1708 Tasting Notes

drank Blueberry by Adagio Teas
1708 tasting notes

Sipdown! I finally got a sipdown! Seems like I’m down to one a day but I’m rotating through and trying lots of things. :)

Interesting (to me) factoid:
Last month I had 183 teas that weight 154 oz.
This month I have 214 teas that weigh 149 oz.
Most of it was purchased in the last 9 months so it’s still fresh too!
I’m definitely heading in the right direction!

Oh and this tea: it’s good! I should have known that because Jane Austen Mafia and Tardis both have this (or I’m sure they do) and I really enjoy them. It’s interesting seeing it on it’s own. It’s really quite flavorful without being mixed into a blend!

(I mean it is a blend, but it’s not currently a fandom blend. That’s what I mean) Thanks 221Tea! (I may have called you 221B earlier and I hope you forgive me! Haha)

carol who

I catch myself writing 221B also. But the name 221Tea is so cute! :-)


OMG you know how much tea you have in oz? LOL That is just way too organized. Good job bringing your quantity down (which really is more important than number of). I’m just afraid to even think about quantity – I think I’ll just sit here in the corner being in denial. :))


You did, but I let it slide :) I tried for 221B originally but it was taken, so I’m not upset ;)


Dexter – it’s on my spreadsheet! I enter how much I bought and then periodically go through and do inventory with rough guesses of how much is left of each tea. It halps remind me which ones need some attention (to bring down huge quantities, or finish off little guys).
:) I spend a lot of time on my spreadsheet, but I like it.

And thanks 221Tea! I actually entered your name as 221B so I’d better change that or I’ll NEVER learn.

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Thank you Brian and 221tea for sending me a sample of this one. It sounded so amazing, but I was hesitant to spend $12.50/oz without know if it was REALLY worth that much.

Yes. Of course it is. It really, really is. Where’s my credit card? :O
(Oh, I’ll wait a little bit. So much to sipdown first, including the rest of the Whispering Pines samples those 2 sent me!)

It’s like decadent fudge – the chocolate notes are just that strong and with a bit of depth/weight to them. So amazing. I also get honeyed vanilla with this as well. I’m going to resteep this for the rest of the afternoon. I WILL!

Thank you, again.


Yum! This sounds delicious :)


Everyone is making this sound so good!

Roswell Strange

Eii! Even more excited to try my sample of it now :)


…yes but would I like it…. cough


Hahah. I can send you the second half of my sample!


Corrected: I AM sending you the sample!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

I’ll give you 2% off your next order if you put this review on this tea’s product page at www.whisperingpinestea.com :)


Glad you liked it! It is currently my favorite morning tea. :)


I’m happy to spread the love there! I forget about reviewing retailer sites more often than I should. /0\

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Right? There’s such an amazing community here that it’s easy to forget that not every teadrinker reads these reviews :P hehe. Thanks! Sending your code now! :)

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This is one of the more astringent Assam’s. And that’s ok, especially if you like to add a little milk or cream to help tame it, but I like to soldier on and drink it plain. It has a nice bit of malt, and the tiniest hint of sweetness!

I don’t regret drinking this over my Tiger Assam, but it does make me appreciate the Tiger Assam more. Sorry, Beast of the East.

Dag Wedin

Sounds lovely :)


I basically always drink assam with cream. It has reached the point where I do not even brew up assam unless I have cream on hand!

Terri HarpLady

I’m glad you sent me a sample of this one, Cavo. I’m looking forward to trying it out soon!

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I chose this as my sample for next month’s Simple Loose Leaf selections because it sounded interesting, but puerh’s make me a little nervous because when I don’t like them, I really don’t like them. Why not find out for sure?

And now that I’ve had some, I think I’ll select this one after all!
It definitely has that smooth earthy taste you would expect from a puerh, but it’s also bright and tropical! I can taste the creamy coconut, and fruity papaya. It’s not a blend I would have thought of, but it works!

So far I’m off to a good start with my subscription!

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I don’t like them either. This note gives me hope that maybe someday I’ll like them too!


I eased into puerhs by trying small samples of flavoured puerhs from DAVIDsTEA like Cinnamon Heart, and when that was acceptable, I ended up ordering a few from Tealux! (Tealux has a lot of interesting flavours and you can buy 1 oz as a minimum for reasonable prices, especially if you hit them during a sale: http://www.tealux.com/flavored_pu_erh_tea). If you wanted to experiment, that’s what I’d recommend. And then once you got used to that earthy taste, you could try some unflavoured ones.


awesome thanks!

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OMG, this tea. O.M.G.

I actually didn’t snack on anything tonight because I drank two cups of this and it satisfied my sweet tooth and made me super happy. It’s like a lemony pastry thing, with butter meltling in my mouth…

Thank you 221B for this and the giant bag of samples that was packed along with it.

