Hide

Welcome to Steepster, an online tea community.

Write a tea journal, see what others are drinking and get recommendations from people you trust. or Learn More

New Tasting Notes

drank Vanilla Excellence by Harrods
59 tasting notes

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

78

Ok, this is probably going to sound weird but this tea tastes like a Hawaiian Lei smells…
I was surprised to taste very light floral notes more than pineapple but it’s good.

Flavors: Flowers

Courtney

Love the description!

EvaGrimm

Hehe… thanks Courtney!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

75

Backlog:

One of the more unusual teas I’ve come across in my tea journey. It has a lot going on, but the flavors work in a pleasing way.

Flavorful blend of mint and flower with an earthy, sweet background. I taste both the black and the green tea (I brewed it at a lower temperature to avoid scorching the green tea.) The black tea is probably not as full-flavored as it would be if I brewed it at a higher temp, but, I feared a bitter taste from the green tea if I brewed it too hot.

I’m happy that the mint isn’t overpowering this blend, and neither is the hibiscus – yay!

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/18/8-tea-tisane-eden-grove/

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

88

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

88

Backlog:

A really high quality gunpowder green, I love that this is organic. A pleasant, smooth texture … brothy. Thick and silky. It has the flavor of lima beans … only sweeter. Buttery with a toasted nut tone. A very clean and fresh taste.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/17/organic-gunpowder-green-tea-from-simple-loose-leaf/

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

88

Backlog:

A very special Pu-erh. A young one, so definitely one that I’ll hold on to for a while before I drink the rest of it. Let it age a bit.

Very little earthiness here, as I would expect from such a young Pu-erh. It is more vegetal than it is earthy. The vegetative taste falls somewhere between steamed spinach and kelp.

A light, refreshing Pu-erh, sweet and slightly floral, and there is a creaminess to this that took me by surprise. A distinct nutty tone and a bright citrus note too.

A really interesting pu-erh, I’m glad I got to try it. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/16/master-hans-2013-sheng-pu-er-tea-verdant-tea/

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

49

This tea is not your typical relaxing cup of bliss that you may be used to. However, the benefits of pearl ku ding tea are many: according to traditional Chinese medicine, it eliminates toxins, disperses wind-heat, reduces inflammation, enhances focus, memory, and improves digestion plus more. It’s not consumed for its great flavor but it is very good for you.

Flavors: Dark Bittersweet

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

47

#TTB
A Rooibos tea with a strong flowery, almost perfume-like, flavor at first sip. Adding a sweetener makes the delicate perfume taste linger longer and it makes me feel like I’m drinking Eau de toilette.

Flavors: Flowers

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

47

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

85

I received this tea in the yarn and tea swap with the Steepsteristas group over on Ravelry. Good tea and good yarn. What more could a girl ask for? :)

This is a really light Earl Grey-ish tea. The bergamot is very subtle. In fact, the orange and orange peel are the more dominant flavors. I’m getting just a hint of smoke. Again, it’s there just subtle. There is also a leather-y tobacco flavor. Everything works together to make this an almost Earl Grey in my opinion. It comes close but in the end it stands on its own with just a nod to the classic tea. Very nice. I’m happy I got to move this one from my wishlist to my cupboard!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

79

Sweet floral taste, very good flavor for the price. It’s found at my favorite Asian Grorcery store. I always keep it in stock if I can. Also makes a very good iced tea.

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

98
drank Lime Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
1356 tasting notes

Sipdown!! (152)

My beloved Chiffon is now gone. That means I need to place a Della Terra order soontimes to restock. Plus, with the weather warming up soon (in theory), I think having a large stock of Lemon Chiffon to cold brew would be a good plan.

Courtney

We’re out of this too! It’s J’s tea and I went to order but I could only put 1×1oz. in my cart. $4.25 for tea and $7 for shipping. Nope.

VariaTEA

That is definitely not justifiable. When shipping is more than the tea, it just doesn’t seem worth it.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

70

a strong tasting corn silk tea :) smells a lot like those glue sticks in we had elementary school

Flavors: Corn Husk

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

I made another cold matcha and waited for the right moment to finally crack this bad boy open. I have been craving watching Skyfall for the last few hours, but instead I’ve been diligently working on my conservation cue cards. This is my treat.

It’s very similar to Peanut Butter, but for some reason my mind has decided I’m actually enjoying this one. Maybe because it’s delicate? I feel the Peanut Butter may have been distinctive (note go back and check). Either way, I’ll be ordering more of this in the future.

Also, in less than a week now (by a few hours), we will be in Vancouver! I think I have my list of teas to pick up complete.

VariaTEA

What are you going to get in Vancouver?!? Divine Temptation? Creme Brulee?

Courtney

Bayswater: Creamy Rhubarb, Creamy Coconut, Creme Brulee, & Divine Temptation
Steam Tea: Canadian Maple Seduction (LOTS) & Fresh Bamboo Mint

If I make it to Granville Island Tea Co. I’ll pick up some Market Spice. :)

VariaTEA

OMG Canadian Maple Seduction! Another tasty choice :)

Courtney

Would you like me to get you some? :)

VariaTEA

That is a very kind offer but I think I am okay for now.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

68
drank Thé de Pâques by Mariage Frères
1356 tasting notes

Sipdown!! (153)

Thank you Sil for sending some of this my way. It is always fun to try new teas and this was no exception. It smells deliciously of vanilla and citrus but that doesn’t exactly translate into the taste. Instead, it is like black base and citrus peels. Not bad but not one I am too heartbroken to see go.

