637 Tasting Notes

This would be a good substitute for a glass of orange juice in the morning. Maybe I oversteeped it a tad, as the lemongrass is potent today! So is the ginger. Very nice citrus overtones. The finish is sour and bittersweet. The only thing I’m unsure about is the earthy mate undertone. I have off and on days with that flavour.

I still really enjoyed this cup. Thanks, Bluebird Tea Co., for the sample! Love the new little tea bags too.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 15 sec

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I second the boozy quality of the chocolate flavouring. Good stuff, and no need for Baileys, although I did add some milk.

The strawberry isn’t a strong thing, covered in layers and layers of chocolate fondue. Yum. The hint of creamy strawberries makes me crave the strawberry black from Fortnum & Mason, however. Argh! I want that so badly now. I’m not even a huge fan of strawberries or fruity black teas. Ah, oh well, this will do rather nicely too.

Thanks, Incendiare! I think this is the last of the fun group of samples you sent my way. Now I need to put something together for her myself. Why don’t I have a lot of awesome teas right now?

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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Thanks, Incendiare for the tea bag sample! I’ve wanted to try this one since joining Steepster.

I’m on the mainland for some birthdays this weekend, and it’s raining moderately here. Definitely fall weather, aka- chai weather.

I was feeling pretty lazy after basic yoga and crummy Chinese food for lunch, so I just threw the bag in a pot, filled it up to a quarter with boiling water for three minutes, then topped the pot up with warm milk for an additional three minutes. It’s not particularly elegant but this method gets the job done.

I didn’t expect the coconut to be so dominant; it makes the cup exceptionally smooth and creamy. The sweet burn of ginger and rounding out of cloves are the next apparent things. It’s not a fiery cup, in fact, it’s rather light, but it’s near perfect for the sleepy chill weather outside.

I’ll think about getting more of this for an decent, quick, and easy chai.

Preparation
6 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Glad you enjoyed it! Seems like most people are pleasantly surprised by it.

CrowKettle

This packed a lot more flavour than I expected! It sat around here, for a month, out of the ziplock too. It’s a hardy little tea bag.

Plunkybug

I was pleasantly surprised by this one, actually, and wondered why I waited so long to try it.

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This has become my unofficial evening “tea” of September. It works so well at knocking me out that I haven’t been able to write a proper note on it all month. I don’t know if I’m just a wimp or a wimp who falls for placebos every time. Eh. It works so I’m not too worried about it.

The main ingredients I can pick out are hibiscus, peppermint, and lemongrass; the chamomile component is weak tonight. I don’t know what Valerian root tastes like or if it brings anything to this cup except extra sleepiness.

Against my better judgment, this “everything” herbal is a simple win. I’m one of those strange alien lifeforms that actually enjoys hibiscus and really like it here. I think it’s more placated here than it normally is in other blends that toss it in haphazardly. The other ingredients smooth it out and it’s nice.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

I nearly reached for this one as well, but was worried it would knock me out too quickly! I forgot there was hibiscus in there, but I really enjoy this blend. It’s just 100% relaxation.

OMGsrsly

Valerian tastes/smells like cheese and dirty socks. Umm. I took it every night for years to help me sleep, and I can’t stand it! One of the hikes I did this summer was lovely, except for the fields of valerian we hiked through.

CrowKettle

Oh, wow. I’m so extremely grateful that I can’t taste that; everything else must do a good job at covering it up. You’d probably be able to pick out here if you were familiar with it though?

@Cavo, I can’t believe how potent this is. I wanted to try this after reading one of your notes a while ago actually, but I didn’t fully believe you at the time. :P It probably was a mistake for me to drink it so early too.

Cavocorax

Hahaha. Well I don’t know if it’s all in my head as well too, but valerian root is supposed to be good at making you sleep, and I know that I chose this one when I want to sleep, so mentally I’m more prepared as well. It’s a keeper!
(though probably not a 100g tin keeper)

OMGsrsly

Yeah, I can totally smell it in the blend. :) Glad you smell it differently! Granted, an alcohol tincture is different from a tea, and the alcohol does not help the smell at all.

Cavocorax

That’s too bad that the Valerian bothers you so much. :(
It is a pretty flower. Deceptive.

Meg

I can’t smell the valerian root in this at all, and I’m glad..I have supplements as well and they stink! I took a good stash of this with me when I moved to China and I’m so glad I did…I only drink it right before bed though!

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This tea really drives home the fact that I don’t have a temperature control kettle at school. A lot of imprecise measurements and guess work goes into the making of a cup of green or white tea during the fall/winter seasons. It’s not ideal, but it means no two cups of green tea are ever the same!

