554 Tasting Notes

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Lots of caramel. Lots of pecan. Lots of crust, thanks to the earthy qualities of mate and cheap ice cream cone notes of the oolong. The cheesecake is largely up to your own imagination to find. I swear I’m picking up on some delicious tangy dessert..

I forgot how heavily I rely on mate/guayusa blends to wake me up after late evenings/mornings. Currently on the lookout for interesting flavour blends.

Flavors: Caramel, Earth, Pecan

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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When the mint, pepper, and smokiness of the gunpowder(?) are all paired together my imagination goes down the road of savory lamb roasts and stews. Yet it’s also citrusy, refreshing ,and floral. I finished off the sample quickly enough but I still don’t know what to think of it (mostly enjoyable).

I was eager to try this after OMGsrsly listed the unlikely pairing of ingredients, and ever since Sil’s and MissB’s notes first appeared. Thanks for sending this my way! I always enjoy my gunpowder greens and mint.

Flavors: Bergamot, Mint, Pepper, Smoke

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Thanks, MissB and OMGsrsly, for sending this my way!

This tea is a funny one. The dry leaf smells pleasantly fruity, but after I steeped it I had to double check that I hadn’t yet opened my can of tuna fish. It wasn’t the nicest wet leaf smell, although it was a moot point after I dug into lunch. Canned tuna wins yet another battle in the olfactory wars!

Once I got over the smell, the flavour is pretty straightforward: preserved and sweetened pineapple pieces. I can appreciate that.

Flavors: Pineapple

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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The only other ice wine tea I’ve had was a white base and I didn’t care for it much. I think the sweet fermented grapes benefit from the fuller body of the black tea base here. It’s crazy easy to drink, hot or cool.

Flavors: Raisins, White Wine

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Nice! I always avoided picking this one up since I’ve always seen negative reviews on ice wine teas in general. Glad to hear hers is decent.

Amariel

I have yet to try mine…I just have not seemed to be in the right mood for this one yet.

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92

OMG, omg, omg.. I found a wild packet of Lime Chiffon HIDING in the back of my parents’ cupboard! Ah, my precious..

Eventually I will get to drinking it’s creamy lime goodness, but for now I’m satisfied with waving my sealed package around in fanatical glee (probably not good for the freshness).

Best cupboard excavation find ever.

kieblera5

this one is awesome!

Spencer

When you finish waving it, will there be crouching around the package, stroking it with a finger, and whispered “Myyyyyyy Precioussssssss”?

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80

I kind of like this one! It’s green, it contains tangy limes, and there is something dessert-like and almost creamy about it. Many happy meringue and key lime pie vibes, at least with this session. It reminds me a little of 52Teas’ Lime Jello Salad tea, and the Lime Gelato from David’s Tea.

This would potentially make a good iced batch, but if I tried that I’d only have one serving left instead of two..

Flavors: Custard, Lime

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Fjellrev

Oh damn, I never saw this one. Anything that is reminiscent of Lime Jello Salad must be great.

CrowKettle

I’m not sure I’ll ever love a lime tea as much as I did Lime Jello Salad, but only time with 4oz will tell. Next time I’m in Sydney I’ll pick up enough to share!

Sil

ooooooh

Fjellrev

I don’t think anything can ever top Lime Jello Salad, either. So freaking delicious.

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77

This is what I always think of as a “spa tea.” The combined flavour of the spices, fruits, and flowers is less of an appetizing meal and more of a perfume-like oil diffuser. It’s nose food, not tongue food.

That being said, I still found this pleasant enough to drink; the aroma was just way better. The green base is smooth (veering on butter), with a vegetal quality that teams up with the spices and citrus sours for an nippy parting gift. The finish is almost a dry “sparkling,” and grapefruit-like. It puts me in mind of ciders and grapefruit pop.

Also, when I put Butiki’s Flowery Pineapple, Janet’s Black Currant Rooibos, and this in a lineup for Mom she choose from she chose this one. I can report to Sil and MissB that this tea finally found its intended audience!

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Floral, Grapefruit, Pepper, Sweet

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

woooooohooooooooooo

CrowKettle

Spiced citrus isn’t usually my thing, but I liked this one!

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92

Smokey incense wafts through living pine. While casually sipping away at warm vanilla cocoa, one strolls through this fertile, pungent evergreen forest, salty sweat on their brow. Yes, I know they are sweating on a slow walk. This individual is clearly out of shape and it’s hot out. Maybe the latter is connected to the smokiness. Who knows (place inquiries with the tea).

So I’m terrible at conveying how easily this tea sweeps me up in daydream and picturesque fancies, but I had to try. It’s a delicious tea, reminiscent Whispering Pine’s indulgent Port.

I know some will find more dirt along the path than chocolate, and may even view the smoke as an indicator of a giant forest fire. For me, it hits all the sweet spots.

Flavors: Cedar, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Cream, Floral, Pine, Smoke, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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The aroma of this tea is like a shark’s merciless jaws. The diamond sharp teeth sink in and linger, linger, linger.. until you realize that everything in your near vicinity, you included, has been irreversibly transformed by unrelenting maple daggers. There is no escape.

Besides maple sugar shark maws, this tea has some interesting surprises which at first made me weary. Apple and cranberry pieces are an understandable choice aesthetically (white & red: the blood of angry men, on black). In practice, it reminds me of David’s festive Cranberry Pear, except with the full-bodied effects of pure maple syrup rage.

I enjoy this tea, but it’s one of those instances where I bow out and use the white flag (yay, milk).

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Cranberry, Maple Syrup

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
gmathis

Love your description!

ashmanra

Hubby used to hate it when the kids had waffles before church because there was no way to get the smell of maple syrup off them! I don’t mind it as much so it never bothered me on school days. No more weekend waffles!

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The cherry flavouring in this rooibos crosses all cherry territories, including my favourite cherry blasters and actual cherries. Tart hibiscus and goji are extremely subtle. When I do pick up on those two ingredients, they add a layer of depth the otherwise syrupy sweet cherry profile.

Bear With Me recommended this in the store and I’m glad I was easily persuaded. This is my favourite go to tisane in the evening right now; it tastes so “red.”

Flavors: Cherry, Goji

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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I started my Steepster loose leaf adventure back in 2012. I can’t say I’m completely new anymore, but I still view oolong as a magical, extraterrestrial creature that unfurls in water.

Ratings:

95-100: A Personal Favourite; I’m never without this tea.

90-94: Great! I’ll try to keep a small amount around.

80-89: Enjoyable; I may buy more at some point.

70-79: Nice, but not something I’d drink often. I may have a few problems with it.

50-69: Something about this tea falls flat for me. Still drinkable.

30-49: This isn’t a particularly pleasant cup.

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