345 Tasting Notes

90
drank Rocky Road by 52teas
345 tasting notes

I really like this one. It reminds me of Decadence but with a nutty taste. I didn’t get sunflower seeds like others. It’s probably a different blend than before since my batch is recent. I got a nice almond note from it instead. The marshmallows give it a very light sweet taste with added creaminess. It didn’t seem as dark chocolatey as Decedance but more between milk chocolate and dark chocolate which I liked. The blend of Laoshan, Assamica & Golden Yunnan really works well and it was delicious and had a nice malty note.

Flavors: Almond, Chocolate, Creamy, Dark Chocolate, Malt, Marshmallow, Roasted nuts

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
52Teas

I omitted the sunflower seeds in the reblend of this one. :)

Kawaii433

Oooh ok, that explains it :D. I’m not coo-coo crazy then. hehe Aaron and I loved it, thank you!

52Teas

I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed it! Thank you!

I have decided to omit the sunflower seeds on my future blends – I got a variety of reviews on the sunflower seeds: some liked them but most did not. For me personally, I liked their salty contribution to the overall cup but because they go stale too quickly, I decided it would be better to just not include them in blends from this point forward.

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90

Broke into this cake today. I was able to easily break off small pieces off with my fingers, 7g worth. A quick rinse, starting at 185F and later going up to 205F. A bunch of 5s infusions, maybe up to 15? I just keep going and going hehe.

The cake has a grassy, hay, slightly flowery aroma. I’m not really good at aromas TBH. The liquor is medium to deep golden color. The taste at first, started off somewhat bitter and slightly astringent. The first two steepings, aside from a little bitterness and astringency, had a remarkable sweet taste, that of honey or more like sugar cane. The next few steeps, more flavors came out, layers of them. It’s not a boring tea. It has a super thick mouth feel yet a nice finish with lots of peach notes. Super creamy feeling in my mouth and throat. With each successive infusion, it kept bringing out fruity notes, more on the side of stone fruits, such as apricots and peaches, but also citrus notes, and later add in a little metallic and mineral notes here and there. Complex tea.

In the beginning, I did find it to be slightly bitter but that went away and the pleasant dryness throughout adds to it, doesn’t ruin it. Towards the middle-end, the fruity notes, such as apricots and peach notes subsided and the last layer came in, almost an umami, savory, vegetal taste along with spices, a little heat and minerals.

Throughout the infusions, it was always pleasantly sweet and gave a thick, creamy mouthfeel that won’t quit. The stone fruit notes remained even at the end. I would say that if you’re into sweet sheng and like the mouthfeel experience, I would highly recommend this one to you.

Flavors: Apricot, Astringent, Bitter, Floral, Grass, Honey, Peach, Stonefruits, Sugarcane, Sweet, Umami, Vegetal

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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88

I have had this for a while but hadn’t written about it. It is their 2019 Da Hong Pao. I really like Whispering Pines teas overall.

I prepared it Gongfu 200 F, quick rinse, then 5s, 10s, 15s, 20s, 25s. 30s, 1m. Nice aromatics of dried fruit, minerals. A delicious roasty cuppa with pleasant light spice notes, like anise, pepper, and perhaps cardamom. Lots of nice dried fruit, mainly plums, and raisins, some citrus notes. Also, lots of mineral notes.

Solid Da Hong Pao.

Flavors: Anise, Cream, Plums, Raisins, Roasted, Spices

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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drank Frosted Cereal by DAVIDsTEA
345 tasting notes

Sip down.

It’s too sweet but as I do with the other ones, I do a flash rinse to get the sweet taste out, and then I can enjoy it. It does taste like cereal albeit a very sweet cereal hehe. I think I got this when my nephew stayed with me. He enjoyed it.

Some marshmallow notes along with apple, oats. coconut, cornflakes, vanilla, and cream. It’s a really chunky type of tea, you can see big pieces of all kinds of things, even raisins, goji berries, vanilla pieces, and quinoa too. I may get it again for my nephew but it’s far too sweet (stevia) for me. If you don’t mind sweet tea, you may like this one. It would probably taste good as a latte.

Flavors: Apple, Cream, Goji, Oats, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Nattie

Thanks for the tip about rinsing sweet teas! I’ve never thought to try that.

Kawaii433

You’re very welcome, Nattie! :D

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86
drank 2018 Mini Redheads by White2Tea
345 tasting notes

Additional notes.
After my sample, last year, I had picked up 10 more little disks of this shortly after. I hadn’t got around to drinking more until yesterday. I am still working on sipdowns of the tea that I got too much of. >.<

This time instead of gongfu, I went for 10 ounces for 30 secs, 1m, 2m It has still had a thick taste, very fruity with berries, stone fruits, citrus, very malty flavor. Not so floral this time, and crisp citrus aftertaste. Notes of honey, a heavier molasses, and light spice notes. It was a pleasant afternoon tea. It is heavy on the energy (caffeine) but I love that. I got so much more work accomplished lol. So beware. I had energy all the way until 4 am. I don’t get jittery or anything with it, it just good energy to me.

