1476 Tasting Notes


Started to grab something new this morning. This was open. Glad I didn’t open another. My taste buds are on the fritz. Everything is all white outside today. I am soooo ready for spring.


No snow here, but the wind is blowing so hard that twice it has gusted down the chimney and caused smoke and ash to POOF into the kitchen. Al the tea plates had to be rehashed for tea time today….come on, SPRING!

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drank Strawberry by Pickwick
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I have never seen this locally but an online search suggests if you can pick it up at your grocer it is a Cheapster Steepster. Very natural strawberry flavor though a bit light, and I can taste the black tea in the late sip and aftertaste. A decent cup.

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drank Nepal, Mist Valley by Simpson & Vail
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Got this one from Nicole. Her opinion was it is nice but I wouldn’t get it again. My opinion is WOW this is really great.

The wet leaf smell is like green beans and cooked broccoli, followed by fruity Darjeeling like notes. If that isn’t enough it ends with cocoa notes.

The sip is at first cocoa and malt followed by the fruity Darjeeling qualities. No bitterness. Just enough astringency to add a kiss of dryness.

I steeped it three times – it was so very good all three times. I like Darjeeling tea. I love Yunnan teas. This is kind of a marriage of both styles. It is medium bodied. It is not an in your face cup but not so subtle you have to concentrate to detect the flavors. I Love it!

Fun note – I steeped the first cup yesterday. As it was cooling, mom and dad called to say they were bored and wanted to play cards. So after a few sips I had to put the remainder of the tea in a travel mug. I ooh and ahhed my way through the cup. Then mom hands me a glass of iced decaf Lipton…. Uhmmm, I normally can drink it and enjoy it because it has always been part of all family stuff. This time it was really hard to drink and even harder not to complain. Silently I kept wishing I had picked up my press as I went out the door. It’s all good as it made today’s steeps even better.

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I’m soooo glad you like this one! I think maybe I didn’t steep it quite right or maybe my taster was off that day. It sounds great when you describe it. :)


Nicole, thanks for sharing this one. What impresses me most about is this is familiar and unique at the same time. Just yum!

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drank House Blend by Tropical Tea Company
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I got this when Nicole was clearing out her stash. I looked at the leaf and couldn’t tell what it was. I thought it looked like a green with maybe some rooibos in the mix. It is very pretty with blue, yellow, and red petals in it. Turns out this is a white tea. Sooo I got the water waaay to hot. This didn’t care and did not get bitter (just dark). The taste first made me think alcoholic beverage. After I adjusted I realized it was creamy coconut but not the usual overwhelming coconut… and pineapple… My first reaction to pineapple was eeewww, I hate pineapple. Then I realized it goes really well with coconut. I found myself enjoying the cup. The white base could not really be singled out but it seemed to fill in the empty spots in the sip. Not something I would ever have picked up and tried on my own. Turns out I actually liked it. Thanks Nicole!

Edit – I can’t find this company on the web. The links take me to Miss Gloria’s Tea House. New owner? anyway, This blend does not appear be in their collection.


Yes, a new owner in the last month or so. They merged with Miss Glorias.


^^ Interesting to know.

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Finally got to spend some quality time with this one. I will have review on my blog in a couple days. The first time I fixed this it was tainted by onions from our chili making. The second time I knew I liked it but wasn’t sure how it differed from other Chinese greens. Now I think I latched on to what makes this a winner. The dry leaf smells fresh and green. After steeping the leaf reminds me of stew beef – I love it when it does that. The liquor is nearly clear. The sip starts buttery and veggie then mid sip I catch moments of floral like a green oolong. I have never caught this in a green before. Awesome! Late in the sip it changes back to sweet green. There is no bitterness. I really found this to be refreshing.

I guess I am not done giving rating numbers.


In my top three favorite greens! Love this one.


