359 Tasting Notes


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Let’s post a review!!

This was one of very few teas I hadn’t tried yet from WP.

I was curious, cause although Keemun are sometimes not my favourite teas to drink when too heavy on the smoke, the taste profile of Pine Peak seemed very different.

Well I agree: definitely not your usual full bodied keemun.

It’s much lighter, and I had to steep longer (for my tastes) and add a bit more leaves to achieve a satisfying cup. Once I did that, it was super tasty.

No trace of smoke or strong earthy notes here.

This is the fruit and grain keemun type. I get raisins and barley mostly. It is sweet and a little malty.

There is some kind of light pine taste to it, a little woodsy especially as it cools down.

I see myself drinking this on a regular basis, as a very nice everyday cup.

It’s raining this afternoon, took out my happy ladybug teapot, girly tea time!

“Peak” of the session:



Steepster isn’t behaving anymore :(. I had to fish for this review by going to the “discover” tab

Cameron B.

Wow, I didn’t know that you hadn’t tried this. I love this one, possibly the most of any of their teas! Unsung hero. ;)


Oh! But steepster IS back again!! Thanks for “fishing” me out though mj :-)

Cameron, I agree, it is kind of an unsung hero ;-)


That teapot is adorable!


Love this tea. I double recommended amount of leaves.
Teapot is adorable !

Whispering Pines Tea Company

This is my comfort tea :-)

Lariel of Lórien

Is sounds so good.


It is Lariel

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It’s 2 am and I just spent the last four hours going back and forth inside/outside the house. There were possibilities of auroras tonight, that’s why. I feel very lucky to have witnessed them more than once in my life…

I was telling friends earlier that auroras had been life changing for me… totally worth being patient for. I wish for everyone to witness them at least once in their lives.

Unfortunately, they didn’t happen tonight.

Oh well…another night hopefully.

Now I’m drinking this tea and shockers! It’s good.

This is a mouthful of fresh evergreens and creamy buttery oolong.

Dame Vanilla adds all kinds of velvety and fruity notes to the blend.

Just wow.

I don’t have a bunch to say, see previous review.

I will just nom it till it can give no more.

And that’s all.


My dad recalls seeing the aurora this far south when he was young. I have heard some of my astronomy friends say they have seen them in recent years. Sadly I have not. I imagine it to be freaky awesome.


I tried posting this earlier, and just noticed that it never posted (still said POSTING…)

I remember the first time I really saw an aurora. I’d seen them in the distance when I was a kid once that I vaguely remember, but when I was living in the UP of Michigan, there was one night where it felt like we were surrounded by the aurora. Everything was green and beautiful for quite a while. (I went to bed before it stopped.) It was perhaps one of the most amazing things I have ever seen.

Amy Herbal Mama

I really, really want to see an aurora sometime before I die! I am rather far south (Pennsylvania, USA), but they have on occasion made their way down here.

I just ordered a few teas today from Whispering Pine (Cedar Ridge and Clari Tea). Your reviews make me excited to get them in the mail!

Lariel of Lórien

Lucky. I’m too far south to view auroras.


KS, “freaky awesome” is such a good way to describe them!!

Cheri, so glad you got to see them once. Now you must experience the multi-coloured ones!!

Amy, i think it’s on many peoples bucket list!
I’m glad you like my WP reviews, their teas are among my favourites!! And I love Cedar Ridge, good choice, can’t wait to read your review :-)

Lariel, maybe someday you will happen to travel North and see them :-)


Tea Fairy, how do you suggest brewing this tea? I have a sample on the way from Sarsonator and only enough for one brew. Did you use very short steeps?


Allan, i did what I would have done with a regular TGY, I did short steeps, using a gaiwan. But most people here did it western style so I guess it’s up to you :-)
But short steeps worked really well for me.


I think I will try it in that blue teapot you loved.

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Day 10 of Steepster’s disaster…

I know not many will read this. But I still have to give some love to my favourite teas.

This is one of them.

Drinking this makes all the wrongs right.

Ok…it won’t fix Steepster. But that’s about the only thing it won’t fix!

