New Tasting Notes

I love how this tea tastes like a delightful, fresh, minty tea, but has the chocolate flavor that gives it a sense of comforting sweetness.

Flavors: Candy, Chocolate, Cream, Peppermint, Tea, Vanilla

Preparation
2 tsp 22 OZ / 650 ML

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Okay folks, I’m calling it. This is the best genmaicha ever. And that’s that.

Seriously, though. Once I saw Ost’s Laoshan Genmaicha tasting note, my mouth would not be satisfied until I brewed up a cup of this lovely blend. So creamy and smooth, sweet butternut squash and oats and soy milk with a touch of vanilla goodness. And, of course, that delicious and nutty toasty rice.

I am the proud owner of 4 ounces of this now discontinued blend (thanks mj!) and I will cry like a small child when I run out of it. Seriously.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Starfevre

I wonder if I have some…

Roswell Strange

Very jealous.

Cameron B.

Hmm… I noticed this is in the “Out of Stock” section on their website instead of the “Archived” section. There may be hope yet!

Ost

Haha-Glad I inspired you :P

mj

Cameron, I was told that they’ll have more at the beginning of October. I’m already going to be tea muling for Roswell if I can get some, so I can always mule for you at the same time if you’d like. Let me know!

Cameron B.

mj, that’s awesome! I definitely won’t need more yet by then, but thanks for the offer. And it’s good to know that it’s going to be a more permanent blend. :D

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Went out this morning/early afternoon which is why my queue continuation is coming a little later in the day – but not a lot to get through!

I think this was from VariaTEA but honestly I don’t remember. Woops. Anyway this was nice but not really in an especially remarkable way; I think in the long run it’s gonna be a forgettable blend. But anyway; in my timolino. Most note worthy thing for this one was the strong fruity notes and light nuttiness. Reminded me a little of the fruity/marzipan aspect of almonds.

Cameron B.

Yum. I want to try all of the TTC teas! :P

VariaTEA

I sent this to you but it originated from Sil

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drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
550 tasting notes

This was my first thing in the morning tea today, and that’s all I got to, for the rest of the work day was so crazy! This is straight-up hot cocoa tea. LOVE it!!!

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I haven’t been logging teas much, and I’ve been missing Steepster. How is everyone? I hope all is well!

This tea really works wonders on my mood. Things have been a little wonky lately, but this gave me a nice reset and I’m feeling happy again!

Have I ever mentioned how much I love tea???? Hooray for tea!!!!!

Tealizzy

Yay for tea!! :)

Sarsonator

Love it! Especially fungus tea!!!!

Terri HarpLady

Yay Hurray!

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I’m drinking the 2004. It is very good, it’s like cognac and honey. Very naturally sweet and rich.
The tea is very tightly compressed and you don’t need too much tea because it really puffs and opens up to be tons of tea leaves. There are ya bao pieces in the mix along with all sorts of colors and types of wild leaves.
The liquor is cloudy pretty much throughout the whole session in my gaiwan. I rinsed the tea a couple of times but it remained cloudy even after many steepings. You definitely need to use your strainer with this tea.
After many steepings, the leaves could have kept going and going but the tea started to taste twiggy to me so I ended the session.

Flavors: Honey

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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My last tea before bed, just after something to leave a sweet taste in my mouth and ideally something to bring a wave of calm. Though I’m not a huge fan of chamomile I still found this blend interesting, after all I can’t judge what I haven’t tasted.

So in raw form it smells herbal and not much else, not appealing but not too bad. Once steeped it’s mildly minty and sweet, the chamomile is strong and honey like. Nicer than it’s raw scent anyway.

Well it’s not that bad actually, the mint is light and blends well with the chamomile, only a slight tartness to it but it vanishes pretty quickly. The chamomile is very sweet, like a mild honey. A little creamy too.

I like it, I’m happy the mint does not dominate though it does linger nicely in the after taste. The main attraction is the sweetness of it, and it’s lightness. The first sip made my husband yawn so it’s can’t be bad! I feel calm I suppose, relaxed, though it’s hard to scale.

Worth the gamble, happy to keep this on the shelf and see how it goes.

