420 Tasting Notes


Old sample from Tea Sipper. Thank you!

This is dominated by the Hibiscus and Lemongrass, which I don’t really care for paired together.

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Sample from Liquid Proust. Thank You!

I’m finally getting my cupboard back down to a manageable level. I ended up with a lot of tea last year, then I got pregnant and couldn’t drink or wasn’t interested in most of it. I bought some herbal teas I had a craving for and participated in several stash sales and tea boxes since I really enjoy participating in the community here on Steepster. I should be able to get through the last of my samples that are more than 6 months old in the next week or so. This is one of those older samples.

I’ve been interested in exploring oolongs further lately. Liquid Proust kindly sent me some samples. There’s such a wide variety of flavors of oolong! It’s a bit intimidating, but also exciting. This one is right up my alley, it’s soft, smooth, floral, buttery, and just slightly vegetal. It’s a comforting flavor. Not quite as appealing a floral tea as bai mu dan white, but it’s different enough and tasty enough that it I could see myself craving it occasionally. I think because of the butteryness, I might be most interested in this in the winter when I want something to warm me up.

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Vegetal

Boiling 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Happy Tea by Art of Tea
420 tasting notes

Sample from Tea Sipper. Thank you!

This is a really interesting combination of flavors. It’s earthy and slightly grassy but those flavors are juxtaposed with a lovely strawberry flavor that has some sweetness and some sourness. It makes me think of strawberry picking, which is something I haven’t done in years. I think this is the first gyayusa blend I’ve tried that I would be interested in buying more of. A unique and appealing blend. This is definitely a Happy Tea!

Flavors: Earth, Grass, Strawberry

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Old sample from Tea Sipper. Thank You!

I think this has lost most of it’s flavor, since it pretty much tastes like a smooth woody rooibos to be. Kind of a shame since it sounds like it was one a very interesting tea. Every reviewer seems to have had a different experience with this tea, which is interesting. I’d try it again if I had the chance.

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Made this with milk and a bit of sweetener. This is unfortunately a bit light on the bergamot. It’s there, but I prefer it a bit stronger. If you want a milder Earl Grey, check this out. It might actually be better without milk

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This is a sample of Kagoshima Sencha by Art of Tea from Tea Sipper. Thank you!

I brewed this with a splash of cold water for about a minute. This tastes mostly like spinach to me. My mother-in-law cooks fresh spinach and garlic in olive oil, and it’s the best spinach I’ve ever had. That’s what this reminds me of, but without the garlic. I’ve heard the adjective “brothy” used to describe green tea on occasion, and I think it might fit here. It has a savory vegetal flavor that makes me think of a hearty soup. I don’t taste any bitterness. It’s quite good, I’ll have to check out more Sencha’s in the future.

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I toasted some sesame seeds a couple of weeks ago to put in my cereal in the morning. Today I decided to brew up a teaspoon to see if it worked as a tea. It makes for a tasty cup of tea. It’s toasty and nutty and good. It’s similar in flavor to toasted rice, but certainly not identical. I’ll have to try toasting rice in the oven, since that would take less constant attention than toasting it in a skillet does.

Evol Ving Ness

Groovy idea.


Mmm! I wonder how it would work with a green tea—if the (typically) shorter time & temp would give the seeds enough time to do their thing.


It works for toasted rice, so it would at least be worth trying.

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This is a decent chai. It’s somewhat spicy, but no one spice is overpowering the others, and it has just a bit of sweetness in there. The ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon all kind of blur into each other. I find myself wishing for some clove or allspice, or for a bit more cinnamon. The black tea is just barely noticeable through the spices. It’s good, but not my favorite blend.

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Old sample from Tea Sipper. Thank You!

There was just enough left here for a single cup. I don’t know how old this is, but it’s a little bland. It’s sweet and a bit nutty, with a definite taste of rooibos. The rooibos is a little medicinal, but not too bad. Nothing too remarkable

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Having had a several more cups of this, I still say that mint and pine are a great flavor combination, but I’m not quite as pleased by this blend as I was with the first cup. It seems rather inconsistent. Sometimes it will be mostly mint or mostly pine. Sometimes the sourness of the berries will come through more strongly – which I really don’t think adds to the blend – and occasionally it will have an odd waxy mouthfeel and a chemical aftertaste. Sometimes it’s amazing, but sometimes it’s disappointing. It still makes for a nice change of pace, and I’d buy more to see what it tastes like fresh since mine is rather old, but I’m dropping the rating a bit.


I like the sound of this one. I’ve been reading a lot about pine in tea and want to try that.


a teaspoon of rosemary brewed for 5-10 minutes makes a great pine flavored tea. Sacred Blend by Algonquin Tea Co. is another good pine tea.

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I drink a lot of herbal tea, and the occasional cup of traditional tea here and there. I enjoy experimenting with my own blends.

Flavors I like:
Tea (unflavored/dessert blacks, dark oolongs, jasmine green, unflavored/fruity/floral whites)
Desert (chocolate, molasses, caramel, vanilla, honey, cream)
Spices (ginger, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, black pepper)
Fruit(raspberry, honeydew, lemon, lime, apple, blueberry, plum, fig, grape, pineapple, orange, mango, grapefruit)
Flowers (jasmine, hibiscus, chamomile, rose, chrysanthemum)
Nuts (coconut, hazelnut, pecan, cashew)
Misc. (anise, honeybush, green rooibos, mint, barley, rosemary, dandelion leaf, rice)

Flavors I Dislike: cardamon, lemongrass, coffee, chicory, tulsi, licorice root, stevia; artificial peach, cherry, and almond flavors; bitter or astringent teas, smokey or medicinal teas, unflavored greens

Allergies and Sensitivities: lavender and stevia upset my stomach

I have participated in the Overboard TTB, the Butiki Herbal Blending Box, the Butiki Educational TTB, and the Puerh Beginners Box. I ran the Herbal TTB and the Monthly TTB Club, and am currently running the Herbal and Decaf TTB.

Ratings: I rate teas based not on their objective quality, but on how much I personally liked them. I mostly do this because that way it’s easy to tell at a glance if I’ve tried a tea before, and if I’d be interested in buying it. It sometimes takes a while to sort through and find out whether or not I’ve reviewed a tea without rating it.
90-100: Truly excellent tea, will buy, could drink it every day but might save it for special occasions because it’s that good, will miss it if it’s not in my cupboard.
75-89: Really good tea, would buy, but not quite perfect, or not an absolute must have.
66-74: Good tea, would buy, but will also look for better
50-66: Probably wouldn’t buy this tea, but would drink it if offered
33-49: I will never buy this tea, and would probably even turn it down if it was offered to me.
1-32: I hope to never drink this tea again

I currently have a young baby, so while I’m drinking lots of tea, my activity may be sporadic.



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