2809 Tasting Notes


Tea of the morning here and it’s a sipdown. Okay, I only bought 1 oz. of this but it’s gone anyway. :)

I find a lot of teas are fine in smaller quantities unless I really love them, odds are I will get sick of drinking them before I finish an entire tin. I forgot to set the timer for this one and I walked off and left it steeping. It got a bit oversteeped but still drinkable, especially with soymilk and sugar.

Boiling 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

agreed! I wish all tea companies would let you purchase small orders

Cameron B.

Definitely! Unless it’s a tea I’ve already tried and know that I like, I don’t want to buy 100g of it. :P


sometimes i don’t even want 100g…i’d rather get 50g and be able to buy it again and have fresh-er tea later.

Cameron B.

That’s true also, probably a good philosophy to have unless the shipping is ridiculous or something.


50g is usually plenty for me!

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drank Spicy Chocolate by Kusmi Tea
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Tea of the afternoon here. I am not having a stellar day. I went to occupational therapy this morning for my hands/wrist which was good, but then my arm and shoulder have been really bothering me today. I’m so sick of dealing with this chronic pain and my Dr. is taking me off work restrictions next month so I’m going to have to try and find a job when I’m feeling poopy. It seems kind of impossible.

This tea is an old favorite and definitely my favorite tea from Kusmi. The chocolate and spicy notes seem very soothing and delicious right now. I don’t have any chais that I really love at the moment, but this is almost as good. It’s nice to have an old tea “friend” to cheer me up.

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

This was one of the teas that caught my eye when I was browsing their site. I’m a little wary of chocolate teas but this is one I’ll have to try. :D


Feel better!


Cameron, I would recommend checking it out!
Sky – thanks!


I have a feeling the perfect job will be waiting for you.


Thanks Cheri. you’re a peach!

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drank Sencha "Matsuri" by Lupicia
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Sencha of the morning here. This is not a personal favorite of mine, but it came in a Lupicia Happy bag I got last year so I’ve been trying to drink it. Some mornings just seem like they were made for sencha. This is a little on the strong side for me, lots of grassy notes but if you keep the steeping time to around 30 seconds it’s better that way.

170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

I still have some of this too… It’s definitely time to finish it up! It’s just that I feel like having sencha only once in a while.


Me too… but I find myself drinking more in the summer….

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drank Fujian Baroque by Adagio Teas
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Sample sipdown of the morning…

This is a nice tea — especially for Adagio — who haven’t impressed me too much in the past with their quality (sorry just had to say it). I’m getting some nice cocoa notes here along with a bit of malt. Very mild, no too much astringency. A decent Chinese tea but not something I will need to stock up on at any point in the future.

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

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Sample sipdown of the afternoon. My tastebuds are finally getting back to normal and the numbness is wearing off.

Wuyi oolongs are my absolute favorite type of oolong. I don’t drink them nearly as much as I should, and I have no idea why. It was nice to revisit this today, I had several steeps in my yixing teapot . The aroma is like burnt caramel and the flavor is reminiscent of roasted plums. I really get into roasted teas as I’m also a fan of houijcha. Something about them seems so warming and cozy.

It’s so easy to procrastinate on Steepster but I really must sit down and get my homework finished for writing class!

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Bi Lo Chun by Harney & Sons
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I’m back from the dentist. After having four fillings done my mouth is still numb!

It’s difficult to taste anything so why am I writing a tea tasting note? I will chalk it up to boredom and procrastination. I’ll write a better tasting note for this once I am back to normal. I can’t believe I haven’t written anything about it before now!

This is a good every day tea green tea. It’s flavorful with lots of vegetal notes especially artichoke. this is perking me up a bit after having my mouth assaulted earlier. ;-)

Flavors: Artichoke

170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

Yeeouch! That is a lot of fillings.


ugh. I know. Two of them were old fillings that needed to be replaced though.

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drank Black Dragon Pearls by Tazo
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Tea of the morning here. Thanks to Carol Who for this sample that I’ve been meaning to try.

I steeped this entire sample for 3 minutes in a 20 oz. teapot. What I had was around the equivalent of 6 or 7 pearls. Eh, this stuff is okay. It certainly got some dismal reviews from others but I don’t mind it that much. It seems to be a bit on the side of brisk and winey for me, which is strange for a tea you’d think is Chinese. To me this tastes a bit more like an Indian tea. I thought it was better with some soymilk added. Now I feel like I’m getting a bit of chocolate notes. I’ve definitely has better dragon pearls but this wasn’t terrible in my opinion.

I’m NOT looking forward to my morning. I have to visit the dentist and I’m getting 4 fillings worked on. They told me to eat a good breakfast because my entire mouth will be numb for hours afterwards. I guess I will be having a smoothie for lunch… lol

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML
carol who

I’m glad you got to try the Tazo Black Dragon Pearls. My opinion was about the same. Nothing special.

Sorry about the dentist. That’s never fun. But think how strong and healthy your teeth will be! OK, its hard to come up with something positive to say about going to the dentist!


at least my teeth probably won’t fall out if I take care of them… lmao

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This evening I was looking through my shu (shoe) box and noticed I still have a lot of these flavored puerhs I purchased from Nature’s tea Leaf. This seemed like a good one to revisit after tonight’s dinner, which was pinto bean and avocado tacos with vegan queso. I don’t think they drink much puerh in Mexico, but maybe it will be good for my digestion.

I remember liking this before. You can see bits of dried orange in the tea, which would seem to indicate this is a natural blend or mostly so. The tart juiciness of the orange is a nice compliment to the dark earthiness of the puerh. Because I am weird, I decided to add some soymilk to this and now it tastes like an orange creamsicle. Not bad… I really need to be drinking more of this. I should remember to stick some dried ginger in it next time around.

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Terri HarpLady

This sounds so tasty, & yes to adding ginger!


Shu box… hehehe :D

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I thought I’d try this one iced today as it’s been languishing in my cupboard for a while now. When I first tried this I enjoyed it more, but now I am finding it to be REALLY tart. I added some sugar to it and thought it was better that way. I don’t think this will be a repurchase for me, I find the hibiscus just really overpowers and it’s giving me a stomach ache. Hopefully I will find a way to finish this off or bequeath it to someone.

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drank Peppermint tea by Twinings
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Tea of the afternoon here. I’m not always a huge mint fan — but when I am craving it — nothing else will do. It’s a beautiful sunny day here. the highlight of my day was having lunch at the samovar tea Lounge. I had a dragonwell with my paleolithic tea service. I regret that choice because the kale that came with it really obscured the taste of the dragonwell.

Note to self: drink dragonwells alone or with really bland food.

Now I’m at home and wanted something simple and refreshing. This is a good and basic mint tea. I like it plain or with a bit of sugar sometimes. It also makes a good mixer for other things, especially white tea, green tea, and other herbals. A basic peppermint tisane is definitely a useful thing to have around.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

Have you tried the spearmint green tea from Kusmi at all? If you haven’t tried it or if you liked it, I would be happy to send you a sample of mine. :)


sure, do you want to swap? Send me a DM. The kusmi tea sounds like a Moroccan mint, those are really good as an iced tea also.


Ok, I have to know – what’s served in a paleolithic tea service? I have had afternoon tea a couple times recently and it’s usually so much sugar and bread!


This is more of a lunch thing. You get cooked kale, beets, yellow squash and your choice of tempeh, smoked salmon or smoked duck.

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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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