1131 Tasting Notes


Hello tea people! It has been a while since I have logged a note…and so much has happened in that time frame haha. So what is new with me, let’s see..I got married and went to Iceland this past August, did my first 10K running race back in June and promptly stopped running so I want to get back into it here soon lol, am still enjoying my new job a lot, and yeah..finally have been getting back into tea slowly! I went on a crazy coffee kick in Iceland (coffee there is pretty good though, I must admit), but that somehow kind of nuked my caffeine intolerance, so now I am kind of okay with caffeinated tea again! :D

So as I attempt to rejoin the community, or at least update a bit more frequently, I will log a SIPDOWN today of this tea. I finished it off at work, yes a caffeine free one, but it was quite good and herbally rose as usual. I need to get my palate more fine-tuned here, it is finely attuned for beer tasting now but lacking in the tea department lately I feel like haha. Anyways, this was a warming cup at work, and I hope to log more cups on here more often :) and post more tea things on Instagram as well!


Welcome back!

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Ok so I finally organized my tea stash for this year and made a spreadsheet with quantities, so far they are mostly matching up with my updated cupboard on Steepster! My goal this year is to drink through all the lovely free samples I have received over the years from Teavivre <3 I have so many and have yet to complete reviews on a bunch as well! That is the goal, so hopefully I can get that accomplished, because I doubt my sheng / shou stash will decrease at all, and luckily those age well.

Anyways, while I was organizing my cupboard I made a cup of this tea, since I forgot I had it haha. It is okay, not aging the best, all the more reason to get at my cupboard. But a decent low caffeine cup this morning. See previous notes.

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
1131 tasting notes

Hello tea people!! It’s been..half a year since my last note? :P I have been slacking at drinking tea and even worse at logging notes..well maybe I can get back into things! And this is a sipdown so hooray for progress!

This tea is great as usual, eventually I will probably get some more of it, as it’s a sweet delicious morning cup.

And now a life update, if anyone cares – so since June, I’ve started a new job, which was one of the BEST decisions I’ve made so far in my career haha. I am also super close to getting my professional designation in my career, which is epic. Wedding planning is going well so far, busy but fun, getting ahead of the game as our date is next August. What else..went to Hawaii with the fiance in October, that was a good time, got our engagement photos done before that..and yeah, that’s mostly what I’ve been up to haha. Now getting ready for Christmas, and trying to also get back into tea so I stop drinking decaf coconut milk Flat Whites from Starbucks, perish the thought, but I probably drink more coffee than tea now :( but trying to change that in an attempt to start slimming down for the wedding and to save some money haha, since I still have my Gigantic tea stash. Anyways, that’s the life update from me – hope everyone is doing well on here. Hopefully I make a habit of actually writing notes again!


Welcome back!


@Sil and @LuckyMe – Thanks! Missed everyone on here!! :D


Glad to see ya!


@mrmopar – same to you! Nice that some of the ol’ crowd is still here :)

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Hooray for new tea! I finally got a chance to try this one from my order last week, I’ve had a terribly rough 5 days with taking my poor cat to the vet for bladder stones and a UTI..lots of stress and worry, and he’s still not 100% so the worrying will continue this week :( however he does appear to be on the mend, so I will focus on that, and on drinking good, relaxing teas to help us get through this rough time.

Anyways, onto this tea! Wow, I’m the first note on this one, and of course I babble about my cat in it lol..oh well. So when I saw this tea on Verdant’s site, as I was placing my order for my restock of Yunnan White Jasmine (a favorite of mine and the fiance’s), I saw this tea and was like WOAH. MUST TRY. Two of my favorite things, Verdant’s delicious jasmine, and Golden Fleece, which I haven’t had in ages, but the last time I had it, it was amazing! So I was pretty excited for this tea.

I used the recommended Western steeping parameters of just under boiling water (around 205 degrees?), and a short 25s steeping. This tea smells delicious when brewed, and is a nice golden color.

As for the flavor, I like how this is very similar to the Yunnan White, but with a twist! The forefront of the flavor is very jasmine, and it’s Verdant’s signature delicious jasmine that I love. At first it’s like oh okay, this is Yunnan White..but then in the aftertaste…the Golden Fleece emerges, with a delicious honeyed note and a mild maltiness. Mostly the pronounced honey is what hits, with some waffle! It lingers quite some time as well! The second steeping is quite similar, maybe I can get through one more tonight to see if the Golden Fleece comes out more, but I have to watch my caffeine intake. Oh, a note though, this tea has a calming effect for me, which is surprising for a black tea, and with all the stress I’ve been going through as of late! Must be the jasmine in there :)

Overall, I am very pleased that I have a bag of this to keep drinking! It is just different enough from Yunnan White Jasmine that I enjoy it, and similar enough that it’s comforting and delicious. A winner for me, and as close to a blend from Verdant as I can get (man, I miss their blends, Laoshan Village Chai, Ginger Sage Winter Spa Blend… :( bring those back!). Happy that I picked some of this up.

