67 Tasting Notes

AT once, this Chai blend is both sweet and savory. Spicy, but in a tasty, rather than overpowering way. Made a warm and flavorful cup for a cool evening.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Pepper

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drank Black Dragon Pearls by teasenz
67 tasting notes

A nice cup when you want a simple black tea. Slightly vegetal aroma, and pleasantly light on the tongue. I’ve been drinking a lot of Assam and Keemun blends lately, and this was a treat.

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Shortly after a cup of this delicious blend I was reading an article proclaiming green tea is effective in “…Prevention of all causes of death”. As you might expect, I’m planning to drink a few cups before heading out for my next gang war.


How did I miss this review akk those years ago? LOLOL

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…because life is complicated enough on its own.

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Got this Assam sample from Upton Tea and love it! This tea is rich in every way – deep copper color, satisfying and flavorful, and the aroma before and after brewing is wonderful. A great afternoon pot.

Flavors: Malt, Smooth, Spices

4 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

I’ve had this one—agreed, it’s tasty!

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Decided to pull this out of the cabinet and try it again this afternoon. This is a very generous tea, giving up repeatedly tasty and aromatic liquor. There’s a sweet smokiness to it with a lingering mouth feel I can’t quite describe. There’s a coolness that lingers after drinking this tea, but it’s not at all minty. I still like it, but I wish I’d have made a pot of black tea instead.

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Just enough time for a cup or two more before I go, and this Pu-erh seemed like a good choice. I was wrong…it’s a GREAT choice!

Beautiful mahogany color and a subtle, mellow cup with a slight leather edge to it; nothing fishy at all like with some pu-erh. Drank a bit of the first rinse, but tossed it in favor of something slightly richer. I’ll be back. I have more!


I buy big bags of this one for John for Christmas every year. It is his go-to pu!

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Headed out to one of the biggest and best antiques fairs around later this morning. Such a day calls for a tea to match – something that is at once fancy and common. I choose Queen Catherine. An aromatic cup full of flavor. Just right. Every time.


This was my tea for breakfast today…mixed a little of Harney’s Rose Scented to add just that touch of foofiness. Youngest and I needed it this morning. Usually I drink it unadulterated, though. :)

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Another sample graciously provided by Teabento. This one is easy to enjoy. It reminds me of a quality “red” or Dian Hong style black tea. Very smooth, malty taste that lingers pleasantly.

My first cup was the initial rinse prepared at the suggested 1-minute, 205° pre-boil which produced a deep golden liquor. The second time around I jumped off the suggested trail and went a full 3-minutes. The resulting cup was darker, but still a beautiful golden-red, and the flavor was significantly more intense. Still smoothly malty, and the stone fruit in the aftertaste was much more pronounced.

Overall a very nice tea for black tea fans – but if you think everything called Lapsang Souchong is smoky…think again.

Flavors: Malt, Plum, Stonefruit

Daylon R Thomas

What-Cha’s unsmoked Lapsang is one of the best I’ve had personally.


Did I send you any of Teavivre’s unsmoked Lapsang? If not, come and get some!

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I’ve heard others refer to me as a Renaissance man. I’m more apt to describe myself in a sentence ending with “…and master of none.”

I play music. I design and build things. I love art and quirky stuff. And I have a really cool wife.

In an attempt at a more graceful aging, I entered the wonderful world of tea for its health benefits in 2017. A home roaster and seasoned coffee-ologist, I dove quickly in, gleaning knowledge from every source possible and tasting all I could afford to buy, beg or borrow. Hundreds of cups, pots, bags and blends into it, I still consider myself a neophyte Steepster.

I’ve discovered I am a huge fan of Pu-erh and Assam, and quickly warmed up to Oolong, Yunnan Blacks, Keemun, and Matcha.

I enjoy Tisanes, too. We buy herbs in bulk and blend for both benefits and taste. In that order.


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