127 Tasting Notes

drank Serenity Now by DAVIDsTEA
127 tasting notes

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drank Serenity Now by DAVIDsTEA
127 tasting notes

Had this one iced. I was unsure about this tea, given that this was a tea with floral accents, but it was nice. Not sure I’d always have this one in stock, but I didn’t hate it. The lavender is definitely present, with a hint of mint, but there is a nice fruity taste too. The hibiscus is a tad stronger than I might prefer, but it wasn’t cloying and I felt it worked well with the strawberry taste. Sweet, refreshing and floral – not bad. Not sure how this would be hot, but I’ll give it a try next time it’s cold enough out.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Hibiscus, Strawberry


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This tea is AMAZING iced. Perfect for a warm summer day when I’m craving something sweet. I have had it hot, and it’s still pretty good, however I find fruit flavored teas are usually at their best iced. You lose some of that tart, warm berry taste when it’s iced, which I find to be a good thing, unless it’s a flavor like blueberry pie or something that SHOULD have warm, tart berries.

Anyway, flavor wise, I get mostly goji and raspberry, but can taste the orange at the end of the sip. The hibiscus is slight, and definitely comes out to play a bit more when hot. Might be why I prefer it iced, as I’m not a huge hibiscus fan. If you are looking for a sweet tea, this one is it – it’s not cloying, but it isn’t subtle either. Definitely not one I can have more than one cup of at a time, but it’s good for what it is.

Happy steeping!

Flavors: Fruity, Goji, Hibiscus, Orange, Raspberry, Sweet

2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Organic Lime Green by TeaSource
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Hello Steepster!
Long time no write!

So, I’m a big lime fan and find Teasource to be affordable and pretty delicious- and that’s how I ended up with this one. I’m really glad I got this. What a yummy cup! The lime is very present in the smell, however is a bit more subtle in taste. I pick up some floral notes in this one, but it isn’t over powering. There is also a slight astringency to the cup, but again, not in an overpowering way. I’ve enjoyed this both hot and iced, and I’ve got to say I think the flavor shined a bit better iced. The hot brew was still very good, and I still drink it both ways. Overall a refreshing flavored green tea. Especially moving into these warmer months!

Hope to do some longer, more in depth tasting notes here in the future, but I’ll leave this one short and sweet for my welcome back!

Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Lime

Iced 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Mhmmm. Sweet licorice deliciousness!

This tea is a yummy treat. It reminds me of Good N Plenty’s, only a bit more natural tasting. It’s sweet, but not cloyingly so. There is also a nice spice to the licorice that comes through beautifully in the back of the sip. I’m also getting a grain-like taste – NOT texture! The texture is smooth. The grain-like taste accompanies an almost milky aspect. I’m getting some nice cinnamon notes in the middle of the sip, and there is a nice mild floral aspect that lingers on the back of the tongue.

Overall, I really enjoy this one. It makes a great dessert tea for those licorice lovers out there. I know I’m enjoying it this morning with my cinnamon streusel muffins. Perfect!

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

I’ve been thinking about trying tea and after reading your review I’m definitely ordering it! :)

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Backlogging a few teas today. I’ve got all these notes and little time to write them up! First up is this fantastic green tea!

YUM! I love this tea.
It smells wonderful – sweet and refreshing. I could smell it all day!

The taste is amazing, too! Very crisp and fresh. My whole family enjoyed this one, which is rare. The beginning of the sip is buttery and smooth, with perfectly subtle hints of a grass-like nature. The rest of the sip brings a nice sweetness, something between sweet/snap peas and sweet corn. It’s just perfect, and works well with the buttery aspect I get from the brew. At the back of the sip and in the after taste is a hint of sweet nutty goodness. It really ends this tea experience on a high note! There is also no astringency to this cup whatsoever, and I LOVE that.

I think this has worked its way to the top of my favorite tea list. It’s so refreshing and soothing. It was also very yummy iced – perfect on a sunny summer’s day.

180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Hello! Long time no write. I’ve been so busy and so lazy when I’m not that I’ve kinda neglected my Steepster account. I’m going to try my best to write tasting notes more often, as I’ve been trying a lot of tea cold brewed and finding that I prefer some that way.

Now onto this tea. So I had some of this (hot brewed) in-store yesterday. It smelled slightly hay-ish when it came out, with a nice sweet note, and some notes of grass. The brew itself was a very pale brown/tan.
Taste wise, I was expecting a little more from this one. Sure, I got some nuttiness in the cup as the overview had described (though I don’t know if I’d call it chestnut. I think it was closer to walnut). I also got a slight floral taste, as well as some hay/grass notes. But to me the flavor seemed to fall a bit flat. There was nothing really “wow” about it, and nothing screamed “finest white tea” to me. I was expecting a crisp, clean flavor, but all I got was muted and flat. Don’t know if it was the leaf they used, the water, or the brew time, but it didn’t exactly come out as expected.

