579 Tasting Notes

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, Steepsterites! I hope your day is full of warm spice, comfort sweets, and citrus zing like this particular tea, regardless of whether you celebrate or not!

tea-sipper

Sipping Bluebird’s Mocha Chai right now. :D

__Morgana__

Same to you, CK!

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86

I Realized I missed this tea but wasn’t sure if I would still love it after more than a year without, so I ordered a small amount.

Well, the verdict is in and it turns out I still like this tea enough to drink pots upon pots of it. Fingers crossed that it, along with the pricey White Wolf, help pull me out of my tea blues.

Flavors: Cake, Raspberry

Fjellrev

You’ve definitely nudged me to make a Bluebird order sometime. :)

keychange

Oh, I’ve had my share of tea blues. Glad I’m not the only one! And it’s great you’re being nudged back to teaville.

CrowKettle

You’re definitely not the only one, keychange. I hope I manage to get back on here more often; I miss reading everyone’s tea notes :)

I can’t vouch for the rest of Bluebird’s selection, but sponge cake has always been good to me, even if it can be a bit ingredient and temperature finicky.

OMGsrsly

Speaking of tea blues, CrowKettle, are we going to meet up at the festival, or did you want to do a tea drop at another time?

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drank Barry Lindon by Jardin du Thé
579 tasting notes

I initially read this tea as “Berry Lindon” and expected berries. It’s more likely referencing Barry Lyndon, which I haven’t seen.

It’s lightly perfumed as a citrus-sweet floral with soothing violet, rose, lotus, and a touch of grapefruit to finish. It’s clean, fresh, smooth, and playful profile places it in my “spa tea” category. All the flavours flow well.

Thanks, OMGsrsly and Sil, for passing along MissB’s generous tea package!

Flavors: Grapefruit, Rose, Violet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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This one is quite nice- a different twist on the pineapple black tea. There’s a nutty, almost cocoa-like note here, that is reminiscent of unripe or rippening tropical fruits. A nutty, slightly sour tang.

The aroma of the liquid in particular reminds me of generic jack fruit and soursop smoothies I’ve had at Vietnamese restaurants, and it has that thick quality to taste. I can’t place it, but it’s good. Thanks for passing this along, MissB!

Flavors: Nutty, Pineapple, Tropical

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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I know I said I don’t like honeybush but this one is pretty good, all things considering. It’s similar to the the delicious, pastry-like Blueberry Danish black tea that I got to try from the older 52teas, except instead there is raspberry and honeybush.

I prefer my buttery, berry-filled baked goods to have raspberries anyways. If there was a black tea version this would likely be a mandatory stock, but for now I will compromise with the honeybush!

Flavors: Butter, Custard, Pastries, Raspberry, Sugar

52Teas

I might do this as a black tea at some point!

CrowKettle

That would be amazing down the road, although this one is pretty tasty! :)

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88

Erm, I was trying to save enough of my sample for both OMGsrsly and Sil, but the flavouring kept “confusing” me.. shifting from maple to butter, then cream to floral oolong leaf, so delicious..

If I’m being completely honest, there wasn’t much in the sample packet to begin with. There’s about a serving left, but the temptation to taste test the rest is strong. Drinking more would clearly be for the benefit of the tea community.

This tea hit me at all my weak spots.

Flavors: Butter, Cream, Flowers, Maple Syrup

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I tried and tried, because coconut suggestively told me to keep at it, but I just don’t get honeybush. I like rooibos, and rooibos-honeybush mixes.. I don’t know. I’m going to peg this down as a “me” problem. I’ll experiment with some plain unflavoured honeybush when I get the chance, to see what exactly it is I don’t like about it. Right now I have no clue.

Flavors: Coconut, Tangy

52Teas

Honeybush just isn’t for everyone, I suppose – just as rooibos isn’t for everyone and not every type of tea is for everyone. Another one of my customers whom I adore has the same dislike for honeybush.

Nichole

I don’t get red rooibos so I completely understand.

Helena

Luckily there are other teas out there that you will like! Not every cup of tea is for everyone. Probably a good thing otherwise your favourites would always be sold out.

CrowKettle

The variety of tea bases is one of the things I appreciated about this 52Teas sampler; there was something for everyone! I knew going going into this that I have a honeybush bias, but the flavouring was still fun to try.

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80

This tea deserves a better note than I’m going to write for it, because it’s awesome and chocolate chili ‘things’ are the best kind of things. Unfortunately I drank up the last of it during what was otherwise a particularly terrible day, so details are getting fuzzy. Good pot of spicy sweet tea, bad everything else.

For me the slight spice is perfect. Chocolate, never being my favourite ingredient in tea is also pretty good. I do have to wrap my head around that this isn’t the creamy, milk infused chocolate, but good old dark chocolate of little milk, a pinch of sugar or honey, and a lot of nip. So, essentially everything you’d want in a dark chocolate chili truffle.

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Honey, Pepper

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
keychange

I’m sorry it was a bad day otherwise. Bad days usually end though, and I’m glad you have good tea.

Sil

there are chili ginger gummies here in toronto…. sooo good.

OMGsrsly

Sil I must know more!!!

OMGsrsly

(If I have space, with ALL THE TEA, I could bring some back for CrowKettle!)

Sil

omg – i can probably sneak one out for you to try . i bought some for the wedding party. Nearly ALL the gummies are gluten, vegan and dairy free. Just the chocolates that aren’t dairy free…

OMGsrsly

Yes! I only really care about avoiding gluten. :)

CrowKettle

I really need to start coming back on here more often. I miss kind comments, awesome people, and small motivational things, like chili ginger gummies. XD

Sil

we miss you when you’re not around… :)

Sil

also…HAPPPPPPPYYYYY BIIIIIIIIIIRTHDAY!

Helena

Happy belated birthday!!!

CrowKettle

Thank you! :)

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It may be sunny and bright, but bloated white clouds grazing around the sky on a cool breeze right now. These weather cues mean I’m totally justifiable in my fall mindset and can bring out And the Birds Rained Down, Agalloch, Sigur Rós, and the spice teas with no guilt (ok, some of those verge on wintery things).

I’ve definitely not been swayed by the resurgence of pumpkin marketing that sweeps into the caffeinated world come September. Not at all.

I’m still not a fan of this “older new” reblend but it isn’t too shabby with some milk. It makes the spiced orange flavour pop.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Orange Zest, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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I’m working my way through trying out the new 52teas very slowly before processing and sending them towards Sil.

I like maple, so seeing this and the maple tieguanyin included in this packet was pretty awesome. Both teas deliver on the maple but do it in different ways. This is more of a starchy maple as opposed to the equally good but buttery maple of the tieguanyin. It was delicious with milk and made a very sweet “wake me up” breakfast tea. I’m not sure it necessarily stands out from the other delicious maple black teas I’ve tried though.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Maple Syrup

Preparation
Boiling 4 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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