2802 Tasting Notes

drank Laos Black #05 by Steepster
2802 tasting notes

Good morning Steepster.
I am having a rough day already as shoulder and arm pain kept me up again last night but that seems to be more of my normal routine than not. Also I drank some yellow tea around 5 pm and I should not be drinking caffeine at all that late. Just couldn’t resist!

This came in the March Steepster select box, I believe. It’s a nice medium bodied tea, malty and with no tannins or astringency. It’s nice enough but I wouldn’t say it’s bowled me over in terms of its flavor profile. This is pretty good plain but I also enjoyed it with some soymilk. Definitely a decent tea but not something I would really need to keep on hand.

Boiling 2 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

Sorry that you have to experience so much pain…hope the tea helps a little.
You just reminded me I have this awesome yellow tea I keep forgetting about, added to todays list!


Thanks Tea Fairy. Of course I am very comforted by my gigantic tea collection, lmao :)

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I bought this at Trader Joe’s a few days ago and am just getting around to trying it now. It’s a paper teabag which is definitely one drawback but the price was super cheap.

I decided to steep two teabags up in a large mug. Yeah it definitely tastes like paper to me, oh well. Aside from that the strongest element in here is the clove which seems VERY strong, it’s almost to the point of bitterness. I don’t really understand all the positive reviews of this because I think it’s a bit icky but nothing ventured, nothing gained, so they say. I did add soymilk and a teaspoon of sugar but it isn’t one of my favorite rooibos blends at all… hopefully I will manage to finish the box.

Flavors: Cloves

Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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Good afternoon Steepster!
I am way behind on trying all the tea samples I got from swaps and elsewhere and I got some free samples today from Min River Tea that are green and yellow teas. Thanks to Min River for their generosity :)

This is the first tea I wanted to try. I haven’t had too many yellow teas in my lifetime but the ones I’ve had were very enjoyable. I steeped this one for two minutes in a regular teacup and it’s very tasty. I would definitely agree with the company’s description of:

“It’s rich, thick and vegetal tastes have a surprisingly long-lasting mouth-feel”.

It has a very light yellow, almost brothy appearance and is very refreshing in the mouth. Something about it reminds me slightly of artichoke. There’s a slight palate cleansing bitterness in the finish but nothing offensive in any way. This is a very tasty yellow tea and I’m glad I have more in my sample. I think I’ll go in for a second steep now…

p.s. second steep was yummy!

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Cinnamon by Lupicia
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Hi Steepster,
I am back at home for a few days, work got a bit freaked out at me when I told them how much pain I was in from using the computer and how I should see the doctor again lest I am developing an RSI… so at least it looks like I am home for another week or so but likely longer. I don’t know how to feel about it all, I guess I shouldn’t be back at work if my arm still hurts but I know they can’t keep my job open forever.

Anyway there is tea. I like this cinnamon flavored tea by Lupicia, it’s very basic but tasty. I don’t really care for it much in the morning but in the afternoon it’s a very decent dessert tea, especially with a bit of soymilk and sugar. I would recommend checking this one out if you’re a cinnamon fan and you just want something basic.

carol who

I’m sorry you continue to be in such pain. I hope you feel better soon. It’s too bad there is no specific tea for pain, like they have for weight loss, sleep, energy, relaxation, etc.


well there are some herbs like ginger and turmeric that are supposed to be anti-inflammatories but as far as I can tell they aren’t doing a whole lot!


Aw no! Feel better soon. What about Moringa tea? I heard it’s supposed to work wonders


Hope you feel better soon!


hat sucks so bad. sorry things haven’t been getting any better :(


That’s too bad! I hope you’ll be feeling better soon!


thanks all

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This flavored green tea came as a sample in my last Capital Teas order which I placed months ago, but I just discovered I had it the other day. I had it once iced and today I’m having it hot, it’s good both ways but I think I prefer it iced.

The flavoring here is very natural which is good. I don’t like artificial flavorings that smack you over the head (here’s looking at you, David’sTea). The strawberry, orange and lemongrass are all present here in a subtle way. If you drink this plain it is slightly tart. A touch of sugar helps and is nice if you want something that’s more on the “juicy” side. I’ve definitely enjoyed this sample but I have enough flavored green teas already that I don’t think I need to add this into my tea collection.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

Thank you for your review! Happy Brewing :)


sounds interesting I’m looking for more flavored green teas to brew cold I don’t like artificial or lemon grass flavors much this one sounds nice!


