579 Tasting Notes

76

Iced latte makes this. Just creamy, fluffy sugar goodness.

I wonder what the difference is between this and the Southern Boy Cotton Candy Iced Tea. CTC?

Preparation
Iced 6 min, 30 sec
Southern Boy Teas

The base tea is the only difference. The 52teas version uses our black tea blend base of Chinese and Indian teas (Assam and Darjeeling), the SBT version for iced teas uses an organic Nilgiri BOPFS base.

Sil

thanks for letting us know frank!

canadianadia

I had wondered that myself, thanks for asking CrowKettle, and for answering Frank.

CrowKettle

Thanks for the information, Frank!

CHAroma

The different bases do make a big difference for me personally. I love the 52teas version hot and don’t think it’s that great cold. Whereas the SBT version is perfect iced and I really enjoy it. I also prefer the 52teas version sweetened and the SBT version unsweetened.

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93

This is so delicious.

I put four pearls in my tiny glass gongfu and have re-steeped them about six times today. The first cups were chocolate and malt but the last cup was quite peppery!

It took over two months for Teavivre’s package to reach me but I’m already down for two teas I need more of. It was worth the wait.

Preparation
Boiling
TeaVivre

Sorry for letting you wait a long time, we’ll try to find a faster shipping method to Canada.

CrowKettle

Thank you, although the wait wasn’t too bad! The staff at TeaVivre were amazing at tracking my order and keeping me updated; I felt really looked after the whole time.

CHAroma

2 months?? Phew!

TeaVivre

Due to some reasons, the package will take a longer time than usual. Here we list the actual delivery time of major countries we delivered packages last month (May, 2013). http://www.teavivre.com/faq/_c_shipping-information/

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60

This seaweed smelling tea is from Jackie T! I read the vague wiki stub on bancha to get a sense of what this was; hopefully it isn’t completely inaccurate.

I steeped it in 175F, according to my kettle, for a little over a minute. My first cup was extremely buttery and smooth with a solid vegetal leaning. This cup was on the yummy and simple side.

There’s a good chance that the mug I used was contaminated with a dessert tea I drank earlier so I switched mug and strainer, and dumped in another teaspoon of leaves. Yep! This is a lot more vegetal and seaweed-like this time, like a less energetic sencha. It’s not very exciting but it does the trick.

Thanks again, Jackie T! I haven’t had a lot of green tea lately and this is a nice change of pace.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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78

I’ve oversteeped this more times than I can count and it still manages to taste mellow and smooth with the milk. I wouldn’t call it flat, per say; prairie land has a crazy amount of texture and dips if you look close enough.

I wish I could say what kind of coconut this reminded me of or what base I think it has. Unfortunately, I chugged away six big mugs-worth of this tea without ever giving it the attention it deserved. And now it’s gone.

I enjoyed the short time I had with this tea and my empty mug smells of coconut macaroons- all good things, I think! Thanks OMGsrsly. :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Nitoo6of6

I have to go visit this tea house to get this…I’ve been eyeing it for a while now. Mmm coconut

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83
drank Lemon Meringue Chai by 52teas
579 tasting notes

I’ve decided that this tea and Star Trek are going to be an integral part of my life starting now. Small commitments.

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

OMG Star Trek. I’m so obsessed right now. Enjoy the tea :)

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Which Star Trek? :-)

Sil

can’t wait to get my sample of this from cavo…

Kittenna

Agh, this is one I missed and possibly regret missing. Sigh.

Terri HarpLady

I’m waiting for my sample from Cavo too :)

Cavocorax

Haha. Kittena – you want a sample too? I don’t want you to feel left out!

Chelle

Hmmm. Going to try this again tomorrow. My first try was not pleasant. I think I steeped too long.

Kittenna

I would love a sample! :D Just enough for a cup would be plenty. I was up in the air about buying this for the longest time, because I don’t always like 52teas’ lemony flavours, and then it sold out :( Feel free to peruse my cupboard as well if you’d like :)

CrowKettle

Chelle, I found this tea to be quite strong the first time I had it too. I’ll write a more detailed note on the tea after I’ve tried it as an iced latte.

Fuzzy_Peachkin, Right now I’m into the latest two movies and the original series with Shatner, Takei, etc. I haven’t seen anything else. Yet.

Cavocorax

Oooh that’s pretty exciting! I should watch the original series back to back! My bf and roommate love Star Trek, but they don’t want to watch the episodes in order – they’d rather show me “the BEST”. I tried telling them that I watch Doctor Who and Harry Potter and I have a pretty good tolerance… but nooooooo.

Fuzzy_Peachkin

lol, Cacocorax! Let me guess? Trouble with Tribbles?

Crowkettle: I still haven’t seen the second new movie. I gotta get out to the movies this weekend. I love the original ST, but my favorite is The Next Generation. Bring back memories of evenings spent watching it with my Dad and brother. :-)

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82

The lavender is strong with this one.

