350 Tasting Notes


First, do you have the same problem as me tonight ? I cannot see the majority of the tea pictures here on Steepster and some of the steepsterites avatars…it drives me crazy

Thank you Scheherazade for this milk oolong.
It’s a light milky, and the creamy note is delicate. The main notes are clearly vegetal here. It has the mellowness of the oolongs.
I need to say this is not my favourite among Milky Oolong, not bad at all but just kind of meh vs my Theodor darling MO, the other Tealux and Mandala’s one.
Nice to have been given the chance to taste it.

Tasting note number 300 …gosh I can’t believe that !

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When I was on my computer earlier I kept getting a pop up saying the security certificate from some file hosting site was invalid, I bet your settings are just blocking them due to that.


i was just going to post asking about that ysaurella, so i’m glad i’m not alone. Most of the pics are broken for me


thank you girls I feel no more alone ;)


Hard to compete with your beloved Theodor MO :-)


…and happy 300th!

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drank Yuzu Temple by Mariage Frères
350 tasting notes

Thank you Scheherazade for this sample. I was curious about this one since a while.
Unfortunately this is not a tea for me.
Green but without astringency, flavoured but without any notable taste (some pale citrus maybe and on aftertaste)…I’m not able to taste the tea base neither…It is a pleasant cup of hot water tainted with a pale yellow herbal something.
Clearly the right tea for those who keep thinking tea is nothing but hot water…really…What have you done Mariage Frères ? it clearly doesn’t match with your habitual quality…

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
350 tasting notes

I am spoiling myself with a cup of this tea, this so delicious tea.
Thank you darby for sending some of this tea.

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drank Strawberry Oolong by Tea Source
350 tasting notes

Thank you darby for this sample. Unfortunately I don’t get much flavour neither tea taste.
Tea Source says this tea is perfect as iced, so this is how I will use rest of the sample.

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6 months.It didn’t take me so long to buy this one… I only managed to resist 6 months before entering Mariage Frères and ask for 50 g of Sun Moon Lake at the desk.
I loved all the Sun Moon Lake teas I have tasted and in general I have a kind of passion for Taiwanese teas, blacks and Oolongs.
I however just love the poetic name of this area’s teas, it sounds so romantic.

The dry leaves are so long and include golden tips, so lovely. They smell woody and roasty.
I use a mug and an infuser and after 3 minutes steeping I can already see a so dark colour that I decide to shorten the steeping.
It’s a medium bodied black tea exactly as I love them with the typical notes of honey, fresh baked bread and candied fruits I appreciate in Taiwanese teas.
On aftertaste, there is something rough but quick, almost mineral but really this is for a short moment and adds a lot of personality t the tea.

I would say this one is a kind of cousin to Butiki’s Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black with a mineral touch.
I do really enjoy it a lot. Just sooo Yummy.

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Sounds lovely!


Sil I am sure you would love it.


Sounds excellent!


LaFleurBleue sent me some of another sun moon lake oolong and it was soooo excellent. I think I still got some leaves hoarded somewhere.


yes I had the same one from LaFleurBleue and it was excellent. Unfortunately I don’t have any left. This one is really fantastic as well but a black tea instead of Oolong.


Yum, lovely review:-)
I agree, the name is so dreamy…

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drank Anichaï by Dammann Freres
350 tasting notes

This is my first chaï made as an indian chaï.
I didn’t exactly respected DF’s instructions and put the tea directly in the milk while cooking and not after it boiled.
This is really good ! I didn’t expect to manage to make a good chaï at the first attempt but here it is.
The spices are really wonderful : cardamom is really the main one but the second roles have their partition to play as well.
Really love it.

Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

good on you, I love indian chai done chai style. or better I love expensive french takes on indian chai, the chai blends I get at the indian grocery stores do not compare at all.

have you ever had chandernagor? I love it crazily and curious how this one compares, seems like the same spices…


I never had Chandernagor because once I was hesitating and finally I have chosen Mandalay.
I can send you a sample of Anichaï and of Thé des Mille Collines (a Dammann Chaï as well)I was thinking about that while doing this chaï


Thank you very much for the suggestion, but I have no new teas to send and still many samples to try. Maybe in Autumn?

