1113 Tasting Notes

Today I’m having 1.5 tsp Damn Fine Holiday Blend 2014 + 1.5 tsp Mandala Special Dark. Steep for 4 mins at boiling and repeat! Great stuff!

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A well meaning coworker got me a cute little 6 sachet tin of this for Christmas. I am SO picky about earl grey and lavender usually tastes soapy to me :(

It wasn’t as bad as I expected, but definitely not something I enjoy.

The tin is really kind of cool though, it reminds me of one of those old cigarette cases. If I can get the scent out of it I may reuse the tin for on the go tea stash, since it would fit nicely in my purse.

Cameron B.

Ick lavender! At least the tin is cute, though. :)


Yeah…I feel bad for any random person in my life who thinks they can buy me some tea…to the layperson I’m a terrible tea snob :P

Terri HarpLady

Me too. Not a fan of the earl, and PLEASE don’t put bubble bath, I mean lavender, in my tea!

Terri HarpLady

Although it’s very nice in a bath :)


I usually hate the tea that other people buy me… :)


I usually hate the tea that other people buy me… :)


Aww, they tried.


I have some of those tins and they’re great for travel. Just the right size for a sample of loose leaf and some empty teabags. I’ve never had one pop open in my bag, but just in case I keep the leaf in a teeny tiny ziploc.

carol who

Try filling the tin with water and baking soda. Close. Shake. Soak. Rinse. Should get rid of the lavender smell.


Thanks for the tips Carol Who and Kaylee :)

And yes, lavender is great in the bath…just don’t want to drink it. Glad I am not the only picky one ;)


Yeah, when people ask me what kind of tea I like to try to buy me some as a gift, I usually thwart them by saying that I have way too much already (which is actually true, too).

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As I was rushing out the door for work this morning, I was rifling through my swap samples and grabbed this tea. The handwritten package I have says “2003 Changtia Yu Nian Shu tuo” so I assumed it was going to be shou! LOL

Luckily I didn’t have my heart set on shou this morning, and this turned out to be a very nice sheng! Super smooth and almost creamy tasting. Not much in the way of bitterness or astringency going on. Somewhat sweet, too. I’m not really getting any florals or smokiness. Tasty!

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Merry Christmas Steepsterites!

also…this is my 1,000th tasting note!!!!!!! throws confetti

I was torn on what tea to review for number 1,000 so I decided to cheat and not really make it a tasting note exactly. Right now I am sipping some delicious rice shou and later on I will drink more of the 2014 Damn Fine Holiday blend. If I have time I will try my sample of Carol from Lupicia that CameronB sent me :)

We are heading out of town to visit inlaws soon so most of my tea has to be portable!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season <3


Congrats on 1000! That’s awesome. :)

Roswell Strange

Woot 1000! And Merry Christmas, Steph!


wooohoo!!! happy 1000th! note!


Wow! 1,0000! Here is to many more!


That’s a lot of teas! Congrats :)

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drank Linden (Tilleul) by Kusmi Tea
1113 tasting notes


Got a sample sachet from the lovely miss CameronB :)

The liquor smells amazing! Beautiful flowers but not perfumey. Reminds me of something I’ve smelled before but can’t put my finger on. Anyway, it doesn’t taste like much. Doesn’t taste bad or anything, but I just don’t taste much at all. Very mild floral I guess. shrug

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drank Holiday Tea by Harney & Sons
1113 tasting notes

Mmm… Festive! Thanks for the sample Marzipan :D

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I enjoyed my sample of this tea today! It has that nice French powdered sugar thing going on. Definitely pasty/sweet. But I screwed up and drank it with some grapefruit chapstick on my lips, and was getting a definite fruit flavor…whoops :P

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Got a sample of this tea from a friend and enjoyed it very much!

It was a sweet one with dark dried fruit flavors. It has a certain powdery quality that I find hard to describe. Quite enjoyable shou :)

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Got this in the mail yesterday and drank it. Sorry I didn’t take detailed notes at the time, but since I have a full tin I am sure I will write a more detailed note in the future!

Anyway, for now though, it was really delicious and malty. Very smooth, and not as bold as some of the other Damn Fine teas. If you are a fan of Andrews and Dunham I am sure you will enjoy this one!




Sorry Sil!

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Well…I think it tastes like spearmint chewing gum. However, my husband really loves it! That’s all I got :)

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I love pretty much every type of tea camellia sinensis can produce. I like herbal teas sometimes but I can’t stand rooibos. I’m recently becoming a puerh addict.


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