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Yay for new tea!! A huge thank you to Angel at Teavivre for this sample! I don’t think I have ever tried a yellow tea so this is exciting! Hopefully I’m not up all night from having caffeine so late haha.

The smell of this tea is delicious! Very similar to a dragonwell green I’ve had, bit with a toasty and slightly sweet almond note. Smells so Good! I steeped probably 1/3 of the packet in 185 degree water for my mug for 2 mins. I also made the fiance a mug right afterwards with another 2 min steeping. The steeped liquor is a very pale yellow, and smells very deliciously like dragonwell again but with a strong buttery note.

As for the flavor, wow this is good!! Very much like sweet, crisp corn on the cob, with corn silk and a buttery, slightly toasty note. It’s like a green tea in the first taste, then it morphs into the nutty corn flavor. So much butter! And a sweet note of crisp sugared corn creeps in at the back of my throat after a while. So satisfying!

Overall, I am very impressed with this tea, my first yellow tea. Buttery, silky corn, it truly reminds me of harvest days in the autumn, the sun shining down on corn silk, cobs bursting and ready to be harvested. So yummy and warming on this chilly spring evening. Once again thank you Teavivre for the opportunity to try such a unique tea!


MMMM… I’m sipping this one now and your note made it even better. :D


@tea-sipper – Glad it helped! It is a very tasty tea :)

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I bought this tea for my friends baby shower yesterday, and since it was too hot that no one had tea, hooray, I got to keep it! I tried a Tea-to-go of it last week at the store, and another cup this morning, and I must say, I really like this! It’s a lighter take on EG, but has definite cream of EG notes from the vanilla. Not sure where the white chocolate comes into play, maybe just in the overall creaminess? And I LOVE that it’s a white tea, as I am always on the lookout for lower caffeine teas of my favorites, so this is a nice change that doesn’t wire me up!

Overall, happy I got a bag of this (50g, I don’t usually get that much, but it was for a baby shower lol), and I will gladly drink this throughout the summer as a lighter alternative to regular Cream of EG. Yum!

Also, small life update on me – yes, I’m not on Steepster much anymore, life is taking over as usual, what with my garden starting up after a very late spring, my engagement (!!) in March, studying for a big exam to further my career, and just my work in general, as well as various other fun factors (my friends wedding this past fall, her upcoming baby, family visits, etc). Hoping to get drinking more teas this summer as I start cutting out more sugar from my diet to get in shape for the wedding next summer haha. And I do miss my tea, and the time I used to have to make it all the time!


Congrats on everything and all that fun!


@tea-sipper – Thank you! Yes life is exciting and fun and a bit stressful at times, tea is very much required most of this year to help provide some stability I think! :D




Congrats :)


Thanks @mrmopar and @CrowKettle!! :)

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drank Earl Grey by Teafarm
1131 tasting notes

Wow, I haven’t logged this tea in 2 years haha. I still have a tiny bit left in my bag from back then that I’m trying to finish off, however the flavor is still pretty decent! Made it today with milk and sugar for a treat after all the cleaning I’ve been doing today lol. The weather says winter, but my brain is kicking into ‘spring cleaning’ mode, so that’s what the day has consisted of. So a tea and truffle popcorn break is where I’m at now. This tea takes milk and sugar well, and it’s quite good on this blustery snowy day we are having.

Also, sorry for not posting on here much anymore. I do post on IG relatively often, but my social media activity has steadily been decreasing. I still peruse the forums, read up on what’s new, and am lusting after some teaware haha, but just not as active as I used to be on here. I still do exist! :D see previous notes on this tea!

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This was another free sample from Angel at Teavivre thank you!! As it’s a Saturday, I figure it’s early enough for me to have a black tea. This is my pick, I brewed it Western Style for 3 mins with 195 degree water.

The smell is honeyed and reminiscent of a golden tip tea, which is good. It smells pretty light, not overly rich which is good. Wanted something warming yet not too heavy as it’s the first tea of the day.

