321 Tasting Notes

drank Peach Tranquility by Teavana
321 tasting notes

Honestly this tastes like…. nothing?

Boiling 8 min or more 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Dewy Cherry by Adagio Teas
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Tea #2 of the night.

Drinking this down after I bought it at an Adagio shop up in Chicago about a year ago.

It’s funny to read back on my old tasting notes and see a little diary of the early days of college. Especially notes like “I don’t like straight Earl Greys since I don’t like bergamot… I prefer Earl Grey Creams.”

Oh, honey. Just wait a few years and you’ll be wearing bergamot perfume and looking for the sharpest flavors you can find.

Anyway. Adagio recommends a 5-10 minute steep time for this, and it definitely can use something on the longer end of the spectrum. It’s fruity without being too sweet; the sour cherry, rosehip, and hibiscus takes care of that. The color is the deep red that you get from hibiscus teas.

I remember hating on hibiscus back in the day. I think it was because Teavana put it in EVERYTHING and I didn’t (and still don’t) love when its tartness overpower the rest of the flavors. I don’t have an anti-hibiscus agenda anymore, at least.

I’ll use up the 3oz I bought – there’s probably not more than 5 cups left – but it’s not likely to be a re-purchase.

Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I’m back?

Steepster was kind of the center of my life around 2013/2014 or so. I used to run a fairly large Tumblr tea blog (at its height, it had between 1,000 and 2,000 followers, I think). I used to drink a lot of tea.

Y’all remember me?

Anyway, Midsummer Night’s Dream. Sample from when I ordered the David’s advent calendar – last year was the first year I was able to get my hands on it, and I’ve already got mine for this year!

I left this tea to brew while I was cleaning the kitchen, but I wish I’d let it steep longer. It’s lacking in flavor, although the color developed to a point where I thought it was done! Like a mid-gold color.

The spearmint and marigold are top notes for me. I get tiny hints of the rose and the apple – I think the apple especially could have used a longer steeping time.

Anyway. Glad to be drinking tea again. I missed it.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

I DO remember you! Welcome back!


Hi friend! :)


So do I!


Good to see you!

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Ah, my favorite. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of this one. Cara McGee knows her stuff.

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Terri HarpLady

Yes, she does! I love her blends!


Cara McGee really really is a great blender, i agree with you both. i will never hesitate to add her teas to my shopping cart.

Terri HarpLady

It’s funny, cuz even though I don’t care much for earl grey blends, when it’s a cara blend, like Tardis, I seem to enjoy it! :D

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drank Mystery Oolong by Unknown
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This was given to me by a friend. The package is all in Chinese characters. She gave me about six of these little foil packets, each containing ~3 tsp of leaves. They smell oolongy, but not sweet or floral at all. Very woodsy. There’s something reminiscent almost of a Yunnan black in the scent.

Taste is similar to the smell. It’s a darker oolong, but it doesn’t taste roasted. Just… dark. I may have oversteeped as it was a little bitter, but I still finished a large mug.


Rachel J

I have a tea like that given to me by a Chinese woman. ;)


Does it taste or smell chocolatey or like cocoa at all? It could be a Da Hong Pao.

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The only tea I had yesterday for St Patrick’s day was a bagged Wegmans green – shocker! I was at my roommate’s for the weekend, and that’s all they have in they have. Not that I’m a tea snot or anything :)

So I’m making up for it today. My trip to Ireland in April 2010 was what started me drinking tea, and there’s a special place in my heart for IBs. I need to wake up because (1) I’m about to drive 300 miles home, and (2) I just had breakfast and it’s 1:30 PM. Whoof.

Just tossing this sachet in and hitting the road. Doesn’t get bitter. YAY.

Boiling 8 min or more

My future son-in-law is Irish, still lives there in fact. The very first time he came to visit I asked if he liked Irish Breakfast. He said he had never heard of it! He loved it, though, and told me that was just called tea over there.

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Not actually bad for a cafeteria bagged black. A little light on flavor, which I like in an EG. Tealuxe is one of my favorite local tea shops, and they have a ton of EG variations… but their “Extra Bergamot Earl Grey” always terrifies me. This one is solid!

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drank Mom's Apple Pie by DAVIDsTEA
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Got this in a care package from my friend. It’s good! Surprisingly appley, comforting. Doesn’t resteep well, but it’s decent.

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Thanks for the free sample from Teajo!

Not-Tea Notes

It was nice to see this in my mailbox today – such a good day!

In Shakespeare, we all had to prepare the same scene from Richard III. My professor announced today that we were having a surprise “callback” – he was going to pick scene partners out of a hat. We decided that the two best actors would get to pick monologues for our professor to perform for us. As far as I know, none of us have ever seen him act.

I was the last Elizabeth to go, and the universe was on my side – the Richard I was put with happened to be the girl I rehearsed with most often. I won out of all the Elizabeths (and I’m not even really an actor, I just love Shakespeare SO FREAKING MUCH) and so the Richard winner and I performed the whole scene – he was someone I’d worked with too, so we already had a sort of rhythm going, and it was surprisingly different from the first time I’d done it.

And now we get to see my professor do a Don Pedro monologue from Much Ado and a Hal monologue from Henry V… the latter of which he’s never performed in front of people before. Happy spring break, professor! :)

Tea Notes

I smelled this one, and thought “ooh, that’s strong.” I don’t have any straight Earl Greys because I’m not a huge fan of bergamot – I prefer EGCs. But I like to have one in my collection.

I put two heaping teaspoons in my 20oz Amsterdam pot, boiling water, 2 min.

The first cup was surprisingly light. It was a really beautiful Assam base, and it wasn’t overwhelmingly perfumey. The bergamot was supported because the tea itself is of a good quality.

Later cups got stronger, perhaps because it cooled. I thought it might have been due to broken pieces left in the bottom of the pot, but there’s hardly anything there.

It was smooth enough for me to drink straight. I might do milk/sugar next time, just because of personal preference, but it really is a great Earl Grey!

Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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Cold-brewed this overnight. I was afraid it was wayyy too long (24 hours?) when I looked at it. It’s almost black. When I pour it into a glass, it pours dark, dark purple. It looks almost like grape juice.

It tastes surprisingly light. I definitely get the raspberry and lime. I am tasting a bit of grape, but that could be a side effect of the color. I’m not a huge fan of grape juice.

Still, good!


I ran out of my box. Summer has definitely been warm and long (we got our first 30oC+ day in November last year, and we’re set for more next week afte 34 today), so I’ve been icing tea like crazy. Didn’t end up cold brewing this one, just instant icing, and it goes such a dark red in just 5 minutes I can imagine the black colour from an overnight steep! Glad you liked it.

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