1489 Tasting Notes


ALMOST sipdown. I was so close. Gah!!! that is a frustrating feeling, when you dump tea in your infuser fully expecting to be done with it, and then realize that ooops… yeah there is still another cup or so of leaves in there. And that was after I made one for Dad as well. Who btw, loves Darjeeling, apparently!? He always lets me choose for him, and I know his tastes well enough so usually garner a thumbs up. Except this time that is, when he said that it was “wonderful”!
Not bad, considering my sample is nearly two years old now. Next time, I’ll give him a fresh first flush. I’m getting giggly just thinking about it. Yes yes I know, I am a tea nerd.
Anyhow, on another note… I’ve noticed that when I steep multiple types of tea at once, or throughout the day, I somehow end up choosing teas with scary similar profiles.
For instance, the rose congou I drank earlier (an actual sipdown, but I didn’t log it because it’s kinda embarrassing that I’ve had it in my cupboard for so very long!) has a rather unique taste, a floral one at that. Meanwhile, as I sip this darjeeling, I noticed that it’s rosey as well, though less so, and I psyched myself out for a moment thinking that I was actually drinking my second infusion of the coungou!
This seems to happen more often than not lately. Every time, I pick teas that I think are different enough to provide variety, and yet… well, they end up surprisingly NOT very different at all. Hmmm.
As I said before, yes I know I am crazy.

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Hmmm. Still getting those pesky floral notes.
Well it doesn’t help that my infuser fell into my mug. An extra large mug… which I accidentally used in the wrong cup and had to add extra tea at the last second! yeah, not my finest moment.
Anyhow! It’s pretty great cooled down, as well as hot. But… my inspiration for writing this today? was that I discovered something about Brandied Apricot Upside Down Cake Honeybush (wow. say that five times fast!)
Turns out… it goes really well with peanut butter and honey on toast. Yep, go figure.
Now, I’m not sure if the food pairing is a honeybush thing, or specific to BAUDCH. I’ll have to experiment and see! Hmmmm.
Based on the food pairing class I took a few weeks ago, I know that the items you are matching up should be of equal intensity in flavour, but varying texture. So that makes sense. I’ll have to look up my notes to see what else I can apply here :)


I haven’t tried this, but you would think that both the honeybush base and the flavouring would go well with that food since honeybush is a little warm and nutty like peanut butter, and the apricot would blend in well with the honey, plus it would be like PB&J.


Yep, it makes sense! Wish I’d thought of it earlier. I’ve been trying to think of tea/foods that would go well together.
The other one I found was aged mozzarella cheese and Assam. Well, that was in class, but it was amazing!


Wow, I can actually see that working. Now I want to try that!


Let me know if you do, I’d be interested to see what you think!

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No No No… (for some reason I’ve got an earworm to the tune of Rehab today)
Anyhow. I was so excited to try this! Then I opened the packet and… it smelled like vanilla??? not in a good way. Such a turnoff.
Thus, I tried adding milk and sugar, and that made it barely drinkable. Finished my cuppa but I’m not sure why…
Bleh. I guess I don’t like the DT caramel flavouring then huh! :(


Yeah chocolate and caramel from della seem to be not what I like either


Whyyyyyyy! why don’t I love it :(

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drank Plum Spice by Kally Tea
1489 tasting notes

Yum yum! I needed something strong to cut through my flu buds, and this was it! Though I don’t think it deserves the super high rating…. hard to say if that’s because of the tea, or the devilthing causing my aches n pains


I hope you feel better soon


thanks, meeee to! Hopefully it will be a 24hr thing :)

Terri HarpLady

Bummer that you’re sick! Sending good vibes your way!


Awww thanks Terri! I’m feeling a bit better already :)


Feel better soon!


Thx Incendiare, I feel loads better today. (if you don’t count this incessant and loud cough that is)

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I had a cuppa this today. It was really odd. But, I have allergies/the flu or something nasty that’s opened up the gateway for a devilthing to take up residence in my throat. Sometimes it tickles me, so that I cough, and other times it just plain hurts. Ah well.
Back to the tea. Well it was certainly not what I expected. It was savoury?! like soup broth. Salty, with a bit of pepper and maybe onion or garlic. I’m sure that can’t be right, so I’ll wait on a rating.
When the cup cooled though, it tasted much more vegetal. Not anything like the “bamboo” I get in my thai food though, for what that’s worth!

2 min, 30 sec

But it’s not bamboo! :P It’s just a green tea that for some reason has the name bamboo. Anyways, once I can taste properly again too, I’ll try this as well. For now, though, it looks like I’d be best sticking to (strongly) flavoured teas and/or blends I’ve had previously.