And now, as I say goodbye to this Easter tea and welcome the Easter holiday, I would just like to say HAPPY EASTER TO ALL THOSE WHO ARE CELEBRATING!!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

78

Sipdown!! (154)

Good bye tasty Monkey Bread tea! Thank you Roswell Strange for sharing some more of this with me. It is a good one and I am sad to see it go again. However, I imagine a Della Terra order will happen eventually and I wouldn’t be too surprised if this makes it into that.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank La Naissance by Fauchon
344 tasting notes

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

74

Interesting. Not as Limey as I would have hoped, but it’s definitely nice and creamy. I enjoy a good, creamy tea. AS it cools, I get more of the lemon, but not the lime. Ah well. It’s creamy and fairly sweet, kind of a creamy lemon taste. I like it.

This was all I had of this tea. If I got my hands on more, I would definitely drink it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

98
drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
1404 tasting notes

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

98
drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
1404 tasting notes

Special tea today! This is my second steep and it’s great. I loves it.

JustJames

i love this tea. i’ve saved mine from black friday… still haven’t opened it!

Cavocorax

That is some willpower! I’m still working on my 1 oz bag from the same sale – half way through but only because I buried it for a while!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Chocolate Truffle by Tea Desire
583 tasting notes

I didn’t look this one up on Steepster before I brewed it, and it was quite a shock when it smelled of pu’erh once steeped.

Well, well. I was a little wary, but I let it cool as I wrote out more cue cards for conservation. I finally braved taking a sip, and it’s not so scary. The scent is far more pu’erh-y than the taste. The taste has a nice chocolate profile with the unmistakable, but not overwhelming pu’erh base.

Thanks for the surprise VariaTEA!

VariaTEA

You’re welcome. That sample came to my from Kat_Maria who I believe got it from MissB. Since I tried it before, I knew it was not for me so I thought I would pass it along in hopes it would find a home with someone who might enjoy it :P. Gotta love how tea travels.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

97

Spring time mean tea harvest for those lovely places in the world, one of those parts in the lush island of Taiwan. One of my favorite tea companies (Eco-Cha Arisan Teas) was awesome enough to keep a record of their tea production this year in a series of handy Harvest Reports and Facebook Photos. I certainly suggest checking it out of you have a passion for tea or a love of beautiful photography. Consider it a journey into the secret world of the tea leaf, experience the process it goes through from ground to cup!

Speaking of journeys to cups, today’s tea Red Jade Tea by Eco-Cha Artisan Tea, is a very fascinating red tea. Also known as Taiwan Tea No. 18, this particular tea is a hybrid of wild tea treas that grow on the mountains of Taiwan and the Assam tea plant. Created by the Tea Research Extension Station in the Sun Moon Lake region of Nantou, this tea’s hybridization gives it a natural immunity to some of the buggies that enjoy munching on tea plants. The aroma of the curly long leaves is nothing short of complex, blending rich cocoa, roasted peanuts, cloves, a bit of barley, and a woody quality. The aroma is more savory than sweet, in fact it is all savory instead of sweet, with a strong and heavy presence. This is a tea that will be noticed!

Adding the tea to the gaiwan and giving it a bath brought out some very interesting aroma notes, a strong showing from the cocoa and cloves, but also mint and cinnamon. This might be one of the more complex and unusual red teas I have experienced. The liquid’s aroma is lighter, with creamy cocoa and rich cloves, there is a finish of licorice and mint. If I could use any terms other than aroma notes to describe the way the tea smells I would say it is bold and snappy, it makes itself known and has a bright cooling affect at the same time.

With the first sip I am immediately struck by the complexity. At first there is a smooth woody and roasted nut quality with a hint of cloves. This fades to a mint and licorice midtaste that has a cooling sensation, not like actually eating or drinking mint, but the way your mouth is cooled when you switch from breathing through your nose to a deep breath through your mouth. I found it to be an incredibly refreshing sensation. The arftertaste is a tiny bit sweet and a bit like sassafras.

The second steep’s aroma is much sharper and snappy, there are still strong cocoa and clove notes, but the mint is much more prominent, as is the aroma of sassafras. The taste is rich and I would even say herbaceous but more woody herbaceous than leafy herbaceous. Think sassafras bark and roasted peanuts with hints of cloves and mint. It has a malty beginning and a malty finish. This steeping has no sweetness at all, it is all savory and rich.

The third steep’s aroma is much the same as the second, I did not notice any differences between the two. The taste however is different, it still has the same flavor notes as the previous steep, but instead of it being all savory and rich, it is milder and has a subtle sweetness. I really enjoyed this tea (but I don’t say Eco-Cha is one of my favorite companies lightly, I have loved all of their teas) and found the unusual and complex notes to be both exciting and relaxing.

For Blog, Photos, Links to Harvest Notes, and a bit of spring time: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2014/04/eco-cha-artisan-tea-red-jade-tea-tea.html

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Filter