774 Tasting Notes


This is what I’ve become. I’m at the point where I want to wash my sinuses with magical eucalyptus.

Steep Count: 3

Flavors: Berries, Citrus, Eucalyptus, Mint

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Long ago, I had a bad experience with Dong Ding. It was from David’s Tea, and all I can remember is that I was incredibly unimpressed by it- so much so that I actively avoided buying any Dong Ding Oolong again.

Cue right now, where I’m internally grateful it was a part of my mass oolong sample order from Teavivre. My dead head and my deader stomach take up this fruit punch aroma like a peace offering. The flavour profile is akin to a vegetal lemon cream dessert- which is another reminder to me that it’s been a while since I’ve had some proper Vitamin C food. I would kill for a grapefruit or orange right now. No more junk food. Food illness sucks.

Another food this reminds me of is the Lemon Zest Sunflower Kale Spaghetti I sometimes make when I want vegetables and calories in a pinch. Maybe that should go back on the meal plan.

Steep Count: 5

(2016 harvest, I think)

Flavors: Cream, Fruit Punch, Lemon, Mineral, Mint, Spinach

190 °F / 87 °C 2 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML
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Lemon Zest Sunflower Kale Spaghetti

This sounds like an amazing thing.

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And thankfully, I have had stellar experiences with Dong Ding oolong. May they continue.


I think I need to do some intensive exploring, to make up for lost time. Have you tried this one yet


And, yeah, it’s a pretty good and easy to make dish! I lack culinary skills, so when a spaghetti or stir fry recipe comes along that tastes great AND is balanced I cling onto it like a lifeline.

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No, I haven’t tried this one yet by this particular company.


Dong Ding can be really good! I remember Tea Ave’s being especially nice, but it’s a bit pricey.

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I remember a nice one from Janet’s Special Teas as well.

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My mother continues to steal my tea by dumping the whole pot directly into her Starbucks travel mug and stealthily leaving the house. Somehow, she always knows when the Eggnog tea has finished steeping, and manages to get there before me (it could be the microwave timer).

At least this re-steeps exceptionally well. Unfortunately she’s starting to steal all of that too!

Steep count: 3

Flavors: Cake, Cinnamon, Cream, Custard, Eggnog, Nutmeg

180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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The aroma oddly reminds me of a Cherry Vanilla Coke. The flavour fulfills the promise made by the aroma but the soda has gone flat and woody. The cocoa/chocolate note is prevalent and dark.

All-in-all, it’s not my favourite Chinese cocoa-black tea (yes, that’s my special name for them), but it’s still a lovely cup to cozy up to on a rainy fall day.

Steep Count: 3

(2017 spring harvest)

Flavors: Cherry, Clay, Cocoa, Malt, Vanilla, Wood

195 °F / 90 °C 2 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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That sad moment when it’s far removed from spring but you still haven’t finished off and reviewed the majority of the lovely free tea samples you received from generous companies.


Steep Count: 3

Flavors: Blueberry, Lemon, Malt

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Thank you for reminding me. Gah!

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drank S’mores Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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One of those teas that fills the void when you want a chocolate bar, but must refrain because you’ve already eaten +6 today. 50g of this fulfilled a very important role in my cupboard for the last month, and it will be missed.

I highly recommend for chocolate dessert tea lovers, especially those who aren’t tea purists; half the time I forgot it had a puerh base.

Taken with a dash of 1% milk.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Earth, Marshmallow, Smoke, Sweet

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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My productive peak appears to be at 2 AM. This is incredibly crappy when mornings are early.

At least there is Eggnog Pound Cake. It’s probably my favourite flavoured white tea right now, and definitely my favourite from AQ2T. I’m even drinking it by the pots. At least, I’m trying to drink it by the pots. Family members have been.. stealing my teapots lately. It would be endearing if I didn’t need the caffeine so badly.

The only winner in this is Eggnog Pound Cake.

