1083 Tasting Notes


This was in my cup while I watched today’s F1 race with my husband. Sometimes I feel like I should get tired of this given that it’s such a one note wonder (allll cinnamon allll day), but I don’t. It’s deliciously sweet, and the warmth of the cinnamon is just so dang cozy and comforting. Can’t say I tasted the orange or clove, although some days I do, but still enjoyed the cup.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Alishan Oolong by unknonwn
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Several months ago a friend of mine visited her brother in Taiwan, and she brought me back some teas. This is the one oolong she gifted me, and it’s a gem. The first time I sipped it I did a double take at the leaves to make sure it’s an oolong because the malty flavor was intense. Good intense. There is also a thickness and smoothness to this that I appreciate. I’ve enjoyed shot steeps where the flavor is brighter and a touch floral, but the longer steeps are my favorite.

Not rating this since I don’t have all the information to log it properly.

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Still a big fan of this one. Lots of chocolate with some cherry and bread notes. I’ll be a little sad when this one is gone.

Side note: During my 5+ year hiatus from Steepster I’ve diligently worked on using up my tea collection. I struggle to finish teas, especially the ones I love, because I don’t want them to be gone. But I was also overwhelmed by the sheer amount of tea in my tiny kitchen, so I put myself on a no-buy and started working my way through my 300ish samples and many purchases. I do wish I would’ve taken notes, but the overall experience has been fun. Currently I’m on track to finish all of my teas that are over five years old by the end of this year. I did get to a point where I started buying replacements for categories of teas I was completely out of (Moroccan mint, tisanes, etc…), but I’m limiting the quantity until I’ve finished my oldest teas. Heaven help my wallet once I catch up!


It’s good to see you back with us!


Thanks! It’s nice to be back.

Mastress Alita

I’ve been in a similar sipdown project/no-buy lockdown for the last few years, myself.


Sara, good for you! I know for me it’s been both gratifying (so much amazing tea to enjoy!) and frustrating (so many interesting teas passed by, and so many sales missed!). The good definitely outweighs the bad. :)

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drank Coconut Warrior by Wise Ape Tea
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Um… well, hello everyone. Long time no post. My life took quite a dramatic turn several years ago as I went back to work after being a stay at home parent for fifteen years. Needless to say, it took a lot of adjusting. Thankfully I love my job, and it’s allowed me to continue my education which has always been important to me. That said, raising kids, work, and studying pushed everything else out of the way for awhile. But I missed this lovely place and people! I actually logged in last night to find the name of a tea I couldn’t remember (Moorish Mint by Samovar), and it made me smile. Anything that makes me happy during these crazy times is a keeper!

Ok, tea note… I cold brewed this and am enjoying it. Coconut is the main flavor, but the vanilla and cinnamon enhance the overall flavor and experience. I can smell the turmeric, but I don’t taste it, and I like the hit of black pepper. Not sure if I’ll ever drink this hot since it’s so delicious cold.

Flavors: Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Coconut, Vanilla

Iced 8 min or more

Welcome back, Veronica! I am glad you have a job you love. It makes such a difference!


It does make a difference. The job I have now is the complete opposite of what I went to school for, so it was overwhelming at first but so, so worth it.

And thanks for the welcome. I feel like I showed up in the middle of a hurricane with the selling of Steepster to Adagio. Hopefully they listen to y’all. This is a special place, and it deserves to remain that way.


Veronica! Good to see you back! :D


Thank you!!!

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drank Almond Sugar Cookie by Wegmans
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I thought I missed out on this tea since I didn’t see it on the shelves when I was in Wegman’s during the holidays. Luckily, I popped in today to pick up a couple of items and saw the canister on the shelf with the unflavored black teas. I was so excited that I immediately bought a quarter pound. No regrets.

This tea has a wonderful shortbread almond cookie flavor. I really do adore it. I’m about to drink a nice big mug while I take down my Christmas tree and attempt to get my living room back to some semblance of order. Usually I get the blues once the holidays are past, but this year I’m ready to tuck into winter and just enjoy some quiet and stillness for awhile… with a cup of tea, of course.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I love this – quiet and stillness. I’m trying to do the same. Good luck with your Christmas tree. Mine was a beast!

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I like trying out the herbal teas that come out around the holidays because I get to enjoy some fun Christmas-y flavors and still fall asleep at a decent hour. The chocolate and peppermint flavors in this tea are nice, but the addition of lavender turned this from ‘just ok’ to something I’ve reached for multiple times over the last few weeks.

My full review is here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/12/22/christmas-paris-stash-tea/

I think I’ll even bring a few tea bags of this with me when I go visit my family for Christmas. It’ll be nice for those evenings when I want to stay up and chat and (hopefully) avoid the candy and cookies that will inevitably be out no matter what hour it is. :)

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drank Black Dragon Pearls by Teavana
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A kind friend gave me a bag of these for Christmas. She was so intrigued by them that I invited her over for tea and steeped a nice big pot. She seemed to enjoy it even though she’s more of a coffee drinker. She was surprised by the chocolate-y flavor of the tea and how well it paired with shortbread. Her child like joy over it made my day. Tea and cookies are indeed fabulous together! It was nice to sit and relax with a friend for a little while. Sometimes I get so caught up in the holiday hype that I forget to stop and enjoy the people in my life.


Oh, I love the idea of pairing dragon pearls with shortbread. Sounds fantastic!

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drank Figgy Pudding by Capital Teas
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The cherry, fig, and almond flavors in this tea are downright delicious. I can’t say that this tea reminds me of Christmas, but I like drinking it at this time of year just because of the name. It kinda makes me laugh. The name of the tea brings the holidays to mind. However, cherry and fig are some of my favorite summer fruits, so when I drink this I think of summer. I guess I get the best of both seasons this way!


Yum! I wonder what it would be like cold steeped then, eh?


It’s wonderful cold steeped! I made it several times last summer and loved it.

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This was my morning tea. It’s a lovely tea to begin the day with. I enjoy the sweet potato and slighty nutty notes. It’s been a while since I’ve sat down and really enjoyed this one, so it was nice to rediscover it.

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drank Graveyard Mist by 52teas
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I’m super impressed with the re-blend of this tea from the new 52 Teas. I loved the original version, but I think I like this one even more!

The spearmint in this blend is softer and slightly more subdued than earlier versions of this tea. It blends with the vanilla to make a tea I’d choose to sit down and unwind with any day of the week. The base tea is also nice. It’s a little grassy, but mostly it has a bright clean flavor that I associate with good green teas. The combination is so good. I keep thinking this is the kind of tea I’d love to have at a spa after getting a massage. Oh my word, that’d be wonderful.

This one’s a winner. Good job, Anne!

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Tea obsessed since 2010.

My Rating System:

100-95 = Teas I actively seek out and keep in my pantry. If you are a guest in my home chances are I will offer you one or all of these teas. Also, if/when these teas are discontinued I openly mourn their loss.

94-85 = Teas I truly like, often have in my pantry, and sometimes restock. These are my variety-is-the-spice-of-life teas.

84-75 = They’re good teas and I enjoy drinking them on occasion.

74-65 = These teas are ok, but not really my thing.

64-55 = meh.

54-45 = I will if I have no other option.

44 and below = Coffee, please.


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