818 Tasting Notes

I think I messed up my parameters on this one. I was really excited to try it as I love a good chai. The dry leaf smelled like vanilla chai. Yum! I steeped it for 3 minutes and added a little sugar and a splash of almond milk. Unfortunately, I think the milk muted the base tea. So, I did a second steep without milk and found it tasted more balanced, but I still think I under leafed it. Hmmm. Soooo, next time, I’m going to add more leaf and skip the milk. The spices are delicious, though. Very spicy and nicely balanced. I just want that base tea to come through more. I also got a buttery taste which was interesting. I’ll reserve final judgement until next time!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

I definitely recommend this one without milk or sugar :-) give it a try straight with the directions on the bag. There is much balance in this blend ;-)


i tried it both ways and i really like it without milk but tiny touch of maple syrup, just a drop

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Ohh that sounds good boychik!

Cameron B.

Ohhhh boychik, queen of the maple syrup. :D


Cameron, i also like condensed milk ;D what i like abt maple it doesnt change completely, doesnt make sickly sweet. but you know me, i can drink without anything pu, Lapsang Sauchong, spicy teas.


@boychik – I’ll have to try that! It’s weird for me to not put milk in chai, but I think i could get used to it.


Tealizzy, do you normally put milk in Chinese black tea? I don’t . I tried first this tea with milk and sugar like any other chai. Milk muted the base.


boychik- I have to admit that I do add milk unless I’m steeping it gongfu-style. I usually only add a little splash. ☺️

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Dark, thick, smooth, vanilla, caramel, cocoa yummy-ness!!!

When I got home late last night and I opened this, I had a feeling it was going to be great. It smelled so good! Well, it tastes amazing too! Uh oh, this is bad for my tea budget! ;)


Oh I’m so excited I decided to give this a try! My last puerh experience was not a good one (from David’s).


Excited to see your note! And ya, David’s is not so good for puerh!

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Got back really late last night from a quick work trip to Arizona and found my BF/CB teas had arrived! It was a nice sight to see after a flight that was delayed three hours. Ugh! Anyway, still not sure where I’m going to put everything, as my cupboard is exploding now!

I have a bit if a scratchy throat, so didn’t want to try anything too complex, this Shou really hit the spot. These little cubes are convenient and are very clean and smooth-tasting. The tea page mentions a clay taste, and I think I get that in most ripe puerhs. It was evident here, but the flavor was nice and uncomplicated, and sweetened upon further steeps. It steeps out fairly quickly. Overall, it’s a great everyday Shou.

I decided to try the little gold foil-wrapped ones and I have to say, they’re not my favorite. My usual brewing parameters for shu resulted in a very bitter tea. These pack a punch in the second steeping you gotta be ready for! It was like bitter chocolate/cedar. :P I added a little sugar, which helped to tone it down, but ya, I’m not sad there’s only 1 more of these in the variety pack.


I think this is what the gold foil wrapped ones are. I am currently drinking it myself. I know it has been a year but I know I always appreciate the info so I figured I would share. :) http://steepster.com/teas/yunnan-sourcing/51650-2012-lincang-gold-ingot-ripe-pu-erh-tea-mini-tuo

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I had a really long gong fu session with this today, and you know what? I think I like it better brewed western! It was nice and potato-tasting throughout the session, and it lasted like forever, but I think the flavor is better when brewed western style. Anyway, it’s yummy. :)



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Cheri had this one recently, so it prompted me to enjoy it a second time. It’s funny how steepster can influence what you drink from day to day! I had a really really long session with it yesterday. It is so clean tasting, a bit citrus-like, and the late steepings have this wonderful caramel taste. Yum! Oh, and I got to use my new scale that I got for my birthday to measure out 5 grams for my also new easy gaiwan! Yay! So fun! And I love this tea!


cant leave without Steepster or scale ;-)


live not leave. stupid autocorrect


I quite liked this one. I lost my pu pick, though, and I had to break it apart (carefully!) with a small knife.

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Mmm, this is so good! I get a lot of cocoa notes from this one. It’s like I drank all three of the golden teas I ordered in order from lightest to darkest, potato to cocoa. Pretty funny, actually. They are all awesome. The tea leaves are absolutely beautiful. As I was warned by MzPriss, I think this may be a new addiction. Uh oh! ;)

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My second tea to try from YS. This one is darker, more malty than the golden needle. It’s incredibly smooth. I think I need to gong fu brew this one in order to discern the notes, but it’s delicious overall. I’m a happy camper!

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I got my first EVER Yunnan Sourcing order in the mail yesterday! Woo! I’m swimming in golden black teas! I didn’t have time to sit down and enjoy a cup, but I wanted one so bad, so I made some and threw it in my timolino for our drive to lunch. This tea was very yummy. It’s similar to the yunnan Dian hong golden tips from TeaVivre, (which I also restocked on Black Friday!), but seemed sweeter. I think there’s a sugar sweetness, and maybe some fruitiness, in this I don’t get in golden tips. It has that wonderful sweet potato malt flavor, but is light and airy. Yum! I definitely want to gong fu brew this one next time!


Mmm, sounds wonderful.

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818 tasting notes

Had a fabulous T-day yesterday with family, and also a belated birthday celebration, in which I received teaware! Definitely one of my best birthdays! Between my mom and my grandmother, I now have a scale, a travel gaiwan set, and some adorable spoons for afternoon tea. :) I also brought over all the Lupicia tea I picked up for them, including this one, of which my mom gave me a sample. So this morning I’m trying it out.

This tea has such a mysterious description you really don’t know what you’re getting. It smells like tropical fruits. When steeped, it tastes more like peach, I think, with a hint of the peppercorn. It’s nice, but I’m not blown away. Fun for a relaxing Friday.

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Another profile facelift! My tastes have changed a lot from when I first discovered loose leaf tea.

I can trace my tea journey back to October 2012, when I discovered DavidsTea. Before that, I had the occasional cup and enjoyed high tea at An Afternoon to Remember, which has since closed.

I went through a period of wanting to try all the teas, and was really into flavored teas, especially dessert blacks, but my tastes have substantially changed over time.

I still enjoy the occasional flavored black or rooibos, but I’m more into unflavored black teas right now and recently, puerh. Chinese black teas are amazing…with their notes of chocolate or sweet potato, who needs a flavored tea? I had a much steeper learning curve when it came to puerh. I used to dump out cups of puerh for tasting like leather. Now, I am really enjoying them. I think it took finding good quality puerh and steeping them gong fu style to really enjoy them.

I also, on occasion, enjoy a good oolong, white, or green tea.

Favorite tea companies right now include: Mandala, Teavivre, Butiki, Golden Moon, Lupicia, and DavidsTea (for teaware mostly).

Just a note: I don’t rate my teas numerically because my iPad doesn’t like the scroll bar. Maybe someday that will change…hint hint, steepster! ;)

P.S. My profile picture is of one of my 2 cats, Holly, who is a little princess but very photogenic, and she loves boxes, including those that bring me tea! :)


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