1108 Tasting Notes

drank Mordor by Liquid Proust Teas
1108 tasting notes

After several days of blueberry and coconut, I wanted a straight black. Somehow, I pulled this one out, thinking that the Jin jun mei here would be more prominent with the ripe puerile acting as a delicate accent. Nope, in this cup, the puerh is right in your face.

I think I will add some Jin jun mei to my next cup of this to tone it done.

Note to self—When you crave a straight black, do not steep something with a good dose of ripe puerh.

I miss Liquid Proust and his presence here. And his experim-ents.

Evol Ving Ness

This auto correct is killing me. killing me.


White Antlers says he does virtual tea events on Sundays or something! I don’t know more than that though…

Evol Ving Ness

Thanks, tea-sipper!

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drank Blueberry Coconut by 52teas
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I’ve just come back from the laundromat with clean bedding. Now, I’ve made up my bed with fresh flannel sheets and yay!

Yes, I know it’s April, but even though our days here are glorious, the nights are still cool and I need all the things.

There was a woman in the laundromat washing and drying her duvet and comforter in preparation for storing them away till next fall/winter, but that’s not me. Not yet, anyway. We could still get snow. And even if we don’t, I want to be toasty.

Now, I am exhausted.

Even still, it always amazes me how rewarding and comforting it is to have a freshly made bed.

Such a simple lovely kind thing we can do for ourselves.

now about this tea. I’ve decided that rather than equal parts blueberry and coconut, the coconut adds a sweet buttery softness to the blueberry.

How are you spending your days, people?

Martin Bednář

Studying and/or writing thesis. My screen-time is too long “by a lot”! And exhausted of being in lockdown. It should be raised on Monday, but we will see if it’s time for that.

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drank Blueberry Coconut by 52teas
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Blueberry forward with coconut \lagging a bit behind. Or at least, that’s what it is today.

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This cup may be more flavourful when cold. Or maybe this cup is stronger or less diluted. Or something. Either way, I detect the slightest bit of generic red fruit and possibly, the barest whiff of vanilla. Maybe. Or it could be my imagination, wishful thinking,

That said, I stand by my previous descriptor of nondescript. A more positive spin may be super subtle. Super super subtle. Maybe even add another super or two to that.

Now that I am back, the charm of steepster is quickly sucking me in. Will I ever read a book again?

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drank Ginger Cola by 52teas
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drank Bacon Sticky Bun by 52teas
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Omg, it’s so good to be back!

Hello steepsters! Helol tea friends! ’

Argh, what a journey it has been.

First, no wifi, no functioning ro.uter, no phone line.

Then the laptop died.

And then, of course, coronavirus.

And then my password to access steepster.

But I am finally here with this nondescript tea. Not t—he tea’s fault
That I left it so long before drinking it.


Cameron B.

Yay, welcome back! I’m hope things continue to improve for you after so many hardships. And I remember this tea being rather nondescript, even fresh. :P

Tiffany :)

Welcome back! I look forward to seeing notes from you on a regular basis in my feed. :)

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you, Cameron. It’s been a bit of an odyssey, but fortunately with
No wifi, I ‘ve rediscovered my attention span, yay!

Evol Ving Ness

Thanks, Tiffany!

Regular and how regular remains to be seen, but at least now there are more options than .

Evol Ving Ness


Gah, not used to this device.


Welcome back! I look forward to seeing your tasting notes again!


Best wishes for good fortune in the future! As for us all. I’m so behind with all this stuff too. Seems I will never catch back up….

Evol Ving Ness

Hi and thank you!

Ha, I have a box,about half the size of a shoebox stuffed with empty finished samples and bags of tea. Not yet noted. So I/ see manysipdown postings in my future.

Martin Bednář

Welcome back!

Evol Ving Ness

Thanks, Martin! Hello!


Good to see you back after many struggles to get here!

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you, tea-sipper! waves

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drank Kenyan Earl Grey by Justea
1108 tasting notes

Came across a tin of this in the kitchen of where I am staying. Nice malty backbone. The bergamot is strong but does not assault like some do. Earl Grey just the way I like it.

