1112 Tasting Notes

drank Green Snail Spring by Mandala Tea
1112 tasting notes

Thanks for the sample with my recent order Garret!

This is the 2015 version and it is super sweet and vegetal. Very nice green! :D

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Backlogging this note from drinking it last night.

Not much of a tasting note per say, more a note to remind myself that these are GOOD tasty nuggets with a cocoa type taste. I’ll write a more detailed note next time I drink them!

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drank Turkish Delight by Tin Roof Teas
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I’m impressed, this is actually very tasty! Thank you for the sample Marzipan!

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Free sample I received during my visit to this tea shop last weekend. Unfortunately I cannot abide by the large amount of rooibos in this tea. I will try to pass this along to someone who likes flavored coffee AND rooibos!

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Wowzers, thanks very much for the sample Kieblera5 aka KIEBS!

This tea was an ALL DAY tea for me. I drank on it for 8 hours straight. The first few steeps it tasted like a cross between a green and a sheng. Very buttered sweet green veggies for me, and then it opened up and became fruity complex sheng flavor, and just ended up honey sweet gold by the end. Very much a FEEL GOOD tea. Felt so pleasant and happy all day drinking it. A little buzzed but not crazy tea drunk. Very VERY nice!

Crimson Lotus Tea

This one really makes me feel good as well!


exactly Happy Tea !!!

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I had the pleasure of visiting this tea shop in person last Saturday. They were about to close and the owner Donna was kind enough to stay a little late to show me around and tell me about her teas. The shop is chock full of vintage teaware and other goodies! Donna was extremely kind to me. She had heard of Steepster but did not realize a few of her teas were already reviewed here! I wish I could have bought more of her teas but she didn’t have any sample sizes so I picked two different packages and then she included a couple of free samples with my purchase. She does her own blending and sources organic teas whenever she can which is super cool. Also she uses locally made chocolate AND gummy bears in some of her teas!

ANYWAY, this herbal tea. I was so curious because the first ingredient is eucalyptus! Not sure I’ve ever had that in a tea before. This tea has a LOT going on. I am actually impressed with how balanced this tastes. None of the strong elements are sticking out. There is a cooling sensation from the mint and eucalyptus. I am a very picky person about my herbals and I am impressed! My only complaint is not really a complaint, more of a personal preference thing. I’m not sure the black tea is adding anything flavor wise and if it were omitted I’d be able to drink this one in the evenings and not worry about the caffeine!

Nice first experience with this tea seller.

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Thank you for the sample Phi!

Wow, a sheng with a creamy vanilla note! Very interesting! I wasn’t sure I was going to like this tea at first. My first steep started a little bland, second was creamy vanilla pudding and third started to develop a caramel note :)

Very interesting and tasty but again not something I will end up purchasing. Hurray for TeaFriend samples

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drank Xi Kong 2014 Spring by Tea Urchin
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Thank you for the sample Phi!

I’ve never had a sheng quite like this. Extremely floral, with notes of hay and honey and sunshine. The florals are different than the florals I get from other young sheng. I picture the flowers in my head and they are blue and purple instead of white and yellow. (I know that is a little odd.) Pretty thick liquor too. Not quite sweet, but not bitter either. An enigma! Very tasty. Totally up my alley and I want to drink more but not for this price.


I like that one too. It’s one of my favorites from their 2014 line, along with the Gaoshan Zhai.

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Wow! I love early spring Dragonwell!

SO SWEET! Nectar of the gods for sure :D


A good dragonwell is amazing :)

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drank Coconut Ice by DAVIDsTEA
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Thanks for the sample Marzipan

Heh, tastes like coconut Kool-Aid :P

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Graphic artist, printmaker, lover of tea.

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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