807 Tasting Notes

drank Chance Combinations by Custom
807 tasting notes

Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Matcha Mix Latee YUMness!!!!!
Perfectly balanced with one big scoop of pumpkin pie and two scoops of cheesecake.
Mixed with milk, non dairy sweet cream creamer, on ice.
Going to enjoy the rest of this cup now – should take all of 1 minute to suck it down.

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Wow I am the first to review this.
Well when I ordered my sample it was sort of a quick decision – I was ordering teas for someone else from upton and decided to get a few I had not tried before for myself. This one caught my eye however I had not previously looked it up here on Steepster.
When I opened the package and poured out some of the leaf I was like WHAT THE????
Tiny little grounds like coffee.
It was like I opened up a bag of fannings from some cruddy tea bag.
Anyway … I brewed it.
A nice malty aroma, slightly sweet fruity flavor, lightly floral.
Interesting cleansing flavor of spring water.
I will play with this one some more but I like it!
I mean I would not have expected such great tasting tea from this “leaf”.

James R

I find so many great teas on Upton, I’m surprised there aren’t more reviews for their teas! Great company


The tiny ‘grounds’ mean the tea has been CTC processed. Cut, torn, and curled. I like the way it rolls of my tongue :P


I agree James!
Indigobloom – thank you! Something new I have leaned now :)

Thomas Edward(Toad)

I love Upton Teas, Darlene’s Teaports has severeral ctc teas also :)


I would order from them more often if their site were not so danged strange but I always seem to enjoy what I do get from them.

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It is coming time soon to order more of this perma stash tea.
Always my go to tea in the morning when I don’t feel like trying something new.
Its perfection. Dependable. Delicious.
I can feel some sickness coming on … once I am fully awake I am going to switch to some green tea to combat whatever is trying to take over me.


Didn’t get the hype with this tea. I wonder if I made it wrong. :(


Hummm hard to mess up a black tea babe. Maybe you could try it slightly less than boiling? Maybe 195 for 3 to 4 minutes.


I mean it wasn’t bad, but it was definitely black tea. I don’t know, maybe I just expected it to be life altering or something.

Rachel Sincere

Yeah, I tried it twice and then traded it all away. I didn’t “get it” at all.


You Rachels are too much on the same wavelength, you’re freaking me out. =P

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Thank you Tea from Taiwan for this lovely sample.
Its not my all time favorite oolong but it is quite lovely.
A good beginner oolong perhaps or more suited for those who appreciate a lighter oolong.
It has a lightly milky flavor, a slight floral note, very light on the buttery aspect.
There is a nice refreshing floral after taste.
I can’t wait to try the other two samples.
Look for the review on http://sororiteasisters.com/ on November 15th.

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drank Lishan, Winter by Mountain Tea
807 tasting notes

Mmmmm I needed to open something new I had been holding back in my stash for inspiration. Needed a pure unadulterated tea. This is an absolutely stunning oolong!
Fresh, sweet, refreshing, delicious notes.
Going to go do a full review for sororitea sisters now.
I love The Mountain Tea Company – everything from them this far has been excellent.

The Cup of Life - Lu Ann

Mmm, I could sure go for a cup of this blend right now.

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drank Chinese Flower by Harney & Sons
807 tasting notes

Wow! I was so confused in the beginning of this cup but found myself IN LOVE!
See full review here http://sororiteasisters.com/ on the 13th.
I just want to say thank you to Invader Zim for sending me this GENEROUS sample!
I would not NEED to order more but I do want to get some so I can have the tin for it to have a deserving home!
I love the tart lemon (not sour) and the grassy flavor for the floral notes to rest on.
There is a shy sweetness about this tea that is NOT cloying at all.
Its so perfect!


oh man… sounds more and more like i need to try and find a way to place a H&S order. damn canadian shipping lol


Is it that expensive or does H and S just charge far more than necessary?


the blend itself is so beautiful on the picture, it’s like fireworks of flowers !


