3355 Tasting Notes

drank Lavenderberry by TeaSource
3355 tasting notes

An Ode to Tea challenge – L Redux

Sipping down Lavenderberry!   A lovely one, though the rooibos flavor does take over a bit from the other flavors.  Mouthfeel is almost like a throat lozenge at first… which is a weird comparison as I don’t actually use those.   The description mentions actual raspberry pieces, but if there are any here at all anyway, it tastes mostly of strawberry and lavender.  I’m probably repeating myself here.  I wouldn’t mind having this around again!
2021 sipdowns: 66

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An Ode to Tea challenge – M Redux

I never really wanted to drink this, so I’m glad I’m finishing it now.  It’s not bad, really.  I guess I’m more tolerant of chamomile now, or the ancientness of this blend has mellowed it.  Somehow I’m finishing most of my Adagio teas lately! 
2021 sipdowns: 65

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drank Candy Cane Truffle by 52teas
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An Ode to Tea challenge – C

Thanks very much, AJRimmer!  So many glowing notes might have hyped this one up for me.  I LOVE that such an unusual black tea is used here – Fujian gunpowder.   I’m not sure if it’s because I didn’t use as much leaf as I usually would… I wanted to stretch my sample to two steep sessions BUT the pouch says only to use 2.5 grams anyway and I’m sure I used more than that.  The tea is certainly chocolatey!  Especially on that second steep.   But the peppermint for me leans more herbaly flavored than an actual candy cane.  I would consider adding some candy cane to the next steep session but I wouldn’t want to mess with the recipe of this particular tea magician!  :D
Speaking on the Fujian gunpowder, I would love to try it by itself — maybe that would make a good base for Black Silk Chocolate Milk?  Maybe mixed with another black tea?
Steep #1 // not quite 1 teaspoon // 25 minutes after boiling // 2-3 minute steep
Steep #2 // 4 minutes after boiling // 4 minute steep


Oooh—I’ve never tried a non-green gunpowder tea!


I think I have only seen it from 52Teas.

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drank Dark Rose Hearts by Octavia Tea
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An Ode to Tea challenge – D

I didn’t really want to let this tea go, but I didn’t have too many other teas to finish for ‘D’.   It’s definitely rosey!  I still have some Teavivre Rose Puerh that can fill this spot in the cupboard though.
2021 sipdowns:  64

Mastress Alita

I used to have these from TeaSource, but I have also already sipped it down. It’s now sitting on a “order again when I start ordering tea again” list.


haha yes. At least it’s a puerh you like!

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An Ode to Tea challenge – E

All you naysayers!  This very very much tastes like eggnog to me.  I can’t see it tasting more like eggnog unless it was actual eggnog.  This might be the first ever actually tasty eggnog tea!  Raising the rating from 86 because of it. Low temp and only a minute on the first steep really lets the flavor pop.  Sad to see it go.   
2021 Sipdowns: 63

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An Ode to Tea challenge – F

Glad to finish this!  It was more of a roasted style oolong that I didn’t need lingering around.  Really only a roasted flavor and never had any osmanthus flavor. Very consistent steeps  though. 
2021 Sipdowns:  62

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An Ode to Tea challenge – K Redux

Another letter revisited to get to a sipdown!  Only had a half teaspoon remaining of this, so I went with half mug steeps.  It’s fine, but too light for me to love it.
2021 sipdowns: 60

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An Ode to Tea challenge – N Redux

I feel I’m cheating and not actually finding sipdowns or new notes for some of these letters, so I’m revisiting some of these letters with new teas to reach my goal.  This tea is both a sipdown AND a tea I have never written a note for.  This is a sample from TreeGal!   Thank you very much!  This is an odd blend — fennel, cinnamon, ginger root and vanilla extract.  The flavor seems a bit muted.  I think I had it before and it was also muted, so now that I’m remembering that, I definitely had the intention of steeping up the remainder of the pouch – two teaspoons to see if that would make a difference on flavor strength.  Not really!  I’m surprised there isn’t so much more flavor here.   It’s a bit of a bland mellow cup – I guess “nice” is accurate.  Second steep the same. If anything, they do have this blend at Maya Tea, I just noticed.
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons // 13 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 //  Just boiled // 8 min
2021 sipdowns:  59

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drank Gingerbread Blondie by DAVIDsTEA
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An Ode to Tea challenge – G

From the sampler tower I bought a while ago!  Still pouting that there was really only three teaspoons of each sample.  Gone now!  This is a DESSERT TEA whoa.   It is so sugary! And since it’s new the stevia hasn’t gotten overly gross yet.  New stevia is OKAY.  Old stevia is just BAD.  I recently had my first blondie brownie during the holiday season and is it just me (or that specific blondie?) but a blondie to me is like a big block of raw cookie dough and I’m all for that dessert. haha.  This tea is much the same.  Sweet sweet, the sweetest tea I’ve ever had that is less like gingerbread and more like cookie dough, maybe with a hint of lemon for some reason?  I like it!  I’m surprised at the low rating.  But honestly, I can’t taste the ingredients here like all the fruit under all that sweetness. Not even the ginger! The star and gingerbread sprinkles are adorable.   In future, one teaspoon is more than enough.  I seem to like this more than most! Sad it’s gone, but not sad I didn’t have to taste old stevia.  I would like to revisit those blondies again though…
Steep #1 // 1 1/3 teaspoons for full mug // 15 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 4 minutes after boiling // 4 minute steep
2021 Sipdowns: 58

Mastress Alita

I actually agree about stevia. I’m fine with it when it’s fresh, but I get a weird metallic/bitter aftertaste from old stevia. I even get that if I leave a cup with stevia in it out and go back to it later. When I drank it right away it tasted fine, later it tasted weird…

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I received this from Ost ages ago, thank you! I have steeped it up a few times but never write a note.  It’s a confusing tea for me!  Even using two teaspoons the big leaves have a roasted flavor, but very light.  I don’t think I should steep the first steep so cool, as the tea is never that tasty being so light.  It’s a slow unraveler.  The flavor is roasted, lychee, or smoky – when it cools it’s like maple syrup.  Somehow I would still describe it as one noted and not the flavor notes I’m looking for.  I’m not tasting most of the flavor notes that other Steepsterers are. Also, the packaging with this is like the Fort Knox of tea packaging.  Crazy metallic wrapping that folds way too many unnecessary times to create a crazy amount of unnecessary packaging that seems very wasteful.  It has probably changed by now.  I’m not thrilled with the tea, not thrilled with the packaging. 
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons for full mug // 20 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 //  4 minutes after boiling // 4 minute steep

Mastress Alita

T2 has some of the sort, most wasteful packaging I’ve ever seen.


The Tao Tea Leaf reminds me of metal though! And it rolls down at least a foot!


When I made a big order from Tao Tea Leaf in 2017 (or was it 2016?), the packages were resealable Ziploc bags, with the 5 g samples in small paper envelopes. I hope it hasn’t changed for the worse!


I can’t see an original note from Ost for this tea, so I don’t know how old it might be. (Probably older than 2017.)


LOL! I’m glad I’m not the only one drinking very old teas! I only have a couple teas left from that order, but plenty of others from the same time period.

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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 tea shops (still operating):
Dammann Freres
Yunnan Sourcing

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! Many of my teas 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), turmeric, bee pollen, charcoal type flavors

My ratings:
95-100 – Super awesome deliciousness favorites – cupboard essential
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. (Or as evidenced by the great computer hiatus of 2019, something happened to my computer.) :D

Happy sipping!



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