1276 Tasting Notes


Thank you Rachel for selling this sample a while ago! I actually quite like this one. It reminds me of their Lemon Meringue Chai. Spices with lemon and lemongrass. The lemon is more sweet than tart. Maybe because I don’t see many actual orange/lemon peels… so it’s mostly lemon myrtle & lemongrass. The spices are nice – I see a cinnamon and a clove. This should really have more cinnamon though.. I couldn’t taste it as much as I would have liked. It was a nice combination but I love that the Lemon Meringue Chai has mallow root. Doesn’t deserve a 66 rating!

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drank Green Rooibos by Adagio Teas
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Thank you for including this one in the package from a while back, MissB! I don’t think I’ve actually tried a straight green rooibos before. I’m falling out of love with red rooibos a bit (scratchy rooibos throat syndrome) so maybe the green is better. I steeped with boiling water for a few minutes. The scratchiness of the throat seemed to be less than usual, but maybe that’s just my nice filler teabags that makes the difference. The flavor isn’t something I like more the red rooibos. This kind of tastes like apple or chamomile with a bit of a sourness to it but I guess I like the red rooibos because it is different. This isn’t bad, but nothing I would drink on a normal basis.

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Additional notes: I’m have some of this again thanks to KittyLovesTea! I’ve tried a cup of this before and I Love it. It tastes exactly as I remember it and my tasting note says it is a week away from being a year ago! It’s rhubarb and creamy sweetness and I will DEFINITELY be ordering this one from Bluebird when I eventually place an order. One of my favorite rooibos blends.

Sami Kelsh

Heck yes! It’s one of my favourite Bluebirds that I’ve tried too. Mmm, rhubarb!

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thanks for this freebie in our swap, Marcel Duchamp! This one looks very odd because it looks like leaves you would find a tree, crumpled up. Not what a green tea actually looks like! I don’t think I’ve had a green tea like this before. I cooled the water for a half hour and went with a three minute steep: The flavor is very vegetal at first, but then as it cools (or you get to the bottom of the cup) it gets nuttier and sweeter. I was thinking of a buttery green today, so I guess I should have had sencha, but this is certainly not disappointing (except for maybe the non-buttery aspect). It looks different than a usual green tea but the taste is the same!

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Thank you TeaTiff for selling a bit of this one! I probably like the Sourenee from Butiki more than most people, so I was excited to try this one. I don’t really see how this one would work with cheesecake other than the "sour"ness of it (I have no idea if that influences the name at all). I used 1 1/3 teaspoons of leaves.

Steep #1 // 10 min after cooling // 3 min
This actually has a hint of cheesecake flavor… but I could use some creaminess. The flavor of the Sourenee on its own reminded me of plum before, but this blend doesn’t have that – it is pretty astringent. But it’s like the sourness of a cheesecake.

Steep #2 // 5 min after cooling // 3 min
This one seems to have lost all of the cheesecake flavor that was there, and the leaves are really brisk this time around… especially at the top of the cup for some reason. Too bad. I will enjoy drinking the remainders of my sample, but this isn’t Butiki’s best. But it’s already gone (I think) so they know that!

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Additional notes: I’m trying this again with more accurate steep parameters… two teaspoons, waited 10 mins after boiling, rinse, two minutes. This cup is a LOT better than the last time I had it. This Golden Monkey still isn’t as chocolatey as I’m used to, but there is a taste to it that reminds me of wine, or maybe like the muscatel from Darjeeling, but only slightly to make it different than most other Golden Monkey teas. There is slight chocolate flavor, but not like dark or bittersweet chocolate – more like a candybar. MUCH tastier than the last time I had this tea. Teavivre teas are usually the best, but they also seem to be the most changing depending on how you steep them.

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thank you Marcel Duchamp for swapping! Another Butiki tea to try!

Steep #1 // 25 minutes after boiling // 3 min
The dry blend sure looks interesting! I think I love the scent more than the flavor. This one seems very similar to their pineapple oolong. I think I like the other one better just because I prefer oolong over the white tea (even if it is a bai mu dan). I don’t think there were any pineapple chunks in my infuser though. And the cilantro seemed to be missing. I like the creaminess though.

Steep #2 // 22 minutes after boiling // 4 min
This cup is flavored much the same. Tasty! But I think the deliciousness of Butiki blends might be spoiling me for other Butiki blends! Maybe the sourness of the bai mu dan should offer a contrast to the sweetness of the cream & pineapple, but I also think the butteriness of an oolong supports the cream & pineapple… it’s more cake flavored. I think I’ll make a cake tomorrow…


i think i liked the innovation of this blend more than the taste….. it was an impressive accomplishment, not my favourite tea though.

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drank Ceylon Star by DAVIDsTEA
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Additional notes: Sipdown! I woke up thinking “licorice” and I also knew this was a sipdown, so I went with this one! I love the combo of coconut, chocolate and licorice. It’s really balanced well. The coconut still tastes really well, even though this is older now. It looks like the same coconut that is in 52Teas’ Coconut Cream Pie, which also never seems to go bad. I had this with a yogurt that was unintentionally similar – coconut, chocolate, almonds.

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drank Scottish Morn by Harney & Sons
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Thanks so much DigniTea! I know that some of Harney’s plain black teas are the briskest for some reason… sometimes when they cool they get almost undrinkable (well, I haven’t had those teas in a while, maybe my steeping skills have improved.) A CTC blend from Harney’s might become borderline deadly if not steeped correctly. The dry leaves here look like little bundles…a bit different from most CTC teas I’ve tried.

Steep #1 // 13 min after boiling // 1 1/2 min
As I’m pouring, the cup is immediately dark, so Harney’s suggestion of five minutes at boiling is a little out there. The flavor is surprisingly not as brisk as I thought it would be. It’s bready and malty but not very astringent, even as it cools. It’s as tough as you’d expect any CTC to be. It has a sweetness to it!

Steep #2 // 2 min after boiling // 2 min
Another good cup to go with some reading. Not astringent again! This is definitely a good CTC. I would have never guessed that a CTC from Harney’s would be less astringent than their other black teas. I think I have some resteeping to do!

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Another Teavivre sample! I haven’t even caught up on the last samples and Teavivre has already offered to send more samples! Wow! I love Teavivre. I think they want me to try every tea they have… which works because 97% of the time they are so good that I want to buy them. There were four big chunks of pu-erh in one sample pouch… not sure if I should have used them all for one mug. I could have just used two pieces for this steep, but then I realized that pu-erh is rarely astringent anyway… you could probably use an entire pu-erh cake and it wouldn’t make a mug of tea astringent!

I wish Teavivre didn’t get rid of their webpage with the steeping instructions for their teas… I have to guess with this 17 ounce thing. I’m guessing the old page would have suggested something like 212 degrees with a rinse and 1,2,3,4 minute steeps. I sipped four big mugs of this tea all day and I was not close to tiring of it. All of the steeps here had the same delicious flavor… and I could have steeped this many more times. The flavor is surprisingly sweet yet dark, earthy. Pu-erh is kind of difficult to describe as pu-erh is just pu-erh… it has its own flavor. But it is interesting that it tastes so different from black tea. This is the kind of pu-erh I love. I could easily buy an entire cake of this. The value is great anyway… I could probably use the same leaves for many more than four cups. The flavor was consistent to the last drop. Delicious!

Steep #1 // 13 minutes after boiling (accidentally) with a rinse // 1 1/2 min steep
Steep #2 // 6 mins after boiling // 2 1/2 min
Steep #3 // just boiled // 2 min
Steep #4 // just boiled // 3 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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