1299 Tasting Notes


Thanks TeaEqualsBliss for including this one in our swap! I tried this one yesterday. The description says it’s a “China black tea” which tastes perfect with the perfect amount of pomegranate flavor! Not too sweet or too sour. The tea was never astringent, even while drinking it at the bottom after it was cold. I think I’ve reviewed at least one new tea a day for months now! Sheesh. It can’t possibly keep going though, can it? I love it though. And I’m amazed that anyone reads my tasting notes, as they are really just for reminding myself about these teas, really. Like I just looked up my notes on the ESP Emporium almond to see how much I thought it was like Joy’s Teaspoon almond. That sort of thing!

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Thank you again Amanda for including this in your tea sample sale! I’m so excited I get to try so many 52Teas since I know they are sold fast! I LOVE pancakes. Pancakes are my favorite breakfasty food. I especially love putting yogurt and fruit on top. But this tea is of the syrupy variety! I like the black tea that 52Teas uses, since it isn’t so strong of a black tea that you can’t taste the amazing flavors that is the specialty of 52Teas. I usually like super flavored black teas, but I can go without the strong black tea for 52Teas! I was wishing for more flavor here than there is, but there is definitely a buttery bakey syrupy flavor. Also, it tasted better after drinking it with the sugary oatmeal I was eating for breakfast. I think I’ll have to start putting in just a tiny bit of sugar in each cup because it really brings out the flavor. But I feel like I already eat so much sugar. I don’t know. The flavor reminded me of the Zoomdweebie’s Maple Blueberry black tea which somehow I’m the ONLY person to write a tasting note for that one? How is that possible? That one is my favorite Zoomdweebies (of the few I’ve tried)! But the flavor here is delicious, I just wish there was more.

5 min, 0 sec

I could see how a buttery bakey syrupy flavor would demand some sweetness to back it up.

Josie Jade

Oh, I didn’t know they made a Maple Blueberry tea, I bet it’s wonderful! Angelina’s Tea Shop makes a Maple Blueberry that is very good also!

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I adore this one! Wow! It is probably my favorite minty tea I’ve tried. It’s the perfect blend of chocolate and tons of mint leaves on a rooibos base. The mint is so cooling. I’d say the mint has more of a presence than the chocolate. But that is because there is tons of mint here. I thought I’d try this one since I have a headache and I’ve heard mint helps those dang things. It’s like those Andes candies or thin mint cookies! But honestly, I’d prefer this tea to the cookies, though those are good too! It tastes great when I let the last bit of the cup cool too. Thank you Zen Tea (zentealife.com) for the samples! Zen’s samples are very convicining. I’d love to buy some of this and the Energizing Chai I’ve tried from them. My stash has to go down a bit first! This will be my go-to mint tea FOR SURE, and I usually prefer spearmint to mint anyway. Like I said though — this is the best minty tea!

6 min, 45 sec

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This was the other free ounce I requested with my Della Terra order. This and the S’mores was really what made the decision for me to order from them. I really wanted a chocolate peppery tea, and I even started a thread in the forums a while ago asking if anyone knew about some good ones. This isn’t bad! It doesn’t have too much flavor either in the chocolate or chili department. But maybe I’m just being picky. Maybe I just except ridiculous amounts of flavor from every tea. That was my main problem with the S’mores tea also, that the flavors were GOOD, there just wasn’t a ton of flavor. But for some reason this seems like a mild coffee taste to me. The chocolate reminds me of a low key hot chocolate, and not many chocolatey teas do remind me of hot chocolate. You can taste the peppercorns, which seem sweeter than they are spicey. And I really don’t find too much of the actual pepper. I like this, but I wish there was more flavor! I once went to a Mexican restaurant and ordered a hot chocolate, thinking it would be a nice spicey hot chocolate I’ve heard the country has, but of course they just gave me a packet of hot chocolate. This tea is much much better.


Ah man yeah authentic mexican hot chocolate is good!

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drank Marzipan - 952 by Tea Haus
1299 tasting notes

First to make a tasting note for this one? Thanks Darby, for sending this with our trade!

The steep color is a medium brown. I guess I always expect black teas to have a deeper color. But this one didn’t have a ton of flavor either. That’s a good thing though, because there wasn’t a ton of almond flavor that would have been masked by a stronger black tea. I’m pretty sure most of the almond taste didn’t come from the few tiny almond bits in the blend, but the “natural flavoring”. And the almond was really only present with a few of the sips and mostly at the top of the cup. I wish there were more to say about this one! Nothing terrible but nothing special.


That’s a shame. With a name like that, it should be fragrant with almond with hints of rose, orange, and vanilla. I’m a big fan of the stuff it’s named for.

Tea Sipper

I had no idea what what marizpan is.. but I definitely don’t think I got any rose or orange in this. I’ll keep that in mind though, the next time I drink it!


