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drank Hong Yun Black by Butiki Teas
813 tasting notes

Note to self: drink only at home…work brewing equipment does not do it justice. Plus, I’m too busy working to enjoy the subtleness of this tea. It’s too special to waste on me while I’m working!

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Yes, I still have a bunch of this tea, and I rediscovered it after reorganizing my cupboard. It turned out thinner than I remember, but was definitely tastier as it cooled. I think I need to steep it longer, maybe 8-10 minutes. I forgot and only did 5 min. Oops! Still a good nighttime tea.

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drank Cacao by Tisano
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I think this is the right version of the tea TastyBrew sent me in a swap long ago. It’s a delicious cocoa substitute…best when steeped long. I sipped down the last of my swap sample this week, but it’s going on my wishlist. :)

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Enjoyed a large cup of this tea at work this week, and it was thick and bread-y. Yum!

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With Steepster being mostly down this week, I haven’t logged any teas, so get ready for quite a few notes from me! I’ve decided I don’t want to wait anymore for the site to be perfectly fixed. At least we can read the latest notes from the link on the explore page.

I ordered a sample of this tea in my last order, because I thought it would be fun to try another Keemun. I am really liking Keemun. This one was really different. It had a nice cocoa aroma, but when I tasted it, I was blasted with this smooth stone fruit flavor…maybe plum? Whoa! Fruity! There was a hint of smoke, but it was very subtle. This was pretty delicious, and not what I expected. I think overall, I prefer other Keemuns, but this was a nice departure from the usual.

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I’ve kinda been neglecting this one lately. Too much tea! I wanted a comforting, silky, creamy cup, and that’s what I got. Still amazing!

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There was an earthquake last night, or shall I say, really early this morning. My husband and I woke up to our bed moving side to side like we were in a rowboat! And it lasted so long! Really freaky, considering I haven’t felt one like that in probably two decades. Turns out the epicenter was between American Canyon and Napa…not very far from us and the magnitude was 6.0! Our house is fine, but our kitties completely disappeared! Poor kitties! There is a bunch of damage in Napa though.

So, after all that, I enjoyed a cup of this tea this morning. Figured I should have something comforting and this hit the spot! The last time I had this one, I made it with microwaved water at work and loved it. Trouble is, I have no idea what the temperature of the water was. Someone on here was remarking that the recommended steeping temperature was too low, and I think I might agree. I steeped this one at 176 degrees for 2 minutes. It still tastes great, but I think the microwaved cup hot more flavor, and I’m assuming that cup was hotter than 176 degrees. So, maybe some trials at 185 and 195 might be in my future to really see which temperature brings out the most flavor. This time, I got more of the smokiness, and less of the cocoa. Still a great cup and it was gone way too fast!


I felt it too! It was really confusing at first, I didn’t know what had happened, but after I figured out nothing was going to fall on me, I relaxed a little. I hope your kitties are alright.


I’m glad that you are OK.


Ya, the kitties are fine. They showed up for breakfast right on time! What part of the Bay Area are you in?


Thanks, NofarS!


I’d glad that you and kitties are okay. They probably have some clever kitty shelter for such occasions. :)


Oh my…so scary. Glad you are ok!


I’m actually in the valley, so the earthquake is just a shaking, not the full on feeling of a quake. Still, if you can feel it here, you can tell its a big one. Glad the kitties came back. Breakfast is a powerful pull.

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I rediscovered this tea recently when I reorganized my tea cabinet. I remember this one as being good, with a distinct creaminess at the end of the sip. It’s still good. Della Terra knows how to flavor rooibos and they got the vanilla cream flavor right. I feel like some companies’ rooibos teas are overwhelmed by the rooibos flavor, but not Della Terra. Don’t get me wrong…the rooibos flavor is there, but you still get to enjoy the other added flavorings. Overall, this is a nice, creamy, caffeine free, cozy cup!

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Steeped up a cup of this and threw it in my timolino for our drive this morning. Seems terrible to put such a quality tea in a travel mug, but it was still delicious! Sweet yammy goodness! :)

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Sipdown! I had one little sachet left. It was sitting around for months! One sachet away from finishing off a tin, so I drank it! I’m already ready for fall flavors. I really like this one, so would definitely pick up another tin this year, but I bet Trader Joe’s won’t have pumpkin stuff until November. I’ll just have to content myself with the DavidsTea fall collection in the meantime. Can’t wait for next week!

Hannah F.

VariTEA sent me the Victoria Teas one. It’s delicious! I recommend adding a shake each of ginger and cinnamon, use some brown sugar, and vanilla soymilk.

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Another profile facelift! My tastes have changed a lot from when I first discovered loose leaf tea.

I can trace my tea journey back to October 2012, when I discovered DavidsTea. Before that, I had the occasional cup and enjoyed high tea at An Afternoon to Remember, which has since closed.

I went through a period of wanting to try all the teas, and was really into flavored teas, especially dessert blacks, but my tastes have substantially changed over time.

I still enjoy the occasional flavored black or rooibos, but I’m more into unflavored black teas right now and recently, puerh. Chinese black teas are amazing…with their notes of chocolate or sweet potato, who needs a flavored tea? I had a much steeper learning curve when it came to puerh. I used to dump out cups of puerh for tasting like leather. Now, I am really enjoying them. I think it took finding good quality puerh and steeping them gong fu style to really enjoy them.

I also, on occasion, enjoy a good oolong, white, or green tea.

Favorite tea companies right now include: Mandala, Teavivre, Butiki, Golden Moon, Lupicia, and DavidsTea (for teaware mostly).

Just a note: I don’t rate my teas numerically because my iPad doesn’t like the scroll bar. Maybe someday that will change…hint hint, steepster! ;)

P.S. My profile picture is of one of my 2 cats, Holly, who is a little princess but very photogenic, and she loves boxes, including those that bring me tea! :)


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