455 Tasting Notes

drank Red Queen Cupcake by Butiki Teas
455 tasting notes

today i tried this tea . it was on my wishlist and Stephanie was so kind to send me in Christmas care package.
it was delicious. it does have espresso notes ( i love espresso). Strawberries and chocolate are great addition. the tea is so pretty to look at. smells and tastes heavenly.

Thank you so much my #teafiend for making my dreadful afternoon so yummy and cheerful. i need to make that last order w/Butiki.

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this is hilarious ;)


So glad you enjoyed


Making Fiends is amazing. :)

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i had a session last night. people, this tea is so good. Nobody should be afraid to try even if you never had puerh before or had some unpleasant experience.
Its clean, sweet, creamy and delicious. Very easy to drink, no any off putting smells or tastes. Just pure goodness. my hubby enjoyed it as well . im training him, i think he has some preferences already. before it was tea is just tea. now dont give me this, can i have something i tried 2 days ago ;) also he is teasing me why am i giving my Yixing a bath.
i got lots of pics last night






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This tea lives up to the name gold needle, as gold needle puerh is supposed to be good. I don’t know who came up with the name, maybe Dayi.


Soon….soon, I will order this one.


you will love it Cheri !

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Cheri, there’s only two left right now! The rest will take a couple months to arrive still.

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i know i reviewed this tea before. Steepster eats older notes… Sigh…
This time i’m tasting a new version. I liked the older one but this just blew my mind. It is liquid chocolate people. Without any sugar or maple syrup. You dont have to guess the flavors. Bold yummy chocolate, maybe some malt, but not much.
i still have an older one, and was hesitating if i should get another once. Im so happy cause this one is so much better and richer (not that anything wrong w/older one ;)




NW sounds wonderful! My 1st WP order (CM) is to arrive this week & it fortunately includes WP.


it is. dessert in a cup without any additions. did you order the cake ?


Yes, I ordered a cake of 2012 Huron Gold Needle Shou Pu-erh, 2013 Shou, as well as an oz. of their Fujian Black.


Wow, sounds truly divine.


I’m looking forward to your tasting notes. If only Steepster wasnt hiccuping :( i have no patience and time.


I completely understand. I compose in MS Word & paste into Steepster. Hopefully, our favorite tea suppliers will notice that the website issues are affecting forum particpation & will encourage Jason to correct them w/o further delay.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

I sent an email out yesterday…doubt I’ll be getting a response though :/


Thanks Brenden. Any other ideas or insights?

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I told Jason that I could put together a crowdfunding thing to pay for a web engineer to fix the site, which would be super easy…but it’s up to him wether or not to do this…so I think we’re all stuck at this point until he makes his next move :(


Thank you for offering crowdfunding assistance to Jason. That was very kind of you!


There’s also a Steepster member, Blodeuyn (a professional web developer) who graciously offered to help 3 months ago. See: http://steepster.com/discuss/9388-steepster-member-w-slash-forum-tech-support-background

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i’m so glad i picked this tea during BF without trying first. i trust my Puerh buddies reviews !
Its good. Very rich and soo smooth. very easy to drink. Even my hubby who is not into tea enjoyed couple cups of this tea.
7g 100ml 212F
rinse/ pause/5/3/5/5/7/7/10/15/20sec
I even brew it the next day. pretty potent for a shou.



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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
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yesterday i decided to lower temp. i find that i use boil water only on shou puerh. so i made it western 200F 3g 8oz 3min
it made a big difference. there was no agressive spicy and sour notes. it was smooth sweet and so satisfying on a chilly morning.


200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

200 is what I use for black teas, too! :D


Classy mug!

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revisiting this tea. I got it from a Steepster friend – thank you so much.
Last time i tried i wasnt sure what to expect. i was in the beginning of my pu journey.
This is solid shou pu. Strong, smooth, delicious. mrmopar suggested on Instagram that its deep, dark and delicious. i agree. from now on i would call it triple D.

8g 100ml 212F
rinse/pause/7/5/3/5/5/7/10/15/20 etc


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I have the 2010 version and I have enjoyed it :)


you need a sample of 2006 to compare :)


Ha – we can definitely swap if you want… :)


Coming your way :)

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Shou time of last night.
i start drinking shou every night. it soothes me and I sleep very well after drinking it. it just wraps you in a warm fuzzy blanket. this tea is no exception. Comfort tea.
The color is very bright and burgundy. clear, smooth, no funkiness ( not that i mind;)
For me it wasnt just like regular earthy taste. i find it quite rich, some wine flavors, spicies, cloves maybe. As I’m drinking now it has some minty cool notes and very sweet aftertaste.
Anyway, it was a great experience. thank you tea friend for letting me try this tea. i really appreciate it.

7g 100ml 212F
rinse*2/pause/5/5/7/7/10/15/20sec etc


Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 100 OZ / 2957 ML

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i got my BF order very late last night. no matter when I’m very happy. really hate to go to mail jail.
Man, i wish i wouldnt be so stubborn and just make it per Garret’s suggestion.
I made it my usual gongfu parameters. 5g 100ml porcelaine gaiwan 200F
rinse/ 10/ 15/30/ 60/sec
with this method i probably go with 20 sec next time.
this tea has absolutely gorgeous dreamy leaves. long, wiry, golden silver, fuzzy.
complex, tasty. I’ve noticed some malt and wine. Yes, this tea is kinda Keemun-y to me. i maybe wrong trying to get the perfect cuppa. and i did get it.
Also few minutes after i experienced very strong sweet aftertaste like when i drink some puerh .
Garret, i promise to try it your way next time ;)





5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML



Nice pictures!

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drank Traktir by Kusmi Tea
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Tea of the morning. 1tsp 8oz 200F 3min, resteep 6 min. ( good resteep)
i couldnt get up today. i blame it on weather. we have very sudden temp fluctuations. yesterday was in upper 60’s today is in lower 40’s
Anyway, opened a tin. this tea seemed appropriate to get moving
And i really like it. it is smoky, but not harsh smoky. it blend beautifully with citrus and spicies. it is not chai kind tea. this tea is delicate and refined, but not short on flavor.
As i was drinking i thought it would be really nice to add tiny bit of maple syrup. i ran out of it. But found Nonna’s mini biscotti ;) perfect combo.
i even got my fancy Russian tea ware. Seemed appropriate for this kind of tea.



200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML


Terri HarpLady

Lovely pics!


Thank you Terri ;-) Miss ya


Is this a new one? I don’t remember seeing it before


No, it’s not new. Just not popular.


plans are in motion for march….now to save…and find a hotel…and flights…. that is all. lurk lurk lurk


Sil, that would be so much fun ! Guaranteed !


I honestly thought you meant Russian Tea Glasses, but that set is just beautiful!


thank you @*Flyawaybirdie*. its famous Lomonosov Porcelain plant. its very thin see thru


Boychik, beautiful pictures — I like how the warm tones of the table reflect in the light parts of the porcelain.

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This tea was part of November Yunnan Sourcing Tea Club.
my usual gongfu parameters for sheng
5.5g 100 ml porcelain gaiwan 200F
rinse/pause/5/3/3/5/5/7/10sec etc
I keep sipping. i like this tea a lot. Some earthiness, hay, sweetness. overall very smooth and easy to drink. no off taste or smell. i really like the color !



I just had this for the latest TeaDB inbetweenisode! Agree with your notes. Nice, full tea.

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I’ve stopped rating teas long time ago. Couldn’t be happier ;D


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