1179 Tasting Notes

drank Mann Spring Black by Teabox
1179 tasting notes

This one was pretty nice. It actually compares to a Baozhong in some ways for how green it is. Even the leaves themselves are a hunter green highlighted by a lime green with some dark grey shadows. With one teaspoon after five minutes, the color of the tea is a very transparent yellow. In terms of taste, it is definitely like a sweet herb. Parsley is pretty close.

I’m not sure if I’d call this “astringent” or not. If I would have tried it before I got hooked into the world of tea, I would think it’s a slightly stronger green tea. A Gunpowder or an everyday Darjeeling would be more astringent than this tea, but it is also definitely more astringent than a Sencha and a Dragonwell. And it really does not taste like a black tea to me. The slight malt is actually more subtle than you’d expect from the description.

Bringing all the tastes of this together, you get creamy, herby, green, sweet, sweet peas, mildly astringent, and a hint malty. All of these tastes are something that I’d expect more out of an oolong save the herb taste. This is why I liked it.

I’d recommend to sample it, but not sure about buying it. It is something that will definitely deter your expectations of a black tea.

Flavors: Astringent, Cream, Herbs, Malt, Peas, Sweet

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

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“Aroma: Tropical Fruits, Cream.” Okay, I’m getting the tropical. More creamy as in grassy creamy. “Taste: Grass, Tropical Fruits.” Actually, I’m getting a lawn mower bag of grass followed by a lemony, maybe pineapple like grass aftertaste. And it’s a little too astringent for me using one teaspoon, but way too subtle with less. I’m personally not a fan. To me, it tasted like a grass Bertie Botts Jelly Belly jelly bean.

Flavors: Astringent, Grass, Lemon, Pineapple, Tropical

185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I got more of the Fujian leaves in my tumbler with the mint, and wow, this is so well balanced. I’m all about that base.

A lot of mint teas are overwhelmingly mint. Sometimes they can be overwhelmingly fake chocolate if they are supposed to be like a peppermint patty. This one is pretty nice since the black tea is distinctly a black tea, but a smooth one that is close enough to the chocolaty profile. At least for me. But I’d still recommend this if you’re looking for a solid mint tea that doesn’t over steep easily.

I personally prefer to stop it at 3-4 minutes. If I go longer, it has to be closer to seven or eight. That’s just me: please don’t follow my weird word. I thought about getting myself some more, and I just might. So many teas to try though, so much to budget…

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I honestly felt like this deserved more of a ninety today, but that’s just because of how I brewed it. And how much tea I already had. Yet I noticed something. It has the same weird nutty aftertaste of a greener dong ding. In fact, it reminded me of the same aftertaste I get from the Old Style Dong Ding and Misty Mountain. A smooth, nectary buttered nuttiness. Or it could just be my own oddity. I can say, though, that I did not have either of those teas today at the same time as this one.

Just thought I’d share my oddity with you guys.

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Okay, yeah I really like this one and I’m too close to finishing it off. Western using 6 ounces, 2-3 grams of leaves, and following Brenden’s exact steeping instructions. So, so good. Curse my “budget”.


Budgets are unfortunate at times! I’ve been trying to drink my teas slowly….

Daylon R Thomas

I’ve been doing that with my favorite teas. The ones that I’m “meh” about I want to plow through or give away.

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Sipdown. Andrew and I tried this on our search for the perfect daily dianhong. After finishing off a tablespoon and a half of this in my urban tea tumbler, I just realized how close this one was to being the daily tea. So, so close.

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I got more malty and honey qualities this time followed by a smooth smokiness. It actually reminded more of the base of a Southern American sweet tea. Still a great tea to date, but I’ve actually enjoyed the other black teas from What-Cha I’ve had a little more.

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After having a few other teas, this one ranks high. 20 seconds, Gong Fu, and this is delicious. Like chocolate covered plums…if that makes sense. Either way, it is frickin’ good.


This is making want to buy from What-cha even more. Must hold out…it does sound delicious.


Haha we arent going to help much with that im afraid; when you do, make sure to get some of the zhangping as well http://steepster.com/teas/what-cha/69532-fujian-zhangping-light-roasted-shui-xian-cake

Daylon R Thomas

What-cha is a great company period. Alistair has an amazing selection and I’ve gotten something out of every tea offered. I’ve been eye balling the Discover Darjeeling sampler pack…maybe next Christmas.
Again, I have LiquidProust to thank for my introduction to it.


Must resist…

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drank Choco-Muscat Chai by Teabox
1179 tasting notes

My Urban Tea Tumbler had got this to brew really nicely. I figured that I liked this tea with less leaves, more water, longer steeping times at more moderate temperatures like 290F. I got more chocolate today and I’ve noticed a weird cherry taste that I’ve picked up. With the cinnamon pods and nutmeg in collision with the strongly muscatel flavor of the Darjeeling, it produces a tart taste that is really similar to a cherry. The chocolate in the background adds to the illusion-it makes me think of a chocolate covered cherry. I also wonder what role the vanilla is playing. Vanilla is seldom pronounced in this tea, but I can tell that there’s some blended in. It might also accent the cherry notes which I’ve noticed it does on occasion to black teas.

I’d rate today as a 80, but again, price is my main drawback. Nevertheless, if you do decided to get this tea, either use it in small amounts like a teaspoon for every 8 ounces and let it steep for a while until you’re satisfied, or brew it stronger for cream and sugar.

Flavors: Astringent, Cherry, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Dark Bittersweet, Muscatel, Nutmeg

190 °F / 87 °C 6 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

Interesting description!

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First Off, Current Targets:

Taiwan Sourcing Longhan Nectar Red Oolong
Whispering Pines Alice
Good Luxurious Work Teas
A good Qilan
Best Jasmine Black Tea
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 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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