1144 Tasting Notes


I filled my little strainer a bit more full. I’m guessing two to maybe three teaspoons. Same tasting notes: Dominant jasmine with a peachy creaminess and a pistachio nut aftertaste. I actually like this better western and Grandpa style. I don’t know what I was thinking last time I tried it. This is actually a really lovely Jasmine tea. A part of me still prefers green ones, but I’m loving the nutty aftertaste right now. Plus I’ve been craving it. Maybe it’s a seasonal thing since this winter has edged toward spring. Thank you inconsistent Michigan Weather, and thank you Global Warming.

Flavors: Creamy, Jasmine, Nutty, Sweet

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 g 7 OZ / 207 ML

Ooh, a pistachio note. Interesting.

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A very solid Earl Grey that is a bit too strong for me. Very malty and astringent. The bergamot is really well balanced, but the black tea base was overpowering for me. And again, not a huge fan of the package price.

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drank Indian Marigold by Teabox
1144 tasting notes

After almost three frickin’ tablespoons of grounded vanilla bean, I finally got it to taste exactly like the description. The bag has so much vanilla that it smells like brownies, but despite how intensely I flavor bombed the leaves, I can still taste the almond and the saffron. I can now be happy with my whopping three ounces of it.


that will be $100 in vanilla bean then?

Daylon R Thomas

I got over two ounces of it pre-ground for 11 bucks. And yes, it’s Bourbon Vanilla. This still emphasizes my point: I paid extra money to get the flavor I wanted.

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…well, hello Coffee, hello Chocolate…Cherry Oolong? Okay, the flavor stayed in the tumbler and this tea absorbed every scent it could. Oddly enough, it tastes like a carbon copy of the Chocolate Cherry Latte Oolong. Attack of the body snatchers!

But to emphasize the point about THIS tea: it is VERY delicate. Who knew it would be this easy to flavor? I at least had a prolonged goodbye to a favorite.

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Sipdown to make first class of the week awesome, and it did. I finished it off in my Urban Tea Tumbler and it was the perfect combo yet again. Chocolate covered cherries with coffee roasting in the background indeed making my morning that much better, and my classes that much more enjoyable. 5 or 6 grams yielding three strong steeps in 16 ounces, 15, then finally 11. Goodbye, and I look forward to meeting you again…

(Waiting for people to gag at my cheesiness.)

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A little partner that joined me at the Chicago Field Museum, and I was hoping for it to be mediocre. Intelligentsia is the retailer of the Kilogram Tea Company, and the price is around 8.99 per bag lowering the temptation. But it’s actually a higher quality jasmine that did impress me. The Jasmine is strong and almost sweet in scent and taste. However, it was by no means overpowering and I got two solid cups, each soaked for 3 minutes with a fainter third cup that should have been steeped longer. Worst of all, it’s actually pretty creamy.

I’ve gotten Jasmine pearls the same quality for cheaper, but this is a really good bagged jasmine tea. I don’t think that I’d flock to buy it soon, yet it certainly made me slightly curious to try more of Kilogram’s and Intelligentsia’s offerings. So I’d recommend it, but not the $8.99 plus shipping.

Flavors: Creamy, Jasmine, Sweet

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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One of my favorite samples so far. And as some of you can tell, I’m really developing a taste for Darjeelings….curse my expensive palette.

Teabox gave a good, accurate description of this tea and it is a very fresh, green black. Rose is really heady in taste and smell, and the liquor is actually very smooth and very mildly astringent, but an astringency with a citrus aftertaste. The grassy smell was a little bit off putting for me at first, but it is weirdly refreshing in the tea. It’s so green to me that it actually tastes closer to an oolong than a black, which shouldn’t be surprising considering it’s a Darjeeling. I had this tea at three minutes, and it continued to be good at five and even eight minutes being difficult to over steep. Personally, I would stop at five minutes and do longer brews in later cups.

The Giddapahar Special Muscatel remains as my favorite, but this one is one that I’d might buy. I’d recommend it for green tea lovers or as something to try if you want to find out the different dimensions Darjeeling has.

Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Freshly Cut Grass, Green, Rose

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is a very classic example of an Assam. The leaves are really nice to look at and particularly tippy with a gold strand on most leaves. Too bad they are on the smaller side and that I’ve been made snob by Taiwan Assams.

The liquor itself is malty, strong, a bit astringent with a little bit of dry fruit sweetness. I get the pine they describe in the smell and partially in the astringency. Honey is a bit more distinguishable along with the walnut. But honestly, it just tastes like tea. It would do well with rock sugar or honey pared with cream. Assam is a bit too strong for my preferences anyway.

Flavors: Astringent, Dates, Honey, Malt, Pine, Tea, Walnut

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

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Okay, not as good as it was last time. More spinachy than I like. It could be due to leafage…or storage. I only had the original bag in a scentless zip lock bag for a week before I put it in one of the pouches from LP. I hope that it didn’t somehow lose flavor, though I could be worrying too much. I need to see how the other cups go. I manage to get the pear and peach out anyway. Today has been more like a 85-90 in terms of taste.

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Evol Ving Ness

This one is a winner.

Daylon R Thomas

I know, right? I wish there were better reviews of this one because flavored green oolongs are not that common and not always successful. For me, it actually held up better with a gram per two ounce or less ratio. And it yielded very strong rebrews. I hope Lauren releases a similar tea soon because I would want to get something like this paired with the Cherry Wassail before it runs out.

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First Off, Current Targets:
Taiwan Sourcing Luxurious Jade Sampler (FRICKIN’ PRICEY)
Taiwan Sourcing Longhan Nectar Red Oolong

The best Alishan and or Lishan for the best price
The best Jade Oolong Period.
The best Dancong Period.

Nepal Jun Chiyabari ‘Himalayan Tippy’ Black Tea
Lishan (I’m always stocking up on it)

My wish list is fairly accurate though it is broad.

Current Favorites:
Shang Tea/Phoenix Tea:
Tangerine Blossom

Golden Tea Leaf Company:
Iris Orchid Dancong Oolong
Dung Ting Oolong (green)
Ali Mountain Oolong

Taiwan Amber GABA Oolong
Vietnam Red Buffalo Oolong
China Yunnan Pure Bud Golden Snail Black Tea
Taiwan Lishan Oolong
Kenya ‘Rhino’ Premium White Tea

Hugo Tea: Vanilla Black Chai

Liquid Proust Teas:
French Toast Dianhong

Floating Leaves Tea:

Beautiful Taiwan Tea Co.:
“Old Style” Dong Ding


I am an MSU graduate about to become a 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), 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 with a dominant Eastern Asian influence. 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.


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