569 Tasting Notes

80

I kind of like this one! It’s green, it contains tangy limes, and there is something dessert-like and almost creamy about it. Many happy meringue and key lime pie vibes, at least with this session. It reminds me a little of 52Teas’ Lime Jello Salad tea, and the Lime Gelato from David’s Tea.

This would potentially make a good iced batch, but if I tried that I’d only have one serving left instead of two..

Flavors: Custard, Lime

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Fjellrev

Oh damn, I never saw this one. Anything that is reminiscent of Lime Jello Salad must be great.

CrowKettle

I’m not sure I’ll ever love a lime tea as much as I did Lime Jello Salad, but only time with 4oz will tell. Next time I’m in Sydney I’ll pick up enough to share!

Sil

ooooooh

Fjellrev

I don’t think anything can ever top Lime Jello Salad, either. So freaking delicious.

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77

This is what I always think of as a “spa tea.” The combined flavour of the spices, fruits, and flowers is less of an appetizing meal and more of a perfume-like oil diffuser. It’s nose food, not tongue food.

That being said, I still found this pleasant enough to drink; the aroma was just way better. The green base is smooth (veering on butter), with a vegetal quality that teams up with the spices and citrus sours for an nippy parting gift. The finish is almost a dry “sparkling,” and grapefruit-like. It puts me in mind of ciders and grapefruit pop.

Also, when I put Butiki’s Flowery Pineapple, Janet’s Black Currant Rooibos, and this in a lineup for Mom she choose from she chose this one. I can report to Sil and MissB that this tea finally found its intended audience!

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Floral, Grapefruit, Pepper, Sweet

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

woooooohooooooooooo

CrowKettle

Spiced citrus isn’t usually my thing, but I liked this one!

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92

Smokey incense wafts through living pine. While casually sipping away at warm vanilla cocoa, one strolls through this fertile, pungent evergreen forest, salty sweat on their brow. Yes, I know they are sweating on a slow walk. This individual is clearly out of shape and it’s hot out. Maybe the latter is connected to the smokiness. Who knows (place inquiries with the tea).

So I’m terrible at conveying how easily this tea sweeps me up in daydream and picturesque fancies, but I had to try. It’s a delicious tea, reminiscent Whispering Pine’s indulgent Port.

I know some will find more dirt along the path than chocolate, and may even view the smoke as an indicator of a giant forest fire. For me, it hits all the sweet spots.

Flavors: Cedar, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Cream, Floral, Pine, Smoke, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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The aroma of this tea is like a shark’s merciless jaws. The diamond sharp teeth sink in and linger, linger, linger.. until you realize that everything in your near vicinity, you included, has been irreversibly transformed by unrelenting maple daggers. There is no escape.

Besides maple sugar shark maws, this tea has some interesting surprises which at first made me weary. Apple and cranberry pieces are an understandable choice aesthetically (white & red: the blood of angry men, on black). In practice, it reminds me of David’s festive Cranberry Pear, except with the full-bodied effects of pure maple syrup rage.

I enjoy this tea, but it’s one of those instances where I bow out and use the white flag (yay, milk).

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Cranberry, Maple Syrup

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

Love your description!

ashmanra

Hubby used to hate it when the kids had waffles before church because there was no way to get the smell of maple syrup off them! I don’t mind it as much so it never bothered me on school days. No more weekend waffles!

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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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79

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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90
drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
569 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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76

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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72
drank Earl Grey Chocolat by Lupicia
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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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79

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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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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