So strong that it’s actually giving the bergamot a run for it’s money. I’d like to think that lavender and bergamot are partners in crime here, as they seem to be working well together, but the lavender definitely has the upper.. er.. petal here.

This tastes the best lukewarm- it prevents lavender from getting too cocky and blundering up the situation. Milk also keeps everyone together.

Silliness aside, this is actually a nice Earl Grey and the bergamot dosage is at a level I can handle. The lavender is extreme, and while I appreciate the hefty flower punch and its lingering sensations it’s not for everyone. I like the thin, twiggy loose leaves here too.

Thanks, OMGsrsly, for this sample and introducing me to Steam!

Edit: Just to get a couple other perspectives on this, my mom said this was delicious and my dad thought it tasted like dishwasher soap. Definitely not everyone’s cup of tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec
OMGsrsly

(Shh… I haven’t even tried this one! Maybe I will now that you’ve given it a positive review.)

CrowKettle

I really like this one, although keep in mind that I really like flowery teas. I’m not buying anymore tea until a sale catches my eye I go back to school, but when I do I’m going to stock up on the Maple Seduction and either this or one of the two Earl Grey Creams.

OMGsrsly

Mmm, maple… :)

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71

After seeing a comment I made regarding rhubarb pie Sil generously sent some very fancy samples my way, two of which are rhubarb pie flavoured. I’m not very good with words but I’m (figuratively) oozing gratitude.. oozing is probably not the kind of imagery I want to convey but hopefully you get the point! My day was made.

I decided to try the Yunnan sample first because I can be a pretty flustered individual when I care and this kind of tea is usually a lenient one. It takes multiple steeps well, tastes light, and is fine with or without milk.

The flavour is sweet and smooth with a bit more of a build than the other Yunnan teas I’ve had. I’m not getting the pepperiness that I sometimes get from the others. Zhu Rong Yunnan is the same kind of tea as this, right? That was a fiery one, while this Yunnan is more refined with a smooth astringency that makes it an ideal cup for a light breakfast.

I don’t think I’ve coaxed everything out of it yet. Maybe a gongfu session will trick some of the other flavours out. Thanks again for giving me the chance to try this, Sil!

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

Ooze away! It’s a good descriptor.

Sil

haha i like oozing. :) Glad you’re enjoying it!

Terri HarpLady

Ooze is perfect!
I miss Zhu ‘Right’…sigh…

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75

Incendiare told me the second steep is creamier, and she’s right. The mother liked the second steep too and drank a whole big mug of it. I’ve grown fonder of this tea since figuring out how I like it best. More often than not lately, it’s been my first cup of the day (and my second). I’m still not 100% on the base and don’t always get the full pastry experience, but I’d still pick this blend up again if it was convenient.

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

Hmmmm… Maybe I just needed to experiment with it more!

Chizakura

I’ve discovered that it makes a good iced tea too. For a 2L pitcher, I steep it in 185 degree water for three minutes with six teaspoons. Top up with cold water, and chill in the fridge. Sweet and creamy without milk or sugar, and the black tea base seems to like being cold better.

CrowKettle

I’d love to get something I like out of this tea without additions. I’ll have to try that to a smaller scale, since I don’t have much left anymore.

Fjellrev

Glad you liked it! I do find it a little tricky to coax out the pastry notes without amplifying the base. But once you do, it’s amazeballs.

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78

Thanks for this sample, Jackie T! A cup of chamomile before bed is a favourite of mine, but I always seem to be out.

The dry blend has a subtle sweet tart smell to it- like a citrus. It’s still a simple and sleepy herbal, however, even with the lavender and moonbeams thrown in. Especially with the lavender and moonbeams thrown in.. the moon’s full and I’m off to bed. Goodnight, Steepster!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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76

This is the last of the Della Terra samples from Cavocorax! Quite a few of the teas she sent my way were fantastic, and I probably never would’ve gotten around to trying them if it wasn’t for her. A huge thanks from over here!

This tea was the one I was most skeptical about- it has corn in it. And peas. Drinks that contain veggies can be amazing though, if they have the right balance of things. I don’t mind veggie drinks like carrot juice so I think I can go into this vegetable fruit tea with an open mind.

The dry leaf smells quite fruit-sweet, yet vegetal. No surprises there. The broth is a slightly cloudy, light buttery colour. The tea itself tastes a bit buttery and reminds me of a smoother, peach version of Movie Night from David’s Tea (apples, popcorn, green tea, maple). I taste peaches, butter, sweet and zingy lemongrass, and more butter. I pick up some caramel popcorn notes here and there too. This is actually a really nice peach tea. Colour me surprised (I know, who says that?). It makes me want some real peaches!

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Plunkybug

This is on my list to try from them, actually. :)

Cavocorax

I made the last of mine iced and it was a hit! I had a few people ask what it was, and I thought it funny when they found out it had corn and peas. :P Glad you enjoyed it.

Ozli

Huh!! That sounds pretty intriguing!

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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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