623 Tasting Notes


This was good – it was creamy and sweet, and the next two steeps got more floral. I brewed this western style as I reorganized the tea cabinet. It was perfect for the last day of 2014. It wasn’t overly buttery, which I like.

It was a hell of a year. Frankly, few good memories were made this year. But hopefully that means there is nowhere to go but up. Good or bad, I will be moving in July or August, who knows where, so that will be an adventure at least. One great thing has been Steepster. In a few more days, I will have my one year anniversary here. This site has really revolutionized tea for me. I was into it before, but very limited in my knowledge and exposure to types of tea, and companies. I also have loved having a way to keep track of the things I’ve loved most so I know what to purchase more of.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

2014 was probably the worst year of my life. Steepster and tea was one of the few things I could keep engaged with that didn’t stress me out more. This community really helped save my sanity last year.

Here’s to a much better 2015.

Leah Naomi

Me too man, it was a really really rough year. I do believe the worst of my life as well overall. Just really struggled with anxiety and depression this year, more persistently than ever before, combined with a few crap events. I agree that I threw myself into tea to have a safe place away from the insanity.

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This is lovely – I’ve been drinking so much darjeeling and assam from my Golden Tips subscription I’ve forgotten that other blacks exist. This is sweet and smooth and bready. As it cools down I get more of a chocolatey note. Still chocolate bread, and not strong enough to give me that “omg imposter chocolate” sense, but enough to be flavorful. I am so glad I got a sample of this on BF.

Plus, two steeps tastes great. I love when I have the option to resteep.

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I purchased this as part of a box full of samples and such here on steepster within the year, though I do not remember when. I admit when I saw there were full on peppercorns in here I got nervous. I like spicy, but even I have my limits.

Luckily, it is actually super smooth. It offers a bit of a warmth and smokey flavor, which could also be from age. I’ve kept it in a cool, dark tin since receiving it but I really don’t know how it was stored previously. I don’t mind though, this is good.

165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This isn’t bad – I am a chai fiend, and couldn’t resist during the sale. I like having some chai that doesn’t have caffeine so I don’t have to limit myself to morning chai. This one doesn’t have a ton of rooibos – most of Teavana’s teas don’t. But it is spicy, and does taste somewhat like caramel and spice…if you add a little sweetener. I like it with milk too.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I am really glad this isn’t bitter – it is super flavorful and smooth. I drank it with almond milk, and it was perfect to wake me up this morning.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is creamy and buttery without tasting too buttery. I think what saves it is that it isn’t too sweet. Sweet coconut flavors tend to come out buttery to me and I find it gross and oily. This is pleasant, though I don’t get a strong baked flavor.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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OMG, a chocolate tea I actually like…it’s like finding a unicorn haha. I like that chocolate is not the primary flavor here. The raspberry and waffle flavors are more prominent, and cocoa is a back note that only comes out when it gets cold. While I don’t think it tastes exactly like the title implies, it is still very tasty. I particularly like that even though it is decaf, it doesn’t taste weird. Most decaf teas have an odd taste.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Cream of Earl Grey by Tealated
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This is seriously gross without intervention.

I can’t tell if it is too much bergamot (hello soap taste) or the artificial aspect, or both. Then the vanilla cream flavor just makes it all nasty as hell. I put in my normal healthy dash of milk as I typically do with Earl Greys to minimize soap taste, and took a sip and promptly spit it out. I added maybe a half cup more of milk and now, I can finish drinking the cup. But man, this is pretty bad. I have no idea who it might appeal to because strength can be managed by brewing with less tea, but artificial can’t be fixed.

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is delicious. I LOVE vanilla. Pretty much all the perfume I own that smells phenomenal on me has a vanilla base. All of my favorite desserts, controversially, are vanilla based and not chocolate.

It makes this green tea super smooth and evening appropriate. Win.

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML


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I love chai. That’s why I am using it to try to soothe my holiday blues. It, plus bacon and pancakes for dinner later, and watching Netflix and doing absolutely none of the things I should be (cleaning, resume editing, interview prepping, couch to 5k week 1 day 2), have been smoothing the day out a bit. Every little bit counts.

I agree with the other reviewer in saying that assam is really great for chai. All of my assams I have tried have been impossible to drink without milk, but with milk were really solid because the flavor was able to stand up to it really well. And the flavor here doesn’t drown out because of spices, honey, or the milk.

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

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Now a certified teacher, beginning my first year in third grade this fall. I have been involved in the tea world about 5 years now. In that time, I have learned so much, and am hoping to learn even more by joining the steepster community.

In my non-tea times, I am usually watching netflix while writing lesson plans, cuddling my two kitties, or trying to find new things to do in a town that is sometimes a bit limited!



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