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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec 7 g 12 oz / 348 ml

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  • “Yes, I drank tea today. Yes, I am lazy, but I was also busy all day, so in an effort to not post lame reviews about teas I drank hours ago, & have reviewed plenty of times, I am once again...” Read full tasting note
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150 tasting notes

I am still feeling sick today. Medication and its side effects. I spent about an hour and a half at 3 am examining the contents of my stomach in the toilet. This morning I didn’t want to drink anything, but I threw a couple hunks of fresh ginger into boiling water to help settle that empty sore feeling. It worked alright, but I want that ginger drink mix that they sell at Asian markets instead. All I feel is green :(


:( I hope you feel better soon!


Oh no. I hope you feel better soon, too. Nights spent in the bathroom are so so awful. :(


Hope you feel better soon!


Oh no, sending tons a good vibes your way, feel better soon!


Thank you ladies, I’m hoping I feel better too <3

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880 tasting notes

14 bowls of matcha… in one sitting over a few hours from Red Leaf Tea. I’ve never had so much energy in my entire life. XD

(I’m really behind on notes… I have a list of about 100 teas that I have had since my last tasting note two months ago… yikes…)


14 bowls?? are u serious? i love matcha btw. Red Leaf is awesome! did u have it plain or flavored?

Tea Pet

Yeah… fourteen… It was incredibly stupid and I do not recommend anyone doing that! Haha! The company needed reviewers for a fourteen different matchas and I volunteered to be one of the reviewers. I decided to just take a morning and review them all. All of them were plain matcha. It was probably one of the stupidest tea related things I have ever done. I should have spaced them out over a series of days… but no… All the matcha!!


hahah! that’s hilarious….but i can’t say it isn’t awesome ;)

Short Sorceress

14 at once, that’s some serious matcha dedication! The last time I reviewed different sample matchas for Red Leaf I had to split my session into 3 days and even then I had trouble getting to sleep at night.

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117 tasting notes

I got a bottle of pomegranate lychee green tea at the supermarket today, because I was sad and had a sudden craving for lychee. I think I need to invest in some lychee tea…

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58 tasting notes

We are into 40ºC+ days here and it is far too hot for tea. I’ve switched to gin and tonics and with a stretch of the imagination they are almost like a tea… right? Gin is really just botanicals infused in alcohol and tonic water is the same but with water?

I need to get my iced tea jug going again but if I have to be honest, I much prefer other chilled [read: alcoholic] drinks to iced tea.


Make tea Infused alcohol! :)


Long Island Iced Tea? (I have to say I prefer a GnT thought) although I did also once have an incredible Earl Grey Martini…

Kiki Libertine

Pomegranate tea daiquiris. But I’ve never been one for the classics.

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253 tasting notes

2 tsp green rooibos, 1.5 tsp blood orange, 0.5 tsp dried spearmint. Mmmm what a lovely experiment. Will definitely repeat.

Flavors: Orange Zest

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

Sounds interesting… Maybe good iced. ?


True! That’s the next experiment. I mostly drink my teas hot though :P

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181 tasting notes

16oz water + 1 bag Afternoon Blend + 1 cube crystallized ginger, sliced + 1tsp raw sugar + 1/2 tsp honey at 200F for 1 min (leave ginger in a few minutes longer for more flavour)

I’m not going to say that this is amazing, by any means, but the addition of ginger gives an otherwise bland (and unenthusiastic) tea enough kick to make it drinkable. Yay, me.

The tea in question: [http://steepster.com/teas/keep-calm-and-carry-on-beverage-company-ltd/40331-afternoon-blend]


I love ginger tea. Where I spent time in India that was the most common form of chai. Sometimes they called it baci chai ( think Italian pronunciation) which scared me at first because a baci lasso meant a very different thing.

