245 Tasting Notes

88
drank Chocolate Malt by 52teas
245 tasting notes

Put the last of this in my daily sipper. It tastes like a chocolate malt to me. It’s sweet but not overly so, can actually taste the chocolate in this one, and it’s malty too. It seems forgiving with time. I left it in my thermos for most of the day, no bitterness, held up well. I think this one, the grapefruit one, and the Banana and Cream were my favorites of the bunch.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cream, Malt

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 7 g 20 OZ / 591 ML
Kittenna

Ooh gosh, this reminds me about how I have a giant package of this somewhere, that I used to really enjoy…

Kawaii433

hehe I hope you find it :D

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85
drank Ginger Black by Teavivre
245 tasting notes

Another TeaVivre free sample. It’s a 3g tea bag, I can see big chunks of yummy ginger in there. The ginger aroma is super strong. I’m ginger crazy so I like it. First or maybe the second time I’ve tried store bought ginger tea so no experience in comparing it to others. Its a reddish-amber liquor that smells like surprise… Ginger. :) It’s a smooth tea, mild in flavor, lots of ginger taste with some spices. A little peppery feeling on the tongue, cinnamon notes. What I liked about it is that it was mild in flavor despite the strong ginger aroma, and it was delicately sweet so if you have to have honey in your ginger tea, you may be able to bypass that on this one. The black tea was mellow and a little malty. Overall, it was a good experience and a good cup of ginger tea.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger, Spices, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML

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85

Nice afternoon genmaicha. It has only two ingredients: Brown rice & a good sencha base. The teabag is 3g and I got it as a free sample. It’s a very toasty, roasty cup of tea with nice toasted rice and seaweed-marine aroma but not fishy. The liquor was golden yellow with green hues. It was a tasty genmaicha with no bitterness or astringency, delicately sweet but nothing artificial. I just had a genmaicha at a restaurant the other day, and it was far too sweet. Ick. Not this one, thank goodness. It’s a simple, straightforward, yummy sencha genmaicha.

Flavors: Rice, Roasted, Seaweed, Smooth, Toast, Toasted Rice, Toasty

Preparation
3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85

Thank you, Cameron, I had this last night. I finished all your samples except one (the peppermint cream) and enjoyed them all so much!

Interesting and yummy tea. Unfortunately, I accidentally threw out the tea after the first infusion. Doh. I was cleaning out my other gaiwan and went on cleaning autopilot. At least I got to drink the first infusion. I do not know what juniper or cedar tastes like but whatever all the flavors in this tea, it was tasty and different. It was sweet, had honey, smoke, malts notes with a nice roasted-toasted comforting flavor. I enjoyed it so much. Thank you again, Cameron B.!

Flavors: Honey, Malt, Roasted, Smoke, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
Sil

Love this one

Kawaii433

I’m glad that I got to try it, Sil. :)

ashmanra

This is one I have been wanting to try for a while. It is intriguing, but I have so much tea I really shouldn’t buy anything just yet! Maybe soon!

CrowKettle

The over-keen tea clean has struck many of us! I remember liking this one quite a bit too! I’ll have to pick up more someday; too bad Bellocq is so expensive!

Kawaii433

@ashmanra I feel that way about so many teas (i.e. that I shouldn’t buy anything yet.) lol.
@CrowKettle I didn’t know they are expensive, I am happy Cameron B. shared it then! :)

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80

Now that work is done, I’m going to go play some Civilization VI but before I get to gaming for relaxation and fun, I’ll drop a little note on this tea. My motto is work hard, play three times harder. hehe

This Dragon Ball weighed 8g, wrapped tightly in white paper with a bow. I read that it was shaped with cotton instead of saran wrap. It’s an Autumn 2017 harvest. The liquor is a pretty deep reddish brown color. By the third infusion, the tight Dragonball had broken up completely. It is floral but not perfumey at all (good hehe), has honey and molasses aroma and taste, some malt, sweet potato, and brown sugar. It’s a medium bodied tea but it has a pretty thick mouthfeel and a very sweet after-taste. It’s a nice on-the-go type of treat… Small, compact, good flavor.

