1108 Tasting Notes

So, I got vaccinated yesterday wth my first dose. As I didn’t know quite what to expect, I stocked up on treats in case I needed to spend a day or two or more in bed.

We are in lockdown again.another reason for treats. So I went shopping in my stash for something new and delightful and pulled out an older but unopened bag of this.

I remember really loving this blend before (in the previous batch?), but this cup is seriously sweet., like my teeth almost hurt. The packet was full, so I wasn’t able to shake it up, so that might be the thing.

Let’s see how this goes.


Congrats on the first dose. Hope you’re doing ok!

Evol Ving Ness

Thanks, derk. Ok here. Arm was sore for a few days. A bit headachy and slightly flu-ish, but ok. everything seems to have passed. Still tired though, which may or may not have anything to do w the vaccine.

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drank Pomme by Hediard
1108 tasting notes

I wasn’t expecting much here given that I am not a huge fan of F?ranch teas AND this one has been hanging around for ages. That said, this one is all apple juice and apple cider and apple crisp. and then there’s that French Je nesais quoi. Really lovely. I must have done something right.

tI think this sample is from Sil from years ago. Thank you, Sil. (Yes, it’s ancient—don’t judge me.)

and it’s a sipdown!


haha yeah it’s from me from aaaaggesss ago

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A very pleasant vanilla custard note coming through today with the wisps of pear and cardamom.

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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.


Apparently I have some of this too, and this flavour profile just sounds delicious. Maybe on “V” day…

Evol Ving Ness

I have one cup left and I will make a note to not leave it too long because it is perfect NOW.

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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?


Haha, I just read that post and it’s hilarious and absolutely chock full of tea snobs who are missing the point. It’s fine to express that a site is useless to you and does not meet your highbrow needs, but some of those commenters in particular cross the line. But then again, this is the internet. Steepster absolutely has its flaws and maybe one day they’ll be fixed, but the community is generally amazing and is the reason I got into drinking more than just DavidsTea & Celestial Seasonings.

Evol Ving Ness

Agreed. Here we have a variety, a wide variety, of approaches. There are some who take teas very seriously indeed and others who approach teatime as social time. With very very few exceptions, we are all kind here.

I’ve learned a lot here about tea and also about people. As Dex says, tea people are the best kind of people.


I never saw that blog. I only read up to Jason’s reply but the original poster has some valid, thoughtful points. But so what. I love the mess that steepster is, and really shows that each steep of a tea is different for everyone.

Evol Ving Ness

I only came across it because it came up when I was googling my steepster name in hope of tracking down my sipdown totals.

To be honest, I spent more time with the thread than with the post,

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
1108 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
1108 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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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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