2809 Tasting Notes


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?

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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

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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.

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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!

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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

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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 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
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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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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!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

Live in San Francisco, I’m a SINK (single income, no kids) and love the urban life, but traveling out to the middle of nowhere is always fun too.

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

49 and below Nasty


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