It is so very pretty – gorgeous! And smells amazing!


i don;‘t think it’s that expensive… other companies can offer canada free shipping or like 3-6$ theirs is 15 under a certain dollar value and it goes up from there! it’s not as bad as the persimmon tree tea (starts at 23$ and goes up) but as soon as you reach 8$ that’s a decent amount of tea from somewhere else!


What is odd is I can’t get their site to load at all ever since I did the review on Sororitea Sisters lol. I want to put it in my cart but it wont load at all. Bizarre.

Invader Zim

I’m glad you like it! I like this one a lot, it’s great iced too. I like to keep it in a mason jar just because it’s so pretty!

When people come over and I offer tea they either pick jasmine pearls or see this one and want to try it. It;s definitely a crowd pleaser, if I held tea parties I think this would be a good one!


aw, yeah Sil, every time I made a fakie H&S order the shipping is well over 30 bucks and then I stop and cry lol


Daisy – wish there was a place i could just pick it up here

Hesper June Azzrian, I have not been able to load their site as well. I hope H&S was not harmed in the Super Storm. Aren’t they based in New York?

They are in Millerton, NY and there is a store in Soho.


It is running for me now – geesh I thought I had broke the site lol

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drank Four Leaves Ripe by Mandala Tea
807 tasting notes

Full review on http://sororiteasisters.com/ on the 12th of November 2012.
This is a great young pu’er.
I feel it could mature more but a great starting point with notes of leather and berry.
There is also a buttered toast element growing here.
A great starter Shu!


i have a sample of this garret sent me i think it will be in a cup this weekend!


MRM.. had you got the cake sample or the loose leaf sample? I can’t remember which I sent you or Azz, either. Whenever I do a ripe pressing, I usually set aside 20- 50 lbs of the material to sell as loose leaf. Interesting how they age differently.

MRM.. had you got the cake sample or the loose leaf sample? I can’t remember which I sent you or Azz, either. Whenever I do a ripe pressing, I usually set aside 20- 50 lbs of the material to sell as loose leaf. Interesting how they age differently.I did not have enough material of the “year of the dragon” tea to have as looseleaf and pressed it all into cakes. However, I did get over 200lbs of the material for my latest pressing (pressed last week in china) and saved 50 lbs for loose leaf after pressing almost 400 250gram cakes. Haven’t named the new one yet. i wait until it’s pressed, have a few mindful session with it and let it tell me what it should be called. Can’t wait to have you both try it.


Hi Garret – Mine was loose leaf. :)


ahhh… ok, thanks! Yes… the cake has aged much differently, more speedily when it hit the 2 year mark. I’ve got one customer out in CT who buys 4 of the cakes every month. it’s the only tea he says he’ll drink until they are gone :) He brews it super dark. Kicked coffee almost two years ago because of it. glad I got lots pressed… I just counted them the other day, I have only 60 of the 250 gram cakes left :(


Haha sounds like he better make a big purchase soon! :)


Amen to that, Sister! I have held back two tongs of it just for my personal stash. I should also have you try the golden gong ting that I have. I bought all I could in ‘07. It is from ’05. Delicious. I have another very very small batch ripe tea coming in soon that is very close in quality, just younger (2011)… good heavens where am I going to keep all this? The vault that we store our pu’ers in is getting cramped. Smells like heaven though. It really is a vault. Our biz is in a 1970’s built bank and we can keep just the right humidity and temp in the vault for optimal storage. Now we are going to have to build another suitable place for storage!!