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drank Winter Berry Spice by Teavana
491 tasting notes

Apparently I had forgotten how ambivilant I was about this tea. I took it because it has such a lovely strong berry smell. Admittedly, I did drink it after a cup of the Chocolate Peppermint Rooibos, but all I got was vanilla. ALL I got was vanilla, no berries, no anise, nothing fun. I am willing to try this again and make sure that I am still not crazy but about the flavour, but what a let down after the awesome smelling leaves!!

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drank Australian Shincha by Ito En
21 tasting notes

This was really great. A fun tea to try in my Steepster box.

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drank Laoshan Genmaicha by Verdant Tea
201 tasting notes

Been craving this one for a while…but it’s always night when I want it, so I always gotta hold off. But NOT TODAY!
This is the relaxing kind of tea I needed today. Probably one of the best genmaichas I’ve tried. So creamy and nutty. Ugh it’s just so good!
Bumping the rating!

Sarsonator

I’ve been neglecting genmaichas in my fevered puerh pursuits. LOL But I should bust some out. It was one of my very first favorite styles.

This sure sounds like a good one!

Cameron B.

Sarsy – it’s the same as Lady Gaga but without the vanilla and juniper. Very tasty!

Sarsonator

Really Cambot? Maybe I will try Gaga again. She didn’t wow me, but it’s worth another try, I suppose!

Cameron B.

I am the proud owner of 4 ounces of Gaga. :D

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For an herbal blend, I enjoyed this. Will consider repurchasing. It was very mild, so probably could be steeped for longer.

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95

I really liked this. I wish it was available for purchase.

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drank Black Cloud by Silk Road Teas
21 tasting notes

This was good for a Chinese black tea. Not too deep and dark.

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I’ve been sipping this one over the late afternoon. I got a sample with my Tribute Tea order. Looking in the envelope, I found 2 dense chunks, each about 7.5 grams, looking like chunks of dark chocolate. I used one of them.
It’s one of those woodsy, aged forest floor kind of teas, kind of musty, with a taste of cedar, tobacco, peat, & leather, and a little smoke. It has a strong kind of savory & peppery quality, with a sweet after-taste, & it tickles my sinuses! I’m not sure how many steeps I’ve had, but I suspect I can have quite a few more.
I’ll have to drink them later, it’s time to go to Taichi class.

Sarsonator

You make me want all the teas. LOL

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a very smooth and tasty aged tea! about 12 years of age does this tea good! very mellow camphor, mushroom and earthy taste :D

many thanks to Scott Wilson and Yunnan sourcing for this wonderful tea! :D

Flavors: Camphor, Earth, Mushrooms

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 25 OZ / 750 ML

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I was surprised how much I liked this tea. It wasn’t super astringent for a Chinese green.

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I started out work with a cup of this this morning. I love this tea and how naturally sweet it gets. I don’t love it’s oily thickness or the fact that it etches its flavour in my travel cups, but it is such an amazing treat once in awhile!! I have a bunch of this to get through still, but it was such a hit last Christmas that I wonder if it will be back again this year?

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Sigh, updating my cupboard and realized that I don’t have this anymore but never wrote a note about it. But I do remember that I used it all for cold brews. This note = not a good help.

MAKING ALL MY NOWHERE PLANS FOR NOBODY.

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This tea has become one of my hoarded irreplaceable favourites. I can usually brew an excellent cup with my eyes closed. Yesterday though, I broke it! I was busy when I tossed my leaves in to steep and I forgot to throw in some sugar. The brewed cup was good, but not great, and I was worried that new sugar would not fully dissolve properly, so I threw in a honey stick I had. A mint chocolate honey stick…. For future reference, Stormy Night and Mint Chocolate honey do not go well together! Next time, remember the sugar!

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drank Blueberry Bliss Rooibos by Teavana
160 tasting notes

This is one of my favorite rooibos teas and perhaps Teavanas best. Despite this I am drinking this tonight because I need to avoid caffeine because my morning starts abysmally early lately. It has the sweet taste of the blueberries as the prominent flavor backed up by the savory character of the rooibos. It is good.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 5 min.

Flavors: Blueberry

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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Sipdown!

This is (was) one of the oldest teas in my cupboard, so it feels nice to sip it down. It’s a perfectly tasty offering from TeaVivre, but not one of my favorites. Malty and bready with a tad bit of smoke and a nice creamy texture. Thanks again to TeaVivre for the free sample. :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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