2663 Tasting Notes


I’m drinking the afternoon tea now. Sample I got from Dragon Tea house. :)

I don’t know what a cassia twig is supposed to smell like, but from the descriptions I have seen on the ’net I guess it is something like cinnamon bark?

I steeped this up in the yixing and it is certainly enjoyable. This is the 2nd Haiwan shu I’ve had recently that has been really nice. It is definitely mellow and earthy with a slight creaminess in the flavor. If you let it steep a bit longer it has a definite coffee type of flavor. Overall I am digging this. A nice shu without much fermentation flavor in my opinion…

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Well, I was right about cold brewing this tea. It is interesting that way.

the cold brewing seems to have brought out more of the roasted flavor to the point where it’s reminding me of a hojicha. But it is also slightly buttery and floral. The bitterness is also a bit more present in the cold brew. I would say overall I prefer it hot with the short steeps because that brings out more of the delicate floral and light fruit notes.

Iced 8 min or more

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drank Apple by Lupicia
2663 tasting notes

This is one of the tea samples that came in the Lupicia holiday gift sampler I got last year…

it has an apple-y scent but I just don’t find this one to be real tasty for some reason. the black tea base has a bit of bitterness to it that was somewhat improved by sugar. It’s a bit of an artificial apple flavor combined with bitterness, Though I am normally a Lupicia Fan it’s just not the thing for me somehow.

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When I first got this tea I was troubled by it, as it didn’t seem to have the notes that Dragon Tea House had described. This afternoon I decided to steep it in the gaiwan at around 190f.

I did a quick rinse and then put the hot water over the tea for the shortest time possible, about 10 seconds, before pouring it into the cup. It definitely has an orchid aroma; very floral. The flavor of the tea itself is nice. It is slightly woody and slightly almondy. I am getting the tropical fruit notes in the finish which are nice. The finish ends on a definite sweet note and reminds me of a light pineapple/mango. In that vein, it has a similar flavor to a few ff darjeelings I’ve had over the years.

I wouldn’t say I’m a dancong oolong expert by any means. But, I think I prefer the honey orchid dancong because of the sweeter flavor. This is a little lighter on the sweetness and is more delicate.

I got a bit more brave after steeps & 3 and 4 to steep it for 20 seconds. Now I am picking up a bit more of the roasted and honey-ish notes, though they are subtle.

After steep 6, the flavor is still going strong but I gave up on it. I wouldn’t say this tea is above average, but this is also my first snow orchid tea, so it’s difficult to know. I am going to try giving this the cold brew treatment as something tells me it would make a super yummy cold brew.

190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 30 sec

I think every Dancong I’ve had has come from Verdant. That’s sobering. :/


I had one of theirs I didn’t care for… I can’t remember which one.

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I am finally finishing off this sample today. This is a fairly nice cuppa in my opinion, especially for the price. It is still $14.90 for the entire cake on Puerhshop.com. Why does that make me suspicious?? I want to believe that a really expensive tea is better somehow. :-P

This has a nice woodsy flavor and seems citrusy/orange to me with some effervescent quality. The finish is definitely on the bitter side but not overwhelmingly so. This is quite a good bargain, I can’t find anything really bad to say about it, only it seems a bit stale which is probably my fault as I’ve stored it improperly in an old ziploc bag. I would like to try some more puerhs from Jingmai mountain. Anyone else have a favorite?

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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drank Classic India Spice by Yogi Tea
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Tea of the evening here. I was out with my sweetie for a hike today and the exercise made me sooo sleepy I had to take a nap! I should go back to sleep soon but I thought a cup of herbal something would be nice.

This stuff is all spices and no real tea, as such it is fairly potent. I am getting lots of black pepper, cardamom and ginger. It’s like a chai tea without tea! When you add soymilk to it, it becomes a lot better. I’ll have to try this with some rooibos or tea someday. I find the spiciness to be a little too strong for me, but it is nice on occasion.

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I am really glad that Steepster seems to have the cupboard feature all sorted out, so I could easily sort on the teas I just added… yay!

So this is an interesting tea… normally Xiaguans are smoky and fairly potent. But I do know that Yiwu shengs tend to be more on the mild side, and so is the case with this one. I don’t detect any smoke at all in this. The flavor is very woody with apricot notes. After sipping, you are hit pretty hard with a lemony bitterness that gradually transforms into a sweeter, mellow more honey like flavor. This is a mildly energizing brew that gives a nice, glowing feeling….

I found that when I lowered the water temp. from about 200 F to 190 F, most of the bitterness is gone.

I tend to like smoky shengs myself, but this is a nice change of pace for when I want something on the lighter side. Will be interesting to see how this ages if I don’t drink it all before it ages. :)

Flavors: Apricot, Bitter, Honey, Wood

190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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I am enjoying this tea this afternoon. It came as one of my selections with the YS dark tea club selection.

Probably not one I would have ordered myself, but it’s interesting the lighter roast means the tea color brews up pretty light and it has that lovely, mineraly flavor. Some floral with a bit of a bittersweet note in the finish. I think I’ll need to try steeping this Western style instead of the gong fu method I did this afternoon. It is nice but I’m not getting a ton of flavor from it.

185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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I have noticed a trend with my tea drinking lately — I’m not drinking too many flavored teas. I should definitely consume the ones I have left but I haven’t been craving many. Sometimes they are nice as dessert teas but overall I might be done experimenting with them for a while.

It’s hard to go wrong with a decent unflavored tea from a reputable, quality source. But flavored teas seem to be a disappointment to me so much of the time. I think a good plan for me moving forward is to sip those down and just not be buying a lot more. Also will be helpful for paring down my tea collection. :)

So this is a tea i got with my YS dark club order and I am trying it this morning. True to the name it has a lot of lighter-colored golden tips. I tend to like these types of yunnan teas and this is no exception. It’s very smooth with notes of cocoa and malt. Cameron mentioned cucumber which seems appropriate to me, not so much with the flavor but in the exceptional clean and smooth mouth feel of it. This is probably the lightest yunnan black tea I have in my collection right now. Good as a breakfast tea but would also be good as an afternoon tea. I like it!

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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I am drinking this tea today for maybe the first or second time only. I can’t believe i have never written a review about it…

So this is a rolled white tea that is similar to the jasmine white pearl I also like from Red Blossom. Instead it is scented with osmanthus. I have done several steeps in the gaiwan today .


I get a light yellow tea liquor with this one. It really only needs to be steeped for about 30 seconds. It has a light, cornsilk, buttery type of flavor and while the osmanthus is present, I would say it is fairly subtle in this blend. That is good news for me, as I don’t like overly flowery teas. It has a bit of sweetness but I actually like this with a tiny bit of coconut sugar as well.

There must be something about osmanthus that relaxes you because I find this very soothing when my nerves are feeling stressed out and I’m a bit hyper. Also brings a happy feeling. I am definitely glad to have this in my tea collection!

Flavors: Butter, Corn Husk, Floral, Osmanthus

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

Some companies call white tea pearls Panda Pearls rather than Dragon Pearls… I find this adorable. They are said to bring incredibly good fortune because apparently that is what panda tears are supposed to do in Chinese folklore and the pearls represent tears. Hrrrrrrrr… I might explode from cute. But I hope they’re happy panda tears!


awww. :)

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I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

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I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

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