Hide

Welcome to Steepster, an online tea community.

Write a tea journal, see what others are drinking and get recommendations from people you trust. or Learn More

1768 Tasting Notes

I just received a package from Bonnie and OH MY! There is so much tea, so many gifts! Thank you!

My youngest daughter has dreamily inhaled the Lapsang and put it in her stash. She refuses to try it until school tomorrow! I was going to be good and not have caffeine tonight, but this one was calling my name and I didn’t try to resist very hard.

Lapsang with jasmine and orange? You don’t mean it! But opening the pouch an exotic scent wafts out and I bury my face in the bag to sniff. I may be showing myself to be a country bumpkin, but this smells exotic through and through. The combination of flavors and smoke here is so unique as to make it all seem like a totally new thing, and at the same time, as old as antiquity itself! I can picture sipping this on some foreign shore and I swear Bogart is there.

The taste does not let me down, either. This tastes the way it smells. Lapsang, good and strong. Smoke and ash on the tongue. Jasmine, teasing in the background. Orange, a flirty top note. What a cool tea!

I can’t wait to try more from Happy Lucky, and I hear they are going to be selling online soon!

Thank you, Bonnie! This will be an adventure!

I almost forgot to add today’s dramatic doodle. It is the weeping angel, only the angel is youngest, she is sobbing on the geometry book, and her pencil dangles limply from her hand. This kid really has GOT to do theater. http://www.flickr.com/photos/24998856@N06/7873206326/

Bonnie

Very sweet of you and enjoy the tea!

Rabs

Very creative doodle!

ashmanra

LOL! Thanks, Rabs! She is a hoot!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Wuyi Oolong by The Republic of Tea
1768 tasting notes

I think my tea died. Honestly, this tin is about two years old and it just tastes like meh. I have heard that some oolongs age well, like puerh, but this isn’t one of them. I don’t know if my tastes have evolved that much or if I made it badly today or if it is just too old to have much flavor left, but there really isn’t a whole lot going on here. I don’t taste any fruitiness or the stone flavor that grabs you with a hard hug that I get from good, dark oolongs. There really isnt a nutty taste anymore. This is so light in flavor.

I guess if I wanted something really subtle this would be fine, but we are doing geometry for Pete’s sake and I need something stronger!

Teavivre’s Monkey Picked would be heavenly right about now.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

This is a free sample provided by Angel and Teavivre for review. Thank you!

Opening the little sample pouch, I was greeted by an exquisite aroma almost too fresh to believe. How can the camellia sinensis plant produce such diversity? I used the whole sample in my 22 oz. pot since the instructions recommend 1-2 teaspoons per cup. I steeped for two minutes and when I removed the infuser basket the leaves looked so tasty I wanted to eat them! They are dark green, swirled, and soft, looking very much liked cooked spinach. And the smell of the liquor is so very vegetal that you know this has to be good for you!

There is not a trace of bitterness or sour taste. The tea has good strength and is not so delicate as to get lost with a meal. (I am having my tea with some Chinese takeout leftovers.) This reminds me very much of a DragonWell. Delicious!

Thank you again, Angel and Teavivre, for the opportunity to try your excellent teas.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

I should be asleep but I napped off and on all day because of the muscle relaxant I took. Now I want to go to bed but I just feel too restless. I have two bags left of this one that my friend sent, and they are awfully old but I decided to go ahead and steep one and see if it helps.

It has been a very long time since I had Celestial Seasonings Chamomile, but if I remember it correctly this one is a bit better. There is still a minty taste, and it is surprisingly sweet and honeyed when I sip it. I haven’t had much chamomile of any kind but I am enjoying this.

Missy

You are having a rough week there. I hope you get some rest and feel better soon.

Azzrian

Get better soon!

ashmanra

Thanks! I will be babying my back for about a week, and then getting busy building it back up. I have been shirking my physical therapy exercises and I knew in the back of my mind I should have been doing it…

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Oolong Royal by Praise Tea Company
1768 tasting notes

My back is still sore and I am a little flighty from the two Flexiril I took last night. Youngest made a pot of this lovely oolong for me so I could enjoy it on my heating pad!

This is such a good tea, and I am still drinking that sample from SimplyJenW. it was a BIG sample. Thank you!

