1299 Tasting Notes


Additional notes: I’m having this one again today! Thank you so much Dexter3657 for sending me some of this one and the Tan Yang that I was also enjoying the other day. (Delicious.. I’ve tried some samples of it that Teavivre sent over before.) Both teas are VERY appreciated!

I have a bunch of one serving cups left of most of the pearls in my collection, so I’m going to try steeping them all the same way: five pearls, rinse, just boiled, first steep at two minutes. These pearls are nice, but it doesn’t quite have the chocolate/honey level that I would expect. Good but not the best. I certainly will not say no to the rest of these pearls until I settle on a favorite!

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thank you so much, DigniTea! Samples samples everywhere, but that is how I love my tea collection. This one smells divine – like a fresh baked blueberry sugary dessert. It is VERY similar to Della Terra’s Blueberry Crumble, if not the same blend, but I thought Della Terra blends their own teas (maybe just some of them? I really wish I knew the details of tea companies better – it doesn’t matter if a tea company doesn’t blend their own teas – good tea is good tea… I just prefer to know details about those sorts of things.) Anyway, the flavor is very dessert like! Sugary (since there is actually sugar in the blend) and bakey… almost like cake batter, or better yet, blueberry muffin batter! Hints of candied blueberries on a lovely green tea base. The dry leaves almost look like black tea, but it doesn’t steep like black tea. Very nice!
Both steeps // 25 min after boiling // 2-3 min steep


I’ve been browsing their website for awhile and wondered if some of their blends were the same as Della Terra. I finally decided to send an email out to this shop and got a response that although some of the teas appear similar, in fact, that is just a coincidence. I am still curious of the accuracy of that as some just are so close in. I’ve enjoyed the Della Terra teas I’ve tried, curious how these compare… they’ve had some great sales. It would be nice to try a similar blend side by side for true comparison.

Tea Sipper

Well, of course I could be wrong, I did only have the DT blend once before.. so it was a comparison by memory. :D

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Additional notes: Sipdown! If I were blindfolded, I would have guessed this was tomato soup today! Tasted exactly like tomato soup… though I don’t think it did the last time. Another victim of my tastebud change? This would be good mixed with some tulsi/basil! I don’t love tomatoes, so I’m lowering the rating from a 97.

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drank White Wedding by The Tea Spot
1299 tasting notes

This was a one teaspoon sample I took from the Here’s Hoping teabox a while back (I hope that thing isn’t lost right now.) Is it bad that I have the second cup (PM not AM) of my tea days for the next week or so planned out? Of course I want to drink all the teas all the time. Choices choices . haha. Anyway, I like this one! There are plenty of big jasmine flowers in the dry blend but somehow the flavor doesn’t happen in the tea itself. It’s a decent white tea (fuzzy but somehow they aren’t bothering my throat)… it doesn’t taste like cake so much as frosting! Sweet and also a bit nutty. Where is my dessert with this one? The second cup somehow had almost just about as much flavor as the first cup.
Steep #1 // 30 mins after boiling // 2-3 min
Steep #2 // 20 min after boiling // 3 min
Three sipdown tasting notes today! NICE.

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Thank you DigniTea! I really want to try all of Steap Shoppe’s blends… I’m definitely ordering the amazing Cinnamon Swirl Bread at some point! This sounds like a well thought out blend, but sadly it looks like it isn’t for sale on the site anymore.

Steep #1 // 5 mins after boiling // 3-4 min
A teaspoon and a half and my sample is gone! (“Good” says my cupboard.) This cup was exactly as I expected.. but a little less dark chocolate and more like milk chocolate thanks to the kukicha that I find has a creamy flavor somehow. It isn’t a very dark cup, but I seem to like it more than others here on Steepster. I’m wondering why it is rated so low! I like the combination of ingredients. It’s a nice balance. I can taste the vanilla, chocolate, espresso.

