1091 Tasting Notes


First of all, a huge thank you to Angel at Teavivre for this free sample!! I am finally getting around to trying it. Today is a grey, kind of dull looking day here, so I wanted a tea that will give me some happy cha qi, so hopefully this hits the spot!!

I am brewing this in my gaiwan, and I don’t really know what parameters to use. I covered the bottom of my gaiwan (probably a few grams of tea? I don’t know) and did a 15s rinse with boiling water, then did a 15s steeping for the first one. Oh, the dry smell is quite green and nice, with that honey-hay note that I find in some white teas, particularly aged white tea cakes. The steeped aroma is quite light for the first one, a slight honey note and some fresh green scent.

As for the flavor, it is starting out quite light. Very much like an aged white to me, there is a bit of grassiness, a chewy hay-like note, and yes, a lingering sweetness. Mostly hay so far.

I made the second steep and when I opened the gaiwan, this amazing honey scent wafted out. I absolutely love that smell, it reminds me of the first aged white tea I had, sooo good. So after a 20s steep, the flavor is becoming more pronounced and green. There is a fresh, almost cooling sensation near the end of the sip. The honey aftertaste is still there, but I am having a tougher time tasting it due to the fact I am eating lunch with it haha (leftover vietnamese, actually goes quite well with this tea, but mutes some of the sweetness).

Overall, I am enjoying this tea so far. It is an inoffensive raw pu’erh, not too crazy, not many crazy flavors that some sheng can have, just enjoyable. Not a whole lot of that fuzzy tea drunk feeling (yet haha) but more of a slightly energizing, sinus opening experience. This one feels great for my allergies so far! One of the best ones yet! I feel a warm sense of energy, but am still relaxed. Kind of weird, but I’ll roll with it haha. My mood is also improving, and the sun is starting to come out, so it’s a good combo for feeling cheerier. I plan to drink a few more steeps of this tea, then toddle down to the nearby DavidsTea and try to snag some winter blends. Hoping the lineups aren’t horrendous, my mom has already asked me to get a tin of Cocomint Cream for her (her all time favorite tea, she has been looking for a substitue for ages lol). So this tea should provide some energy to tackle that today, as well as laundry haha, as long as it doesn’t make me too tea drunk ;). Thanks again Teavivre for the opportunity to sample this lovely raw pu’erh!!

Flavors: Grass, Hay, Honey, Sweet, warm grass

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Good morning/afternoon Steepster! I am having a slow start to the day due to staying up til around 1:30 on Halloween night haha. It wasn’t an overly eventful evening, it was my first year handing out candy to the kids at our new house, so that was kind of fun! Watched Nightmare before Christmas and Ghostbusters with a friend, fell asleep after my second beer, then just went to bed late lol. Oh, and ate too much candy. Can you say sugar crash? Lol, it was quite fun anyways, just fairly low key :)

This is my tea I am attempting to wake myself up with this morning. I did about a 1.5 min steeping time, and this is sooo malty and honeyed, and delicious, but honestly not really waking me up. It is actually kind of relaxing me, which usually never happens from black teas. Maybe I am just so tired, my brain is like ‘I do not comprehend this thing that is caffeine’. Lol, whatever it is, I need to get in gear and clean up the house for my mom and aunt’s visit in 2 hours! Haha let’s get crackin! Oh, and see previous notes on this delicious tea from the wonderful people at Teavivre (this was a free sample from them!).

Cameron B.

Hah, I watched Ghostbuster last night as well. :D


Yay! Lol to be honest, I slept through most of it haha, I was more awake for the one before it though at least!

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drank Candy Corn Black Tea by 52teas
1091 tasting notes

Happy Halloween Steepster!!

I love Halloween. I brought a full costume to work but am only wearing the wings and antenna (it’s a bee costume) as I’m scared the dress is not appropriate lol. It’s a bit short, but with leggings it’s not bad. However, my work is pretty conservative, and no one is overly dressed up, so this will suffice for today. Unfortunately I couldn’t bring my Halloween steeping mug to work because the cat broke it last year lol, but I can still have this candy corn tea! I actually don’t think I’ve had it since last Halloween lol. It seems to have held up okay, the honey flavor is maybe a bit more faint, but I had a candy corn in the steeper, so I am happy and it is still sweet. Tasty and appropriate on this ghoulish day! I plan to drink Halloween themed teas throughout the day (switching to pumpkin beers this evening lol).