The aroma is fruity leaning toward a minty scent rather than a candied scent. It is described as softly flavored, and it is. There is enough flavoring, but it does not interfere with your tasting the oolong base. Very good!

gmathis

Yeeouch.

Missy

Rest well, hope your back feels better soon.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Yesterday I did a wee bit of shoveling-up some grass that had overgrown one of my beds outside while it was over 100 degrees for about a month and I couldn’t take the heat to work in the yard. Last night, my back told me it wasn’t very happy with me. Today when I turned to take the kettle off the burner for geometry tea, my back said NO! And I screamed! Lots of time on the heating pad, lots of ibuprofen.

There is a good part – a silver lining to this cloud. We have always had a tight budget because we made the choice for me to stay home with the kids. My income is tiny. Whisper “tiny” to see how small it is! :) For many years we literally only ate at a restaurant twice a year…our anniversary and my birthday. But last month, we started a little tradition of just hubby and me going to the Chinese buffet. The food was plentiful and good, but they only have cheap black tea, so I just made green tea when we got home and we drank it together. (The kids are old enough to stay home alone and don’t Like Chinese food.)

Tonight I told hubby that I just didn’t think I could go. My back is tight and not hurting quite as much, but sometimes when I stand, I scream. I didn’t really want to do that in a big restaurant. Hubby said he would go and get take out. They weigh the boxes. And guess what? It was cheaper to bring it home than to eat there plus you save the tip money AND I made two pots of this great jasmine tea to enjoy WHILE we ate, not just after! I had been worried about whether our budget would allow us to continue our Chinese food night tradition, but this is very do-able! Plus we have leftovers for tomorrow! Hooray!

I had my tea buying ban in effect, but then youngest needed Lapsang so she can do school, and I NEEDED to hit the free shipping mark, so I ordered some of the newer Extra Fine Downy Jasmine Pearls. :) They are on the way.

Oh, and here is today’s geometry doodle. Maybe I should tell her to be a drama major! :D
http://www.flickr.com/photos/24998856@N06/7851952248/

K S

The saddest doodle ever!

Hope the screaming back sudsides quickly.

Mercuryhime

Sorry about your back. :( I wonder of some gentle back stretches will help? Like lying down and hugging your knees to your chest. If you feel up to it, try rocking gently side to side. Feel better soon!

Also, awesome drawing! Quite possibly one of the most expressive stick figures I’ve ever seen. haha I’d say art or drama both make sense here. :)

Missy

lol she should be! I hope your back feels better soon

Roughage

I hope your back is feeling better soon. At least you had Chinese and good tea to cheer you up. Love the doodle. It fits perfectly with this morning’s Strindberg theme: http://www.strindbergandhelium.com/

tigress_al

Chinese take-out is just so good sometimes!
On no, your poor back. Feel better soon

I will be waiting to hear how you like the extra fine pearls compared to these ones.

ashmanra

Already reviewed them side by side! Teavivre had sent me a sample and they were so good I already ordered them. I’m afraid I drink my jasmine pearls so fast I have to reorder often! I have a opulent of friends who enjoy drinking them with me so that helps the bag empty quickly!

tigress_al

Oh goodness. I found your post about the comparison and I had commented on it. Awesome. I am gonna have to make an order to try those extra fine pearls!

ashmanra

They are both so truly excellent it is hard to choose, and I just had their jasmine green tea and am kicking myself that I didn’t order that, too. Next time!

ashmanra

Roughage: I just showed her the video – she had a good laugh!

Roughage

Glad she liked it. There is something quite endearing about Sweden’s most depressing playwright being teamed up with a talking helium balloon.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Tokyo by Harney & Sons
1768 tasting notes

Azzrian was kind enough to send me some of this to try, and she sent enough for me to try it both hot and iced! Hooray! Because I have read so much about this one and Bangkok iced, I really wanted to try it!

I made this just like hot tea, then poured it into a pitcher and refrigerated all morning. I had with my lunch which was beef taquitos and rice with petite diced tomatoes and grated cheddar on top. The iced tea was very nice! There is so much flavor that you don’t miss adding sugar at all, and iced was harder for me to get accustomed to sugarless!

