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94

well, this one was an accidental leftover from a past steepster box, and i don’t even remember drinking it before…WOW, this is delicious! usually the chinese non-oolong greens underwhelm me, but this? this is made of rainbows and light and sparkles and unicorns! yet, somehow it ISN"T overwhelming, it is a light light flavor, even if strong. like drinking sunshine filtered through spring green forest canopy onto a dappled forest floor covered in spring wildflowers.

yep, that’s exactly it. darned good stuff. now i need to figure out who made it and where i can get more, coz also? it’s like crack.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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90
drank Laos Black #05 by Steepster
16 tasting notes

A very warm and cozy tea, like a fuzzy blanket or a hug in a cup. The subtle sweetness in the finish complements the roasted and malty quality of the tea. A touch of nuttiness rounds out the well-bodied flavor. Even though I have never had a tea from Laos, I find this tea in a way very familiar, as if I have already enjoyed it before. 9/10, a wonderfully enjoyable tea for colder days.

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95

Oh My…what a lovely tea this was. I’m so disappointed that it is not available. The balance between the toasted flavor and the matcha flavor was masterful.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 600 OZ / 17744 ML

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35

This tea is so beautifully green! The aroma is peppery and mostly exhibits roasted nutty tones above all.

The dominant flavors are of algae and seaweed, with obvious toasty notes from the toasted rice. At first this tea tastes very briney, oceany, even fishy almost, but as I drink more of it and become more familiar with the taste, this effect diminishes and it is mostly just vegetal. The aftertaste is a little astringent, but not very noticeable.

This tea is a little on the uninteresting side for me. I brewed it in a 10 oz porcelain mug with a built-in porcelain infuser basket. I almost always brew gongfu method with a gaiwan but thought this would be more appropriate for this tea because of the matcha and because the packet just recommends to use 10 oz of water.

All that considered, I feel the taste is rather forward and not very deep or complex. I feel sort of unmoved.

Flavors: Fish Broth, Grass, Ocean Breeze, Seaweed

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML
Amanda Wilson

I wonder if I would like it since I love seaweed heavy teas, but usually I like my genmai-matcha on the sweeter side. Who knows?

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drank Soba Cha Deep Roast by Steepster
283 tasting notes

Ahhhh… Good. I love this right now. The roasted barley taste is really yummy. I saw some reviews on how it tastes like honey smackers and thought yeah! That’s it! I’m happy this was the first tea I tried from the free steepster select box I got. Don’t know if I can afford to keep the subscription going but if I like the other tea samples as much, I think I’m in trouble :)

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74

This is my first Lapsang Souchang! Yay Steepster Select always introducing me to new things!

I went on the light side for brewing this because I was a bit scared of overwhelming myself. I don’t consider myself much of a dark tea person (though they are growing on me). The scent of the dry leaves immediately reminds me of a campfire. The aroma of pine and smoke is very dominant, and the tea leaves themselves smell very similar to the type of black tea used in Thai tea. The taste is of pinewood and smoke, and yet again the taste of the black tea is very similar to the type of tea used in Thai Tea. There’s a peppery, spicy quality at the end of a sip. I’m guessing the similarities are there because both tease use “lower quality” leaves (4th and 5th leaf) to make the tea, then blend it with flavors to make it more palatable. Chai can be in the same boat.

I can’t say this is a favorite for me. It doesn’t really gain complexity with repeated steepings like higher leaf teas due, but it induces a nice warm nostalgic feeling that reminds me of a campfire glow and all the memories of nature and the outdoors associated with it.

So you have to kind of take it for what it is. The best premium tea out there? Not really. Still good in its own right? Definitely. I think it earned a few extra points just for nostalgia factor though.

Flavors: Pine

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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70

I got an offer for a free month of Steepster Select, so I broke down and got it. This was in the March box which I received.

It’s really interesting, I can see why it was noted as being a common companion to ramen. It’s a tisane, not tea, so it doesn’t check that internal box, but it’s likable, and I will definitely brew the second pouch.

Very foodish. It’s like drinking breakfast.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Chicken Soup

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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92
drank Laos Black #05 by Steepster
165 tasting notes

Now, this is a tea I could totally have in my cupboard most of the time!

Dry leaf didn’t look too promising, seemed somewhat broken – into more pieces than was necessary. Perhaps it was because I might have accidentally squeezed the bag ;D The color of the liquor is impressive though! Deep, deep mahogany. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a tea that would look quite like this.