Yixing gaiwan, 8g, 212°F, 110ml, rinse, 6 steeps: 10s, 20s, 25s, 35s, 45s, 55s (flavor drop)

Flavors: Floral, Honey, Malt, Molasses, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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85

Thank you Derk for this good couple cups of tea :D

Busy day yesterday and I got to try this and it was a really good brew. Not going to go into it, Derk has a good review on it. I had oversteeped it both times. I had meant to follow Derk’s exact directions o.O but got involved in work… However, even with my horrible attention span, it was still delicious. :D

Flavors: Cocoa, Honey, Malt, Spices, Sweet

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85

I got my YS package today. :)

The dry leaves are dark, long, twisted, whole leaves. It has a roasted nuts aroma, along with a floral aroma, some sweet tobacco. The taste of the early infusions had hints of sweet tobacco, earthiness, floral, borderline perfumey. As it progressed the earthiness toned down, roasted nuts emerged more, peanuts especially. I really liked it in the later infusions, less earthy, more minerals, more roasted nuts, less perfumey, some raisins, sugarcane, fruits, peanuts. There was very little smoke, it was more a toasted, roasted taste with a lot of honey sweetness, fruity sweetness, and lots of flavor. Bold, but balanced, clean. Overall, it’s sweet, roasty, and minerally has a super soft mouthfeel, and a long sweet minerally finish. No bitterness, a little dryness but it adds to it.

Do I like this better than the Wild Da Hong Pao Spring 2018? Nope… It’s less nutty, fewer cocoa notes and more floral. Is it a good Da Hong Pao? Yes, no question.

7g, 212°F, 130ml, rinse, 11 steeps: 10s, 15s, 20s, 25s, 35s, 45s, 55s, 1m5s, 1m15s, 1m30s, 2m.

Flavors: Earth, Floral, Fruity, Honey, Mineral, Nuts, Nutty, Peanut, Raisins, Roast nuts, Roasted, Sugarcane, Sweet, Toasty, Tobacco

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 130 ML

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70

Last free sample. I wonder why companies give samples of their so-so teas instead of their good teas (like Paris was good, didn’t write a note on that yet). You would think if you want to get someone hooked, you send them a good one. Hmm…

This was an average tea. Not horrible or anything. Some malt, plums, raisins, sweetness.

For the past couple of hours, it’s been crazy around here. There was someone throwing furniture and lots of running around above me. It started a little before 3 am. I was up, of course. Then I heard serious screaming of calls for help. So I called for help. It took the cops a long time to arrive, they brought like 7 cars and an ambulance. One hour of pure screaming and terror from above. She said he was beating her up and her dog. She was throwing up over and over. From my porch outside, I was screaming up to her to hang on, she was on her porch screaming for help… Etc. Crazy night.

Flavors: Malt, Plums, Raisins, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Sil

oh my godness. I hope everyone is going to be ok.

mrmopar

Wow hope they are alright.

derk

That’s a terrifying experience for all involved. Hope you’re ok, and your neighbors.

Kawaii433

She is ok. Poor woman and her dog too :(. I don’t know what happened to the man though. He has tried to come into my place a couple of times and I always scream “Wrong door!!!”. I “think” he gets drunk and since my door is right under his, he gets confused. Now I know he’s exceptionally violent too. They took her in an ambulance so she made it, thank goodness.

derk

Yeah, that sounds like a person with an alcohol problem (coming from experience). I hope those people part ways for good. If you don’t already have it, keep some mace accessible.

tea-sipper

Oh my gosh, that is terrible and terrifying for you and your neighbor… I can’t imagine hearing that and having to wait for the cops to show up. Take care today.

Kawaii433

I hope so too for her sake. Yeah, he’s pissed that I got “involved.” because he was screaming at me but someone had to slow him down. Not a good situation. Thank you, Derk. I’ll be prepared!

Kawaii433

Thank you tea-sipper, yeah it was hella hectic. People were watching from their balconies and no one wanted to get involved. I remember hearing about a woman who was raped and killed and not one person called the police so that was in my mind. I’m just glad she’s ok and the dog too… Sorry the pet thing really gets to me.

tea-sipper

Yeah, you definitely should have some sort of defense with you, since now you did “involve yourself”. You are awesome for helping, but also, be careful.

Kawaii433

Thank you. I have two blackbelts but if he has a gun in my face, I’m pretty much like anybody else. lol Our state can one can have AK47s slung over their shoulder but I can’t have a pair of nunchucks (was my specialty weapon). I digress. lol I’m prepared, thank you <3.

Kawaii433

I’ll get some mace as Derk said. I also have a rope ladder that if he breaks in, I can bail lol. Crazy stuff… I need tea haha.

tea-sipper

TWO blackbelts awesome. :D

tea-sipper

Oh gosh, yeah, like I said, do something nice for you today!

