489 Tasting Notes

88

I hate it when I carelessly steep the last of a good tea (it happens way too often). I managed to completely kill this one! Think unsweetened dark chocolate slime mixed with crunchy coffee beans. Bah! I hope I didn’t ruin my chances at a second steep when I dumped all that potential down this bleak pit of lost time and flavour.

Here’s to a very bittersweet sipdown. At least the empty cup smells amazing.

Preparation
Boiling
Butiki Teas

I am a chronic oversteeper. I usually just dump a little bit out and add more water and keep doing that until I get it to my liking. Most of the time I can get the tea back to exactly how I want it.

Chizakura

I always did that too, until the day I started using the oven timer for steep times. The sound of it going off is so irritating that I HAVE to get up to turn it off, and then there’s my tea right next to me. So I still get a cup of fresh tasting, and still hot tea to drink. (I used to literally leave things for like half an hour before I’d remember them, so it’d be luke warm by the time I’d take the first sip, argh)

CrowKettle

I used to rely on our annoying microwave timer but it broke last month, and now I’m in a transitional state for timers. I tend to make tea while getting ready or watching a series, so a timer is a must have for me as well.

I wish I’d thought to add extra water, or at least sucked up my reluctance to add sugar or coconut/almond milk- anything to cut down my mess!

Butiki Teas

CrowKettle-It works. I have brewed CTCs for a half an hour and still been able to make them work, even if I did end up having to pour out 9/10 of the cup and add some fresh hot water. I have the same issue too. Our microwave broke last month and we still haven’t replaced it but to be fair I wanted to challenge myself not to use the microwave for a while. It is requiring us to use a lot more pots and pans but I feel like its somehow better for us.

Chizakura

Yeah, supposedly the microwaves kills most (some say ALL depending on who you ask) nutrients in your food, so I try to use it as little as possible now.

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68
drank Sichuan Caravan by Verdant Tea
489 tasting notes

Happy New Year!

I thought I would have this tonight after being without caffeine for two days but it wasn’t meant to be. First the sample bag split open on both ends, and half the tea fell on the dirty floor. Then I unintentionally dumped the rest down the drain when I attempted a rinse. Definitely up their with my top embarrassing sleep deprived moments. I guess the first caffeine beverage of the new year will have to wait another day!

Luckily, I had some a week back via glass gongfu session, although I only got up to 3 steeps. I liked the spice but I wanted to play around with the puerh parameters, as it wasn’t too my taste (too much sweet earth dirt).

Sil

doh!

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96
drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
489 tasting notes

Thank you, Mandala Team, for making my first purchase quick and painless, and for adding extra samples! I haven’t branched out to new companies in a long, long time.

This is delicious. It’s sweet, creamy and cocoa tinged, with a nice finishing accent of pepper spice and sour chips (also smoke in some of the steeps). Smooth cocoa notes come out thicker at the end as it cools a little.

It’s also a relatively forgiving steeper: 1tbsp, first steep boiling for 30sec, in a mug (wait, is this thing more than 8oz?). Second steep 174F (ahhh..nooo!), for 1min. Third steep, boiling 1min (this is gold).

This is turning out to be a rocky session, but the tea plows through all the challenges I present it. Thank you, tea; I’ll treat you (and all puerh) better next time.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cream, Earth, Honey

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

Oh wow, you actually made pu-erh sound good to me haha.

JustJames

love love love this tea!

CrowKettle

I picked this one up because of you and all the people you shared it with JustJames! :)

Fjellrev, this puerh is magic. One of the steeps smelled a little fishy but it never translated to the taste.

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80
drank Napalm Ferret by 52teas
489 tasting notes

11/12 teas of Christmas, 2013. Backlog.

Peppers with a bit of banana and smooth gunpowder green turns out to be an interesting combination. Sis and I sipped away at this last night without coming to any major conclusions. If this tea was available all the time and I had easy access to it I’d probably pick some up every now and then.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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60
drank Sugar Plum Shou Mei by 52teas
489 tasting notes

Yes! This is definitely a CrowKettle tea. I’ve never had the actual sugarplum dessert but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying it! This is a sweet and sugary white tea, with a wisp of syrupy stone fruit and a touch of mint. I’m such a sucker for this kind of thing, even if it is kind of crude in a way.

Thank you, Frank, for the fun advent box! Merry Christmas, steepsterites!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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88

How am I supposed to drink other breakfast blends after this? The cream and the honeyed caramel notes are delivered as promised. Yet another tea from Verdant that I now wish I had more than a sample of.

Bonnie’s note mentions that this is low in acid? Sounds like a good tea for me! :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec
OMGsrsly

I have the summer blend. Do you want my oz?

Nightshifter

I need to try this! Yum.

Amariel

Interesting!

Sil

omg..what are we going to do with you! imperial breakfast is yummy! need to find you a tea like LB tastes for us! heh

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72
drank Candy Corn Black Tea by 52teas
489 tasting notes

9/12 teas of Christmas, 2013

I knew this one was in the box from the clue dropped on the thread a while back. Vanilla, caramel candy corn tea, with a nippy and syrupy sweet finish. I like these types of candy in small doses, which makes it easier to resist plucking all five pieces from the dry blend (I only took one).

I’ll try to write something more interesting later.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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80
drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
489 tasting notes

The bunny graham is whole!!! (Every time I use more than one exclamation mark I think of Terry Pratchett’s Reaper Man, but I’m good since I’m still under five).

This tea is the sweet taste of spring, although drinking this is not bound to that season. It’s a big cup of delicious vanilla pastry and red berry goodness.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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64
drank Butter Rum by 52teas
489 tasting notes

8/12 teas of Christmas, 2013 (I’m not ready!!)

So far, this box has contained quite a few flavoured black teas. Many of them I’ve enjoyed quite a lot, but eventually the common base starts to numb these sweet teas out for me. Root Beer, Buttered Rum, Buttered Beer.. (OK, that last one isn’t in here but I have some in my stash). Anyways, I’ll admit to tiring of drinking them all concurrently.

My own personal grievances aside, this does smell a lot like spiced rum, with a very convincing candied butterscotch take on the flavour. It IS enjoyable, and I was also curious about this blend too when it came out. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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90

oh, sweet chocolate, why didn’t I discover you sooner?

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Terri HarpLady

I was actually craving a cup of this earlier today

Amariel

This is one I want to try.

CrowKettle

It’s soo good, and now it’s the only thing I want to drink. I deeply regret only getting a little sample pack on Black Friday, whereas I opted for 1oz of Vanilla Citrus Spice (which I ended up liking, but why!?).

Terri HarpLady

I meant to bring this one over to Tony’s, & just realized I left it on the counter.
Of course, I only live 5 minutes from here…

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Bio

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.

Tea Preferences: My absolute favourites are the floral inclined oolong and white teas. I also enjoy unflavoured green and black teas. Puerh is a hit or miss.

Fruit, cedar, anise, and vanilla are good. Black licorice, bergamot, and cheap chocolate are less good. Jasmine, cinnamon, and hibiscus are usually too strong in teas for my taste, but otherwise I like these flavours!

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.

1-29: There’s no way to put it nicely..

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BC, Canada

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