Hope everyone has a wonderful spooky day! See previous notes on this tea :)


I’m sipping this one at the moment too.. with a candy corn in the mug. :D


Hooray! Happy Halloween :) Graveyard Mist is next up for me!

Sweet Canadian

This is my tea! I have a packaged sealed that I should open, happy halloween!


Awesome tea idea!! You definitely should open it :)

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All I want to drink with this colder weather we’re having is shu! Made a mug of this to have while watching hockey tonight. Super soft and smooth, earthy, a slight sweetness that is bordering on caramel..oh and perfect relaxing feeling to unwind tonight after another busy week half over lol. Only half left, and so much to do! Relaxing for now. See previous notes on this tea :)

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THIS TEA. It’s so good!!! Ahhh I hardly know how to describe it…creamy, soft, a bit of citrus, some wood, a slight almost scotch aftertaste….this is pretty tasty indeed. Getting caramel notes in a pu’erh too, that hasn’t happened much for me yet! I even brewed this up Western style and it’s amazing. The ounce of tea is in a huge chunk too, so I’ll have to figure out a better method of breaking off a piece for the next steepings than just breaking it with my hands lol. But it’s so tasty! A different shu than anything I have had before.

Sorry for the short note, without much form or my usual style, this is just very delicious and I want to just drink it and enjoy it. I’ll try to elaborate more on flavors later :)

Doug F

I prefer to steep shus western style for at least five minutes to get that really deep sludgy flavor.


That sounds really yummy! The only shu I had where I could taste caramel notes was Mandala’s Temple Stairs. :)


Mmm, that’s a really nice one


5 minutes hmm i should try that sometime, if I can handle the caffeine! This is by far one of my favorite shu’s to date now, I want to have more tonight but feel like I should hoard it lol, so delicious!

Doug F

I’m sensitive to caffeine too, but I find that pu-erhs have lower levels than other teas.


Yeah I have noticed that as well :) some pu’erh’s actually make me more relaxed even than herbal teas! But on the other hand, I have found some that give me so much energy I hardly know what to do..those I must drink sparingly. Luckily this one was a relaxing one, so a 5 min steep would probably just enhance the flavor, not my heart rate and energy level :)

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My order of reserve Verdant pu’erhs came this past week, and I am finally trying one out!! I have also been using my gaiwan the past couple of days, about time! This one smells so wonderfully woody in the bag. The leaves are quite fine and separated, definitely a lovely loose pu’erh.

I did two quick rinses in the gaiwan, and then steeped for about 4-5 seconds with boiling water. The steeped liquor is a dark rich brown color, with a hint of red in it too. Like a garnet in the bubble cup. The smell is again woody, a bit musty.

As for the flavor of the first steep, there is a lovely wood flavor. Musty too, my boyfriend said it is like an old piece of wood lol. This is also I think only the second time he has had pu’erh, and the first time he hasn’t just been sipping from my cup to taste it! (maybe I should have started with something a bit tamer, like Noble Mark lol). I do get that as well, the musty, aged scent of a log sitting in the damp forest for a few years, slowly breaking down and absorbing the forest scents. Mmmm. Yes, to some that might sound weird, but to me it is quite relaxing and grounding. I feel a bit of the caffeine from this, a pleasant relaxing feeling. There is also a bit of a sparkling texture already, that clear, fresh feeling.

Overall, I am enjoying the first steeping of this. Hoping to do a few more before we head out to get some shopping and our pumpkin. It also is looking like rain here, so I want to just sit inside and watch Star Wars with the guy and cat and sip this shu throughout the day. :D can’t wait to see what the next few steeps bring! No rating yet, as I need to have a few more cups and sessions to fully experience the flavors and form an opinion :)

Flavors: Musty, Wood

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Ahhh, this tea. When I just need a solid, dependable cup of black tea in the morning, this never fails to disappoint. It’s rich, malty, just sooooo good. I’ve raved about how much I love this tea many a time before, so see previous notes for more info :)

I plan to do some yard work with the guy today, get some errands done, and relax with tea with him hopefully. Enjoy the fine autumn weather, maybe carve our pumpkin tonight :) there’s a fair amount of stuff to get done, but we aren’t in a hurry to do it. :)


I had this one today too!