It took a few sips to establish the sweet grapefruit finish today; the first quarter of the cup was dominated by buttery veggies. The fruity citrus flavour is more of a summer thing for me, although there’s a cleansing comforting quality to this tea that makes me grab for it at the strangest of times.

I don’t need much of this tea, but I like keeping a little bit around at all times.. same goes for With Open Eyes. I think Dragon Well is one of my favourite things right now.

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec
Courtney

I love your way of looking at it as no two cups being the same :) Also, I just ordered With Open Eyes, yay!

CrowKettle

With Open Eyes is so good. After trying to convince myself out of it all month, I finally ordered some today too. :)

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Despite being uncomfortable around licorice flavoured things, I opted to get a sample of this in my last order. It made up one fine mug of spiced chai with sweet licorice notes. My only complaint is that I drank it too quickly and now there’s no more.

I love the lingering aftertaste of sweet cloves, and I didn’t have a problem with the licorice, fennel, and anise (I think I may actually like anise). Not bad at all. Maybe I’ll pick up more as the weather continues to worsen.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
637 tasting notes

My tea escapades have been pretty minimal lately, and are not anything to write home about. Peppermint and chamomile- that about sums it up. This is the first caffeine-filled “tea” I’ve had all week. It’s a landmark.

I think I may want a chai with a bigger spice kick in the future. There’s a lot of citrus peel and caramel present today, the former of which is burdened with highlighting the sharp, tangy qualities of the other “spices” and ingredients.

Part of me wonders how this would taste if it had a dash of nutmeg, cardamon, and ginger in it (I swear at least some of those ingredients were present in past years). Eh. I guess I can play around with the spice level myself.

Note to self: maybe only stick with one of either brown sugar or sweetened condensed milk. 1-2 tablespoons of each is almost too sweet and rich (very pie-like).

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

It totally seems like it should have nutmeg, cardamom etc in it $

CrowKettle

It does! My tin from 2011 lists cardamom as an original ingredient; I wonder why they decided to exclude it this year.

Cavocorax

Huh. Strange! Well, that’s good in a way? Maybe I’m not crazy for finding it flatter this year. :P

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drank Mango Lassi by DAVIDsTEA
637 tasting notes

I picked up 30g of this and Mother’s Little Helper the other day, in preparation for school related insomnia problems. While I’ll probably stock more of the latter, I’ll likely pass up a second round of Mango Lassi, as decent as it is.

Mango, chamomile, and vanilla are all dominant flavours in this cup. It’s quite sweet in a candied fruit way, and is reminiscent of David’s old Buttercream blend, which shares a few mutual ingredients with Mango Lassi and has that same borderline creamy tone. It’s not quite authentic Mango Lassi, however, and a little too sweet for my taste.

The best thing about this herbal is the aroma of both the dry leaf and the empty cup. The roommate agreed too, and even asked if she could make some herself after smelling my empty cup. As a rule of thumb, she’s not usually in a hurry to try my teas.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec

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drank Gyokuro by DAVIDsTEA
637 tasting notes

Grassy-sweet, vegetal (seaweed), and buttery. Lately, that’s all I’ve wanted in a cup. I think I may have OD’d on all my flavoured and unflavoured black teas, or maybe it’s the indecisive weather here on the northwest coast. I just want greens, funny herbals, and chais made on stove top- all of which are teas I didn’t care much for last year.

The main con with this tea is the price. I’m not sure if this is a top notch gyokuro specimen, but it’s alright for now. Like some of the lighter tasting teas, each consecutive sip builds up on a foundation of flavour. While the first few sips were watery and lackluster, the bottom of the second cup consisted of a creeping sweetness with a moist nutty aftertaste.

On a side note, living a 10 minute walk from David’s Tea this year is not going to be a happy thing for my tea budget.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Ha! I do a lot of my shopping at Uptown so I always try to ignore the store as I walk past it, pretend it’s not there. Be strong. :)

CrowKettle

I’m near the one at Hillside. I know someone who works there on Saturdays, and she’s always notifying me about upcoming things. Life’s hard. :)

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This is powdered sugar.

The other day I found out that the tip my glass gongfu pot’s spout was chipped. This tea makes it all better.

Preparation
Boiling
Chizakura

I am so so SO excited to get mine. I’ve been waiting for this one to come back very eagerly :D

Terri HarpLady

I hate when my tea ware gets damaged. I have a crack in my little glass teapot that I like to use as a pitcher.

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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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