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drank Three Fire Oolong by Steepster
238 tasting notes

Dry leaf is very dark roasted chocolate colored little rolled balls. Smells really good like mocha.
I like that this is a low temp at 180F so I’m intrigued. I’m doing a cup Western style as Steepster suggests and also some in my 4 ounce gaiwan bc that’s how I would choose to brew this.
Steeped the Western for 2 minutes.
This is very mochachino-like to me. Both my Western and gaiwan brews taste like dark cocoa mochachino. This is a very interesting flavor,,,it is dipping into the coffee realm of flavors.
I’m getting a dark black cherry but definitely baked/burnt sugar and mocha. The spice I taste is black pepper.
Liquor is a clear golden tan color. This is a completely different Oolong, there is no floral,,which floral has made me quit drinking Oolongs.
This is Mochachino with burnt cherry taste. Really interesting flavor. I’m glad I steeped for only 2 minutes—it doesn’t need to go any more it is too roasted for that.
This one is SUPER roasted so watch your stomach—eat your breakfast before tasting this one.
I can feel it on my stomach even after my usual daily breakfast.

From the Steepster Select Box; October, 2014

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Cherry, Mocha, Overripe Cherries, Pepper

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Autumn Blend #9 by Steepster
61 tasting notes

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Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

Really enjoyed this tea with its well balanced flavors and warm hints of nutty roasted rice. I enjoyed this a lot at a lower temperature and got great flavor which mellowed nicely after a few additional steeps.

From the Steepster Select Box; October, 2014

Flavors: Grass, Green, Kettle Corn, Nutty, Sweet, Tea, Toasted Rice

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Lapsang Souchong by Steepster
91 tasting notes

9/22/14 builders tea with breakfast 12oz/212F/whole packet/five minutes or so?

Nice tea, excellent with milk and sugar. Exactly the pick me up I wanted on this cold rainy Ohio morning. Pleasantly smoky and rich.

A lot of the steepster teas are strikingly similiar to teas I get from Upton, and this one is no exception. I wonder if Upton wholesales.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Three Fire Oolong by Steepster
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Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Have to agree with the other review here … something about this is just unsettling. The burnt flavor is overpowering and grows the longer you steep it. It seems like they left rice in the pan and just forgot about it until it singed black at the bottom. I’ve done this myself and the memory is all too clear here.

Flavors: Burnt Food, Tea

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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OK, last time I tried this style tea, I didn’t care for it but this one looks a little bit less stick and twiggy and it has more of a Bancha look to it with some sticks and twigs thrown in there.
Liquor is hay yellow color and it’s clear. It has that toasted rice scent.
The flavor is toasted rice and well-roasted nuts.
This is waaaaaaaaayyyy better than the last houjicha I tried. It is good for a complete change in flavors and I am thoroughly enjoying this toasty, comforting cup,,,but then I’m back to my more delicate green teas lol.

From the Steepster Select Box; October, 2014

Flavors: Rice, Roast nuts

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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24

now I really liked smoked tea give me a Russian Caravan or even a Lapsang and I’m happy. This goes in well but smell and after taste for me was just burnt. A Pass for me.

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drank Jasmine Pearls by Steepster
410 tasting notes

This is from the February 2014 Steepter Select Box.

I just started trying more greens and white teas. This is my second Jasmine that I happened upon in my stash. This was sooo lovely this afternoon. The jasmine was just right, sweet and not over powering. It melded well with the green tea. I ran out of time at work and only steeped these leaves twice. I have half a package left. We will see how far these leaves go. I am glad I have started to give Jasmine a chance.

Cheri

I love Jasmine teas. Some are too jasmine and some not quite enough, but most are in the range that is just right.

TeaTiff

If you like jasmine I think you would really like this one. It put me in a zen moment and I am just starting to warm up to them.

Cheri

<3 Jasmine is one of my calming teas. I have a few that I really like that do a good job.

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80

I really liked this tea. I got it in my September Steepster box. It is a little stronger than your usual Oolong (which I really liked). It has a nutty taste, and some hints that remind me of molasses or caramel. This tea is actually very forgiving to oversteeping. I steeped it for about 10 minutes after getting side tracked in the kitchen. There is a slightly astringent edge, but it’s not at the forefront, and may have been brought on by my oversteeping as I don’t remember my first brew having that much astringent.

Flavors: Astringent, Caramel, Earth, Fig, Leather, Nutty

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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95

I really liked this. I wish it was available for purchase.