That actually sounds quite neat and perfect for temp! I imagine finding another location won’t be easy but its nice that your business is growing so much! :)


Very nice! Actually, we are moving our headquarters to a different city and should open there in mid-january. The woman who purchased our wellness center is going to continue having a tea shop located here in Winona (as well as a food co-op and several coffeeshops) so we’ll actually have a 2nd shop! Our new shop is where we will be building a whole new vault for storage. We get to build the new shop to our specs so that’s fun… And I have a place to store alot of my teas in China, as well, so we won’t need to build our vault super huge. I don’t know how this all happened, all I wanted to do was drink tea. then I wanted to share tea. And now… well… here we go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Dang! Way to go! I didn’t realize you sold your wellness center. It sounds like this is a big evolution for you! Kudos!


Yes… I have been doing bodywork/wellness consulting for 16 years now. It is strange to let go of this part of my life and the wellness center, too. But the woman who is taking over is super perfect. She will do very well here and we are happy that she is the one who has the place now. And she is into tea so this really helps all our customers in this city that they will still be able to purchase here!

As we get the new place up and running, I will still do one or two bodywork sessions a week, I’m sure. I love to do bodywork so much and can’t imagine life without it. and of course, my passion for health, wellness, healing, meditation are going no where, I will continue to help no matter what I am doing. Life is one big experiment, tweak a few variables and check the outcome.

What a wonderful opportunity to be able to have a body and see what we can do with it. Oh yes, and a wide-open heart, too :)


hi garret you gave me a cake sample.

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A huge HUGE thank you to Invader Zim for sending me a surprise box of tea for some teas I had sent to her previously. It was totally unexpected as I asked for nothing – practically demanded nothing in return! What a lovely surprise today in the mail!
I do not think I have ever had a tea from Spice and Tea Exchange so this is new for me and I am quite enjoying it!
A nice pu-erh base with some wonderful notes and of course peppermint and chai spices.
I am not even minding the licorice note!
I am going to play with this tea a bit and do a review on http://sororiteasisters.com/
Thank you Invader Zim :) Happy dance.

Invader Zim

I’m glad you’re enjoying your teas, I couldn’t let you send me some without getting any in return!


You are a sweetheart! VERY generous too! Thank you I am in the midst of doing a longer review right now and STILL enjoying this tea! :)

Invader Zim

Thank you! That tea is nice and brews several times very well!


It sure does! I am going for my fourth steep – will see how it does! :) Still I am very happy with the three so far!

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Thank you Cedes for this sample!!
Its pretty good but it won’t make it to my David’s Tea ORDER list.
Its just alright. I think Root Beer would be a better fitting name as the FLOAT aspect really is not there for me.
Its interesting but not interesting ENOUGH.
Still happy I got to try it! :)
Full review on http://sororiteasisters.com/ on the 8th of November.

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This is a highly interesting cup.
There is a nice floral note, and a honey juice flavor if juice were made from honey I imagine it would taste like this. Its not sappy sweet though, clearly, but it has such a nice honey nectar flavor that is light and bursts in the mouth with juiciness.
There is a deep woods like note in this cup, sometimes I think I get a little cinnamon but as soon as I taste it its gone so Im not sure lol.
This is young and has so much more it can unfold for us.
If I had better storage I would grab some and put it away for much later.
I don’t trust my knowledge level or ability to sustain the quality of this tea for that long however.
This is a really easy pu’erh to drink and I feel equally good for both beginners and those who appreciate a fine pu’erh.


I’ve been collecting a few teas from varietals that are of the ‘purple’ leaf variety…consider finding the purple tea from Royal tea of Kenya for another example

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Most of my reviews will be “snippits” of full reviews that can be found at http://sororiteasisters.com/
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Most of my reviews, although not all, will be quite favorable of the tea. This is not because all tea is excellent, but more so because I generally will not waste my time on an inferior tea. If I do not care for a tea I won’t continue to drink it let alone spend time reviewing it. If you see a review by me you basically know it is a quality tea. Granted it may not suit your specific taste buds, we all like different things, but as for a tea on the whole it is a good one, from a good company.

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I look for complexity overall in any tea, dimensions to the flavors.

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I enjoy most all oolongs, blacks, whites, and greens.

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