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1090 Tasting Notes

drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
1090 tasting notes

Thanks Terri Harplady for sending a bit of this to try along with the HH teabox! I used one teaspoon of leaves… these leaves just look chocolatey.

Steep #1 // cooled the water a few minutes // 1 min
This cup looked very pale in color… maybe I wasn’t supposed to let the water cool at all. The flavor wasn’t strong enough for me! I definitely should have steeped longer. I don’t see anything special OR dark with this one. I’ve had some pu-erhs that have been pitch black in color after seconds. The flavor is so mild it is tough to describe…

Steep #2 // cooled after a couple minutes // 3 min
This cup was darker… the color of root beer! The flavor was better too, but still not the strongest pu-erh I’ve had. It would be a nice intro pu-erh for anyone to try. The flavor does have hints of unsweetened chocolate and some cinnamon actually.

Steep #3 // just boiled // 10 min
Hmm… still not super dark. But the flavor is pleasant… hard to discern from the pumpkin bread I had while sipping though. Not dark enough for me! But I can say there was no ‘over steeped leaves’ flavor or anything.

If only I knew the perfect way to steep this one! But I have one more teaspoon to try with….


I like a loooong hot steep and a lot of leaf for this one. KAPOW it gets dark! The serving size is supposed to be a whole tablespoon I think :(

Tea Sipper

Aw, I had a feeling I wasn’t using enough leaves.


:( Maybe you can get a tasty 4 oz cup with the last tsp. Let it steep as long as you can stand to!

Tea Sipper

I’ll try that, if I remember!

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Michelle was kind enough to send over a sample of this one when I bought some tea from her! Thank you! I was happy to see a Sherlock blend included because Sherlock is the best thing ever. January! Can’t wait! I have a feeling that in the new episode, it’s revealed that the trusty Molly had a lot to do with Sherlock’s faked death trickery. I was surprised to find today that this is one of the highest rated Adagio blends. I had to try it today! I waited for the water to cool a while and steeped for around three minutes. Honestly, I’m underwhelmed. I love the idea of this blend (chamomile, white tea, cherry) but it seems like this is more hibiscus than cherry. The chamomile and white tea don’t bring much to the table either. I have no idea why I’m not seeing why this is rated so highly here. Molly deserves a better blend!

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drank Creamy Eggnog by Butiki Teas
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A sample from my Butiki order! I used two teaspoons at four minutes (as Butiki suggests) with water cooled way down (supposed to be 180 degrees). The flavor, I don’t seem to be getting very much eggnog. Of course, this is Butiki, so this will not be artificial, so I didn’t expect something fake that would make it taste exactly like eggnog. But there does seem to be a vanilla / custard type flavor, though very slight. The green tea is one that I haven’t had much, but it is a type I seem to be steeping up a lot lately – a very buttery green tea. There is however, a fuzziness to this one that seems to be bothering my already parched mouth at the moment. Fuzziness doesn’t scream eggnog, but it is probably just because I only drank one cup of tea today. That’s rare! I like this one, just isn’t my favorite from Butiki. The second steep did taste just as good as the first though!

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drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
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Starfevre sent me this one a while ago but I’m just now writing a tasting note for it! Thank you! I had this once before! I used a teaspoon and a half of leaves, since Yunnans seem to be chocolatier that way. This one is VERY good. I’m rarely disappointed with Adagio’s blends. I could easily stock up on this one (and most of Adagio’s teas)! It’s a perfect starter if you are new to Yunnan and need an example of how they taste.

Steep #1 // a few minutes after boiling // 3 min
I’ve already gulped down most of this delicious cup – so dark chocolatey! With stone fruit/apricot. Medium bodied, not a tough black tea, as I’m finding Yunnan teas aren’t. Never astringent or bitter. So so good! Malty, a bit peppery. I definitely like this with a teaspoon and a half. Just the perfect Yunnan.

Steep #2 // a few minutes after boiling // 4 min
This cup is just as lovely.. I don’t know why more people don’t reuse leaves! There has only been a handful of teas that have been noticeably not re-steepable worthy. This cup was slightly more peppery though. The third cup was okay, not as amazing as the others – it went with dinner! This tea reminds me of Butiki’s Golden Lion Assam… which I just bought because it is my favorite tea ever. Well, I’ve got two more steep sessions worth of leaves anyway!

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Love this one! thanks for selling it, QueenOfTarts! The one tea I actually added cream to before was a hojicha and that was ages ago! It does taste like that cup did. (Honestly, I have a feeling I may have seen this tea on Steepster and had the idea to add some cream.) Oddly, there aren’t many steeping instructions for most hojicha teas. But I waited for the water to cool a few minutes and steeped for a couple minutes. The flavor is so nice! Creamy yet roasty, sweet from the chocolate. It’s perfect and just like I wished it would taste. I wouldn’t say it’s marshmallow and hazelnut but it’s delicious for what it is. The second cup tasted as good as the first, but that may have been because of a higher temp.

