100 Tasting Notes


A little bitter for my tastes, but it’s strong and isn’t flat. Definitely a wake-up tea but didn’t work with my palette well because of the bitterness.

5 min, 0 sec

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An unusual tea that starts out bitter but gets milder as it cools. Not my type of tea but not horrible.

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Very unique! I haven’t tasted a tea quite like this one. In fact, I can’t even really describe what the flavor is since I can’t place it. It’s lightly colored but surprisingly strong in flavor without any perfume or fakeness. Very nice for certain moods.

4 min, 45 sec

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drank Chamomile by Harney & Sons
100 tasting notes

I never liked chamomile tea from memory, but drank this sample tonight when I was trying to wind down, avoid caffeine, and read in the bath. I was surprised to find I enjoyed the taste – it was joyful and so different than what I’m used to. Looks like I’ll have to start giving chamomile another shot.

5 min, 0 sec

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A bold black tea that went perfectly with my mood while I was cleaning today and ironically organizing my tea collection at the same time.

The smell is nice and the black tea very hearty – I added a tablespoon, so that was more than enough. Steeped for a little over five minutes. I actually didn’t sense any smoke but I’m used to very smokey teas so I could have missed it. A little sweetness on its own, but I boosted it with a little sugar as I always do. Enjoyed the tea, a feel good blend.

190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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A pleasant cup, although not what I was expecting. I don’t have the most sophisticated taste buds in the first place, but I missed a lot of the notes in the first try of this one. I have some left so I’ll keep trying. What I did get was a very pleasant, malty sort of tea with a rich bready taste. Good and comforting. My leaves weren’t purple, but I love the name and the label.

Flavors: Malt

4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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This is a smooth and relaxing too but it doesn’t have as much smoke as I’m used to with my regular Lapsang. I added a little extra and steeped three minutes as instructed – the tea is very dark and I can tell further steeping would have ruined the cup. I don’t blame the strength of the smoke on the amount of time, in other words, but just to describe the tea as it was crafted to be.

Even though not smoky, it’s a nice black cup that adds a small difference for a standard black cup of tea. Would be especially good in the morning or afternoons. A little plain though.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

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Very unique, I didn’t know what to expect. I drank while eating a little piece of chocolate, which goes together with basically any tea.

The chocolate taste isn’t that strong to me really, but the tea is very calming and smooth. Every sip leaves a feel of the spice in the throat. I imagine this would be nice for a cold. It’s definitely a super stimulating tea – I definitely had an extra pep in my step for awhile after drinking this one :)

Flavors: Chocolate, Spicy

190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Daylon R Thomas

There was an entire debate on steepster dedicated to whether this tea was chocolaty enough. As an oolong chai, it works wonders though.


Interesting! I would have preferred a bit more chocolate during the sip and leaving the aftertaste the way it was (with the spice hit in the throat)

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I love maple syrup and cinnamon so I was excited to try this one. This tea is one of those where the flavors really pop when the tea cools down slightly. At first I tasted a bread clearly when it was hot and fresh; as it cooled down the mild maple came through and sometimes a touch of syrup feel. Very good. I didn’t sense cinnamon though, or pumpkin. The tea is mildly flavored but smooth.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Maple Syrup

195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Very good! I love Lapsang Souchong tea so I wanted to give this one a try. It’s not as smokey as my straight Lapsang, but for fans of this type of tea who don’t care for heavy smoke this should be perfect. It’s incredibly smooth with a light fruit undertaste (as the website states, a bit jammy). The smell is also great – not heavy on the smoke smell but it’s there.

Flavors: Fruity, Jam, Malt, Smoke

190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Okay, I’m much more of a tea noob than many here – and apparently a little bit of a cheapskate as well.

I can’t help it, I love the old fashioned porceline cups with dainty handles and cherry blossom tree designs. Novelty teapots will make me giggle like a child in a candyshop. I could browse online stores and stare at teaware for hours. I get all into high teas foods and treats.

I dislike mint and most florals, especially Jasmine (yech). Don’t care for Earl Grey (Bergamot flavours) but love English Breakfast. Not into bitter and highly astringent.

I’m a black tea nut. Love almost all forms of the stuff – especially digging Phoenix Pearl from Zen tea right now, divine. Strangely, I’m not a darjeeling fan. I do dig Oolongs and recently found and fell in love with Lapsang. Like golden teas.

Most of the Green tea I’ve tried isn’t for me, although I have a love for Coffee Shop of Horror’s Bog Goblin Green Ginger tea. Funny since I’m not crazy about lemongrass, dislike strong ginger in BLACK tea, and am not a green tea fan – but I love this tea. Go figure.

I’ve cut back a lot on sweet, iced tea because of weight/diet, but when I do drink that stuff, I’ve taken to iced tea cubes and fruit cubes over regular ice cubes. A lot of fun experimenting with and works so much better. No watering down.

Phoenix Pearl by Zen Tea
Golden Monkey (Harney & Sons or other source)
Paris by Harney & Sons
Bog Goblin Lemon Ginger Tea by Coffee Shop of Horrors
Christmas Tea (Bags) by Twinings
Lapsang Souchong by Zen Tea
Plum Brandy Cheesecake by Butiki Teas (Sadly gone)
North Winds by Whispering Pines

On the lookout for my perfect loose leaf Breakfast Tea and my ultimate Chai blend…

Besides tea, I love BOOKS and reading all sorts of things – run the website, The Paperback Stash, and active on Goodreads for several years. Also a huge music lover – books and music are my mains. Have an last.fm account and over 100 created playlists on 8tracks under JCFantasy23. Christian for life. Have a mean cat I love. People wise, blessed with the greatest son in the world, amazing parents and brother, perfect friends. Life is good.


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