I have been having so much fruity or citrusy tea this summer, that Tokyo comes across very dark and exotic. It is sweet, yes, but savory, too. It has a lot of body as well.

Thank you, Azzrian, for sharing! I still have enough to go with another meal!

Azzrian

Yay so happy you enjoyed it!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Steeps 3 and 4 of this flavored oolong sent by K S – thank you!

These are so different from the first! The oolong is coming forward as the Meyer lemon and lime flavors start to fade. By fade, I mean they are coming down to the normal level of flavoring you would expect to find in a flavored tea. I don’t mean that in a bad way – quite the opposite. The first two steeps are candy candy candy! I don’t add sweetener, but if you did I bet you would feel like a kid in a candy store on allowance day. And it is a strong citrus flavor without being perceived as tart.

Now we have a nicely flavored adult beverage, still sweet and tasty enough to be a treat, but not candy-like anymore. I love how many good steeps you get from this tea without telling yourself you are saving money by resteeping on the last cup just to get through it because it is so weak. Four steeps, and this one isn’t weak yet.

Thank you, K S!

gmathis

Horton’s Dime Store! We’d stock up on Lik’M’Aid and those nasty wax pop bottle things; Swee-Tarts and Necco wafers—-major fourth grade status symbols on the bus :)

ashmanra

Fayetteville Drug Company here! Wax pop bottles – NASTY? No way! LOL! But Necco wafers, ick! My friend loves them, though. Sweetarts were my favorite, and Smarties! And what fun to chew some overly sweet bubblegum until it started to lose its flavor, then wrap it around a Spree and chew until the Spree was gone, then wrap it around another…oh, Lik’M’Aid definitely! And how I cried every time my mother cut my hair into a pixie cut. Then she finally let me start to grow it out, and I remember in third grade it was the perfect length for the wind to blow the ends right into my Charms Blow Pop. My hair was frequently crispy on the sides! LOL! How about Sixlets? Did you get those? Tom’s Peanut Butter Logs? Mary Janes? Sugar Daddies and even better, Sugar Babies!

gmathis

Should your travels ever take you to Branson, MO, there’s a bona fide Dick’s Five and Dime in the older section of town where you can get ’em all, plus Teaberry gum. Major tourist attraction; aisles are always packed.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

K S shared this so generously with me! Thank you!

I was warned to get past the first cup, as he found it a bit strong, so I made two steeps in rapid succession and blended them together. The dry leaf looks like a very good, very pretty oolong. Now the tea…

This is like having a cup of lemon lime candies in liquid form! Some teas don’t taste candy like until you add sugar. Not this! This is almost a Sweetart. At first I thought it was more lime than lemon, then I looked at the description and saw that the lemon is Meyer Lemon, something I was just introduced to this year. And it is delicious! It isn’t puckery tart to me, just lemon lime and sweet. The flavors are powerful enough that on these steeps I am not getting a ton of oolong flavor, but I bet that is going to come out in the next ones!

I am looking forward to the upcoming steeps.

K S

Glad you enjoyed this one. I loved the later steeps where the oolong comes alive.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Tokyo by Harney & Sons
1768 tasting notes

This is a sample sent to me by Azzrian. Thank you so much!

Wow, this is not at all what I expected! If I had not read the description, I wouldn’t know that it is caramel flavor I am tasting. I am not sure what sesame tastes like in tea, I have only had it on rolls. And I think this is the first time I have had bancha! So the whole profile of the cup is really new and different.

And I like it! I really feel like it should remind me of sme exotic foreign foods I have eaten, except I haven’t eaten much exotic foreign food! I have to say, this cup is PACKED with flavor, and although I never add sugar to my hot tea, I don’t think anyone would ever need to even if they normally do. This is really sweet on its own, and the base is smooth and assertive at the same time.

Thank you so much, Azzrian, for sending this for me to try!

Azzrian

Your welcome! So many wonderful tasting notes of people sharing their teas I LOVE it! This is what steepster is all about! :)

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Profile

Bio

I am a music teacher and homeschooling mom who started drinking loose leaf tea about four years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens.

We have learned so much history, geography, and culture in this journey.

My avatar is a mole in a teacup! Long story…

Location

North Carolina

Following These People