323 Tasting Notes


A black and rooibos blend that isn’t as strongly flavored as I’d love, but it’s still nice and warming. Soft chai on the finish.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Not terrible, not great. Neither especially pumpkin-spiced, nor an especially good chai (unless we’re going with the literal “chai is black tea with spice added” definition).

I do get a hint of cloves and cinnamon in the scent, and a bit in the taste. It’s not sweet, despite the inclusion of pumpkin candies, but they don’t add much, either. It’s not a terrible black tea, but it’s not particularly good either.

I’m glad I only purchased 2 oz. It’s a bit disappointing, as I was hoping for a spicy fall treat, but I will drink it.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Peach Tranquility by Teavana
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Honestly this tastes like…. nothing?

Boiling 8 min or more 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Dewy Cherry by Adagio Teas
323 tasting notes

Tea #2 of the night.

Drinking this down after I bought it at an Adagio shop up in Chicago about a year ago.

It’s funny to read back on my old tasting notes and see a little diary of the early days of college. Especially notes like “I don’t like straight Earl Greys since I don’t like bergamot… I prefer Earl Grey Creams.”

Oh, honey. Just wait a few years and you’ll be wearing bergamot perfume and looking for the sharpest flavors you can find.

Anyway. Adagio recommends a 5-10 minute steep time for this, and it definitely can use something on the longer end of the spectrum. It’s fruity without being too sweet; the sour cherry, rosehip, and hibiscus takes care of that. The color is the deep red that you get from hibiscus teas.

I remember hating on hibiscus back in the day. I think it was because Teavana put it in EVERYTHING and I didn’t (and still don’t) love when its tartness overpower the rest of the flavors. I don’t have an anti-hibiscus agenda anymore, at least.

I’ll use up the 3oz I bought – there’s probably not more than 5 cups left – but it’s not likely to be a re-purchase.

Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I’m back?

Steepster was kind of the center of my life around 2013/2014 or so. I used to run a fairly large Tumblr tea blog (at its height, it had between 1,000 and 2,000 followers, I think). I used to drink a lot of tea.

Y’all remember me?

Anyway, Midsummer Night’s Dream. Sample from when I ordered the David’s advent calendar – last year was the first year I was able to get my hands on it, and I’ve already got mine for this year!

I left this tea to brew while I was cleaning the kitchen, but I wish I’d let it steep longer. It’s lacking in flavor, although the color developed to a point where I thought it was done! Like a mid-gold color.

The spearmint and marigold are top notes for me. I get tiny hints of the rose and the apple – I think the apple especially could have used a longer steeping time.

Anyway. Glad to be drinking tea again. I missed it.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

I DO remember you! Welcome back!


Hi friend! :)


So do I!


Good to see you!

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Ah, my favorite. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of this one. Cara McGee knows her stuff.

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Terri HarpLady

Yes, she does! I love her blends!


Cara McGee really really is a great blender, i agree with you both. i will never hesitate to add her teas to my shopping cart.

Terri HarpLady

It’s funny, cuz even though I don’t care much for earl grey blends, when it’s a cara blend, like Tardis, I seem to enjoy it! :D

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drank Mystery Oolong by Unknown
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This was given to me by a friend. The package is all in Chinese characters. She gave me about six of these little foil packets, each containing ~3 tsp of leaves. They smell oolongy, but not sweet or floral at all. Very woodsy. There’s something reminiscent almost of a Yunnan black in the scent.

Taste is similar to the smell. It’s a darker oolong, but it doesn’t taste roasted. Just… dark. I may have oversteeped as it was a little bitter, but I still finished a large mug.


Rachel J

I have a tea like that given to me by a Chinese woman. ;)


Does it taste or smell chocolatey or like cocoa at all? It could be a Da Hong Pao.

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The only tea I had yesterday for St Patrick’s day was a bagged Wegmans green – shocker! I was at my roommate’s for the weekend, and that’s all they have in they have. Not that I’m a tea snot or anything :)

So I’m making up for it today. My trip to Ireland in April 2010 was what started me drinking tea, and there’s a special place in my heart for IBs. I need to wake up because (1) I’m about to drive 300 miles home, and (2) I just had breakfast and it’s 1:30 PM. Whoof.

Just tossing this sachet in and hitting the road. Doesn’t get bitter. YAY.

Boiling 8 min or more

My future son-in-law is Irish, still lives there in fact. The very first time he came to visit I asked if he liked Irish Breakfast. He said he had never heard of it! He loved it, though, and told me that was just called tea over there.

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Not actually bad for a cafeteria bagged black. A little light on flavor, which I like in an EG. Tealuxe is one of my favorite local tea shops, and they have a ton of EG variations… but their “Extra Bergamot Earl Grey” always terrifies me. This one is solid!

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drank Mom's Apple Pie by DAVIDsTEA
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Got this in a care package from my friend. It’s good! Surprisingly appley, comforting. Doesn’t resteep well, but it’s decent.

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