Mmmm….salty caramel. I don’t really like you for real, you’re too sweet and sticky. But in my cup of tea? Yes please!

Can’t believe how a straight tea can render such decadent notes.

Aila and I… Foreverrr!

Terri HarpLady

I’m reading… :)


Oh! Hi terri, I miss ya :-)


Steepster will be back…eventually…and in the mean time, we’ll get it in little spurts.


Me too;)


Hello friends :-)


Yay dashboard updated today


Has it already been 10 days…?


This tea sounds good.


Get better soon, Steepster!


Magic! It’s Hobbit Magic


It’s totally magi!!


Magi could have brought the Magic I suppose. I also missed you Terri <3

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This tea embodies what I love about oolong.

First, the dry leaf is green, I mean, really green. Emerald City green.

Anticipation. A premiss of what is about to happen. Cause I just know it won’t disappoint.

The dry scent is floral and a little spicy.

I do a quick rinse to bring the leaves to life.

And boy to they come alive.

First steep and I already get tons of flavours. It’s as green as can be for oolong, vegetal and very floral.

Nice buttery and creamy mouthfeel going on, with a touch of spice. The finish is so fresh, like an evergreen breeze.

I did multiple infusions, and the later steeps lost that floral imprint in the mouth as more piney notes emerged.

And the leaves took so much room in my little gaiwan as they expanded, just beautiful!

Another amazing product from Eco Cha. All three oolongs I have purchased from them are fantastic.





sounds great !




I need to break this one out. I think I’m just about through with the Lewis and Clarke box, so maybe I’ll just gongfu some oolong all afternoon. =D


Nice pics!


Very nice pictures. To get pictures that good I need to get out my D800.


Thanks you all :-)

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(Backlog review from last night)

Having Second Breakfast at midnight. That’s right, I live dangerously.

What…Is there a warning somewhere that stipulates this tea should be drank only in the morning?

There, didn’t think so.

Nice fruity and malty cup, mmmmm! So good!

Crusty bread, salty caramel and cocoa notes. Sweet and mellow, but not lacking in the taste department, au contraire.

I know I’m having it at night, but I will have it in the morning eventually and it will be very kind to me.

Some breakfast teas are like a slap in the face, waking you abruptly like a loud beeping alarm clock, screaming at you «Wake up, sleepyhead!!!»

This will take a more gentle route. It will just rub your shoulder softly and whisper in your ear «wake up sweetie, today will be a lovely day…»

It’s that kind of tea. It knows how to treat you right.

Took out the big mug tonight…just needed the right gear for it:



SB in the tentacle mug is full of win! <3

Whispering Pines Tea Company

I think you are the cutest.


No, I think she is the cutest :p


Missy, it is right??

And NO!!!! Y’ALL are the cutest!!!!! <3


<3 review


I felt soothed reading this review!

Terri HarpLady

More tentacle teawares!


Another WP on the wishlist! :)


Boychik, you are sweet <3


Cwyn, you so deserve soothing… :-)

Terri, tentacles make badass teaware!!!

Inranger, it’s nom, you need this!


“Second Breakfast at Midnight”—that would be such a righteous name for a tea!

Lariel of Lórien

“Second Breakfast at the Green Dragon”.

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Short note.

I love shou. and I think shou loves me.

It gave me a bunch of hugs and kisses this afternoon, yes it did!

I spent good quality time with it, all rolled up in a blanket. It’s been a rainy day here again. This shou was the perfect companion.

This is leathery, I love leather taste in shou.

It’s a little musty, spicy and woodsy.

It’s rich, thick and syrupy…smooth and mineral.

It’s a reliable dude, and I’m glad I purchased a cake.

Here’s some Phatty shou in a blanket for you:



Every time I think you can’t get any damn cuter, you manage to get cuter. I don’t know how you do it!!!!

Terri HarpLady

Now I want some shu, but I didn’t bring any to Tony’s, so I’m going with some oolong instead.


Oolong are excellent huggers Terri ;-)


TTF…took me long enough, but I get it now. Merci Beaucoup.
…for being you, and being unassuming. Ttrs bien :)


I have that cake. Have not tried it yet maybe tomorrow.


looks wonderfully roasty! yummy dark coffee color. and your tasting note is adorable! ;)

what about a shou haiku or onomatopoeia??