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78

Tried the recommended steep time and temp. First notes are of a firm tea and notes of malt or the corn-like sweetness that accompanies some fine green teas. There is a nice up front grassy flavor and a clean and a light crisp tea flavor afterwards with light astringency. I’m missing some of the depth I find from longer steeped teas even though I lightly rinsed the tea to open it up. The leaves do smell largely of a nice roasted savory leaf which is quite pleasant.

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

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65

I’m new with all teas except black teas, so this is really opening up my world. I enjoyed this tea, but I don’t have much with which to compare it. The nuttiness was a pleasant first note. The roasted quality came out later for me.

Flavors: Grass, Malt, Marine, Nutty, Roasted

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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40

This wasn’t what I would have anticipated from a “dark roast”. Should it still be lighter than my normal black teas? The flavor was alright, but I was expecting something more robust.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 4 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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82

I actually liked this chai blend more than many others that I have tasted, but it shows the problem of sending out samples with only a teaspoon or so per packet, because it is only natural that the spices will be distributed unevenly amongst those sampling it.

Mine had only a light clove tone hinted at over the Assam base, with more citrus /ginger coming forward in both the aroma and flavor. No discernible hint of cardamom. A very pleasant chai, very much in the tradition of South India, that would go equally well with food, or just as a refreshing cup through out the day.

I was surprised how well this tea held up to second and third steeps. Very aromatic and pleasant on this cool rainy day in NC. :)

Flavors: Citrus, Clove, Earth, Ginger

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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92

Something so appealing about sitting down to a few steeps of a darkly roasted oolong on this cool first day of Fall. This tea seemed to find it’s way to me at just the right time, with the dry leaves luring me in with their dry, toasty aroma. I did shorter steeps in my guiwan, with more leaf per ounce, and have had an amazing time following a progression of flavors. First nutty with hints of dried fruit, then more creamy vanilla with nuts, and after many steeps a flavor of toast seemed to prevail.

A dry mouth feel follows the creaminess and the aroma stays strong. An interesting citrus tone sneaks in at times as well. A really beautiful example of its type.

Flavors: Creamy, Fruity, Nutty, Toasty

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 15 sec 4 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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drank Bombay Chai by Steepster
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Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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100

So I’m horrible at describing scents and flavors of oolong, but I already love the smell of this one. I have to say, I love the taste of this tea. It’s got that beautiful grassyness that comes with oolong with a velvet feel across your tongue. At first sip, I immediately felt relaxed. This might become my new favorite tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 4 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Bombay Chai by Steepster
27 tasting notes

Un-steeped leaf: lots of cloves. Not much else really.

Steeped: smells still heavily of cloves, but much less concentrated. I tasted it after the 2 min and 45 seconds and realized it was incredibly weak so I’m having it steep for a bit more.
So after a second steeping at a lower temperature of sorts, I am still getting primarily cloves. A slight bitter aftertaste, but I think that’s just because of the tannins of black tea. Not really my thing, but I’m willing to try it again.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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40

This tea is ok. I don’t really know what other words to describe it. The first smell is very refreshing. But the taste is a bit lackluster. I think it may also be because I don’t particularly like turmeric, but the citrus is certainly nice. The citrus comes out significantly more in the aftertaste, which is ok. I think I will add a couple cubes of dried pineapple to sweeten it and flavor it a bit more

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Iron Goddess Dark Roast by Steepster
238 tasting notes

Origin: Fujian, China
Leaf Appearance: Tie Guan Yin pellets but they have brown edges and accents all over the usual green rolled balls. Scent is very creamy vanilla cookie and citrus.
Method: I am doing a side-by-side comparison,,,Western steeping 8oz water with 1 tsp for the 2.5 minutes as Steepster suggests; and my gaiwan with shorter infusions—both with 200F water.
Liquor: Golden creamy – light light pineapple juice color but very pearl light. Smells very vanilla.
Flavor: Roasted nuts/almonds, vanilla, citrus being squeezed into my palate in surprising ways,,,in the back of my throat then on the tip first part of my tongue. Very exciting. There is a tiny tiny bit of astringency as my mouth is dry and clean feeling but not overly dried or annoying and no bitterness. No stomach upset either which TGYs usually give me but I just drank my homemade fruit smoothie before so thats probably helping.
Wet Leaf: Very dark forest green color . They are crinkled all around the stem and you can see that they were really wanting a good roast on them. They did a good job because it is toasted nuts roast, not smoke and burnt food flavor roast.

I actually enjoyed the gaiwan version of my tea best, they were both similar in flavors but I enjoy watching the leaves and controlling the color and intensity of the brew.
Very good tea, one I would come back to visit rolled TGY oolongs for.

From the Steepster Select Box, September 2014

Flavors: Citrus, Cookie, Nutty, Pineapple, Vanilla

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

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