109 Tasting Notes


Light and flavoursome. All the ingredients are organic and it certainly tastes that way (or so I imagine). Very refreshing for the summertime here in Sydney.

Not too floral perfumey; the jasmine takes more of a background role with a decent green base that melds nicely together. The blueberry isn’t tart or cloying at all either. It’s more like a lightly sweet, very fresh hint of blueberry that keeps you coming back for another sip.

One of my favourites from the massive Tealux haul earlier this year.

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
109 tasting notes

Berries, vanilla and bergamot. A great combination, but this tea only makes an appearance in my pot at times where I feel like something very heavy and sweet. Not a fan of artificial flavouring in general but there are days when this totally hits the spot.

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With some high-quality and relatively complex teas, I can’t really manage to detect all the notes and flavours written in the description. Undertrained palate probably.

But THIS. Fudge, cherries, cocoa powder, malt, cream, vanilla, cinnamon, mineral, barley sugar… I could taste them ALL. Even in the second infusion.

And I was sad when told that someone had thrown out the leaves before I could use them for a third steep. I don’t even usually resteep.

Simply put, I love this a lot and am very grateful for its existence in the universe.


Isn’t it magical? :)

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drank Caramel & Rum by Lupicia
109 tasting notes

All rooibos is blergh. The ones I’ve tried anyway.

And yet, I’m actually enjoying this quite a bit tonight. The smell of the dry leaf is insanely delicious. And it doesn’t disappoint when brewed. Exactly like the name.

But like all rooibos, I cannot drink this cold or warm. It has to be hot. Very hot. Otherwise the taste goes weird and my tummy feels strange. I’m still impressed with this though; Lupicia has managed to make a rooibos blend that I’ll actually probably rebuy in the future.

Boiling 4 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 400 ML

rooibos tastes like brandy to me :(

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I miss my Golden Orchid :(

It’s all gone now so the closest thing would be GO’s tea base North Winds, which is tiding me over until my next order. It does the job well enough, though it doesn’t hold up well in a travel flask.

Otherwise, I’m really digging this blend, to the extent where I’ll sometimes even forget about the absence of those glorious vanilla beans for a second.

This is the older version and I can’t wait to try the new one when I can.


I really really like the new version . Old one was great too but new is just superior

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This is exactly what I needed this morning after a night of weird dreams that don’t make sense and keep you half-awake the whole time. They make me kinda grumpy and Golden Orchid really helped to take the edge off.

Not in a huge hurry to reorder this as I have an insane number of other teas to finish, but will definitely pick this up again with my next WP haul.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 400 ML

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Sometimes I wonder if I could really notice all the individual notes unless I had read about them before tasting the tea itself.
Can’t say I could for this one, but it was still enjoyable.
I’m a fan of heavier teas and this one was light and smooth but you can definitely taste the quality and care placed into the production of this tea.
To me, it tastes somewhat similar to Teavivre’s Yun Nan Dian Hong Golden Tips and I have to say I enjoyed that one better but will happily finish off my packet of this.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 4 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML
Terri HarpLady

Depending on the day, my sense of taste & smell, & the amount of time I have to linger over each sip, I may or may not be able to identify all of these things. Sometimes I do, & then reading over others’ notes I find that some had a similar experience, while others perceived other elements. Sometimes I recognize a taste or smell, but can’t quite place it, & then reading what others wrote, I find the words. Sometimes I jut want to enjoy a cup, & not worry about all those things, just drink it, & enjoy it, cuz it is good! I love tea! :D

Cathy Baratheon

I totally agree with you. Thank you for your thoughtful comment Terri :)

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I’ve only really achieved like, four sipdowns since I started Steepster, but in that time I’ve managed to amass about 120 different teas and not including samples. It’s hard coz I like to make my rounds amongst all my tea so that they all receive relatively equal amounts of affection from me.

This was the first tea to be finished from my The Tea Centre haul at the beginning of the year. It was compulsively likable, and though I initially complained a bit at how I wished the bergamot was stronger, I have grown to like this blend exactly for what it is; a balanced and deliciously fruity tea with a hint of bergamot, sweet and uplifting.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML

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The creamy pineapple jumps out to say hello first. It is then followed by the tangy and refreshing grapefruit to cleanse the palate and prepare you for the mellow green tea, mild but enjoyable.
This was the perfect choice for a day where I was too lazy to make loose leaf and wanted something flavoursome without too much intensity or caffeine.

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drank Chilli Kiss by T2
109 tasting notes

Sample sipdown!

First tried this instore when it was a half-and-half blend with a chai mix and it was delicious. I was intrigued about how this tasted on its own so I asked for a sample and I’ve come to the conclusion that it seems to be better as a mixer with another blend, or by itself if you add a good dose of milk and honey. Reason being that on its own, I can’t really taste the tea much and so it’s almost kind of chilli and cinnamon water.

Having added the milk and honey, it is still an enjoyable cup but since it’s only okay when I have it straight, I won’t be purchasing this. Will see how this compares to Harney & Sons’ Cinnamon Spice.

Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML

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Australian tea drinker from Sydney.

I enjoy all kinds of tea except rooibos. Black and roasted oolongs are my true lovers while green tea makes me a little dizzy. Pu-erh I have yet to explore, despite being gifted several cakes. On the look-out for a great herbal tea and also getting the matcha madness.

Have yet to add everything to my Steepster cupboard, but would be interested in an Australian tea swap in the future!

The variety here is not as extensive as other places due to import regulations and the cost of shipping but I own and like stuff from Harney & Sons, Lupicia, T2, Teavivre, Butiki, Mariage Freres, Verdant, Yunnan Sourcing and Whispering Pines Tea Company.


Sydney, Australia

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