As for flavor; this is good! It’s different – the honey notes of other golden tip teas is there but it’s overall lighter in effect. There is a fruitiness, some type of dried fruit, with a light astringency enhancing that flavor. Just what I wanted this morning- a lighter textured Chinese black tea :)

Overall, I like this, it’s just different enough from my other black teas that it’s a refreshing change. It reminds me of warmer days, something like spring. It is also melding spectacularly with my breakfast of steel cut oats, which I sweetened with honey, it’s not overpowering but a good match. Thanks again for the sample Angel!


MissLena, did you forget to rate your tea? :D


@ScottTeaMan, nope! I have taken to not rating free samples :) just a personal preference!

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I finally bit the bullet and sipped down this – my favorite team of all time I think – tonight at my mom’s place. The last cup did not disappoint. So yummy. I will miss this forever. I can’t say any further notes than what I’ve already noted on this tea, so see previous notes on it :) farewell delicious, reliable tisane.

Evol Ving Ness

A sad moment. New teas await.


Yes indeed, although I am trying to finish my old teas before any new purchases, I have a truly ridiculous amount of tea (for me). :( haha

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Well hello Steepster, it’s been a long time again! Since my last note I’ve been to Japan and back, which was absolutely amazing and I wish I was still there, and had delicious tea, partook in a tea ceremony and bought copious amounts of tea and a new matcha bowl for myself haha. But that can be for a different note, today it is the last day of bitterly frigidly cold temperatures before a MASSIVE warm up (from – 20 C to -1..overnight) so I had to have a cozy black tea today as it’s been way too long since I’ve had a good black tea!

This tea came to me as a free sample from the ever generous Angel at Teavivre, thank you so much for your kindness to send me this tea to sample!! I opened up the sample expecting a few small pearls, but there was one giant tea ball in it (large in comparison what I’m used to anyways haha) in the cutest little wrapper. Love how it looks!

The dry smell is so sweet and seductive, wow! I was reading about the roses used in this tea and I agree that they are much different than other roses I’m used to in tea, this tea was much sweeter than rose smelling, however the floral note is still there, just luxuriously sweet, so interesting! I decided to steep it Western Style as I want a cozy mug, so I used 194 degree water and steeped for 3 minutes.

The resulting liquor is quite a dark rich red, and smells phenomenal, robust honeyed Yunnan black tea notes, with some grain notes.

As for the flavor, wow this seriously blew me away with the first sip. I have not had a good black tea in a long time, mostly due to my caffeine tolerance, but this is something else!! Bready, malty, and so much honey notes!! The rose is very subdued, it is mild but adding to the mouthfeel with a bit of dryness and that floral feel, hard to describe but it is definitely there. I can’t get over how much sweet honey there is in this, it’s like a floral honey really!! Wow. Also so far not hurting me for caffeine, my heart rate is super low drinking this and I feel great.

Overall this is a super delicious tea! Lots of honey, malt, a touch of floral, but not the rose you are thinking. If you have a fear of rosey, floral teas, this one might change your mind.

It’s also slightly romantic in a way to me, maybe because rose reminds me of my garden in the summer, and evokes fresh summer memories, but it’s making me feel sentimental. Could also have something to do with that today is mine and the bf’s 7 year dating anniversary :) a perfect tea for today! Wish he was home from work!

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Hello all, I am an electrical engineer (read:NERD :D), who is a bit obsessed with tea! I discovered loose tea in 2011, DAVIDsTEA in 2012 and it took off from there. I really started drinking/enjoying tea because it was excellent to take to class in the morning and because I can’t handle coffee! (unless it’s a really good cappuccino or latte, or decent decaf haha)

I enjoy a variety of teas – current favorites being ripe and raw pu’erhs, chinese black teas and herbal/green rooibos blends. I also enjoy white, green, and oolong teas, although I tend to drink them more in the warmer months. I have also tried matcha and guayusa, but I don’t drink them too often as I am a bit sensitive to caffeine. As a result I don’t drink black teas as often as I used to, but in moderation I can still enjoy a wide variety of teas.

Oh, and I have a severe peanut allergy and try to avoid most other nuts, just to be safe. Limits my tea choices a bit, but that’s ok. However I have tried almonds and found out I can eat them, so I have been trying a few teas with them in them.

mrs.stenhouse12’s rating system
(as of 04/19/13)

95+: Absolute favorite, will try to always have it in stock, and when I don’t I pine over it!
90-94: Awesome teas, will probably purchase again a few times
80-89: Very good tea, may restock at some point
70-79: happy to have tried and will gladly finish, but not restock
60-69: not horrible, but not the best, will finish if I have some though
50-59: not a favorite, probably will have a tough time finishing the bag
-50: yuck. I don’t want to have it ever again.



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