2815 Tasting Notes

drank Silver Needle White by Mandala Tea
2815 tasting notes

I’m not a huge fan of white teas generally, but I wanted a silver needle in my cupboard and decided to get this one from Mandala with my last order. I trust Garret’s taste in tea so I knew I’d end up with something good :)

The weather has been dreary here and my sweetie has been out of town, so it seemed like a good day to try something light and sweet.

The other reviewers mentioned this tastes like hay… I get the association but I’m not sure I’ve ever eaten hay. ;) To me it seems a bit nutty like almonds, with a definite sweetness and some floral component. This is very gentle and nice, perfect for an afternoon cuppa and doesn’t need any additions. A lovely silver needle, I’m glad I got this one…

Flavors: Almond, Rose

190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

I’ve been enjoying silver needles lately too. I’m sorry your sweetie is out of town. :(


I’m obsessed with silver needles recently too! I was just thinking which one to have. :D


@Cameron – thanks! Fortunately he comes back today :)
@Tea Sipper – this is nice as a resteep too. Do you have a favorite silver needle?


I want all the silver needles….all the time! Yunnan Silver Needle by Whispering Pines in my favorite

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I would really like a good rooibos chai and this is mediocre at best. I don’t really need to be buying more tea myself until I drink down a bunch of stuff I already have. Still mediocre tea is a bummer. This has a lot of cinnamon and clove but I wish it had other chai spices too, especially ginger and cardamom. I’ll probably still be looking at the box of this for the next 5 years at the rate I am drinking it. ;)

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Dinjoye Estate Assam by Butiki Teas
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Tea of the morning… yum! I must live in one of the only places in the US where it’s cold in the middle of August. Our summer usually comes around September – October and I am definitely looking forward to that!

Looking for a job is scary, but I have a new motto as of this morning: Fear is only a feeling!

So there…

Anyway this is a great morning tea, assams are one of my absolute favorites for waking up. This morning I’m getting some notes of sweet potato and light tobacco. This is good with a bit of coconut sugar. Now off I go to make a phone call I got about my resume :)


It’s not cold, but it’s definitely cooler. I like it that way.


My apartment is freezing!!!


its usually cold some of the summer here, just not this summer. I am trying to sipdown my various bits of assam so I can get a new favorite one for fall, I just don’t know which that will be!


Good luck with the job hunt!


Thanks mj! I only want a job I actually like!


haha that might be asking for too much! I just want a job where I can drink tea/hot chocolate and read books all day. :)

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drank Thai Rooibos by Harney & Sons
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Well, is’s a sipdown. I am officially out of this one. I think this is the 2nd or 3rd tin I’ve gone through already, I completely lost track. Too bad no other Steepster-ites seem to like this?! Come on, I know you must be out there. Coconut, lemongrass, cinnamon and ginger! It’s good! :)

Anyway I am enjoying this tonight with soymilk, stevia and a hint of tulsi. I’ve really been trying to focus more on drinking tulsi, and also doing more yoga and meditation. I do feel better and I haven’t broken out in hives for a few days now. I know the hives must be stress related. It’s been a lazy day for me, but that’s okay. I need to give myself permission to relax and enjoy life. Yes, looking for work is stressful but I don’t need to fall into the trap of needless suffering!

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

Sometimes it’s good to be the only one who likes something. Everyone gives you theirs when they don’t like it. ;-)


More for me, anyway…. :-P

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drank Té de Frutas by Lupicia
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Wow, what a lazy afternoon, finally took a nap and now I’m ready to go out and do something at 4 pm- lmao

When I was at the Lupicia store last week, the salesgirl told me to try this as an iced tea, so I made up a big pitcher of it yesterday. I don’t have a lot of luck cold brewing black teas, so I made this as a hot tea and then refrigerated it.

I’m so happy I tried it this way. The fruit and lychee flavors are really nice cold. I’m drinking it plain with a few ice cubes, and I feel it could use a touch of sweetener but it’s also not bad without it. It’s so nice that this is a decaf so I can drink it anytime. I think I’ll be drinking a lot more of it as an iced tea!

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drank Russian Country by Harney & Sons
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The weather here is dismal. I was hoping for a nice sunny day, but it’s cold and foggy! According to the forecast, the sun will come out later today, I hope so because all I feel like doing right now is hibernating.

