1613 Tasting Notes


Tasting note 1313. That being the address on Mockingbird Lane of the Munsters I thought I would tie the two together. In a 1964 episode titled Herman The Great, and totally unrelated to the plot, Lilly, preparing tea, says, “This Chinese tea always acts up when we put it in the Russian samovar.” I’ve been saving that for weeks just for this note.

Tastes like berries to me and help knock me out for 7 hours. Yeah sleep.


Badda-bing! Herman was just a big ol’ cuddle bunny, wasn’t he?

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drank Angel Falls Mist by Good Life Tea
1613 tasting notes

I knew as soon as I opened the sample that I would not like this one. I have not changed my mind. Hibiscus. No. Just No. At least not at this level. I can taste apple but could not bring myself to care enough to keep trying to pick out other flavors.

On the other hand, my wife who can’t have caffeine loves this type fruit tea. She gulped down the first hot cup and told me to make another. That one she iced. She insisted I try it. It is cold and watered down but it still is not fit to drink. She disagrees. Pick a side of the fence to stand on based on the ingredients. You are not likely to change your mind later.

Thanks Good Life Tea for letting my wife try this fruit tisane

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I first tried this tea when Steepster was behaving badly. I am actually glad I couldn’t post a review. My first experience was not the best. I did a western style per directions (176 F, 3 minute steep, and 3 g of leaf). There was almost no taste.

Next I brewed it in a 90 ml gaiwan. I used 3 g and 190 F and long 3 minute steep. It was better. It reminded me of potato with some White peony notes and a pine note late in the sip. Later steeps developed a TGY like aftertaste.

Today, I prepared it western mug style with the last 3+ g of leaf, 190 F water and an 8 minute steep. It was the best cup yet. Slight potato when hot but as it cooled that faded. The cup was more white peony like but as with the gaiwan I really thought it closer to camellia flowers which are more wood like in flavor. It had some light fruit notes and maintained what to me is a light green oolong aftertaste.

Definitely requires long steeps to develop the flavor. My least favorite from What-Cha but the neat part of the experience is getting to try a purple varietal white tea – from Kenya.

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drank Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
1613 tasting notes

Last week we ran all week long with almost no time for tea. This week we begged each other to please stay home. I still haven’t had tea. So busy. This morning we sat out on our under construction porch for a few minutes before the workers arrived. It was like 55 degrees – awesome. My son who lives next door popped over carrying a cup. It was earl grey. I could smell its awesomeness from 10 feet away. I had to have tea. So I brewed a cup drank half of it and hours later I got to finish the cup. It was great as always but we are too busy. Hoping tomorrow is much slower.


How nice that you live next door to your son! I wish I lived next door to my parents!


Yeah, I know that feeling of too busy to properly sip tea. I drink tea every day – several cups – but don’t get as much time as I’d like to sit with it and do multiple steeps and really appreciate what’s in the brew. Clearly a lifestyle adjustment is in order.

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Feeling a bit exhausted. Things are a little too hectic at the moment. So I could whine, or curl up in a ball and hide, or I could just have a cup of tea (maybe six). I choose the tea. I finished off the sample. I am not sure if I have more of it somewhere or not. If so I’ll stumble on it later and be surprised. I have always really liked this one. The leaf is beautiful. The wet leaf scent is so vegetal and inviting. The best part though, is just sitting quietly with the cup and enjoying it. Excellent refresher.


This is one of my faves too. It gets even better on the second steep.


If it counteracts the urge to whine, I’d better get my order in now.

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Out of the bag this smells really chocolaty. Once brewed the leaf scent is rooibos while the mug has a chocolate aroma. The taste starts rooibos, without the harshness so common to this type drink, then mid sip it changes to a nice chocolate. At first I thought it tasted a bit thin and ended with a mineral taste. Then I added sweetener and the flavors got bigger. Now the rooibos and chocolate seem to swirl around each other and in between there is a neat minty like thing going on. I am not generally big on rooibos but I liked this one.

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drank Organic Green Tea Powder by Teavivre
1613 tasting notes

This morning it was just me, this powder, some vanilla syrup, milk, and rain. Much rain. The tea was tasty.

I think I am about to give up trying to use xantham gum in my morning smoothie. I have tried everything I can think of and don’t like the results. It is to slick feeling and causes the tea powder to clump. Kind of an expensive lesson. Anyone had success with it?

The rain is kind of comforting today although it means construction can’t move ahead. The dog is OK with that as he is tired of barking at them anyway.


Ooooh! My review shows up on my dashboard right after posting it! The Hallelujah chorus should be playing. :)


+1 K S.

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Hello, hello, hello…. Is anybody in there?

Broken Steepster is not much fun.

I had this one yesterday. This is a really nice young sheng. The first cup is almost subdued. Sure it is slightly bright like raw sheng tends to be but not in an overpowering way. It is slightly mineral and slightly mushroom, yet neither are strong or offensive. Crisp, I think fits this nicely. The aftertaste really hangs on and seems floral to me. The second cup has a bolder but similar flavor. I detect some hints of leather. The third is the brightest, with an almost puckering bitterness. Cup four returns to a much milder cup with apricot notes. The aftertaste lingers and changes from cup to cup. It starts floral then seems more like a tieguanyin. By cup four it has a combination of both. These have all been about 8 oz cups. I have no idea how far it will go but it shows no signs of letting up. Very nice. Thank you Teavivre for this lovely sample.


I’m there :) Nice to see the Dashboard’s activity back – I loved this one too.


I am here! Are you the one that knocks? Steepster must still be buggy – people can’t seem to find my follow-profile-button ;)


Opportunity knocks. I just barge right in and click the follow buttons. I’m a natural born button pusher. Hope we are up and running for real for a long while.


i’m annoyed still at the forum pages not refreshing properly and the 50 notifications coming through all about the same thing lol


I agree. I so need a forum fix.

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drank Cream of Earl Grey by Good Life Tea
1613 tasting notes

I almost feel sorry for Good Life Tea reviewing this tea when Steepster is being so wonky. Yeah, I first typed about 4 things other than wonky but changed them for conscience sake. Hopefully someone actually sees this.

This is very smooth. The vanilla and bergamot are very balanced but light. The black base is present but not assertive. It comes out most clearly in the aftertaste. There is no bitterness. A slight dryness with light cheek tingle. What made this one a stand out and different for me was once I added sweetener to it, after first tasting without it. Sweetener brightens the flavor without increasing the intensity (does that make sense?). The real bonus was a fruity/floral/spice note that joined the party. At first I thought cinnamon, then after another sip it was Orange Creamsicle. I highly recommend adding the sweetener with this one.


LOL yes, Steepster sure has been a bad word lately :P

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drank Li Shan Black Tea by Green Terrace Teas
1613 tasting notes

The rain was really coming down this morning – after we left the house for breakfast with friends. Stayed gray all day with occasional thunder. Fixed this one and it was a great choice. This is way better than I remember… and I gave it a 93 the first time. I let it steep longer today and the cinnamon note was really obvious. The honey was more intense as well. This is a really excellent tea.


Rain…mmm. It’s awfully crispy down here.

Terri HarpLady

I want it to rain all day, for a couple of days & nights, just a nice gentle but audible rain, but occasional bouts of thunder & lightning. Yeah, I’d love that :)

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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.

My Rating System

90-100 Love it enough to keep around
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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