644 Tasting Notes


Hello Steepster peeps. I’ve missed you. I ended up getting a nasty case of pneumonia that culminated in a short stay in the hospital. Not fun. Even after I got home I spent most of my time sleeping and recovering, so it’s nice to feel like I’m back in the land of the living. I’d much rather be here with a nice cup of tea in my hand while reading all of your lovely tea notes.

Speaking of tea, I’m still loving this one. The warm sweetness, the dark chocolate note, the honey is all wonderful. The first cup had lot more graham cracker flavor than I remember from previous cups, but it was really nice. The second steep offered more of a balance and all of the layers that I love so much. This is exactly what I wanted. So good!


So nice to have you back, and good to hear you’re feeling better!




Glad you’re feeling better!!


Pneumonia sucks! It’s great that you’re doing better now, just don’t push yourself too much!


Someone else had pneumonia… Ysaurella, I think. Plus something like eight of my friends, my dentist, and my friend’s dog.


It sucks, and it totally wipes you out. My house is tiny, and I was exhausted walking from my bedroom to the living room.

Anna, I hope all of your friends – and the poor dog!- get better soon. And I hope Ysaurella is ok!!!

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When this tea was first introduced I fell in love with it, so I picked up four ounces during the Black Friday sale. Unfortunately, I’m not as crazy about it anymore. Its still nice, but it doesn’t make my eyes roll back in my head the way it used to. Lesson learned, I suppose.

I over leafed slightly and ended up with a marshmallow-y sweet cup. The caramel was there more as the tea cooled, but it does have a bit of an aftertaste. Added some milk just to up the creaminess factor which helped smooth out the rough edges. Like I said, its nice, but its no longer a favorite.


It’s always sad when that happens… I’m in the same boat with couple of teas of mine.


It is a bummer. I keep hoping I’ll fall in love with it again, but I think this one might be heading for the swap pile.


I had already planned to have this tea when I saw your note. And then I had the same experience! I may also have over-leafed, so hopefully that’ll fix it for next time.


I feel like I have to over leaf or else it taste watery and weak.

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It’s late, and I shouldn’t be drinking caffeine, but I really wanted this. It’s such a great chai, and it makes me happy. And really, who couldn’t do with a little more happy?

Still loving the blend of spices in this one. It’s spicy and sweet, and it’s well balanced against the base tea. Yummy stuff.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

I just switched this tea to a higher grade lapsang, adding a smoother base with more honey notes and adding longan fruit notes. You’ll love it!


Ooh, I can’t wait to try it! I see a mid-month tea order in my future. :)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Woot! :) I look forward to it!

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Tonight the creamy vanilla note is strongest with the mint coming in at the end of the sip. I forgot to overleaf, so this is weaker than I like. Still, it’s tasty.

Flavors: Cream, Vanilla

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Does it taste like popcorn?


No, not at all. The popcorn is only in the tea for decoration. It’s supposed to make you think about stringing popcorn to hang on the Christmas tree. Honestly, I started picking the popcorn out of mine a while ago because it made me think of Genmaicha.


Ah. I’ve been watching to try it.

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Tea of the morning. Last week was rough and kind of left me reeling, so I’m taking today to rest and reset. That means today will be full of comfort teas, and I’m looking forward to each cup.

The mint in this tea is so good. It has that crisp, bright, straight-from-the-garden flavor rather than a toothpaste or candy taste. It’s definitely able to hold its own with the lapsang souchong. The combination of smoke and mint is so relaxing – like being wrapped under my favorite blanket and sitting by the fire.

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drank Eggnog Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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I ordered this sample from Red Leaf back in December, but I’m just now getting around to making it. I’ve been curious about the flavored matchas for a while, so I’m excited to finally get to try one!

This was prepared as a cold latte following the directions sent with the tea. It’s ok, but it needs some sweetness. After adding a teaspoon of raw sugar I can say that this is really nice! Definite eggnog flavor. It’s creamy with a strong vanilla custard flavor and a strong nutmeg finish. Wow, I could get used to drinking these.

Now that I understand what all the fuss is about I’m off to see which flavors I want to try next.

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drank Cinnamon Roll by Fusion Teas
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Tea of the morning. Still getting cinnamon but no bread or icing notes from this one. It’s tasty, but I wouldn’t call it Cinnamon Roll.

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drank Earl Grey Cream by Zen Tea
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Needed an afternoon pick-me-up, so I made a big mug of this and am enjoying every sip.

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I am planning a tea party for a ladies’ group that I belong to, and one of the sweet ladies there gave me a bag of this tea telling me it is her favorite “company tea” and that she would love to have it served at the party. I told her I adore a good Moroccan Mint, so I’d give it a try and then see about adding it to the tea list. I mean how in the world do I say no to that?

So today after lunch I decided to give this tea a try. It’s a bagged tea which didn’t bother me, but the directions for steeping say to pour boiling water over the bag and allow to steep for five minutes. It’s not in me to pour boiling water over sencha. I can’t see how the tea could be anything but a bitter mess, so I lowered the water temp and steeped it for two minutes. The result? Not bad! It was nice and minty, but I could definitely taste the green tea which was a little vegetal and grassy. For a bagged tea I actually think this is pretty good, and I’m glad I got the chance to try it.

Looks like this will be making an appearance at the party.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

Yay! A tea party! :)


Yeah, I’m looking forward to it. My only concern is there will be almost 30 people there. That’s a lot of tea and and treats!


Have fun! :)

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Yum. Toasty rice and lots of marshmallow. This was exactly what I need to keep me from snacking all morning.

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Tea obsessed since 2010.

Some of my favorite tea companies are:

- Whispering Pines Tea Company
- Zen Tea Life
- Harney and Sons
- 52 Teas
- Teavivre

My Rating System:

100-95 = Teas I actively seek out and keep in my pantry. If you are a guest in my home chances are I will offer you one or all of these teas. Also, if/when these teas are discontinued I openly mourn their loss.

94-85 = Teas I truly like, often have in my pantry, and sometimes restock. These are my variety-is-the-spice-of-life teas.

84-75 = They’re good teas and I enjoy drinking them on occasion.

74-65 = These teas are ok, but not really my thing.

64-55 = meh.

54-45 = I will if I have no other option.

44 and below = Coffee, please.


New Jersey, USA



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