The aroma is a little bit understated, but what you get is sweet honey notes that are yet a little floral, the kind of honey you’d find on bees’ legs (lol!) and not necessarily in a jar. For some reason I was afraid that this would be too bitter, but it’s one of the sweetest blacks I’ve had. Extremely full bodied, it almost makes you feel like you’re drinking syrup or honey.

It’s such a pleasure to start a day with a tea like this one!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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92
drank Laos Black #05 by Steepster
165 tasting notes

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70

A deep roast indeed! No need to hit on the flavors of the tea as pretty much everyone is in agreement. Not often do I consider putting cream or sugar in my tea but this Soba Cha would be more enjoyable with it I think.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Nuts, Roasted Barley

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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80

When it comes to Oolong teas I’m pretty persnickety, but this tea hits all the right notes. A roasty Oolong with sweetness at the end of the sip and light, but distinct, floral notes. I like. I’m really enjoying the grain flavor followed by burnt sugar (I almost said caramel, but it taste more like burnt sugar me). Right now I’m working on my second steep and I’m letting the tea cool a bit to see if the floral notes become more apparent. I think they might.

I still wouldn’t call myself an Oolong lover, but I could see myself keeping some of this in my cupboard and enjoying it.

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74
drank Obukucha by Steepster
50 tasting notes

I received this tea in a complimentary Steepster Select box.

I haven’t had too many Sencha teas. This one is very smooth. The first infusion was nice, not bitter, a nice vegetal flavor. The second infusion was surprisingly bitter. I shortened the next infusions and it was better , but not as good as the first.

I would love to try this cold brewed but I don’t have enough tea left and I didn’t love it enough to make a purchase.

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drank Laos Black #05 by Steepster
55 tasting notes

I thought this was fine but unremarkable. It reminded me the most of the Ambessa breakfast tea. A nice black, not one I feel compelled to order again though. I wish I had more to write about it but I just don’t.

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drank Lapsang Souchong by Steepster
130 tasting notes

as it turns out, i don’t like Lapsang Souchongs. i thought this one might be better, considering the source, but i think it’s just me. do not like. but then, i don’t really like smokey flavored anything, really. except beef. and pork ribs. but smoke where it doesn’t belong? ew.

ON EDIT: 2nd steeping was a tiny bit milder on the flavor i’m not enjoying, but only a tiny bit. i must say, this is an incredibly smooth tea, considering, and lush and deep and full, but that smoked quality just. ugh. can’t get over it. no third steeping for me!

brewed as per directions on Steepster Select packet, April 2014 mailing.

Jillybeane

I’m with you. I tried to have an open mind, but my mouth didn’t cooperate.

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90

A very mild black tea. Smooth flavor but enough astringency to remind you that it has a well-deserved home among the black teas. I actually really enjoyed this tea and i’m not a huge black tea fan. The description is well suited.

Flavors: Honey, Malt, Roasted Barley

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

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Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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80
drank Lapsang Souchong by Steepster
25 tasting notes

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

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95

From the first whiff of verdant, toasty, popcorny comforting steam curling up from the surface, I was in love.

It just kept getting better from there. It’s SO mild, and so green, and the toasted rice is a stellar complement to all that earthy vegetal goodness. I could drink this all. day.

From April’s select box, 2014

Flavors: Earth, Grass, Roasted Barley

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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40

This is my first Lapsang Souchong. The descriptions always scared me off, and I have to say, I wish I’d kept the sheets pulled over my head.

The liquor brewed into a very pretty orange, but as soon as the steam hit my nose. . . It was like a campfire in a cup. The aroma is a bit misleading, though. The first sip was surprisingly mild, but the smokiness lingered even after I’d set the cup down. The smokiness settles down some as it cools off, and I’m hoping a second steep will reveal more flavor with less smoke.

I imagine this is what it’d be like to drink a brisket.

From the April 2014 Select box

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML
juliebeth

THAT IS EXACTLY IT! drinking a brisket! and i’m from texas, i know from brisket. not my favorite beverage.

Jace Lion Repshire

I’ll second that! Drinking a brisket indeed! The thought actually crossed my mind mor ethan once. Haha. I’m from Kansas City and we know how to do our brisket! I’m not going to say I don’t like drinking some brisket when I can’t afford to have one in front of me though! :P

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drank Laos Black #05 by Steepster
25 tasting notes

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78
drank Zhejiang White Pearls by Steepster
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Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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