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100
drank Soba Cha Deep Roast by Steepster
130 tasting notes

This is one of the best teas I’ve had in a while. I brewed this and re-steeped twice. Each time it was flavorful, roasted but not heavy. It was really warming and tasty.

Flavors: Corn Husk, Roasted Barley, Roasted nuts

Preparation
12 OZ / 354 ML

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34
drank Bombay Chai by Steepster
9 tasting notes

I prefer my Chai with more spice. I found this Bombay Chai to be too mild and not very interesting to sip. I brewed it extra-long to try and get more flavour after my first try. I will note that I drink my chais without any milk or sugar added.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Finally polished off this sample I got awhile back. I am drinking my last cup of the pot with a biscuit smeared with butter and apricot jam. Good pairing :D I would drink this again.

Packaged up the tea I promised TeaBrat. Just need to weigh it and slap on the stamps, and I will mail it out after work today.

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75

As is customary with Japanese food (and drink as well) the flavors are very fall like. The dry leaf had a smell of autumn leaves, and the sweet nutty liquor has flavors of hay, roasted hazelnuts, and brown rice. It was a lighter, more delicate flavor than I am used to with my usual robust, in your face Hojicha. All in all a refreshing cup of tea that will pair well with any fall food.

Flavors: Hay, Hazelnut, Roasted nuts, Toasted Rice

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 g

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drank Houjicha Ichiban by Steepster
521 tasting notes

HHTTB

I don’t generally like senchas, but I do like houjichas. It seems strange since they seem similar. Oh well!

This tea has that roasty flavor that houjichas have. Almost a slight barley taste to it. I really don’t get the cocoa notes that it is supposed to have tho. The aftertaste lingers and is nice too.

Wow! This is my 500th tasting note! I feel like this is a milestone of some sort!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Veronica

Congrats on 500!

Dustin

Thanks! I feel like such an accomplished tea drinker! :)

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9
drank Three Fire Oolong by Steepster
51 tasting notes

You know you are in for an experience when the unsteeped tea smells like fish and old barley (anyone want milk for their Cheerios?)…
Quite possibly the worst tea I have ever tasted. Sickly greenish tan in color with aromas with cooked barley. Flavors range form burned hay and cooked barley, to that of chewing on a brown paper bag. There is some acidity on the finish hinting at the “stone fruit” that is listed as a flavor profile, but that’s a real stretch. It also says “5+ resteeps”……………. I would change that to “0 resteeps, place in garbage”…

Thanks Steepster!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec 3 g 4 OZ / 118 ML
boychik

did you rinse it? teas this type i prepare gongfu flash steeped

Parsifal

I understand what you are saying, I have had overcooked tea before… had I rinsed it and flash infused it would have tasted like chewing on a brown paper bag, only watered down. lol… I did steep a second time, it is hideous tea.

boychik

gotcha ;)

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80

For some reason, I never tried this one from my Select box in… September? Whenever it was. I put it in my little oolong baggy and it’s been there ever since. Oopsies. Admittedly, the super heavy roast style of oolongs is not my favorite, but I do find them interesting and enjoyable every so often. These pellets are fairly large but irregular in shape, and the color is a familiar dark brown with some greenish hues. Dry scent is heavily roasty with some grassiness.

Hm, this one smells different from other heavy roast oolongs I’ve had. It’s slightly sweet with pear-like fruit notes along with the obligatory roastiness. Flavor-wise, there’s definitely a strong grassiness alongside the roasty, autumn leaf sort of taste. I can taste a hint of sweetness but I’m not really getting the pear from the aroma unfortunately. There’s definitely more sweetness in the aftertaste, but it’s more along the lines of honey rather than fruit. Tasty, but not my favorite.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Grass, Honey, Pecan, Roasted, Roasted nuts

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

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5

Ugh. Burnt hay. And the smell that makes me not abLe to tolerate Pu-erh.

Flavors: Hay, Smoke

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 4 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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76
drank Houjicha Ichiban by Steepster
42 tasting notes

This is my favorite Japanese tea so far. It has the roasted flavor of genmaicha but doesn’t have the grassy flavor I usually associate with Japanese green teas.

