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84
drank Lapsang Souchong by Steepster
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I’m not a huge fan of overly smoky teas, and really, Lapsang Souchong is SMOKY. I can’t think of one that is smokier. I know that a lot of people out there dig that sort of thing, I just don’t. There was a time when I couldn’t stand it at all, I couldn’t even have Lapsang Souchong in my house because the smell was just so obtrusive and horrendous.

I have since come to learn the best ways for me to brew a Lapsang Souchong so that I can enjoy this tea. Not just be able to consume it without complaint … but actually enjoy it. I find that the key is to first “rinse” or reawaken the leaves for a 15 second brew, and then toss the brewed liquid and then start steeping. Steep for not longer than 3 minutes. And this usually produces a brew that is smoky, yes … but I’m no longer feeling like I’m drinking out of an ashtray. I even find myself enjoying the notes of smoke and the delicious caramel-y notes underneath that strong smoky presence.

And this one has a really lovely caramel-y note and I love how the caramel and the smoke meld together. It’s quite magical. Hearty and well-rounded. Not quite as hearty as I was expecting given the description of the tea, beyond that smoky note it’s not as robust as an Assam. It’s got a lighter body than my typical first cuppa for the day.

But the lighter body allows me to explore the layers of flavor. Notes of plum (like charred fruit!) and perhaps some nectarine. Notes of pine, woodsy and smoky.

Nice.

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100
drank Earl Grey by Steepster
13 tasting notes

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72
drank Organic Nilgiri by Steepster
41 tasting notes

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Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85
drank Formosa Oolong #1 by Steepster
41 tasting notes

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Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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85

When steeped longer this tea reveals a strong green with heavy rice flavor. Very nice every day tea.

Flavors: Green, Toasted Rice

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1
drank Lapsang Souchong by Steepster
12 tasting notes

I thought this tea was disgusting. I felt like I was sipping smoked BBQ ashes. Steepster describing this as “slighty smoky” is a joke. Gag worthy!

Flavors: Ash, Meat, Smoke

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40

The smell of this tea was very offputting…I thought it smelled like rotten vegetables. The taste was okay, but not memorable. Tasted more green than black to me.

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95
drank Assam Breakfast 2014 by Steepster
12 tasting notes

One of my favorites from the Steepster Select offerings. Strong and bold. A wonderful afternoon tea!

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95
drank Assam Breakfast 2014 by Steepster
12 tasting notes

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80
drank Laos Black #05 by Steepster
12 tasting notes

This tea was strong and flavorful. A very good choice for an every day tea.

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85
drank Soba Cha Deep Roast by Steepster
12 tasting notes

Roasted toasty rice flavor. Nutty and interesting. This tea was polarizing with my guests though and people either loved it or hated it.

Flavors: Nutty, Toasted Rice

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1
drank Rooibos by Steepster
12 tasting notes

I really disliked this tea. It tasted very medicinal and woody. I thought it had a cherry flavor – like cough syrup. I couldn’t even finish the sample from my Steepster Select package.

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100
drank Earl Grey by Steepster
12 tasting notes

After five months of being a Steepster member, this Earl Grey tea remains one of my absolute favorites. Very strong with a hint of lemon. A luxurious aroma.

Flavors: Bergamot, Lemon

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80
drank Moroccan Mint by Steepster
41 tasting notes

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Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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91

A tasty berry tea. Flavorful. Not too strong, not too subtle

Flavors: Berries

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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94
drank Moroccan Mint by Steepster
8 tasting notes

smells so good. Just wish the taste was slightly stronger. Probably my new favorite green tea

Flavors: Mint, Spearmint

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Formosa Oolong #1 by Steepster
214 tasting notes

Origin: Nantou, Taiwan
Dry Leaf: very woody scent and smells like shu Puerh. It does have the multi-colored leaves like Formosa though,,,,creams, dark browns, forest greens, moss greens, very pretty.
Method: 1 tsp tea for 12 oz water—190F for two minutes
Wet Leaf: Chopped leaves with stems. Sweet brine scent like stewed peaches with spices.
Liquor: Deep golden color,,scent of spiced peaches
Flavor: A touch of honey sweet but not as sweet as it smells. Woody notes. This is an ok, one-note tea as a hot tea and that note is woody.
But as an iced tea, it is very light and the woodiness mellows into a very subtle note and sweetness comes thru as it’s chilled with a larger honey note.
Refreshing and not too bold or strong-flavored which I like in an iced tea.