Marzipan is traditionally ground almonds with sugar and rosewater. Sometimes it’s made with orange blossom water and/or vanilla. It’s an old world candy traditionally colored (sometimes gilded) and shaped into fruits or used to cover cakes.

Tea Sipper

ah, okay. That sounds delicious.

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THANK YOU TeaEqualsBliss for including this in our tea swap! I’ve been so spoiled with teas for the last few months, mostly from Steepsterers. I really appreciate it.

First steep / 37 seconds: I had to read the instructions for steeping this on the Verdant site! It really does not need much steeping at all. It’s very impressive that so much flavor was there so quick. The first cup already has amazing flavor, that isn’t normally tasted in oolongs until a couple cups in, when the leaves have unraveled a bit! This one is PEACH. A light peach, with a bit of a subtle cream flavor. Peaches and cream?!! It also seems like a bit of cantalope or honeydew melon. So it’s a fruity tea. It’s pretty amazing that these flavors can come from tea leaves.

Second steep / 42 seconds: It’s interesting there isn’t much of a floral flavor here that I usually find in light oolongs. This one is strictly fruit. It’s very sweet! This cup is much like the first.

Third steep / 52 seconds: I think I had too high of a temp on this one. The peach flavor is entirely gone now. I thought I waited long enough for the water to cool…guess not. I wonder why the peach flavor isn’t even listed on the flavor profile for this one the Verdant site?

Fourth steep / 57 seconds: I think this one was still ruined from the high temp steep. But now there is more a floral flavor now. With my oolong flavor rating where one is the lightest/most floral flavor and five has the strongest flavor, this tea would be a two.

Unlike most oolongs, I think the first cup was the best. I didn’t rinse the leaves like the Verdant site suggested. I think this is the first Verdant Tea I’ve tried! Nice!

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Thanks so much, Will Work For Tea, for including this in your tea reduction package! I definitely wanted to try this tea. (But I must admit I’m more of a Bronte fan than an Austen fan!)

I tried a cup of this a while ago, but I oversteeped it WAY too much and it ended up tasting like Pepto Bismal. So I definitely waited to try it again to give a much more fair review. I went for a two minute steep this time and it was MUCH better. It’s a good black tea base with a bit of a vanilly cream flavor. I’m not much of a fan of the blackberry leaves. I think that is what gives it the Pepto flavor, but if you don’t oversteep, it shouldn’t be much of a problem. It seems like it’s just blackberry leaves and not blackberry berries. But really this is a perfect blend if you’re trying to evoke nineteenth century literature! It seems to fit spot on.

2 min, 15 sec

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thanks TeaEqualsBliss for including this one in the trade! What the… I’m looking at this list of ingredients and the only one I’m tasting is chamomile. My nose is a bit stuffy right now, I guess. This tea does leave my tongue tangy and sore, don’t know why. And there is a very silky quality to the tea. I’m surprised I can’t find the ginger or the peppermint. Isn’t ginseng supposed to energize? But then the chamomile is making me fall asleep. Really weird.

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drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
1299 tasting notes

This was one of two teas I chose for my free ounces. I really wanted to try a S’mores tea. I LOVE S’mores. This one and Della Terra’s spicy chocolate tea were the reasons I had to order from Della Terra. All of the elements to S’mores are here! Chocolate, tiny marshmallows and even graham cracker! The fragrance of the leaves is divine. After steeping, the color is a medium brown. Sadly, the flavor isn’t very strong. The black tea base is good, but it might be overpowering the flavor, even though the black base isn’t very strong either. My infuser was loaded with mini marshmallows too. The black tea doesn’t get bitter at all though! I would really like to see a campfire like smokey black tea! Keemun or russian caravan… I really wish this had more flavor, but as it is, it’s very good anyway!

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THIS IS EXACTLY THE APPLE TEA I’VE BEEN SEARCHING FOR!! I just got my Della Terra order today. I had to take them up on their sale. I bought three ‘try me’ packs and got two free ounces and free shipping. I now have 19 Della Terra teas to try (including the two free free samples they sent)! I really really like trying things. All because Nicole sent me the Blueberry Creme that I love! They have a ton of interesting teas, including a few apple! This tea is part of Della Terra’s “New Crew”.

This one has apple chunks that give it a delicious flavor! And the perfect amount of sweet cinnamon to have it taste like an apple pie. I really wanted a simple apple tea with just apple and cinnamon and a nice base — rooibos is good! I’m not sure what the yogurt does for this, but it’s great. I really hope the other 18 teas are just as good as this one!

(It seems impossible to get the pictures from the Della Terra site to transfer to Steepster when you register any of “the new crew”. Can anyone let me know how to do that?)


I thought it was just me. I’ve been having problems loading pics from anywhere.

Della Terra Teas

I will go and take a look now to make sure the picture issue is resolved and I will go ahead and add the picture :) I am really happy you enjoyed the tea:)Thanks for the review!


Apple and cinnamon with rooibos sounds really good.

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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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