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23

I am a big fan of oolong, but not so much of this one. It’s seems to be the consensus among tea reviewers here. It reminds me of the flat barley-flavored bottled teas from Ito En that gives Oolong a bad name. After an the initial flavors of burnt toast wears off, the scent and flavor of gingerbread, cherries and brown sugar are present throughout. I prefer my oolong to be on the less oxidized side and this is a good example of hey. The flavor was pretty one note. Nothing to write home about.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Burnt Food, Burnt Sugar, Overripe Cherries

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 g

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19
drank Autumn Blend #9 by Steepster
51 tasting notes

While I do not think drinking a cup of potourri is even remotely related to drinking tea… I understand that many people do and to each his own. I received this, as many others did, in the Steepster Select sampler package so I felt obligated to give it a try.

Light honey in color, with very upfront aromas of star anise and hints of autumnal spice, including a “cinnamon” scent which reminds me of Red Hots or chewing Big Red gum in the 80s (do they still make that?). Mouthfeel is very very thin (think hot water) and the mint flavors begin to come through. Cinnamon is very very faint, if there at all, and the citrus notes are also totally muted although there is a little acidity on the brief thin finish.
To say it is terrible would be a lie… but to say that I like it would be like saying that I like cats……. a lot. I refused to use my teaware for this, so I got out a nice mug with a bumble bee on it and found that more appropriate. Oh… it does pair well with fortune cookies, if that’s a saving grace (LOL). My wife and I did not finish our second steep as both of us began to feel kinda ill from the taste… This is just not my cup of tea… potpourri… whatever. Here kitty kitty…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 6 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90

I have been drinking a variety of Houjicha teas over the past few months, and this Kyoto “Akishun” Fall tea is truly one of the best for my taste buds. When you look at the leaves, you can tell this is a green tea, that has been roasted carefully to bring out it’s distinct flavor. The aroma (dry) is nice mix of toasted rice, nuts, and hay that accurately reflects the flavor yield when you brew. A nice accompaniment for onigiri rice balls or just on its own any time of day. A really comforting tea.

Flavors: Hay, Nutty, Toasted Rice

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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40

Not my cuppa tea. If you like licorice then you will like this tea. I have discovered it’s my least favorite flavor so far in my tea journey. It was also very strong so it was the only flavor I tasted.

Flavors: Licorice

gmathis

Licorice is kind of an obnoxious ingredient, isn’t it? Pushy. Takes over.

Cheri

and tastes nasty, too. BLAH.

Marzipan

So when you get my package, you DON’T want to open the Witches Brew Chai – just give it away.

gmathis

The funny thing is that I have had teas with licorice that are (to me) perfectly acceptable…it’s just a proportion thing, I guess.

Kyla Covington Abercrombie

Marzipan- oh no. And that just has a cool name! I’ll smell it and see. Apparently there was licorice in the tea I had this morning but I didn’t taste it like the over powering licorice in the autumn blend.

Kyla Covington Abercrombie

Gmathis- apparently the tea I had this morning had it and I would rate it in my top 5 faves. So I think your right- in portions!

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drank Autumn Blend #9 by Steepster
243 tasting notes

This totally smells like licorice candy. I happen to like natrural licorice candy every once in a while but not licorice tea.
It has pretty chamomile flowers and fennel seeds. Also looks like a bit of lemongrass and orange citrus peel in there. It all smells like licorice though.
The brew is a bit cloudy and it is a light golden color.
This smells like licorice and the flavor is straight up licorice. I am getting a hint of the orange but that’s it.

From the Steepster Select Box; October, 2014

Flavors: Licorice, Orange Zest

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

Oddly, tea is maybe the only place I’ve enjoyed the taste of fennel seed. It is very licorice like. I cringe whenever I bite into a fennel seed in any dish. That flavor inside… ugg black licorice DOES NOT belong on a pizza! Nightmare inducing surprises there.

Lion

Trust-obliterating surprises. Lol.

Lee

I like fennel, anise, etc. in cold applications such as a salad but not hot tea. But a lot of people enjoy hot tea with this flavor so they will like it lol.

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drank Three Fire Oolong by Steepster
243 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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80
drank Autumn Blend #9 by Steepster
62 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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75
drank Lapsang Souchong by Steepster
93 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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85
drank Three Fire Oolong by Steepster
62 tasting notes

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Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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10

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
422 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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