1523 Tasting Notes

drank Kenyan Black by Justea
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I was in the mood for a Yunnan tea, but I thought I’d give this one a try. Even though this is a Kenyan tea, it has the exact flavor profile I wanted anyway. Malty chocolately goodness! After a three minute steep the flavor is divine (it might be a bit much for some, but it has the perfect astringency for me). So it has the malt and chocolate of a Yunnan tea, but there is an astringency here that might not usually be with a Yunnan. The brisk Yunnan then! The flavor reminds me of something I recently had but I’m not sure what it was — definitely something from Butiki or Teavivre though… so only the best! The cup color is a lovely light mahogany. The dry leaves are very black and about a half inch long, the fragrance is surprisingly grassy! I know I’ve compared this to a Yunnan, but that is only because that was what I was in the mood for and was surprised that it was so similar. This MUST be the best Kenyan tea I’ve tried. Very delicious! I will certainly enjoy the rest of my free sample — thank you!


I am deciding whether or not I want to do their next campaign that launched today so I can get some of the Earl Grey. :)

Tea Sipper

I haven’t tried the EG sample they sent me yet.. looking forward to it!


I guess I must be numb to the astringency in this. I found it to be way smoother than an Assam or Ceylon. I did make the Yunnan connection.


I thought I was supposed to get EG & chai samples, but if I did, none of the sample packages were labelled as such. So I’m sharing the sample packs to make more people buy tea. :)


I got all three. I’ll post reviews later to spread them out. Loved the EG.


I really enjoyed it, but can’t afford to contribute more right now. I hope they succeed because I would like to order more later on.


i was comparing it to assam, but yunnan came up in my mind to! I didn’t point it out in my review tough its nice to see someone mention it!

Tea Sipper

I’m glad two of you thought of Yunnan and it wasn’t just my craving talking!

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drank Emerald Mao Feng by Teavana
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Thanks for this one, Michelle! Water cooled, 2-3 minute steep, this one seems so basic. A bit vegetal and nutty but I wish there was more flavor here. I wouldn’t call anything about it “roasted” like the description says. Not much else to say. Maybe I should have used more leaves? A green tea has to be really good to make me reach for it!

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TeaBox B — thanks again everyone! Right away, this reminded me of the other Persimmon Tree tea I had, even if I couldn’t remember what that was at the moment. Coconut cream? The sweet vanilla/cream flavor is there mostly. I can’t really tell it’s oolong or mandarin after a four minute steep. It’s just okay! I think the “cream” used here works better with the coconut.

Also, why does my throat feel like constant rooibos now? I haven’t any rooibos since this morning. It seems like I notice the rooibos scratch more and more. I think I should just invest in some teabag wraps to make sure the rooibos doesn’t get in the cup… but I thought that problem was solved with my mesh infuser!

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drank Green Caramel by Just Add Honey
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Another from Teabox B! I thought ‘just add honey’ was steeping suggestions, not the name of the tea. haha. This one seemed a bit odd.. especially as it mentioned cocoa beans. But this is really nice. I waited a while for the water to cool and steeped for 2-3 min. This has a really smooth flavor that lingers (except for maybe the rooibos, which I’m not really sure WHY it’s in this blend.) There is something like genmaicha about it, since it has popped corn, which kind of makes it like caramel on its own. I wouldn’t think caramel would go with green tea! Maybe I should have just added honey anyway…

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A TeaBoxB tea! I woke up thinking I wanted a Darjeeling — definitely not usually my favorite tea, but luckily somehow the teabox has a few to try! This one has that classic Darjeeling flavor, very smooth and very sweet. The cup color looks like a light amber. Probably the nicest Darjeeling I’ve had (not many!) It was perfect for my Darjeeling craving, and I think I’ll save a bit of this one in case of any more Darjeeling cravings (there is a lot in the box!)

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drank Sleigh Ride by DAVIDsTEA
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Another Momo’s Teabox B tea! thanks everyone! This is a herbal(?) tea I can stand behind! The mixture is so odd but it works together. There is some hibiscus there but the amount there enhances the flavor and doesn’t overpower even after a LONG steep time (then again there was half a cinnamon stick in my infuser.) I’m not sure if this blend screams the holidays/ sleigh rides (especially the hibiscus). Popped corn, almonds, apples, pineapples, cinnamon, coconut. SO good! Very sweet, creamy and silky even with the hibiscus!

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Teabox B! I’m working on just doing one steep, rather than my usual two steeps that I usually do, since I have to work through this teabox and the one I started is on its way! I had both teaboxes last time too. I have no idea how that worked out!

After a 3-4 minute steep, this one seems a tiny bit brisk, but perfect for the morning. Somehow it reminded me of a CTC blend, but this isn’t. It just seems like that is how African tea tastes? I swear there was a hint of fruit in this one, but maybe it was scent contamination from something else in the teabox? This one is good to gulp down when you need your caffeine on the move, but it isn’t extra special. Maybe my water cooled too long. I’ll leave the rest of this one in the teabox since it is lacking in the plain black tea department… and I’m not sure I have many plain black teas to add.

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drank French Breakfast by Octavia Tea
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Another tea from TEA BOX B that I wanted to try — I think it was on my shopping list after reading Momo’s note actually. This one is surprisingly brisk after a three minute steep, but it is just enough to make the actual vanilla pieces here taste even better. It’s a delicious balance and is perfect for breakfast. Sweet yet brisk. This cup seems to almost feel like a breakfast in itself — very satisfying! I really love it. The second steep for five minutes seems to have toned down both the vanilla and the briskness. hmm. There is one teaspoon left I might as well take out of the box unless someone after me wants to try it.

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drank Flaming Chocolate Mate by 52teas
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First tea from TEA BOX B!! Thank you Momo and everyone keeping it going! Very happy to get the box again! They are the best things ever and a great way to try a billion new teas without actually stocking them in your cupboard.

I really wanted to try this one. Opening the package with a smell test, it obviously has chili powder! The dry blend looks like plain roasted yerba mate, but there must be some chocolate hidden in there. I steeped a few minutes just after boiling but there really doesn’t seem to be much flavor here. There is a flavor that reminds me of BBQ from the roasted yerba mate with a hint of chocolate and a hint of heat. Way less heat than 52Teas Chocolate Chai (which is probably a good thing!) But I wish this one had more chocolate… it could have been like a spicy hot chocolate. I doubt this one could be steeped too long to decrease the flavor like other 52Teas since this one is just chocolate and pepper, so I don’t think the steep time ruined the flavor.

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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
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Oh this one is dreamy! I love anything vanilla — thank you Michelle! The suggested steep time seemed a bit long for an oolong, but I went with it anyway. I love the sweet vanilla paired with the floral of the oolong (not sure if it tastes like orchids anyway.. never chowed down on any orchids!) And the second steep was just as good and vanillay. The leaves filled up my entire brew basket unfurled! I normally would have went for a third steep (for an oolong) but I have so many teas to try right now! I have a bit left of this one that I will enjoy anyway.


The Vanilla plant is an orchid! So you have had something derived from an orchid;) But I’m with you it’s such a diverse family how can you define an orchid taste and flavour?

Tea Sipper

Whoops, somehow I forgot vanilla was an orchid. But I thought they meant the taste of the flowers or the leaves or something…


Probably, I often associate the taste ‘orchid’ with some sort of cool green floral.

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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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