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88

I was intrigued by the Wu Yi Black Oolong, I really like many Oolongs so I wanted to give it a try. I normally like a little milk and honey in a black tea however this tea stands on its own and needed no adulteration. It has a nice cinnamon and sweet tobacco taste with no discernible astringency. I had a couple of pots in the afternoon and was very happy with the quality.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Sweet, Tobacco

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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85

For an herbal blend, I enjoyed this. Will consider repurchasing. It was very mild, so probably could be steeped for longer.

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70
drank Black Cloud by Silk Road Teas
21 tasting notes

This was good for a Chinese black tea. Not too deep and dark.

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90

I was surprised how much I liked this tea. It wasn’t super astringent for a Chinese green.

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75

This sample came from Blodeuyn. Yay, another Keemun! :D This is one of those tea categories that I am trying to explore more, as I feel I have neglected it in favor of Yunnan and Fujian teas. This tea has what I would consider to be typical Keemun leaves – they’re thin and small and very dark in color. Whoa, the dry scent hit me over the head when I opened the pouch. This tea smells so mineral and it’s extremely strong, almost to the point of being chemical. There’s a touch of musty hay scent there as well. I must admit, I was scared, so I steeped it for 2.5 minutes instead of 3 and I was very careful to level my teaspoon of leaf…

After steeping, the liquor also smells quite mineral but it’s less extreme. I can also smell bread and malt aromas. Luckily for me, drinking this tea is only a bit like licking a rock. The mineral is definitely the strongest note, but there’s also malt and bread, along with a creamy grain note reminiscent of oats. I get a light peppery taste, especially toward the end. Overall, not my favorite flavor profile, but not bad.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Creamy, Malt, Mineral, Oats, Pepper, Smoke

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95

With the Breville automatic tea maker I can walk into my kitchen first thing in the morning and have it filled with the great smell of Jasmine! Jasmine Silver needle might cost more but it is a good value. Skip the cheap chemical fake flavored jasmine tea and taste the real thing, you will not want to go back.

Flavors: Jasmine

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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78

I got this tea in my first Steepster box! The first steep is very much chocolate, with hints of mineral and wheat. I was actually impressed at the level of chocolate flavor without any added chocolate. Successive steeps are lighter on chocolate, but it’s still present. There are more pronounced notes of wheat/bread and mineral in later steeps.

Flavors: Chocolate, Mineral, Wheat

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Michelle

What does mineral taste like? What would you compare it to?

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60

Definite grassy flavor, not as much body as I was expecting.

Flavors: Grass

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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70

So I already feel like I’m going to like this tea primarily because peppermint. I may or may not have a 2 pound bag of peppermint tea sitting next to me…

I swear I don’t have a problem.

Moving on, the smell of the unsteeped leaves mostly comes off as peppermint with a bit extra at the end that I can’t quite put my finger on but will most likely round out the tea well. The steeped liquid has that unrecognizable smell much more pronounced that creates a nice warmth of flavor but is cut by the sharp peppermint after…smell? Is after smell a word? It should be.

The taste is very heavily peppermint but more in a refreshing than sharp way and I believe that’s because it has other things than just peppermint that mellow it out. Overall, I like it for its mellow mintyness especially if I don’t want straight peppermint tea which can be overwhelming at times. But definitely not the best tea I’ve had.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90

Something Different! When you need something different try this one. Very fragrant, makes a great afternoon tea to wake up the senses. I would not drink it as an everyday tea but as something to change up the pace it is great.

Flavors: Berry, Fruity

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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100

Golden Jade Oolong (Huang Guan Yin) is a surprise, I am on the third steep and it is still delivering an amazing honey flavor with a brightness I can’t pick a good word to describe. I love teas that do not require any adulteration and this one is good right out of the pot. One note it does lose the brightness once it cools, I often will use the last cup of a pot over ice in the afternoon, it loses something in translation to cold.