Yum I will have to try this one :)

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Back log from yesterday. Our Internet provider shut us off for exceeding the limit. I felt so isolated. Went to town. It was 30 degrees and snowing. My wife wants Starbucks. Since I never learned to like coffee, I always get some form of tea. Something cold and frozen seemed right today. My wife was excited when we walked in as her favorite barista was fixing the drinks. I have to say it makes a difference. This one is made with matcha powder and it was awesome. Way to many calories but oh so good.


My daughter gets this, but orders it with skim milk and no whip. I think it still has 290 calories that way, but that isn’t too bad and I thought it was pretty tasty.


Might have to try this. I always have trouble finding things when someone wants to go to Starbucks.


You can also ask for fewer pumps of the sugar syrup. I think the standard is 4, but I prefer it with only 2.


I understand they use vanilla syrup, too. I tried my home made matcha lattes that way and it was pretty good.


Wonder if they have a sugar free syrup? Anyway, the barista may have used extra matcha or else they just opened the tin because it was sooo fresh tasting. A couple hours later I had a jalepeno crunch at Steak & Shake (another major yum). After that had ice cream and blackberry pie at mom’s. Can’t figure out why my gut hurts this morning ;)


I am pretty sure that they do have sugar-free vanilla syrup :) I used to get flavoured lattes on my coffee breaks at work, and in an attempt to be healthy, we always got them “skinny”, with skim milk and sugar-free syrup.

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Last week I received a notice from our Internet provider that halfway through the month we (OK, I) had used 16.9gb of our 20gb allowance. I have avoided getting on line. I’m posting today because I am having Steepster withdrawal. Can’t wait for March!

While offline I built an Excel database of my tea stash. Mostly I was trying to learn Excel – my stash just seemed the natural choice for learning. I also taught myself a tiny bit of Visual Basic to come up with a menu to enter new tea. It is totally pointless but kept me off the streets or at least out of my wife’s hair.

I leaned I have 136 teas. The majority are 20g or less. I have my work cut out to catch up with most of you. I added a column stating whether I had reviewed them or not. This shows I have about 36 I have never reviewed.

This has been my tea of choice the last couple days. It smells intense but the cup taste is much more refined. It is sweet and mellow. No bitterness. So glad I overcame my fear of smoke. This is really good.

Terri HarpLady

I think I need to make a tea database, that sounds like a great idea!
I didn’t used to care much for lapsang, but I find that I’ve developed a liking for it recently!


I feel like I’d like lapsang in a travel mug, to enjoy after a morning hike, while watching the sunrise. It’d have to be fall- brisk enough for a sweater. Is that oddly specific? When I sampled lapsang last week that’s the EXACT scenario I felt I needed

Terri HarpLady

Sounds good to me! I have certain scenarios that a perfect for certain teas, so why shouldn’t you? :)

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drank Yun Nan Dian Hong Black Tea by Teavivre
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I work up this morning craving malt. All day I could taste it. It was this evening before I could brew this up. Ahhhh. I needed this one.

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I just posted a review of this on my blog http://theeverdayteablog.blogspot.com/ I had planned to save it back for later but it pleasantly surprised me so I went ahead and published.

Short version – not the overwhelming fruit and flowers I was expecting. It is lightly flavored and bonus I can taste the tea base. I did not notice the hibiscus and could only catch rooibos in the cup aroma while breathing in as I sipped – Just not at the same time ;)

Well done!


I really love the look of your blog!


:) Thanks!


Congrats KS, it is a lovely blog

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drank Green Tea by Ahmad Tea
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Still think this is quite a nice bagged green. It does not however go well with Doritos. That did not stop me. :)

Debating this with myself – I think I may stop giving a rating number at least for now. I still have my personal rating scale on my profile at the moment. My ratings have been consistent with my scale but it is subjective. My numbers are often higher than other opinions. It seems awkward to lower my numbers to match other’s scale, and I don’t want to appear to be inflating numbers either. Maybe I think too much.

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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


Indiana, USA



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