531 Tasting Notes

80

This is an “assam-y” black tea blend, with a twist to the finish and lingering flavour- subtly composed of nutty cedar chips and sweet juniper berries. I’ve had other teas that have combined cedar and juniper berries but I like how this one mixes those flavours with the base blend.

Flavors: Berries, Cedar, Honey, Malt, Smoke

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Fjellrev

Wow, the scents of cedar and juniper berry remind me of Banff. Beautiful but can’t imagine drinking that.

OMGsrsly

It’s GOOD, Fjellrev! Really good.

CrowKettle

I can save you a sample for when we meet up, Fjellrev! The “woodland” flavours aren’t heavy-handed, imo.

Fjellrev

If you really like it, you don’t have to worry about it! I’m also not a fan of smoky teas anyway.

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Wow! I was curious when I should have known better. I may have to turn this into soap.

For true Floral Fanatics only.

Flavors: Hay, Lavender, Orange, Rose

OMGsrsly

Ooo… I’ll trade you a taste of this for some Sleeping Bear! :)

CrowKettle

Sounds good to me! I keep forgetting to pick up Sleeping Bear when it’s in stock :)

OMGsrsly

I set some aside for you already, so, score! It’s so lovely.

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81

Looks like they upped the ratio of actual tea leaves in this batch which means more leathery nippiness and less sugar cake. There’s definitely a lot more chocolate, dirt, and grit this time around, but I still see the things (vanilla) I originally loved.

I’m going to have to tweak the steeping parameters to account for the increase in zhu rhong presence. I may even add some of that Cinnamon Vanilla Baileys.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays, steepsterites!

Flavors: Chocolate, Citrus Zest, Leather, Pepper, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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76
drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
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OMGsrsly’s Melon Oolong broke my tea hiatus, if not completely removing my tea blahs. It was a good effort though; Melona bars are one of the many ways to my heart. Now that I’m back in an environment where the water doesn’t always taste of metallic algae I can work through OMGsrsly’s gift bag and remove that apathy for good.. hopefully!

I’d contemplate picking this up again as a spring flavour and for the novelty of steeping an oolong at boiling temperature.. a good flavoured oolong to have when the temp. variant kettle runs off on vacation!

Flavors: Melon

Preparation
Boiling
Fjellrev

Nice to see you post! Does this mean you’re back home now? I’ve yet to try Melona bars. Now that you’ve given them a thumbs up I shall buy some.

CrowKettle

Yes! Just got back home and will be off to school for my last semester in a couple weeks. I’ve a lot of tea to catch up on before that. Melona bars were a favourite a few years back- they’re why I instantly loved Cantaloupe & Cream.

Fjellrev

If they taste anything like Cantaloupe & Cream, then I’m game. We should go for tea sometime once you come back!

CrowKettle

Definitely! I’ll get in touch about that after my schedule is formalized.

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80

This is one of the teas I picked up on my outing with OMGsrsly, and it has become my main companion in the last week. There are better teas out there (and in my cupboard), but the smell always makes me swoon and loose all sense of judgment.

The cinnamon comes through stronger without milk, but at a 200F temperature it keeps its smooth toffee-popcorn butter texture. If I accidentally use boiling water I add some milk after- that ruffles out the cinnamon and astringency, while generally keeping things amazing.

Although the maple is slightly more subdued than I would like, I bear no regrets with this one, and would consider picking some up again. I do wonder if the Maple Toffee from The Whistling Kettle is the same tea; the two look identical.

Flavors: Butter, Cinnamon, Maple, Popcorn, Toffee

Preparation
2 min, 45 sec

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83

It’s been so long! After abstaining for a year and convincing myself I don’t need this heavy weight in my life, I picked some up as my free 50g (and what a measly sized 50g it is).

You know what? It resteeps well, and it’s delicious. Totally worth the weight (haha..).

One whole year, Gold Rush free, and in vain.

Flavors: Berries, Burnt Sugar, Butter, Coconut

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Hahahahahahaha.

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80

I’ve been doing it wrong.

I was pleasantly surprised when this fandom blend tasted decent on it’s own- I really wasn’t expecting much. The Mother had a sip from my cup and approved of it too, but requested her’s to be made with steamed milk. Much to my chagrin, this green based chai tastes even better with milk. The vanilla flavour oozes out like honey, blending seamlessly into the smoky spice of the cloves and cinnamon.

I’ve been doing it wrong and now she’s drinking the last of this sample. Darn.

Flavors: Cloves, Coriander, Fruit Tree Flowers, Honey, Vanilla

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Kittenna

Hahahaha :P

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70
drank Gen Mai Cha by Silk Road
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Hmm, this has a lot more rice kernels than I previously remembered. This optimizes the roasty trait, but I wish there was more veggie butter in the mix. Although it’s not my favourite genmaicha, it’s still good after a huge dinner. It didn’t mind me flunking the steeping parameters either.. well, not too much.

Also, happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

Flavors: Toasted Rice

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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It seems that I’m always making this up for my mother but never drink it myself. If I drank more of it I’d probably eat less- the steamed milk version is as rich and filling as cake! It made a nice dessert after Japanese food. Some days call for indulgence.

Flavors: Coconut, Cream, Grass

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82
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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How am I already out of this? It hasn’t even been a month.

Did you know Australian Shepherds will direct you into trees or jump right in front of you if you begin to outpace them? I did not. So much for using friends’ dogs as exercise partners (it was a fun “game” though)!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
tantonino

Aussie! Looking to possibly get one next year. Do you have a dog of your own?

CrowKettle

Unfortunately not, but I’ve been lucky enough to have an abundance of friends and relatives who do, however. :)

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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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