1673 Tasting Notes


Sipdown mug style! Really liked this one. I hoarded it for a while, and did it hot. Cold brew also works, but this is my favorite hibiscus fruit blend I’ve had yet with a white tea.

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drank Sagittarius by Magic Hour
1673 tasting notes

I keep coming back to this one, so I’m upping the rating. I haven’t done a full fledged cold brew, but I remade some after a first hot tumbler session. The cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, and orange get really strong in longer steeps, but not overpowering. The cold water in the refill brings out more citrus and vanilla with some strong spice that’s really soothing.

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I’ve had a can from a gift basket I won. This is so much better as a cold brew or an iced tea. I’ve rated it a 71 in terms of its quality, but I continue to really like this flavor combo.

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drank Li Shan by Spirit Tea
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Sipdown. This one is better tumbler style or in longer steeps. It does work gong fu, but there’s more layers the more you draw it out. It’s moslty floral and marshmallowy gong fu, and longer brews western and grandpa are sweeter, leaning more into some fruitier elements.

The first time I had it, I would have rated it 88, the second time 91, and the last few times 85, so I’m leaving it at 86. It’s a very good Lishan, yet it can be fainter compared to others gong fu. However, it’s got it’s own distinct vibe that super easy to drink and brew for longer periods of time.

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drank Li Shan by Spirit Tea
1673 tasting notes

It’s a little bit weaker with less leaves. Longer steeps had a caramelized marshmallow green taste, shorter steeps brought high mountain green oolong that was not quite as complex. There were more complex smells for sure, but flavor was a little faded.

It also does better when cooled down or with cooler temperature. I liked it more in spring and winter. It’s marshmallow profile and complex florals still standout, though I’m not ready to rate it. I’ve got just enough for one more Grandpa and gong fu if I go heavy.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Cream, Floral, Green, Marshmallow, Milky, Pineapple

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I tried it again with less leaves, making it for my girlfriend as a butterbeer stand in when watching Harry Potter. There were more apples this time making the tea more interesting. More butterscotch and vanilla for sure, but the apples balanced out the rooibos. My opinion has been improved.

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Coldbrew makes this one SIIIIING. It’s like drinking melted mint chocolate chip ice cream. SOOOOO good, and soo cooling.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cream, Creamy, Mint, Peppermint, Sweet

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This Month’s Wanderlust, and an easy winner. I like oolongs, and this is very Limoncello vanilla lemon leaning tea, but has a bit more complexity from its other flavors like the rose and the figs. Apricot makes it tarter and sweeter. I kept brewing it up, and it rebrewed nicely. It’s similar to the Harney and Sons Chinese new years lychee oolongs, but I like this one a little bit more . I’m basic and like vanilla, but it smoothens out everything else without being cloying or overly tart. Not rating it yet,

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I got this for my girlfriend’s birthday. I was a little disappointed since it was primarily rooibos tasting, but the vanilla and butterscotch did have some extra dimension. This one really needs cream and sugar to draw out the flavors. It’s good, but it needs to grow on me and is a little bit more generic compared to the other blends I’ve had. Tulum is one I’d substitute over it, though this tea is far from bad or mediocre.

Flavors: Apple, Butterscotch, Rooibos, Toffee, Vanilla

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This was the primary Xmas themed tea I wanted and hesitated about since it’s a while combo of silver needle and matcha…with vanilla mint flavoring. It could either be great or terrible, and it was great. The actual tea is not as green as the picture, but it’s smell is incredibly and very similar to the Retrograde Remedy tea. I thought I’d like that one more, but this is so close in profile and a lot smoother. The green tea can be a little distracting muddying the water. However, the vibe is there and the flavor itself is seamless hot western. I liked it a little more than the Pu-Erh blend, and I have a feeling it’s going to be better iced. I’m a sucker for off the wall blends anyway.

Flavors: Candy, Chocolate, Creamy, Evergreen, Mint, Smooth, Vanilla

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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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