1536 Tasting Notes


Gradually trying teas from the order. This sounded like an interesting blend but I’ve never had chicory… it’s compared to coffee. This is a tea full of heavy pieces so 10 grams only seems to be about three teaspoons. The blend is mostly big tan pieces.. I think that is the chicory? I don’t see much of anything else but there are the tiniest green specks that don’t seem to be listed in the ingredients… it doesn’t look like any yerba mate I’ve ever seen, roasted or green. Otherwise the blend should have coconut, raspberries and cocoa nibs. The fragrance of the tea seems like creamed corn but whoa this one just seems bitter. Bitter. Bitter. I don’t like it too much. There seems to be an intriguing smoothness underneath all that bitter somehow (that creamed corn scent) but there doesn’t seem to be much else (maybe that is coconut but there is no cocoa or raspberry even hinted at). Chicory doesn’t seem to be for me but maybe I didn’t get a blended enough sample from Bluebird.
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // few min after boiling // 3-4 min steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 min


Yeah, the huge chunks are likely the chicory. Not a fan of it either. Too weird for my palate.

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drank Golden Needle King by Shang Tea
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Thank you TeaTiff for this one a while back! The sample pouch had a not-at-all full two teaspoons so I went with that. I thought this was supposed to be one of those golden teas because of the name, but it almost looks like Teavivre’s Bailin Gongfu. The leaves are dark with only hints of gold occasionally and smell very grassy. The flavor seems to be the Bailin mixed with a high quality keemun. There is a lovely almost floral like fragrance even before taking a sip from this rusty colored cup. Keemun is always tough for me to describe. But the flavor is delicious — a medium bodied taste, but no smoke like a keemun. It’s like flowers, wine, biscuits, hay. Really it reminds be of Teavivre’s highest quality keemun mixed with their Bailin. The second steep seemed a little too much at those parameters. I thought it was a mistake on the packaging that is called a white tea and a red tea but it’s actually made from a white tea plant? But I thought all tea comes from the same plant anyway? It was good and then it was gone.
Steep #1 // 2 tsps. // 12 min after boiling // 2 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3-4 min

Shang Tea

Hi Tea Sipper, thanks for the review! To clarify your question about white tea on the packaging, yes all tea does come from the same plant, but like any plant there are hundreds of different cultivars of the tea plant. In China these different cultivars are considered to be almost completely unique tea plants. When we say it comes from the white tea plant, we mean that it comes from the Da Bai/Da Hao cultivar which is the traditional cultivar for white tea production in China.

Tea Sipper

That helps to explain things, but I have a lot to learn about tea! Thanks for reading my tasting note!

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drank Golden Earl by Verdant Tea
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I took a sample of this one from the Lewis & Clark teabox! Still gradually trying them. The leaves here are supposed to look golden but they look dark to me. Not like the picture at all. There is plenty of lemongrass and citrus bits… much more than there is black tea leaves. The flavor is VERY lemony – it doesn’t really seem like bergamot so much as lemon myrtle (not sure if there actually is lemon myrtle in the blend – there are never ingredient lists, Verdant!) and really just all around citrus. It seems like the most citrusy tea I’ve tasted! The color of the cup is a deeper brown, so I’m not exactly sure what sort of black tea is actually used here. It’s tasty but I’d say this is more of a citrus tea than a bergamot or Earl. I’d love to see a golden black tea with just bergamot, rather than with all of these citrus additions. I’m surprised Verdant included this one in the teabox because it didn’t seem like it was available for very long anyway.
Steep #1 // 2 tsps. // just boiled // 2-3 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3-4min

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Additional notes: trying this one again with different parameters. It seems like no matter which way I steep, it still has “watery” flavor if that makes sense. Isn’t a ton of depth to it. The color of the cup looks promising, as it looks like Butiki’s Taiwanese Assam, but there the similarities end. And the second steep always has that oversteeped leaves flavor. Though it does seem to work better with a lower temp/ longer steep time like last time. Lowering rating.
Steep #1 // 2 tsps. // 10 min after boiling // 2 min
Steep #2 // few min after boiling // 4+ min

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drank Rumchata Genmaicha by 52teas
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Additional notes: I seem to be sipping this one more often than all other teas. So good! I’m also sipping down 52Teas – Ultimate Citrus spice today.

I’m short on money right now, but Zoomdweebies.com really needs some customers at the moment (see forum post), so I thought I’d mention it in a tasting note. ALSO, I see 74 mystery grabbags in stock right now! I REALLY want to try the Yunnan Eggnog … some other tasty sounding blends too!


I snagged a couple of honeybush blends this afternoon since I am low on decaf teas :)


This is one of their better blends from this year, I think. And it’s not just because I suggested the genmaicha base.

