1103 Tasting Notes

This tea is ancient, but all the flavours are present and accounted for, if gently so, against a backdrop of brisk black tea. Quite a tasty cup.


I saw the name and was like “wow, its been forever since I saw this tea” and then you start your note with its ancient lol

Evol Ving Ness

I don’t know whether it is age that has mellowed it or whether it was originally so, but it is perfect now. Generally, I find AQTT’sblends too artificially force for me. With a few exceptions, of course.

Daylon R Thomas

Man, that sounds like a brilliant flavor combo. I wish I picked some of that up years ago when I bought from them.

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Strong and malty, just what I had in mind from a straight black and now it’s gone.


Now, I’ve been gone so long that I am not sure where I am in terms of sip downs.
500? 800? 300?

I was monitoring here and on my laptop before it died, so hmmm. Maybe google can help.

Google helped to some extent, but I still don’t have a definite number. And I did find a most unpleasant bunch of people on a tea blog, who may well know their teas, but wow.


Evol Ving Ness

Hello Crowkettle! How are YOU?

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
1103 tasting notes

It’s more than a bit bewildering that when I typed Paris into The steepster search field, This only only came up on *page seven.” What, really steepster? Is this not one of the most known teas EVER?

Aging but tasty.

Thank you to the kind person with the beautiful print penmanship who shared this sample with me eons ago.

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drank Earl Grey Cupcake by 52teas
1103 tasting notes

Well, lookee here what I found!

This morning, when I was ready to put the kettle on, I was really in the mood for one of Anne’s glorious creations. It didn’t really matter to me which one, but I was in the mood for
A 52teas that l rate as stellar.

This is one of them.

Lovely rich black base. Hints of bergamot on a river of vanilla.

Start the day right!

Evol Ving Ness

Question for those in the U.S.

are you guys still using pennies or have you cancelled them?


We still have and can use pennies.

Evol Ving Ness

Thanks, Anne.

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drank Mordor by Liquid Proust Teas
1103 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
1103 tasting notes

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
1103 tasting notes

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
1103 tasting notes

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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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