622 Tasting Notes

Backlog from yesterday.

Another tea from Dex! I wasn’t too sure about the steeping parameters, so I used 1 tsp per cup with 100C water for about 5 minutes. However, since the leaf was very fluffy, it’s possible I underleafed.

Speaking of that, the dry leaf here is lovely – consistently golden, curly little buds with a some down on top.

I was expecting the usual sweet potato profile for a yunnan on this, but what I got surprised me.

It tasted like pepper! Like freshly ground black pepper!

This wasn’t unpleasant once I got used to it, but it certainly threw me for a loop at first! The liquor itself was a nice medium gold colour, and there was no astringency that I could sense….but…pepper! I’ve never gotten such a taste sensation from a tea before that didn’t have chai spices in it.

Flavors: Peppercorn


Cool! I haven’t tried this one. It sounds neat.


sounds good!

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Backlog from last night!

I just got this tea as part of a huge swap/care package from Dexter. Thanks so much, Dex! I asked her if she could recommend some smoky/leathery black teas to replace my much-beloved (and now unavailable) Golden Yunnan from RiverTea. She sent me at least half a dozen different teas to try!

This is the only tea I’ve tried from the swap package so far. However, I didn’t get a lot of smoke. I sensed a teensy bit of smoke/leather at the back, but the biggest notes I remember were sweet potato, menthol, cocoa, and a bit of fruit. Definitely sweet potato, at least.

So much tea! I’ll never be able to finish it all!

Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

I could send you a couple dozen more black teas to try – I just thought those were the best candidates to what you were looking for. LOL but based on this review we taste things differently. Oh well – at least you can cross it off your list. :))

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Backlog from yesterday

I decided to revisit this tea after having Golden Moon’s Sugar Caramel Oolong earlier yesterday. I like this one more. The leaf is definitely green and floral, but the coconut blends with that in a wonderful way.

I would definitely consider restocking this once I run out. However, since I have it so rarely that probably won’t be for a while!

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I bought this nearly a year ago and haven’t tried any until today. Bad Christina!

(I’m not a big oolong person, but this was part of the Golden Moon sampler pack I ordered. I remember quite liking their Coconut Pouchong.)

This….is not knocking my socks off. The dry leaf looks really dark and roasted, but I’m getting a really green, floral undercurrent to it. And I don’t think the sweet caramel flavour is playing very nicely with the base.

Meh. Ah well. If you’re reading this tasting note and think you can give it a better home in your belly, let me know – I’m happy to send it your way.

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This tea was lovely. The jasmine flavour was delicate, without any hint of soapiness. Good for resteeps as well.

I will seriously consider restocking this (once I whittle down my cupboard a bit).

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drank Spiced Apple Cider by Teavana
622 tasting notes

This isn’t bad, and I’m sipping it right now. However, I notice that as it cools down, it’s really intensely sweet (yes, I did add a little cane sugar, but it tastes different from cane sugar).

It tastes like stevia, actually. Did they start adding stevia to this?

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I steeped this twice, but I have to admit that the fluffiness of the tea and the vegetal quality of it didn’t make for good tea for me.

Could it be, that, gasp…. my tastes are changing?

All in all, I can see that this is a high quality tea, but it’s not for me. A bit too vegetal for me right now.

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Hi all!

Remember how last time I mentioned I was on a trip? This was another one of the teas I had on my trip, though I’ve had it since I returned.

What I really like about this is that I can taste the smoke, but I can also taste the sweetness of the base tea underneath. It’s not quite a fruity sweetness…but more like when you let some bread or crackers break down in your mouth, and the starch converts into sugar.

This is a really lovely tea. I can’t wait to see how it tastes when I have it some morning with bacon.

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Hello everyone!

I’m back after taking a trip to Ottawa with my husband for our long-overdue honeymoon. We didn’t anticipate that our trip would coincide with some of the coldest weather experienced in that city in over 30 years, though – what timing!

So yes, our trip, while lovely, was cold. We’d return to the B&B after days spent tromping around museums and side streets, and I’d curl up with some tea in the evening.

This tea was one of the ones I brought with me. The leaf is very light and fluffy, and it was so nice to see whole jasmine flowers mixed in. A sign of quality!

The tea was equally light. However, I feel that I didn’t drink it under the best of circumstances – to really enjoy my tea and feel that I’m getting the most out of it, brewing it away from home where I have no thermometer and the water tastes different is not ideal.

I look forward to finishing up my sample under better circumstances. But I will most likely enjoy it, as I’m a big fan of jasmine.

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Backlog from a few days ago.

I got this as a free sample from Angel a few weeks ago – Teavivre is so generous and I really appreciate them for it!

Now, I have a confession to make: I’ve never tried Keemun before this tea. The impression that I got was that it was a really “grainy” tasting tea, and that left me a bit trepidatious. A lot of my teas end up tasting really alkaline, like pretzels, for some reason, even when I use filtered water (I think I may need to seriously descale my kettle). So having a tea that was going to deliberately taste like that left me wary.

I needn’t have worried: although I did get a tiny touch of that pretzel/alkaline note at the back, the strongest notes I got from this tea (steeped at 90C for 3-4 mins, 1 tsp/8 oz) was a sweet note very similar to spiced plums.


I ended up brewing this again the next day, and I experimented by using 100C water instead of 90C water. That was not the best idea – the flavour is much nicer and more complex at the lower temperature.

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Updated February 2014:

I’m a writer and editor who’s fallen for loose-leaf tea hard. Within a year of joining Steepster, I’ve spent at least $500 on tea, and gotten a whole bunch in swaps! At this point I’ve got a better handle on what I like and dislike, but I’m sure that there will always be more to discover.

Likes: Green tea, sobacha, fruit flavours, masala chais, jasmine, mint, citrus, ginger, Ceylons, Chinese blacks.

Dislikes (or at least generally disinclined towards): Hibiscus, rosehip, chamomile, licorice, lavender.

Things I’m on the fence about: Oolong, vanilla (I prefer it mixed with black teas or rooibos rather than green tea), white teas.

Still need to do my research on: pu’er teas.

I rarely score teas anymore, but if I do, here’s the system I follow:

100-85: A winner!
84-70: Pretty good. This is a nice, everyday kind of tea.
69-60: Decent, but not up to snuff.
59-50: Not great. Better treated as an experiment.
49-0: I didn’t like this, and I’m going to avoid it in the future. Blech.


Toronto, ON, Canada



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