Hmmm apparently it’s supposed to smell like bamboo. Maybe that’s why it tastes funny, cuz I can’t smell??
Ugh, can’t think straight. Was up all night.

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This wasn’t all that memorable. Fruity, sure… a little tart… and I’m positive that there was a nice mango tone in there, I just didn’t find it to be a juicy mango.
Also, I was doubly positive there was some hibiscus in my infuser, and I could certainly taste something sour… but I don’t see it in the ingredients. I’m not impressed. On the other hand, I didn’t hate it so that’s a plus!


Hi Indigo, this tea does have hibiscus. Ingredients found here. http://www.steepcityteas.com/collections/black-tea/products/miami-mango

it’s supposed to add a nice complement, not overpower though.


ah thanks!! good to know. It wasn’t in the steepster ingredients list.

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drank Marie's Muffins by T by Daniel
1489 tasting notes

Thanks to Raritea and Sil for this sample!!
It’s… well it’s certainly interesting. I get where the muffin part comes in, though I don’t feel its unique. Something about this profile is annoyingly familiar! Where do I know this taste from??? It’s bakey and sweet, and even a little savoury. I feel like there is salt in there, like you would get in an actual muffin. Still, I know this taste… and it’s gonna drive me nuts. Le sighs…
Anyhow, I noticed a hint of blueberry. And by hint I mean very faint! In fact, I’m sure I wouldn’t have pinpointed it if I hadn’t seen the tasting note. It is definitely there, once you know to look for it of course.
Overall, a comforting cup, but not something I’d be willing to keep in my cupboard.

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Sample sipdown!! yeehaw :P
Hmmm, I don’t mind this at all, for a green. I’m very picky about my green teas…
The dry leaf aroma, as Sil mentioned, is intoxicating. I wish I could have a perfume like that! Very fruity, like stewed plums. Compote anyone? Steeped, not so much, unfortunately.
No matter! The flavour is pleasant. Definitely plum like, in a natural and subtle way. With a little sugar(1/3tsp), that part emerges a bit more… moving from slightly tart, to that same stewed plum profile from the dry leaf.
The green tea part, well I like that to! It has a certain bubbly like effect on my tongue that I am getting a kick out of. That must be the guayasa!
Funny, when I first sipped, I was immediately reminded of a rather similar tea… Ume Vert, from Lupicia. But then as I got through my cup, I noticed a few differences, despite the fact that my Ume sample was gone eons ago. shrugs
So overall: Yum! I’d buy more, one day.

2 min, 15 sec

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Awwwww nuts! ;)
Yep, I can definitely taste the Walnut here. It’s mighty good. The coconut is there to. The pair seem to get along well together. In my mind, they have a rather similar mouthfeel so perhaps that’s why?
However, I’m not so sure i like the addition of pineapple. It lends a fruity aspect that I feel just doesn’t belong. Also, there is an odd stale note/scent. Often, I notice that with nuts in general, so don’t go by my note. People tell me they don’t taste it when I often do so it might just be my wacky buds.
Anyhow, I like this tea! Of course it is making the roof of my mouth a little raw so I’m not sure about a second infusion :(


Yeah, I bet that stale note is just an artifact of the presence of nuts. I get it with walnuts in particular (like DT’s Snow Bunny).


Yea probably from the nuts… they go stale/rancid relatively quickly. This is one of my favourite teas.


Good to know I’m not alone in this. I haven’t tried Snow Bunny, that I recall.
Tattooed: I wonder if there is a big variance between different batches

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I love this tisane!!
Hot, it’s a cup of soothing creamy orange yummy. A little rough on my throat for an herbal, but then it IS lapacho and I figure there is no way around that.
Cooled down to room temp, it looses most of it’s punch. Maybe next time I’ll add a dash of sugar and see if that holds better, because I was so looking forward to having this iced over the summer, or as a popsicle.
So here is my rating…. Hot: 85, Cooled: 65 Overall: 75

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Let’s see… I’m a tea and workout fanatic, I work in HR, and most of my friends consider me to be an egg. White on the outside, Asian on the inside :)
-from philosophy to food, I love it all
Otherwise, what you see is what you get! I can be very straightforward and yet shy.

Also, I’ve started taking tea sommelier classes and it is an absolute blast! Well, so far I’ve only finished the first out of eight courses, but I am really looking forward to the next one.

Anyhow, if your curious as to how I rate things, this is how I work…

Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!


Toronto (Mississauga, but I work in TO)



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