Kawaii433

Yeah, my parents put me in martial arts when I was 5 years old. I was so hyper & naughty lol, they thought it would be a good way to usee my energy.

Kawaii433

After studying Shotokan (Japanese) I went to TKD (Korean) as an adult. I wish Nunchuks were legal, I used to bring them around with me all the time in other states… Here I’ll get arrested. Boo.

tea-sipper

Guns are fine but no nunchuks. That is just odd.

Kawaii433

Yup, that’s my gripe lol. I guess I’ll just beat him with a broom then. :)

Martin Bednář

This makes me somehow sad. I wish you much pleasant evenings and nights. And I hope it is going to be better!

I could not live in that neighborhood I guess. I am so “weak” for that. I feel sorry that you have to have experiences as that. At least the tea was not a disaster.

Kawaii433

Martin, I didn’t mean to make anyone sad. :( The neighborhood is actually a good neighborhood, I think violent drunk people are unfortunately among all of us. Yeah, the tea was fine. hehe Thank you for you and all of your thought here. I just wanted to air it out.

Martin Bednář

Kawaii433: It is probably wrong word – it is not really “sadness”. Just I feel bad everytime I hear something like that and my thoughts are just I can´t even help, if I were there I will wait that somebody else will call police, not me and things like that.

Kawaii433

Martin, ok I understand what you meant now. :)

Mastress Alita

What you are describing where no one else calls for help is a known thing in social psychology called “the bystander effect.” People assume someone else will take responsibility, and so no one does, and that is why it’s possible that someone can bleed out on the street without anyone calling 911 for them. It’s very sad.

My sister used to be in an apartment where domestic abuse was taking place across from them on a persistent basis, and they had to call the police about it frequently. The saddest part about it is that the woman in the relationship continued to allow it to happen over and over. :-(

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70
drank Chamomile by Harney & Sons
245 tasting notes

Hmm… Got this as a sample when I ordered Paris and a stump teapot. I never had Chamomile tea before. I don’t know what a good or bad one tastes like… It’s not bad at all but it’s very odd. Kind of like a spicy flower while sipping, then a strange & curious aftertaste. Really strange. I am reluctant to rate it since I have literally zero experience but for the purposes of possibly needing something to help me sleep in the future… It’s known to help with sleeping and supposed to be super calming, I’m going to rate it “70” so I’ll know that it wasn’t disgusting and I could buy it lol.

In other news, Civilization 6 came out with an expansion so I’m spending some time playing it, and I’m still working on getting my cupboard down some without buying too many new teas, hehe. I should be getting my YS package soon (after a 2.5+ month wait, it finally made it to USA. I was unlucky this time around, usually never takes that long.) so I’m looking forward to that. I log my tea in the cupboard when I order it (vs when I receive it). I also put in all my tea-swaps in there. How do you all do it? :)

Flavors: Floral, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 20 OZ / 591 ML
ashmanra

I put mine in the first time I drink them usually, and I don’t add the small amounts like swaps and samples.

Kawaii433

Thanks for your response, Ashmanra :)

Evol Ving Ness

I label the tea package with the date that I receive it. I don’t do this with swaps.

Kawaii433

Thanks, Evol Ving Ness for your response :).

mrmopar

I add the tea to my wishlist and then add it to my cupboard when it arrives. I label all the cakes with what they are, when purchased/received and amount paid for each. Seeing the pricing raise over time is about like watching a bond mature.

Kawaii433

Thanks for your response mrmopar :).

btw, I’d put it in the discussions but I keep timing out when I try to post there hehe. It’s nice to see how others log their tea.

Kawaii433

mrmopar – lol @watching a bond mature.

mrmopar

Some of it rises better than gold. Buy early and plan….

Mastress Alita

I don’t use the Steepster cupboard for inventory at all. If I log a tea with a review, I add it to the Steepster cupboard; it has no reflection at all on what I currently own or don’t own. I do all that externally on a spreadsheet, since I can filter that spreadsheet by various variables (date, size, company, ingredients, flavor notes, etc.). I have that spreadsheet linked for public viewing at all times from my Steepster Profile.

Kawaii433

Thanks for your response, Mastress Alita. :) I have a detailed file in Evernote but that’s about it (other than steepster cupboard.) I will look at your spreadsheet. That’s awesome.