I agree about artificial-tasting teas! I’ll have to check out Capital Teas. Have you had any of their other flavored teas?


@Jenn- yes I like a lot of their offerings and I’ve written a few reviews on them :)

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Good morning Steepster!
This is a sipdown, I’m all out of this tea but will certainly get more at some point. It’s one of my favorite black teas at the moment. I’m not really looking forward to the work day today… it’s not very much fun trying to type when your hands are in pain. I might just stay at home today.


I love Golden Monkey, too!

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drank Rooibos Chai by Spicely Organics
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Tisane of the afternoon here from Spicely, this was one I bought last week after my acupuncture appointment.

Although this says it’s a rooibos chai, it is lacking in flavors you would normally associate with a chai, such as ginger, cloves and black pepper, etc. Instead it has cinnamon, vanilla, cacao nibs and cardamom. This makes for a very mellow concoction that’s a decent dessert tea. I guess I was hoping for something slightly spicier and could definitely add my own ingredients if I wanted to to sort of perk it up a bit. This isn’t a bad rooibos blend it just doesn’t seem that much like a chai to me. It’s fairly tasty though, I like this one with soymilk and it doesn’t really need sugar.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Thanks to Carol Who for this one, I haven’t always been a big fan of Teavana blends in the past, but it’s always fun to try something new. :)

I liked this a little bit better when the tisane was hot because then I got more of the cinnamom/chocolate-y notes, actually I was thinking carob. Now that it’s cooled off a bit I get a lot of the orange coming up very strongly. Overall I think this is okay but probably not something I would keep around on a regular basis…

now I’m off to do my physical therapy exercises!

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

i see, so this one is tisane…I just bought a herbal blend from DAVIDsTea, not yet to try…hope your physical therapy is going well.


thank you :)

carol who

I keep on going back and forth on whether I like this tea or not. I always remember it being good then I make a cup and maybe yes, maybe no on the results. I think I need to really try different brewing parameters and see if I can figure it out. I have had some really good cups and then some that are… meh.

I may be joining you in physical therapy (in spirit if not body). I’ve been dieting and exercising. I’ve been walking 3-5 miles daily. :) Then I wrenched my knee the other day :( and of course I just kept going and going and going when I should have rested. Well I didn’t and now I have a very sore leg, I can’t find a comfortable position and sleep at night. I won’t be able to do my walking and I’m afraid that I will start gaining weight sitting around on my butt. Ahhh, but at least I can still drink tea!


Hi Carol, sorry to hear about your leg, I hope you get better soon :)

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Good afternoon/early afternoon Steepster!

I haven’t had much time to write tea tasting notes recently, but I thought I’d brew up some of this blend I haven’t had in a while. I think I put this at a ‘65’ the first time I drank it, the licorice is very strong but maybe licorice teas are growing on me a bit because I raised the rating on this one today. Work was a bit better today, at least not as stressful, but there hasn’t been much down time for tea drinking.

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

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drank Imperial Keemun by Steepster
2802 tasting notes

Good morning Steepster!
I am so happy to be at home today, I can’t even tell you. My workplace is incredibly hostile to someone with a disability which is sad for me but maybe they’ll fire me soon and I can look for a nicer place to work. :(

This is one of the teas from the Steepster select box that came in while I was gone. Normally I’m not a big fan of keemuns as they can seem a bit harsh but I really like the cacao and pine notes of this, it reminds me a bit of an Imperial Bohea that I already have from Upton Tea. This is a nice one to sip on plain, it also is good with soymilk but doesn’t really need any additions.

All I want to do is stay at home all day and drink tea :)

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

Seconded. Throw in a book.


I’m so sorry to hear about your place of work – I’m sure you’ve already considered your options, but isn’t there someone to turn to for help in order to make it a more positive environment?


Anna, unfortunately the people who have been supportive are in a distant remote office and my boss is turning into a complete witch so she isn’t a very good resource.

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