746 Tasting Notes

drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
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this tea is BACK! and let me tell you i ordered two full tins worth! i never order that much of one tea. but that is seriously how much i like this one. i’m not even a huge david’s tea fan, but this tea remains special. i had a big cup this morning and will probably have one tomorrow too. and the day after. forever. until i have to buy more yet again.
hello holidays! hello and good morning and hello!

since the day i received the ‘24 days of tea’ in the mail, i’ve just been grabbing a bag or two of the little sample tins and throwing them in my purse to take to work. at my desk i have my new asian style mug in the color of peppermint, and i just turn my electric kettle on and pull out the tins to see what i have with me.
so when i grabbed this one next and saw it had little peppermint sticks in it i was kinda tickled. (sprinkles add a weird oily coating and grimy residue to my tea, but candy canes are just a flourish!)
it’s an invigorating, slightly sweet, tiny tingle minty tea and PERFECT for noon tea.

why do we love this one so?!?!?!
i mean, there are several of us that drink this every day with enthusiasm. and i don’t understand it really because even with all the affection i have for this tea, when i try to describe it to someone it never really sounds as good as it tastes. but heck, all i can say is that i never thought of myself as a mint or peppermint lover. and i still don’t think of myself as a peppermint lover. but i can honestly drink this everyday with ease and joy.
mysteries are mysterious.

i have this tea for breakfast almost every morning i love it so much. i can’t explain it. i never thought of myself as a peppermint person. not at all. but there is something else going on in this tea. maybe it’s not the candy canes, but the secret part that i like so much.

i can’t believe that, over the past few days, i have deleted 200 blank reviews from my tea log.

i now have a list of 27 teas that i have drank more than once but i did not write a review of. and i’m planning to make some sort of note about them, even if it’s just a word or two (thumbs-up? thumbs-down?), over the next few weeks.
i’ll re-taste them if i’m able, or i’ll just have to recall as much as i can from memory if i have to.
the idea is that i will then know when i have for real tasted 500 teas :)

now off to a Pi Party! with tea in hand of course!


Ahhh I want to have a pi party, or go to one! Jealous right now!


a Pi Party! sounds AWESOME!


…..what’s a Pi party?


Today is National Pi (Pi 3-14) Day so people eat pie!


(duh). I want to eat pie! That’s way better than what my husband told me today was!……haha


well when this came back into stock, i ordered 200g of it. that was only a month ago. and yet a few days ago i ordered another 100g. i drink it that fast. i drink it when i’m not sure what tea mood i’m in. i drink it when i just don’t know what else to drink.


It’s a pretty great fall-back tea! Or latte. :)

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this is fine i guess. kinda a dull cup. lacks personality. not awful or anything.

it’s about perspective. i would be excited to drink this if i was a tea no-man’s-land.

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drank Aloha Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
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every time i’m about to steep this, i think of momo’s review:

“why did they think this was okay to make?”

it has an oily top coat. probably from the candied fruits. or the white chocolate more likely.
it’s not as awful as all that. but really a puerh can be so much better than this.


Too true!


umm, this has gotten a bit weirder since it’s cooled down. or maybe it’s cuz i’ve eaten lunch and i’m not starving?
oh god i HOPE this is NEVER someone’s first puerh. that would be the saddest story ever.


I feel like I probably made so many people afraid of this, but just thinking about it, I can remember that oil sheen off the top and the smell… /shudder/


also I totally meant shudder but I am still internally terrified and forget how to do all the fancy text tricks on here when thinking about this again.


I wrote the review for this one, then decided it sounded too harsh and just deleted it. Now if only I could delete that taste from my memory.


woah … i just let out like a HUGE BLERT LAUGH. and i’m standing outside on the corner in public.

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drank Whisky White by DAVIDsTEA
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i try to not be too influenced by the reviews here on steepster. but i also enjoy reading them and taking the opinions into consideration as i sip. so i can’t help but notice how this tea does not have the highest of ratings.

and i can see why cuz it’s not exactly bold or super fruity. the davidstea website describes it as a ‘rich blend’ but it actually doesn’t seem that rich. the Bai Mu Dan is nice and even. but i barely get any peach from the cup. and i’m glad i don’t get stevia either.

i will declare that i like this tea. mostly for it’s relative simplicity. and i may brew it extra strong and drink it chilled at a party we’re having at my house tomorrow.

tea instead of whisky. because i have a trail marathon to run on saturday. a marathon that i am DRASTICALLY ill prepared for. and also i’m sitting on a tennis ball to try to relieve a muscle strain on the back of my right leg. not a bad strain, but annoying, and 26 miles will make it angry. so hopefully some of this pressure point massage should help? either that or it will bruise my leg up nicely :) hah
i’m wearing a tardis dress for the race.
hopefully it won’t be too rainy.