(i wonder if i can resteep it a third time?)

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I cannot wait til I get my hands on some.


Same here, this is now on my wishlist.


This one haunts me, I keep thinking about it after the cup is gone.


It’s on my wishlist too!


I must have underleafed it because my cup really lacked in flavor :/


so excited! 10 more days and it will be here for meee to try!


I think I did 2t to 11 oz.


Sil – 10 more days? :O Excellent I’m hooked and need MOAR!


Also I hope the rest of you get yours hands on it soon!


cavo…give or take. it’s been shipped haha


Woohoo! I can’t wait to get that and all that Hello Sweetie!


Glad you liked it! It’s a favorite of mine!

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drank Bliss by American Tea Room
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Thank you Kat Maria! (187)
I brewed it hot and I’m enjoying this fruity green/white, but it’s just a little bit of strawberries, and oddly, a little bit of butter, and comfort, and it’s nice and all that, but I don’t know that I’d take it home to meet my mother or anything like that.

Speaking of… mother’s day this weekend! :O I have little time to dig up some kind of gift and ensure she gets it in time. #failed I bought her tea before but I don’t know that she’s actually drinking it or would want any more. :| And we rarely speak. Ugh. We did take a mold of my 2yo at work, so maybe I can send her a copy of my daughter’s feet? It’ll be late but something like that might be cool.

Ok, back to work. Back to drinking tea!

ETA So all the new Summer teas are out, so I grabbed the Summer pack and mailed that to her (in BC, so it’ll be late). Even if she doesn’t drink a lot of tea, she DOES like iced tea, especial decaf ones! #patsselfonback I also sent her the bubble pineapple mugs bc they’re cute.

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drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
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This is such a sweet, malty, wonderful start to my day!

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drank Orzo - Caramel & Honey by Lupicia
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drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
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Thanks VariaTEA (188)
So, I’m an idiot. I’m completely exhausted and drank two cups of this tonight and didn’t realize that it was green rooibos. (Uhh… I can haz caffiene?) :P It’s freaking tasty though, and now I can get this AND Melon Oolong because they are actually quite different and good for different times of the day.

ETA: I’m actually REALLY a big idiot because this isn’t the tea I drank. :P Can you believe that? I drank the Ripe Mango Oolong from Kat_Maria and it was delicious and I loved it, and I KNEW that it had big leaves, so why did I think it was a green rooibos?

Anyway… move along… nothing to see here!


Is this one available?


you have to get it IN san Fran i believe… but it’s so damn good.


Why would they do that to us?


Why would they do that to us?! Gasp. I’m planning on visiting LA, not San Fran. Le sigh.


..to give me an excuse to go back to san fran?




I think it’s a California-only blend, although I could be wrong. I’m going to grab a whack when I’m there in a few months, and am happy to send some along to anyone else who wants some.


YES. Such an awesome enabler.


It’s a San Franciscan blend, so you can only get it in their three locations in SF.
I live in SoCal for uni BUT home is in the suburbs around SF so I can easily ask my parents to run into the City and purchase a couple packages of this tea :)

If anyone wants, I’m totally up for sending a wee 4-5g sample of this tea since it is my absolute favourite tea in the entire world :)

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It took me a year and a half but I have finally finished all 6 oz of this. It was tasty, but I think i could go years before I ever pick more up. :P (OVERLOAD)

It feels pretty great to cross off the oldest tea on my list!


Whoa 6 oz. haha. Good job!


whoa is right!


i think you gave me like half an ounce of that lol


Whistles innocently
To be fair, I think I warned you before I dumped that on you. Maybe you were supposed to share? Or maybe I’m just an awful tea friend. Haha I can’t remember.


no no…GOOD tea friend! i used it for cooking if i recall…most of it lol

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Tea: I just started drinking loose tea in the fall of 2012, and once I started I had to get more and more and try ALL THE TEAS. Joining Steepster made this worse/easier.

So far it seems that I prefer unflavoured black teas, although I still drink a few that are flavoured each day too. Oolongs, greens, puerhs and white teas are all very good, but I just don’t crave them as often.


Me: Ok. Random things. I like animals, I have a baby girl and a devoted bf, and … I’m a geek. I like Lord of the Rings, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Supernatural, pen&paper RPG’s, online RPG’s, video games, silly internet memes, puzzles and a bunch of others things! I taught myself to knit and I’m considering crochet but I need to make time for all these things!

1-50: Bleh.
51-64: It’s ok.
65-75: It’s good.
76-85: It’s very good. (Buy 1oz+)
86-100: Amazing. (ALWAYS re-stock)


Markham, ON

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