560 Tasting Notes

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drank White Night by Mandala Tea
560 tasting notes

I’m on my fourth steep of this now (160F/3min), and I swear the hay note has transformed into coconut. The kind of sugary coconut you might get from the Hawaiian McDonald’s Haupia Pies. I liked the hay honey-jam of the first couple steeps but baked/fried coconut cream is a special class of friend.

Thanks, OMGsrsly, for bringing this over for me to try!

Flavors: Coconut, Cream, Hay, Honey, Jam

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Dexter

Baked/fried coconut cream. That’s interesting and not what I’ve noticed in this tea. 70 is really low water temp, I usually use 80C and OMGsrsly just said boiling flash steeps for another moonlight…. love how everyone tries it different. I think I need to play with it in both directions.

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78

This one is delicious. The lemon verbena and marshmallow root give it that fluffy citrus meringue texture. I appreciate that I can pick out the sweet green note of the Mao Zhen Hair Needle base; the green tea actually enhances the sweet lemon dessert vibe.

It’s pretty good, and definitely in the same family as my beloved Lime Jello Salad tea, and the cheery-clean Sun & Cloud Mist tea.

Flavors: Garden Peas, Lemon, Marshmallow, Meringue

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec
TeaBrat

I probably would have liked this one, oh well!

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74

OMGsrsly (or someone else who passed along this tea) wrote “interesting” on my sample packet, which essentially sums this tea up. It’s not the savory spices that are “interesting”, but the fact that I don’t get pineapple from this pineapple tea at all.

The dry blend smells of tropical fruits, but the fruitiness to taste is more a fuzzy peach, banana runts, or even plantain/banana with the finish and aftertaste- also reminiscent of a clove and banana accented hefeweizen. But, just as there’s a smiley face at the end of that “interesting” on my packet, this tea is a lot of fun- you just have to accept it for it is.

The aroma of the broth is probably the most “pineapple-y” aspect of this tea, so I’ll continue to breathe deep. Although now I want a plantain tea. Or a German Wheat Beer. Whichever is closer.

Flavors: Banana, Candy, Peach

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec
MissB

I had such high hopes for this tea when I got it in Grenoble!

Fjellrev

Damnit, now I want hefeweizen too.

CrowKettle

I always want a hefeweizen, and it’s the season for them too! Also, knowing this tea is from such a beautiful place like Grenoble is special. The tea is not what the packet led me to believe but I still really like it!

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78

When I got this one right it was simply amazing. Two out of half a dozen steeps tasted of a potent raspberry infused honey. Nectar of the gods.

While this was also good the other four times, the couple of awesome experiences set the bar really high and made me envious every time it didn’t turn out like that. It was often just not enough raspberry, or not enough honey, or a little too much black tea astringency.

Amariel/Plunkybug recommended this one, and now I’m hooked.. although it sometimes feels a little like gambling. Raspberries and honey make me weak.

Flavors: Honey, Raspberry

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

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In one of our first meetups, OMGsrsly got me hooked on black currant flavoured things. Now every time I see them listed in teas I can’t resist picking up some.

This particular rooibos doesn’t quite live up to my expectations, but it’s still enjoyable. I just want more specific black currant and less dry and fruity-berry rooibos.

Flavors: Berries, Black Currant

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83

This one is actually pretty tasty, with lots of passion fruit flavour and subtle dessert vibes. The second steep had less passion fruit and more generic cake flavour, but it’s still good.

I cold steeped it in the fridge for +8hrs, instead of using the boiling water and ice cube method- for some reason the taste of ice cube water in tea bugs me. Second cold steep went through a similar process.

I’m pleasantly surprised with how much tea I got out of the tea bag, but I wish I didn’t have to pay $4 for one session with a re-steep (14g of fannings). Iced tea goes so quickly!

Flavors: Cake, Passion Fruits

Preparation
Iced 14 g

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76

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
CHAroma

I’m glad there’s lots of caramel and pecan in this one. I’ll have to try it now!

CrowKettle

I hope it works out for you!

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75
drank On Va Se Revoir by THE O DOR
560 tasting notes

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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81

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.

Plunkybug

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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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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