1020 Tasting Notes


I’ve been drinking this wrong the whole time (aka – hot). It’s alright as a hot tea, but man does the rhubarb pop as a cold steep (left in cold water overnight in fridge). I’m incredibly sad that It took me until the last serving of the package to figure out how I like it best.

Flavors: Custard, Rhubarb


I will try this your way!

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April 2021 Reblend Tea

I missed this one the first time around and my life was likely less fulfilled because of it. Why? Because this is finally a mango tea I kind of enjoy. Maybe it’s the coconut compliment (an ingredient I know longer love as much as I used to). Maybe it’s that this is trying to imitate mango flavoured rice instead of a fresh, juicy mango – an object that is so full of delight, wonder, and magic sparkles that nothing can hope to compare to (only my love of birbs tops my love of the great mango). I don’t know, except that I like it quite a bit and came on here after a long hiatus because of it.

So not bad, I guess.

Steep Count: 3 (2min, 3min, 6min)

Flavors: Coconut, Mango, Nutty, Toasted Rice, Vegetal

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

Welcome back! :D

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drank Butterscotch Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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Taken with a dash of milk.

First impression is that it’s alright but the stevia wears on me. Stevia, apple, and, surprisingly, mango are ingredients that often do not work for me.

I’ll try steeping it directly in hot milk next time (or heat it all up together on the stove. Depends how lazy I am).

Flavors: Cardamom, Cinnamon, Fruity, Ginger, Sugar

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drank Pure Peace by Jayida Ché
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I must have consumed four (4 EDIT I wrote “for” earlier, which shows where my head’s at) giant mugs of this today. I’m really feeling the lavender heavy, a slight citrus (lemongrass) lean of this tea right now. It will be missed!

Flavors: Citrus, Lavender, Lemongrass, Rosehips

175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Here in the Lower Mainland, we are experiencing our “false fall” (refer to this pie chart for a full list of Vancouver, BC’s “seasons”:
https://preview.redd.it/3ub7pory9c521.png?auto=webp&s=5d52146b3a4832433dd4ec2dd6f2b32ac6ebdbb7 )

Tonight, I bit the bullet and decided to try adding Vanilla Cinnamon Baileys to this tea. It’s pretty delicious in an uncomplicated way. This may be a thing in the upcoming cold months.

Flavors: Cream, Irish Cream, Malt, Tangy

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mastress Alita

We have that massive “smoke” season here in southern Idaho, too. It’s my least favorite of all the seasons.

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Spring 2020 Harvest

I received this as a sample from Alistair @ What-Cha. Thank you!

I don’t always enjoy Darjeeling teas, but I tend to enjoy 1st Flush offerings. This is probably because they are essentially white teas, with trademark Darjeeling grape flavour. White teas almost always please me, although I can’t say why. Something about smooth, sweet hay and flowers, a drop of lemon, and subtle “mystery fruits.” I also generally like how the caffeine hits me.

First steep finishes sweet and vaguely creamy. Also, the usual Grape Crush nostalgia is present, without too much of that Darjeeling astringency.

Second steep verges somewhat from typical white tea standard and delves into quintessential Darjeeling territory. Still floral, grape, hay, etc. A bit more astringency and some pepper expands this cup out an extra dimension. The grape takes on some of that prized “wine” quality.

Third steep: Lemon zest, sweet grapes, tangy apricot, pleasantly sour, smooth . When I first took a sip, while it was still piping hot, I thought It had gone disappointingly flat. After it cooled a little the apricots peaked; it’s a pretty vivid and multi-faceted note. The finish is juicy, sour, and complex, like a stonefruit (plum or apricot). No mistaking it for anything but a Darjeeling now!

Steep Count: 3, Western Style. 2 – 4 min.

Flavors: Apricot, Astringent, Creamy, Floral, Grapes, Hay, Lemon, Muscatel, Pepper, Smooth, Stonefruit

190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Razzle Dazzle by Jayida Ché
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I have a lovely cough and cold symptoms right now so I’m gravitating to my “clean” teas in a sad box of isolation. It’s probably (hopefully) just the cold but got to get tested Friday just in case. Numbers are up in our area. Hurrah…

This tea is a bright beacon of positive energy. Very grapefruit. Very goji. good without milk. Definitely a re-order for my goji and sour grapefruit-loving heart.

