655 Tasting Notes


Mmm, smoke and blueberries. I’ll drink that.

Maybe I’ll sniff it incessantly too… Um, I’m a sucker for smokey smells.

We can be friends.

Flavors: Blueberry, Smoke

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Bien Sûr by Jardin du Thé
655 tasting notes

Smells like a sour lavender banana and tastes more like citrus-ginger fruit tree; it’s definitely a puzzler to the senses. I think I’d like this if there was more banana, the tea base was more noteworthy, the ginger was fresh and sharp, or something. There’s potential here.

Thanks for sending this one out, MissB. I never would’ve thought of such an ingredient pairing if not for this tea! Now I want a eclectic fruit smoothie.

Flavors: Banana, Ginger, Lavender, Lemon, Tree Fruit

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

Crazily weird scent and flavour combinations there.

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Once upon a time I bought a quince with OMGsrsly. I never actually got to eat it because I left on a long trip the next day, but the smell and all of the possibilities still stick with me. Also, without that little event I would never have known what a quince is and would have had absolutely no reference for this tea. It’s not a good reference, mind you— I’ll have to buy another quince for that!

I’m not swooning over the base here, although fragrant fruit coupled with seaweed note creates a heady, almost apple-like feel. There’s also a dry, prickly vibe here that I’m having a hard time describing. It works for me though!

Thanks, MissB for sharing and passing this along to OMGsrsly!

Flavors: Apple, Citrus, Fruity, Seaweed

170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 30 sec

Wait, what? I shared this tea? Oh my goodness, that tells you just how memorable it was. Purchased, I think, in a cool dollar-store-meets-IKEA kinda place in Brussels, Belgium. Glad you liked it!


Lol! It just goes to show that if you pass along it along far enough someone is bound to appreciate the “dollar-store-meets-IKEA” green tea :) Thank you!

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drank Sun and Cloud Mist by 52teas
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New 52teas rendition.

Yep, It may not be on the label anymore but a fabric softener soft, fluffy kitten is still the perfect metaphor for this tea: smooth and creamy until the tiny lemongrass claws come out, but hey, it’s not a big deal because they’re tiny, little kitten claws! So cute. I’ll miss this one.

Flavors: Lemon, Lemongrass, Marshmallow, Vegetal

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I love mango fruits and desserts but I have yet to encounter a a mango tea that I’ve fallen in love with. While this isn’t a bad fruity rooibos it didn’t do it for me either.

There is a good dose of mango and papaya present. Pineapple is a listed ingredient but I didn’t pick up on that as much. Not bad, but moving on.

Flavors: Mango

205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 15 sec

The Tao of Tea has a very nice Black Mango blend. It’s a CTC black tea base, but the flavoring is genuine and very tasty.


Mm, I’ll have to check that out when I’m down a few more teas. I’m still hopeful.

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drank Snowball by Bluebird Tea Co.
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I currently have a big tea problem. Picture uncharted tea rapids whose vast force hasn’t found release in over a year. It’s all wild, untended terrain here. Poor tea.

Anyways, I’m going to try and use Steepster to work my way through this while also attempting to salvage tea appreciation.

This tea, which was poking out of an overflowing cupboard screaming from torture and neglect, seemed like as good a place as any to start. Also, “snowball” effect. Let’s channel that.

While coconut and chocolate teas are usually far from my favourites, this cloudy looking concoction was very easy to drink. Adding milk gave it some textural depth, which the chocolate, marshmallow, and coconut mentally tease me with, but there’s enough going on that it’s decent without milk too.

The last cup I had cooled quite a bit before being found in the house again, and it was still decent. The coconut flavour here was particularly strong.

Flavors: Cocoa, Coconut, Marshmallow

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

sounds fun :)


It would be more fun if I had more than three oolong types in this tea horde. After a year I guess I should count myself lucky that it’s mostly resilient puerh XD

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, Steepsterites! I hope your day is full of warm spice, comfort sweets, and citrus zing like this particular tea, regardless of whether you celebrate or not!


Sipping Bluebird’s Mocha Chai right now. :D


Same to you, CK!

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I Realized I missed this tea but wasn’t sure if I would still love it after more than a year without, so I ordered a small amount.

Well, the verdict is in and it turns out I still like this tea enough to drink pots upon pots of it. Fingers crossed that it, along with the pricey White Wolf, help pull me out of my tea blues.

Flavors: Cake, Raspberry


You’ve definitely nudged me to make a Bluebird order sometime. :)


Oh, I’ve had my share of tea blues. Glad I’m not the only one! And it’s great you’re being nudged back to teaville.


You’re definitely not the only one, keychange. I hope I manage to get back on here more often; I miss reading everyone’s tea notes :)

I can’t vouch for the rest of Bluebird’s selection, but sponge cake has always been good to me, even if it can be a bit ingredient and temperature finicky.


Speaking of tea blues, CrowKettle, are we going to meet up at the festival, or did you want to do a tea drop at another time?

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drank Barry Lindon by Jardin du Thé
655 tasting notes

I initially read this tea as “Berry Lindon” and expected berries. It’s more likely referencing Barry Lyndon, which I haven’t seen.

It’s lightly perfumed as a citrus-sweet floral with soothing violet, rose, lotus, and a touch of grapefruit to finish. It’s clean, fresh, smooth, and playful profile places it in my “spa tea” category. All the flavours flow well.

Thanks, OMGsrsly and Sil, for passing along MissB’s generous tea package!

Flavors: Grapefruit, Rose, Violet

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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This one is quite nice- a different twist on the pineapple black tea. There’s a nutty, almost cocoa-like note here, that is reminiscent of unripe or ripening tropical fruits- A nutty, slightly sour tang.

The aroma of the liquid in particular reminds me of generic jack fruit and soursop smoothies, and it has that thick quality to taste. I can’t place it, but it’s good. Thanks for passing this along, MissB!

Flavors: Nutty, Pineapple, Tropical

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 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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