Anyway this is a hefty tea, one I haven’t had in a while but seems perfect for this weather. Harney says this is a blend of four teas along with “a touch” of lapsang, but it still seems smoky enough for me. It definitely has a brisk and tangy flavor, and reminds me a lot of barbeque sauce today. I am making marinated tempeh for dinner tonight and I think I’ll throw some of this tea in the marinade. yum!

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I was at my cousin’s last night for dinner and drank some red wine which is something I hardly ever do. Sure enough, I woke up this morning with a headache and didn’t sleep so well last night. I don’t know what it is about red wine that bothers me, maybe the histamines? So I guess today will be a pretty mellow day unless I manage to go back to sleep!

I’m having a pot of this ceylon this morning along with a bowl of steel cut oats. This is one of the best ceylons I’ve ever had, it puts the others to shame that are still languishing in my cupboard. Such wonderful richness with cherry flavor and evergreen sort of notes. It’s very distinctive and I’m sure I will want more once this package is gone!

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cameron B.

I have zero experience with Ceylon teas but I’ll definitely add this one to my wishlist. Sounds delicious! :D


You should try it some day! I am almost out or I would send you some… :)

Cameron B.

Hah, that’s okay, I’m not taking in any tea right now anyway. Must get to 100! :P

I’ll be sure to ask you for other recommendations from Single Origin when I do end up ordering from them. :)


Good luck with 100! I should try to get below 200… :)


I don’t know if it is Single Origin or the estate, but both of their offerings from the Amba estate are the best Ceylons I’ve ever had.


I’ve had some really nice ones lately too. My current favourite is from Lumbini estate. It’s all cherries and chocolate.


Nice, and what is a good source for the Lumbini, yyz?

Single Origin Teas

I wish we could take credit for this tea! Amba is an amazing tea estate, Beverly (the estate manager) goes to such extreme lengths to ensure a high quality product. She even sends me her own tasting notes for each batch of tea so I can do a comparison (along with weather info on the estate as well as news).

Amba is the reason that I created Single Origin Teas because there were no providers in the United States (now there are about 3-4). Amba creates micro batches of tea and really allows for the maximum amount of transparency about what goes on in the estate.

To a few of my wholesale clients I even sell Amba Coffee!

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drank Momoko by Lupicia
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Hmm, evidently I should check my own Steepster ratings before I go tea shopping, because I must have forgotten I didn’t like this one very much hot. However, today I am drinking it as a cold brew and I do like it this way. I’m not sure what bothered me so much about it before, maybe it is the peach and vanilla blend. It just has a bit of a weird artificial after taste.

Iced 8 min or more

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drank English Caramel by Lupicia
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The other day I took the bus down to a networking event and it was really close to the Westfield mall. Since I was early I decided to go in and visit the Lupicia store (because I need more tea?!? lol)

I picked up Strawberry and Rhubarb, which is an old favorite of mine. I also decided to get this tea, which I’ve never tried before but smelled really nice in the sample tin. I was a bit dismayed when I logged into Steepster and read the crappy reviews.

I must be the lone dissenter because I actually like this stuff. I took it with soymilk and a hint of coconut sugar. It isn’t a very sweet caramel, it’s a bit on the bitter side but it also says that on the package. To me it has a sort of molasses/caramel flavor that is brought out very nicely by the black tea. I’m glad I like it! It’s funny how individual people’s tastes are. I think this is yummy, but there are only a few teas from Lupicia I’ve had that I thought were really gross.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Passionflower by Alvita
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Here’s an herbal tea I had in my tea cabinet and decided to break out today. I’d heard good things about the benefits of passionflower, which led me to buy this one. I’ve been experiencing tension in spades, so why not check this one out?

I used one teabag for a large mug. The tea liquor color is a murky yellow. It’s hard to describe the flavor of this. The tea company says smoky, which I’m not really getting. To me it seems vegetal/grassy with a slight bitterness in the finish. I don’t mind the flavor, but I may try it next time with sweetener to see what difference it makes. I don’t love the flavor of it, but that’s ok. Hopefully it helps me relax :)

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cameron B.

I’m sorry that you’ve been stressed, and I hope the tea helped, if only a little bit!


I think it did!

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I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

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I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

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