Chandernagor is lovely, my favorite classic chai. But that is one thing I like MF very much for, they have a few totally perfectly classic ultimate versions of classic things. Chandernagor is the chai for me, Casablanca is the mint green tea….

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I am impressed by this Earl Grey. It’s an heavy bergamot for sure, not the sweet kind, the floral one. The tea base is strong and malty.
I steeped my pot for almost 5 minutes and it may be too long as I get an astringency, tolerable but really there.
I’ll retry with both less leaf and a shorter steep but it is a really special EG, a morning one able to wake you up quickly.
This Earl grey is not the kind of EG I imagine Miss Marples would drink with her friends.
I know you’re strong Miss Marples…but I always imagine you very classical and fragile regarding tea.

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Haha! Yes, I’ve always wondered what was in Miss Marples cup!


I’m sure it was an Earl Grey but maybe more an Earl Grey French Blue type :)

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Still roasty , mellow and delicious.

While sipping it I am thinking of Steepster, people here and tasting notes.
Since I joined Steepster 2 years ago a lot of folks here who have just “disappeared” and I was thinking of their last note. Did they know it was their last one? Did they feel sick and tired of writing notes ? Did they decide to only drink tea for themselves ? Did they have a major issue ? No chance to know the answer.

I’m feeling myself more and more lazy with my notes, saying less and less. Am I tired of teas ? I feel more like I would like to spend more time with some teas probably rather than trying news so often.
Sorry I am boring tonight :(

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not boring! just waxing poetic :)


I’ve been on here for a long time now, but I have not been writing down all the teas that I have been drinking. I think I just haven’t had much time to write these days. Perhaps a bit lazy too.


Ysaurella and boring never belong together :-)

I also wonder about our friends who disappear…and i think I understand what you are experiencing. Most of the time, I just want to enjoy my tea and not think about what I want to write. That’s why I don’t review much. There’s nothing wrong with spending more time with your tea, as long as you don’t forget to pop up once in a while to say hi, other wise, YOU KNOW I will give you a little poke out of concern, we cannot afford to loose you to the disappearing ones :-)

Terri HarpLady

I understand how you feel, & I have been thinking lately that I have written multiple reviews on many teas, & have nothing left to say about them. Yet, I still want to drink them, I still love them. But I don’t want to be redundant.


It is easy to get caught up in the every day concerns of life :-(


I know I have less to write about here – I have less new teas, I am drinking my stash, have some definite views about where and how to spend my next tea splurges. So well, there is only so much one can talk about tea. I hope to not disappear without saying a word though (and autumn, autumn is always my tea restocking time of the year) – and madam, we absolutely must have tea together one day, in Paris or Lisbon (or Sintra, yeah that would be the place!)!

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drank GABA Black by Mandala Tea
350 tasting notes

A very roasty black tea. Got honey notes as well.
Loved it. Thanks Dexter3657 for sharing

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ooh, i’ve been curious about this one. didn’t realize it was one of the roasty ones, yum.


it is really nice and absolutely roasty.

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First, please forgive me for my English and all the grammatical mistakes you’ll find in my posts.
As English isn’t my mother tongue it sometimes makes things more difficult to express cleverly and accurately what I feel.

I was mainly in black flavoured teas, green as well if not bitter.
I’m now drinking much straight teas because my palate is now developed enough to appreciate them .

My favourite brands are : Mariage Frères,Theodor,Butiki Teas,Dammann Frères, Betjeman & Barton.
My ratings are as follow :

100 to 95 : my darlings; always in my cupboard

94 to 90 : Excellent tea, often in my cupboard

89 to 80 : very good tea, a pleasure to drink it

79 to 70: not bad even nice, why not having it sometimes, but well, not so urgent !

69 to 50 : Meh, deceptive or just not for me – but has some qualities

49 to 30 : I just don’t appreciate it

Under 30 : is this tea ?!?!?

My tea blog (in French)


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