 1/2 min
Steep #2 // 12 min after boiling // 3 min

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Such an old tea! What in the world is this doing in a traveling teabox?! :P

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drank Laoshan Genmaicha by Verdant Tea
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Lewis & Clark Traveling Teabox – Tea #8
I usually love genmaicha and I know I love the Laoshan green. It’s actually the highest rated “Laoshan” for me, surprisingly enough. I’m not sure if it was the three minute steep making it a little bit too bitter (or I used too many leaves), or that I couldn’t really taste too much of the rice, but this isn’t a favorite. I think I like to sip the Laoshan green on its own and I like it better when genmaicha is made with sencha. I know they both work better for me on their own!
Steep #1 // 30 min after boiling // 3 min

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drank Yue Guang Bai by Yunnan Sourcing
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Lewis & Clark Traveling Teabox – Tea #7
I really appreciate all of the teas I get to try from this teabox, especially the YS! The leaves here sure look like one of the more interesting teas I’ve seen! It’s green mixed with white. Even with two teaspoons, the flavor isn’t too extreme, but I can taste subtle hints that there is both white and green tea here. The flavors are hints of juicy fruit, sweet lemon, melon, cucumber, peony or some type of flower, nuttiness, creaminess. It doesn’t really taste vegetal/ grassy like a green tea though. I guess double the flavors since there are two types of tea here! Sadly, I think there are also hints of flavor from the ziplock bag the tea was in. It’s very smooth… not too many fuzzies. The second steep was even smoother and all of the flavor notes seemed to blend together somehow, which is distinctly the flavor of THIS tea.
Steep #1 // 2 tsps. // 35 min after boiling // 2 1/2 min steep
Steep #2 // 20 min after boiling // 3 min

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drank Red Robe Da Hong Pao by teasenz
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Lewis & Clark Traveling Teabox – Tea #6
Upon rinsing this one, the scent from the cup kind of made me want to change my mind. I believe I’ve only had one Red Robe years before and it just isn’t my thing, isn’t to my tastes. The scent is charcoal. That’s what I don’t love about it. I can now appreciate subtle notes that weren’t there before my palate has tried hundreds of other teas: a flavor like houjicha, a sweetness, a creaminess, a butteriness that lingers, but mainly it is still first charcoal with a dry texture. It’s kind of nice to know that there are some teas out there not to my taste though!
Steep #1 // 2 tsps. // rinse // 2 min

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Hi! I love tea and trying new ones – it adds a bit of variety to my day! Books, music, TV & movies are my thing… and tea, of course.

Some of my favorite teas:
52 Teas – zoomdweebies.com

Most of the teas listed in my cupboard are actually sample sizes. I don’t really have 2,000 ounces of tea around here! I was bored one day and found out that most of them have only one teaspoon left… maybe two. But I like keeping them in my cupboard list for reference to what I could be sipping. Usually, I write tasting notes once for each tea. I’m still drinking them, just not writing tasting notes each time!

My dislikes: hibiscus, ginger (unless in chai), charcoal type flavors

My ratings:
95-100 – Super awesome deliciousness favorites
80-95 – Also pretty delicious
65-80 – Pretty good
40-65 – Okay
1-40 – Probably won’t want to sip it again

I’m planning on being a Steepsterer as long as there IS a Steepster, so if you’re not hearing from me, that means something happened to my health… if you know what I mean. :D

Happy sipping!



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