2811 Tasting Notes


Hi Steepster friends!
I hope the site is back up and acting functional…

Today has been a bit of a waste for me. I went to the dentist this morning and then went around to a bunch of different shops trying to find a teapot I liked and wouldn’t break. I went to Whole Foods, David’s and Lupicia. I saw a lot of glass teapots but I have broken those and even the ceramic ones!! I finally ended up getting the IngenuiTEA at Crate and Barrel (made by Adagio). It’s plastic so I can only hope I don’t break it!!

Anyway I got this tea at Whole Foods while I was there. It’s one I’ve had before. I don’t think it’s the best shu in the world but the ginger is a good addition and I remember this is a good one to keep on hand in case of a stomach ache. When I got home I brewed it up in the IngenuiTEA, which is great so far. I can put a coffee mug underneath of it and get a whole mug of tea. It’s nice!

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
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Steepster! Are you back? Behaving yourself? Can anyone see this note? — it didn’t show up in my dashboard.

Normally I’m not a big fan of David’s Tea, I find a lot of their flavored teas are way too artificial tasting. This is nice though, I had it in their store as an iced tea, then I bought an ounce and old brewed it yesterday. It’s really refreshing, has a nice tart lime flavor and then a creamy sweetness that accounts for the “gelatoness”. I haven’t had this hot yet, but I imagine it would be really good as a dessert tea with some soymilk and sugar. I’ll be trying it that way soon. This is tasty. The combination of lime and green tea is a winner!

Iced 8 min or more

Aug26, 6pm EST i see your note.


i can see it! Aug26, 6:48pm EST (boychik i like ur style!)


Thanks for letting me know!

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I haven’t been drinking much sheng lately and I have no idea why…

Anyway I was in the mood for this today. It’s cold and dreary outside and I felt I needed something uplifting. This is definitely a wild tea… it’s bracing if you steep it at longer temperatures (30 seconds). I’m getting a lot of smoky flavors plus tart lemony ones. This is definitely hitting the spot right now!

I wonder if anyone else has read this article from Tea Guardian that sheng should be used medicinally and not consumed on a daily basis? In Chinese medicine it is used to reduce heat toxins… interesting.



Interesting. I’ll have to read it.

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This is my tea of the morning… yum yum

Steepster is acting weird today and won’t let me add this to my cabinet. Anyway it was an evening of fitful sleep last night (maybe that Kenyan Tinderat last night was a mistake, too much caffeine!) and I felt the need for something strong, yet not too intense this morning. As far as assams go, this is definitely on the more mellow side, with a bright and fruity taste as well as a bit of malt. I’m drinking it this morning with soymilk, it doesn’t really need sugar though you could add some in.

I hope everyone is having a gentle Monday :)

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Kenyan Tinderet by DAVIDsTEA
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Just got back from a camping trip with my sweetie and a bunch of his friends. We were up kind of late and I wanted a cup of tea when I got home, just to revive myself. This is one of 3 teas I got recently at David’s, but I only got 1 oz. of each since I’d never had them before.

My track record with Kenyan teas is not great and this is a CTC tea. Regardless I really wanted to try it in the hopes that I would like it.

Gah! This is very strong. The brew is pretty tannic and bitter, it was really undrinkable for me before I added sugar. After adding sugar, I am getting some malt notes as well as apple notes which are kinda tasty. I steeped this for 5 minutes but next time I will go for 4, or maybe even 3. It really packs a punch! Hopefully I can find a way to enjoy the 1 oz. I have.

Not recommended unless you’re a fan of strong tannic tea…

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Irish Breakfast by Harney & Sons
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Tea of the morning here, what looks to be a nice broken leaf assam. I have gone through a few tins of this now and have always enjoyed it, especially for the price: $6.25/4 oz.

I also like their organic assam so when this runs out maybe it’s time to re-order both? lol…

This is a nice malty tea that’s good with (soy) milk and sugar. The weather is dreary and foggy again but my sweetie and I are going on an overnight camping trip, which is nice. It will be good to get a change of scenery, i think. I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

Have a great time!


Have fun!

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drank Decaf Sakurambo by Lupicia
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This was another iced tea experiment. I had such good luck with the decaf fruit tea from Lupicia that I thought I’d try this iced.

I got this in one of Lupicia’s mystery grab bags. The Sakurambo (both decaf and regular) isn’t my favorite from them. It tastes like a combination of cherry and pine needles. I am rarely in the mood for that, but usually when I start drinking it, I find it grows on me.

This is actually good as an iced tea but I think my preference is having it as a hot tea. It might be better with food because the pine needle flavor is pretty strong!


I never noticed a pine taste! I’ll have to look for that next time I have a cup!


Really? to me the pine seems so strong! Am I imagining things?

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drank Long Jing by Min River Tea
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I’m continuing on with my Long Jing theme for this afternoon. I was grateful to have these samples sent to me by Min River, because I don’t have a lot of Chinese green teas in my stash currently, mostly just Japanese ones.

This is a lovely dragonwell. The tea liquor brews up to be very light and it’s quite aromatic. I get a lot of nutty flavor from this, as well as some sweetness… but also salty in the finish. It reminds me a bit of green beans with salt. I wish I had some more but alas… this was the last of the 2 sample packs I got.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank With Open Eyes by Butiki Teas
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This afternoon’s tea and a sipdown. Here’s another tea I never put in my virtual Steepster “cupboard” so something tells me I have more tea than what’s listed in there. I should try to get more organized perhaps?

It’s been a while since I’ve had this. The strawberry notes smell lovely here. My cup seems very refreshing, almost effervescent, perhaps because of the ginger. I’m feeling a bit under the weather this afternoon, but I think this will perk me right up. So many tasty blends from Butiki…

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Lemon French Macaron by Butiki Teas
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I wanted to try this as a cold brew and I’m so glad I did!

It’s been in the fridge for 12+ hours and I tried it this morning, very lemony, sweet and the pastry notes even come out. It’s insanely refreshing and tasty, doesn’t need sugar at all due to the natural sweetness of the white tea. I might be drinking this cold from now on. Yum yum!

Iced 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML



sounds really good. I need to try it that way.


Cheri, yes you do! :)


I’ll try to do it this weekend.

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Hobbies include: tea, making art, animals, vegan things, buddhism, nature, creativity, books, writing, cooking, meditation, yoga.

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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