514 Tasting Notes

drank Asian Pear by TeaGschwendner
514 tasting notes

Like Jill’s review notes, there is not a heck of a lot of pear flavour in this tea, but it’s a very nice flavoured green none-the-less!

It actually kind of reminds me of 52teas Cherry Cheesecake green tea. Nice and sweet, with a bit of astringency.

Thanks Jillian ! I will definitely try this iced next time!


I am pretty sure this is the one Tin Roof Teas sells, and it is soooo good!


Hey I think you’re right! I’m definitely going to try it iced – I have enough for a few more cups so I will definitely do it justice!

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Thank you for sharing this tea with me Jillian !

This ws very nice and fruity! Reminded me a lot of DTs long Life Oolong actually – the oolong base is quite prominent, with tropical peachy tones. I’m not getting a lot of mango flavour specifically, but it is still a nice refreshing fruity dark oolong.

The blossoms are gorgeous while the tea steeps – very soothing!

Glad I got to try this one :)

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In anticipation of Butiki Teas one day sale tomorrow, I had a little photoshoot with this GORGEOUS model of a tea. Wow! I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful tea to be my muse. Seriously.


I am hoarding what little I have left of this tea. Sadly I’m not in a place to order from Butiki tomorrow, so will all of you order for me? I’ll enjoy reading your amazing reviews! I always do :D

P.S. The tea is amazingly delicious. I could hardly stop drinking to write this!

Hesper June

Beautiful pics! I am so excited that this tea is waiting at the PO for me:-)
Also, your new mug is pretty.
I also wish I could rock a bob haircut like you can.


ah that is exciting! You will LOVE it, I can’t wait until you try it! lol
Thank you! The bob is definitely taking some getting used to – but I’m pretty easy going hair wise. It always tends to grow back! :D


I can’t wait to try this :)


Such a cute photoshoot! Good tasting tea! Tomorrow is Stacy’s Birthday…Happy Birthday Stacy!!!!


It’s true! Happy birthday Stacy, woop! We all get to celebrate :D

Hesper June

Oh! thanks for letting us know, Bonnie.
Hope you have a awesome birthday tomorrow, Stacy!!

Butiki Teas

Thanks for the birthday wishes guys! :) DaisyChubb-Great review & those pictures are fantastic!

Daniel Scott

Can hardly stop drinking it to write a review, definitely a sign of good tea!


Is that a David’s tea perfect mug? if so do you like it? they are on sale right now :)



Helena, I personally LOVE the Perfect mugs! I would go get 2 more if I wasn’t so broke – I love their size and the strainer inside is the best I’ve ever had (doesn’t let any rooibos fall through, for example).

So if you’re in need of some awesome mugs, I say go for it personally! I have 2 :3


they are on sale 2 for $30 if that helps you until July 28th


I’ve got this one coming to visit me and I can hardly wait. Love th review!


I ordered this tea and can’t wait to try it and the others :D


These look great!

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mmm this is the perfect tea to steep and resteep on a rainy day. Also, I had an interview today! Fingers crossed, I don’t care that it’s a retail job, at this point I would rather work retail than a desk job – neither of which are related to my degree!

Ahem. To the tea!

First of all, the leaves are huuuge! The wooden tea scoop I got as a gift from Derek Chew & Peony Tea S. (THANK YOU!) is perfect for getting just the right amount of humongous, twisty, dark leaves. They are gorgeous. When the water was poured over them, the scent filled my kitchen! I steeped as directed on the package, 30 seconds at 185 F.

The first steep surprised me! The leaves had a slight bright green-ness to them, and smelled like sweet minerals. I usually go for green oolongs, but this tea gave me the same great sensation as a spring tieguanyin, surprisingly! Sweet and buttery, but with a darkness and a mineral taste and texture that reminded me that it is definitely a dancong.

Subsequent steeps become less buttery but more sweet and seductive.

Thank you so much to PTS for this tea – it has moved me!


Good luck with the job prospect!


