624 Tasting Notes

82

Incendaire made it an easy thing the last couple days, but I think I should always start my mornings off with matcha lattes.

Not much to say on this one because I drank it too fast to pay attention properly. I still have a creamy vanilla aftertaste lingering around on my tongue so I’m going to assume there was a lot of that going on.

This would be an amazing matcha to mix into others- it’s so smooth!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C
Fjellrev

This is my staple! I love putting this in a blender with almond or coconut milk and adding a handful of cut up strawberries. It’s heavenly.

OMGsrsly

Sounds amazing!!

CrowKettle

Strawberries? Oh, man. Another incentive to pick up some of this.

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84

Omg, this is Sweet. I ate one of the nougats from the dry blend and the tea tastes just like it. Along with hazelnut creamer. And a little salt. I added milk and the creamer got creamier. This is almost too rich, guys. I feel like my mouth is coated with butter, sugar, and nutella.

I’m putting this one under potential late fall and winter blends.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

Oooh, maybe I should have bought 100g? I think Kittena is taking 25g, and Sil will probably want a sample too…

But then we can always get more…

CrowKettle

My one complaint is the tea component doesn’t factor in too much; the nougat nutella thing completely swamps it. It reminds me of flavoured hot chocolate a little.

Sil

Oh man….. On the plus side cavo, when you’re hear this gives us things to intentionally swap with the folks out west for :)

Sil

Wow I said hear not here….I am tired

OMGsrsly

Oh, that’ll be good as a dessert tea. And I bet it will be delicious made into popsicles, too. I might consider adding some Irish Breakfast to up the TEA factor though.. :)

CrowKettle

Mixing this with Irish Breakfast sounds like a fantastic idea. Or a chocolatey black base. Then it might taste like a ferrero rocher.

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82

I used some milk today, and now it tastes more like a typical earl grey, and less like grapefruit juice with brisk enhancements. The grapefruit is more subdued behind typical bergamot now, yet it’s still distinguishable.

I think I like it slightly more without milk, but this isn’t a bad cup either. That this tea is flexible with the milk makes it an attractive option for the summer-fall transition.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Ysaurella

oh that’s a great idea to add grapefruit to a EG ! but if you cannot taste it… it’s a pity

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72

Thank you, Incendiare, for the awesome samples! I know you weren’t sold on this flavouring, but it made a delicious morning latte today. The royal grade is pretty fine, and I’m going to have a hard time not always opting for it now.. I’m not even going to try, actually. The matcha here mixes so smoothly!

I’ll admit that the macadamia nut flavouring is a tad abrasive. These guys taste like they’re loaded with salt, and leave that tingling aftertaste. They’re more the nuts you’d eat with beer and jerky than the kind you find flirting with desserts. The effect is strange in a latte, but not unpleasant. I still consumed this like I do all my other matcha lattes- waay too quickly. Always a good sign.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C
Cavocorax

I can’t wait to try my matcha samples! I don’t have any milk though… I wonder if that’s enough to motivate me to go for a walk to get some. :D

CrowKettle

Matcha is usually the deciding factor that gets me out the door when I’m out of milk.. :P

Sil

Wish you guys could come her and take all my matcha to sample lol

OMGsrsly

I think we wish that too, Sil! :)

CrowKettle

Yes we do.

Sil

tell you what…maybe we can organize a swap box or something when jenn gets here to send stuff back and forth from different canadian shops heh

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82

Unsweetened grapefruit juice meets earl grey! Boy, is this straightforward and tart, but in a good way. I think it hit its full potential as a refreshing citrus tea when it cooled down to lukewarm/cool.

Despite not being a fan of earl greys, and being a tad skeptical on the shopkeeper’s enthusiasm for this one, I enjoyed this cup tonight. It’s definitely a summery tea, with some appeal to quiet evenings, curled up with a musty, old book on the family’s couch.. Geez, not quite sure how I’m still awake right now.

I’m glad I decided to split 50g of this with Cavocorax after all, and hope everyone from today’s meetup enjoys their new teas! Goodnight.

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

Woohoo! I’m happy you enjoyed it. I can’t wait to try it out. :D
It was pretty awesome hanging out too.

Sil

Wish I could have made it! Maybe next time hahaha

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drank Peach HoppiTea by Butiki Teas
624 tasting notes

I randomly picked up an ounce of this, knowing it would likely be an acquired taste.. knowing that I don’t usually like beer, fruity black teas, or peaches in general. This tea therefore leaves me speechless because I strongly like everything about it.. the peachy fruitiness, the malt, the vaguest hint of tobacco, the hops. I just finished my second steep and loved it. I don’t get me.

