I am fairly sure I got this sample as part of a give away a few years ago here on Steepster in which I was the lucky recipient of a beautiful cast iron teapot from Georgia Tea Co. If memory serves there was a trivia contest involved and my lightning fast typing skilz served me much better than my actual tea knowledge, but in any case I knew enough to win. ;-) I believe this sample was one of a couple that accompanied my contest winnings.

I am wondering how it is that I haven’t tried it until now. The ingredients list alone is amazing. It’s like the Long Island Iced Tea of non-alcoholic beverages, the Heinz 57 of tea, insert your favorite metaphor here for a cornucopia of ingredients both tea and fruit. Whoa.

I’ve steeped mixed black and green teas before, but I don’t think I’ve steeped a mixed white and green. The suggested steeping time scared me a little—I worried that the green would go bitter. But fortunately, it didn’t!

The dry leaf has a light fruity smell, a little berry, a little grape, a little tropical. The steeped tea smells mostly like pineapple to me. It’s a light yellow color.

The taste is sweet, fruity, nectary. I expected the pineapple to predominate in the flavor because of the aroma, but it doesn’t. I can taste it, but I also get a softer flavor, likely the mango and papaya. I don’t really taste the other fruits as separate flavors, but they all combine into a nice, light fruit flavor that isn’t in the least cloying, bitter or anything else fruity whites and greens can sometimes be.

I noticed there’s jasmine in here from the ingredients list, and it’s a pretty strong flavor. I’d expect to smell or taste it taking over, but it doesn’t. In fact, I’m not really noticing it. If I didn’t know it was in here, I wouldn’t know it was in here if you know what I mean.

A really nicely balanced fruit flavor, with just a hint of tea peeking through in the aftertaste as a nutty roastiness.

180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec 7 g 25 OZ / 750 ML

What a wonderful, informative note! I wish I could write mine like this… I think I am WAY too lazy :|


I think it is far more likely that I’m just long-winded. ;-) But I’m glad you found it informative!

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What a wonderful, informative note! I wish I could write mine like this… I think I am WAY too lazy :|


I think it is far more likely that I’m just long-winded. ;-) But I’m glad you found it informative!

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I got obsessed with tea in 2010 for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it. I seem to be continuing that in for a while, out for a while cycle. I have a short attention span, but no shortage of tea.

I’m a mom, writer, gamer, lawyer, reader, runner, traveler, and enjoyer of life, literature, art, music, thought and kindness, in no particular order. I write fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I drink tea without additives. If a tea needs milk or sugar to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’ll rate it high. The exception is chai, which I drink with milk/sugar or substitute. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs, but as my tea skills and tastes developed they became less appealing to me — but I still enjoy nicely done blends where the base doesn’t taste like hamster cage chips. I do not mix well with tulsi or yerba mate, and savory teas are more often a miss than a hit with me. That said, I’m not entirely a purist and I enjoy a good flavored tea, particularly flavored blacks.

I like all kinds of tea depending on time of day, mood, and the amount of time I have to pay attention to preparation. These days, I’ve been drinking primarily green tea during weekdays after my first cup of coffee. On weekends, I’ve been drinking only tea.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own. But I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas in relation to others of the same type, for example, Earl Greys against other Earl Greys. But if a tea rates very high with me, it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is

90-94 First rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Excellent; will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again

60-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but likely won’t buy again

Below 60 Meh, so-so, iffy, or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

People have sent me tea on occasion, and I was once persuaded to send some Tazo Om to AmazonV. I’ve also done at least one group buy here on Steepster, the famous Doulton-led Dammann Freres experiment years ago. But mostly, I don’t swap. It’s nothing personal, it’s just that I have way more tea than any one person needs and am not lacking for new things to try. Also, I have way too much going on already in daily life and the additional commitment to get packages to people adds to my already high stress level. (Maybe it shouldn’t, but it does.)

That said, I enjoy reading folks’ notes, talking about what I drink, and getting to “know” people virtually here on Steepster so I can get ideas of other things I might want to try if I can ever again justify buying more tea. I also like keeping track of what I drink and what I thought about it, though I don’t put samples in my cupboard and not everything I have at any given time is showing in my cupboard. I do try to remember to remove things from my cupboard once I no longer have them.

I was an early internet adopter and have been online in various environments since around 1990. Steepster is one of the nicest online environments I’ve ever been privileged to participate in and that is saying something. :-)


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