940 Tasting Notes


I got another sample of this tea from another most generous Steepsterite! Thank you SO much! And this time I even brewed it properly, LOL.

Man, I have to be honest here…I didn’t WANT this one to live up to be hype. I didn’t WANT to fall in love! But alas, this tea is everything everyone says about it and more. Seriously ridiculously good. I had a couple of non-tea drinkers taste my cup, and they really thought there was some chocolate in there! Nope, just two insanely good black teas and some vanilla beans. sigh I combined steeps one and two in a hot-to-go mug. I got notes of cocoa, tart cherries, pastry, malt…even some powdered sugar notes. GAH! WHY DO YOU HAVE TO BE SO GOOD!!! Sigh. Expensive tea but worth it. I’m a convert! Maybe my fave black tea of all time now??? Ambrosia!

starts saving pennies


1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I don’t need to read this ;)


Hehehe! Makes me so happy to read this note. Ambrosia is accurate :-)

Tea Sipper

Oh man.. sounds so so good.


Oh,man Whispering Pines is one company I’ll have to order from when they have a sale. All these amazing reviews drive me crazy!!!


Its my very favorite black tea thing. Its incomparable.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Ubacat, would 15% off sitewide help you make your decision?


It might….

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I got this from an amazingly generous Steepsterite, who just wanted to expand my puerh horizons! You know who you are and thank you SO much!!!! flavors. I was sad when the leaves finally gave up, which always speaks well of any tea :)

3 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

Steepster definitely has some amazing & very generous people!


My whole note doesn’t show up on dashboard but if you go to my page it is all there. Boooooo steepster is still broken :/


Full note-It was so much fun to have a WHOLE tangerine to bust open! I have to say, this is much better than the 2009 stuffed tangerine puerh I had a sample of from Teavivre. The shu just seems to be higher quality! The tangerine flavor itself is very subtle (I don’t think I got any bits of peel in my gaiwan this time though.) The shu is rich and creamy and earthy without any ‘off’ flavors. I was sad when the leaves finally gave up, which always speaks well of any tea :)

Terri HarpLady

I’m currently surfing a YS shopping cart (& a few others). Not sure if I’ll complete any of the orders, but this is one of the teas in the cart. I blame you ;)


Sorry not sorry, Terri ;)

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I totally thought I had reviewed this one before, but I guess not! This is another sample from my huge box of TeaUrchin sheng samples my husband got me for my birthday back in June. Best gift EVER!

After my recent blissful experience with the 2012 Spring version of this tea (insanely good flavor and strong cha qi!) otherwise known as “One thousand butterflies” I decided to revisit this one for comparison.

This harvest is also quite wonderful. It is a bit more mellow, not as floral or as insanely sweet but still well balanced. I get a warm richness from this fall harvest. Early steeps are quite bold. Tastes like colorful autumn leaves instead of spring flowers. Very light pleasant bitterness and no astringency. It is not exactly buttery but I keep thinking of browned butter as I drink. Third steep in I start to get that lingering herbal/spiced aftertaste in the back of my throat. Ahh, sheng. You’re my pal :)

8 g 3 OZ / 103 ML
Terri HarpLady

sounds wonderful!


I had a GFZ the other day. It was excellent, one of my favorite young shengs


I just had a similar tea this morning: Autumn Gua Feng Zhai 2011 from Yunnan Sourcing. Or maybe it’s the same tea sold by different companies???

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I haven’t been posting as many reviews lately because Steepster has been so flipping annoying!

Anyway, I’ve been experimenting with mixing this tea with loose leaf shu. mad scientist laugh The first time I tried it didn’t turn out so hot. I did 1tsp of this tea and 1tsp of shu. It was too weak in the flavor department. This time I did 2tsp of this tea and 1tsp of bu lang gong ting and it is just about perfect! My cup is about 12 oz. The shu just bumps up the base note of this tea, making it even richer and earthier. Good times. Happy Friday everyone!

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Almost sipped this one down today. One serving left. I used to really enjoy it but it pales in comparison to some of the lovely TeaUrchin shengs I’ve been drinking lately. Oh well, at least it is almost gone :)

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Drank some of this iced all afternoon. It was wonderful and perky! Iced tea is necessary right now. I’m ready for Fall!!!


love this tea ;)


I do, too. It’s a lovely flavor combination.

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Sad swap sample sip down! I think this was from Terri? Anyway, it was much appreciated :)

So malty and delicious! Apparently Jin Jun Mei is a style I really like…and alas now there is none left in my cupboard. Good stuff though! I will get more from somewhere someday :D

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I bought this at a huge international market in Ohio. Apparently they are very popular in Guam. Tastes like yoohoo with some tea in it :P


Yoohoo with tea? Sign me up!

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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.

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


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