Josie Jade

Good luck with your race!!


Good luck!


The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

You go Girl!

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i should be drinking this out of porcelain shouldn’t i.
yes definitely porcelain.

i love lapsang. and even more i LOVE lapsang blends.
i will treasure my sample of this until the last cup.


Daughter just polished off the eight ounces I bought for her in September or October. I told her when her Lapsang from Teavivre and her Black Dragon get low, we will reorder!

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drank Exotica by DAVIDsTEA
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this is the first cold brew i ever consciously made as a cold brew.
i usually just end up with half drank cups and occasionally chose to refrigerate them instead of dumping them out.
i will definitely cold brew more of my herbals during the summer.

do you ever feel like all of your rooibos and herbal teas are really just basically the same tea with just one ingredient taken out and another added?
i’m kinda starting to feel that way.

(except for cocomint cream. you are a unique snowflake to me.)

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drank Rooibos Chai by Harney & Sons
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okay, you have no idea how long i have had this sample and have been avoiding drinking it. not only am i not really a chai fan. but i really hate the design of the little sample tea sachet package. i went to art school —snob! and in my opinion it’s super ugly.

basically i had very low expectations for this tea.

so, um, i don’t hate this tea. let’s leave it there are call it a rooibos victory.

Breaker by Low

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this tea is nice. smooth and pumpkin-esque. i definitely taste the nutmeg and cinnamon. it’s a cute flavor? i know that’s a strange descriptor. but i don’t feel very moved by this tea. not sure why. i just find it very nice is all.

i am doing everything in my power to NOT register for the Pike’s Peak Marathon in Colorado.
“Starting … at 6,300 feet and gaining about 7,750 feet before reaching the finish line or turnaround point at around 14,050 feet, the Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon will redefine what you call running. In fact, many runners spend a great deal of time walking.”
why would i even consider this if i don’t even like running on hills?
please god help me.
(yes i have googled things like “Pike’s Peak death”, “Pike’s Peak dangerous” and “Pike’s Peak horrible”)


don’t worry, pike’s peak sold out quickly. i’ll run on a 15% incline for a year and then try to register again.

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so yes, i mentioned yesterday that i had a tea log organization project going on. and last night i deleted over 150 tea logs that had no notes. i’m sure there are more to delete too. but before i can, i have about 30 teas that i need to drink again and write proper notes for first. …….. i know who am i kidding?! i don’t write proper notes or reviews!! i mean seriously, looking through my log last night, my reviews range mostly from posting someone else’s poetry, to nerding out on tv or fan fic, to complaining about the weather, and then maybe saying the tea has coconut in it. ….my most verbose reviews are really just me flirting with the fictional character the tea is named after.

i’m so glad the rest of you properly review tea so i can learn from you! …. and also so i can then be lazy about it and constantly indulge my flights of fancy!

i’ve been really into oolongs lately. but was putting off re-trying this tea. something about the orange scent was so strong i’d always think “but where’s the oolong” and put it back on the shelf. but after it’s been brewed it’s not so bam-in-your-face. to me, it IS however more orange than caramel and creme . in fact i can tell the creme is there but i think the caramel has left the building with this cup.

i like it but i’m probably not going to buy this again. i have about two more cups left to decide.

a song by The XX has been in my head for days

You’ve applied the pressure
To have me crystallized
And you’ve got the faith
That I could bring paradise

I’ll forgive and forget
Before I’m paralyzed
Do I have to keep up the pace
To keep you satisfied

Glaciers have melted to the sea
(Things have gotten closer to the sun)
I wish the tide would take me over
(And I’ve done things in small doses)
I’ve been down onto my knees
(So don’t think that I’m pushing you away)
And you just keep on getting closer
(When you’re the one that I’ve kept closest)
Go slow


I, for once, love your reviews! They give the broader context to your particular tea experience.
P. S. I had a good reaction to D. T. Orange Brulee too.


thanks TeaRunner! i blame the caffeine!!!! it gets me jazzed about everything and fuels up my thoughts. (i figure if a tea purist wants to use a tea site for just tea it makes complete sense, and they obviously won’t follow me.)
more off topic…do you have a race this month? or did we already answer and ask that question?


