555 Tasting Notes

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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Here’s another sample from OMGsrsly’s endless bag of exciting samples. I think this one came from Sil and MissB, so it’s traveled far!

I was skeptical when this green tea called for such a hot steep temperature, but it all worked out. It’s smooth with the best aspects of goji berries: vitamin C sweet, a little tart, and a hint of nuttiness.

Flavors: Goji

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

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drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
555 tasting notes

This one is just really, really good. And it’s a green rooibos base. It’s a definite purchase, as it fills the holes left by past melon teas and caffeine-free fruit rooibos blends.

Thank you so much, Sil, and OMGsrsly for delivering me the largest parcel of tea I’ve ever seen!

Flavors: Honeydew

Sil

yaaaaay!!

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I tried this warm and it was tasty, but then I forgot about it let it cool down for a few hours and now it’s even better! Like pineapple Koala March.

(you know, these: http://www.posharpstore.com/images/thumbs/0006330_600.jpg).

Ok, maybe the fruit was less artificial when it was warm, and I could actually taste the intermingling of mango and papaya where only pineapple remains now, but the cold brew booked me tickets and flew me to a Hawaiian ABC location!

I may be going a little crazy with this final paper sitting here..

Thank you, OMGsrsly, Sil and MissB!

Flavors: Mango, Pineapple

Sil

you can doooo eeeet!! home stretch!

CrowKettle

This giant bag of tea came at a good time.

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drank Earl Grey Chocolat by Lupicia
555 tasting notes

It’s not so much an earl grey with chocolate, but dark chocolate with citrusy and floral notes. With milk it makes for an interesting sugar-free hot chocolate substitute. There’s something that almost verges into “biting wood chips and citrus rinds” territory, but otherwise it’s easy drinking.

Thanks, OMGsrsly!

Flavors: Bergamot, Cocoa, Dark Chocolate, Floral

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I remember the first time I tried to drink buttermilk. As an old friend once commented, “it’s one of those things that sounds like it should be amazing but is actually gross.” It’s not something you typically want to drink straight. The buttermilk was salty, tangy, sour and surprisingly thin, in a filling way.

Luckily this tea, this tea has all of the core flavours of buttermilk without the yucky result. It’s still hard to drink lots of, but it is more reminiscent of dessert than raw baking ingredient. The lemon, which adds its own tangy sweetness, probably helps out with that.

I left some sitting out overnight, and it now possesses a note akin to flat root beer. It’s not as good but still quirky fun. Thanks, Sil and OMGsrsly, for sharing this one!

Flavors: Almond, Butter, Cream, Lemon

Fjellrev

You are so brave for ever trying that. My dad used to drink it straight and the mere look of it sitting in the glass, how it would leave that film on the sides of the glass, was enough to turn me off. And the smell! Ugh.

Sil

you’re welcome!

CrowKettle

I wonder what the appeal of drinking it straight is. I know I haven’t found it yet!

Sil, I would compose you a poem if I had the skills. Instead, I’ll make due by picking up teas for you while in Europe in June. Bosnia has to have teas you haven’t tried..

Sil

Awesome. Where in Europe are you going! For how long! I love hearing about people travelling lol

OMGsrsly

IDK, CrowKettle. Your descriptions were pretty entertaining. I think you could get some lyrics out of them, and aren’t lyrics poetry? :)

CrowKettle

Hungary, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, and London. I’ll stay on the lookout for tea things, although I don’t know what my luck will be!

@OMGsrsly, nooooo… let’s not.

Fjellrev

Sounds like it’ll be an awesome adventure!

Sil

that sounds amazing! What a fantastic adventure!

OMGsrsly

Woo! Have lots of fun this summer!

CrowKettle

Thanks, everyone! :)

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Taken with milk, although it doesn’t need it; the tea is creamy enough on its own and the rest of the flavouring is light.

I would’ve preferred a heavier dosage of bergamot, or a brighter, citrus-y base. It does deliver on the vanilla cream puff front, however. I just wish there was more action, which I probably don’t need for paper writing anyways!

Flavors: Bergamot, Cream, Vanilla

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

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Here’s yet another post from my fading memory; I apologize for the lack of details. I’ve had more exciting flavoured teas from Butiki (I didn’t get the cordial bit), but the base makes this one a real treat. Smooth and sweet.

Flavors: Blackberry, Honey

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Oh, man. I forgot to log this and I finished it weeks ago! Erm, memories.. all alone in the moonlight..ugh.

The marmalade was the most prevalent fixture, and if I over steeped or over-leafed it the bitter citrus-tang became the main (and only) feature. The pistachio was smooth, subtle, but distinct and I enjoyed picking up on it. Toffee wasn’t always a thing, but when it was it was awesome, if a tad light.

I loved the purple base; it’s a particularly dynamic “resteeper” and complimented the marmalade well. It will be missed!

Flavors: Jam, Nuts, Orange

Sil

yes… this one was delicious :(

CrowKettle

Just as I was starting to love it I ran out! It was one neat tea xD

Amariel

I’m glad Stacy liked my idea and made this one up. It was really tasty.

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Yes!!! I’m drinking tea today and I’m posting something on steepster. Novelty of the month.

Alas, it’s not a new tea- although, it sort of feels like it because the base is somewhat different in composition. Hello dirt, leather, pepper, citrus zest, and sweat. Goodbye chocolate vanilla spice cake.

All my old favourite are disappearing or changing on me! Time to get back on the tea game. :/

Flavors: Coriander, Ginger, Leather, Orange Zest, Vanilla

Sil

yes. if this is a newer harvest..it’s not as good.

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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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