2728 Tasting Notes


It’s at work and it’s free – need I say more? Regardless I think this tisane is nice but I really like chamomile. There’s a tiny touch of apple in here but not too noticeable. Chamomile really reminds me of apple anyway. Gentle and relaxing in the afternoon now.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

for a bagged tisane, this one is quite pleasant.


I agree. I’ve also had better luck with Twinings bagged tea than most other brands…


Same here. If it has to be bagged tea, i prefer Twinings. My daughter’s boyfriend sent me their Calm Collection Honeybush tea from Ireland because he knew I Iiked it. I just finally found it here in the States.

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drank Amandine Rose by Teavana
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Thanks to The DJ Booth for this one which came to me as the result of a recent swap.

This one is pretty good, maybe Teavana should try some more black tea blends with less fruit in them. The aroma is very almondy and I am definitely picking up the rose. I wonder if I ended up steeping this too long because it got slightly bitter and also a bit “soapy”. I will try again and report back if my rating changes.

I think I like the smell of this a bit better than the taste of it. I was really glad I got the chance to try it!

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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I’m finishing off the rest of this sample this morning, I appear to be on a roll with this green tea thing. I would definitely order this again, it’s so flavorful and unique. It seems a bit nutty this morning too. I highly recommend it – see my previous tasting notes. Some teas are really just a pleasure to drink and for me, this is one of them.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Green Zoubrovka by Kusmi Tea
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This came as another swap item with oOTeaOo. I’m excited that I finally am getting to try some of these Kusmi teas I’ve had my eye on.

This one is nice and mellow and earthy. I steeped it at 180F for around 2 1/2 minutes. Like most other folks I’ve no idea what buffalo grass is supposed to taste like. I found it to be slightly minty, herby, sweet and kinda funky but in a good way. I can’t quite place the taste but I am finding I like this one a lot. I did a quick Google search on it and found out that it has been widely used for healing coughs and native americans believed it had meditative properties.

Regardless I am finding this to be some pretty interesting stuff although I can see how it might not ring everyone’s bell. It’s a bit strong. I have too much green tea in my Stash already but I’m tempted to go place an order with Kusmi!

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Mostly I use this just as a digestif – although the flavor is not bad if you like anise. See my previous notes.

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drank Cran-Blackberry Rooibos by 52teas
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Ah evidently I am the first person on Steepster to log this particular blend.

My track record with roobois tisanes has definitely been a mixed bag so I wasn’t sure what exactly I would make of this one. :)

I ended up steeping it in an infuser mug for 5 minutes @ 208F. I think I like roobois blends a little bit better when the other ingredients drown out the flavor – lol. I am getting both cranberry and blackberry in this which is very nice. It does have a bit of tartness that comes from the cranberry element but not overwhemingly so. This is a very “juicy” blend with only a touch of cherry cough syrup -ha!

I liked this pretty well when it was hot and then I decided to throw it over some ice and I added a bit of sugar to it. I’ve never had an iced roobois before and I’m not sure that’s really my “thing” but it was ok. I preferred it hot.

This was good enough for even a roobois malcontent like me but I’m not sure I would buy it again.

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

I have not even received it yet,,,so that makes almost 3 weeks behind? I’m disappointed in their shipping practices


really? I got mine pretty quickly – did you try contacting them about it?

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drank Golden Snail by Harney & Sons
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Special thanks to ashmanra for this one – I had noticed other people talking about it but it doesn’t seem to be on Harney’s website anymore so I guess they sold out of it.

I am trying to take more of my black teas without soymilk. I steeped this one at 205 F for around 3 minutes. It’s amazing how much this tea expands when you steep it. It definitely has a delicious cocoa nose. The flavor is robust but smooth, with flavors of cocoa. A cup of roasty and malty goodness and ever so slightly sweet! I hope Harney gets more off this but I’m glad I got the chance to try it…

This reminds me of another favorite of mine, the Black Spiral from the Tao of Tea. :)

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This is a must have

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Actually I began Steepster by reading a review of this …


They do look familiar. I almost got this one when I ordered in September. I hope they can restock it!


Amy, here’s another link for Golden Snail. It is alot cheaper…….I wonder if it is the same grade as Tao of Tea & Upton Tea?



I don’t know but the Black Spiral from Tao of Tea is only $3.25 an oz


HHhhmmm, at Upton’s, 125g bag was $24. I’m going to TELL myself it was a higher grade or better lot. What I need to do is sample from other companies to make that determination, before I pay for the 4+ 0z bag from Upton’s.


Since I’m gonna order more from Tao, I’ll just order it there.


So glad you liked it! I hope they restock it, too, but I am glad to know it can be had elsewhere.


They’ve been out of stock for ages – I contacted them last fall and they said that none of the newer batches have been up to snuff so i fear it might be essentially discontinued.


Uniquity- Are you talking about Upton’s?? Different lots can look the same and be different in taste and quality, but I WILL try the cheaper stuff, hoping it will be just as good! :))


@Scott – Sorry, I didn’t read all the comments. Harney’s Golden Snail has been out of stock, I have not looked into Uptons.

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Thanks to oOTeaOo for this one.

I’ve been wanting to try some Kusmi green teas and was eyeing this one. I have their Russian sampler but I’m finding some of those to be a little too strongly scented for me.

I steeped this one at around 170 F for 2 minutes. I’m not sure what they are using for the base of this Chinese green tea – perhaps something like a Mao Feng? It’s a mild vegetal and slighty herby taste. The almond is in this blend is fairly mild and a bit sweet. I was hoping for a bit more almond but at least it isn’t knocking me over with perfume. This is a nice solid choice for anytime, I might consider getting some if order with Kusmi tea.

I did also get a second steep out of it, which is always nice!

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec

Awww, that one isn’t in my Kusmi sampler. pout

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drank Coconut Custard by Teas Etc
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Thanks so much to QueenofTarts for this tea which I did ask for in my recent swap with her!

I smelled this a bit after I finished brewing it and it smells like coconut. And dirty feet. This is the second red rooibos I’ve had that smells like feet. Feet and cough syrup with a bit of coconut essence, note this was my initial impression when plain. It was a little bit better when soymilk was added.

But man, I have to wonder am I doing something wrong here? I used about 1 tsb of leaf to 12 oz. of tea and steeped for 5 minutes. This is not my favorite. I have no idea why I like some red roobois blends much better than others. Other people seemed to love this one so I dunno… maybe it’s just me?? I thought the recent red roobois teas I had were better tho’.

I did go to the Teas Etc website and they recommend steeping at 180 F or so – I’ll have to try it again at a lower temp. I don’t really like giving a bad review to a tea. :(

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I had a couple of these teabags sitting around from an ancient Celestial Seasonings sampler. Zinger = hibiscus which I am not thrilled with so I thought I’d try cold brewing this. It tastes amazingly like fruit punch. If you’re a fan of Hawaiian fruit punch and are trying to cut back on calories, you may need to try it. I don’t have much else to say, it’s kind of a citrusy, hibiscus-y creation, the aftertaste is waaaay too TART for me. I don’t think I will be buying more.

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