299 Tasting Notes

drank Big Sur by Art of Tea
299 tasting notes

I was just reading a thread on the boards about how spammy and dead Steepster has been lately, and that just made me sad. Unfortunately I also find myself drifting away from Steepster because I don’t make the time and I simply am hardly on my personal laptop anymore. Maybe once a week or so, but I generally check my internet stuff on my phone and Steepster is not phone friendly. I do drop by occasionally with a tasting note, but I’m never on the boards anymore.

Anyways, another reason I don’t always post reviews on tea anymore is because I’m too lazy to input it into the database if there’s no previous listing for it? If no one else is drinking it, does anyone care what I have to say about it? Shrug. This is a new listing.

I came across this tea actually months ago, in a little milk tea shop when visiting my friend in a town three hours away. They also carried some loose teas and the owner was kind enough to let me sniff the teas because I wasn’t so familiar with the blend. The company is california based and that intrigued me. This was the tea that caught me attention. He agreed to brew it for me iced, and oh boy, it became a minor obsession for me to obtain some. I can’t even describe how I remember it tasting now because it was so long ago. But the flavors overall lent to a great cup.

This tea is pretty expensive for me. A 4oz zip pouch is $23, which is about 5.75/oz. That may not sound too expensive, alot of teas go for around 4/oz, but that plus shipping for just the one tea I wanted from the company, it was alot. Especially because when I first stalked this tea, only the 16oz bag was available, which is alot to buy when you’ve only tasted the tea once. Nevertheless, it became one of those background tabs in my internet browser that I checked every once in awhile.

I finally gave in a got some a month or so ago and got a bag, and I’m still kind of tinkering with the brewing specifications. My habit is still to brew a large thermos to go for work, so I brew alot of tea at once, all usually off the same leaves. This batch was 2.5 tsp, 16oz water, three steeps into a large thermos.

The Vanilla came out STRONG, and the mint is nice while it’s warm but enhances cold when iced. I think I let it sit too long because the black tea was stronger than my preference, or maybe just I overleafed it. I think I’m looking for something like a creamy mint black, but I need to figure out how to brew it just right.


Thanks for the detailed review! I get so frustrated when I over leaf/steep my teas. Usually I have it down by eyeing it but occasionally I go to drink what I made and it’s god awful bitter


That’s another interesting point, I don’t think was mentioned in the thread, if Steepster isn’t phone friendly, it might be a problem for people. I only use Steepster on my laptop. I wonder if it’s just us laptop users who are sticking around?


Ipad user here. Wouldn’t even try it on my phone with my eyesight!

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My coworker gave this to me, because he hopes to cure my insomnia with tea? lol
I’m a bit surprised that this doesn’t contain valerian, I feel like last time I tried a sleepy tea from this company (way back in college), it did contain valerian, so I was super careful with it.
The wrapper is a plastic lined paper envelope, ugh.
The dry leaf is more minty smelling, and less chamomile than the sleepy time tea by celestial seasonings. See Kevin, I do drink sleepy teas…
The steep time is 10-15 min, and then SQUEEZE the teabag. :/
Maybe I’ll update this tomorrow with how I slept, maybe I won’t.
I shall keep this away from my cat, because of the catnip. What is passionflower herb?

NCCIH says that passionflower was historically used as a mild sedative, and may cause doziness. There was some small studies to see if its sedative properties could help with anxiety, but it was ruled that the studies were too small to conclude anything.
Hop strobile is maybe the stamen of the hops flower? The same hops as is used to brew beer (I actually hate the flavor of hops, it’s too bitter for me, I prefer malty beer). Hops may be a mild sedative, help with anxiety and used by people with sleep disorders. Maybe I should learn to like IPA.
Linden flower tea is sometimes used for calming effects in infants. I’m just googling these ingredients randomly at this point. I can tell you that I am not an infant and I probably need a stronger dose than an infant.

It’s interesting how they list how many mg of each herb is in the teabag. The leaf is coarsely ground. It’s hard for me to want teabags after years of loose leaf. By the way, if you haven’t tried Adagio’s Cha Cha yet, it’s like a mintier sleepytime (CS), but it’s loose leaf and you can see all the pretty flowers and such.

Maybe I should have saved this sample for a night where I’m still staring at the ceiling at 3am, not when I’m just waiting around at 11pm, but 11pm is such a more reasonable bedtime.

