2622 Tasting Notes


This is so good it’s actually a little scary! eeeek!

So I guess this tea isn’t exactly a darjeeling because it came from Sikkim according to the website Sikkim is in India’s northeast corner between Nepal and Bhutan. My second Nepalese tea of the day and I think I’m in love… la la la

I steeped this for around 3 minutes @ 200F. This is my after lunch afternoon tea and it is quite a stunner. This black tea is intensely rich with plum and cherry flavors, caramel sweetness and cocoa. The only reason I’m not rating it higher is because it has some astringency in the finish which might make it a bit difficult on my sensitive tummy. But the flavors are wonderful in every way. I highly recommend you give this one a go. I may need to up my rating soon. It’s delicious! I think I’ve found a good seller here with these Rare Tea Republic people! :)

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I really enjoy teas from Temi Sikkim, and they’re similar to Darjeeling teas. You’re slowly becoming a Darjeeling tea lover. Pay no attention—to the tea in your teacup….er…I mean—to the MAN behind the CURTAIN!! :))

OK, stomach issues…….a Darjeeling tea liker! :))


I might be warming up to it!

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Hello! Shangri-La White Organic you are fabulous.

I’ve never ordered anything from Rare Tea Republic and I was very impressed with how they labeled each bag with the name, origin and steeping instructions right on the front. A nice touch, to be sure.

When I opened the bag and smelled this I knew I was in for a real tea drinking treat! The leaves are thin and curly with a nice array of gray, black and white shades (the photo does not do it justice).

I steeped this for 2-3 minutes at around 190F in the infuser mug at work. It really smells like rosebuds, I kid you not. It had some sweetness with an apricot/peachy flavor and roses. A teeny bit of astringency at the end. This may be my favorite new white tea although I still have some others from RTR to try as well. I need to try cold brewing this. Simply wonderful. You must try this if you like white tea. Yes, you must…. Intense serenity and joy!

I need to try this in the gaiwans at home but it’s hard to imagine it could get any better.

190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Dragonwell by Leland Tea Co
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I’m drinking this again this morning. It is pleasant enough but I don’t know if I really get the appeal of dragonwell – am I missing something or is this just not a very good example?


I don’t know if it’s a good example or not, but just looking at the picture I couldn’t believe it was dragon well. It’s not even uhh very green. Compare it with the Teavivire pictures: http://www.teavivre.com/premium-dragon-well-green-tea/
It looks totally different!


Hmmm. you may have a good point there. Perhaps more experiments are required.


So far, of the Dragonwell teas I’ve tried (only a few), I’m not a big fan. Maybe I’m just not brewing it properly?


I’ve read that West Lake Long Jing is an area of premium teas. Looks like I’ll have to order another tea from Teavivre!

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drank Irish Breakfast by Twinings
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I had some of this around I forgot about and decided to revisit it again today – I am using the loose leaf version and not the bags.

I made this very strong today, used a high water to leaf ratio and steeped for around 3 minutes. It’s very strong! I’m not sure about the ceylon here, it’s never been one of my favorite teas but still. This is a good solid choice for any morning – I may have made it too strong but I kinda need that since it’s Monday morning. Very malty and smooth and ceylon provides a bit of fruity astringency. I’m enjoying it this morning and hoping it will wake me up. :-) As far as Twinings is concerned I think I still prefer the Prince of Wales blend but this one is pretty good too!

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Charles Thomas Draper

My old favorite.


I think I made mine too strong… next time I will err on the side of caution and use less leaf.

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My favorites before Steepster were teas such as this. Bold. They really get you going….


Tasting only the teabag version, I think you did ok making it stronger, but perhaps not that strong. :))


It did wake me up, that’s for sure!

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I had to go in today to replace a gaiwan I just broke… how sad. I hope I can make the new one last a bit longer, I had accidentally dropped my lid on the floor and it broke.

Anyway far be it from me to resist trying something new. I wanted to try a white tea that I had never heard of before. I was told you could steep this in 190 F hot water for a minute or two but it wasn’t that sensitive to oversteeping. This new craft tea is supposed to be a hybrid of sorts between white and green. I also used a pretty high leaf to water ratio. I might try it again with a little less leaf.

