1148 Tasting Notes


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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drank Mountain Rose by Teabox
1148 tasting notes

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drank Mountain Rose by Teabox
1148 tasting notes

This is my other lovely sample to see how Teabox performs with their blends. And the description of it was spot on. The smell is pleasantly headed by the cardamom then followed by rose. I couldn’t help but think of Turkish coffee, which is one of my preferred desserts. The taste is oddly creamy for a black tea, but possessing the kind of briskness you’d get with an Earl Grey. Instead of bergamot though, cardamom follows. The black tea itself has a little bit of a cocoa note, but more cocoa than malt which is a bit unusual.Still tastes like black tea.

Yes, I recommend a try of this if you know the ingredients and like them. It is more on the sweet side than spicy, so it can potentially make a good dessert tea or perhaps an everyday tea. Like one reviewer said on the Teabox website, this is the kind of tea that would cater to an Earl Grey lover. It’s also a fainter black tea making it more appealing for maybe someone just introduced to tea, a green tea drinker, and definitely an oolong drinker and white tea drinker.

My main criticism is that it was weak for the teaspoon I used. The first steep was strong, but the second one was a fainter version of the first. Good, but I’d grab it on discount. $21.50 is a little much for a hundred grams of this.

And this had clove and high caffeine before? My bag says different. Weird.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cocoa, Rose, Sweet

190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Coco Berry by Teabox
1148 tasting notes

First to add, and the photos are acting up…dang it. Okay, onward.

The smell of the dry leaf is fantastic and welcoming. It smells like chocolate covered strawberries powdered by cinnamon. But the taste fell flat compared to the smell. I had about a teaspoon, and I knew I should have used two. This was a good black tea. It was incredibly smooth and subtle with a slight sweetness added by the strawberry and vanilla. But all the ingredients came out as notes rather than full fledged tastes making this tea entirely too meek and subtle for what I wanted.

I need to try this again with more leaves and I would others recommend a try of it. As for the price for a full ounce, I personally hesitate.The ingredient’s on the weaker side especially compared to the boldness of this company’s regular Darjeelings.

Flavors: Cocoa, Smooth, Strawberry, Vanilla

190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I tried it Western to see what I get. I knew that Gong Fu was probably better, especially for a caffeine kick. But it tasted just as good. I got the same array of tastes but in a blended form. The white grape taste that Brenden mentions also turns out much stronger, the same with the grapefruit note. More than likely, though, the white grape taste is what I taste as grapefruit. Still really like this one.

Flavors: Citrus, Dill, Grapefruit, Honey, Spicy, White Grapes

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Tasting note 400!

And I am so glad I got this tea on sale. It is low caffeine, and I love it. The notes from Teabox are accurate as always. A rose, grassy citric smell emanating from the dry leaves, and rose and freshly cut greens from the cup. Steeped as instructed, 3 teaspoons for five minutes, and it is lovely. I didn’t expect it to be as refreshing as it was. There is absolutely no astringency or bitterness. It is oddly refreshing and hydrating, tasting exactly like a combination between rose water and cucumber infused water. I don’t think that I would have needed to read Big Daddy’s note to get that impression. It also still tastes like a fairly light and delicate white tea with some hay notes (in longer steepings), but headed by the clean rose and cucumber.

I partially get the sweetness of this tea, but it’s far from a sugary sweetness. Rose and cucumber are the sweetest things that I could compare it to.

I don’t know how many steeps I’m going to get out of this, but the smell remains quite strong. I hope I get the same thing or some thing better soon because it is lovely. I would actually rate the taste closer to a 95 because I like how rounded and delicate it is, but the price is incredibly steep being close to forty dollars for fifty grams. Another thing to consider with price is how many leaves you should use per cup: 3 tablespoons for every six ounces or 2.5 GRAMS FOR EVERY .9 OUNCE. Hence my getting it on discount with a coupon.

This is an awesome white tea that I think people should try…when it’s on discount.

Flavors: Cucumber, Freshly Cut Grass, Hay, Rose

185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

Holy crap, I’ve never heard of a tea being so expensive! I’ve seen some matchas go for $30/35 for 50g, but you only use like 1/2tsp per 8-10oz. $40 though and 3tbsp..that’s gotta make each cup at least $5?

