489 Tasting Notes

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
489 tasting notes

I haven’t been drinking a lot of hot tea lately, but when I do it’s usually this one. Hello, perfection.

(Insert cheesy, unrequited love proposals to tea here).

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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OMGsrsly raised a good point as to the kind of mint that is in this tea. I thought it was peppermint but original packaging says spearmint. Maybe the vanilla sweetens it? Of course, it also lists “natural ingredients” and “natural flavourings,” so who knows.

This isn’t a cheap tea, but it’s cozy and I find myself reaching for it over others when I want a “greener” tea. I love all the flavours in here, particularly when the pine/cedar (Christmas tree flavouring!) creeps out. Sometimes there is a spicy finish, which is also lovely. I’ve also enjoyed it hot and cold on equal terms. It’s a shame I’m almost out.

While I probably won’t re-order this right away, it has definitely made the winter purchase list.. unless I find a cheaper option (please let there be one). $17.00 USD for 2oz of tea is beyond me right now.

Flavors: Anise, Cedar, Mint, Vanilla

Preparation
Iced

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76
drank Earl of Anxi by Verdant Tea
489 tasting notes

I can’t drink this western style; some of the flavours come out more sour and astringent than I would like. I’ve tried 170F, 180F, etc. for different periods of time with different measurements, but the results never seem as good as a short-steep gongfu session with this tea.

Mostly due to the time and dedication I like to put into my short steep sessions, this tea has been largely neglected. I’ve had this same big bag for over a year, and it is still plentiful.. or at least it was until I discovered that it’s also passable when cold steeped overnight. It’s not as good as the short steep method but it’s good enough for me. If the citrus notes get a tad sour it just adds to overall refreshing qualities of the cup.

Flavors: Butter, Citrus, Goji, Vegetal

Preparation
Iced
OMGsrsly

Ooh! I’ll have to try a cold steep then! :)

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I’m taking a couple film classes right now and I’ve discovered that there are so many movies that I’ve never heard of! Also I’ve learned some special tricks for making myself enjoy silent films (self-deception). I think M (1931) might be my new favourite film however; I hope this short assignment doesn’t make me hate it.

Currently drinking this smoky butter green to help me get me through today. Yay, green tea!

Flavors: Asparagus, Butter, Vegetal

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This is also good cold steeped in the fridge over night.

Flavors: Anise, Cedar, Mint, Vanilla

Preparation
Iced

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73
drank Red Mango by Teajo Teas
489 tasting notes

I wasn’t too impressed with this hot, but the mango popped in the overnight fridge steep. There’s a nice combination of ripe and tart mango, with possibly a touch of cream.

When I initially received my teas I didn’t think I’d be sad to finish up all the fruity teas from my Teajo order; instead I learned to appreciate (and love) cold steeping in the fridge. I only wish tea didn’t run out so quickly this way.

Flavors: Mango

Preparation
Iced

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If you’ve tried Della Terra’s Pineapple Upside Down Cake then you have a good idea what this one tastes like; the two are near identical. It’s a nice dessert tea but I think I’m done with this particular flavour combination.

This is sweet, almost cloying, with the accent of blueberry. It more like a thin layer of blueberry jam with loads of butter, sugar syrup, and bread to drown it. The cinnamon is distinctive, particularly in the aroma.

It’s a little like a crumble (and a lot like an upside down cake tea), but for me that particular dessert is largely defined by texture. The berry crumble my mother always made was on the tarter and spicier side, with ice cream to tone it down. This is sweeter and “mushier” a profile than I’m used to.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Berries, Butter, Cinnamon

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Amariel

Ruh roh. Hope I like it when I get mine.

CrowKettle

Most people seem to like it! I’ve been finicky over tea, and am not keen on the dessert ones lately.

Amariel

Ok! I’ll def let you know when I get mine.

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drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
489 tasting notes

After having this around for a little over three years I finally polished off the can today.

In hindsight Marco Polo was on the inconsistent and finicky end of the tea spectrum, but darn if this last cup isn’t delicious. If it always mostly tasted like this it would’ve been an instant repurchase, despite the expenses. It’s smooth and delicious-smelling, a bit like Black Forest cake.

Flavors: Berries, Caramel

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

It’s totally inconsistent. /sadness/ But so good when it works! Glad it went out like that!

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This tea has that smell that makes me cautious around puerh so I did a 30 second “rinse” before doing a 30 second steep. I’ve gotten three big mugs out of it so far and all of them have lots of flavour. I can see this one going strong for a while.

Right now everything about this tea reminds me of cream of mushroom. I’m honestly not a fan of that, but I’m curious to see where this tea goes in later steeps.

EDIT: I don’t mind the 4th steep, which still has the mushroom but with a lot more cream, and the additional dash of sugar with something nutty.

Flavors: Cream, Earth, Mushrooms, Nuts

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec
Cavocorax

Maybe if you do it western style you can skip the first few infusions? Or if would be balanced between mushroom and cream? I wonder if it works like that…

CrowKettle

I made some up western style like you suggested and it did work out better for me (less mushroom!), although my “rinse” may have been too intense and killed some of the cream too. It’s still a work in progress.

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drank Maya Bay Tea by BlueChai
489 tasting notes

This tastes like creamy-sweet peas and musky earth leaves, accented with lemongrass. The flavour is not dynamic or complex, but peas are good and so is the novel colour blue.

I plan to have a lot of caffeine-absent, blue-dyed fun with this, although I wish it didn’t cost $13.49 for 40g.

Flavors: Earth, Flowers, Lemongrass, Peas

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

Sounds intriguing

Amariel

Wow…very interesting indeed.

CrowKettle

If anyone would like to try a sample of this, with or without lemongrass, let me know. I think I have enough to share!

Amariel

I would, and preferably without lemongrass, if possible, please.

CrowKettle

Not a problem, Amariel! I will add it to your package for when we meet up. :)

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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.

Tea Preferences: My absolute favourites are the floral inclined oolong and white teas. I also enjoy unflavoured green and black teas. Puerh is a hit or miss.

Fruit, cedar, anise, and vanilla are good. Black licorice, bergamot, and cheap chocolate are less good. Jasmine, cinnamon, and hibiscus are usually too strong in teas for my taste, but otherwise I like these flavours!

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.

1-29: There’s no way to put it nicely..

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BC, Canada

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