Tea Sipper

Perfect base tea idea, LiberTEAS!


I was hoping this would be in the 12 Teas of Christmas, but sadly, no dice because of copyright issues :(


I still think that he should have just changed the name to something like Drunk Rice Beverage Genmaicha.


That would have been great :)

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Thank you Kimquat for the sale a while back! I think it’s a good idea to try for one sipdown and try one new tea in a day for a while. I thought this one would pair well with the Sherlock story I’m reading at the moment (due to the horse in the photo for the tea package – the story is ‘Silver Blaze’ about a missing race horse). The leaves look like a golden monkey though – dark, twisty, hints of gold. The color of the cup is a golden red. The fragrance is already promising before I take a sip. Maltly, molasses, honey, dried hay for those horses — very smooth and very sweet. The second and third steeps never lose flavor (even with the third steep on the next morning)… I think I steeped them perfectly that way. I never thought this one had any sort of chocolate flavor or even sweet potato like other Yunnans might, but it was still a dark enough tea that it was more than just a gold honey Yunnan. I love this one because it’s a Yunnan between the lightest golds and the most chocolate of Yunnans. It’s a shame it’s not available anymore! One serving left for me. :/
Steep #1 // 1 1/3 tsps. // 10 min after boiling // 2 min steep
Steep #2 // few min after boiling // 3 min
Steep #3 // just boiled // 4 min

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Thanks again for the samples, Just Organic! So sorry it has taken this long… I guess I would avoid rooibos but I don’t regret steeping this cup up! It’s actually an above average rooibos. This one reminded me of wood smoked BBQ somehow. Nice flavor! And steeped in a teabag, I wasn’t getting any of the mouth irritation that some lower quality rooibos might have. Nothing but nice things to say about this one! But it’s still plain rooibos, so there isn’t MUCH to say about this one. An enjoyable no-caffeine cup late at night. Can’t all rooibos be like this?
Steep #1 // just boiled // 3-4 min steep

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This is the last new tea to try that I took from MzPriss’ Unflavored teabox the last go around. Not sure how I should be steeping this one. The teaspoon wasn’t a full one, so I didn’t want to fill the mug all the way to the top. I think it turned out perfectly each steep anyway. This has a lovely flavor from the first cup and really stays delicious with each steep, even though there are subtle changes. That’s what I love about oolong: even though each cup has differences, it always seems like the perfect cup anyway. This one reminds me most of kettle corn! I thought it was the sticky rice flavor left in the infuser from the last tea but the kettle corn flavor is still there on the third steep, so I’m pretty sure it’s this tea. It’s smooth, sweet, buttery. I know kettle corn has hints of sweet and savory (and butter), just like this oolong, but it ACTUALLY tastes like kettle corn. The second steep also seems to have hints of pineapple. A huge amount of flavor is in one teaspoon. Easily, everything I’ve tried from Single Origin has been delicious and it’s very tempting not to buy everything I’ve tried.
Steep #1 // 10 min after boiling // 2 min steep
Steep #2 // 5 min a.b. // 2 min
Steep #3 // just boiled // 2 min

Sami Kelsh

Oh lord. Kettle corn? fans self This sounds PERFECT. Kettle corn is just about my favourite food, oddly enough. What an amazing tasting note.


I really liked this one. I even bought more after trying it.

Tea Sipper

Yep, Sami – kettle corn. And I’ve only had kettle corn once before, years ago, so I’m surprised I noticed it. :D I’d definitely buy some if/when I order from Single Origin too.

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Thank you Boychik for including a couple of these with the Yunnan Sourcing tea. I LOVE sticky rice pu-erh. I’ve tried a couple. This one doesn’t seem overly like sticky rice like my favorite one did… really only hints in the scent and flavor. The cup gets very dark very fast, but the flavor doesn’t seem as deep as it should be. It’s very sweet but mild flavored.. it doesn’t seem like there are a ton of elements to it but none of the more unlikeable pu-erh flavor notes either. The second steep is deeper but still not very much like rice. Not terrible, but I believe I was spoiled with that first sticky rice pu-erh I tried!
Steep #1 // couple min after boiling // rinse // 2 min steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 min
Steep #3 // just boiled // 4 min

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Thanks again for the sale, Momo! I could always use peppermint teas for my headaches. I like this one, but I feel like the flavor seems watered down. Mild mint, mild chocolate, mild black tea. Always a nice combination but it’s just not STRONG enough for me… maybe if I used two teaspoons? It’s minty for my headache though, so it helps! It seems like winter has arrived way too early… so many gray days already and it’s only the beginning of December. sigh.
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // couple minutes after boiling // few min steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // few min steep


DT always recommends 1tsp for 6oz of water, so more leaf probably would help. =)

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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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