2243 Tasting Notes


I’ve always wanted to try this classic Bluebird blend and I finally was able to with a free teabag with my order. I’m a little glad that I didn’t buy any, as this Earl just isn’t MY Earl. Nothing here is what I would prefer with an Earl, but that is just my tastes. First, the bergamot isn’t my favorite… I’m a little picky with what particular bergamot flavor I like. There is NO creme flavor to speak of, which surprised me. Bluebird flavors are usually spot on. Even though there should be vanilla here, I don’t taste any of that either. The black tea brews up a nice dark red on the first steep, but the second steep the flavor is barely there even though I let it steep for seven minutes. I’m a little glad there is a Bluebird tea I DON’T like…. just wish it wasn’t this one as I’m still on the hunt for my favorite Earl.
Steep #1 // 10 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 7 minute steep


Have you tried Terry’s Tea? I love Bluebird but that one is awful!


Ha, I actually just finished my Terry’s a couple days ago. It’s better to me than this Earl. :D

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Additional notes: This black tea base seems to be on the rare side and I’m always craving it. I love chocolate/marshmallow combos so I’m upping the rating from an 82. I’m sipping this one on a blustery day and will hopefully get some reading done: Colson Whitehead’s Underground Railroad (for themorningnews.org’s Tournament of Books!)

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Additional notes: So this is what happens: I drag out having a sipdown of a tea, savoring that last teaspoon… but then I go to remove it from my cupboard and realized I gave it a 68 rating?!?! I’m like… WHHHAAA?? Now this isn’t the best blend, and it seems in the description that Frank says not all of the ingredients were present in the blend, but it certainly seemed better than 68. I’ll raise it a little. This one must have grew on me, but a phenomenal cinnamon roll tea would be AMAZING. Closest was probably Steap Shoppe’s Cinnamon Bread.

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Additional notes: “Tea magician” I think, when I sip this one. The concept of the tea seems to simple, the ingredients, but I can’t get over how MAGIC this tastes, every time I sip it. Which might not be many more times. How can it be so perfect? So chocolatey… the orange and base tea: perfect. If the Butiki tea magician would come out of TEAtirement, I’m sure MANY people would be very happy…. even for just a few years? Raising the rating from a 97.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons // 10 minutes after boiling
Steep #2 // just boiled

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Orange

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Additional notes: Back to the old favorites after the teabox is sent on the way! I still love this one. Steap Shoppe, can you come back so I can buy this one?!? I’m almost out and that will be a sad sad day. I will be sipping and reading the Tournament books all day: Jonathan Lee’s High Dive. Not enough people follow themorningnews.org’s tournament!

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Here’s Hoping Teabox – Round Six – Tea #39
Another one I took the last serving of before sending on the teabox. Blueberry and jasmine is an odd combination! The green tea is a little tough but I like the blueberry flavor. I wish more of the jasmine made an appearance though.
I was also sipping Mountain Tea’s Sencha that I took out of the teabox because I saw it before and it was in a thin bag, but it still tasted delicious! So if a sencha can hold up in a teabox, I shouldn’t be too worried about other teas. My tasting notes might be slowing down a bit, as I will be focusing on getting some reading done for themorningnews.org’s Tournament of Books! I’ve got about six novels to read in about three weeks which will never happen because I enjoy being a slow reader. :D


Sencha is steamed to keep enzymes from activating. Usually I get mine in a tin, though.

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drank Market Chai by Market Spice
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Here’s Hoping Teabox – Round Six – Tea #38
I’m finishing the last of this I had seen before in the teabox and removed it before the teabox went on its way. I thought I tried this one before but don’t see a tasting note. It’s an okay chai. It seems to have some extra ingredients like vanilla and nutmeg that make a chai special. Am I tasting these things though? Not really, it just seems like an okay chai. I wish the effort of the ingredients had shown through in the flavor. Just about any chai is good enough for me though (except for maybe that chai I had the other day that was WAY too much like dirt in appearance and flavor)!

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drank Hunan Dark Tea by Tea Source
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Here’s Hoping Teabox – Round Six – Tea #37
I expected this to be strong and DARK. But it is actually quite mild. I had one dark tea before and it was much stronger than this. It’s unique anyway. There is less charcoal flavor than a roasted oolong. I don’t notice any smokiness mentioned in the description either. I think this one might be TOO light for me though. Quite a bright, fresh flavor actually with a light copper brew. Anyone in the teabox, don’t be afraid of this one! I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons for a full mug// 10 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // 10 minutes after boiling // 3-4 minute steep

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I received this as a sample with my order and upon opening it and taking a whiff, I knew it would be exactly as I hoped! It has the scent of a melted creamsicle! Creamy, dreamy orange! The yogurt granules help with the creaminess. The rooibos is a perfect pairing with these flavors. Orange is one of the flavors I feel makes rooibos taste better and rooibos makes orange taste better. Even the second steep was full of flavor. So so good. I could drink this every night. Creamsicle fans, TRY THIS ONE!! I will definitely be ordering this with my next order from Angry Tea Room!
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoon for a full mug// few minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3-4 minute steep

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drank Chocolate Rose Truffle by 52teas
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I sipped this one yesterday and had a sipdown of Bluebird’s Love Potion today! This one is from my 52Teas grabbag from a while ago. It MUST be chocolately because I spied so many chocolate chips in my infuser! There are also cocoa shells to back them up. The result is quite the cocoa cup, with surprisingly, hints of rose here and there. Usually rose doesn’t make an appearance flavor wise in any tea, so it was nice to find it here. Though that may be more because of the rose Congou base tea and not the rose petals themselves. This is a lovely blend, though I should try evening out the tea leaves to chocolate chips ratio next time I steep this up. I love the idea that there are four base teas… I just wish I could taste them more. Happy Valentine’s everyone!
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons // few minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 5 minute steep

Flavors: Chocolate, Rose

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Hi! I love tea and trying new ones – it adds a bit of variety to my day! Books, music, TV & movies are my thing… and tea, of course.

Some of my favorite teas (still operating):
52 Teas

Favorite tea shops (RIP):

My icon photo is Richard Mayhew from the graphic novel ‘Neverwhere’ by Neil Gaiman, Mike Carey & Glenn Fabry.

Most of the teas listed in my cupboard are actually sample sizes. I don’t really have 2,000 ounces of tea around here! I was bored one day and found out that most of them have only one teaspoon left… maybe two. But I like keeping them in my cupboard list for reference to what I could be sipping. Usually, I write tasting notes once for each tea. I’m still drinking them, just not writing tasting notes each time!

My dislikes: hibiscus, ginger (unless in chai), charcoal type flavors

My ratings:
95-100 – Super awesome deliciousness favorites
80-95 – Also pretty delicious
65-80 – Pretty good
50-65 – Okay
1-50 – Probably won’t want to sip it again

I’m planning on being a Steepsterer as long as there IS a Steepster, so if you’re not hearing from me, that means something happened to my health… if you know what I mean. :D

Happy sipping!



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