I think your notes are delightful. After all, we all have different reactions to different teas. For me, reviews are mostly entertainment and to see descriptions of teas I might not otherwise know about that I might like. :)


I love your “slice of life” reviews and all the references they include; they’re always different and they make me search up and discover things! btw, good song :)


So CrowKettel! Does that mean that you now love Arrow and Sherlock and read Hobbit slash on a regular basis?! … hah… probably not.
but THANK YOU! seriously.
yes i guess i never consider there might be an upside to my incessant internal ramblings… what does it mean when you even annoy yourself?? JUST KIDDING no i’m not YES i’m joking. seriously. i’m joking. and i love the tea people! i love all the tea people!

Marcel Duchamp

love the xx, btw. Have you heard their new albumb? Its pretty good. I’ve been listening to the Chromatics album from last year lately.


Marcel, i am such a lazy music listener and so jaded about it all that i rarely listen to more than a random song here or there. but i will DEFINITELY try this album. all i need is a nudge! :) and i’m sure my boyfriend would lend it to me in a blink. he is so vexed by my lack of enthusiasm for new tunes. poor fella.

Marcel Duchamp

haha. Nothing wrong with a healthy dose of laziness. Both those albums are pretty good. I can’t keep track of music anymore either. I have enough trouble keeping up with tea!

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drank Maple Sugar by Tea Guys
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i love when i open pandora and it just knows that i wanna hear The Smiths.
i love being able to walk to work and still be on time.
i love that it’s 50 degrees out and i have a midday errand to run.

Morrissey, i know you are a maybe-racist, but you are also endearingly nicknamed a “prophet for the fourth sex” and i think you would like this maple sugar tea. please have some with me. it’s dark and sweet and just a little bitter. and i’m pretty sure it’s vegan. (Bring It On Down To Veganville!)

it’s probably a little bitter cuz i over steeped it a tad. or over leafed it? it was one of those scenarios where you have just enough tea left for either 1 cup and a mini cup. or 2 weak cups, or 1 strong cup. like a scoop and a smidgen of leaf left. (probably should have saved it for a random blendo cup oh well)

Tea Guys teas are nothing like David’s Tea teas. the scent of the teas are often so strong it almost hurts, and the flavor is always very tea forward. here i smell the maple very strong, but mostly taste the strong black base first. this is a good thing! no fluff or mirrors or artificalness. just maple maple maple and tea tea tea.

now let’s dance.

What Difference Does It Make?
All men have secrets and here is mine
So let it be known
For we have been through hell and high tide
I can surely rely on you …
And yet you start to recoil
Heavy words are so lightly thrown
But still I’d leap in front of a flying bullet for you

So, what difference does it make ?
So, what difference does it make ?
It makes none
But now you have gone
And you must be looking very old tonight


This is the first thing I read this morning and I read it twice! Interesting,thought provoking and the sort of wonderful writing that I hope to read more of! So good!


This one is on my list for sure!


Looove The Smiths! Looove this note :-)
P.S. After the week I’ve had, I’m more of a «Girlfriend in a coma» LOL!


Love The Smiths! Love Maple also!

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i have a cat named House Party 3.

i drink my tea plain.

vegan. fine arts major. bass player. runner. yoga do-er. childfree. scifi fan. e-reader fanatic. knitting newb. ADHD club member (ie; all my exclamation points are for realz!!)

i’m always aspiring to read more books.

i don’t care what you say, chamomile is barfaroony.
i’m so over rooibos.
evil hibiscus is evil.

some tea pictures!

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i only log each tea i taste once.

!!! SWAPPING !!!

ALWAYS interested in reducing my tea stash, so please ask if you want to swap or sample something! even if it’s just one tea.

every tea in my cupboard is swapable! (at least i TRY to keep it up to date)
every tea i have tried is listed in my rated teas.


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