284 Tasting Notes

I really didn’t feel like do anything today except enjoy the sun and air, and start planning the garden. But I had a few things that I needed to pick up, and wanted to get to a garden center to get some ideas. So I needed something that would jolt me into action. In comes this tea. Yeah, it worked.

Smooth and tasty. Wish I had added milk to it, but I drank it sans additives. I think the caffeine is still circulating in my system because I feel like doing jumping jacks or running. Maybe this will be a productive day after all.

Thank you for the sample gmathis!

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drank Inner Calm #5 by Verdant Tea
284 tasting notes

The name of this tea made me think it was an herbal tea, so I let it steep for a long time. Oops…my bad. The resulting brew came across, no surprises here, very herbally. I finished it, but it was a little too much for me. Surprisingly, I found no bitterness.

The second steep I dropped the water temp and steep time. Much better. I didn’t detect the herbals. What I tasted was olive oil?!

I have enough to have another go at this. I’ll treat the first steep better the next time.

Thank you TheLastDodo for the sample!

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drank Cinnamon Cookie Puer by Lupicia
284 tasting notes


I’ve tried this tea with many variations trying to pull out the ‘cookie’, but the most predominant flavour that I got was roasted coffee almost bordered on burnt. It wasn’t until I added cream and sweetener until I finally got a little of that cookie profile. I do drink coffee, so it wasn’t hard to drink.

It was ok, but not something I would necessarily need to keep. I do appreciate getting the chance to sample it, though, as I was curious about it. Thanks for sending this my way, TheLastDodo!


It is more like a biscuit dunked in coffee than a cookie, but there is something about the taste that keeps me reaching for it.

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This is the first time that I have ever tried a Whispering Pines sample….I know…I’ve been missing out. Although my tea journey is taking me down a different path (away from blacks) I still want to try the snails and the orchid.

I am not one of those people that can easily pick out/name particular flavours and notes that a tea is giving, but I have found that it is becoming easier. I found with this tea, a few notes were easily noticeable.

First infusion I found strong fruit notes and bread. The floral came out as the cup cooled.

Infusion two I found that salty baguette!!! I am impressed that I found it!! That was followed up strong notes of honey and then floral again as the cup cooled.

It was a nice intro to Whispering Pines, and I have TheLastDodo to thank for the sample…so Thank You!!! :)

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Another sample from a tea friend that I have been remiss about writing a tasting note. For those who have sent me samples, I will get to them…I promise :) This one comes from Lala.

Part of the reason why I took so long to get to the SBT’s that were sent, was because I’m used to doing cold brews, so I was afraid of screwing up the samples, by hot steeping and then cooling. I decided to ‘get over it’ and finally brew this up, as recommended by the steeping instructions. So I had to figure out two things…a quart vs a litre, and do I have something large enough to brew this in that was glass. Google helped me figure out a quart. I found a glass teapot that was a little smaller than what I required, but not by much, so I went with that.

Brewed and cooled with a little sweetener added. Yes, it is tasty. Sweet, fluffy cotton candy. YUM :)

Thanks for the sample, Lala!


Glad you enjoyed it and super happy to see you back. Hopefully life is good!


Things are much better! Thanks Lala :)

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Another one done from my box of many samples (from many people). I will get to them all – hopefully soon-ish.

I like this one :) Sweet potato up front, and dusty cocoa in the after taste.

Sample compliments of Dex – Thank You!!

—huh, I had this not too long ago – a sample from another steepster member, and got a totally different taste profile this time around. But it looks like I enjoyed it both times around.

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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..


Just happy to see you back logging teas!! :))


Agreed – Welcome back!


Thanks you all!! Happy to be back! Stressy environment be gone :)


Stressy environment be gone :)
Congrat’s – That must be such a big relief!


mrmopar, You’re very kind as always! I suspect you’re correct that this is a common dilemma due to the many favorite generous Steepster tea suppliers as well as Steepster members plus the many frequent sales that are just too good to pass up. And then there’s life: family, jobs, medical issues, … etc. Is it any wonder?


i not sure if i tried theirs before. i tried uptons’ version and its awesome

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drank Apple Cider by Bigelow
284 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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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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