I added milk because hooray for a functioning fridge!

And how is everyone coping in these strange and bewildering days?

Martin Bednář

Sounds cozy.
And how do I cope? Well, being glued to my chair and screen, trying to finish last semester of university (undergrad). Tired of distant learning. At first, it was a good change, I was much more into lectures, but now it’s rather annyoing.

Evol Ving Ness

I am so glad to not be a student or a teacher in these times. Too much of the same thing everyday. I appreciate studies much more when I need to get up, get dressed, and go somewhere away from home, even when commuting is a pain.

Martin Bednář

I had so many time idea showing up in PJs only to the online lecture, but inner me said: “Would you show up to actual lecture like this?” and I decided not to do that. Of course, exams are different story and luckily, I didn’t had to wear suit while being examined online.

I am trying to be active, and teachers are glad for that, but being almost only one who responds is terrible feeling.

Evol Ving Ness

Good for you!

But for most people motivation is a huge factor.


I almost had this tea today. I’m glad you found a tin of it!

Evol Ving Ness

It’s really good. I like it a lot. I don’t tend to reach for Earl Grey’s all that often, but love them when I do. The good ones anyway.

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Note to self—-you do not actually need any more tea.

My real tea obsession began in February 2015.

Not, sadly, when I had been living and working in China, though I very much enjoyed sampling a variety of teas during my travels there as well. No, no, that would have been far too sensible.

I am a reformed coffee drinker. I still enjoy a long double espresso with a good quantity or milk or cream from time to time, but for now, tea is my thing. All day.

*note—this is way out of date, so if we are doing a swap and you are checking to see what I like and dislike, mostly never mind what you find below. One of these days, I will update this. In the meantime, check what I’ve been drinking and use your own judgement. I like all the teas. Well, I am open to trying all the teas.

I tend to drink black, green, or oolong tea in the morning to early afternoon. Rooibos or
Honeybush or herbal in the evening. And perhaps some sort of sleepy-type tea in the wee hours.

This year, I’ve been discovering flavoured teas, so it may look like that is all I drink although that would provide a false impression.

Not a big fan of chocolate or mint in teas, but I will try them and, from time to time, have been pleasantly surprised. Also, usually I dislike a prominent cinnamon flavour, if untempered with other things, in teas. Again, I say usually, because there are exceptions.

Also, please note that haven’t quite gotten into the habit of updating my tea cupboard on Steepster, and it is unlikely that I will do this on any kind of regular basis.

I drink my tea black and unsweetened. If there comes a rare moment that I add something to it, I will mention it.

Finally, while I thank large and successful tea companies for tantalizing and beckoning me to the world of tea, I prefer to support independent ventures with real people, real enthusiasm and commitment, and real dreams.

Currently, I am researching monthly tea subscriptions. Perhaps it will keep me out of tea shops.

And here is Shae’s rating scale— which I am using with permission, of course— which more or less describes the way I have been rating teas. I am going to make more of an effort to stay very close to these parameters now.

Rating Scale

1-20: By far, one of the worst teas I’ve tasted. I most certainly will not finish my cup and will likely “gift” the rest to my sweet husband who almost always enjoys the teas I dislike (and vice versa).

21-40: This tea is not good but if I mix it with another tea or find another steeping method I might be able to finish it.

41-60: This one is just okay. I might drink it again if someone were to give it to me, but I probably won’t be buying more for myself.

61-75: This is a consistently good tea. It’s reliable but not necessarily special.

76-90: This one is a notch above the rest and I would gladly enjoy a cup of it any day of the week. I’ll likely be keeping this in my cupboard, but it isn’t one of my all-time favorites.

91-95: One small change and this tea would be perfect. I’ll definitely have a stash of this in my kitchen if you come over for tea.

96-100: No words can describe this tea. It’s an experience, an aha moment. Closed eyes, wide smile, encompassing warmth. Absolutely incredible. Perfect.


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