1719 Tasting Notes


Feeling a bit exhausted. Things are a little too hectic at the moment. So I could whine, or curl up in a ball and hide, or I could just have a cup of tea (maybe six). I choose the tea. I finished off the sample. I am not sure if I have more of it somewhere or not. If so I’ll stumble on it later and be surprised. I have always really liked this one. The leaf is beautiful. The wet leaf scent is so vegetal and inviting. The best part though, is just sitting quietly with the cup and enjoying it. Excellent refresher.

Christina / BooksandTea

This is one of my faves too. It gets even better on the second steep.


If it counteracts the urge to whine, I’d better get my order in now.

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Out of the bag this smells really chocolaty. Once brewed the leaf scent is rooibos while the mug has a chocolate aroma. The taste starts rooibos, without the harshness so common to this type drink, then mid sip it changes to a nice chocolate. At first I thought it tasted a bit thin and ended with a mineral taste. Then I added sweetener and the flavors got bigger. Now the rooibos and chocolate seem to swirl around each other and in between there is a neat minty like thing going on. I am not generally big on rooibos but I liked this one.

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drank Organic Green Tea Powder by Teavivre
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This morning it was just me, this powder, some vanilla syrup, milk, and rain. Much rain. The tea was tasty.

I think I am about to give up trying to use xantham gum in my morning smoothie. I have tried everything I can think of and don’t like the results. It is to slick feeling and causes the tea powder to clump. Kind of an expensive lesson. Anyone had success with it?

The rain is kind of comforting today although it means construction can’t move ahead. The dog is OK with that as he is tired of barking at them anyway.


Ooooh! My review shows up on my dashboard right after posting it! The Hallelujah chorus should be playing. :)


+1 K S.

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Hello, hello, hello…. Is anybody in there?

Broken Steepster is not much fun.

I had this one yesterday. This is a really nice young sheng. The first cup is almost subdued. Sure it is slightly bright like raw sheng tends to be but not in an overpowering way. It is slightly mineral and slightly mushroom, yet neither are strong or offensive. Crisp, I think fits this nicely. The aftertaste really hangs on and seems floral to me. The second cup has a bolder but similar flavor. I detect some hints of leather. The third is the brightest, with an almost puckering bitterness. Cup four returns to a much milder cup with apricot notes. The aftertaste lingers and changes from cup to cup. It starts floral then seems more like a tieguanyin. By cup four it has a combination of both. These have all been about 8 oz cups. I have no idea how far it will go but it shows no signs of letting up. Very nice. Thank you Teavivre for this lovely sample.


I’m there :) Nice to see the Dashboard’s activity back – I loved this one too.


I am here! Are you the one that knocks? Steepster must still be buggy – people can’t seem to find my follow-profile-button ;)


Opportunity knocks. I just barge right in and click the follow buttons. I’m a natural born button pusher. Hope we are up and running for real for a long while.


i’m annoyed still at the forum pages not refreshing properly and the 50 notifications coming through all about the same thing lol


I agree. I so need a forum fix.

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drank Cream of Earl Grey by Good Life Tea
1719 tasting notes

I almost feel sorry for Good Life Tea reviewing this tea when Steepster is being so wonky. Yeah, I first typed about 4 things other than wonky but changed them for conscience sake. Hopefully someone actually sees this.

This is very smooth. The vanilla and bergamot are very balanced but light. The black base is present but not assertive. It comes out most clearly in the aftertaste. There is no bitterness. A slight dryness with light cheek tingle. What made this one a stand out and different for me was once I added sweetener to it, after first tasting without it. Sweetener brightens the flavor without increasing the intensity (does that make sense?). The real bonus was a fruity/floral/spice note that joined the party. At first I thought cinnamon, then after another sip it was Orange Creamsicle. I highly recommend adding the sweetener with this one.


LOL yes, Steepster sure has been a bad word lately :P

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drank Li Shan Black Tea by Green Terrace Teas
1719 tasting notes

The rain was really coming down this morning – after we left the house for breakfast with friends. Stayed gray all day with occasional thunder. Fixed this one and it was a great choice. This is way better than I remember… and I gave it a 93 the first time. I let it steep longer today and the cinnamon note was really obvious. The honey was more intense as well. This is a really excellent tea.


Rain…mmm. It’s awfully crispy down here.

Terri HarpLady

I want it to rain all day, for a couple of days & nights, just a nice gentle but audible rain, but occasional bouts of thunder & lightning. Yeah, I’d love that :)

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drank Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
1719 tasting notes

Last time I had this was 5 days ago. At that time I was going to organize my tea. Yeah, I’m still going to organize… maybe. I did get two packages of tea mailed out. I still have a couple to go. With the construction going on I am not getting much else done. This was the only tea I had time to drink today. At least it good.


I keep hoping to find the time, focus, and chutzpah to organize one, just one element of my life: bookshelf, sock drawer, tea stash, plasticware cupboard (where are the lids)?


I got a package! :))))) What a nice surprise! I can’t wait to get into these. Some have been set aside already for next tea party on Wednesday!

Have you tried Nina’s Earl Grey? It is my favorite Earl Grey!


Wow, that was quick. Hope you and the Wednesday tea party find something you all like.

I have had Nina’s Earl Grey. It is a really nice one!

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I had this one a couple days ago when Steepster was down. Adding it now. Edited from my blog post:

I used my press and water heated to the recommended 95 C (203 F) and steeped it for 2 1/2 minutes. The guidelines say 2-3 minutes. The result is a nicely orange liquor that sparkles as I pour it.

Cooled to drinking temperature – which is probably cooler than most of you like it but I don’t care for extremely hot tea. My first sip is… really nice. This is extremely smooth. Honestly I was expecting a lot of throat grabbing bite. Nope. None. No bitterness. If it is astringent, I am immune. I am also not noticing any problem with stomach burn on an empty stomach.

What I am getting is a really smooth malty sip with a fruitiness mid sip. This dissolves into as close as this gets to bite, which is really more of a woodsy taste. What-Cha calls it an earthy finish.

Second cup: While the cup was hotter than I normally like it, I took a sip and thought it was kind of mushroom and pond water. However, as the cup cooled the smooth malt returned at the front of the sip, then finished with earthy woodsy taste blended with the mushroom. The really hot cup was not my style but I quite enjoyed this second cup, once it cooled. It remains very smooth.

I am once again impressed by the offerings of What-Cha. This is a very delicious black tea.

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So had to dump my morning matcha milk. The milk had turned. Wasted a tsp of leaf but at least I realized it before taking a drink. Grabbed this one as alternate. Went great with grits. Nice sturdy but smooth cup.

I have a bulldozer in my front yard. A load of dirt was spread to bring the grade up so my basement will stop leaking. Now a back hoe is digging like mad putting a drain across my front yard. Meanwhile two guys are re-roofing my garage. The materials for my porch will be delivered soon. Apparently we are really going to do this thing.


Speaking of “the milk had turned”, you should read my matcha review today. LOL!

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This is a test of the Steepster broadcasting system. This is only a test…

Lapsang Souchong to the rescue this morning. Steeped at 200 F for as long as it took to play about half of Stairway to Heaven on my guitar. So nicely sweet and smoky. Very good at a slightly lower temp than I usually use.

This has been a test of the Steepster broadcasting system. We now return you to your normal reviews… or total silence, depending on whether Steepster is actually functioning….


My 1300 tasting note!


I see it. Aug27 11:08am ;)


Way to go. I may catch you in about……20 years :)

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