1221 Tasting Notes


The description of this tea on the website is accurate. No astringency, smooth, mildly roasted and fruity with a cocoa background. I like this one, and it would have probably been better if I added a few more tea leaves to really get the full flavor. Otherwise, it’s a black tea.

Flavors: Cocoa, Fruity, Smooth, Toasty

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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It tastes and smells like crab, and very musty. Pu-Erh is again one of those more particular teas, and I would maybe recommend this to a Pu-Erh lover, but be warned, it’s very overwhelming. I enjoyed it, but I would not drink it again.

Flavors: Fishy, Mushrooms, Musty

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Maybe I brewed this wrong, but I followed the instructions and I was kinda disappointed with this one. I did not taste the caramel notes it describes at all: it tasted like a roasted white tea. Yes, it had a fuller body, but it was like a less flavorful version of the Yunnan White Moonlight. It’s not bad, but not that great.

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It does what it says, and WARNING: THIS HERBAL TEA IS VERY SPICY. I got it more for medicinal reasons like stress relief and personal ritual, though it can definitely be used more as a culinary marinade. The scent and taste are also definitely as described on the website, like menthol. If you know what sage smells and tastes like, though, that’s what this literally is. If you like it you like it, you don’t, you don’t.

Flavors: Menthol, Sage, Spicy

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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One of the teas that I enjoyed more from M&K’s. I gotta be honest, the smell and taste is very sweet, and very unusual. It almost reminded me of crab, or the cream cheese from a wonton. But really, it’s a highly buttery green tea with a magnolia partner. I thoroughly enjoyed this one for how sweet and buttery it was, but it may be very off putting to a lot of people. They would be overwhelmed and quite possibly disgusted. But, if they get over that initial reaction, or they like cream cheese wantons, and buttery and creamy things, this tea will satisfy that need and linger on the tongue. It is similar to jasmine green tea, which again, that one is a tea that people love or despise, but more sweet and less floral. I’d recommend it and again, people would either really like it or hate it.

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Sweet

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I’m going to have to try this. Wait until you try some of M&K’s holiday teas. Those are the best!

Daylon R Thomas

Really? How’s the Winter Wolf? That one looked pretty good.


One of my absolute favorite teas ever. One of the best I’ve ever had. It really impressed me. The pumpkin one is pretty marvelous as well.

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You are drinking fire when you are drinking this tea. The amount of salt with the crisp, spicy yet fruity Phoenix oolong replicates that. My grandmother and mother liked it, I was not a huge fan. I made sure to get as much of the salt rinsed as directed, but still dominated the cup. It’s good, but for a very particular palette.

Flavors: Cherry Blossom, Salt, Spicy, Stonefruit

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 6 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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It’s a standard, roasted dark rock oolong. Definitely has a stone flower taste and smell, slight bit of rose though it takes some perception to get it. Still pretty good, and a pretty clean brew.

Flavors: Dirt, Roasted, Rose, Wood

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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The description on the website is accurate: something between being a black tea and green tea. That’s what oolong essentially boils down to, but this one tastes exactly like that. I liked this tea-it’s straightforward and simple, which is what I enjoyed about it. Some people might be bored with this one because of its basic profile, while others might like it for not being too fancy. I’m glad I sampled this one. It’s a solid tea.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I got a free sample of this with my first order, and by far one of my favorites from M&K’s. It definitely tastes like a Gunpowder Green tea, but with a smoother, less astringent body of the oolong. It’s also not quite as smoky which is refreshing. It also makes me feel good when I drink it, alert and ready to focus on anything, be it an intensive workout or a slow meditation.

I’m honestly biased in rating this, and I recommend a try for this one. What you get is a better tasting gunpowder tea with a little bit of a buttery, floral scent and taste. Some people might be bored with it because of how close it is to the green tea version, while others may prefer it like I did because of its oolong body. If you want to be adventurous, get this tea.

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Green, Smoked, Sweet

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Ceremonial Matcha by Aiya
1221 tasting notes

My first pure Matcha, and one of my favorites of all time. Deceptively expensive, but worth the cost considering how long this little tin lasts. It smell like sea mist and forest to me, also very close to Dragonwell and Sencha. The taste is Green personified, if that were ever possible. Umami, seaweed, grass, bits of cream, and sea mist again fill the cup and linger on my tongue. I’ve had it for over a year and have just gone through half of it, still enjoying it day to day. Also, nearly impossible to make without a Matcha whisk.

Flavors: Creamy, Grass, Green, Seaweed, Umami

180 °F / 82 °C 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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First Off, Current Targets:

Whispering Pines Alice
Tillerman Tea Traditional Oxidation Oolong
Tillerman Tea Phoenix Village Dong Dings
Good Luxurious Work Teas
A good Qilan
Best Sachet Teas

Dislikes: Heavy Tannin, Astringency, Bitterness, or Fake Flavor, Overly herby herbal or aged teas

Picky with: Higher Oxidation Oolongs, Red Oolongs (Some I love, others give me headaches or are almost too sweet), Mint Teas

Currently, my stash is overflowing. Among my favorites are What-Cha’s Lishan Black, Amber Gaba Oolong, Lishan Oolong, Qilan Oolong, White Rhino, Kenya Silver Needle, Tong Mu Lapsang Black (Unsmoked); Whispering Pines Alice, Taiwaneese Assam, Wang’s Shanlinxi, Cuifeng, Dayuling; Beautiful Taiwan Tea Co.“Old Style” Dong Ding, Mandala Milk Oolong


I am an MSU graduate, and current alternative ed. high school social studies and history teacher. I formerly minored in anthropology, and I love Egyptian and classical history. I love to read, write, draw, paint, sculpt, fence(with a sword), practice calisthenics on rings, lift weights, workout, relax, and drink a cuppa tea…or twenty.

I’ve been drinking green and black teas ever since I was little living in Hawaii. Eastern Asian influence was prominent with my friends and where I grew up, so I’ve been exposed to some tea culture at a young age. I’ve come a long way since I began on steepster and now drink most teas gong fu, especially oolong. Any tea that is naturally creamy, fruity, or sweet without a lot of added flavoring ranks as a must have for me. I also love black teas and dark oolongs with the elusive “cocoa” note. My favorites are lighter Earl Greys, some white teas like What-Cha’s Kenyan offerings, most Hong-Cha’s, darker Darjeelings, almost anything from Nepal, Green Shan Lin Xi’s, and Greener Dong Dings. I’m in the process of trying Alishan’s. I also tend to really enjoy Yunnan Black or Red teas and white teas. I’m pickier with other teas like chamomile, green teas, and Masalas among several.

I used to give ratings, but now I only rate teas that have a strong impression on me. If I really like it, I’ll write it down.

I’ll enjoy a tea almost no matter what, even if the purpose is more medicinal, for it is my truest vice and addiction.


Michigan, USA

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