Steep #2 // just boiled // quite a few minutes steep
… But then with the second cup I can see what others might not like about this blend. ANISE. It’s all licorice in the second cup, when I didn’t notice it at all in the first cup! Very odd. I don’t mind anise, but not in this blend. If I had more, I’d just end up steeping it like the first cup.

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Additional notes: Well, that’s the end for this tea! Surprisingly, this didn’t taste too old, even though it has been stored terribly. It’s such a menagerie of odd flavors… it’s hard to pick them apart, but it’s tasty – it’s like a very light bubblegum fruit punch. What I thought was old yabao before is probably just oversteeped yabao – it has that cedar flavor I don’t really love (kind of like a raw pu-erh). The second cup was steeped for four minutes (too long) so it was mostly cedar. I love Verdant’s blends but I don’t think yabao is my favorite. Lowering the rating a few points.

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Thank you MissB for some of this one! I don’t know what is going on with Teavana, but with that feather thing, I’m kind of glad I don’t own more Teavana teas. They aren’t really my thing anyway, but their plain teas are usually okay. A Yunnan / pu-erh sounds interesting! I guess it’s blended with both pu-erh leaves and Yunnan leaves and I can definitely taste that. It’s interesting, but at the same time, it seems like it should be either one or the other. I would appreciate both blends independently. But there is an equal balance – definitely earthy dark pu-erh but also an additional sweetness from the Yunnan. Not very chocolatey though. Both cups tasted the same. So sweet though! It’s odd. I’d choose this over some of Teavana’s wacky blends though.
Steep #1 // 4 min after boiling // 2 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 min


what feather thing?

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Additional notes: More or less future notes for myself, as I doubt anyone has this tea any more anyway. I don’t know what it is but it is the most magical Earl. The third steep even! It’s more vanilla/creamy than the other two. I drink it every once in a while but there are only a few precious teaspoons left! If anyone ever has any that they want to get rid of (no matter how old), I will buy it!

One flat teaspoon in my metal infuser
Steep #1 // 6 mins after boiling // 3 1/2 min
Steep #2 // 4 mins after boiling // 5 1/2 min
Steep #3 // just boiled // 8 min

Josh Buteau

Is it an obsolete brand or variety now? You’ve peaked my interest

Tea Sipper

Teavana bought SpecialTeas a few years ago, so it no longer exists. Funny enough, my pouch of this is actually from the older Steepster Select.

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drank Main Squeeze by DAVIDsTEA
1299 tasting notes

This one is from Janelle! thank you! I haven’t had a yerba mate lately, so here goes. I love that this has fruit in the blend, but the dry leaves kind of smell like that Davids tea with the gross walnuts. The flavor is better.. not like the walnuts, but then it has a taste that reminds me of the orange fluoride from elementary school. Not really fond memories of that flavor of orange! But it sweetens the yerba mate, which I like anyway. The second cup is stronger than the first. I like David’s Jungle Ju Ju better but after looking up the name, apparently that is guayusa and not yerba mate.
Steep #1 // 25 mins after boiling // 3-4 min
Steep #2 // 22 mins after boiling // 3-4 min

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Another surprise in the tea swap from Marcel Duchamp! Thank you so much! This tastes basically exactly how I was thinking it would, so I obviously I love it.

Steep #1 // 10 mins after boiling (accidentally waited that long) // 3-4 min
The black tea base suits this perfectly – it’s mild enough, yet it pairs well with the flavors. First, there is an odd flavor from the strawberry leaves, but that is thankfully only at the top of the cup. There is definitely something here that makes this taste like CUPCAKE. A bit of strawberry and I thiiinnk a hint of chocolate. There should really be some more strawberry, but it might take away from the cupcake flavor. I love it – it’s perfect because I was craving a tea that was cakey today.

Steep #2 // just boiled // 4-5 min
This cup was also nice, but a little light on the flavor which was surprising since I accidentally waited 10 mins for the first steep. I love this though!

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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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