242 Tasting Notes



I had this one on Sunday night after coming home from a mini tea trip. I wanted something to drink before my friend had gone home, so we pulled this sample out to finish. We mainly talk about the teas we have and rarely spend too much time writing notes. I find that working something out verbally with another is much easier than writing. We do take brief notes on the tea (I’ll take a lot more when I’m alone), but there’re times when neither of us want to write, so we just enjoy the tea with a vinyl, board games with my wife, or outdoors on a hike. Either way, it is better to share tea with little to no notes, rather than alone with an abundance of notes, I suppose.

Notes: I noted that the tea took a little bit to “open up.” After the third steep, there were hints of “fruit in the aftertaste,” but we were unsure what fruit we were tasting. Finally, we concluded at steep # 7 that throughout the session, the tea became smoky, but less of Lapsang and more of burning cigarette in the distance; while tasting a pear almost immediately on the tongue (which faded just as quickly).

I thought that this was a nice tea and I am grateful to have tried it. Thank you again eastkyteaguy!


No problem. I’m glad it wasn’t just me who thought this took awhile to open up. This was also one of the tightest bricks in terms of compression I have ever seen. When I was breaking it up, none of my picks could find purchase anywhere. I had to tap the pick in and then flake little bits off until I could start breaking off larger chunks. I found this tea both smoky and salty with distinct herbal and black cherry character. It’s definitely a tart, smoky tea and I have no clue how it will develop. I’m hoping it evens out a little. I have the rest of the brick broken up and it’s
aging in one of my cabinets. I plan on trying this again in a couple months.


I agree as to still too young.

S.G. Sanders

It might get pretty interesting after a while, eastkyteaguy.

mrmopar what is a good age for sheng puerh? I believe the youngest I’ve had was a ‘94? I think Liquid Proust had some at a tea party, I’m not sure; could’ve been a shou, too.

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Quick Backlog/Sipdown Review

Green, vegatal, sweet, floral, & refreshing goodness. I had to order more while YS has their sale on teaware…because with teaware, you’ll need more tea to go with it. :P


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I’ve been bad at reviewing everything anymore via Steepster. I found some notes from several sessions that I had with my friend who has taken the tea world very seriously recently. He’d have tea sometimes when he would come over (prior to my turning the spare room into a tea room/study). However, I’ve molded him into a “tea person” as my wife tells me…

Anyway, we sat down for a cup of Rummy Pu. He has wanted to try this ever since we went to LP’s months ago, but I wasn’t sure if I had any leftover. As we were going through the sample section of my tea cabinet, we came upon a whole (unopened) bag of this! We brewed and sipped…and quite frankly, the notes were different than I had remembered them to be….All thanks to my friend who I’ve discovered has a fine palate when mine is lacking (he’s more detailed in describing flavors).

Notes (very short): Purple grapes/grape skins. Tastes more like a sweet grape-y wine than it does rum.

That was all we had written. I had noted, too, that we ought to let it sit a bit longer to see where it’ll go from here.


Dude, I’ve been so bad about writing Steepster notes lately too. So busy lol.

S.G. Sanders

Same! I’ve been working on my Grad School Application/work. Therefore, not enough time to review whilst drinking tea. lol

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I had received a generous sample of this from The TeaGuy last night (thank you again).

I had a dull night at work last night since there wasn’t a whole lot to be done due to the holiday. So, coming home and finding tea mail on the kitchen table was a great way to end the night. I had opened the box and each sample within, just to give them a quick smell; however, the Blood Orange sample had stuck out much more than the others (which they too had smelled wonderful). Therefore, I boiled water, threw some of this into an infuser, steeped for 5 minutes, and sipped.

Notes: Aroma: smells like a sweet freshly picked orange, vanilla, and rooibos (uh oh). Taste: The citrus hides the rooibos well (thank goodness) and there is a touch of vanilla (?) in the aftertaste; reminds me of a type of citrus dessert.

I noted that this would make a refreshing iced tea, so I’ll make sure to try it this weekend via cold brew.

Flavors: Blood orange, Citrus, Sweet, Vanilla


This sounds delicious!

Evol Ving Ness

Creamsicle flavours always win.


^I agree. Creamsicle is the best. Would you say this falls in that category? That is what I am imagining with the sweet orange and vanilla.

S.G. Sanders

Yes, that’s exactly it!

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I must admit this right away: I do not like Jasmine as much as I once had…


I really like this tea. A LOT. Like, ever since I had some the other day when I was sick, I’ve not stopped drinking it since that time. It’ll probably be sipped down by Sunday for sure; which is why I’m reviewing it now while I have a spare moment to just rave about this tea.