I now know 10 people with COVID19. The latest is a beautiful family, Aaron’s cousin, who got is from her husband who had to work, they didn’t practice safe distancing at the work place, and now they have it and all their four little kids. Tragic times. So stay safe out there.

Flavors: Berries, Citrusy, Fruity, Honey, Malt, Molasses, Spices, Stonefruits

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML
mrmopar

My sister in law has contracted it too. It is a bad virus we have here.

Kawaii433

mrmopar, I hope your sister-in-law gets better fast. Aaron’s mom got it almost 8 weeks ago, and she is still on oxygen. It’s really sad. She got it from his husband who was traveling back from work on an airplane. They both have been struggling since.

tea-sipper

This fricken virus. I’m so sorry mrmopar and Kawaii433.

Kawaii433

tea-sipper, thank you.<3

eastkyteaguy

My cousin and his wife supposedly both have it. My aunt has also been in isolation due to an outbreak at her workplace. She seems fine though. It’s been weeks since she was potentially exposed to the virus, and thankfully, she has had no symptoms and no one who lives with her has gotten sick.

Kawaii433

Oh, thank goodness she has the mild version, eastkyteaguy <3

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80
drank Banana Grapefruit by DAVIDsTEA
345 tasting notes

I’ve had this for forever but like many others, I haven’t written anything, just rated it. It’s very sweet like some of the other David’s Tea that I bought. I have only bought four so keep that in mind hehe. I have to do a fast rinse before drinking it for my taste buds. After a flash rinse. I brew it as recommended.

The banana is very creamy, that’s what I taste in the beginning. If I don’t rinse, I don’t taste it much but more sweetness. Then at the end of the sip, I get a quick grapefruit note. Neither is really that strong. It’s well-balanced. It sounds like a weird mixture but it doesn’t taste weird and the notes are well separated… meaning I didn’t get a weird muted mix but two distinct flavor notes. I love banana and I love grapefruit so this has always been a nice cup of tea. When I make it cold brew (I still have to do a flash rinse before), I don’t really get any of the citruses but more banana.

P.S. I wish I could change my profile. It’s really old and things have changed >.<. After I made it, I never was able to edit it (maybe once?) other than my picture. Tangent, I know. :P

Flavors: banana, Creamy, Grapefruit, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
tea-sipper

Huh, I wonder why you are having profile edit problems? Maybe it’s a newer member thing? I think many of the Steepster problems have been more with newer members. I wish you could edit it though.

Nattie

I just edited my profile and it worked fine for me, but I have been a member for over 6 years so maybe that’s why. The only problem I’m having at the moment is that my ‘notices’ tab won’t open, so I’ve got 700 notifications every time I log in!

Kawaii433

It could be. I think I’ve been here for a little over a year. I can’t change it on my phone or on my laptop. There is what a get: Error 503 first byte timeout
first byte timeout

Guru Mediation:
Details: cache-dca17781-DCA 1588813068 974986809

Nattie

I did actually get that a couple of days ago, but I refreshed the page and it’s been fine ever since

Kawaii433

Thanks, Nattie. I’ll keep trying. :D

Martin Bednář

I have same trouble with editing profile :/

Nattie

I tried to send a message to Inkling earlier and got the error screen but it turned out that it had actually sent anyway. Maybe try adding a test word or two to your profile and see if it saves despite the error message?

Kawaii433

Nattie, I do that each time. I just tried it now, same thing. I’m sorry you’re having the same issue too, Martin!

gmathis

Private messaging has not worked well for me in Google Chrome, but is fine a different browser (Microsoft Edge is OK, at least on my laptop).

Kawaii433

gmathis, the only way I can private message without getting that error is to save one private message link from an email notification, then I can get to it.

eastkyteaguy

I’ve been making sporadic attempts to update my profile info and have been having problems myself. I doubt that the age of one’s account has anything to do with it, because I’ve been here a little over four years and have the same issues. I can usually receive private messages, but I can hardly ever reply to them. For some reason, I can also not consistently make edits to my postings after submission. Oh yeah, I also still get constant 503 errors when I try to log in, and my content often gets eaten when I try to post anything. Am I the only person having all these problems? I find it hard to believe that I am, but I also notice that different people complain about having different issues with their accounts. I have often found it weird that so many of us seem to express frustration with the varying degrees of frequency and severity of different issues experienced on the same platform.

Kawaii433

eastkyteaguy Nope, you’re definately not alone. I stay logged in for that purpose. Sometimes if something happens and I get logged out, I run into 503 errors and there are times I think I’ll never be able to get back in again. Same with posts. I still can’t talk in the forum either. I can read them though but if I post there, it gives me the 503.

tea-sipper

eastkyteaguy – I was actually thinking that it was easier on accounts MUCH older than four years though – like ten years. But that is just my crazy theory, as I have some of the problems you mentioned anyway.

