1252 Tasting Notes

After sipping two cups of this tea, writing a review on my blog, and then reading Short Soceress’ review on Steepster it is apparent that how you feel about this tea depends. SS describes this as a strong Earl Grey with a hint of vanilla. To me this is a strong cup of vanilla tea with obvious bergamot once you slow down to notice it.

I prepared my first cup with 200F water and a 3 minute steep. It was slightly drying (read moderately+ Dinosara, we all know I like drying tea the same as some people like in burgundy wine) but there was no bitterness or bite. The bergamot is not perfumey or overly citrus. The Nilgiri base is smooth and though I never felt I could single it out I feel it is responsible for making the cup deep and rich.

My second cup was steeped 10 minutes (because I forgot to pour it) with full boiling water. I actually liked the second cup better. Very smooth.

A few comments-
The leaf I feel certain is orthodox produced. The pieces expand far beyond any CTC I have seen.

The packaging I have not encountered before. I thought at first the pouch had a hole in it. It appears there is a vent attached to the back of the pouch to aid removing air after sealing. Pretty cool idea.

I feel the pricing is very fair based on the quality.


MIA again? LOL!


Nope. Green Tea Frapp. Just didn’t post it. :)


Just checking!:) Think I am going to try me one of those things this weekend.

Short Sorceress

I found that with this tea the flavors changed greatly depending on the temperature of water I was using. Just a few degrees lower in temperature and it was like drinking a completely different tea.


I do agree. I try to taste the cup while hot with every new tea but almost always find it to be more flavorful once it begins to cool. I am sure there is a scientific reason that is true but I have never read so.

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drank Candy Cane Lane by Celestial Seasonings
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you and your obsession!


Two cups of obsession, thank you very much. ;)


This reminds me, I have to find this one again. Probably one of the best bagged teas out there!


It appears our local Target may carry this year round. Just in case I’m wrong I grabbed 2 boxes :)

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drank Special Blend by S&D TEA
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Today was kind of a victory celebration. I turned in the final project for my college course. Yeah! There are a few weeks of class left preparing for the certification test but the class is winding down. So my wife and I did a little Christmas shopping and went to Cheddars for lunch beforehand. The Philly cheese steak was so good. Anyway, even if no one else agrees the iced tea they serve I find to be spectacular. It is brisk as I think any good iced tea should be and it has a roasted flavor similar to that found in a dark oolong.

Oh, and while shopping I found Candy Cane Lane so I grabbed two boxes. They also had an empty spot on the shelf labeled Sleigh Ride – so I’ll be back.


Congrats on the final turn in! Good luck on the test!

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drank Lu Shan Yun Wu Green Tea by Teavivre
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I knew I had tasted this before but with my hectic schedule I forgot how this tasted. It’s like getting to try it for the first time all over again. I love how the aroma of steeped Chinese green tea leaves often remind me of stew meat. The liquor on this looks green in the press and like white grape juice in the cup. I was expecting a subtle tea. Instead I get BAM! This is a killer tea. It reminds me of a cross between premium Long Jing and Huang Shan Mao Feng. Just an awesome cup!

I stopped putting ratings on teas but this one would be way up there.

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drank White Peony (Bai MuDan) Tea by Teavivre
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I did not realize there was an organic version of this one available. That may explain why this non-organic version is my third favorite white tea. Top honors goes to Teavivre’s organic Silver Needle. Oh my that one is so good. Second favorite is Concept Teas White Peony. The difference between this and the Concept Teas version is the latter is far more fragrant and more developed in flavor. It is a noticeable difference. However, now realizing there is another higher level White Peony by Teavivre this may require further investigation!

Totally unrelated – while sipping this and typing the note I grabbed a generic fudge striped shortbread cookie. When I picked up the cup again for a moment I could have sworn this was puerh. The cocoa brought out all these wonderful earthy notes. Seriously you need to try it. Like you need an excuse to nibble on cookies.


