1641 Tasting Notes


Sipdown (209!)

So I think i was afraid of steeping this because it requires slightly more effort than steeping at boiling water, as this sample has sat around for months! Sorry VariaTEA! :O

But there was nothing to be afraid of and this tea is nice and fruity and slightly sweet and very nice on a cool summer day like today. So thank you- I’m happy I got to try it!


Glad you enjoyed it :)

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drank Hepburn by Nina's Paris
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This tea wins for best chocolate orange tea.
That is all.


How does it compare to Three Friends?


I never liked Three Friends? It was always a little bitter and flat – I like my friends a bit sweeter I guess? :P But I can save you a cup!


2 friends! 2 friends!


You already shared some with me. I should try it soon but I thought I would ask your opinion :)

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Thank you again Green Terrace for this sample! I really enjoyd the Li Shan Black, but this one just blows that one away IMO. It’s bright and sweet, and has a honeyed sweetness that lingers on your tongue. Surprisingly, I’m also getting floral notes, like in a lighter oolong. And peach?

Also, as it cools, the honey notes become even more apparent. Mind = blown.

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to review this! It was my pleasure. :) Would I pay $23.50 for 100g of this? Yes. Yes I would.

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drank Limbo Queen by RiverTea
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I iced this for 10 hours and didn’t really care for it. It was a little flat. But I have a ton of great RiverTea teas to go through so I’m not worried about it. :D
Thanks for sharing Sil!

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drank Queen of Tropics by RiverTea
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I saw lime in the description and decided to snap it up, but now that I have this, I’m wondering… where’s the lime? I’ll have to try it iced! Maybe I’ll bring it all to work and ice it in our giant pitcher!

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Here’s a sipdown courtesy of VariaTEA! (215)
Sorry – I was hoping this’d be greater but it was just meh. Still, like always, I’m quite happy to have had the chance to try it out without sinking $12+ into ordering a bag!


Happy to help :)

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drank Ruby Black by American Tea Room
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Thanks JustJames for sending this along to me. It was a delicious tea that I enjoyed (216)!

I taste delicious maltiness, and cinnamon and fresh air. I see it’s from the Sun Moon Lake region and it makes me think of all those teas from TTC that I’ve been sampling and I suddenly regret not tasting them closer enough to really compare the two. But, ah well. That’s how it goes. So many delicious teas – I’ll never be able to keep them straight so I will just savour each one as I get to it.

Terri HarpLady

Great closing remark, because I can totally relate to that. Sometimes I am in the mood to really take in all the amazing layers of flavor, but other times that feels like work & really, I just want to enjoy a cup of tea without thinking too much. :)


I agree! Well said :)

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Thank you Brenden for including this sample in my last order. It sounded so good that I had to drink it immediately. Unfortunately, I finished both cups of this a few hours ago so I don’t remember much, but I feel like I tasted spices and sweet potato and warm baked bread. It was delicious and I enjoyed each steep.

I might grab an oz for my next order just to get a better feel for it!


I was looking at this one when making my potential Whispering Pines order but it was sold out.

Terri HarpLady

I didn’t order any because I already have plenty of tasty black bi luos from YS.

Dag Wedin

Yeah tried this from YS last year i think. Its decent but less of everything compared to a good dian hong.


Oh – I need to try them at some point too! Not soon, but eventually. :D

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drank Kenyan Black by Justea
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Sipdown! This was one from Aug of last year so it was very satisfying to finish it off before I hit the 1 year mark. It was enjoyable but I"m not in a rush to buy another big tin of it any time soon. Maybe after I’ve sipped down a lot of what I have!

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Oh, wow! I went all day without tea because we went on a road trip and I was plannig to drink all the double-doubles from Timmies, and then I only ended up with one.

And it’s 10pm and this is my first cup of the day and I’m not at all upset I had to wait so long because I AM appreciating the heck out of this right now. It’s dark and rich, and maybe just a little oaky. I detect spice and chocolate notes and more. It has a slightly thicker mouthfeel that gives me ALL THE TASTES.

It’s delicious Thanks Sil!(219)


i had no tea today either..just booze.


booze is good… :))


booze in tea is even better…


Yeah, that works! :D

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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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