4054 Tasting Notes

drank GABA Oolong by Teavivre
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I really didn’t buy this for flavor — more that I wanted the stress and anxiety reducing properties of GABA and I didn’t have any GABA teas around.  One teaspoon of these tiny bundles is enough to unravel in an entire steeping basket.   The flavor is quite different from any other oolong I have tried.  It’s butternut squash and only butternut squash.  Second steep?  It’s summer squash and only summer squash.  Third steep looks as dark as a black tea and tastes like a variety of squash.  I was dreading it being a one note of roasted flavor, but I’m not tasting a roasted note at all.  As regards the GABA, I think…. I was feeling the normal levels of stress and anxiety.  I also slept about the same, so it didn’t change my sleep.  Maybe my stress is too much for ANY GABA to handle.  I wouldn’t use more than one teaspoon to find out.  hmm… at least when I’m craving a tea with the flavors of squash, there is a definite tea for that.
Steep #1 // 1 teaspoon for a mug // 24 minutes after boiling // 1-2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 10 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep 
Steep #3 // 2 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Harvest: 2023

Flavors: Butternut Squash, Squash


The Japanese advertise everything that has GABA in it. You can’t go into a store and not see a few products standing out stating it.

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I was lacking more than one sticky rice option!  So I thought I’d try this. Four ounces of this tea is 15 tuochas in the case of my pouch.  These are fairly big disc shapes, with a line down the middle.  Possibly indicating you could cut it in half to save for later.  But Teavivre’s instructions say to use one piece for twelve ounces.  And I like my puerh thick, so I definitely went with a whole piece for a mug.   The sticky rice scent is definitely abundant here and it’s very quick to unravel!  I’d say the sticky rice flavor is so strong that it kind of overpowers the ripe puerh, even if the brew is dark.  But there is a lingering coffee flavor following the sticky rice.   There was plenty of sticky rice flavor throughout all the steeps.  The last one having like a creamy quality to it.  I think the focus here is more the sticky rice flavoring, as the puerh is quite mild, even with my standard mug size. Though the infuser is almost FULL of unraveled leaves.  I might like that long fourth steep the best with that creamier smooth quality.   I’m glad I have this in stock for the sticky rice craving, but I might not reach for it when I’m craving nuanced shou.
Steep #1 // 11 minutes after boiling //  1 1/2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 11 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #3 // 11 minutes after boiling // 4 minute steep
Steep #4 // just boiled // 16 minute steep

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drank Tongue Thai'd by The NecessiTeas
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additional notes: dashboard is back working! I was taking the Steepster break to drink some old favorites anyway, especially summer favorites, as I will be leaving my tea collection to help take care of Grandma shortly. It’s always fun packing some teas for the trip. THIS tea is miraculous. An amazing balance of Just Enough flavor to not be overdone and hide the oolong. Some might call it suntan. I call it SUMMER and DELICIOUS. :D


Sounds tasty! What teas are you bringing with you?


Usually it’s a one gallon ziplock full, but this time it might be one and a half! I like to bring a bunch of smaller amounts, to try to sip some things down over a month or two or three.

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Ashmanra’s sipdown challenge – September 2023 Tea #1- September 4 – Eat An Extra Dessert Day

I wish I had ONE dessert today, but this tea will have to do (and my excellent glass of my most favorite lemonade — so good, I will count the lemonade as dessert on this hot day.)  Finishing this sample!  I will miss this one as I miss most of the glorious marshmallow root blends from 52teas.  Chocolate marshmallow — one of my favorite flavor combos. So good.
2023 sipdowns: 83

okay, no, edited to add —I had a cherry poptart for dessert. Hey, it’s Labor Day. why not. Also, I see the dashboard is froze.


Same here! Just one dessert, but it was all about the tea anyway!

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additional notes: whyever would they change the name for this tea? I loved when they called it Rice Moo-long! It made sense. It was cute! Anyway, I always love the balance of the genmaicha flavor with the milk oolong flavor. Neither overpowers or is obnoxious. Perfect, as is. Raising the rating from 91.

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drank Briar Patch by 52teas
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additional notes: I forget how great this one is, how much I love it. It’s fruity, but with some interesting notes of pepper and tulsi, all in a lovely balance on a take-the-backseat green tea base. Good stuff!!

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I loved the Dessert By Deb tea I had a couple days ago, so I had to run and find this among the teas Cameron B sent. Thanks, Cameron B! The scent from the pouch is true to name. I didn’t even hesitate to bypass reading the ingredients list since it smelled so good, other than to check that the base is houjicha. Sadly, the steeped tea is FULL hibiscus. Just drowning in it to the point that I then had to read the ingredients list to see if there was anything else in it other than hibiscus… and houjicha. But there are plenty of lovely ingredients here! Even if coconut seems really weird with some tart fruit flavors — the problem is mainly the hibiscus. I really would have liked this if the hibiscus had been left out. Maybe I shall pick some of the hibiscus out in the future? The second steep seemed toned down on the hibiscus but the other flavors were still missing. What a shame!
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons // 20 minutes after boiling // 2-3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3-4 min

Flavors: Hibiscus

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drank Sweet Coconut Island by Zen Tea
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Ashmanra’s sipdown challenge – August 2023 Tea #8- Your most refreshing tea

Not a sipdown but wanted to post this tasting note representing one of my most refreshing teas!  It’s such a dang good blend.  I’m glad I stocked up. The coconut isn’t rancid yet?!?!

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drank Golden Monkey by Queen Mary Tea
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additional notes: ah, this still holds up as a favorite. Rich, dark chocolate and dark in general, but with this bright quality that swims throughout. It’s a perfect balance! So so good. I’m raising the rating from 96. (I think I raise the rating every time I have it.)

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drank Tropical Breeze by Tealux
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additional notes: I just have to raise the rating from 78 in this note! I think it’s one of my favorite fruity no-caffs. It’s so refreshing and there is no room here for hibiscus. Doesn’t need it! It’s like cherry juice.

Cameron B.

Ooh I think I had this from another company, and I agree it was lovely! It seems to be a catalog blend but I think I might order some from Tealyra.


Cameron, a cherry tea you actually liked?! It must really be a good blend. :D

Cameron B.

Ha ha, right?

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Hi! I love tea and trying new ones – it adds a bit of variety to my day! Books, music, TV & movies are my thing… and tea, of course.

Some of my favorite tea shops (still operating):
Dammann Freres

Favorite tea shops (RIP):

My icon photo is Richard Mayhew from the graphic novel ‘Neverwhere’ by Neil Gaiman, Mike Carey & Glenn Fabry.

Most of the teas listed in my cupboard are actually sample sizes. I don’t really have 2,000 ounces of tea around here! Many of my teas have only one teaspoon left… maybe two. But I like keeping them in my cupboard list for reference to what I could be sipping. Usually, I write tasting notes once for each tea. I’m still drinking them, just not writing tasting notes each time!

I’m always in search of: Hattialli, Qu Hao black, Jin Jun Mei, teas using marshmallow root.

My dislikes: hibiscus, ginger (unless in chai), turmeric, bee pollen, charcoal type flavors

My ratings:
95-100 – Super awesome deliciousness favorites – cupboard essential
80-95 – Also pretty delicious
65-80 – Pretty good
50-65 – Okay
1-50 – Probably won’t want to sip it again

I’m planning on being a Steepsterer as long as there IS a Steepster, so if you’re not hearing from me, that means something happened to my health… if you know what I mean. (Or as evidenced by the great computer hiatus of 2019, something happened to my computer… I have a dumb phone so can’t access internet on that. As of 12/20/21 my wifi might start getting unreliable.)

Happy sipping!



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