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Thank you Jason for including this in my tea box.

This was good. This was very good. I haven’t had a tea session as serene as this one in a awhile. This has a wonderful body and is incredibly smooth. The taste is sweet and lightly floral. It helped create a bright and peaceful atmosphere. Today my tea table seemed very balanced; the colors seemed to flow well with the sunlight. This was good for me.

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Flavors: Flowers, Herbaceous, Nectar, Sugar, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 4 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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I’m going to work on tasting the finer points of teas, so this is devoid of that- but: I think I’m finding I’m not much of an herbal tea type. What this tea most reminds me of is chamomile tea; many love it, but- I don’t get a lot from it. It lacks the punch or grassiness of, say, green teas- it is clear, smooth, easy, but- not necessarily my cup of tea, haha. Perhaps it’ll grow on me.

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drank Dai Bai Cha Jasmine by Steepster
12 tasting notes

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drank Imperial Keemun by Steepster
1703 tasting notes

I found this tea to be rather smoky—reminiscent even of Lapsang Souchong. Or perhaps closer to Russian Caravan? It was okay. Not so imperial to me.

Flavors: Smoke

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drank Da Hong Pao Red Robe by Steepster
1703 tasting notes

I think that my batch of this tea was too dilute. I used the entire envelope but made it in a bowl, not a mug. Note to self: Steepster Select packets are for a cup only—not a pot! I have a second chance and will report back!

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drank Fuding White Peony by Steepster
385 tasting notes

I tend not to be a white tea fan because they’re light and delicate teas. I wasn’t expecting this… it’s got a strong taste that is actually kind of nutty and earthy. Not the white tea I was expecting it to be at all. I kind of like it :)

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drank Fuding White Peony by Steepster
385 tasting notes

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drank Fuding White Peony by Steepster
12 tasting notes

I got this tea as a part of Steepster Select.
The scent that comes from the tea immediately reminds me of alfalfa, or hay.
The tea’s taste mimics the scent but it is light, sweet and slightly floral. The thing that surprised me about this tea is that the flavor is far bolder than most other white teas that I have had. It was a pleasant surprise.

Flavors: Floral, Grass, Hay

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Mmmm, so floral and sweet! This peony is no pansy white tea. I was excited to try this because “nutty” was a listed tasting note, and I adore nutty teas, but I can’t find nutty anywhere in this cup. I can’t bring myself to be disappointed, though, it’s that good.

Flavors: Floral, Honey, Sweet

Preparation
2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Organic Nilgiri by Steepster
169 tasting notes

tried to like this as a hot tea, did not like. did not try iced, as do not like iced tea. not my cuppa tea, obv.

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drank Fuding White Peony by Steepster
84 tasting notes

Not a white tea drinker. Can’t get my taste-buds to pick up on the subtleties. Not with this tea. Brewed as directed and thought it was going to be pale insipid and I was wrong. Golden hue with flavors of hay, fall leaves and a hint of sweetness which my be the nutty expression from the package tasting notes. I like this tea and I want more. Curious if Steepster will divulge where this came from?

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Wow, this has to be one of the most awful teas I’ve ever tasted. I dumped the pot down the drain after one sip and threw away the rest of the tea.

You know how closely linked taste and smell are…and how something can taste like a odor? Well, this tea reminded me of the smell of the of the room in the barn where milk, fresh from the cow, was poured into the milk/cream separator. I’m talking 50-60 years ago, but that tea brought me right back. There was this pungent odor of barn smells and old straw that had milk spilled on it and had by then gone somewhat rancid. I don’t quite know how to describe it…but that’s what the taste of this tea reminded me of…strongly. It was awful.

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75

I enjoyed this tea…sweet and subtle. But, like so many of the teas offer by Steepster, it is not available. That’s the one downside…you find a tea you like but you can’t buy it. Happens too often.

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74

Overboard TTB #14

I’m definitely going to have to take a break from caffeine for a couple of hours after this one… I’ve not tried any of the Steepster Select teas before, most probably because I don’t need any more tea clubs right now.. I don’t drink a lot of darjeeling however this seemed to be an example of a pretty good one. It has some good malt and floral notes and the addition of milk brought a real creamy mouthfeel to each sip… Impressed!

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drank 2010 Yunnan Pu-erh by Steepster
33 tasting notes

Last of my Select box.

