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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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60
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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90
drank Fuding White Peony by Steepster
81 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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79
drank 2010 Yunnan Pu-erh by Steepster
28 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
380 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
28 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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83

num, just right for a quiet evening in catching up on my CW (LOVE The 100!) with the fam. this is the first yellow tea i’ve had, and it is hitting the spot. it is reminiscent of a rich sencha, but nowhere near as brothy. i do quite like it, although i don’t know that i’d buy more of this particular brand – i’d be happy to try other yellow teas, however.

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75

I haven’t tried a lot of Darjeeling teas before and I wasn’t a big fan of the ones I sampled. But this one was really good! It’s strong and malty (my favorite flavor profile for a black tea) with a taste that reminds me of fresh-baked bread with honey. I didn’t notice any bitterness or astringency, but there was a slightly sour note to the aftertaste that I wasn’t a huge fan of. I’m going to try it with milk next time to see if that mellows it out. Still an enjoyable cup of tea to start my day. Thank you to Kyla for the sample!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Honey, Malt, Sour

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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If you like yellow tea, then this is one you have to try. I was so happy when this arrived in my Steepster select box this month. Brews up a beautiful light yellow, and if you leave it for the full 2 minutes recommended brew time (175 to 185 degrees F ) it yields up some amazing flavors and aroma. Although subtle, I definitely get tones of baked fruit and light vegetal background. I have never had a tea that actually has such a silky texture. Warm and soothing all the way down.

Flavors: Fruity, Vegetal

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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15

Smells very vegetal with a light yellow color. Has a light body. Tastes soft and mellow. Very bland. No hints of fruit at all.

Flavors: Dry Grass

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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80

This is a good yellow tea. It isn’t super astringent for me, however I find that it isn’t the most fragrant tea.

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74

Been a while since the last post. Hoping to get back in the rhythm this week.

A memory from Steepster Select’s first shipment, Iron Goddess Dark Roast sips harmlessly. But there’s a protective malice behind its stone-faced facade. Steam rises up. The water poured torments the tightly curled leaves. Bring your face close to the heat and divine steep. Little hands with tiny palms and grey fingers tear at your nose, seeking refuge and a home. Recoiling, grasp the mug with both of your cold, hardened hands. It’s searing – the emanating heat pierces your hands like tiny spears that soon withdraw. “Poor heat insulation!”, you decry.

The little fortress that is this Iron Goddess Dark Roast places divine emphasis on the procedure that is tea drinking. It reminds us why this little ritual is so important to our rote lives. A little respite that wakes us up: but truly awakens our eyes with those unconscious lids. Give Life Back to Music! Neglected by the world, Franz Schubert died at 31 with only a few close friends that were able to see his genius emerge and depart from that world. Romanticism is dead.

Schubert is not the only genius of our time to have died impoverished and neglected. Some crackpot Van Gogh of post-impressionism fame (not of the chocolate, cafe liquor variety) only sold 1 painting before he shot himself in 1980. Kafka wished for his ill popular work to be burned at his death. Jodorowsky’s Dune. I’m not sure who Emily Dickinson is so I’m going to skip that one.

What’s the point of immortality that is posthumous? Can art only achieve fame when it has laid down and died? With little, groping hands does living art rise up and try and wrest open our minds, yet we struggle, we instead almost unconsciously fight back with fists tender yet firm. After the work cools down, however, anyone can begin to consume the precious fluid that the Goddess had protected.

Iron Goddess Dark Roast is a thing of intrigue. Nutty to the scent yet sweet to the palette. Sometimes paradoxes are only truths that we have yet to comprehend.

As a caution, I wrote this while baking a sweet potato so I’m not sure how it will read in totality.


  1. Franz Schubert: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/23/arts/music/23composers.html?pagewanted=all
    9th Symphony, 1st Movement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRdWV-E-pSo
    Beethoven’s String Quartet #14: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kW8wdpfkpM0
    Posthumous Immortality is a funny thing. : http://mic.com/articles/58657/6-posthumous-discoveries-of-art-literature-and-music

Flavors: Apple Candy, Nutmeg, Seaweed

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
tea-sipper

just read Kafka’s ‘Metamorphosis’ the other day. I started grinning in glee when the bug started climbing the walls.

tea-sipper

…but then the rest gets very sad.

tantonino

If you liked that, you should check out the Hunger Artist (not of the popular childrens book series)

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89
drank Obukucha by Steepster
1024 tasting notes

Oh, this is nice. It’s grassy and sweet with a strong mineral note right at the end. There’s a hint of a seaweed note, but it is soft and just barely noticeable. The sweetness of the tea is nice. It’s sweet the way spring grass or new hay is sweet. It’s a soft but lingering taste, and I really enjoy it.

The resteeps of this are even smoother than the first cup. Very, very nice.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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