248 Tasting Notes

I’ve had this tea for quite some time, and I finally cracked the tin open a few days ago. What was I waiting for? Delicious! I find this malty, grainy and fruity. Somebody asked if I find this a little salty, which intrigued me. I kept looking for it, but, no. I think it would have been interesting paired with the graininess that I picked up on.

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I am disgracefully behind in writing tasting notes. I have many, many wonderful samples from my tea friends, that I really need to get sipping.

This one came my way from dex, don’t even ask how long ago. I don’t remember.

This style of tea I really need to be in the mood for. When I drank it a couple of days ago, it was windy and chilly. The perfect day for a warm comforting tea. Sometimes in this type of tea, the smoke it too much for me, and in those cases I usually use it for my home-made pea soup for a smoky flavour in lieu of bacon. This tea, however, was nicely smoky. I added a splash of maple syrup, recommended by another steepster member, and it made for a delicious sweet smoky cup.

Thanks for the sample, dex!


I am disgracefully behind in writing tasting notes. I have many, many wonderful samples from my tea friends, that I really need to get sipping.


Aren’t we all behind on that..

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drank Apple Cider by Bigelow
248 tasting notes

I was feeling lazy this morning about tea prep so I wanted something that looked like an easy steeper. Found this in my ever growing tea stash.

It’s the perfect tea for this chilly morn. Apple and spice notes spot on. I wish I had added a touch of sweetener, I think it would have popped a bit more, but as is, was still very tasty.

Thanks for the sample Gmathis!


It’s pretty hard to ruin a Bigelow :) Hope all is well.


All is good, thank you for asking :)

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This sample is getting kind of old, so the flavours have probably muted a bit.

I got the apple flavour when the cup was hot, but it seemed to have disappeared as the cup cooled. Once the cup cooled I got that floral note that other’s have mentioned.

For me, this was only okay, but I’m not really a fan of florals.

Short note, but I have to get logging a bunch of tea’s, ’cos I know more is coming my way…

I haven’t seen Cameron B posting in a while…but thank you for the try!

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I got this a while back from Cameron B. I thought the sample might be a little tainted (which would have been my fault for keeping it stored near other scented tea’s) since it smelled faintly of cinnamon. Fortunately the I don’t taste the cinnamon.

I’m not sure if I’ve tried a Jin Jun Mei before. I really enjoyed this one, so I think I will keep this style of tea as part of my rotation.

The first steep was all dark honey and dried dark fruits. Yum!

The second steep was much lighter. Still very honey sweet and fruity, but much less so.

I really needed this cup of deliciousness after receiving the bad news about the cost of repairing my car…boo :(


oh noes. car repairs :(


ohhhh man!!! my head is ready to explode!! time to start saving and looking for a new one :(


I’m sorry to hear about your car!


Yeah…it sucks :(


As one of my favorite literary characters would say (Cynthia in the Mitford novels by Jan Karon): Oh, poop.

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I have been committing tea sacrilege with this wonderful tea…but you know, it really works for me. I’m so busy at work that I can’t make myself a proper cup, so decided to start doing ‘grandpa style’ until I find my new work groove.

I have discovered that I really like grandpa style with roasted oolongs, and will probably continue to drink them in this manner. I really like the mineral, salty notes that seem to come through when I brew in this manner. And when the flavour starts to become weak I just add a few more leaves.

I expected to find some strong bitter notes with grandpa style and oolong, but I didn’t get that. This tea holds up really well to this style of brewing. When i’m out, I will definitely see if my other roasted oolongs do as well.

Now that I’ve gone grandpa style, I probably won’t go back (at least with this tea)….so easy, convenient and ridiculously delicious.


grandpa style?


From Marshaln…throw small amount of leaves in cup/mug of choice, add H2O and keep adding H2O to same leaves until flavor weak or gone. I can usually top up 3 or 4 times before adding a FEW (3 to 5 leaves) more leaves.


I’ve yet to try that method, but just by the sounds of it, doing roast oolongs that way sounds great!


I love it :) ! No gongfu, found my happy place :D


I love grandpa style for oolongs.

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drank Salted Caramel by Bigelow
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I’ve been absent from Steepster, and will probably continue to post sporadically until my personal issues are resolved.

I got this a while ago from a steepster friend. I also drank it a while ago, but have been unable to log it until now. I believe the member called this a ‘cheapie steepie’. For a cheapie steepie, I remember it being really gooooood. I don’t recall getting the saltiness, but I do remember the strong caramel flavour, and how much I enjoyed it. Whenever i’m in a grocery store (and if I remember) I have a look to see if they have it. I’d buy a box of it for sure.

Thanks for the sample, gmathis. For a ‘cheapie steepie’, this is mighty tasty!


Welcome back and hope your personal issues get worked out!


Thank you!!


Can you get Bigelow there? (Laughing at myself as I ask that…you live much closer to actual civilization than I do :)


Actually, I wondered that too :) in the grocery store I was at today they had Bigelow k cups. Sadly, not what I was looking for.


Blecch. K-cups just taste like the cups.


Never tried them, but now I know not to :)


Hope things will get better for you and it’s great to see you around!


Thanks:) Can’t wait for the stress to end.


the cheapie steepie part makes me laugh

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I’m finding this tea quite bitter, first and second infusions. I thought I let the first infusion go too long, so I reduced the time, but the bitterness is still there. It’s still drinkable, and I’ll keep going as long as the leaves keep giving.

Both infusions brew up really dark, like coffee, and it is strong. The first infusion was earthy and bitter. I did pick up dates too.

Infusion two is earthy and bitter, with a bit of nuttiness.

Because of the bitterness, it’s not really a favourite of mine, but for now it’s keeping me warm on this really cold day.

Thanks for sharing Cameron B!

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I’ve already reviewed this tea once before, but I’m drinking it again this morning while watching the snow fall.

Not that I’ve tried many pu’erhs (hoping to change that for 2015), but of the ones I have, this is my favourite. Upfront notes of spice, with an underlying earthiness and maybe some autumn leaves. As the cup cools the mushrooms become prominent.

A sample that was shared by Dexter – thank you!

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My tea journey started in 2012, when a friend gifted me some loose leaf. I guess she thought I was drinking too much coffee. Blown away by the amazing flavours I immediately embraced the loose leaf tea. I still drink coffee, but my main choice of beverage is now tea.

My tea preferences are blacks, pu’erhs, oolongs and greens.



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