514 Tasting Notes

I am hesitant to try Chinese blacks anymore, except yunnan. Others usually taste like veggies that have been steamed in a dry pot. yuck! But the description of this one made it sound much different: fruit, cherry, caramel. . I almost detected the fruit at first, but then I lost the detection. This tea, to me, has that smokey undertone that I can’t appreciate, like a keemun. These type of teas literally taste all identical to me. I can’t get past the smoky to notice other flavors. I am leaving this tea unrated since I cannot be a fair judge here.

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Yay, my very first steepster select box arrived today! I love the packaging and the helpful extras like the filters and tea-info card.

This roasted dong ding is quite tasty. Roasty at the top of the sip with a sweet finish. I can’t say that its significantly better than any other roasted dong ding that I’ve had, but it does have a place amongst the rest of the “winners” :)

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Did I tell you all how much I love this tea last time I logged it? I think I was too distracted with intense studies at the time to give proper attention to the tasting note.

So, just so you know, I most definitely love this tea!

I worry that my meager supply will run out before I have money to afford more. Xmas shopping really drained my already meager funds. I only ordered a small bit during the black Friday sale because I didn’t know if I would like it. I have maybe 5 servings left. I will definitely be getting the most out of each teaspoon with re-steeps (which I am usually pretty lazy about).


That’s exactly what I was telling myself about Lychee oolong tonight!

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drank Caribe by Harney & Sons
514 tasting notes

Admittedly I’m not the biggest fan of tropical flavored teas, but when they are in front of me, I usually appreciate them well enough. This one was in the sampler cube that i got from Harney and Sons.

I don’t like it at all! Maybe its the specific blend of tropical fruits, or maybe its the combination of black and green tea (I used water slightly under a boil to account for the green). Every sip is a struggle to swallow and I quit trying after I drank half of the cup.

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Just a note to say that I am raising the rating on this one. A definite re-purchase.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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I just don’t think that rooibos and cherry is a good combination. it’s a guaranteed recipe for cough syrup. There’s nothing particularly unpleasant about the flavor, but it tastes cheap, like kool-aid tea.

Aside from the cherry flavor, rooibos itself isn’t so exciting. The first few times I had a rooibos tea, I thought it was alright, but the more of them I have, the more ‘meh’ they become.


Oh yeah, cherry and rooibos must taste really weird together. :/


It seems to be common, though rooibos really adds the the medicinal characteristic.


I love this tea iced! I highly recommend it!


oh no I hate iced tea of any kind. I also imagine that cold would make it seem even more like a kiddie beverage. I can see the appeal for some, but not for me.

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This is more or less what I was expecting from my cup of Crimson Horizon the other day, an audacious cup of black tea. Tasty.

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This tea isn’t quite doing it for me. When it was still hot, it had the bite of a raw puerh. As it cools, it gets more buttery and vegetal, but I’m not particularly fond of it.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Here’s a unique white tea if I ever tasted one. It tastes like roses and chocolate, a good tea for a special occasion ;)

I personally don’t like rose, natural or added, so it’s not the best tea for me, but I highly recommend it to those who do and to those who usually don’t like white teas.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I love bold, breakfast black teas. The kind that don’t have fancy descriptions and a line of connoisseurs lining up to sample them and give their two cents. CTC teas usually hit the mark here. This one certainly is bold, but there’s something funky going on. I think it almost tastes like someone boiled asparagus in the broth. I like asparagus just fine, and I certainly expect it in a green tea, but in my simple hearty black teas. . .eh, not so much. I added some milk and the asparagus flavor only got stronger. Now it’s like cream of asparagus soup! Far out man!

200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 30 sec

LOL whoa

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Name: Shelley Lorraine Limegrover
Location: Thornton, Colorado

Hobbies: Learning, reading books, math, physics (have a degree in it), literature (have a degree in it too), anthropology, traveling, piano, and drinking TEA, of course (^o^)

Favorite teas: Kukicha, Green teas in general, aged oolongs, charcoal roasted oolong, taiwanese oolongs, Assam . . .

Don’t like: Genmaicha, Earl Grey, Darjeelings, ginger, coconut, smokey teas (even mild ones), nut flavors, overwhelmingly strong floral flavor (esp. Jasmine), most della derra and adagio teas. . .

My Rating System

100 My happiness absolutely depends on it

95 Will definitely repurchase

85: Might repurchase (teas that depend on my mood)

75 Won’t repurchase (but I would drink it again if offered).

65: meh

45: I reluctantly finished a cup.

15: Couldn’t finish a cup.

I simplified my ratings to single numbers rather than ranges because I can’t precisely compare so many teas with a system more detailed than this.

An unrated tea is most often one that I recognize as having significant notable quality, but that does not suit me personally. Sometimes, I leave teas unrated for other reasons, such as I am undecided or I brewed it wrong, etc.

Note: Boiling temp. barely reaches 200 where I am (and a few times it sticks at 195, I assume due to unexplainable shifts in altitude or the position of the moon. . .aliens?. . .).





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