2728 Tasting Notes

drank Sailor's Delight by Capital Teas
2728 tasting notes

This tea ended up being my cold brew experiment of the day. It makes a pretty good cold brew but I think I prefer it hot. Cold, the papaya and green tea notes really seem to pop out and I don’t get a lot of strawberry. Definitely serves the purpose of refreshing me on this sunny day and maybe will wake me up gently (as I just got up from a nap!)

Iced 8 min or more

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drank Stanley's Blend by Harney & Sons
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Good morning Steepster. I was up early and I’ve already had a pot of Kangaita OP and a fruit smoothie with cheesecake matcha in it. I thought I’d revisit the rest of this sample I got a few months ago from H & S but first I had to use a nasal spray and now I cannot taste anything.

I am sorry Stanley — whoever you are — I guess my previous tasting note will have to suffice.

Sami Kelsh

And here I am all curious about this tea because when I hear the name Stanley, all I can think of is Stanley from the US version of The Office, and so I’m picturing a tea that tastes of crossword puzzles and indifference.


I just laughed out loud, Sami Kelsh. Lol


ha, I never really watched that show but now I may need to ;-)

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Happy Earth Day Steepster…

I made some of this earlier today thinking it would be my tea to try iced today. It is good iced but I think I prefer it hot with sugar. I taste more lemon and mint than green tea this afternoon. It might be better to cold brew this one because ice dilutes the flavor a lot.

Speaking of Earth Day I should get my butt up off my chair and go outside for some exercise. I have been feeling so unmotivated today so far and just plain tired. I think allergy season is officially here from the way I’ve been sniffling this morning.


It doesn’t help that the weather is in that in-between stage. Here in MI one day it’s sunny and 75F the next it’s a cold and cloudy 35F… like today D’:
Feel better!

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This came in my last Butiki order… yay for new tea orders!

When I opened up the bag it didn’t seem to me that the dried leaf smelled very pumpkin-y at all, but after the tea is brewed you get the flavor. I am certainly picking up the clove and cinnamon notes and having an oolong for the base of this instead of a black tea gives it a nice gentle quality. I might try adding a bit of ginger to this next time around, if there is any I’m not really tasting it.

I liked this a bit better after adding some soymilk to it, so it’s more like a latte and more like a milkshake! I guess this would be more appropriate for fall than the spring weather we are having, but I have definitely enjoyed this and have no doubt I’ll be polishing off the entire bag soon. :)

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

adding soymilk sounds like a really good idea! :D

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drank Peppermint tea by Twinings
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This morning I was goofing around on the Red Blossom Tea website and I saw they had a peppermint rose tea so I thought this was something I needed to try and I wanted it to be an iced tea.

I mixed up some of my peppermint Twinings teabags with rosebuds I got at the herb store. I really like this combination and it’s good as an iced tea too. The rose adds a nice flavor to the mint while also tempering it down a bit. I would recommend trying it out sometime (or you could try the Red Blossom version)

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drank Coconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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I thought I’d try cold brewing this last night as an experiment. I think I like the cold brew better than I like this hot but it is still not my favorite coconut oolong so I’m kind of bummed I have several more ounces to finish off. I think the key with David’s is to try their teas by the to-go cup first before buying a whole package!

Iced 8 min or more

I buy as small as I can get, as they can sell as little as 10g, though some teas you need more than that if it is heavy or bulky.

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Yesterday I was cleaning up my tea stash and I found these black dragon pearls which I forgot I had. Even worse I never reviewed them on Steepster, how irresponsible of me. ;-)

I decided to steep this Western style in my stump teapot for 3 minutes. I notice this has a slight floral aroma which is really interesting. I definitely get a lot of cocoa notes as well as the sweet honey aftertaste. A very mellow and mild tea, I think this would be a good one for the afternoon too. This is a great one to drink plain if you like your black teas without additions. The Aroma Tea Shop has such great stuff, definitely a good place to visit if you’re in S.F. and you like tea.

Flavors: Cocoa, Honey, Malt

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

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I purchased this with my last Butiki order because I like assams :)

This is the 2nd time I’ve tried this and it’s quite unlike any assam I’ve had before. It does remind me a bit of a golden monkey. It’s malty but a lot lighter in body than your typical assam and without any pungent notes. I could actually drink this plain but it’s good with soymilk too.

This has some definite sweet notes, like that of a sweet potato, but I’m also getting raisin in here too. I’m really glad I got to try this one, thanks for making it available Stacy. I think I’ll need to be getting more of this soon. It makes a gentle breakfast tea but really would be good anytime.

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

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drank Masala Chai by Peet's Coffee & Tea
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Good afternoon Steepster… I hope everyone is enjoying the day. I had a nice morning because my sweetie made me breakfast and then I went to go get a massage which was very relaxing and almost made up for the fact that I didn’t sleep much again last night.

I felt like I wanted something warm and soothing & almost ended up with a straight black tea but decided to drink this instead. Prepared with 8 oz. tea and 8 oz. soymilk in a really big mug with some organic cane sugar. This isn’t the best chai I’ve ever had but since I have a whole tin of it, it’s good enough for the time being. I would still like to find a good decaf chai someday. I am enjoying this though, and getting a nice calcium boost.

1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Oh, your day sounds exquisite!


It really was…. thanks :)

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drank Pineapple Oolong by Lupicia
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Sipdown of the day…
I decided I wanted to try this as a cold brew last night and I’m having it today with my lunch. Pineapple seems like a difficult flavor to “get right” in tea but I do enjoy this whenever I have it. Probably will be a restock someday, but I might wait until I have finished off some of the other oolongs I have first or tried a few new ones.

Iced 8 min or more

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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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