Flavors: Honey, Honeydew

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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20

I wanted this one to be a good standby cost effective oolong. I was rather disappointed. The earthy flavor was over powering and hid any typical oolong notes.

Flavors: Earth

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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80

Really enjoy the name of this tea in my Steepster Select samples. “Organic Buddhist Tea” has a great ring to it and after opening I was happy to find a very nice bouquet and a little tea dust like matcha. My first steep was a bit too much water and had a savory and vegetal flavor, good color and a slight astringent after taste. A very nice every day tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 13 OZ / 384 ML

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75
drank Black Cloud by Silk Road Teas
6 tasting notes

I liked this tea. A nice change from my typical choice in black tea, darjeeling. Its pleasant smoky assertiveness is modified by a rich chocolate scent and taste. I also appreciate the nice alertness it provides in the mornings.

Flavors: Chocolate, Smoked, Wheat

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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90

Better than I thought it would be. I expected muskier and more chocolate tones, but, once brewed, I enjoyed the subtlety of it. Very pleasant.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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88

Brewed this Western style this morning, and was pleasantly awakened by the gorgeous aroma and flavor. Just as the other tasting notes mention, chocolate predominates the first steep with light tones of mineral and just a hint of smoke. Second and third steeps have less of the chocolate taste as the other flavors step forward, but the aroma still remains enticing.

Reminiscent of Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, but with more of a mineral edge. Thanks Steepster Select for including this in the September Box.

Flavors: Chocolate, Mineral, Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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67
drank Black Cloud by Silk Road Teas
5 tasting notes

I don’t tend to gravitate as much to black, but this had a nice aroma and subtle chocolate notes.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

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Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Garden of Eden by Silk Road Teas
232 tasting notes

When you first open the package, it is very peppermint and literally gets into your sinuses if you take a big whiff. It really does smell like toothpaste and other products with peppermint.
The dry leaf is very pretty with light pastel green and little pieces of the pinkie mauvy clover flower. Bits of light brown in there as well.
Definitely trying this after I have had lunch and another after-lunch tea because I’m afraid the peppermint is going to be strong and be all over my palate after that.
Liquor is golden clear color and smells very herbal with peppermint. I don’t want to drink it but I will taste it lol.
This is not my thing but it is good herbal. It has a natural sweetness to it and the peppermint sort of gets into your chest if you breathe in. So I could see drinking this when you don’t feel good and are congested.
It really tastes like fresh mint the more I drink it so it’s very good mint tea.
At first I didn’t want to finish but now I seem to be drinking more so it’s pretty good.
I feel a little warm drinking this. The peppermint is warming my body. I am Pitta dosha and I don’t think peppermint is good for Pitta lol. It is definitely removing toxins through heat so that’s cool.

From the Steepster Select Box; September, 2014

Flavors: Herbs, Peppermint, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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88

More black tea! This one is from Blodeuyn. I’ve had a couple of Golden Monkey teas in the past, so we’ll see how this one compares to them. The leaves are thin and wiry, and about half golden in color. Dry scent is very grainy with hay and a little bit of honey. I steeped a teaspoon of leaf for 3 minutes at 200 degrees.

Brewed, this tea smells like french fries! There’s also some bread and rich molasses, and maybe a touch of dark fruity aroma. Oh my goodness, it tastes just like french fries! That’s certainly a flavor I’ve never encountered before… There’s some thick breadiness backing it up, and perhaps the slightest touch of honey. Otherwise, all french fries! :D

Flavors: Baked Bread, Grain, Honey, Potato

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

That’s the first French Fries note I have seen describing tea!! lol

Starfevre

wow, french fries? That’s a first for me too.

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85
drank Black Cloud by Silk Road Teas
54 tasting notes

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Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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88
drank Garden of Eden by Silk Road Teas
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Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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88
drank Garden of Eden by Silk Road Teas
54 tasting notes

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