412 Tasting Notes

(Backlog from last night)

This week, an Instagram tea friend gifted me with one of the nicest care package I have ever received. Teas, teawares, gemstones, silk pouches….I was overwhelmed.

This person is a wonderful being…

Most of his teas are pu’erh, unique and very special cause you can’t just go and purchase them…they are for the most part private reserves.

Among all those puerh teas, there was a pouch that just caught my attention. Flowers!! Chrysanthemum buds that he blends himself with rose petals.

Not only is this blend the prettiest thing I have ever seen, but it also tastes like heaven. IF you like florals of course.

I am a notorious insomniac. He told me this might help me relax at night. I was skeptical, cause really, no infusion ever helped me before.

Well guess what…it did help! After quite a few steeps, my eyes became heavy and a soothing wave of relaxation started to flow inside of me.

I brewed it in a small glass gaiwan, and it steeped forever… I had to stop and go to bed.

This is such a nice discovery…Tea people are just the best peeps I know!





Finally you will have some rest. He had to send it to you long time ago ;). Amazing pics dear <3


glad you were able to find something that helps you sleep.

what kinds of pu’erh did he send you? i saw the shou on IG.


I’m so glad it helped you ! lovely pics as always.


@boychik: thank you for all the love, right back at ya! For the sleep, now we have to see if it works every time, haha!

@apt: thank you…so do I!! And for the pu, if I knew I would tell you…but I don’t, lol. I got a few shengs but mostly shou. Total mystery except that some are from 1000 year old trees. Some are made exclusively for certain families in China, and he happens to be friends with one of them. The beauty is I don’t really feel I need to know…I just feel very lucky and greateful that I get to experience them :-)

@Ysaurella: merci ma très chère amie ;-)

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Well hello good Steepster people!

So I needed warmth…what better tea than this beautiful golden Dian Hong?

First, the look. I mean, have you had a close look at those buds? PURE GOLD!!

So soft and fury, I want to pet them ( ok, I admit…I did pet them…I am a first class TeaGeekette after all, why hide in shame?)

The brew is all glitters and gold, a beautiful sunny light in the glass pitcher.

I forget how good this is…I rarely have it cause, well, I just have so many teas!!

It qualifies for my “pudding-like” tea list, cause of how sweet and thick it feels in my mouth. Unlike any other Yunnan I have had.

The sweetness reminds me of barley sugar candies. I also get cocoa and sweet potato notes.

It’s very fragrant, I find a certain floral quality to it.

Not as damp and earthy as one might expect, but a little “mossy” and yeasty.

Full of beautiful nuances and complexity, this tea screams for gongfu brewing. And it’s so forgiving, you can’t mess it up, it never gets astringent or bitter.

I had a lovely session earlier…another wonderful tea from Whispering Pines :-)

Here are some pics:





i love dian hong teas! never gets bitter for me. :D awesome pics :) love the cat :)


Hehe, thank you :-)


Welcome back TTF!


Hi Tea Fairy! I got an insight when reading about petting the furry tea. Now I know why mr. mopar has the Chairman, she keeps him from tea petting.


Thank you my dear Boychik xox

Nice to see you Cwyn!! Hahaha!! I wish there was a “like” feature for this comment!! :-)


Your photos are always so beautiful! And I love this tea. Your description of it is perfect. :)


What are your experiences with Whispering Pines? I’ve never had their teas, but I’ve seen their name come up a lot. Should I try them?


@katBender: you are so sweet, thank you!! This tea is truly a gem…

@TeaKlutz: OMG! you must place an order!!! Just read my tealog, lol, you’ll understand why I’m saying this…most of my reviews are for their teas cause well…I drink them 75% of the time!! And I drink LOTS of teas believe me…I have tried MANY sellers…and I’m a total WP addict cause not only do they sell some of the best tea I have ever had, but they also have a work ethic and philosopihy I fully endorse and agree with. “Breathe life, sip inspiration” is a slogan that speaks to me greatly.

And I promise: I DON’T GET PAID A PENNY TO SAY ALL THIS, all true :-)

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I know I have professed my love for this tea many times…but what can I say? I just can’t get enough of it.

So friggin good.

Sweet dried fruits with big caramel notes, I always want moarrrr!!!

Gongfu this baby, and you have a whole new dimension of flavors.

This was my first tea of the day, using my brand new little cutie pot.

Have a lovely teatime everyone :-)

A wonderful tea friend spoiled me by sending me a beautiful mystic crystal. I like to honor my tea with such good vibes and energy…

Pics of the session:



Cameron B.