Daylon R Thomas

Yeah, it’s 37.79 regular. The sample was $7 for four cups, so close about $1.75 per cup. Got it for $16. I’ve had really mixed feelings about Teabox so far anyway. This tea is high quality, but vastly overpriced. I’ve been far more impressed with their black Darjeelings, which tend to have reasonable prices. As for their blends, they try too hard to make their tea subtle taking away some flavor. I’m still going through the blends before I make an official judgement on all of them, but weak has been the consensus so far.


Can’t say I’ve ever tried teabox, but that’s definitely out of my price range. Quality is always good but the price needs to be right as well, which is why during the summer whenever I do pitchers of iced tea (my husband and I chug those back like no ones business) I tend to use bagged tea. I only do herbal iced tea (especially fruit blends) and to make a 2L pitcher using loose leaf can be anywhere from $3.50-$5.50 (and sometimes we drink a pitcher per day!) There are some great bagged teas I use which bring the price per pitcher close to $1.

I wish steepster had an option where users can rate tea COMPANIES and not just individual blends. That way I could no what to expect when trying them out.


Kristal— what bagged teas do you use to make these pitchers? I really enjoy iced tea in the summer as well!


I really enjoy Celestial Seasonings True Blueberry and Black Cherry (cold brewed for 12-24h). Stash’s Wild Raspberry Hibiscus is also a good one. I’m usually not a hibiscus fan but all of these teas have wowed me.

I also just picked up Stash’s Blueberry Superfruit and I will judge how that is cold brewed too!

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Okay, I now REALLY love this tea. And of course, that is due to it being there in a time of need. If you just want to read about the tea, scroll past this next paragraph.

So here’s the story of the morning. I wake up at 6. Get ready for an Anthropology Department Field Trip to the Chicago Field Museum for a new exhibit on Ancient Greece. We are supposed to meet a bus stop far away. I go to my car when it is 31 degrees outside. It’s frozen shut. And. Frozen LOCKED. I call my good friend for an emergency pick up. He cannot pick me up. But. He tells me that the bus is reconvening at the other side of campus. I.E. A 25 minute walk from where I am in 32 degrees. A 10 minute run in 32 degrees with my veins pumping 99 degrees in frustration.

Finally. I get to the hall. And my tea is ready in my lovely sixteen ounce tumbler, white foaming at the top in a deep, amber red color. I take a sip of my incidentally Grandpa Styled oolong, and it tastes just like chestnuts and malted butter. It is sooooo good. I chugged it down.

I really love this tea for its sweetness and thick nuttiness. It is also INCREDIBLY strong and complex. I put approximately a tablespoon, maybe less of the leaves and it makes the most balanced and thick bodied sweet chestnut drink that I’ve ever had.

I highly recommend this tea to try something different and something to have if you are giving up coffee. The roast has a quality like coffee, but it doesn’t quite taste like coffee. It is also REALLY sweet for a straight tea. Like brown sugar sweet. I might even be bad and make a chai out of it…

Back to the tea by itself, it works great Gong Fu, but I personally prefer it Western because soaking it for long periods of time collects all the flavor notes on here and compiles them into one harmonizing brew. The same Grandpa as witnessed here. The Gong Fu actually makes it too strong for me even with smaller leaf amounts.

With all of that said, I think this is more for an experienced drinker or for someone looking for a possible coffee alternative. I would also look at all the notes on here. Each give an accurate description and all of them are slightly different. I personally think that a black tea drinker might like this, but a green tea drinker would love the nutty qualities. An oolong lover more than likely would enjoy this. As for someone trying tea for the first time, he or she might not recognize the taste. Nutty or roasted might come to their mind, but again, the flavor for this tea is complex and fairly unusual for a every day palette (unless you’ve had Rui Gui’s or Dong Dings). You experienced drinkers who know what you are looking for, I recommend this tea. For those of you beginning your addiction, I’d maybe wait on this one and try it later a long your path…unless you’ve liked darker oolongs already.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Butter, Butterscotch, Chestnut, Roast nuts, Roasted, Scotch, Sweet

190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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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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