653 Tasting Notes

78

I wasn’t very keen on this one with my first sample sachet, a few months ago. I’m loving it as much as my Yunnan White Jasmine today, however. My list of variables include: season change, longer steep time, older age of the batch, and potential mug and steeper contamination from yesterday’s Butiki’s “With Open Eyes”.

The flavour is sweet and saturated, like a banana, with some gentle melon notes. The jasmine isn’t overpowering to taste, although the aroma gives my nose a good kick as per usual. It’s floral and smooth, complimenting the cheese scone I just ate, in a surprisingly flattering way.

When I removed the steep basket from the mug I got some fizzy little bubbles for a few seconds. Hm, maybe I should clean my mug more thoroughly, or give the rest of the unused leaves in the sample a quick rinse before first steep next time!

Edit: bubbles were only on first steep, so quick rinse it is! I think I may like the second steep better, anyways. There’s a little citrus lemon to it.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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89

I’m hard pressed to think of a more fitting tea for this chilly, yet sunny, Canadian Thanksgiving weekend. Maybe something Pumpkin.

I think the pecan comes out somewhat more strongly than the maple, which isn’t too sweet. It’s a close thing between the two though. There’s a faint note of citrus lightly squeezed over top, and the oolong base has that flavour which I often relate to waffle cones. Mmm, salty-sweet, and nutty.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

I only ever tried a small sample of this, which I feel I should have loved, as I love all the components. But it didn’t really do it for me. Now that Fall is here, I should probably give it another try.

CrowKettle

It might be worth giving it another chance, especially since it seems to do better with more leaf and a little sugar. Sometimes tea is just like that though. I had the same reaction to the Flowery Pineapple Oolong (should’ve loved that).

Sil

terri, remind me next time i’m putting your box together and i ca send you another sample

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100

This is the epitome of why I love tea. I had a sweet and deep champagne like this in a wedding party once. It was gone too quickly, just like this tea.

The rose isn’t too heavy, and comes along more towards the finish, and smooth, floral notes of amaranth pop out a bit. There’s a sweet note mid-sip, a sour malt tone, and some buttery cream lingering throughout.

Um, I really love this one, in an extremely biased, Silver Needle and floral loving way. The description on the website is right; it tastes even better when it cools (more sweet cream).

Note to self: check out Glenburn Silver Needle

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Terri HarpLady

This is one of the ones I’d like to try.

Butiki Teas

Glenburn Silver Needle is amazing, just saying and so is the new Doke Silver Needle that we will be adding soon. Indian white teas have been super tasty lately.

CrowKettle

I’ll be sure to pick up some Doke Silver Needle when it shows up on the site. After enjoying this one so much, I really want to try out the variety of unflavoured white teas you stock. :)

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76

I was trying my hardest to resist ordering new tea until Black Friday, but then Stacy announced this new blend and Champagne & Rose Cream. The sad lie I told myself was if I try samples of those two now I can decide on the exact amount I want in November.. Eh. After drinking this one I don’t know if I want to wait that long (I’ll be strong).

I love how the pumpkin flavour crept in slowly, eventually dominating everything along with the creamy sour “dairy” notes. It’s a “skim” milkshake that still manages to carry a lot of dessert depth and spice.

New sad lie proposal: if I had more of this now it would kill the desire to eat more pumpkin frozen yogurt, which doesn’t go too well with my slightly lactose intolerant self anyways.

That’s actually my last small comment on this tea- I love how I can get any creaminess out of this without having to add some kind of milk. Most of the pumpkin blends I’ve tried really need the extra help. This one seems to manage perfectly alright on its own.

Edit: The Darjeeling oolong base is a neat choice. It’s smooth and allows this tea to re-steep extremely well. I managed it four times and got varying qualities of pumpkin spice, milk, vanilla, and caramel out of each steep. That’s an impressive feat for a flavoured tea!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
JustJames

lolololol.

Fuzzy_Peachkin

mmmmm… pumpkin yogurt! My slightly lactose intolerant self appreciates your note! :-)

Jenny O

I was trying to hold off until Black Friday as well, I ended up caving and I regret nothing.;)

champagne and rose cream remained a sample though, so don’t be too jealous

JustJames

argh….. i have an order i can add to if i want. i want to, but i shouldn’t. the question is: will i? lol.

Nitoo6of6

Really want to try this!!!

Cavocorax

Oooh. I have to decide if I’m going to order this one, or the Pumpkin Creme Brulee. Don’t think I can justify both…

CrowKettle

Maybe I can send you some of this to your new location. I have 2oz to spare. :)

CrowKettle

I’ve been putting off contacting people for swaps due to cold and deadline season, and I have to get out a really late parcel to Fuzzy_Peachkin, but if anyone wants some PM me. :)

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90
drank Citrus Dream by Butiki Teas
653 tasting notes

I missed this blend so much! This tart, apple-citrus herbal is pretty good at knocking me out quickly. It’s a nice thing to sip away at as I chug along through these few Russian dystopia novels. I wonder if I’ll get even one cheery ending out of this lit & film class. Somehow, I doubt it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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82

Sipdown!

