If you know what a high quality Shui Xian tastes like, then you know what to expect when you buy this one:toasty goodiness with subtle notes that you almost call floral, but you don’t care because it is one of the few types of teas that naturally resembles coffee with a lot of creamer. That’s my opinion, and I’m proudly biased to that description.

Anyway, I drank this exactly as instructed, and was pleased that this tea had some Cha Qi like they described. I felt productive after drinking it, but I had no jitters going into the final eighth cup of this. As for the flavor, it was primarily nutty like almond and roasted nuts, followed by a caramelized body in the aftertaste that was not too far off from coffee. The florals reminded me a little bit like narcissus, and as the steeps got rebrewed, the tea got some fruity hints. This tea was not actually fruity, but it got sweeter in the later hints. The tea was also moderately woodsy and vegetal (barely so), but more roasted and floral overall. Nuts, butter, caramel, toast, wood, orchid, rye, and some “sourness” and smoke that the company describes are the descriptors I’m going to stick with. I’m recommending this tea, and really, any tea from this company either way.

Flavors: Almond, Caramel, Coffee, Nuts, Orchid, Roasted, Rye, Smoke, Smooth, Sweet, Toast

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First Off, Current Targets:

Whispering Pines Alice
Grand Crew Teas
Wuyi Origins Jin Jun Mei Sampler
What-Cha Jin Jun Mei
Good Luxurious Work Teas
A good Qilan
Best Sachet Teas

Dislikes: Heavy Tannin, Astringency, Bitterness, or Fake Flavor, Overly herby herbal or aged teas

Picky with: Higher Oxidation Oolongs, Red Oolongs (Some I love, others give me headaches or are almost too sweet), Mint Teas

Currently, my stash is overflowing. Among my favorites are What-Cha’s Lishan Black, Amber Gaba Oolong, Lishan Oolong, Qilan Oolong, White Rhino, Kenya Silver Needle, Tong Mu Lapsang Black (Unsmoked); Whispering Pines Alice, Taiwaneese Assam, Wang’s Shanlinxi, Cuifeng, Dayuling; Beautiful Taiwan Tea Co.“Old Style” Dong Ding, Mandala Milk Oolong


I am an MSU graduate, and current alternative ed. high school social studies and history teacher. I formerly minored in anthropology, and I love Egyptian and classical history. I love to read, write, draw, paint, sculpt, fence(with a sword), practice calisthenics on rings, lift weights, workout, relax, and drink a cuppa tea…or twenty.

I’ve been drinking green and black teas ever since I was little living in Hawaii. Eastern Asian influence was prominent with my friends and where I grew up, so I’ve been exposed to some tea culture at a young age. I’ve come a long way since I began on steepster and now drink most teas gong fu, especially oolong. Any tea that is naturally creamy, fruity, or sweet without a lot of added flavoring ranks as a must have for me. I also love black teas and dark oolongs with the elusive “cocoa” note. My favorites are lighter Earl Greys, some white teas like What-Cha’s Kenyan offerings, most Hong-Cha’s, darker Darjeelings, almost anything from Nepal, Green Shan Lin Xi’s, and Greener Dong Dings. I’m in the process of trying Alishan’s. I also tend to really enjoy Yunnan Black or Red teas and white teas. I’m pickier with other teas like chamomile, green teas, and Masalas among several.

I used to give ratings, but now I only rate teas that have a strong impression on me. If I really like it, I’ll write it down.

I’ll enjoy a tea almost no matter what, even if the purpose is more medicinal, for it is my truest vice and addiction.


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