Kawaii433 – If you ever want me to post something in the forum on your behalf, let me know!

Kawaii433

Thanks for the offer, tea-sipper, I will remember that if I need something posted :D

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It’s a very relaxing cup of tea with nice toasted rice and a seaweed-marine aroma. The liquor was a somewhat cloudy, golden yellow with green hues. The taste is delightful. A tasty genmaicha with very light bitterness and light astringency, delicately sweet but nothing artificial. Strong notes of toasted popped rice, popcorn, umami, vegetal, a delicate subtle sencha.

I’ve had it hot and cold brew. The cold brew has no bitterness. I prefer it hot.

Hope you are all doing well. :D

Flavors: Popcorn, Rice, Seaweed, Toasted Rice, Toasty, Umami

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 6 g 1 OZ / 16 ML
Nattie

Hope you are well, too! (:

Kawaii433

Thank you, Nattie! I’m doing well. <3

tea-sipper

hmm, they call this herbal but there is sencha?

Kawaii433

tea-sipper True lol. Never thought about that. Definitely has Sencha in it!

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90

Mixed reviews on this one hehe. I like it.

Thank you so much tea-sipper for sending me this. As many of you say, it is chocolatey but I really like the roasty toasty nutty flavor. It’s on the light side of maple but although I like maple, I don’t require very much of the taste to make things I eat or drink tasty. For example, on pancakes, I just spread a tablespoon on the top pancake lol. I wish I could say the same about butter! I can drown it in butter and be a happy camper. I’m a salty over sweet type of person so this tea was very very good to me. It is one of my favorites out of the whole wonderful package that tea-sipper sent me awhile ago. I’m going to put it on my wishlist for the future.

Hope all is well and safe with you.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Creamy, Nuts, Roasted, Roasted nuts, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
tea-sipper

Nice! You liked it! :D

Kawaii433

tea-sipper I have tried all that you sent me and they are all so very good <3

tea-sipper

AWESOME. That is a bright spot of my day. :D

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88

I have quite a bit of different Dan Cong tea from Yunnan Sourcing. After trying most of them, and other vendors as well… I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s not the vendor but Dan Cong tea just isn’t for me. It’s far too flowery, perfumey-like for me. So please note that in my rating. You may find it to be a 95 if you love Dan Cong oolong. ^^

Setting that aside, hehe, the tea has large leaves that have a roasted aroma. The liquor is a deep clear brown with the aroma of stonefruits, honey. It has a thick mouthfeel, rich flavor, fruity with hints of stonefruits (peach, apricot) and apple notes. It’s quite flowery, has roasted seeds notes with notes of the sweetness of honey. There is a very long lingering taste of orchid at the end, a floral finish.

6g, 212℉, 110ml, 8 steeps: rinse, 10s, 15s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 60s, 90s, 120s

Stay safe out there!

Flavors: Floral, Flowers, Fruit Tree Flowers, Fruity, Honey, Peach, Perfume, Stonefruits

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 6 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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90

Quick additional notes: I finally tried it with a little half and half (1T in 16 oz), and one small drop of honey. It’s wonderful this way for a night drink. You still get the tart aftertaste followed with more creaminess. It balances it out even more to me. I know I said I was going to try it as a latte but haven’t got there quite yet lol. I’m drinking a lot of my TeaVivre teas lately, and feeling for them and other companies whose businesses are affected by Coronavirus.

Flavors: Creamy, Nutty, Strawberry

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 12 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Leafhopper

I feel for these companies too. Apparently, Teavivre has started shipping from their Chinese warehouse again, so I hope business picks up for them.

Kawaii433

Hi Leafhopper, yes and thank you! I saw that on twitter too :D.

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Longtime casual tea drinker. In the past, mainly Sencha, Matcha. I’m currently into Oolong, Black & Pu’erh.

Gongfu cha is the main way I prepare my tea (gaiwan or Yixing teapot). I drink all tea… Usually unflavored. I do try some flavored now. I don’t like artificial sweeteners.

Favorite stores: TeaVivre, What-Cha, Mandala Tea, Yunnan sourcing, White2Tea, Lupicia. (Note: I love the teaware from TeaVivre and Yunnan sourcing.) Good experiences with 52Teas, Harney & Sons, Whispering Pines

Flavors I dislike are artificial flavors, especially artificial sweeteners. Strong lavender, violet, any strong floral-perfumey tea; cantaloupe, ripe papaya, sweet honeydew.

Can handle a little of the following: Rose, licorice, anise, jasmine, mint, spearmint, peppermint, leather.

Favorite flavors: Citrus fruits (especially grapefruit & tangerines), granny smith apple, bananas, guava, mango, tamarind, watermelon, stonefruits, all fruits except cantaloupe, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, milk, cinnamon, creme, bread, nuts, toasted, roasted.

I generally don’t add anything to my teas.

As I explore, my ratings may shift. 90+ generally means I’ll keep it on my shelf.

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