I will withhold a rating on this one until I’ve worked my way further through the ounce, and can rationalize my feelings a bit more. It’s an aroma versus taste thing (I’ve a tiny aversion to the smell of hops).

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
JustJames

drat, the dollar value of my impending order is climbing…. i was debating over this one. sigh.

Fuzzy_Peachkin

I have this one waiting in my cupboard! I love peach, but dislike beer, so I might go through through a little of what you are.

Ysaurella

I adored this one, I have had a sample by Azzrian (it was her customer blend – so my version was maybe a little different) and like you I just hate bear.This tea is magical

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88

I know, I promised myself I wouldn’t buy anymore tea until the fall, but when this came back in stock I totally crumbled like a cheap trail mix bar. I didn’t order quickly enough last time, and then was punished for weeks with an endless stream of earnest notes, praising this tea for everything except starting the first human moon colony. Never again! Ok, that may be a bit exaggerated and overdramatic.. I blame this tea.

The parcel arrived at my doorstep an hour before I was scheduled to go in for a dentist appointment this morning. The box was promptly ripped open, and this became my first tea of the day. It was wonderful. So worth thoroughly brushing my teeth twice in the span of twenty minutes.

The dry leaf smells like caramelized fruit sugar. It tastes like that too, with the added smoothness of a bready black base. I can taste the sweet similarities between this and Mi Xian Black. Leafhoppers are the best insects.

I’ll rate this when I’m over my ridiculous level of excitement (I’m so sorry).

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
ashmanra “I totally crumbled like a cheap trail mix bar!” LOL!

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84

Darjeeling No. 3! This tea is not what comes to mind when I think of Darjeeling. It’s not quite like any oolong I’ve had either. This is a very different tea.

The liquor smells like it could be a Darjeeling; it’s vaguely hayish, sour, and fruity. One sip completely evaporates that image though. It’s smoothly floral-sweet, with a prickly dash finish of something that verges on spicy. When I chugged down a mouthful, near the bottom of the mug, I picked up notes of almond butter and melona bar. It left a thick sensation and a sweet aftertaste. Best mouthful of tea today.

Maybe this could be a typical darjeeling on it’s softer second steep. It doesn’t have the astringent teeth I’ve come to expect with a darjeeling’s first steep. I feel like I cheated somehow, and got to my favourite part first.

The last couple servings are going off to Heather Martin soon, so this is sort of a sipdown. I think I may miss this one.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

This is the one I’ve actually liked!

Plunkybug

Yay! Can’t wait to try!

Cavocorax

Oh, I love this review. “I feel like I cheated somehow, and got to my favourite part first” – that is getting me to add to my shopping list! Haha. I’m such a baby about astringency sometimes.

CrowKettle

I’m the same way. I think that’s part of the reason I haven’t taken to most of the Darjeeling teas.

OMGsrsly

Do you want a cups worth, Cavo? That’s about all I’m willing to part with. :D

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65

Fiddling sent me a generous amount of teas from Harney & Sons around May, and I’ve unfortunately only gotten around to trying a few, like the awesome Florence. Thank you, Fiddling!

The cherry flavour seems ok, if a little artificial. Mid sip is sweet, floral cherry while the finish is bitter, sour cherry candies. It’s not bad, and tastes on par with the few other cherry flavoured greens I’ve tried.

This isn’t really my cup of tea, though. I’m not into the flat, grassy notes and the sweet-sour aftertaste this one has. I think I may be done with cherry greens.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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80

Planning to move in and out of places can be so stressful. What do people normally do with their furniture during that one evening of contract limbo? I guess there’s no point in worrying over it today until I’ve heard back from everyone, but it’s hard for me.

It’s a while since I’ve had a black tea from Verdant, and this sample has spent most of its time lying around in a box since February. If there was a number to report tea abuse to..

I find it pays off to drink this stuff when I want calm, whether I’m already relaxed or a bag of nerves, like right now. It’s hard to be uptight when you’re drinking boiled leaves that taste like chocolate honey malt waffles. There’s more honey and cinnamon in this than anything else right now. Yeah, life is good.

Preparation
Boiling
OMGsrsly

The last place I moved out of, my roommate didn’t want to leave at the same time as me so I paid an extra half months rent to offset her costs. When we moved in there, it was empty and they let us move our junk in a couple days early (Oct 30!). I’ve been very fortunate.

tea-sipper

I hope your move goes as smoothly as possible!

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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, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lemon, lime, maple, marshmallow leaves, melon, mint, 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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