That is the most adorable little pot! And the quartz is gorgeous too. :)


Thank you swetie pie :-)


I just love reading your tasting notes, they are always so happy..I love it!^.^


@albertocanfky: what a sweet thing to say, thank you :-)

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Instead of sleeping tonight I’m having my favorite sheng.

Trippy qi, this gives me the happy warming feeling I seek when drinking sheng pu’erh.

Exquisite and remarkable. It’s such a wow tea.

Beautiful golden elixir, it heals all wounds.

Slightly smokey, super sweet with notes of apricots, mossy and earthy with a fresh minty finish. Capture of nature in the form of tea.

I think that’s why I love it so much…it reminds me of the pure moments of joy I feel when exploring and hiking in my forest.

I feel safe right now, cause I still have two unwrapped cakes besides this one. Yay me!

Pics of the session:




Hello sweet Fairy !


mmmm i have 2 cakes of this one left as well..and one from 2014 heh


That sounds wonderful – I cannot wait to try the bit of this I have in my cupboard.


Beautiful photos!!


@ysaurella: Hello sweet French cousin ;-)

@sil: good on you my dear!

@spencer: it is so special, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do…


Thank you Tealizzy, beautiful tea as well :-)

Red Fennekin

It sounds amazing – I can’t wait until I’ve saved enough for a Mandala order :D Out of interest, where did you get your little Yixing pot from?


@red fennekin: You can’t go wrong with a Mandala order dear…and the pot is from there as well ;-) one of my favorite pot out of my entire collection! Perfect for sheng, beautiful color, and very good quality clay for the price.

Red Fennekin

Ah, thanks :D Yeah – everyone says such wonderful things about their teas! I’ll probably put a huge order in after Christmas :-)


@la fée du thé…j’essaie avec difficulté de rejoindre Instagram mais ils ne m’envoient pas le mot de passe pour valider l’inscription…


@ysaurella: Oh non!! Jai tellement hâte de t’y voir, c’est si amusant!


As always, your photos are gorgeous. Hope the tea helped you sleep. :)


C’est le meme toujour et demaim! c’est tres bien. If my Francais is remembered from many years ago. I am glad you have rejoined instagram an I see a subscription ahead. Sorry many years since I have had to translate. Pardon any errors..


Mrmo thank you :-) You are full of surprises, aren’t you? Your Français is Fantastique!!!

And yo! We desperatly need you on Instagram, come on over ;-)


Thank you so much lovely Sweedish Chef ;-)

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Hey Steepster! Long time no see…

Having this succulent tea makes my life better. Devine spider leg tea. Boozy and bready with chocolate covered raisins.

That’s all I have to say for now.

Cheers people :-)





you are so creative ;)


We missed you.

Terri HarpLady

smiles & hugs :)


Marzi, come to Instagram. Our lovely TTF has awesome pics ;)


I run out of bandwidth and can’t pay attention to it all :(. Personal bandwidth I mean.


love the photo’s :)


Bout time you get back on here! now where’s that Priss hiding at…..


Aww!!! You guys!!! You are all so amazing, thank you….missing you much!

Mrmo, Priss is awfully busy, I miss her too!!!

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

Ee!! I love the spider legs!! I found the most adorable spider today in a drawer living under a shortbread mold, it looked like a little ghost spider

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So I know that I haven’t posted much lately, but I do miss my Steepster peeps greately :-)

My friend boychik asked me on Instagram to post this pic on Steepstser. She also inspired me to drink my beloved PTA tonight, so here’s a quick review of a tea I have reviewed many times, cause well I just can’t get enough of it.

One of my favourite black tea. It’s rich and malty, bready and sweet. Fruity with hints of spiciness, cinnamon. I don’t know how I will live without this one. I might have to blackmail Stacy for the name of her supplier!!

I haven’t responded yet to the big news today but did see it. I love Stacy and Butiki and will miss her and her teas greatly. But I understand that life calls for new challenges sometimes and I can only applaud her for making such a hard decision and wish her good luck with everything.

(And Yo kiddo, if you read this, go get that capybara!!! ;-)

Pic of tonight’s session (made a huge pot!)



<3 all of this :)

Butiki Teas

Awww! I so want a capybara. Seriously. I might continue to purchase the PTA since I drink about a kilo a month. We will see. I can definitely see trading you for something. :) I’m gonna miss ya guys but I’ll be here on Steepster.


Thank you Stephanie :-)

Stacy, you MUST let me know the day you get one!!! Cause i know you will :-)
Also, trading with you will be the coolest thing ever, glad to hear you plan on still being on Steepster xox

Butiki Teas

Oh, I will. If I ever get a capybara, I will post pics everywhere :D Would love to trade with you. I’ll switch over my Butiki Teas id to probably just Stacy and will be sure to post a bit. :)

Cameron B.

But… Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black! :D

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(Backlog from a couple of days ago)

Thanks to Sarsonator who generously sent me a huge quantity, I was able to sip on this wonderful oolong during the week end.

I’ve had this TGY from previous harvests before. Verdant does oolong very well…

It’s a beautiful tea, very flavourful and what I have come to expect from higher quality TGY.

Creamy, buttery and slightly nutty. It smells like popping kernels!

Nice floral mouthfeel going on. It has also a refreshing citrusy finish.

It lasted many steeps gongfu style.

I made my session extra special by inaugurating new teawares that I love very much. (Allan, looking at you, enabler!!!)

Here’s a pic:



Yay, so glad this one found a loving home!


Love that cup!

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My head hasn’t been quite where it should be at lately… So I’ve been drinking lots of shou.

For some reason, shou helps me find my balance. I’m very passionate about it, and wish to convert as many people as I can to it.

It gets a bad wrap sometimes. But once you get passed the misconceptions and open your mind to it, it’s so rewarding…

Of course there are bad ripe pu’erhs out there and you must find the right ones.

This is the right one.

So smooth and warming. Not heavy on the earthy and leathery notes, perfect shou to try if you’re a little afraid of them.

Temple Stairs is a go to tea for me, and tonight I’ve been sipping on both the tuocha and the loose version of it. (Thanks Sarsita for those cute mini tuos!)

Thank you Mandala for helping me find my centre tonight…

Terri HarpLady

This really is a nice little tuo :)


I bought that last week, maybe I will try it tonight. Sounds good.


Glad you like it too Terri :-)

Allan, can’t wait to find out what you think of it!


Tea Fairy, did you buy the Temple Stairs cake too? I am waiting to try that too, got it with my order.


I’m the same way. When in doubt I drink shou! Any kinda pains or blues I drink shou! Not demanding and so much comfort it brings


I’ve noticed Shou has that effect on me too. Is there a difference in the flavor between the different forms of this tea? Or are they all about the same…just the tuocha being more convenient?


Allan, I did not buy ttge cake yet…

Boychik, right you are :-)

Tealizzy, I prefer just a little bit more the loose version, but not by much…they are very similar, but the loose one seems a little more flavourful to me. And yes, the tuochas are so convenient:-)


Thanks, TTF! I have this tea on my wishlist from trying a sample of the cake…I’ll have to check out the other forms!


HI!! Temple Stairs!! I climb them every morning before meditation and yoga!! Love this tea.

Here is my take on what I have found over the years with loose vs pressed ripe tea: In the first year or two, I find that the loose ripe develops more quickly in depth, flavor, clarity. But after 2 to 3 years of being pressed, the cakes develop more complexity than the loose ever will.

Of course, there are a few considerations, first of which is the overall quality of the leaf and original ripening of it. Compression and quality of storage conditions will also affect how a tea ages. But for the most part, I find loose more appealing for year one and two. After that, it’s cakes all the way!

These mini’s are impressing the heck outta me already. Glad that I had 10,000 of them pressed!

And I agree about ripe tea and its soothing qualities. You just can’t go wrong with a good ripe tea, in my opinion. Does that make me sound like a typical “shou” salesman?

Terri HarpLady

Only if the Shou fits, Garret ;)


Lol, you are everything BUT a typical “shou” salesman Garret, that’s why I adore doing business with you :-)


I know I’m late to the party, but 10,000 mini shous?? That’s so awesome, G!


I like shou also!

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I am French Canadian, so please forgive me if my English is not always perfect!

My relationship with tea in a nut shell:

I’m married to straight Blacks. I have torrid love affairs with Oolongs. My BFF are Greens. I socialize more and more with Pu’erhs. I have distant White acquaintances that I visit once in a while. I party with Flavored!

Love Steepster, a place for tea lovers, where you learn and share with others…

About me:

I am a free spirit, I let people be who and what they want to be and expect the same in return.

Books! I love French and classic literature, but also modern and pretty much anything that captures my attention.

As tea and books, music is something I can’t live without! From Bach to Nirvana, my ears know no boundaries…

Art is food for the soul…I consume lots of it.

Animal and nature lover, I will never let a fury friend in needs.

I’ve been drinking tea for as long as I can remember. But since I’v joined Steepster, my tea knowledge has emancipated exponentially.

Drinking tea is a sensorial experience. The name in itself “Camellia Sinensis” lingers the promess of an adventure for the senses…

As for my rating system, well it’s pretty much inexistent…Since I don’t write many reviews, I try to focus on the good stuff and will usually review teas that left a big impression on me.

Not a big «swapper» but if we do get to swap together, you’ll remember me, I live up to my Fairy reputation :-)

I love taking tea pics, here’s my Instagram:



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