251 Tasting Notes


Backlog sipdown. This might be my favorite straight black from WP, so that was a pleasant discovery. Would be glad to enjoy again and again.

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drank Coconut Grove by DAVIDsTEA
251 tasting notes

Another backlog sipdown- goodbye Coconut Grove. This is the most straight coconutty white tea I’ve ever had, but it did have something cloying and a bit artificial about it. I never saw it brought back by David’s after their summer release anyway, so won’t be a re-order for sure.

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Another backlog and sipdown, but this will be a reorder for sure yet again. I frickin’ love it. I do wish it was less expensive as it is one of my most pricey blends, if you are looking for a naturally delicious cocoa and cherry profile in your cup, this is is the tea for you. Seriously, it is yum without being cloying or artificial in the slightest. I don’t know how Brenden did it, but he did it right.

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I ordered a sample of this with our most recent Harney order and while it is tasty for a bold straight black, the TLDR version is that I prefer Scottish Morn still.

In the measuring teaspoon, it looks like CTC black pieces with small greenish flecks. It brews a rich dark brown and the aroma is straight up malt. I don’t look for complexity in teas like this, so I am not at all put off by the simplicity in the scent. Unfortunately, while the addition of Darjeeling to this blend adds depth of flavor in my cup, it does it in a way that takes from the briskness and body of the Assam and Ceylon.

This kind of tea (like Scottish Morn) is meant to be enjoyed with milk and I added a good dash to my cup, which helps to give the tea a creamy balanced profile and highlights a hint of muscatel and citrus. While it is still a decent tea blend and I like what they had in mind for it, my personal preference will forever go to my favorite CTC for when I want a bold wake-up and I will reach for Scottish Morn, not Scottish Afternoon every time.

Flavors: Citrus, Malt, Muscatel

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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This is probably my favorite straight black tea, so not a sipdown I was looking forward to. I was especially horrified to note it was out of stock when I tried to re-order. On the bright side, it should be back soon. I can only hope that this harvest is as flavorful and amazing as the last. If Yu Lu Yan Cha was a man, it would be a strange love triangle indeed. :3


This is Scribbles favorite too! Yu Lu Yan Cha Black vs. Zhu Rong Yunnan Black? I’ve not yet had the pleasure of ZRYB.


You simply must try ZRYB also if you get the chance. I am out of both or I’d offer to send some to you! From the last harvest, I would pick Yu Lu Yan Cha as my favorite of the two. I think it is generally less appreciated by the Steepster community, but still delicious all the same. :)


Thanks, that’s very kind of you! I appreciate your thoughtfulness. When is their next sale?


I’m not sure, but I’ll be keeping my eyes open for it, too. :)


Oh dang, I just realized you’re a Georgian Steepsterite, too! What part?


I have a lot of Zhu Rong Yunnan black-I can send you some, looseTman! Let me know if you want some-totally willing to share!


I’m on the East side of Atlanta. You? :)


Ost, Thanks for your very generous offer! The very generous Scribbles sent me some Yu Lu Yan Cha Black. It would be great to compare these two highly-rated Verdant black teas. Steepster people are the BEST!

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How have I never reviewed this tea? I feel like I must have and it was in my cupboard, but no previous review to be found. This is a backlog sipdown, but I remember really enjoying it. It was also a pleasant transition straight black tea as the seasons change. During the Fall and Winter and found myself reaching for the bold malty/choco blends like Fujian and Laoshan Black, but come Spring and Summer- Ailaoshan Black is where it’s at. :)

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I guess I had forgotten to add this back to my cupboard, but it was another bummer sipdown. Teavivre has my favorite Huang Shan Mao Feng greens and this one is exceptional. Just a lovely cup!

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Goodbye for now, wee snail yums! This is another comfort tea for a straight black that I enjoyed quite a bit. Hoping to reorder soon as well.

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Sad sipdown. This is a comfort tea to me and is one of my very favorite straight blacks. Will be a reorder for sure. Be mine forever, Zhu Rong!

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I have a serious backlog because I had to have major surgery and haven’t been able to review. I am on the mend, but most of my current notes will be short and sweet in an attempt to catch up.

This is a sipdown and will be missed. I enjoyed this sweet and sugary (literally like burnt sugar at times) dessert blend with a dash of milk to make it creamier. Will probably be a reorder for the next holiday season.


hope you recover soon :)


Great to see you back and hope for a speedy recovery!


Best wishes for a quick and easy recovery. Welcome back!


Welcome back! I hope recovery is going well.


Hoping you recover soon!!


Oh no! I hope you are well on your way to full and happy recovery!


Thank you! I am home and on the mend for sure. :)

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I am a registered nurse that worked night shift for years on a catastrophic injury unit. I just started day shift and life is good! Tea is a simple pleasure in a complicated world.


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