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447 Tasting Notes

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drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
447 tasting notes

Thank you, Mandala Team, for making my first purchase quick and painless, and for adding extra samples! I haven’t branched out to new companies in a long, long time.

This is delicious. It’s sweet, creamy and cocoa tinged, with a nice finishing accent of pepper spice and sour chips (also smoke in some of the steeps). Smooth cocoa notes come out thicker at the end as it cools a little.

It’s also a relatively forgiving steeper: 1tbsp, first steep boiling for 30sec, in a mug (wait, is this thing more than 8oz?). Second steep 174F (ahhh..nooo!), for 1min. Third steep, boiling 1min (this is gold).

This is turning out to be a rocky session, but the tea plows through all the challenges I present it. Thank you, tea; I’ll treat you (and all puerh) better next time.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cream, Earth, Honey

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

Oh wow, you actually made pu-erh sound good to me haha.

JustJames

love love love this tea!

CrowKettle

I picked this one up because of you and all the people you shared it with JustJames! :)

Fjellrev, this puerh is magic. One of the steeps smelled a little fishy but it never translated to the taste.

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drank Napalm Ferret by 52teas
447 tasting notes

11/12 teas of Christmas, 2013. Backlog.

Peppers with a bit of banana and smooth gunpowder green turns out to be an interesting combination. Sis and I sipped away at this last night without coming to any major conclusions. If this tea was available all the time and I had easy access to it I’d probably pick some up every now and then.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Sugar Plum Shou Mei by 52teas
447 tasting notes

Yes! This is definitely a CrowKettle tea. I’ve never had the actual sugarplum dessert but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying it! This is a sweet and sugary white tea, with a wisp of syrupy stone fruit and a touch of mint. I’m such a sucker for this kind of thing, even if it is kind of crude in a way.

Thank you, Frank, for the fun advent box! Merry Christmas, steepsterites!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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How am I supposed to drink other breakfast blends after this? The cream and the honeyed caramel notes are delivered as promised. Yet another tea from Verdant that I now wish I had more than a sample of.

Bonnie’s note mentions that this is low in acid? Sounds like a good tea for me! :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec
OMGsrsly

I have the summer blend. Do you want my oz?

Nightshifter

I need to try this! Yum.

Amariel

Interesting!

Sil

omg..what are we going to do with you! imperial breakfast is yummy! need to find you a tea like LB tastes for us! heh

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drank Candy Corn Black Tea by 52teas
447 tasting notes

9/12 teas of Christmas, 2013

I knew this one was in the box from the clue dropped on the thread a while back. Vanilla, caramel candy corn tea, with a nippy and syrupy sweet finish. I like these types of candy in small doses, which makes it easier to resist plucking all five pieces from the dry blend (I only took one).

I’ll try to write something more interesting later.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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80
drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
447 tasting notes

The bunny graham is whole!!! (Every time I use more than one exclamation mark I think of Terry Pratchett’s Reaper Man, but I’m good since I’m still under five).

This tea is the sweet taste of spring, although drinking this is not bound to that season. It’s a big cup of delicious vanilla pastry and red berry goodness.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Butter Rum by 52teas
447 tasting notes

8/12 teas of Christmas, 2013 (I’m not ready!!)

So far, this box has contained quite a few flavoured black teas. Many of them I’ve enjoyed quite a lot, but eventually the common base starts to numb these sweet teas out for me. Root Beer, Buttered Rum, Buttered Beer.. (OK, that last one isn’t in here but I have some in my stash). Anyways, I’ll admit to tiring of drinking them all concurrently.

My own personal grievances aside, this does smell a lot like spiced rum, with a very convincing candied butterscotch take on the flavour. It IS enjoyable, and I was also curious about this blend too when it came out. :)

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

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89

oh, sweet chocolate, why didn’t I discover you sooner?

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Terri HarpLady

I was actually craving a cup of this earlier today

Amariel

This is one I want to try.

CrowKettle

It’s soo good, and now it’s the only thing I want to drink. I deeply regret only getting a little sample pack on Black Friday, whereas I opted for 1oz of Vanilla Citrus Spice (which I ended up liking, but why!?).

Terri HarpLady

I meant to bring this one over to Tony’s, & just realized I left it on the counter.
Of course, I only live 5 minutes from here…

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84

I did a six minute Sil steep and it’s like a cake or some other kind of bready dessert. It’s a richer, more self-indulgent, cup than my relaxing short steep session. The latter was all about “watching” the various ingredients draw in and out through the various steeps, but this throws everything together at once as a dense, finished product. I like it both ways, and may have to pick up more.

I don’t know how I feel about the last two movies but I love hobbits oh, so very much (I had to declare this somewhere). I think I’m finally ready to finish LotR. I never got around to reading the very last book, although I’ve read the other books a few times now (weird, eh?).

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
caile

I’m drinking this right now as well – yum!

Yay for hobbits! :-)

Terri HarpLady

I should give this one a 2nd chance. I had a small sample, & it didn’t do it for me, which was unexpected. I think I was really grumpy that day, or something.

CrowKettle

I enjoy this one but I think there are many teas that I love from Verdant a lot better. I’m thinking about adding some extra Zhu Rong or some Laoshan Black too (Stephanie mentioned doing that), since there aren’t a lot of tea leaves in my package. Might give it a little more oomph?

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86

I wandered away while making this and got distracted for who knows how long. Now it tastes like cinnamon domineered potato pancakes with a touch of bright apple sauce. The potatoes are very starchy now (almost oily fried).

I actually think this may have worked out well in my favour, taste-wise. This is so good, and the green base is forgiving.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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I started my Steepster loose leaf adventure back in 2012. I guess I can’t say I’m completely new, but I still view oolong as a magical, extraterrestrial creature that unfurls in water.

My tea preferences have changed a lot since joining here. I swore I’d never love black teas, and now they make up some of my favourites, both flavoured and unflavoured. I prefer my green and oolong teas buttery and roasted.

A good Silver Needle is my desert island tea.

Ratings:

90-100: A Personal Favourite
80-89: Great, buy 25g
70-79: Enjoyable, may buy more
60-69: OK, with some problems
50-59: Flat, but drinkable
30-49: Possibly better in cooking
1-29: This cup found sink

Location

BC, Canada

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