545 Tasting Notes


Mmmmmmm! Oh my God, this may change my opinion of rooibos! It doesn’t taste like olives! The vanilla is perfect with it. It’s a sweet tea, and mild without being bland.





Yes, I’ve had several rooibos blends that tasted like olive juice to me. Blechhh. Not this one though! It was smooth and sweet and pleasantly gentle.


Olives? Interesting. I’ve never found that myself, but I think I understand what you mean with an olive note, though.

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drank Wulong Cha by Dobra Tea
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This oolong was delicious! It tasted nutty and rich. I got two or three steepings out of the serving in the gaiwan. I could also taste burnt chocolate and earth. I think it leans more toward the “black” than “green” side of oolong-dom, but that works for me! Highly recommend.

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drank Meng Ding Huang Ya by Dobra Tea
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Got a 3 oz bag of this tea on my last trip to Dobra as a college student…

It’s lovely. Very light and refreshing. I haven’t had much experience with yellow teas, so this was an adventure. It’s vegetal and subtle, like most white teas. I’m trying to get more into them because they’re the least processed.

I get a sweet, almost floral finish. Very nice!

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Sipdown! Oh, I love this tea so very, very much.

The drunk idiots next door woke me and my housemates up at 4:00 am with their bass-blaring. Our walls were shaking, for God’s sake. One of my housemates had to be up two hours later to get to work.

I’m all for partying it up one last time before graduation, but the people who don’t want to still have the right to peace and quiet in the wee hours of the morning! I called campus security on them, and they got them to knock it off.

Needless to say, I was unable to fall asleep after that little incident. So here I sit, with my second steaming Mason jarful of this, and sadly, it’s the last of the box. I find the combination of lavender, vanilla, and bergamot very comforting and delicate, and at the same time revitalizing. It’s the perfect tea for a morning like this.

I will most certainly be restocking this the next time I’m at the grocery store!

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drank Darjeeling by Twinings
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I really like this tea… It’s a nice mild black, perfect as a breakfast tea. There is no astringency to speak of, and I find that the longer I steep it, the better the flavor. I definitely got notes of grape, almost like wine. It’s good for when you’re in a rush, or when you just want a nice, agreeable tea with low demand on your attention.

Flavors: Grapes, Raisins

Boiling 5 min, 45 sec

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drank Earl Grey by Gloria Jean's
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Made Earl Grey syrup with this and mixed 1 oz of it with 1 oz of lemon juice and 2 oz of gin. Shook it up with ice and filled the rest of my glass with seltzer water. It’s called a Rainmaker cocktail, and I’m enjoying it immensely.

This is my favorite cocktail because it involves tea.


What a great cocktail it must be…will sure try that, thanks for sharing :-)


It’s so delicious! It’s sweet and citrusy. http://hellogiggles.com/the-rainmaker-cocktail-with-earl-grey-tea-and-gin
There is the recipe

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This is the other tea my fellow library intern friend gave me. I’ve never tried genmaicha before, either.

The dry leaf smells sweet, like organic candy. When I steeped it, it smelled strongly of burnt rice. It tastes like toasted bread, butter, and grassy green tea. It’s a very savory tea, and I can tell that this particular green tea base is very good quality. Not bad!

Note: I tried for a second steep, and I think either I oversteeped it, or the popped rice doesn’t do well with second steepings, because I got a burnt-tasting, highly vegetal cup, which I didn’t enjoy. More experimentation is necessary!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Butter, Grass

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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I’m sorry I’ve been gone for so long, Steepster! I’m in the final stretch of the semester, and also of my undergraduate education. It’s been a very emotional, stressful, and busy time for me.

This is my first experience with a legit, loose pu-erh. My friend, the grad student who interned with me at the library, gave me some of this as a parting gift today. We share a passion for tea, among many other similar interests. I’ll miss him.

The dry leaf smells heavenly— just like caramel. I can see bits of toffee mixed in, too.

I steeped a cup of it in my glass gaiwan. The liquor is a muddy, almost reddish color. It tastes like earth, caramel, and toffee. It’s so rich… Like the Godiva chocolate of the tea world.

Oh, my God… I will be so sad when this tin is empty!

Flavors: Caramel, Earth

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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I tried this one again… I brewed it at a higher temp and let it steep a lot longer.

Still couldn’t coax much flavor from it, but it was a titch bit better than last time, I guess. I got a lot of chamomile with just a hint of a nondescript fruitlike note. It’s so strange, because it smells amazing dry.

Oh well. I guess you can’t judge a tea by its bag.

180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more

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I always seem to have a box of this tea around, even though it really isn’t my favorite. So weird. It’s like a talisman or something.

Anyway, I’m trying like hell to get rid of the teas that I don’t love, so that I can make room for the teas that I love, so I drank a cup of this last night. It’s minty and chamomile-y, nothing spectacular. And it did diddly squat to combat the cup of coffee I stupidly drank at 5:00pm last night.

I deserved to be wide awake until 1 am. Anyway, gonna keep drinking this down until it’s gone, and I will NOT replace it.

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Hello! I love literature, politics, and tea. I work in the Information Technology field and am currently working toward an MA in English.

Favorites: Black, oolong, and rooibos. Blends that are vanilla, chocolate, nutty, or dessert-like are especially appealing to me. I also love ginger, citrus, and lemongrass.

I like green teas as long as they are blended with fruit and/ or spices, and I LOVE them when they’re floral.

I have a love-hate relationship with kombucha, and I’m very picky about my chai- It has to have a high-quality black tea base and be heavy on the cinnamon and light on the nutmeg. Also iffy about mate and herbal teas in general, although chamomile and I are usually on speaking terms.

Dislikes: White tea, unflavored green teas, honeybush, fruity herbals, hibiscus in high quantities, plain peppermint. (Although I am not opposed to trying blends that cross into these neighborhoods if they come from reputable companies.)

I’m not a swapper, but I hope we can still be friends :)

90-100: Perfection and heaven and magic, all in one cup.

70-89: Good.

50-69: Meh.

49 and below: Blerg.


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