1108 Tasting Notes

I drank a sample of this tea all morning yesterday. I was off work and baking quiche and wrapping Christmas presents so I had time for a proper gongfu session for once! It was really enjoyable. One of the cleaner and smoother aged shou I’ve had the pleasure of drinking. I think I am getting more accustomed to aged flavors in puerh. I’ve been quite fond of younger shou and sheng for a while now, but older stuff is definitely starting to grow on me :)

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Ooooooh! Another sample from my Tea Urchin gift from Marzipan :D

I’ve never had a sheng quite like this one before. It reminds me of Silver Needle white, sort of hay like and a little sweet, with a floral shengy vibe, and mousse-like creaminess! I keep thinking of it as flower custard :D


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drank Neptune by Lupicia
1108 tasting notes

I got a sample of this tea from sweet Marzipan!

It smelled wonderful…I was so excited! But like many other teas with honey flavoring, it just tastes like chemicals to me :(


Honey flavoring is a really weird one. It ends up tasting floral to me and nothing like the real thing.

Terri HarpLady

I hate tasting chemicals… :(

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I got a sealed sample pack of this tea from a new IRL tea-friend! We met on Facebook through a mutual friend who knows us both and that we are both big into tea. She happens to teach yoga classes in the same business complex my office is in! So last week I decided to try out one of her yoga classes and she gave me this tea. I gave her some random green tea samples, too. She basically only drinks green tea and her husband only drinks shou, so when they got a sheng sample free with a recent YS order they were happy to pass it along. I can’t believe I met someone IRL who had never heard of steepster but orders from YS :-O

ANYWAY, the tea is very nice! Syrupy thick liquor, nice bold flavor which is not too sweet or too bitter but has plenty of flavor. Floral overtones round it out. Lingering taste on my tongue and real nice Monday morning boosting cha qi!

Very glad I got to try it! :D

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drank Lang He 2010 Yu pin by Tea Urchin
1108 tasting notes

I got a Christmas present in the mail today from Marzipan! She got me a bunch of TeaUrchin Samples! SQUEE!


WTF Steepster ate…half my tasting note? sigh I wonder if anyone else can’t read past the "


“I got a Christmas present in the mail today from Marzipan! She got me a bunch of TeaUrchin Samples! SQUEE!


Oh crap, it broke my comment too. Anyway your tasting note stops displaying after the less than three heart. Less than signs sometimes, randomly break comments, tasting notes and forum posts. I’ve emailed Jason about it, but it’s really random. If you edit and save your note again, it may work.


There’s a ?

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drank Pu-erh Vanilla Mint by Zen Tea
1108 tasting notes

Vanilla mint puerh sounded great! But there’s CINNAMON in here too? Hmm…

I’m drinking it, but it is a bit weird to me! O_o


love this one


Cinnamon? That seems out of place in a vanilla mint tea (but I suppose it could work!)

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drank Heaven's Trash by Butiki Teas
1108 tasting notes

Very tasty bold malty black tea. It gets even sweeter and more complex as it cools.

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drank Peppermint Patty by Butiki Teas
1108 tasting notes

I’m really enjoying this as an evening treat. Guess I should check and see if it is sold out yet…

Butiki Teas

Not sold out yet! :)


I’ve been wavering on whether or not to buy just some more birthday cake, but it’s now all gone. Guess I’m not getting more.


Sweet, thanks for the tip! Maybe I’ll get to place ONE more order! Sorry bout the birthday cake Cheri :/

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This is my kind of sheng. Nice bold punchy flavor. Nice balance between sweet and bitter. Faint hint of floral. I like a little astringency sometimes. Good stuff.


This is one I like very much!


I saw they still have some and the price isn’t too bad! Tempting…


What’s holding you back? :)


Lack of proper puerh cake storage and lack of money! I still have a lot of Christmas presents to buy in the next week and a half…

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drank Qi Lan by Nannuoshan
1108 tasting notes

This sample came to me via Marzipan and was a free sample from a group order a bunch of Steepster folks went in on. The dry leaf is huge and twisty and gorgeous. The steeped liquor smells amazing- roasty and tangy. I get mostly mineral and lightly roasted flavors with a very faint hint of tart cherry. The aftertaste is long and lingering. I would prefer more fruity sweetness and more floral flavors, but that is probably just a personal preference. I’m normally not a huge fan of this style of oolong. Thanks Nannuoshan and fellow Steepsterites for the sample :)

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I love pretty much every type of tea camellia sinensis can produce. I like herbal teas sometimes but I can’t stand rooibos. I’m recently becoming a puerh addict.

Butiki, Verdant, Mandala, TeaVivre, Yunnan Sourcing, TeaUrchin, White2Tea and Den’s are my favorite online retailers so far.


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