513 Tasting Notes

drank Da Hong Pao Red Robe by Steepster
513 tasting notes

Other people seem to really like this one, but I don’t really. It kind of tastes just…meh….to me.

Well, it was free in a free Steepster Select box, so I’m not going to complain too much. I tried it. This one just isn’t for me.


Free is good.


Yep. And I don’t feel guilty or like I’m wasting my money when I decided I’m not going to have any more of this one. Since other people have liked this one, though, I’ll probably add the other packet of this to a TTB I’m in and hopefully it will find a good home.

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This tea is great for the drive into work. The biggest problem for me is that I have to get the water boiling to start, and then 6 minute steeping. Right when I’m trying to get out the door. Really, what I need to do is get it going well before then, and then it’ll have a little time to cool off before I run out as well. Ah well.

Otherwise….I love this tea. The lime is spectacular. The blackberry is delicious. The base guayusa tea is perfect. And it helps wake me up i the morning. So wonderful!


You came up with a great idea and Stacy executed perfectly. I love it when a plan comes together. =D

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I decided I wanted this tea as an evening tea. I hope the little bit of caffeine doesn’t mess me up, but I don’t think it will.

I like this tea. I like this tea a lot. Until the very last sip. Both times the last sip was really blah. I thought the first time it was just me, but it happened again. Weird.

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drank A Day in Provence by Tay Tea
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I apparently didn’t write the tasting note I thought I did last night. Maybe I never saved it? I don’t know.

This was the end of this tea from my May tea box. I will miss this tea. I will miss this tea a lot. So much so that I looked at ordering it from Tay Tea even though I’m kinda not supposed to be buying more tea. Of course, this isn’t a cheap tea. It’s $16 for the tea in a tin, plus $4.95 shipping…. You do get a pretty good amount of tea, and a tin (I love when tea has its own tin) but…I’m not supposed to be buying more tea right now.

So I will wait a little while. We’ll see how long that lasts.

But, I really liked this tea a lot. I didn’t even think I liked lavender until I tried this tea. Wow. I really liked this tea. Thank you so much Amoda!!!

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drank Grapefruit Dragon by Butiki Teas
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I decided to add just a touch of sugar this time, and that made this amazing. It’s still got this amazing grapefruit flavor, but it actually is even juicier and grapefruity bitter than without the sugar. I don’t know how that works, but it’s true. I think the sugar opened my tastebuds more or something. Who knows. So good.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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drank Inca Elixir by The Tea Company
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Another sample I’m trying to see if I happen to like it or not.

Which is more not than like, although it grew on me.

I will say that dry this smells heavenly, and the liquor actually also smells delicious. Unfortunately, this tea didn’t do much for me on its own. I eventually added some non-dairy creamer and a touch of sugar, and it helped make it something I liked. I think my problem is the cinnamon. I like cinnamon, but it was just a little too much. Cinnamon and chocolate is something that I really just don’t like together. Others may really like this, but it wasn’t for me. I’ll probably put the rest of this sample into one of the traveling tea boxes I’m in, because I’m sure it’s in someone’s flavor wheelhouse.


I’m finicky when it comes to chocolate and cinnamon together, although I’m coming around to it more and more. The only time I won’t tolerate it for sure is in the kind of chocolate cake my mom used to make when I was growing up. Some people put cinnamon in it to make it better… No thanks! It’s pure rich chocolate that needs no addition of spice.

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drank Orchid Oolong by The Tea Company
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I actually really enjoyed this tea this morning. I will be honest, I wasn’t expecting to, but I decided to take a chance on some more samples I have from the Tea Company because I got a coupon for 25% off plus free shipping and I’m very glad that I did.

This is a pretty nice oolong. It’s the right amount of creamy and the right amount of floral. Of course, while I was enjoying this one I was working, and I can’t remember too much about it. It was just nice and natural and I like that it’s unflavored. I need to try more unflavored oolongs.

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distinctive flavor

This is pretty good. I wish the flavor were a touch stronger, but it’s still nice in an iced matcha latte.

I only have a small amount of this, and I probably won’t order it as this is not in my flavor wheelhouse, but it’s enjoyable while it lasts.


hahaha flavor wheelhouse!

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reviewed Carry Travel Mug by DAVIDsTEA
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Love love love this!!! The basket is roomy, and I love that I can actually smell the tea as I’m drinking it. The screen top is small enough that I had the handle top off in the car with a full mug and I had no problems with spillage. The only thing that could be better is that it can be tricky to get the infusion basket off when just pulling it out of the mug. Otherwise, I love this!

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drank Lemon French Macaron by Butiki Teas
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After the disappointment of the David’s Tea Quangzhou Milk Oolong, I needed something to make me happy.

This tea is a delicious, yummy, nommy, oh so tasty lemon macaron treat in a mug.

This tea makes me happy.


I finished all I had yesterday and now I’m sad.


That is sad.

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Still relatively new to drinking teas, or so I feel, even though I’ve been at it for several months now.

I’m drinking more and more of different varieties of tea.

It’s been a few months that I’ve been on here. I’ve expanded from greens and flavored teas to now I’m all about the oolongs and some unflavored blacks. I’m mostly drinking unflavored teas now, but there are a few of those flavored ones that have a special place in my heart.

Pu-erh is also something I’ve recently found that I enjoy.

I have four kitties and a spouse.


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