Oh well. I guess you win some and lose some. I was happy I tried it instead of just buying in bulk. Not horrible, but I think there are better Monkey Picked White’s out there.

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drank Blue Beauty by TeaSource
127 tasting notes

Had a few steeps of this last night, and I totally forgot how much I love this one. I was just trying to sipdown on some older tea I had to make room for a few bags I have yet to open, BUT as soon as I tasted this one again I decided that I’d need to order more. Smooth, sweet, and so yummy!

The dry leaves actually seem grayish-blue in color and are very tightly rolled – they almost look like pebbles! Once brewed they expand slowly. The smell of the brew isn’t much, I’ll admit. It’s all in the taste!
It’s a smooth green-ish oolong (it doesn’t have a huge vegetal presence), with hay notes and DELICIOUS licorice aspects at the end of the sip! Goodness, how I love the aftertaste of this one.

Glad to say this is still one of my favorites and hasn’t diminished over my months of tea tasting. Hooray!

On a personal note, I only have two finals left before I am graduated and free from college! Super excited, but super nervous about real grown-up life starting. Gotta find me a real job and say “Good-bye” to Ruby Tuesday. ;)

Good luck on finals for all those in school, and Congrats to all the graduating seniors out there!

190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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drank Yunnan Beauty by Mandala Tea
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Yum! Approaching a sipdown of this one soon. This oolong is so nice.

This time around I’m getting honey and apricot notes…it’s fruity sweet! So good. There are very subtle roasted notes in this cuppa, but it’s much different from the typical taste of roasted oolongs. It isn’t powerful, but soft and soothing – none of that irritating the back of the throat feel I get with some really roasty teas. I’m also getting the hay notes I had gotten before, which really help to ground the sweetness of this tea. I’m really loving this one this morning.

Off to make resteep! Finals are hitting me this week and next, so you most likely won’t be seeing a lot of me. I’m hoping to get back to my regular tasting/posting schedule soon. The past month or two have been crazy! Anyone else graduating this month?

195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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This lovely tea comes from Shelley_Lorraine! Thanks again, Shelley!

Because of time restrictions, I couldn’t do my first tasting of this one the way I really wanted to: gongfu. So I put a few teaspoons in my pot and brewed it up western style. I will update this once I’m able to brew this gongfu, but for now here are my findings:

Smell: This one smells really nice. I’m getting a roast-y oolong smell, as well as really nice mineral notes. The mineral notes are both “earthy” and sweet. I’m also picking up a fruity note – I’m thinking cherry. There is a cream-like (not exactly cream, but that’s all I can call it) aspect, too. Finally, there is a nice underlying cinnamon note.

Taste: This one is very mineral-y, or “rocky” as I say. There is a nice sweetness accompanying this aspect. Toward the middle of the sip is a surprise caramel taste – not overly sweet, but definitely caramel in flavor. The roast-y flavor is present throughout the sip, but really pops in at the end, along with a citrus element. There is a subtle spicy/sweet note also- most like cinnamon. Finally is the slight fruity sweetness; while I said cherry was in the smell, in the taste I can’t exactly pinpoint it in the taste.

I’m really digging this oolong! I can’t wait to see how it holds up brewed gongfu style. Glad I tried this one! Reminds me of a really good hike – all the rocks, streams, trees and fresh air. AWESOME.

200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

For some reason I haven’t tried this western yet. Now I’m gonna have to! Thanks!

Emily M

I just did because I was in the go, but it wasn’t too shabby! =)

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Started brewing loose leaf tea about seven years ago. Excited to share my experiences and learn more from everyone on here!

I’ve found I Prefer:

Oolong Teas
White Teas
Green Teas
Black Teas
Flavored White Teas
Flavored Black Teas (depending on the base tea)
Flavored Oolong Teas
Certain Herbals/Tisanes

I’ve found I Dislike:

Bitterness/Astringent Teas
Strong Floral Teas
Fruit Tisanes (at least hot)

Matcha and Rooibos teas tend to be hit or miss with me. I guess it depends on the tea and my mood.

That being said, I’ll give anything a shot!

When I’m not brewing/sipping tea, I’m usually reading, listening to music, working, or in the summer, kayaking/camping/hiking! I also enjoy a good movie now and then. I’ve got quite the collection going. It almost rivals my tea collection! ;)

I’ve only just returned after quite some time away – Steepster stopped working for me in 2013 and I FINALLY remembered this password and was able to get back on here in 2017. But I’ve been drinking tea all along the way!

Happy steeping!


Albany, NY

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