15 Tasting Notes


I believe the sample I have is from 2008
This is actually the first shu I have been able to drink all the way through.
I used 5 grams and did two 30 sec rinses.
I had some great advice to not inhale before I tasted. So I put this in a travel type mug so I couldn’t smell it at first. Lol It worked for me! I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the taste. I tasted some mineral and lots of sweetness. Left an aftertaste of both
After several steeps the aroma was so much better. This 5 grams lasted me two days! Since it just kept giving I decided to steep and put in a mason jar to cool down and have it iced I enjoyed also. Some honey notes came out as it chilled.
I am a big fan of sheng. And I just maybe starting on the shu journey :)

Flavors: Honey, Mineral

195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Ohh I so enjoyed this Darjeeling! I was so sad when my cup was empty! I actually said that out loud! I got all the sweet juicy notes and left such a great taste in my mouth. This was a sample I received and will have to order this one!

3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I enjoyed this green to quite a bit. Not a huge fan of green teas but I am really trying :-) I can see my self craving this green. I got the fruity flavor slight veg taste plus a sweetness Nice refreshing clean taste I steeped at 185 for 2 min
Second steeped 185 for 4 min
Third 195 for 6 min
All 3 steeps were successful and juicy

5 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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I just received my samples last night and thanks to another snow day I can sit and enjoy this WOW this is really different! In a good way! I steeped at 208 for 3 min I am not good at describing tea specially for a tea with this much uniqueness I taste some fruity notes I would say it is brisk but no astringency at all . I believe this good be really good iced. I will test that out. But I am not sure I want to stop drinking this hot it is that good! I am going to try a second steep sure hope i get as much flavor! This is a must have in my cupboard I will be placing an order very soon! Probably today since I am snowed in!

5 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

Second steep ….. I am excited just as good! Yeah! I steeped at 208 for 4 min. The wet leaves are still firm and I would say wire like I do think I can get a 3rd steep out of this. From what I can tell this is a good high quality tea and even better organic


The 3rd steep just didn’t really do much for me At first it was really fruity sweet but once it cooled it just kinda want flat for me.

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drank Sinharaja by Golden Moon Tea
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This is one of my favorite black teas. When I think of black tea this is what I want simple slightly robust intoxicating smell. Soothes me all over! I can get 2 flavorful steeps easily and the third just doesn’t quite do it for me. I use 1 heaping tsp. for 8 oz steep at 208 for 3 min first infusion and 4 min for second infusion. I have tried making sinharaja in my beloved Breville but it just doesn’t work for me the flavor is just not there.

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I just received my first order of Tea Drops.
I rarely put sugar in my tea unless it’s chai. So I ordered the cardamom drops. I can tell there is sugar in it but it’s not overly sweet. And thankfully not an artificial sweetner! So by the recommended suggestion by the founder Sashee Chandran I added a little milk and that helped balance out the sweetness and was a nice calming chai which I quite enjoyed! The box is very cute and I will come up with something to reuse it for. I will reorder Tea Drops are something I would like to keep around. And I loved the hand written card that came with my order by the founder!

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Straight black teas are my go to. Not real found of the black teas that have a chocolate flavor though.
I do not like sweetners in my tea unless it’s chai!!
Dark oolongs are also a favorite when I can take the time to relax and enjoy the many steepings.
I am starting to venture out into some green teas and finding them to be quite enjoyable to my surprise!
For a few years I have been on the search for the perfect loose leaf classic black tea. Sure have had lots of fun trying to find it!! I have came close but haven’t found THE one yet
In the winter time when I am home I drink my tea hot all day. Warmer weather it is ice tea for me!
Add on as I have broadened my tastes
I have now ventured into pu-erh!! Oh my! I have fallen in love with sheng! I have tried shou many times just can not get used to that flavor. I have even made my self a Pumidor out of a dorm style refrigerator. I have had it for a month now and I try and keep the humidity around 70% and the temp is around 60 to 65 I only have 5 cakes in it right now but my plan is to buy one cake a month to fill it up. As if I can only stop at one a month. haha
I have learned a lot here on steepsters. So much wonderful information!
Also I am not good at keeping my cupboard updated but I have over 100 teas. Mostly all straight teas. I just can not get into the flavored ones.

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