Thank you Barb! :)


Retail’s not so bad, as long as the crew you’re working with is good! Best of luck ♥


I hope you get it :)


So true Michelle! It’s all about the people – that goes for most jobs I’m sure… I guess it’s why I left my last one haha!


ty Helena!

Hesper June

Best of luck, rooting for ya’ :)

Charles Thomas Draper

Good luck! I recently lost my job of 25 years and I was lucky to find a new one.


Good luck! :)

Daniel Scott

Oooh, I have this one too, and have yet to try it! I love buttery teas, I will have to get on that.

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drank Wild Arbor Buds by Mandala Tea
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thank you thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sharing this tea with me! Seriously – this tea is AMAZING. There is enough for one cup and MANY resteeps I’m sure! I have never tried a tea like this before – perfect for my indecisiveness tonight.

How to brew… I looked on mandalatea’s website and followed their instructions to start with 1 minute and add 15 seconds for each subsequent brew.

The liquor is very very light. The smell is heady and piney, with an herb-like texture that reminds me of lavender. I’ll admit, the smell kind of turned me off – but when I sipped it – WOW.

The front of the sip is like pine wood but as it reaches the back of my mouth it becomes so SWEET and almost syrupy – I can’t help but take another sip. The taste at the end of the sip is not piney at all, it transforms almost into a marshmallow texture and flavour. Such a unique change in a split second – I am loving this!

I am falling head over heels in love for good pu-erhs – this is such a treat to try!

I’ll update this note as I resteep. :)


yay! You got the package!! Woot! Glad you liked this one!


Hello, Ms Daisy! I am so glad that you are enjoying these wild arbor buds. In April I was in that area and had the fortune of seeing where these are grown and harvested. This is one of the teas that we sell here at our Mandala Tea shop that pleases almost everybody. And it works very well in tea glass brewing, as well, where the leaf is left submerged in water, the tea is consumed and when the water level gets down to about halfway, more water is added and so on. This is definitely in our top 5 as far as sales right now. Thank you for taking the time to give a review! We are grateful. Many blessings to you!


Thanks for the comment Garret! I DID enjoy this very much, and thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for introducing me to your company! I’m definitely keeping my eye on it – so many delicious looking offerings!

Thank you for your passion! It definitely shows in the quality. :)


Yay! In the next few days, many more new items will be coming up on our site, including my latest ripe tea cake (Mandala Year of the Dragon), a couple of new raw cakes (material bought directly from farmers on my last trip), a whole bunch of new yixing, tea trays, other tea accessories. It just keeps getting more fun, more interesting and more exciting! Thanks so much to TEA=BLISS, too, for her turning you on to some of our schtuff! May the best of health be yours!!


oooh – I can hardly wait!

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Free 50g in store – gave me a reason to buy another Perfect Mug!
I got this one in green, my favourite green!


Oh Quangzhou Milk Oolong – it’s been too long <3

Hesper June

Pretty Cup!
And the tea sounds yummy too:)


Nice! :)


I really want to get one of those for school next year! I took advantage of the free 50g and ordered their Pu-erh Mini Tuocha, because I’ve never had one of those before (and also it was fairly cheap ~)


oh wow they have mini tuochas? I had no idea! Very cool


ooh I just looked it up online! They sound delicious!

Daniel Scott

…Wow, I didn’t know DT had those either! Pretty cool, I think I will have to try.

I went for the milk oolong as my free one as well. I have yet to try it, so I figured why not.


They’re relatively new! :)

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drank Laoshan White by Verdant Tea
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Today was such a dramatic day I… left my job.
I was shaking when I got home – it really didn’t sink in. And now? I’m elated! (Don’t worry folks, I have another temp job lined up)

And I reeeeally needed a calm down tea. But also a super special one! And so, out pops my best friend, Laoshan White. Thanks LW, for seeing me through this crazy time!

Hesper June

Wow! Congrats!
It feels so empowering to take charge of your own life doesn’t it!?
Very glad you had this tea to come home to and also glad you have some work lined up already (gotta be able to buy tea, right!)


Good for you! Sounds like it wasn’t a good environment to work in from what you’ve been writing. It was brave of you to get out before things got worse. Hurrah!


