1111 Tasting Notes

As I was rushing out the door for work this morning, I was rifling through my swap samples and grabbed this tea. The handwritten package I have says “2003 Changtia Yu Nian Shu tuo” so I assumed it was going to be shou! LOL

Luckily I didn’t have my heart set on shou this morning, and this turned out to be a very nice sheng! Super smooth and almost creamy tasting. Not much in the way of bitterness or astringency going on. Somewhat sweet, too. I’m not really getting any florals or smokiness. Tasty!

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Merry Christmas Steepsterites!

also…this is my 1,000th tasting note!!!!!!! throws confetti

I was torn on what tea to review for number 1,000 so I decided to cheat and not really make it a tasting note exactly. Right now I am sipping some delicious rice shou and later on I will drink more of the 2014 Damn Fine Holiday blend. If I have time I will try my sample of Carol from Lupicia that CameronB sent me :)

We are heading out of town to visit inlaws soon so most of my tea has to be portable!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season


Congrats on 1000! That’s awesome. :)

Roswell Strange

Woot 1000! And Merry Christmas, Steph!


wooohoo!!! happy 1000th! note!


Wow! 1,0000! Here is to many more!


That’s a lot of teas! Congrats :)

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drank Linden (Tilleul) by Kusmi Tea
1111 tasting notes


Got a sample sachet from the lovely miss CameronB :)

The liquor smells amazing! Beautiful flowers but not perfumey. Reminds me of something I’ve smelled before but can’t put my finger on. Anyway, it doesn’t taste like much. Doesn’t taste bad or anything, but I just don’t taste much at all. Very mild floral I guess. shrug

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drank Holiday Tea by Harney & Sons
1111 tasting notes

Mmm… Festive! Thanks for the sample Marzipan :D

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I enjoyed my sample of this tea today! It has that nice French powdered sugar thing going on. Definitely pasty/sweet. But I screwed up and drank it with some grapefruit chapstick on my lips, and was getting a definite fruit flavor…whoops :P

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Got a sample of this tea from a friend and enjoyed it very much!

It was a sweet one with dark dried fruit flavors. It has a certain powdery quality that I find hard to describe. Quite enjoyable shou :)

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Got this in the mail yesterday and drank it. Sorry I didn’t take detailed notes at the time, but since I have a full tin I am sure I will write a more detailed note in the future!

Anyway, for now though, it was really delicious and malty. Very smooth, and not as bold as some of the other Damn Fine teas. If you are a fan of Andrews and Dunham I am sure you will enjoy this one!




Sorry Sil!

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Well…I think it tastes like spearmint chewing gum. However, my husband really loves it! That’s all I got :)

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Got a sample of this tea from a friend :)

It’s SO SALTY! :-O I just can’t get past it. However, I think the sweet flavor, if it is similar but not salty, would actually be very good! It’s super creamy and rich. I might try adding a little sugar, otherwise I won’t be able to finish this cup :P


My husband just tasted it and said “it’s not THAT bad” hahahaha


Now I added a little sugar…I think I can finish the cup now :)


They have unsalted version and then you can add salt to your taste.


You are braver than I am.


Much braver than I am.


makes chicken noises at Cheri and Marzipan heehehe :)


It just doesn’t sound good to me. I’m old enough and wise enough to just skip things that don’t interest me anymore.


Good call Cheri :)


OMG, was it like drinking ramen?


LOL! Maybe it tasted like throwing a ramen seasoning packet in a cup of hot milk :P


High old lady five!


The fact that it’s instant makes it sound more scary O.O


Is there actual “Yak Butter” in the tea?


I have this, bought it for a friend who wants to try it. Also bought a Xiaguan Tibetan Flame to make the real thing. Maybe I’ll just use the boxed stuff for yak butter flavoring and make the real tea.

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Revisiting this one for a nice afternoon pick-me-up. Long steep time but did not get bitter. Slightly astringent but pleasantly so. Raisin notes very apparent this afternoon.

Kind of celebrating because I just let myself order the Damn Fine Holiday blend 2014! Naughty though- I should not spend money on myself this close to Christmas! I did order a 2nd tin to give as a gift to a non-Steepster tea friend though :)


aaaaaah jealous!

Terri HarpLady

me too, I haven’t ordered the Holiday Blend…yet…


Keep thinking g about it ….


really hoping for a free ship deal…otherwise it’s like 35$ for a tin to me…blech

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