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417 tasting notes

So, I’ve been off Steepster for a while now…I’m just now coming out of another bout of major depression. There is so much stuff in my life I need to sort out now. It’s funny, because depression can hit when everything in your life is going great..But then only when you start feeling better again do you realize that now you actually have stuff to “be depressed about”…Like all of the work, chores, errands and social obligations that you need to catch up with. I apologize to anyone who I promised to send tea to, and haven’t yet. I hope to send it out shortly, and I will try to make up for the tardiness. I look forward to catching up on reading everyone’s notes soon!


<3 depression is rough


hope you feel better, depression is a bitch. if you ever need to talk just shoot me a message.

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300 tasting notes

Been drinking through a few samples of Asian grocery oolongs courtesy of tunes&tea from ::gulp:: Christmas. Should have brewed these long ago, but was overwhelmed by too much tea, bouts of depression where I didn’t want to drink tea (silly as the ritual of tea helps me) and various cold/flus/infections and travel.

I started off yesterday with one labeled: “Asian grocery oolong, red octagonish can, $5.99- 8oz, similar to Wei Chaun” after some searching it seems Wei Chuan is a brand not a varietal and since this is a greener oolong, I’m guessing it’s similar to a tieguanyin. This was my least favorite of the three, there was something in the smell even after two rinses I wasn’t digging. I’m guessing it was stale, which is my fault for keeping it in a ziplock for 5 months, but I gave it my best shot, 5 infusions a few sips of each but ended out pouring it out. It wasn’t that it was undrinkable, I just didn’t want to waste my time drinking it. I know that probably comes off snobby or ungrateful, let’s try: “too much tea, too little time”.

I rinsed my teaware and moved on to the “traditional Asian grocery Dong Ding” and as soon as the water hit the leaves I could I was going to like it. Most of the first infusion went into an offering cup, because it smelled heavenly but I figured I should still treat it as a rinse (good tea goes in offering cups, blah tea goes down the drain and I brew more than one offering cup can hold) still I took a sip. Yes very nice roasted Dong Ding. I enjoyed several infusions before making cous-cous for dinner. Had to take the tea into the other room as the kitchen was becoming saturated with cumin and curry. Have plenty of leaf for a least two more sessions.

The third I have just started on this afternoon. It’s labeled “Ti Kuan Yin, asian grocery- good though” and it is! Very good indeed. It’s a darker roasted tieguanyin and these are always a rare treat for me! Going to savor this one. I’m eager to try the “Asian grocery Pouchong” as well, but that will probably be for another day, or perhaps this evening. Thank you “tunes&tea” sorry it’s taken me so long to get to some of these.

Also wanted to mention here that my dad has recovered very well, he was given the go ahead to drive by the doctor two days ago (I had a dream the night before that he had my nephews on his lap in the drivers seat and was accidentally squishing my sister into the side of the garage when I volunteered to drive and had to go with him on the road for business for the next three months, very strange) and I have gotten over my flu and have been cleaning. These teas are a bit of a reward for a clean kitchen ;)

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41 tasting notes

Realized I haven’t written about my past few teas >.> Bad me.

Anyway, tonight I brewed up a blend I’m super happy with.
1 teaspoon (plus dried orange slice) of Winter Spice by Fava Tea
0.5 teaspoon (plus an extra clove) of Aries by Adagio
8 oz of water, 4 minutes.

I can’t tell you the exact temperature of the water as I had to put it in the microwave on beverage mode (cries) as our electric kettle 2.0 seems down for the count.

Anyway, this tea is absolutely delightful, delicious and soothing – something I really needed tonight. Rating somewhere in the 90s (it’s been a rough day so I don’t feel like particulars) and would definitely recommend.

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138 tasting notes

this one’s rather simple but delicious: Celestial Seasonings Honey Vanilla Chamomile mixed with their Sweet Apple Chamomile.

the Honey Vanilla has been a favorite of mine for years & i wholeheartedly love it’s wheatish-apple honey sweetness. it has a heady vanilla note: the kind that billows over your head in a cloud.

the Sweet Apple Chamomile is similar, although with no vanilla. it has a nice fresh apple-y taste, as advertised.

when u mix the two, you get a warm honey apple chamomile flavor with a rich golden liquor. simple yet dreamy.

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