Notes: Nice Jasmine & pine notes throughout the tea. I brewed this at 180 F, but had quickly learned that this tea can go for 195 F too. I actually prefer the 195 F temp moreso, due to the reasoning that more flavors burst forth at this temperature.

As Jim Carrey stated in Dumb and Dumber, “I like it a lot.” Which best describes my opinion on this tea.

Flavors: Jasmine, Pine

Daylon R Thomas

I should have bought that when I placed my order like I was going to. I’m still pretty damn happy about the Spa Oolong and the Oolong Sampler he’s sending out.

S.G. Sanders

I’ve not had Oolong Spa, but I’ll see if he has any left to try when I go visit next weekend. Also, if you’d like to try some, I can send it to you! Tea is for sharing and it’s quite nice! DM if you want some though. :)

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I’m drinking this before work today while the rain comes and goes. I haven’t been feeling well lately, so I’ve been mostly drinking various ripe puerh teas; however, I was in the mood to try something a little different this morning.

I must say that this isn’t the best tea, but it is definitely a treat to be had from the usual tea. I rarely drink flavored teas anymore, but there are moments where that’s all I need/want.

Notes: Slightly bitter, mildly fruity/floral on its own. You can slightly taste the grenadine. I added 1/2 tsp of raw sugar to the cup to hopefully cut a little bit of the bitterness from the tea; which worked well, I think. There are rare occasions that I’ll add a bit of sugar to the tea, but this is one of those teas that does much better with some…..

Flavors: Floral, Grenadine

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I’m currently grandpa styling this as I get ready for work today. I’m going to work my way through it as long as I can……It’s a very fine tea with so many layers to it. However, in the moment, I’ve been wanting to eat my weight in chocolate, but had decided to drink this instead. I’ll definitely miss this tea, but am happy that I’ve had the chance to enjoy it.

Notes: Chocolate, nutty (pecan), syrup, creamy, rich, & malty.

Evol Ving Ness

I’ve been wanting to eat my weight in chocolate too. And chocolate goes so nicely with tea, too.

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“Margaret’s 2014 Kunming Shou”

Quick Note

Honestly, I found this to be a solid tea for a ripe tea newbie. Although I’ve been drinking puerh for over a year now, I find that I’ve discovered that I like a complex/unique ripe. Although this one is very much the type of tea that’d’ve peaked my interest at the beginning of my puerh ride, I find it to be “too basic” for my palate now.

Notes: Chocolaty , sweet, creamy, nutty, & smooth.

Flavors: Chocolate, Creamy, Nutty, Smooth, Sweet

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Quick Review

I was trying to brew this gongfu style, but i feel that I messed it up. It could be that the water was too hot (170 F) or that it’d be much better off Western styled. I’ll have to play around with this while I still have some. Perhaps I’ll brew it Western style at work and add a second review…

Notes: Bitter & astringent

Rating for the session: 60/100


I’m never really sure how to approach gunpowder teas myself. I’ve tried to gongfu them before, but the results haven’t been great.

S.G. Sanders

eastkyteaguy I’ll definitely try it Western. It should be better that way, I think!


it tastes the same to me western style and gongfucha


I drink this tea western style. You can use 3 steepings of 2 minutes each.


I think I had this one in the 60-61 range myself. In truth, it’s not an exceptional tea, but it is kind of a touchstone for a lot of people when it comes to the more basic, familiar Chinese green teas. Normally, I do a 2 minute infusion followed by a 3 minute infusion.

S.G. Sanders

Thanks for the advice, MrQuackers and eastkyteaguy!

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I had received this sample a while ago from CWarren and have finally finished it off yesterday. I noted that this was a complex tea—it started out woody, but moved onto a nectar/fruity/sugary flavor—however, it was never consistent with any one flavor. I found this to be enjoyable.

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I’ve been drinking quality teas for a couple of years. It all began in college when an old roommate introduced me to loose leaf teas.

I figured that it’s time to have a place to go to, where I can share my thoughts and opinions with others on teas; while expanding my palate and learn about new teas from others.

As C.S. Lewis once said, “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

A little bit about me: I’m a writer, an avid hiker, a poet, a teacher, a tea drinker, and I like collecting books. I enjoy the journey in the woods—the calm of the river and/or creek as it carries itself along the woods. I love people, and I enjoy conversations and meeting others to talk about books, tea, etc.

Rating Scale:

0-69 is below average (never try/buy again)

70-85 is average (glad I tried it, but will never buy it).

86-100 is beyond average (I want more).

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PS. I really like oolong (Dancong, Alishan, Bug Bitten, etc), Sheng, & shou puerh.


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