400 Tasting Notes

drank Pear Green by Design a Tea
400 tasting notes

Brewed this tea smells much stronger than the dry leaf in this sample that Dexter3657 so thoughtfully provided me. It smells sweet heading towards bosc pear and a little bit spicy. There is something in it that reminds me of juicy fruit gum. The only other pear green I’ve had is Earth Teaze’ which cleverly uses the interaction between the base tea and fennel to create the flavour but unfortunately uses a rather bitter base. The base is present and is sweet and a little grassy but is pleasant and light. The flavouring is a light slightly spicy pear. Like Dexter3657 suggested it would be nice if the flavouring was slightly more present, but this is a nice slightly sweet and spicy tea. Thanks!


Yay pear!


Wow, sounds awesome!



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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
400 tasting notes

Large Pinch of dried lemongrass
4-5 slices fresh ginger
Dried coconut
It smells wonderful, a bit like lemon pound cake.
It tastes quite tart. I was going to add some licorice root, but I misplaced it. I suppose I could add sugar but its drinkable as it is. The coconut and ginger create a blend of cream and warmth under the lemony note. The lemongrass is both the first and last note when drinking this tisane but the ginger lingers.

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This is the second teaI have from this producer. While I enjoy them both I think I prefer the Panyong http://steepster.com/teas/fujian-fuan-famers-shen-second-outlet/40699-2013-premium-spring-hilson-panyong-congou. Having said that, this is still a really nice tea with nice fruit, cocoa, and sweet notes ranging from honey, sweet potato and molasses. Brewed western style it is a very smooth rich,warming tea with a balance of sweetness and tartness.

The drt tea are mostly dark straighter blades, scattered with around 25% golden tips. The twa smells both sweet and of sharp fruit at the same time. The brewed tea is the colour of a medium red amber.

For this brewing session I used the following parameters:

1 TSP 1.35 min 90°C.

The scent was of red fruit and longan, malt, a slightly grainy note, honey, and a touch of cocoa. It has a very sweet rich scent.

The taste is of molasses, cocoa, honey, grain with malt tones, red fruit, and longan, with aftertaste of hot cocoa.

The second steep was 3 min. It had stronger grain and cocoa, notes, more malt underneath, a little less sweetness, and remains very smooth. The fruit was quite present.

I think I prefer this one with longer steeps, rather than gongfu style. When I’ve done short steeps this one is more sweet potato, and is flatter than the Panyong by the same producer. I’ve steeped it even longer than today closer to 4 minutes and it is even sweeter and richer tasted and the sharper fruit notes fade so this is one you can really cater to your preferences.

Brewed western style you can get at least three good steeps from this tea. I’ve got 7 steeps out of this using shorter steeps. Having said this. I’m glad I tried western style brewing with this one. Although I prefer the Panyong, This one is definitely a very nice tea and is growing in my appreciation.

This tea is available from several aliexpress dealers or directly from the producer on taobao. I bought it at the shop listed in the product description and had a good and timely experience, and received samples.

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This brews up to a nice copper colour after 3.5 min (1 tsp/225 ml). The scent has a red fruit top note with a
Sweet potato and malt base tempered by sweet honey notes.

This is a nice example of a classic Ceylon, with hints of browned brown sugar,deeper notes of malt, and cocoa, fruity cherry like note exactly like described! Really nice and well balanced and very smooth. The second steep is fruity snd spicy smelling. It tastes sweeter with hints of nutmeg, cherry, cocoa underneath. I could definitely see myself purchasing this in the future.

Thanks for the sample Capital Tea Ltd!


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drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
400 tasting notes

The dry tea is really cute. Small downy curly leaves that are repeat with golden buds. The leaf smells slightly floral and nutty.

I brewed one TSP per 225 ml for around 4.5 min at around 95°C.

The resulting brew is a maple orange colour with a yellow ring around the edge of the cup.

At first sip the tea tasted a little thin, but as I let it cool a little, while I write this it developed more depth.

The scent is slightly chocolately, with sweet potato under the incensy influence of a touch of smoke, a hint of nut almost like sweet walnut, and a hint of something sweet ( more butter toffee than honey).
The flavour has a bitter chocolate, clover, sweet potato mixed with longan, with a hint of nut developing on the tongue at the end that deepens in the aftertaste. There is a hint of dried fruit which had the deeper notes of dried dates. The tea has a crisp top note almost like a Darjeeling that leaves a tingling underneath the tongue, and a slightly bitter base note that gives this tea a stronger presence than its texture or first taste suggested.

A fun tea, with a nice dose of caffeine. It makes a nice afternoon tea.

This tea is another one from my epic swap with TastyBrew, thanks!


One for the shopping list! Thank you for the note.


Ha Ha! I’ve been drinking a ton of the teas you sent me as well, but they’re not listed on steepster so I haven’t review them. Been really enjoying them. Especially the jin jun meis!


I’m glad you like them! I like how they all have their own individual characters. They are added to my cupboard mostly on page 4, I think. Which has been your favourite so far?

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Ironically when I grabbed this tea I thought it was someting else so I wasn’t really influenced by the product description when tasting this tea.

The dry leaf ranges in colour from dark brown, to a reddish orange medium brown with some olive green and is tightly rolled. The dry tea smells bright and fruity with some green notes.

I steeped the tea 10 times after a rinse ( 35, 25, 30, 40, 45, 50, 60, 75, 90, 120s)

Antiqued green gold colour brew.

35s first brew after a rinse. Mineral note, sour plum note, vegetal note,
Flavour, very sweet honey note with sour plum, slight woody note, really faint note of charcoal,, hint of sweet cooked greens, cinnamon, mineral note. creamy and slightly syrupy, tingling in the front and top of mouth, warmth at back of throat.

