2802 Tasting Notes


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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drank Decaf Ceylon by Adagio Teas
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I’m making Indian Food for dinner tonight which is going to consist of basmati rice and this urad dal recipe I found. I’ve never made it before but it looks yummy.


I thought I’d have a chai to get in the mood for some cooking. I used the herbal chai masala I got from Simpson and Vail and added some of this decaf ceylon. This is seriously the WORST decaf tea I’ve ever tried and it totally ruined the chai. Into the garbage it goes. I didn’t like it plain and evidently I can’t use it for mixing into anything either so it’s just a waste of money. I lowered the rating to a “1” which is probably the lowest rating I’ve given any tea on Steepster. Blech!


“1” “This is seriously the WORST decaf tea I’ve ever tried …” – A Hall of Shame nominee!

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How odd, I could have sworn I reviewed this at some point but I guess not… ?

I’ve had this for a while and I find it really refreshing, an interesting twist on the traditional moroccan mint tea due to the addition of lemon myrtle. It’s a minty, lemony green tea! I absolutely recommend adding rock sugar to this, or sugar of some kind. This is excellent hot, but I think it would make an amazing iced tea as well. I really loved the Mao Feng Shui when I tried it plain as well. I wish S.S. would have another free shipping promotion soon :)

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Taking a break from “foam rolling” my rotator cuff in order to try a sample of this tea. I really do have a lot of physical therapy gadgets in my apartment now! Thanks for the sample Stacy.

So it seems like I have a fondness for Indian white teas, they somehow seem more flavorful than the Chinese ones. Is that a sacrilege? Compared to the Doke silver needle I had yesterday, the Glenburn seems both lighter and sweeter. I am really enjoying the fruity notes of this tea and am definitely getting the juicy pear. I bet this would be an amazing cold brew — anyone tried that yet? Other flavors I’m getting from this are nutty (mostly almond) and floral. I wouldn’t say I am getting buttery from it, but I have really enjoyed this a lot. It’s tasty! I think I will stick to white teas from India and Nepal as they are flavorful.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

Foam rolling is one of those “hurts so good” type things. My husband is a personal trainer so I had to be the guinea pig while he was taking his classes.

A juicy pear tea sounds divine! I bet it would be good iced!


I’m still trying to figure out what I can do with the foam roller. It also feels good to put a golf ball in between you and the wall and roll it around :)

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drank Cardamon Tea by American Tea Room
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Good morning Steepster—
I am having this tea today because I was in the mood for something cardamom-y, I just wish this tea had more cardamom in it, I usually just end up adding my own so I’m not thinking this will be a repurchase for me. Adding both soymilk and sugar makes it slightly more pleasurable.

Hoping that today I will be feeling better than I did yesterday. I got electro-acupuncture for the first time yesterday and that was pretty interesting. It could be my imagination but I think it helped a bit with the pain I was experiencing…

Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

I hope you feel better :(


not bloody likely for a while but thanks :)

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drank The des Anges by Nina's Paris
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Tea of the afternoon here, this is a pleasant strawberry tea that I am enjoying a lot with soymilk today. I haven’t been up to doing much today, the ongoing drama with my office about their paperwork has me feeling totally drained and I haven’t slept very well in almost 3 months anyway. Paying a visit to the acupuncturist this afternoon, maybe he can help me.

In the meantime I’m kind of happy to have some quiet moments to enjoy teeeea on this beautiful sunny day!

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

Sometimes, a quiet moment with tea is all one needs when things are rough. After 3 months, though, I think you need more than a quiet moment with tea. I hope the acupuncture helps at least some!


I hope so too! If I don’t feel better in a month at least I will get a cortisone shot. Meanwhile thank goodness for tea!

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drank Doke Silver Needle by Butiki Teas
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Thank you Stacy for this lovely sample tea you provided me in my last order. A lot of white teas are not very well understood by me, or perhaps they are too light for my palate. I’m not getting all of the tasting notes that other people are getting, but I do think this has a good flavor of almonds and cream with a nice sweetness in the finish. I am definitely getting some fruit but not so sure if it’s cherry. If I was going to keep another white tea around in my stash, this might be a serious contender. I’ve really enjoyed trying it and it’s nice on this sunny afternoon.

180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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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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