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Recieved this in the mail today along with my new “easy gaiwan” from yunnan sourcing – soo excited to try out the gaiwan gongfu style brewing all this lazy afternoon!

first of all – YUM YUM YUM the first brewing of this tea is just amazing , buttery, vaguely ethereal, floral, and oolong-y! i’m loving the gaiwan method, it is soothing and calming. second brew, a little less of the floral, a LOT more vegetal, just chewy and delish. OOOOPS now it is getting late. saving this in fridge for further steeps tomorrow….

190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 30 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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drank Formosa Oolong #1 by Steepster
153 tasting notes

MAJOR backlogging today, if you hadn’t noticed. :p
ANYHOW, i never can quite decide if i like formosa oolongs or not. this one was one with a lot more going on than some i’ve had (cough pilgrim’s rest tea shoppe cough), not so cardboardy and one-dimensional. it’s usually the depth and layering of flavors i love so much in teas, but they helped not one bit with this one. not that it was bad. just. not great. feh. i’ll give it a C.

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ew. i should have known, with the hibiscus right there in the title, that i would not favor this tisane. i prefer when tea crafters add the beetroot base, rather than hibiscus.

that said, i have yet to try it out on my son, or my dad, both of whom love this sort of thing. because of that, and my built-in bias against hibiscus, i shall refrain from rating until at least one of them tries it.

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drank Moroccan Mint by Steepster
153 tasting notes

ok, i tried. i don’t usually like mint tea all that much (i mean, it isn’t AWFUL), but i thought the steepster select can’t be so bad, can it?

yes. it can. if you don’t care for mint teas, you can skip this one, sadly. i’m not going to give this an awful rating, as it wasn’t awful, it just wasn’t for me. i could at least tell it was probably a really great mint for those who love mint!

Flavors: Mint

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drank Earl Grey by Steepster
153 tasting notes

oh, this is GOOD! it doesn’t taste like the bergamot is somehow an artificial flavoring, which makes me happy. deep dark delightful tea underneath, holding up the floating lemony bergamot. just love this stuff. i’d love to try icing it as well, but alas, i used up my sample.

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this was quite a nice genmai-cha with matcha! one of the more delicately flavored version i’ve tried – sometimes they’re a little heavy on the matcha, a little light on the genmai, if you know what i mean. nice cuppa, duplicated later in the day and just as good!

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okay, i am upping my rating on this tea as of today. i prepared it in more of a gongfu or however you spell that style, and i am quite enjoying it. the flavors have much more depth and are much more layered than prior sessions. this time, main difference is a nice hot awakening/rinsing of the leaves before actual brewing, a shorter brewing time, and more leaf per oz of water. as i learn, tea just gets better and better! love it!

190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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oh shoot i’m sooo behind on tealogging things! i’ve had this about 18 times since i last mentioned i’d had it, it remains my very favoritest flavored black tea. also i believe my favorite-est iced tea, as well. serving me well this hot texas summer!

i’m really not sure there’s anything that could be improved here. this is one of my few 100%s, but man, it’s up there. maybe even 110%. its GPA is a 5.0. its amp is turned up to 11. it is bliss.

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OH yum, this is some tasty tea. i’m not 100% sure it’s not identical to American Tea Room’s Tangier, this one MIGHT be a bit peachy-er, whereas Tangier is pure unadulterated apricot.

Either way, this is delish – so far i’ve been enjoying it hot with a spoonful of sugar. this afternoon i think i’m going to attempt a sun tea jar full to keep in the fridge…good stuff, good stuff.

Flavors: Apricot, Lemon, Peach, Tea

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Nothing better to end a weekend with….Lego Simpsons and a mug of of my favorite! Ahhhhhhh……

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not from texas, love tea, can’t believe i hadn’t found steepster before now!
just now discovering oolongs, i hadn’t really appreciated the depth they bring. holy schmoly! also appreciating the differences between all the japanese greens.
this place ROX.


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