Pu-erh is always hit or miss for me, but this one is good. I agree with the other tasting note that there’s a faint hint of fish, but it’s not a bad thing. It’s very earthy and reminds me of being in the woods when it’s just about to turn from autumn to winter and everything is wet. I’d buy this.

Flavors: Campfire, Fishy, Wet Earth, Wet Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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75

This is the first yellow tea I’ve tried. It’s very mild and would be great when my tummy isn’t fond of anything strong. Like others, I’m not so sure about fruity notes, but it’s smooth and yummy all the same.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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85

Steepster advised a quick wiff of the dry leaves before brewing, and I’m already impressed. The smell and taste is very familiar. It reminds me of a Ceylon Orange Pekoe I tried once, but much better (less burnt and more… yum). It’s rather smooth, and sweet—I think I’ll skip the sweetener the second cup, and I have quite the sweet tooth. I could see this becoming a staple tea for me! =3

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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78

Sip down!

From my Steepster select box! I drank this one at work yesterday. It was so slow because of the weather that I was waltzing around drinking it from a wine glass. Which, I have to say, is probably the best way to drink this, ‘champagne of teas’. I really liked the malty, dark berries and the smooth and rich mouthfeel. I haven’t had a Darjeeling in a while and it was a nice change of pace.

Flavors: Berries, Malt

Mikumofu

Haha, glad to know I’m not the only one who has drank tea from a wine glass before! Sometimes the occasion (or the tea) just calls for it :)

TheLastDodo

Yes! I love drinking things out of fancy glasses :P I guess this explains my teaware collection….

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60

February ’15 Steepster Select:

It’s fine. I made it and then got called away from my desk, so I’m drinking it at a little closer to room temperature. It reminds me a little of Teavana’s Golden Monkey, or whatever the super expensive one they pawned on me the first time I went there was. I agree with the “malt, toasted honey, and stewed fruit” description on the package. Maybe not so much the stewed fruit, but definitely the malt and toasted honey. Very nice mouth-feel, too.

Flavors: Honey, Malt, Toasted

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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drank White Jasmine by Steepster
385 tasting notes

Pretty good, I don’t really like Jasmine teas much since the jasmine is so strong. This one was ok though. It was light and not too floral for me, kind of citrusy so it was a nice iced tea too.

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drank Fuding White Peony by Steepster
33 tasting notes

From my Select box this month:

When it was steeping, it smelled a bit like the farm I grew up on. I made everyone in my lunchroom smell it and they agreed on the farm smell. It’s a good smell, though. Like sweet hay and earth.

It brews to a golden color and has a very subtle floral taste. Not a barnyard taste, thankfully. I don’t specifically taste peony, though, but I would definitely buy a couple ounces of this to keep on hand.

Flavors: Earth, Floral, Hay

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank 2010 Yunnan Pu-erh by Steepster
29 tasting notes

Diving into my Steepster box today, and it presents an interesting idea (at least to me): tea with food! Tea has always been a stand-alone thing for me, so sitting down with it at a meal is novel. :) I happened to have a bit of leftover steak with mushrooms and onions, and figured I’d girly it up with a hot cup of tea! The steep time is really short—just 1.5 minutes. I have no way to check my water temperature, which recommends 205 degrees, so I just heated it to boiling, and let it sit for approximately 28 seconds before dunking in the tea bag. It’s a science. xD

Talk about a fantastic pairing, this tea was the perfect compliment for my meal. Happiness! It’s really smooth, and reminds me vaguely of one of my favorite swimming spots—it tastes like the water smells. Earthy, river weed, and the very faintest hint of fish. :D This is actually the first tea I’ve had where that hasn’t deterred me. I’m glad I can steep a couple cups from each teaspoon, too. What a fantastic tea! I already have a great loose leaf Yunnan Pu-erh, so that means I get to postpone picking a favorite until I run out of the one I have.

Flavors: Wet Earth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Interesting flavor- hard to put a finger on any one of them (I’m a noob, lol). I taste the dry leaf, though, or atlas smell it; roasted sweet potato is a bit tough but I can get it a little. Overall- not bad. Good to give a try. Non-astringent.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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This is my first yellow tea, and I have to say, I really like it! I’m not picking up any of the stone fruits mentioned in the description, but it’s vegetal, satisfying, and rich in the mouth. No astringency, and a little sweetness lingers in my mouth.

Flavors: Grass, Sweet, Vegetable Broth, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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