Flavors: Astringent, Bergamot, Citrus, Citrus Zest, Goji, Grapefruit, Malt, Nutty

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

Oh, I do hope it is just a common cold! Keep us updated and I hope you feel better soon!


I hope it’s just a cold too, CrowKettle.


Thanks ashmanra and tea-sipper! I’d be surprised if it’s more than a mild and inconvenient cold, but always caution.


Yep, negative! So, that was fun XD


Glad to hear it!

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Fall 2017 Harvest

I seem to be on a roll with eating a food and tasting the food in the tea. Pear meet pear note in tea!

My first steep was probably too short (1min30s) so I’m attributing the initially light flavour to that. A lot of typical red oolong flavours are coming through though: baked bread, stewed fruits, the aforementioned pear, blueberries (also pretty distinct), vanilla, brown sugar, nuts, and a hint of sweet spice… Despite thinking this a weak and watery cup to start, the typical mi xiang sweetness really smacks me one near the end. Sugar crush!

The second steep (3min30s) cooled down quite a bit before I payed attention to it. It tastes strongly of cherries, and is complimented by vanilla, brown sugar, and bread notes. There’s a bit of tree resin too. I initially thought it was citrus-like, but it’s woodier (pine, cedar, or even eucalyptus). The sweet, cherry-like aftertaste is strong.

Third steep (over 4min) is a smoother version of the second steep. It tastes of cherries, resin, vanilla, and sugar, verging on floral honey. It’s still extremely sweet, with a hint of cinnamon to finish. Maybe even a slight return of the blueberry and pear.

Steep Count: 4, Western Style. This tea also deserves a gongfu session at a later time.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Blueberry, Brown Sugar, Cherry, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, Honeysuckle, Nutmeg, Nuts, Pear, Pine, Plum, Resin, Stewed Fruits, Stonefruit, Sugarcane, Vanilla, Wood

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Spring 2020 Harvest supposedly.

For breakfast I had a slice of toast, with butter and pineapple coconut jam. Now, I only bring this up because if I didn’t know better I would think that some of that butter and jam slipped into my cup while I wasn’t looking!

This oolong is relatively buttery, floral, extremely tropical (tangy pineapple, coconut), with a pleasant jam-like sweetness. Like my pineapple coconut jam, which contains a hint of rum, this also has a faint, subtle “bitter-sugar,” flowery undercurrent that adds depth to this first steep. It reminds me of sarsaparilla (vanilla, licorice, green note, etc.) or just straight up bitter vanilla. This vanilla quality softens to a silky fineness in my third steep; the tropical, butter, and floral notes are well balanced here. It’s my favourite cup so far.

This oolong is almost perfect for me, although I do prefer more butter, and less tangy flowers. Still, it tastes like Hawaii in a cup – or maybe it’s fairer to say it’s Taiwan in a cup (there’s a lot of subtropical and tropical goodness in Taiwan too)!

Steep Count: 5 @1 minute each, western style.

Next time I will try it gongfu or grandpa style. My gaiwan hasn’t seen use in years but this tea makes me think it’s time!

Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Floral, Jam, Melon, Pineapple, Sarsaparilla, Tropical, Vanilla

195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

Nice! When their Shibi oolong is good, it’s really good!


I think this is my first time trying a Shibi oolong in general; is it normally so tropical? Oolong harvests are fickle but this sample guarantees I’ll keep TTC and this tea in particular on my radar. :)


Some Shibi harvests are really tropical, while others are just nice and floral. There’s no rhyme or reason as to which is which. I’ve found TTC’s other Shan Lin Xi oolongs to be decent but not as good as the Shibi.


That flavor profile sounds absolutely delicious! I bet this one would be delicious as an iced tea too.


@CrowKettle Shibi is my favorite TTC high mountain tea. And yes it generally has a floral-tropical flavor. I would recommend gongfu brewing it as the western steeping might intensify certain flavors.


