655 Tasting Notes

This is delicious, OMGsrsly. I drank this all day, using short steeps of 5-15 sec and I never once became bored.

I also had a mini heart attack when I visually interpreted the delightful tea bubbles as a scary tea spider upon sip. Luckily the steeped tea spider appears to be a mythical creature. Good times with tea and absurd brain. To be fair, they were very lively bubbles.. It’s amazing what stress does to the brain.

Flavors: Apricot, Honey, Tangy

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This was a tea suggestion from Bear With Me. Unlike Sil, I enjoy my citruses and florals. Mm, delicious florals.

I viewed this a more cutting kind of earl grey, and I had a good time with it. The jasmine nor the bergamot curdled the milk with their liveliness, which is always nice. Definitely a sharp, bright wake-me-up tea though. I’d add it to the mental spa category of teas.

Flavors: Bergamot, Jasmine

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

haha glad you enjoyed this one more than me :)

Christie Lee

Does it taste like Canada? ;)


Honestly, when I first read the name I was expecting (hoping for) maple. Maybe this tea is meant to represent not what a stereotypical Canadian eats for breakfast but what an actual Canadian would taste and smell like during said meal: bergamot and jasmine. We are unanimously a clean smelling bunch before noon.

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OMGsrsly is good people and generously gave me the rest of theirs. This is honestly a delicious tea that I don’t want to say goodbye to it ever. It tastes exactly as I remembered, albeit slightly more like wine, despite the age.

Flavors: Citrus, Cream, Floral, Rose

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec

Oh how nice! I know how much you like this one.

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The sweetly tart raspberry delivers both in smell and taste but I’m just not a fan of this type of green base, which for me is a big bucket of generic meh. If it wasn’t for that I’d be a bigger fan of this one!

Flavors: Floral, Raspberry

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Mmm. This dark honey is from OMGsrsly. It’s pretty delicious. I’m both a fan of white tea and eating honey syrup so this was always going to go over well.

If only me and puerh got along like this all the time.

Flavors: Apricot, Hay, Honey, Malt, Tangy

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This sweet and savory tea, from OMGsrsly, is way too easy to drink. It’s been a while since I’ve had puerh or done short concentrated steeps with a tea all day long, but this tea never punished me for it. There was even a moment where I may have forgotten it for a bit (5 minutes), but it remained relatively delicious.

The flavour profile reminds me somewhat of Butiki’s White Rhino tea and coffee cake. Not bad.

Flavors: Coffee, Hay, Honey


Sounds delis! I think I have some of this that I have yet to try.

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I think I let this sample from OMGsrsly sit too long to get a strong sense of white grapefruit, but that doesn’t change the fact that it still makes up pleasant cup of white tea.

It’s sweet, floral, suggestively tangy, with an almost peppery note. There’s also a sweet, vaguely textural element that reminds me of crystal/rock candies but it’s very light.

Flavors: Bamboo, Citrus, Cucumber, Floral

170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 30 sec

Oh too bad. This one was very grapefruit when I got it.


It was extremely disappointing but not surprising given how I stored it. I’ll just have to pick some up myself when I’m up to buying tea again! :)


Sounds lovely though, even if less grapefruit than expected.

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drank Royal Abkhazi by Silk Road
655 tasting notes

After cleaning out my tea cupboard I realized one of the reasons for my tea hiatus this last year; I have 80 some specimens and only three of them are green oolong. It’s full of puerh, black tea, and flavoured greens. That’s just not right, but at least there’s now true motivation to drink down all the teas.

This is a nice Earl Grey that would be run-of-the-mill if not for the Vanilla. It’s an “ice cream with waffle cone” level of vanilla indulgence.

Flavors: Bergamot, Vanilla

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank April in Paris by SAHARA TEA
655 tasting notes

Here’s another interesting tea originally from MissB. I can’t believe that swap meet was almost a year ago, yet I still have so much of the tea! Argh..

I taste something here that I really like. I suspect it’s the the pellet-like black tea variety used in this blend. It looks like Kenyan Tinderet from David’s Tea. The overall taste reminds me of Stacy’s Grapefruit Creme Brulee, which also utilized an identical looking Kenyan base.

The flavours are kind of tangy in a sour stone-fruit way, which sweeps into a particularly smooth and floral honey, and is then grounded by some earthy chocolate notes. The aroma is perfume-like, capturing the full range of the tea’s fruity and floral elements.

Flavors: Earth, Floral, Honey, Red Fruits, Rose, Stonefruits

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This nurtures a strong craving for POG Juice. Oddly enough, spiced carrot cake may be in the cards as well. It’s strange but very tasty.

Thanks, MissB!

Flavors: Cake, Carrot, Cocoa, Guava, Lime, Nutty, Orange, Passion Fruits

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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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 green oolong varieties are my favourites.

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


95-100: A Personal Favourite; I’m never without this tea.

90-94: Great! I’ll try to keep a small amount around.

80-89: Enjoyable; I may buy more at some point.

70-79: Nice, but not something I’d drink often. I may have a few problems with it.

50-69: Something about this tea falls flat for me. Still drinkable.

30-49: This isn’t a particularly pleasant cup.

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