602 Tasting Notes

On the savory side of the spectrum. The rinse smelled like baked macaroni with cheese, bacon, and bread crumbs. The taste is pleasantly sour and smokey, with a dash of oregano and some sweet syrup. I can’t shrug off the bacon. It’s there. I’m not crazy. I’m not.

Flavors: Maple Syrup, Meat, Muscatel, Smoke, Wood

boychik

so you had a complete meal in a cup. Awesome ;)

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From my giant order of Verdant puerh with OMGsrsly. Rinsed, with short 15 second steeps.

I’m normally not a puerh (shu or sheng) person so when I actually come across one I enjoy it’s amazing. Kind of like expecting rabbit poop but finding 24 carat adorned chocolate amazing.

This shu is on the simple side of awesome, which is cool because awesome comes in many different varieties. Smooth and creamy, it tastes of all things rice, and has that dark tangy-malt aspect that I associate with stouts and ports. Delicious.

Flavors: Butter, Cream, Malt, Rice

Sil

YAY! i found this one enjoyable as well :)

CrowKettle

This was a pleasant surprise, especially since my Verdant staples were disappointing the last time I ordered them :)

Sil

yeah 2014 didn’t love me much with them until the latter harvest

Sil

er until 2015 late harvest

CrowKettle

Good to know! I haven’t checked in with them for over a year now. Hopefully going to get back into ordering and exploring new companies by the end of 2016; it’s been a while.

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This is one of many samples I originally received from OMGsrsly and the generous MissB. It lived in neglected district of my tea cabinet for quite a while, but since I’m going to Singapore in a few weeks I thought it was high time to pull it out.

This is definitely one of those teas that doesn’t deliver when steeped up but smells amazing. Think floral cherries and candied red fruits.

Sweet and slightly bitter, the flavour goes into the dry, grassy side of the vegetal spectrum, and the cherry hazards into artificial (cough drops, candy, McDonald’s cherry sundae). Still, the tea makes me happy and nostalgic; along with genmaicha, my first looseleaf was a cherry green that tasted like this one. It reminds me of my first year in Victoria. I can’t help but like that a little.

Flavors: Candy, Cherry, Grass

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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73

One day I’ll go exploring and learn to appreciate the darker varieties of oolong. For now it just tastes like a green oolong except it’s also tangy sour and the malt of roasted grains (also think the non-waffle ice cream cones). It’s simply not my thing right now.

Flavors: Floral, Malt, Stonefruits, Vegetal

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Thanks OMGsrsly for letting me try this. I’ve been curious for a while but it always seems to be sold out or out of season when I go to look at it.

I had enough loose leaf for about five different sessions and they were somewhat varied in the tasting and aroma notes despite the same parameters. All the cups where pretty awesome in their own way, although the smooth, almost creamy jasmine note wasn’t consistent. Sometimes I got more vegetal chestnuts, which while good isn’t as much of a draw for me as the well balanced jasmine cups (2/5).

Give me that smooth, balanced cream of jasmine in a cup and I won’t need to rip apart the neighbor’s well tended garden for flower butter, nectar of the gods.

Flavors: Jasmine, Sugarcane, Vegetal

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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82

New 52teas from the original sampler kickstarter.

I went from an open declaration of war on honeybush to wanting to rub this stuff into my clean bedding and pajamas. I need to find a way to put it in my oil diffuser. Aroma, please find a way to permeate every space I occupy. It smells like fresh, buttery berry pastries and usually tastes like that too.

You win again 52teas.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Butter, Jam, Raspberry

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Sil

hahahaha

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85

New 52teas reblend.

This isn’t quite as good as a tangy latte anymore; the flavours are a tad light for milk, at least they have been with my experiments so far. However, I find the new version’s flavour range to be more dynamic and true to the tea name. I can actually taste the pumpkin and spice, and usually get a caramel cheesecake finish. I also taste black tea. These things are huge point scorers for me!

Flavors: Caramel, Cheesecake, Cream, Malt, Pumpkin, Spices

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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This is delicious, OMGsrsly. I drank this all day, using short steeps of 5-15 sec and I never once became bored.

I also had a mini heart attack when I visually interpreted the delightful tea bubbles as a scary tea spider upon sip. Luckily the steeped tea spider appears to be a mythical creature. Good times with tea and absurd brain. To be fair, they were very lively bubbles.. It’s amazing what stress does to the brain.

Flavors: Apricot, Honey, Tangy

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This was a tea suggestion from Bear With Me. Unlike Sil, I enjoy my citruses and florals. Mm, delicious florals.

I viewed this a more cutting kind of earl grey, and I had a good time with it. The jasmine nor the bergamot curdled the milk with their liveliness, which is always nice. Definitely a sharp, bright wake-me-up tea though. I’d add it to the mental spa category of teas.

Flavors: Bergamot, Jasmine

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

haha glad you enjoyed this one more than me :)

Christie Lee

Does it taste like Canada? ;)

CrowKettle

Honestly, when I first read the name I was expecting (hoping for) maple. Maybe this tea is meant to represent not what a stereotypical Canadian eats for breakfast but what an actual Canadian would taste and smell like during said meal: bergamot and jasmine. We are unanimously a clean smelling bunch before noon.

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100

OMGsrsly is good people and generously gave me the rest of theirs. This is honestly a delicious tea that I don’t want to say goodbye to it ever. It tastes exactly as I remembered, albeit slightly more like wine, despite the age.

Flavors: Citrus, Cream, Floral, Rose

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Plunkybug

Oh how nice! I know how much you like this one.

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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.

White teas, roasted/fired green teas, and green oolong varieties are my favourites.

Ingredients/flavours I enjoy (in moderation): anise, caramel, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lemon, lime, maple, marshmallow leaves, melon, mint, rose, vanilla.

Coconut is a big hit or miss.

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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