From the Steepster Select Box, July 2014

Flavors: Honey, Peach, Wood

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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75

One of the first oolongs I’ve had in a while after starting to drink more Pu Erh and green teas. I thought this tea was nice but it became stronger than I expected almost like an english breakfast tea. It had a nice aroma and smooth taste.

Flavors: Bark, Dark Wood, Earth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec 4 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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87

I really liked the flavors and aroma of this tea after having tried artificially flavored teas I found this to be a refreshing change with a nice balanced sweetness and good flavors. Very aromatic and reminiscent of childhood summertime beverages. Great to share with a friend!

Flavors: Berry, Cherry, Citrus, Lemon, Pleasantly Sour, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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drank Hibiscus Berry Punch by Steepster
214 tasting notes

The dry mix smells like candy and an herbal that I’ve tasted at Teavana a long time ago but I can’t remember its name. There are large currants, apple pieces, dark pink pieces of the hibiscus.
The water turns bubble gum pink as soon as you pour. Then it gets a bit darker pink but not super dark. The liquid is very pretty and smells like cherry hard candy.
I took one sip hot and it is sweet cherry candy then I pour onto ice. Wouldn’t drink this one hot though it’s a fine flavor that way—just not my kind of hot tea.
Quite tasty and love the pink color.
As an iced tea,,, it is orange, light cherry candy, and it does have a fruit punch flavor to it. It’s sort of like really really watered-down Hawaiian Punch.
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Left some of this in the fridge for later in the afternoon and as this tea sits,,,the citrus notes really come out and give it a tangier punch. I will keep this in mind if I order some because I will drink it immediately with ice bc I like the Hawaiian Punch flavor with subtle citrus but it was great both ways. (There is actually no citrus in this mix so it must be the sour cherry that is becoming dominant)

From the Steepster Select Box, July 2014

Flavors: Cherry, Fruit Punch, Orange

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

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drank Moroccan Mint by Steepster
214 tasting notes

Origin: Zhejiang, China
Dry Leaf: Fresh-scented mint—smells like my gum that I get at the health food store. I love spearmint. The tea is shiny and rolled into little “wads”,,not balls bc they’re oval knot shapes. Dried mint is still green and fresh.
Method: Large infuser basket Western style,,,1 tsp tea for 12 oz,,,,185F for 2 minutes
Wet Leaf: Minty scented leaves unravel to be somewhat chopped young leaves with stems and chopped mint.
Liquor: bright golden champagne color with a nice minty scent.
Flavor: As a hot tea, this is very nice and soothing. Tastes only of light mint, no tea taste coming thru. I could see drinking this hot when you don’t feel well as it is very soothing. It tastes like you steeped fresh mint leaves from your garden.
As an iced tea, it is VERy refreshing!!!! I love Moroccan Mint and this one is a very good quality! It is nicely mint and a hint of cream in the flavor and mouthfeel.

From the Steepster Select Box, July 2014

Flavors: Cream, Mint, Spearmint

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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82
drank Moroccan Mint by Steepster
2 tasting notes

So refreshing over ice with some simple syrup to sweeten it up.

(Followed the recommendation to double the tea and pour the hot tea over ice, thus the 8g tea to 12oz water.)

Flavors: Mint

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I took a whiff of the steeped leaves, and was greeted by an aroma reminiscent of genmaicha’s toastiness.

The liquor itself is still too hot to sip, but the caramel and coconut notes are subtly in my nose. I hope these scents come through on the tongue, the notes on the packages are so rarely what I experience.

They didn’t. It’s toasty and nutty and fantastically sweet. The caramel wants to come through, but stayed in my nose in the end. Most of this tea’s character plays out in the nose, and that’s okay. I like it.

Flavors: Sweet, Toasty

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84
drank Organic Nilgiri by Steepster
2 tasting notes

This tea was ideal for first thing in the morning or a mid afternoon pick me up. It has nice fruity notes and a lovely sweetness that makes it a very pleasant experience. It was great hot with a squeeze of lemon and I could tell that it would make a delicious iced ted although I never had it that way. The recommended steep time was perfect but it did need longer steep times with each resteep. I resteeped each 4g twice adding about a minute to the steep each time. I drink tea everyday and this is definitely a tea that I could make my everyday tea.

Flavors: Apple, Honey

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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