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drank Apple Sencha by Den's Tea
2809 tasting notes

Thanks to The Cookie Lady for this sample tea. I liked the pineapple sencha from Den’s Tea and figured this might be good also.

I followed the instructions on the packet: 30 seconds of steeping, 1 tsp. of tea in 4 oz. of water, luckily I do have a little Japanese teapot that is around 4 oz.

I found that this yielded a very light cup of tea, vegetal and creamy with just a bit of green apple flavor. I was hoping for more apple flavor in this one. My second steep was around 30 seconds and now I am getting lots more green tea flavor but almost no apple flavor. I think this is a fairly subtle brew but I think it would be amazing as a cold brew in the summer time! I’d like to try brewing the remainder of my sample at some slightly different parameters before giving this a number rating.

… thanks again, Cookie Lady!

175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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Tea of the morning here. I don’t drink this that often due to the smoky element, which I really have to be in the mood for. This morning the weather is cold and foggy and this tea is going well with my breakfast (Irish oats + chia + strawberries).

Since the time change I notice I have been sleeping longer hours. I feel like I am hibernating! This is also the time of year when we tend to have lots of fog. It’s a good thing I have a lot of tea :)

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drank Sweet Ginger Plum by Tea Forte
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This tisane came in the “Warming Joy” gift set by Tea Forte. I was a little confused at first because they are now calling this “Spiced Ginger Plum”, although it appears to be the same tea.

This was the one I was looking forward to the least due to the hibiscus in it. It definitely has a plummy smell but I would describe the flavor as a combination of tart and medicine. I really wish I liked hibby a bit more because it’s supposed to be so good for you; nevertheless I am not a fan and will be struggling to finish the cup.

This tea has a “bite” which I’m not sure is the hibiscus, cinnamon, ginger or a combination of the three. A bit of sweetener improved this, but I don’t know what I will do with the rest of these Sweet Ginger Plum samples that came in the set. Any hibiscus fans out there?

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I saw this tea in a store the other day, and was tempted, as I do like hibiscus, but I don’t know how I feel about the coconut. Sometimes I like it, and sometimes I don’t. Is it prominent?


I didn’t taste coconut at all! I still have 3 little packets, I’d be glad to send you a sample if you want to try it. let me know ;)


I would love a sample, thank you! I’ll send you a message with my address.

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drank Ming Hong by Yezi Tea
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Sample from Yezi Tea I am trying this morning…

I was tempted to gong fu this but am running a bit short on time to get more caffeine into my body! I decided to steep it Western style for 2 minutes.

This is a really lovely red (black) tea. It definitely reminds me of a dark, hearty bread like pumpernickel. Then there is a nice sweetness in the brew, the sweet potato taste some people have picked up on. Chocolate notes are also present. This is really good when you drink it plain, but I also liked it a lot with soymilk added. The creaminess of the milk seemed to enhance this toasted grain quality. Overall this is a really delicious tea and I am adding it to my wishlist. Most of the black teas I have from China are from the Yunnan region, and this is a delightful Fujian tea, I’d love to have it in my evergrowing stash but it is not an inexpensive tea for sure.

This has more of a mellow, soothing energy than a get up and go type of energy. Good for a relaxing morning.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Dark Chocolate, Grain, Sweet Potatoes

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

i need to order this one, one of the few i haven’t tried from yezi!


It’s good!


I ordered Ming Hong during the CM sale along with 3 free samples and am eager to try it after reading the Steepster reviews.


I was tempted to buy this myself, of all the Yezi teas it was my favorite so far.


That good news! I wanted a more full-flavored, full-bodied Chinese black.

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drank Bananas Foster by 52teas
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I thought today was a good day to finish off this tea. I have enjoyed this blend very much, although like a lot of flavored teas, it loses some flavor over time. I find that 52T does banana very well. I would order this again if it ever came through as a re-blend…

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Zack S.

I’ve been looking for a good banana flavor in tea for a while now. Any other suggestions?


sadly, no but I do like the banana flavored teas that come out of 52 teas. Oh and the banana matcha from Red Leaf is good too.

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drank Ginger Lemongrass by Tea Forte
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Wow, this is some seriously potent stuff!

I got a tin of this ginger/lemongrass blend to replace the one I finished off yesterday. This is very strong, lots of ginger and licorice and lemon flavor. I think you could use this to strip paint off your walls. I’m not necessarily thinking I will drink this for sheer enjoyment but it will be a good thing to have around in the winter to warm up and for immune boosting benefits. I think this would have been better without the licorice and more lemongrass in the blend. I can barely taste the spearmint here but the overall effect is… medicinal, unfortuanately

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Boo. Ginger Lemongrass sounds pretty appealing, but I hate that “medicinal” flavour. I’d probably be hoping that this tea was a literal mix of the two named ingredients (which, I feel, would taste pretty tasty, maybe a bit thai-ish.)


Yeah me too, I didn’t realize the other ingredients would ruin it!

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drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown of the afternoon…
I really enjoyed this Lime Gelato, much more than I thought I would. It’s fruity, with creamy and tart notes and makes a really nice iced tea as well. I will probably get some more of this next summer if it’s still available.

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Egyptian Licorice by Yogi Tea
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I’ve been reading a lot about the health benefits of pau d’arco and want to try drinking more of it this winter in the hopes it will perk up my immune system. Unfortunately the taste of it is enough to make me gag, so I keep trying to find things to mix it with. Tonight I tried this spicy licorice tea with a bit of coconut oil. This is definitely a spicy concoction but I think I prefer the pau d’arco with plain licorice root which more effectively masks its flavor. If anyone has a good pau d’arco tea blend please let me know what it is. :)

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This is a sipdown for me tonight…
I’ve had this herbal for 2 years now so it’s a good thing I’m finally sipping it down ;)

This is a good blend of herbs including lemongrass, ginger, lemon peel, licorice, and peppermint. The licorice is not that strong, in fact I usually add sweetener to this when I drink it. I would like this better if it didn’t contain peppermint, I’m not always in the mood for mint and it can trigger my acid reflux. I will be on the lookout for some plain lemongrass soon, I think…

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Thank you Teavivre for sending this sample my way!

I was in the mood for some shu this afternoon and hopefully this caffeine will not keep me awake later… instructions say to brew this at 212 F for 3 to 10 minutes? That seemed like a lot to me.

I decided to dump my whole sample in a little yixing and I have been doing steeps for 30 seconds. This is a very nice shu, has pleasant flavors of coffee, cocoa and a fruitiness like dates. This is a very clean tasting tea, without any musty flavors or odors that would signify a bad tea. The reviews on Teavivre’s web site, a couple of people had different opinions and remarked on the fermentation flavor and a mustiness but I didn’t pick this up.

Lately I’ve been wondering about shu pu’erh as it’s fermented with bacterias which might be good (like probiotics) but also aspergillus niger which is a fungus/mold and one I might be allergic to. Right now I don’t notice any bad effects from drinking shu and I know it is supposed to be healthy… so I will keep drinking it anyway.

This is a very good tea. I would definitely consider buying a cake of it for drinking now.

Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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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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