The scent has faded a bit now, and the grapefruit is no longer as sharp. I guess the single clear ziplock sitting in the sun wasn’t the best way to store it. Oh, well. For an Earl Grey I still really like this one. I’d consider getting this one again (for summer).

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

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drank Currant Affair by DAVIDsTEA
653 tasting notes

Sipdown! I overleafed it tonight, and I think I like it better that way. Lots of delicious, albeit watery, blackcurrants right now. It’s quite possible that this tastes better right now due to the variable known as over-salted, store-bought guacamole, which proceeded this rooibos. Hydration is awesome thing. I’ll likely need another cup of something after this one.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 45 sec

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86

I received this a while back as sample and was waiting for a good (sleep deprived) time to drink it. That time is now.

The natural qualities of the guayusa really show through this, or at least they do on the first few sips. The flavouring is quite gentle, blending in seemlessly with the earthy and grassy qualities of the base. The lemongrass is distinctive, which I love, and leans into the flavour of sweet lemons. The citrus note builds on itself with each sip and starts to take on a somewhat creamy quality.

Now I just need to decide what guayusa blend(s) I want for this school year’s paper season. Maybe this. Maybe The Killer’s Vanilla (good song). Maybe both- one for the evening and one for the morning.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Plunkybug

I’m waiting for the right time to make TKV too. I’m thinking of making some after my all night flight next month, to Providence, RI (and later to Brooklyn, NY).

CrowKettle

That’s sounds like the perfect situation for guayusa!

Plunkybug

Yeah, I leave Vic on the 5pm Clipper to Seattle for my 11:30pm flight, which arrives in Provicence at 10:30am the next morning. Seeing my bestie, so not gonna go to bed. But…I can’t really sleep well on planes. Should be interesting, to say the least.

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82
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
653 tasting notes

3 minutes boiling water, and 3 more minutes with milk. Stir in a tablespoon of brown sugar.

Ah, no, I just can’t get into this one this year. There’s too much caramel and and lemon, making the tea taste more like a weird sweet n’ sour contraption than like the rich spiced Pumpkin I’ve come to expect. I get a bit of cinnamon spiced carrot/gourd in the finish and aftertaste, but it’s too little too late.

The whole thing makes me yearn for Frank’s Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake, the Qoola cheesecake/pumpkin frozen yogurt mix, or Stacy’s Pumpkin Milkshake, which I have yet to try. Currently in the market for new Pumpkin tea.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Currant Affair by DAVIDsTEA
653 tasting notes

Backlog: OMGsrsly introduced me to the awesomeness of blackcurrants last spring. Those things smell. So. Good.

The aroma of this rooibos blend is up to par, but the flavour isn’t quite as sweet and I can detect some of the base. Adding some agave syrup helped bring out the fruitiness a tad more, however. Not bad!

I wasn’t planning on picking this up yesterday; all I wanted was 30g more of Mother’s Little Helper. (Un)fortunately, My friend who works there sneakily suggested this. Having no willpower to speak of, this led to 10g more of tea than originally planned.

Also, on an almost completely unrelated note, I had a Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake qoola (frozen yogurt) yesterday, and it was so amazing that I felt the need to share the experience here. Currently missing a certain 52teas blend.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake Qoola?! I’ll have to see if the metrotown store has that flavour! Sounds rad. :)

I also need more blackcurrant tea. I’ll have to see if Steam is still carrying it, or if I have to get the DavidsTea version.

Anna

Blackcurrants are the best. I love how your hands smell like blackcurrant all day after you pick some, no matter how many time you wash your hands.

Cavocorax

I want some of that Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake from Qoola. I want it SO BAD. :O There’s one that just opened up at York Univeristy – they knew I was coming maybe?

And this tea sounds really interesting. I don’t know if I’ve had currants but I’d love to sample this. Will pick some up next time I can!

CrowKettle

Yes, I’m crazy for the smell!:) In hindsight, I’ve decided I really liked Steam’s blackcurrant tea, OMGsrsly. I hope it’s still in stock because I like it more than this (difference between black tea base and rooibos).

The Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake comes from mixing the Pumpkin and Cheesecake frozen yogurt options, then adding caramel syrup (maybe some nuts or chocolate syrup too?), but I found it was worth the “effort”. :P

OMGsrsly

Looks like they do! I SO need to get down there and buy some tea. :) That’s a good tip for Qoola as well. I think I’ll head there for ‘dinner’ before medieval & renaissance dancing tonight. :)

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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.

White teas, roasted/fired green teas, and green oolong varieties are my favourites.

Ingredients/flavours I enjoy (in moderation): anise, caramel, cedar, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lemon, lime, maple, marshmallow leaves, melon, mint, pine, rose, vanilla.

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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