Now you know why I love a ginger cookie and puerh or a malty black tea and a spice cookie…yummy!


Two teas in one – just add cookies! C is for cookie. That’s good enough for me. (Been a while since I’ve watched that one)

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drank White Peony by Concept Teas
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I have spent most of the day with my face staring at a computer screen. The final project for my class is due next week and there is still a ton of work to be done. Like Lala I have not been feeling the tea lately. Rather than half-heartedly writing a review on a new one I just haven’t tasted much. Today I decided to shake off the tea blues and finish this one. I put care into the preparation but had it mostly because it is the best white peony I have yet tried. I knew I would love it even if I was only half paying attention. Sipped multiple cups – the present one is ice cold from sitting there. It is still awesome.


Hope you shake your tea blahs soon :)


Yah, I haven’t felt like tea either. Bad days at work means I switched to boozey drinks.


My favourite white peony is teavivre, do you find it much different? (I remember you also liked that one)


I know Teavivre’s silver needle was the best white tea I’ve had. This one I believe is more flavorful than other white peony. I still have a little of the Teavivre left. I’ll try it again to make sure.


Creamy dessert teas + Bailey’s Irish Cream or Kahlua. That’s all I’m saying.


TheTeaFairy – I just posted a note on the Teavivre white peony. The Concept Teas is noticeable better BUT I also noticed the Teavivre is not the organic version. It may be the organic one is more fragrant and flavorful – although I love the Teavivre version as well. You just can’t go wrong either way.


Thanks for testing on demand KS :-)
(and agreed on teavivre silver needle, best white I’ve had so far)

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drank Palace Needle by Single Origin Teas
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Keep the water temp low for this one and you will be rewarded with a sweet spinach/buttery cup of yum. A very nice inexpensive cup.

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It has been unseasonably cold lately (maybe that should be unreasonably cold). Green Tea Frappe just didn’t seem like the best idea today :( Come on spring. Someone mentioned Chocolate Chai recently so I thought why not? I kind of liked it and kind of not. It starts out heavily nutmeg/allspice? flavored then mid sip the cocoa kicks in. The two flavors don’t exactly mix but I am ok with that. The result is closer to pumpkin pie than many of the pumpkin teas I have tried. My biggest issue is this is just too sweet. This coming from the guy that sweetens everything. It is a concentrate mix so there is no adjusting that the barista can make. I used to buy a can mix at Sam’s Club called Mystic Chai that was just as sweet. I always wished it came unsweetened. Same here. Not gonna replace my frap!

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I grew up in a house where Lipton is consumed more than any other beverage. My family thought I was a bit of a tea snob, what with my hoity-toity fancy pants Bigelow teas and all. Nowadays, with the large amount of loose teas in my possession, they just think I am a psycho tea weirdo. They might be correct. The mail lady was getting suspicious at all my packages from faraway lands until my wife explained it to her. Now she agrees with my family. Such is the life of an enthusiast.

One thing I know is I am not a tea snob as I really enjoyed this little gem last night. It is inexpensive bagged tea. Snobs don’t do inexpensive or bagged. It is also decaffeinated. I thought this was very fragrant. It smells like tea. While there is not a lot of depth, it tasted nice and took sweetener well. There are times when that is all I need.

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drank Wuyi Jin Jun Mei by Life In Teacup
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Wild Thing you make my heart sing. Fujian Jin Jun Mei do I need to say more? I found I prefer this with steeps around one minute. It can get a bit drying with long western steeps. Keep it short and this delivers the goods. Honey, caramel/cocoa, and lighter malt than I normally associate with this tea. Re-steeps well.

Terri HarpLady

I’ve been wanting to order from Life in Teacup for awhile now.

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Having a passion for tea and living in rural America is a tough combination. The nearest tea vendor is 65 miles away. Joining Steepster has completely changed the direction of my tea journey.

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80-90 Like a lot, would drink often
70-80 Above average
50-70 Average – take it or leave it
0-50 I don’t like it and don’t want to like it


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