Thanks for the advice, LuckyMe! I can see why this is a favourite. Besides this, I didn’t order green oolong samples from TTC this time around. From what you and Leafhopper wrote, it looks like I went with the right one though! :)

@teaqueen, that’s an interesting idea too. If there isn’t enough left over for that I’ll just have to order more…


That Longfengxia High Mountain Winter Oolong Tea looks amazing too..I may need to order again. For the oolong.


Pineapple coconut jam what what what?


Yep, that Shibi oolong is really good. :) I’d definitely pick up some samples of TTC’s green oolongs, though I think the Shibi is the best one. I’ve also heard good things about their Yuchi black tea, though the Assam I had from them a while ago was just okay.


@tea-sipper, this is my painfully sweet spread, which I bought at a T&T Supermarket (a YVR/Canadian thing). I don’t see this particular brand from the Philippines available online anywhere, but there are probably others:



@Leafhopper the main bulk of my TTC was Assam and random High Mountain black teas. So far they are decent, but do not grab my attention as much as the Shibi!


That’s good to know. I was thinking about buying some more black teas from them when we Canadians can finally get things from Taiwan again (whenever that is). What’s a good vendor for Taiwanese black tea?


@leafhopper – you can order from TTC; a few of us made some orders and received them last week


Sil, is TTC letting you use the $60 free shipping, or is it still DHL only?


it was 60$ free shipping but they sent it via dhl, no additional fees for any of us when it came


Yep, I second Sil. No extra costs! Shipping experience with TTC was good.


Wow! I now regret not taking advantage of the sale. This is good information for the future. Were you charged customs fees?


Nope! No custom fees :)


That’s encouraging. :)

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I wasn’t initially super impressed with this one when I first tried it straight up. It was essentially everything I don’t love about David’s Tea dessert teas: a drowned out (green oolong) base, smothered by sugar and flavouring.

As a latte, however, it’s something else. The lush offerings of salted caramel candies fill the void that generally only the decadent fall dessert beverages of Starbucks fill. It’s still very sweet, but oh-so perfect.

This (as a latte) gets bonus points for pleasing a wide array of family members as well. My mom and sister both tried to drink from their empty cups, and wanted refills. That must count for something.

Flavors: Butter, Butterscotch, Caramel, Cream, Molasses, Salt

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I started my Steepster loose leaf adventure back in 2012. I can’t say I’m completely new anymore, but I still view oolong as a magical, extraterrestrial creature that unfurls in water.

Favourite Flavours/Ingredients:

-Vanilla, Maple, Caramel, Cream, Toffee, Nougat, Marzipan
-All Citrus: Lime, Grapefruit, Lemon, Bergamot, Orange, Yuzu
-Anise, but not licorice
-Ginger or Clove-forward chai
-Grass/Marine/Vegetal/Nutty Green teas
-Florals: Rose, Lavender, Jasmine…
-Musky and/or Woody Incense-like stuff: Sandalwood, Frankincense, Eucalyptus
-Berries: Blackberry, Raspberry, Currants, Blueberry, Elderberry
-Bananas, and most fruits actually.

Less Preferred Flavours/Ingredients:

-Stevia and most sweetners
-Cinnamon-forward chai/blends
-Apple & Cranberries
-Mango pieces (love mango outside of tea though)
-Coconut pieces (as a sub/filler ingredient)
-Metallic or overly artificial teas
-Cocoa Nibs, 95% of the time.

Subjective Rating System 3.0:

90-100: My absolute favourite tea. I’ll impulsively buy in large quantities and hoard like a dragon.

85-89: A favourite tea. I’ll try to keep this one around when it’s practical.

76-84: A good tea, but not one I’m likely to order again.

70-75: Alright, but I may have a few problems with quality, consistency, ingredient chemistry and/or personal preferences.

50-69: Average to mediocre cup.

11-49: Varying levels of undrinkable tea. I don’t give a lot of these ratings out, since I tend to grab tea I know will appeal to me.

1-10: Nightmare tea from the chaos realms. This tea is the embodiment of the primordial swamp, the unholy abomination that is a chimera. It’s very gross and I’m almost positive it doesn’t exist.


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