2743 Tasting Notes


I am getting into somewhat of a rut with the teas I’ve been drinking, which is probably good for me as it means I haven’t been buying a lot of new ones!

Anyway when I first tried this tea I did not like it much. But after making it at home a few times it has become a breakfast favorite, in fact I bought one tin in December that I already finished off and had to get another one a few weeks ago. The only caveat with this blend is it shouldn’t be oversteeped. It does have some tobacco notes that can get quite strong if you leave it for over 3 minutes. Otherwise it is a great, hefty cuppa that i’ve been enjoying a lot with milk & sugar.

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Try their Earl Grey French Blue with is of course Earl Grey tea but with lavender buds & flowers ( don’t oversteep…the earl grey is quite strong & overstepping will overwhelm the lavender notes) and, if you like green tea, their Lune Rouge which is green tea with rose, ginger and honey…..


You just haven’t felt like drinking tea at all lately?


lunebleu – i’m not an earl grey fan but thanks for the recommendations!

fjellrev – i’ve just been drinking more of my favorites and less experimenting.


Ah, nothing wrong with that!

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drank Sweet Autumn Tea by Lupicia
2743 tasting notes

I’ve had a bit of stomach malaise recently so I’m trying to drink only herbal type beverages this afternoon. Sometimes the caffeine in tea can be too much for me if I have too much (sensitive tummy).

I enjoy this rooibos blend myself. It has this interesting sweet potato/chestnut flavor that compliments the rooibos fairly well. I can see how it wouldn’t really be to everyone’s liking as it is a bit vegetal and sweet. I think it’s good with a bit of soymilk added, though I don’t really like drinking it plain.

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This seems to be a popular tea on Steepster and I like it too. I just bought a sample so I don’t have a lot, but so far it’s really good.

As others have noted it doesn’t have much fermentation flavor, it is very smooth and rich. I am getting notes of chocolate and cinnamon in my cup. Overall, a very pleasant shu that has a tiny bit of bittersweetness that reminds me of toasted grain.

I am bummed that I broke my yixing for wuyi oolongs (just when I was starting to use it more). I guess I will on the lookout for another one soon! ;)

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Oh nooooo :(. Which one ?


the black one – check my IG


So sorry. I loved that pot.


me too. oh well….

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I am revisiting this tea today. It is not the favorite wuyi oolong in my collection, but it is nice.

I enjoy the flowery aroma and the flavor, which has notes of caramel, plum and roasted grain. It’s especially nice in the xiying teapot. I think I will try cold brewing this at some point in the future as I think it would make a nice iced tea as well. I am wishing for a deeper flavor but it’s good that I have some red robes, which have that. ;)

I got three really good steeps out of this one.

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drank Qian Li Xiang by jing tea shop
2743 tasting notes

This is such a delicious tea! I just raised the rating from 99 to 100, because why not?

I am now the proud owner of this little tea tray shown in the picture. I wanted something nice for gong fu brewing and it was nice that the shop owner gave me a discount for this. It’s just the right size for one person.


I haven’t had this tea in a long time and I forgot how flavorful it is. It has really great notes of cherry and plum and just the right amount of roastiness. It’s one of the best wuyi oolongs I’ve had. Everything from Jing tea shop is so good, I just wish I could afford more of their stuff but for now I am really enjoying the ones that I do have. If you’re a fan of wuyis, this is one you should probably check out… although I don’t see it on their website anymore.

Flavors: Cherry, Plums

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Pretty little tray!


thanks. :)

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I decided to take this one out today and give it a whirl, I guess I still wanted sheng but something a little less aggressive than the Repave and this certainly fits the bill. This morning I am getting some flowery and clover type notes, with only a hint of bitterness in the finish. I haven’t had this in a while and it seems to be aging nicely in my closet. ;)

If anything it reminds me a bit more of a white puerh than it did in the beginning. Very nice and pleasant overall. :)

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Don’t know why but I didn’t like it much. Everybody loves it except me. Maybe I should revisit ;)


I feel that way about the Repave ;)

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This morning I am enjoying this sample that I got from a Steepster friend, thank you friend!

At about 10 seconds of steeping time, the first two steeps are pretty strong. It is a potent tea with woodsy flavors, a nice fruitiness and quite a bit of bitterness in the finish. It has a bit of smoky aroma, but not too much smoke in the flavor.

I decided to lower the water temp for steeps #3 and #4 to about 200 f. I feel that the bitter and tobacco notes have taken over this one to the point where I don’t really feel like drinking it. Not sure if it’s just the mood I am in or the tea itself, but I think I will try this again on another day, it’s making my stomach hurt a bit even though I already ate breakfast. Such is the dilemma with sheng… but it seems that overall some of the other tasters enjoyed this more than I did.

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I am having another nice session with this tea this afternoon. It’s supposed to be a bit on the higher end scale for Dayi – the cake is $56 at Dragon Tea House. This is definitely a smooth and creamy tea. It has nice notes of chocolate, caramel and has a pretty mellow energy. A little tobacco present in the finish right now. Tasty stuff but I am not thinking I will buy an entire cake.

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Not terribly impressed with this one for some reason, though I normally like puerh’s that come from Dayi.

It says “mellow taste” but I am finding the taste kind of boring and flat. There are a few fruity notes but it seems bland and chalky. I wonder if I am just in a weird tea mood after that horrible caramel nougat earlier so I will try this again another day. For now my verdict is “meh”

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maybe that’s why it tastes like that the mellow part


you could be right!

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drank Caramel Nougat by Tea Forte
2743 tasting notes

This came from the dark tea set I got from Tea Forte. I needed something dark as I just woke up from a nap ;)

I do get a faint caramel note here but it smells a lot like hazelnut. To me it just tastes overwhelmingly artificial like a bad dessert drink. It was improved a bit with soymilk but overall it’s not that good. I am just going to give up on Tea Forte as a company…. it’s entertaining to review new teas but not when they’re all yucky.

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Chai (the Mispronounced Chimera)

I almost bought that set the other day but chose the Garden Harvest (fruity white teas) sampler instead. Perhaps there’s a reason they were on sale. :(


I have to say Tea Forte is underwhelming!

Maddy Barone

I got their advent calendar. I enjoyed trying a new tea each day, but found only a couple I would drink again. This wasn’t one of them :(

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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

79-70 Acceptable

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

59-50 Ick

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