25s amber coloured sweet,sour scent, with a touch of honey, spice, and cocoa.
Flavour honey ranging into caramel, with cinnamon and a cardamon hint, faint of cocoa in the base with stone fruit, cherry and plum on top. faint herbaceous floral orchid note. Reminds me a little of the flavour of dammann’s Noel in Prague. Still thick creamy body.

30s caramel, cocoa,cinnamon, stone fruit and orchid.
Flavour stone fruit, orchid, cocoa, caramel,cinnamon.

40s scent more cocoa and caramel with sharp fruit fading.
Flavour caramel, fruit, cinnamon, cocoa/orchid. still thick textured and creamy.

45s. Cocoa dominant over other scents
Flavour cocoa, fruit opening to caramel then chocolate orchid.

50 s fruit, cocoa,vegetal note.
Flavour sweet stone fruit compote ,Some cocoa,almost flaxseed note, still thick bodied.

60s. Scent is mineral
Flavour is flax and cocoa, with a hint of fruit and mineral tones.still full bodied as it cools fruit moves into prominence and caramel makes a reappearance with a touch of spice.
Leaves burgundy chocolate brown colour.

75s. Minerals scent with hits of fruit, flax and cocoa
Flavour sweet fruit, cocoa, a peppery note, caramel, flax, very sweet aftertaste, slight hint of orchid.

90s. Fruit,cocoa,mineral note,flax
Flavour slightly thinner an impression of sweetness followed by cocoa, fruit and mineral notes, with a sweetness developing after that with peppery notes and tart fruit. Thinner body, but not thin.

120s mineral vegetal
Flavour fruit cocoa flax, mineral, pepper, sweet undertone. Still significant body to the tea. Flavour is weakening. Aftertaste is sweet and pepper.

The spent leaves range from solid chocolate brown to 50% Olive green tipped browny red. The majority of the leaves were chocolate. The leaves were quite large with @55% attached to stems.

The tea itself was very enjoyable. I found it to be a very sweet tea, with good tart fruity notes with a caramel sweetness and cocoa toasted notes with a thick creamy body. Quite enjoyable.


Such a complex tea. I would never be able to notice all those notes. Thanks for the detailed review


Wow, what a morpher.


remarkable. you deserve a medal for your dedication to experiencing (and reviewing) this tea (from the flavor profile to appearance of leaves)…u should insure your senses! what attention to detail. i never knew tea could have this many steepings & that there was so much to be perceived during a 10 (or even 5) second interval! surely you must be the champion of tea drinkers, are you a certified sommelier?


Your welcome and thanks for the complements! I’m not a sommelier, but I was taught to search for nuisances in flavour while young, not so much with tea but with wine. I tend to cook buy taste as well, so I guess this is a form of practice as well.


Wow, what a nice review. You really know how to capture the notes, I’m impressed :-)

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The dried tea smells like malt, or a little bit like feed mix you get for horses, which brings back old memories. The tea has short slightly flattened leaves liberally scattered with saffron yellow golden tips.

The tea brews to a deep orange red after 3.5min.
With malt, citrus, hint of molasses, red fruits, and currant scents.

The first sip brings out bitter cocoa and malt notes mixed with molasses, overlain by a sweet top note that references both fresh and dried stone fruit (plum and cherry) and honey. There is a light floral note. This is a malty, fruity assam. The tea has a thick syrupy body with nice level of caffeine. It is very smooth, and a little tannic, but with no noticeable astringency. Aftertaste reminds me of molasses cookies eaten with a slightly sharp berry juice. A very nice start to the day.

Thanks Capital Tea Ltd for the generous sample!

1 heaping tsp /225 ml/3.5 min.

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drank Peach White by The TeaCupany
400 tasting notes

The dry tea is what appears to be a dark shou mei, with pieces of apricot and marigold petals scattered throughout the tea.the scent is pretty lovely like a soft peach mousse as the dry tea has a hint of cream scent to it.

After 2.5min the tea is a pale amber tinted gold. The shou mei. and the marigold are present in the scent and the taste adding herbal and mineral and citric notes to the peach flavouring. The peach is sweet and tastes like a cross between Tim Horton’s peach drink and warm peaches and cream. The flavouring is pleasant but subtle. The tea is silky and creamy on the tongue. It re-steeps pretty well, with the peach actually intensifying a little.

A pleasant introduction to a new company. Thanks Dexter3657!

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The spice, fruit and vanilla aspects were super apparent today, with the vanilla orchid floral note not really being noticeable until the fourth steep. There was a cherry note that is fading into apricot, which I didn’t notice the last time, perhaps that was because my first steep was 35s instead of 25s this time. I love the warming effect it has on my body. Happy to be revisiting this tea and happy to have a tin of it!


What a glorious-sounding tea, with all the fruits, vanilla and spices going on.

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drank Berkshire Apple and Fig by Utopia Tea
400 tasting notes

I recived this sample in a fabulous giveaway from CrowKettle, thanks!

The flavouring is kind of nicely layered in this tea. At first I taste creamy textured dried fig, followed by baked apple and finally the tingling nip of cloves. I don’t really taste the anise and in the end the apple dominate the flavouring. I can see where ifjuly got the reference of cider, as the tea itself is tannic and drying in the mouth. The tea has a floral note and is slightly bitter. I don’t really find it that spicy but on the other hand I have a high tolerance for spice. Not a must have for me as I have apple and fig teas I prefer but I am happy to have had the chance to try it!

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