1566 Tasting Notes


Additional notes: Thank you for the awesome price on this one, Momo! I was hoping it was still like my older sample and it IS. Still very delicious! However it did look like there were white chocolate chips, so I was worried that the flavor was a little off. Not so. The right tea to choose after I realized I was craving a strawberry AND a chocolate milkshake! I think I have a tea that suits a bunch of cravings.

ETA: I did have this a few days ago and just posting the note now, NOT the same day as the Butiki – Red Queen Cupcake. The teas are two similar in ingredients for that!

It seems like for the last few days if I post two notes right after the other, both will go to my tealog but only one will go to the dashboard for others to see. (One will get one ‘like’ and the other will get the usual number.) I know nothing about computers but I wish Steepster would go back to the pre-problems server.

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drank Russian Caravan by Virtuous Teas
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Thank you Ali for this extra in the tea sale I had to buy a couple things from. :D I’m very happy I’m able to try this as it just happens to have my favorite characteristic of a smoky tea – a sweet hint of marshmallow that I’m only tasted in one other smoky tea before this one. The base is perfect with the sweet smoke – smooth and not too tough. The smoke brings all the tough it needs, but also the taste isn’t too smoky. The second steep kind of lacked a little more flavor, in the tea itself, the smokiness, AND the marshmallow. But the first cup was a good one… also a good one to try if you’re not sure you like smoky teas. I wonder if there is supposed to be a flavor difference between a Russian Caravan and Lapsang Souchong? I’ve never heard of Virtuous teas but their prices seem very reasonable, looking at their site.


Russian Caravan is lapsang souchong blended with another non-smokey tea. I think most of the ones I’ve had have ceylon and assam as the other teas.

Tea Sipper

Ah, okay.

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drank Red Queen Cupcake by Butiki Teas
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Another from my order! I originally overlooked this one since I thought the base tea plain tasted like tomato soup to me. Retrying it, it wasn’t! Odd. So then I ended up buying this one. It’s similar to Ruby Pie, but I could always go for a blend slightly different than Ruby Pie! The chocolate chips from Butiki never seem to impart much chocolate flavor to me, for whatever reason. But there are plenty of strawberries and strawberry flavor. The black tea is lighter but it’s perfect with this blend anyway. Very sweet and actually does taste like a cupcake. The pink flowers are perfect with it too! The second steep is just as flavorful as the first. I really don’t think this amount of tea will make 16 cups though. There isn’t 16 teaspoons.
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // 5 min after boiling // 3 min steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 min

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Sigh. It has taken me too long to try this one! This looks to be a Fujian oolong with the flavors of strawberry, champagne and watermelon. It sounds like a lovely combination — some flavors that should meld together well there. The dry scent of the leaves is certainly sweet and appetizing. It seems like it has been two months of gray days with only a couple days the sun showed up, so I NEED to imagine a picnic right now. The flavor certainly has strawberry and once in a while I get hints of watermelon. Nothing screams champagne, but it could easily be mixing with the strawberry. The second steep still had a bit of the flavoring, and the last gulp left in the mug the next morning had quite an enjoyable mingling of all the flavors… maybe that means it would be better iced? I think a nice buttery green oolong might have worked better with these flavors, but the Fuijian isn’t too strong or has too much charcoal (I’ve had other Fujian oolongs that were not to my taste at all). This seems like a pleasant picnic on a volcano, rather than the park. I realized I just had two alcohol inspired teas side by side. I’m only tea drunk!
Steep #1 // 1 heaping tsp. // few min after boiling // 1 1/2 min steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 2-3 min

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This is the last tea I have to try from Dexter… from a while ago! Shame shame! Well, the tea generosity lasted an entire year, so another big THANK YOU! This tastes almost exactly like I thought it would, though I have no experience at all with Ice Wine! It’s very flavorful – the white tea actually brews up a golden color, so it’s definitely full of flavor. But there is a bubbly fruity flavor that I could only describe as Ice Wine, even if I’ve never had it. It does seem more like Ice Champagne to me though, now that I think about it. Wonderful to try! I’ve been very happy with the few teas I’ve tried from New Mexico Tea Co. I’ll have to order from them at some point.
Steep #1 // 2 tsps // 32 min after boiling // 2 min
Steep #2 // 30 min after boiling // 2-3 min

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Additional notes: Sipping this lovely blend in the spirit of Hanukkah. To those who celebrate… Happy Hanukkah! Though this tea is my only celebration of Hanukkah. :D

(well I was sipping this one earlier… I probably shouldn’t be drinking black teas at two in the morning)

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Additional notes: I noted two years ago that mine was the only tasting note for this tea and yet I’m STILL the only person to write a note for this tea? Such a shame as it’s a good one! It might be a little more aged than I remember (does anyone know if golden yunnans age worse than other teas? Maybe they are similar to white teas?) or maybe my tastebuds have changed… this one does seem a little more like tomato soup now. Otherwise it’s a little honey and a little peppery and a little malty. No real chocolate notes. I’d compare it more to Verdant’s Golden Fleece though the leaves look completely different. It seems to have a darker colored cup than I would think with mostly gold leaves. Not as much flavor as the glorious Yunnan Sourcing Imperial Mojiang but that one set a very high bar. But this delicious Yunnan should be getting more love. I’d planning on a Steep City order eventually but I’d love to try more samples.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 tsps. // 10 min after boiling // 2 min steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 min

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drank Berry Berry by Good Life Tea
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Thank you Good Life Tea for the sample! Though this blend has hibiscus in it, I’d like to say first that this blend uses it WELL. It isn’t overdone… just enough tang to give the flavor depth. I can deal with hibiscus when it’s used well. Otherwise, there is a lovely berry flavor. It’s almost like two levels – the berry and the tanginess. Here we have blueberries, elderberries, hibiscus and raisins (I THOUGHT I saw a raisin in the blend!) All of the ingredients work very well together. It’s a satisfying cup… a very tasty herbal. I’m sure it’s especially satisfying as an iced tea in summer. Of the six teas I’ve tried from Good Life, all of them were enjoyable, even if they are sometimes something I’d avoid (like hibiscus). I noticed on the website: Free shipping on orders over $15 right now!
Steep #1 // 5 min after boiling // 3 min steep


I bet it would make a yummy cold brew, for sure.

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drank Tamarind Pop by Butiki Teas
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Additional notes: Had to buy this one with my order because I was always fondly remembering the sample I savored over the years. It’s such an interesting base with fruity flavor that almost recalls creamsicle to me since I’m not entirely sure what tamarind should taste like anyway. But the Nepal Guranse base is like caramel or vanilla, very light. Just as good as I remember but this one is a unique one to forget.

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Thank you Kimquat for the sale a while back! I’m confused that this is called Bilochun since if I know anything about Bilochun, it’s that the leaves are very tightly coiled. This green tea is twisty and wirey but not tightly coiled. It’s Laoshan and it’s green though, so again I wanted to steep this one exactly like the Summer Laoshan green I love so much, but I used two teaspoons of this instead of one for the Summer Laoshan. Verdant’s instructions say to use one tablespoon, which is odd since the unopened sample pouch from Verdant didn’t quite have two teaspoons. So I used all of it. The flavor IS very similar to the Laoshan Summer, but if I remember correctly, it isn’t as full of flavor. But it’s so good — very sweet, creamed corn, vegetal… and this one seems to have more of a salty, brothy, savory element. Tasty, but the Summer Laoshan places the bar high…. and I don’t have to use two (or three) teaspoons.
Steep #1 // 2 tsps. // 32 min after boiling // 55 second steep
Steep #2 // 28 min after boiling // 2 1/2 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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