1544 Tasting Notes


One of the better English Breakfast’s that I have had bagged.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Darjeeling Tea by Novus Tea
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I don’t drink darjeelings pretty often because they are a lighter black, but I gotta admit I like this one. I even recommended it to people at the coffee shop I worked at, saying “I usually don’t like darjeelings, but this one, I do.”

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Solid green tea, especially for a bagged one. It’s good if that’s the option available.

Flavors: Chestnut, Grass, Vegetal

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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drank Wild Encounter by Novus Tea
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drank Egyptian Mint by Novus Tea
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The closest tea that has ever gotten to what I had in Egypt. Purity in a cup. But that’s if you like mint. And when I was working at a coffee shop, I downed this constantly to freshen up my breath. If you ever want to try a good quality Egyptian mint, this is probably one of the better ways to do it bagged. Good on its own, or with honey.

Flavors: Mint, Peppermint

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Pai Mu Tan by Novus Tea
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I thought that this one was too weak. Fragrant, yes, but I wanted to taste more. This company has changed in the last few years, so it might be better if I were to try it again.

175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is one of the only herbal bagged hibiscus tisanes that I’ve really liked. Pomegranate and apple are the perfect fruit flavors to blend it with because they resemble each other more. It almost reminded me of the hibiscus tea I drank with every meal in Egypt. Also, so sweet that this is practically a fruit juice. In my opinion, it’s best with honey, iced or hot.

190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 15 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This Earl Grey is more floral than most, and also considerably lighter. Visual appeal and aromatherapy are the aims of this little pyramid, and the Malva flowers perfume open with the smoother Ceylon. The coffee shop that I was a barista to sold this company, and I was able to hook people on this one because of its mellow strength and soothing smell. I often recommended this to Earl Grey lovers and people who were willing to try something different. I suggest the same here on Steepster if you are looking for a unique bagged Earl Grey.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Flowers, Smooth

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I like hibiscus, but if there is hibiscus, it needs to turn into a fruit juice because that’s what it’s best as. The rooibos has more of a citrus taste, and it clashes with the natural cranberry like nature of the hibiscus.

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First Off, Current Targets:

Whispering Pines Alice
Good Luxurious Work Teas
Wang Family’s Jasmine Shanlinxi
Spring, Winter Taiwan High Mountain Oolongs

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, Taiwanese Assam, Wang’s Shanlinxi, Cuifeng, Dayuling, Jasmine Shan Lin Xi; Beautiful Taiwan Tea Co.“Old Style” Dong Ding, Mandala Milk Oolong; Paru’s 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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