Evol Ving Ness

How sweet of you to thank each of us individually! <3

Kawaii433

hehe I really appreciate all of your input and comments! :D <3

hawkband1

I was adding teas to my cupboard as I drank them but it wasn’t working well. I’ve been trying to add teas as I receive them. I also have a spreadsheet on google docs that I update.

Kawaii433

Thanks hawkband1 :) I really like the spreadsheet on google docs idea that both you and Mastress Alita brought up. I have a detailed inventory in Evernote but I think google docs would be a much better place to share… Etc. Thanks :D

tea-sipper

I’ve got a e-mail draft that I keep updated with my teas, organized by type of tea and then by alphabetical (it’s mostly handy for keeping track of multiple packages of tea, like if I have a sample amount separate from another.)

Kawaii433

Thanks, tea-sipper :) Oh wow, never ever thought of using the email draft for uses like that. Pretty neat and convenient too.

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Happy Valentines Day all ❤️

Thank you Derk :D for this sample. This has been on my wishlist for a very long time. Like many of my wishlist items, it was a tea that is long gone (at least for now) and the likelihood of being able to try it is also long gone. I was so delighted to get this that I just wanted to keep the sample of it for as long as I can… Maybe just frame it. lol

There are a few really great and thorough reviews on this tea. It is such a complex tea. I enjoyed reading them all. First thought after taking my first sip or two… This is Yunnan black tea? Did I grab the wrong one? Started out woodsy, citrusy, fruity, stonefruits, slightly floral, orchid. For an infusion or two, early on, it reminded me of a sheng I like. It was unique in its taste because it just didn’t taste like any of the Yunnan black teas I’ve tried (note: I don’t have a lot of experience with black tea. Thankfully someone else far more experienced said that too.) But this “Sheng” taste went away, it’s so complex that when I thought I somewhat understood the taste profile, it morphed into something else. Just as tasty, but different. There were berries, fruits, honey, clove, spices, and later some minerals, sweetness versus perfect tart notes here and there. In the long infusions, in the end, I got the malt, the sweet potatoes, the brown toast, the caramel along with the citrus and berries notes that were still there. Ah! I didn’t grab the wrong sample after all :).

So yeah, this was quite a journey. It lasted throughout the whole day. I look forward to trying it again if it ever becomes available. So, for now, my first impression is that it is a wonderfully complex and tasty wildcrafted black tea. I’d like to try it all the different ways as well.

3g, 110ml, 205F, rinse, 10 steeps, 25s, 35s, 45s, 55s, 65s, 75s, 85s, 2m, 3m, 5m.

Flavors: Berries, Caramel, Cloves, Floral, Fruity, Honey, Malt, petrichor, Spices, Stonefruits, Sweet Potatoes, Toast, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 3 g 4 OZ / 110 ML
Whispering Pines Tea Company

I think you’ll be happy to hear that I was able to secure a bit more of this one just yesterday and it’s on the way from China as we speak :-) happy you love it!

derk

RIght as I’m about to place an order, no kidding. Thanks for the update.

derk

And it looks like you added a few more new teas :)

Kawaii433

Thanks, I hopped on it too. :D

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Sure did, Derk! :-) no worries, thanks for the orders!

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Longtime casual tea drinker. In the past, mainly Sencha, Matcha. I’m currently into Oolong & Pu’erh.

Gongfu cha is the main way I prepare my tea (gaiwan or Yixing teapot). I drink all tea… Usually unflavored. I do try some flavored now. Just as long as it doesn’t have any artificial sweetener.

Favorite stores: TeaVivre, What-Cha, Mandala Tea, Yunnan sourcing, White2Tea, Lupicia. (Note: I love the teaware from TeaVivre and Yunnan sourcing.) Good experiences with 52Teas, Harney & Sons, Whispering Pines

Flavors I dislike are artificial flavors, especially artificial sweeteners. Strong lavender, violet, any strong floral-perfumey tea; cantaloupe, ripe papaya, sweet honeydew.

Can handle a little of the following: Rose, licorice, anise, jasmine, mint, spearmint, peppermint, leather.

Favorite flavors: Citrus fruits (especially grapefruit & tangerines), granny smith apple, bananas, guava, mango, tamarind, watermelon, stonefruits, all fruits except cantaloupe, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, milk, cinnamon, creme, bread, nuts, toasted, roasted.

I generally don’t add anything to my teas.

As I explore, my ratings may shift. 90+ generally means I’ll keep it on my shelf.

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