This tea is a golden color when it’s brewed up. It doesn’t seem really flowery like a lot of other white teas. It reminds me a bit of an oolong – probably due to the higher oxidation here. It’s a little sweet like honey and has a nice soft finish that’s a bit apricot-y. This I can see being a really nice every day tea, especially for the afternoons since it’s gentle and kinda low in caffeine. I am saving some of the leaves for when I wake up from my afternoon nap.

190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 30 sec

Amy, Read my last 3 tea reviews- Hand Rolled Sencha, Puttabong SFTGFOP1 CL/Queen, and Feng Huang Dan Cong. Those are 3 I’m sending you-I wanted to review them first. I may look for a good white tea too, since they’re growing on you. :))


okey dokey :)

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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I felt that I just needed this today… :)


you just reminded me that I need to go to Harney & Sons in SoHo before work and get some Paris!

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drank Pina Colada Honeybush by 52teas
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I am notoriously fussy when it comes to honeybush and roobois teas, don’t really like most of them but hope springs eternal, I guess… :)

This is a really nice offering from 52 Teas. I find that it needs to steep for at least 5 minutes or the flavor is a bit “thin”. The honeybush provides it with some natural sweetness but the pineapple and rum are the things that really stand out for me. I happen to be a coconut freak so ended up adding in some of my own organic coconut extract. Pretty tasty!

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or coconut milk( the beverage one)? hmmm nice idea ;)


yep – I definitely think that would be a great combo!


I don’t like most of them either.

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Sample provided courtesy of Teavivre…

I think I’m going to hold off on rating this for now because I really don’t love jasmine tea for the most part, however I did like the jasmine pearls from Teavivre a lot. This pretty much tastes like the jasmine green tea I got from Adagio and I really feel like I don’t know what I’m talking about. It’s pretty much like any other decent loose leaf jasmine tea I’ve ever tried. It is pleasant enough but very floral and a bit drying.


Sometimes shorter steeps lessen the floral intensity.

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This came as a free sample in an ancient Teavana order I placed months ago but I decided today was the day I needed to try it. I kinda knew I was in for trouble when I opened it up and it looks like a bag of dried fruit, yeah I think i saw one or two leaves of white tea in there… lol

This is really not my thing.
1) I do not EVER use sugar in my tea so this sample is instantly way too sweet.
2) It tastes like warm fruit punch.
3) No tea flavor whatsoever
4) If I want to drink a fruity tea I would prefer less hibiscus/rosehips/tart-ish crap

I decided to pour it over ice and it is better as a cold drink. I Teavana should really market this as a cocktail, mix it with rum and stick an umbrella in it.


They seem to have a hard time on the marketing department.




I really didn’t like that the chai/chai blend also came with sugar pre-added to the mixture. Then whenever you ask about the tea in shop they instantly want to sell me sugar. I never use it so I get sick of getting bothered about it.


as soon as I got that sample, I opened it up and removed all the sugar. I think I weighed it and it was around 7-8 grams


Sugar that is pre-added is a very bad idea…


I like the cocktail idea! :))


Did they use rock sugar? I have a sample of this and was contemplating just picking the sugar out, since I don’t sweeten my teas.


yes – mine came with rock sugar already mixed in


I think that Teavana’s youthberry is the most disgusting tea I’ve ever had. The wild orange blossom is decent on its own though, but nothing can make youthberry taste good :(

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I cold brewed this is the refrigerator overnight and it is absolutely divine! Buttery lilac nirvana! Upping the rating a tad. :-)

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I told you cold brewing oolongs brews out the flavor…


you were right! It was good when it was hot but even better this way!


Amy, since you’re not over excited about scented teas…….did you brew the hot tea differently than before, so that this may have strengthened your opinion? Or was it the tea?


I don’t know if I can explain it. The floral here is mild. It is just enough but not “too much” for me!


@Scott, also to my knowledge this is not a “scented” tea meaning this is a natural flavor, but who knows…


Correct. “Scented” was the wrong term. Jades are greener and floral in nature. Before this post, I read your post about the Magnolia Oolong, which tend to be scented…….like Jasmine teas. :))


“Buttery lilac nirvana”—I love it!!

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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. :)

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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

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