I hope you find something better soon…


Thank you! My coworker and I honestly feel like we barely dodged a bullet. We got out at the exact right time, by the skin of our teeth! So many analogies – and although the hunt is still on for a permanent job, the temp jobs keep the bills paid and the tea bought b^_^


Congrats!!! hugs and luff


Amazing! Love your positive attitude! This is the right tea for the occasion! Ain’t nothin gettin you down…!!!!!


thinking of you!

Dylan Oxford

Totally their loss. Good luck :)

Invader Zim

Hope you find a better place. Definitely stay positive!


Wow! I hope your new job is better than your old one, and I hope you find a permanent one you love! ♥


Good for you! Good luck in your next job


Good luck! :)

Will Work For Tea

I’ve done that after being on the (temp) job for only 4 days. Sometimes you just have to stand up for yourself. It’s scary, but totally liberating! Just know that something better will come along, with better pay! :)


Good luck!!!!


Congrats! There are few things worse than having a job you don’t like! So I hope your new one is 1000 times more enjoyable!! :)

Jim Marks

Mabrouk !!!

I am hoping to do the same, soon, and I cannot wait for that feeling.


Wow! Thank you for your kind words everyone!!!
I encourage you all to take hold of your life and find happiness and liberation! And of course, share on Steepster so we can all celebrate together :D

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – you are the best community evar!


Good luck! Glad you’ve got something else lined up.


You’ll get a better job and be much happier hopefully it will also have better pay! :D Drink tea and be happy


Good luck on the job front. I hope the next one is a keeper!


Yikes! I got the impression that it perhaps wasn’t going wonderfully, but I see that may have been an understatement. I hope things improve with the next one!


How did I miss this?! Sorry to hear things ended badly.
No matter, from what I gather, you like the job you’re in now and that’s awesome!! :)

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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Today’s cup of Laoshan is unique! (and delicious as always)

Today I’m getting a slight raisin taste (probably closer to currant) and cinnamon! It’s like a delicious dark custard dessert, perfectly spiced and I can’t stop sipping! Tastes and feels like it is sprinkled with sweet cocoa just a touch of cinnamon. Nothing like too much cinnamon to ruin a dessert (for me anyways!), and this one is juuuust a hint.

I steeped in boiling water for 4 minutes – so if I ever want to recreate this amazing dessert-like experience, I now have it logged for ever

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I am so used to eating the plump berries out of my Blueberry jam tea post-steep, that I popped one of these berries in my mouth!

It was a juniper berry.

So I quickly drank the tea to get the piney-tasting bits out of my mouth. Beware the juniper berry!

Other than that – it’s a berry tea! Not my favourite but makes a nice summer iced tea, or creamy berry latte.


Oh no Mr. Bill!


HAHAHAHAHA!!! Thanks for the heads-up! I don’t think I went after the berries in this one for whatever reason.

Dylan Oxford

Hahaha, that’s pretty funny right there :)


haha I laughed at myself as soon as I picked the grossness out of my teeth :D

In my opinion it tastes way more berry than piney – I think the juniper berries just have a strong scent! :3

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You can call me Daisy.

I’m a 24 year old (not so budding) thespian – just moved to the Maritimes from the Saskatchewan Prairies. I’m way too polite, aka Proud to be a Canadian. I love it here by the water – it must remind me of tea or something ;)

My favourite tea companies are DavidsTea and Verdant Tea. They please my palette in different ways – and I love them both for it.

My rating system is as follows:
95-100: I will stock it as soon as I can, if I haven’t already! Permanent collection worthy.

86-95: I would stock this tea if I could, but my collection is just too full to warrant it. But it is that good.

76-85: This is a tasty tea and I will have many cups and share with friends, but won’t go out of my way to keep it stocked.

50-75: It was alright! It was… alright! Not horrible, but I might not re-steep.

25-50: Ew. But I will finish the cup.

1-25: Please no, I want to dump it.

The Steepster community is my safe place. Thank you to all my tea friends!

<3 Daisy


Halifax, NS [Canada]



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