I love shou (and I love THIS shou) and I love you too


Scribbles….dunno what to say…thank you :-)

Allan, break that cake open!!

Pyarkaaloo: a shou haiku would be adorable!

Missy, you know I love you too!!


I am going to try this one, now that I no longer fear the shou!

Lariel of Lórien

That was my very first Mandala tea.

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drank Sansia Black by Butiki Teas
359 tasting notes

Oh, nom, nom, nom….

Stacy, you have ALL the best Taiwanese black teas, what’s up with that????

Oh, little leafhoppers, how I love you. You little bugs, you…. Thanks for making my tea taste so sweet and scrumptious!

This is all malt and honey.

It makes my tastebuds want to party. Some fruit, but not in a PTA kind of way.

It’s creamy and yeasty like sourdough bread.

It’s a little salty and mineral, but maybe that’s coming from my tetsubin pot. I’ve been using it a lot for lately, it’s devoted to black teas only but I’m thinking of using it only for my butiki’s Taiwanese black teas, they taste fabulous in it :-)

I’m so happy I got a decent quantity of this wonderful tea.

Cause I want MORE!!!

Pic of the session:



oh no…You should not write anything about Taiwanese teas…because now I want this Sansia Black right now ! :)


Sounds awesome, sweet pea!!!

Terri HarpLady

Indeed to pull this one out & start drinking it :)

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First, yay, for this new official Whispering Pines Great Lakes Label Shu Pu-erh, what a creative idea!!! It fits so well with WP brand name, great job Brenden :-)

I received this generous sample in my last order, thank you Brenden.

Does pu’erh still scare some of you? Like, it’s been on your mind, but you are still hesitant about it?

The descriptors “fishy, barn, leather, pond water, seaweed” revolt you?

Then give this a try. This is as smooth as can be.

The pu’erh for the non believers.

Cause it is silky and creamy beyond belief.

The dry leaf is quite unusual, all golden, just stunning .

It produces a dark warm copper brew.

First sip and I think, wow…this is so what I need right now.

Silky and velvety, coats my entire mouth with mellow and sweet.

Everything is subtle but far from being boring. I get notes of cereals, like toasted bran.

It’s also a bit fruity, dried fruits, like raisins with a soft cocoa feel.

Yum, chocolate covered raisins. It’s a little earthy and woodsy, but nothing like most shou pu’erh.

The later steeps bring a nice minty finish, that fresh mouthfeel I like so much.

This tea brings me to a tranquil and beautiful place. It warms my heart and fills my head with happy.

And yes…I will need more of this.

Thanks again Brenden for this wonderful offering…And congratulations for the launch of the Great Lakes collection!

Pics of the session:




Sounds yummy. But I am suspicious. LOL Maybe I will start busting out my shous and give them another try!


I should say that I need to get over my general fear of shous.


Well this one is taylor made for you then!


I just saw the announcement on FB. Such a great idea! Now if only September would get here so I can place my order…. :)


Hmmm… maybe. I’m certainly willing to try!


You can do it Sars. A couple of months ago you were hesitant about sheng and now you play with the shengaling on an almost daily basis. ;p

Lariel of Lórien

Okay, you talked me into it, I want some now.


Well when you put it THAT way, mrmopar. I did try a wet stored sheng tonight. Not a fan. I am also drinking a White2 shou right now. I don’t HATE it, but…

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Sarsonator, is it the earth that gets you?


Lariel, how do you feel about shou pu’erh in general?

Lariel of Lórien

I like shou… it is the puer I’ve had most.

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I am so fond of Purple Zi Juan teas. I find them so intriguing and different.

Beautiful. I mean literally beautiful. I love how sleek this tea looks like. Long dark blueish grey strands with some brown shades in the mix.

The leaves are equally stunning once steeped.

Using 5g in little glass gongfu pot.

This tea has such an attractive taste, full of warmth.

First few steeps produces a rather light brew. It intensifies around steep three, where it reaches a nice medium body.