Hooray! Such a tasty tea! I need to try Oktoberfest by A&D, your review has made it sound amazing!


Pumpkin carving is such fun – enjoy!

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My morning tea on this bright, warm Monday (hooray for it being warm again!). This is still one of my favorites, it has everything I love – spicy ginger, pepper, green rooibos, caffeine free, good to fight off bugs…it’s just the best. Wish I had waited to use my DavidsTea free 50g of tea on this one, as it’s one of the few I actually always keep in stock. See previous notes on this tea!

Oh, and if you want to watch something to brighten your day…watch this haha, I laughed so hard at work I was almost crying :D even better, it’s from my city haha would have loved to watch it live! Oh, and Ellen has now posted it on her facebook, so you know it’s big when..haha, enjoy, and happy Monday!



Lol! Thanks for posting!


Haha no problem! I love it :) haha

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Having a cozy, sweet and spiced cup of this tonight while I READ (yes, I am actually finally READING a book for pure enjoyment! I have missed it so much!) a new book I bought while shopping today. This cup is tasty with the addition of honey as usual, a bit toasty, mostly a rich sweet flavor from the fennel and berries. I am nearly at a sipdown for this, one more cup! It’s been kicking around since last year, so it will be nice to finish off and decide if I need to restock! See previous notes on this tea :)


Haha yeah, reading for leisure is always bizarre once you’re down with school.


Haha agreed! It’s taken me so long to get back into it..I used to read all the time. Now, not so much..but this might be the start at least!

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I was crazily craving Second Breakfast or Red Tailed Hawk this morning after posting in a thread regarding black tea blends, but in keeping with my lowered caffeine intake (I would say no caffeine but decaf has a tiny bit still) I instead chose this tea this morning. It really is quite tasty for a decaf, it has a nice almost fruity malty flavor, bright and fresh, and the sweetness comes out wonderfully with milk and sugar, which is how I’m having it this morning. Smooth and tasty, perfect for this fine Sunday morning. The clouds are a bit pearly, it’s a bit overcast but clearing, just a relaxing almost misty feeling from the clouds. It feels like a relaxing day, but I know I will be vacuuming later and doing other non-relaxing things. It’s what I do :) see previous notes on this tea!

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Hello all, I am an electrical engineer (read:NERD :D), who is a bit obsessed with tea! I discovered loose tea in 2011, DAVIDsTEA in 2012 and it took off from there. I really started drinking/enjoying tea because it was excellent to take to class in the morning and because I can’t handle coffee! (unless it’s a really good cappuccino or latte, or decent decaf haha)

I enjoy a variety of teas – current favorites being ripe and raw pu’erhs, chinese black teas and herbal/green rooibos blends. I also enjoy white, green, and oolong teas, although I tend to drink them more in the warmer months. I have also tried matcha and guayusa, but I don’t drink them too often as I am a bit sensitive to caffeine. As a result I don’t drink black teas as often as I used to, but in moderation I can still enjoy a wide variety of teas.

Oh, and I have a severe peanut allergy and try to avoid most other nuts, just to be safe. Limits my tea choices a bit, but that’s ok. However I have tried almonds and found out I can eat them, so I have been trying a few teas with them in them.

MissLena’s rating system
(as of 04/19/13)

95+: Absolute favorite, will try to always have it in stock, and when I don’t I pine over it!
90-94: Awesome teas, will probably purchase again a few times
80-89: Very good tea, may restock at some point
70-79: happy to have tried and will gladly finish, but not restock
60-69: not horrible, but not the best, will finish if I have some though
50-59: not a favorite, probably will have a tough time finishing the bag
-50: yuck. I don’t want to have it ever again.



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