2537 Tasting Notes


I’m up early and finishing off the rest of my 1910 sample. This is good stuff and I know I will be buying more soon! See previous notes for more info.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Robert Godden

Co-incidentally am up at 5.30am and also drinking this. Thrilled with your rating and thank you for your comment!

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drank Rose Congou by Simpson & Vail
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Second rose-y tea of the day in honor of Valentine’s Day. This is a solid black tea with a subtle rose and sweetness. It isn’t the most overpowering Rose Congou I’ve had but it is good and relaxing.

It’s definitely been a weird day because I went back to the doctor and I need to stay at home for another 4 weeks due to my broken arm. My anxiety levels have shot through the roof because I cannot really afford this. At least I don’t have to buy more tea anytime soon. :-/

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Kashmir Rose by Simpson & Vail
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Happy Valentine’s Day Steepster!
I thought I’d try to drink something flowery this morning due to the holiday. I steeped this for 5 minutes with no ill effects to the tea. This is more strongly cardamom flavored than rose flavored which is fine with me, as I love cardamom. I hope everyone has a great day, I have a sweet evening planned with my Valentine. :)

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp

“Happy Valentine’s Day Steepster!” And to you too!


thanks :)

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This is my “after nap” tea and another one I received from Indigobloom in a swap. Thanks IB!

In my opinion this is all mint and no chocolate, which is kind of a bummer considering that Chocolate is the very first word in the name of the tea. The mint seems so strong and overpowering that you can barely taste the keemun in here. I get mint with a muddy aftertaste. Better with sugar added but I just don’t think this one is for me somehow. Generally I enjoy minty things but was just hoping for something more and am struggling to finish the cup.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

I enjoy this one, but like strong mints and spices. Maybe try steeping at a bit lower temperature if you have any left and see if that makes any difference for you.


lol yeah I wasn’t sure if it was just me, but I wasn’t much for this one either :/

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drank Sencha "Matsuri" by Lupicia
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This came in the last Lupicia grab bag I ordered months ago but I just opened it recently. Having the variable temp water kettle is great for green teas, no more guesswork or digging around for the tea thermometer which I can never find.

This blend is described as full bodied and I like it. It’s very brothy and strongly vegetal, reminds me a lot of green beans. I feel somewhat like I’m drinking a vegetable soup but it’s fresh and nourishing. I prefer my senchas slightly on the sweeter side but this is tasty, think I will go in for a resteep :)

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Somehow I really need this robust and smoky cuppa this morning. So very tasty and comforting!


Cold weather maybe?


It isn’t that cold in San Francisco today!

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I made some of this earlier today and decided to ice it and have it with my dinner tonight. It’s really refreshing this way. Very minty but a touch of lemongrass is peeking through. This will be really nice for the summer.

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drank English Breakfast by Adagio Teas
2537 tasting notes

Wow – it’s my 2000th tasting note on Steepster?! crazy!

I had a really rough evening last night, did not sleep well at all. It’s difficult to find a sleeping position that doesn’t hurt my broken arm but I also ate dark chocolate before bed, which was not a good idea in hindsight.

This is really hitting the spot today, the soymilk I added is bringing forth some gentle cocoa notes but there is also a lot of malt, yummy goodness!

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

Awesome! Grats on 2k!


Wow is right! Yay for 2000 notes!!


Wow! That is an amazing number of notes. Congrats!


Holy cow! Congrats!


Woohoo 2000! :) That’s a lot of tea drinking. :)


he hee, thanks everyone!

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drank Peppermint Bark by Capital Teas
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I just spent the better part of 15 minutes digging around in my tea stash (and not finding) a plain peppermint tea. It’s strange how someone with so many different teas could be craving something so basic but I guess that’s how life goes sometimes. This is definitely minty but I’m hoping the caffeine this late in the day won’t keep me awake!

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

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Thanks to Indigobloom for picking up a sample of this tea for me. I LOVE ginger so I was pretty excited to try it. I think I may have underleafed this tea because it came out very light in color, not what I’d be expecting for a sencha. The flavor is pretty light, mildly vegetal with an almost floral note. I get the ginger in the background but when I make ginger herbal tea, I usully steep it for 5 minutes or more.

I wish I had more of this to play with, I bet it would be perfect cold steeped which would really allow the ginger to come through without oversteeping the green. I feel like I can’t really give this a proper rating dur to user error… :-)

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

I just had some the other day at the shop. I’m not sure what parameters they used but the ginger was really nicely blended. Still light though, I really see what you mean by that!

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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

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