Hard to describe the taste.

It’s creamy and tart at the same time. Very lightly astringent.

A mellow white grape taste brings a nice fruitiness to it. It’s a bit woodsy, but not smokey at all.

It’s what I call a cleansing tea, you just get a sense of wellness out of it.

It’s late in the night, a nice cha qi feeling going on. All warm and peaceful inside.

This is another high quality tea from Tao Tea Leaf.

I’ve been so impressed by their standards so far.






I am totally saying “purple pu” to myself! ;)


Lol, as long as you don’t think “purple poo”, it’s fine by me ;-)


Nice pics!


Thank you looseTman :-)


The photos are incredible and the tea sounds good too


And then you shall have some ;-)


Any camphor, menthol notes? I quite like them in sheng.

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This is a rock tea from the Wuyi Mountains. Expect greatness from a good quality Da Hong Pao.

And this one is nothing short of greatness.

It’s expensive but totally worth it. I was very lucky to have gotten it during Tao Tea Leaf 50% off sale. Bought 150g cause I knew an award winning Big Red Robe could only mean good news. Now I wish I had bought double!

Using 5g in small yixing clay pot.

The leaf is as dark as night.

The brew has this lovely orangey amber colour.

The scent is very fragrant. The taste is like burnt toasts with honey and molasses. Thick mouthfeel, full bodied. Very rich and tasty.

Someone very knowledgable with rock tea pointed out that I should find bitterness in a good Da Hong Pao.

I don’t get bitterness at all, but I realized that what he referred to as “bitter” is probably the burnt and charred taste I get, my own interpretation of it anyways.

You can actually taste the minerals, it’s even a little salty.

It’s a beautiful tea, worth devoting time to.

I like it so much, I will use it to season a very small 70ml yixing pot I just got.

Pic of the session:


Flavors: Burnt, Char, Honey, Mineral, Molasses, Toast


Mmmmm sounds great. I’m adding this to my wish list.


Is that the Eco-Cha yixing? Sounds like it’s already having fun :]


I love mineral and slightly salty in a tea. <3


I was so stupid to get only 25g of this tea :(
But hey I never tried it
I think I like Bei Do even more;)


Love the set up as usual!


Ubacat, it is totally worth having!

Kiwidelight, it is the eco-cha! I will keep it for darker oolong such as Dancong, but my mini-me pot will by for rock tea :-)


Boychik, don’t feel stupid…we say we want ALL the tea but we can’t really do that you know? Lol, at least you got some…and how much of the Bei Dou did you get? See, now I was stupid, cause I got none of it!!!


Same. 25g. I’ll save some for you to try;)


Thank boychik <3

Hi shutao :-)

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I am French Canadian, so please forgive me if my English is not always perfect :-/

My relationship with tea in a nutshell:

I’m married to straight Black. I have torrid love affairs with Oolong and Puerh. I party with Green and White occasionally. Flavored are not my BFF, I usually stay away from them.

Love Steepster, a place for tea lovers, where you learn and share with others.

About me:

I am a free spirit, I let people be who they are and expect the same in return.

Books! I love classic literature, but also modern and pretty much anything that captures my attention.

Music is also something I can’t live without… From Bach to Nirvana, my ears know no boundaries…

Animal and nature lover, amateur photographer.

I’ve been drinking tea for as long as I can remember.

Drinking tea is a sensorial experience. The name in itself “Camellia Sinensis” lingers the promess of an adventure for the senses…

Not a big «swapper», but will occasionally. Not because I don’t want to share but because I’m trying not to hoard so much.

Also, I have narrowed down the teas I really like over the years, and I don’t feel the need to try and buy everything the way I used to. (Maybe I have become a tea snob? Sigh…)

My ratings: because I pretty much drink only teas that I judge exceptional, my ratings are usually high. Don’t be shocked to see lots of 90’s and a few 100’s. That’s because I’ve had my share of crapy teas and I’m done with that ;-)

You can find me on Instagram here, I post about my tea sessions mostly, but also about the beautiful nature that surrounds me, and my fury companions :-)



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