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drank Candy Corn Black Tea by 52teas
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Thanks so much to QueenOfTarts selling some of this! A whole pouch! I wished I had this one on Halloween. I was craving candy corn for some reason (what, sugar? honey? wax?) so I thought I’d try this one. It didn’t look there was candy corn in the bag, but there actually is… though I wish there was enough candy corn in the bag for at least ONE corn to be in each cup. I only see a few! I put the candy corn in the mug so it could melt longer. I was wondering if it would melt.. and it does! Though it does kind of flake apart in a not-so-appetizing way. This very much so tastes like candy corn! (Again, sugar/honey). I can see if you usually put sugar in your tea, you’d be thinking: what is the novelty of this one? But the base tea is very nice too.. it seems like an assam, kind of hay/grassy. I was wondering if the second steep would still taste like candy corn with the piece of candy corn long gone, and it does!! So the flavoring alone, even on the second steep tastes like candy corn! I’m very happy with this one and it turned out exactly how I wished. Happy happy! Maybe that’s why I drink tea.. it makes me happy!

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A sample from Yezi! I wanted to try this one since it was compared to scotch, it had to be their strongest black tea and the furthest from the Laoshan Black flavor profile (sorry Laoshan!) But I have no idea, since I’m not familiar with scotch. I used two teapoons of these black, long and twisty leaves that smelled very sweet and like some fruit I couldn’t place, or maybe sweet potato.

Steep #1 // a few minutes after boiling // 2 min
The cup color isn’t very dark – light brown. The first sip is actually woody, but not in the way that steeped-too-much tea leaves are like. Otherwise it’s tough to describe – it’s a little of everything, hints of smoke and spice, a bit of chocolate and sweet potato.. but many other things I can’t place either. I felt like I had sipped this tea before, and looking up Tealux’s Ying De, I think it was that one. (A big thanks to Steepster for aiding the tea portion of my brain!) It both looks the same and if I can remember correctly, tastes the same. However, this blend is from the Fujian province of China while the Ying De is from Guangdong province of China. At least they are both from China. Though this one is Fujian, I do not get the charcoal flavor that I usually associate with Fujian teas.

Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 min
Very much the same as the first cup just deeper and more delicious. I think the instructions at the top of the description page for this tea are not for western brewing. (Also for the Ying De I thought the second steep was better as well.) I think I like this sort of flavor better than Laoshan Black. I can’t say how much it’s like scotch but I love this one!

On a side note, I feel like I’ve been watching a ton of movies I’ve missed through the years.. classics I should have watched (also for some reason many movies that seem to be Abed’s favorites from ‘Community’). I feel like movies are the biggest gap in my pop culture knowledge (compared to music, books, and TV). But anyway, I saw Aliens last night and it was AWESOME… not really sure why Abed would want to dress as the alien for Halloween though!


mmm i love this one!

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drank Enchanted Forest by Yumchaa
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I nabbed this from Momo’s teabox when I had it – it had one teaspoon left! The ingredients in this one had so many berries! I thought it would be amazing! I didn’t see any berries in this teaspoon, just something that looked like hibiscus. uh oh. After a long water cool and a 2 1/2 -3 min steep, the flavor isn’t very berry-like but also isn’t very hibiscus-like. It’s a nice buttery green tea mostly, with a tangy flavor that I wouldn’t call astringency but maybe its a hint of rhubarb or hibiscus. I wish there were BERRIES though. I really like the green tea though.. but it’s gone now!

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drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
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I’m happy to try some Butiki samples from my order! I’ve wanted to try this one a while! I love strawberry rhubarb pie (I’ll probably get one for Thanksgiving!) Is it odd that it tastes EXACTLY how I envisioned it?!? I made sure I got pieces of these luscious looking strawberries and cookie in the scoop for this cup!

Steep #1 // a few minutes after boiling // 3 min
The fragrance is so lovely – sweet strawberries and the flavor is the same. Definite strawberry flavor. My favorite tea strawberry flavor is from Butiki! They know how to do it! There is also a slight rhubarb flavor.. I don’t know how they do that though. Not as much “crust” flavor as I would have liked. But the base tea is perfect – pretty mild not to overpower the awesome flavor. The cup is very silky and smooth as well!

Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 min
This cup is very much the same as the first… except CINNAMON has appeared! Cinnamon basically has to be just boiled in order to taste it. I just love this tea though. The flavor is perfect, and I said, exactly as I thought ‘ruby pie’ from Butiki would taste. Got to love the natural Butiki flavors that are never short of amazing magic! And nice idea, Sil!

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

YAAAAY!!! so glad you liked it :)

Tea Sipper

:D Though I’m still a bit scared as to how I knew exactly how it would taste.


I’m going to pick up more of this in my next order. It’s one of the few teas that my whole family actually likes :)

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Another one from TastyBrew! thanks so much! A convenient one teaspoon sample. I love trying teas! Can I try every tea that ever exists? I wanted a chocolate tea tonight, and I feel like I can drink the Della Terra black teas at night. After steeping, the color of this one sure looks light -a very light brown. The lightest colored black tea I’ve ever seen. Luckily Della Terra has lovely flavors and doesn’t need to rely on the base. I like this one! It does have quite a lot of chocolate flavor. I wouldn’t call it malt maybe because I didn’t see any malt candies in the blend. (I don’t love those Whoppers candies anyway, and believe me, there aren’t many candies I don’t like.) The flavor was more like a sweet creamy chocolate milk type of thing. Nothing malty, just chocolate. I’ve tasted this in many Della Terra flavors… I guess maybe they should try more flavors that don’t have chocolate or maybe I shouldn’t try every Della Terra tea! I like this one though… I knew it would exactly fit my craving. I did a second steep with only half a mug and I steeped it for a REALLY long time to try to get as much flavor out as possible – it seemed to work, since you can’t really mess up this black base.

Three sipdowns in two days! That never happens!

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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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