It doesn’t really taste like much, despite the long brew time. I just left the bag in there, it can keep steeping, I don’t think it’ll oversteep. I can smell the orange oil a little bit, and it’s got a very mild back of the throat mint feeling. Like you walk past a garden and you catch a hint of mint on the breeze, that’s how mild this is.
Oops, this says to have 2-3 cups late in the day, including at least one 30 mins before bed.
But can you even resteep? Or do they mean for us to use 2-3 teabags per evening? I’m not down for that. Too much waste, but also I only have the one sample.

Eh and now it’s past midnight and bleh. Doesn’t feel that different?

Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

A variety of this tea that does contain valerian exists somewhere out there.

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This was nice, not bitter, and very mild.

Tastes like a black tea, but still distinct

I have a sample, but I don’t know if I’ll repurchase.

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I picked up some barley tea while I was in a Hmart earlier this week. The teabags are huge!! But from my research you really need to steep alot at a time, so I’m guessing they’re single serving. It was roasted, grainy goodness, but I don’t think it’s a tea that I can drink while I’m doing the fasting portion of IF, phooey.

Today is a super duper busy day, I have my grandmother’s death anniversary to attend, a musical show, and then a red eye flight across the country. But tomorrow I shall be in the ‘happiest place on earth’ so hopefully I won’t be too dead. Caffeine to the rescue!

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drank Hojicha by Tealyra
299 tasting notes

Yummy basic Hojicha, not a delicate flavor like their ‘superior hojicha’ but still yummy

2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Hazelnut by Adagio Teas
299 tasting notes

I’ve been drinking so much of this tea that in the past 3 months I’ve gotten through a good amount of my initial 3oz. If you know me and the sheer amount of teas I’ve accumulated since I’ve started on steepster, that’s pretty unprecedented. For my birthday I got myself the 16oz bag. Tehehe

Is it the best tea ever? No
Is it a good daily drinker? Yes
Is it cheap? Yes
Will I get sick of it before I ever finish 16oz? Maybe.

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I just got my first box! I was really curious for awhile, after seeing ads on instagram and different youtube videos. Haha, I tried to an unboxing video on it, and discovered that I have no stamina for talking for long periods of time, and also no idea how to project my voice, look at the camera or just talk into thin air. In short I’m a terrible orator, I haven’t decided if I actually want to upload it yet.

My first box:
Pumpkin spice Black by Davidsons Organics
Organic Assam by Mana teas
Calm by TeaPigs
Organic Chinese White by Made of Tea

I’m really only excited by the Calm tea, but I’ll try the other ones, I guess.
I’m really liking the muslin/paper tea bags they give you with loose leaf teas. I’ll use my gravity steeper at home, but they’ll be good for travel, much appreciated.


Nice, I got three out of these four over the past couple months!


Welcome to the tea-fam! If you ever post your unboxing vid, we’d love to see it. If you ever have any questions please email us at tealover@sipsby.com
-Breezy, TEA-m Sips by

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I just bought myself an insulated teapot because I miss the teapot experience. The teapot is double walled stainless steel, but the spout and the cap are connected to the outer layer, thus the whole teapot still got quite hot to the touch, not as good insulation as a big thermos. But still fun to keep pouring myself small cups.

I drank through half the pot before I was sleepy enough to sleep, and today I just added more hot water to warm it back up. I’m really finding the taste of this one quite comforting lately, although I don’t use it as a sleep aid often, I probably should. The spearmint is what’s most noticeable, but I need to do a side by side with Tazo Calm which used to be my go to sleepy aid.

Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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16oz to one teabag, 195f, i didn’t take the bag out. I don’t mind this, but I did leave it to cool significantly before indulging. The maple scent is strong but only adds a touch of sweetness. The ginger is not too spicy, but is present. I would not sweeten this tea, but I will drink it again.

1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Yum! But sweet, almost too sweet… Definitely (for me) more of a dessert tea than an all day sipper, I finished the thermos full I had, but I’ll have to reconsider keeping that in the stash for day-drinking :) The inside of the bag is also sticky, which is weird and a little gross.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I get easily excited and tend to get into the habit of collecting things I get really really excited about- books, fountain pens, fragrance, tea and any number of things. Mostly I’m just really excitable.

My favorites are oolongs! Also high for me are greens and ripe pu’erh. But I do like most teas and I’ll try most anything at least once. I just don’t like rooibos, smokey, or banana flavored things.

My name is Christina, but there’s also another Christina with a cat as a profile picture, so I go by Flyawaybirdie.

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NOTE!: My cupboard is not up to date. Not even close. But it does have a bunch of teas I have pretty substantial quantities of, so I put them in there anyways because I’m unlikely to run out soon. Also, if I wrote a note on it and didn’t include a TTB name or a sipdown note, I’m likely to still have some even if it’s not in my cupboard, so feel free to ask if you want to swap!


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