Flavors: Eggnog, Nutmeg

180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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drank Coco Chai Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
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Coco Chai used to be a regular in my cupboard, but when I drifted away from David’s Tea a few years ago I stopped restocking. While picking up the traditional amount of Pumpkin Chai online, the store offered this as a free sample. I thought, “why not relive my pioneer tea days?”

Turns out I still like it a lot. Maybe I never refined my chai palate, or maybe it’s actually a decent chai rooibos blend; I don’t have the drive to find out for sure. I’ll probably restock when the cupboard gets less chaotic, if only for my mother. She loves this stuff even more than I do!

Mixed with frothy steamed milk.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Cloves, Coconut, Peppercorn

205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

This is a fave of mine actually. I’m out and you reminded me that I need some.

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I stumbled upon this one after a long long while and was quite surprised how much I enjoyed it. Even after all this time.

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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I keep thinking I’ll break up with this tea for something more quality but, like a bad romance, we’re still together again come fall. We’ve known each other too long and too well to call it off now.

It smells so good. Just have to figure out the the milk to brown sugar to tea ratio again, for new steeping parameters.

(2017 Blend)

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Caramel, Cinnamon, Citrus, Cloves

Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

What do you think of this year’s blend? I haven’t tried it yet.

And happy belated birthday! I tried to post a message on FB on my phone but don’t think it went through, yet didn’t want to potentially repost haha.


I got saw it- thank you! :)

I’ve only had it a few times, and haven’t done my usual milk steep, but I think it’s sweet enough to go without my usual addition of usual brown sugar. Maybe my sensitivity to sweet has changed. I have lots of cloves in my tin though, so I’m happy with that!


Haha sorry, it wasn’t showing so I didn’t want to be a jerk ignoring you.

Ooh, I hope this year’s batch is clove-heavy then. I should pick some up and see if the lot here is the same.


I hope you have the same luck I did. I’ll find out soon if it was a fluke because I’ve already run out :/

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It goes without saying that this is my birthday tea pot to myself. It’s the best, and I’m so glad I have it in my life right now.

(2017 Harvest)

Flavors: Caramel, Cocoa, Hay, Lemon, Malt, Molasses, Sweet Potatoes

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

happy birthday! and what a great tea to pick :)


Happy birthday :)


Happy Birthday!


Thanks, everyone :)


Happy birthday, belatedly! May your year be blessed and joyful!


Thank you, ashmanra!

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I started my Steepster loose leaf adventure back in 2012. I can’t say I’m completely new anymore, but I still view oolong as a magical, extraterrestrial creature that unfurls in water.

White teas, roasted/fired green teas, and the not so roasted green oolong varieties are my favourites.

Currently looking for the most buttery and sweet green oolong I can find.

Ingredients/flavours I enjoy (in moderation): anise, butter, caramel, cedar, cream, floral, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lemon, lime, maple, marshmallow leaves, melon, mint, orchid, pine, rice, rose, vanilla.

Ingredients/flavours I tend to dislike: apple, cocoa nibs, licorice, marine, peach, stevia

Subjective Rating System 2.0:

91-100: My absolute favourite tea. Will impulsively buy and hoard like a dragon.

86-90: A favourite tea. May have quality flaws that I choose to ignore.

76-85: A lovely tea, maybe of high quality or masterful blending, but not one I’m likely to order again.

70-75: Enjoyable, but I may have few minor problems with quality, consistency, ingredient chemistry and/or personal preferences.

50-69: Quality, consistency, blending, or personal preference problems are apparent, but I wouldn’t pass up a cup.

11-49: Varying levels of undrinkable tea. I don’t give a lot of these ratings out, since I tend to grab teas I know will appeal to me.

1-10: Nightmare tea from the chaos realms. This is last year’s low-grade bancha mixed with rancid coconut, stale cocoa nibs, over-enthusiastic hibiscus, and combined with stevia sweetener. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t exist.


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