578 Tasting Notes


I had a short, shallow moment of dread when I discovered the milk of yesterday was gone today (note: always check for this factor before steeping spice teas). Luckily, this tea seems pretty awesome without it.

This one’s quite wintery: gingerbread cookie spices, nuts, a versatile fruitiness that is one moment hot apple cider the next chocolate and orange rind, and maybe even a touch of smoke.

I’ll have to pick up some of Tippy’s keemun and assam to see how much they cultivate those delicious fruity dessert flavours- and there are so many flavours, but they work!

Flavors: Apple, Brown Sugar, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Cloves, Cookie, Ginger

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

It’s really, really good with a little milk and sugar. Works really well as a tea-latte.

Maddy Barone

This one looks really good to me. We’re finally having a bout of cold weather, and I want warm, spicy tea!

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drank Minted Monkey by Tippy's Tea
578 tasting notes

Dry leaf smells like minty After Eights, the liquor like chocolate vanilla dessert with light mint garnish. The flavour is, um, one of those instances that make me realize how much I swear when attempting to express a strong emotion (it’s good). Mint leaves and vanilla always win in my book, and this tea is doing what my Laoshan Black hasn’t been doing lately in the cocoa/chocolate department.

Also, it’s a tasty tea with milk, which brings out a mild yet equally fantastic vanilla waffle cone, with a chocolate mint drizzle finish.

..and my roommate just got back from class and is giving me crap for the ice cream I bought today. Ugh. I’ve entered an alternate reality where Purdy’s ice cream and Toblerone cake are met with scorn, while the generic frozen Safeway cake, that existed in this apt. before my residency, is thrown onto a pedestal and enforcing proselytism on all unwilling basement inhabitants (me).

I refuse to eat that cake!

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Malt, Mint, Vanilla


Mmm, Purdy’s ice cream.


I can’t wait to order from them when all of their stuff is restocked.

And I haven’t even tried their ice cream before! The price has always scared me away. Any favourite flavours?

That Safeway cake must be freaking old. My god.


Expensive pints of ice cream are my guilty pleasure, but I try to make them last! I’ve only tried Chocolate Peanut Butter Fingers and Mayan Coffee Crunch, but both of those were good!

She probably picked it up in November or December (my residency here started in January), so it’s not as old as I made it sound, but I’m not a cake person to begin with.

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I think I’ve enjoyed past harvests of Tieguanyin from Verdant better. Although to be fair, I did a western brew (after a short rinse), which doesn’t seem to be my favourite way to drink oolong.

This one tastes predominantly of white foods- like cream, skinned nuts, rice pudding.. but the prevalent floral-lilac and sweet-melon aspects give this tea some playfully colourful highlights and a neat finish.

It’s a solid cup that improves on each re-steep, although I do wish there was a buttery presence.

Flavors: Cream, Floral, Melon, Nutty, Rice Pudding

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

Interesting…I haven’t seen teas compared to white foods like that. How many steeps did you get out of this? Is this a lighter TGY?


My roommate and I probably got about six pots out of it in combined total from last night and today, although we weren’t nursing it hard.

It was generally light, but it had a kind of vegetal/plant-based food creaminess which made it feel kind of thick at times? Roommate overdid one of the steeps and that pot tasted like a green tea..

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I was too harsh on this tea the first time, and too quick to send it off to send it off. There’s nothing wrong with malt, nougat, and nutella spread. It even managed to cancel out the homemade and lethal spicy kimchi jigae I ate today- I need to work on my spice measurements, big time.

I probably should’ve gone with a tea full of ginger and food as bland as socks, with the painful stomach bug I seem to have, but sweet and spice generally win out too often in my life.

Flavors: Hazelnut, Malt, Marshmallow


Hope you feel better soon!


Oh no! Maybe make some congee and have that with kimchi?

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whatshesaid, I have not forgotten you (well, I kind of did for a couple months but that’s fixed now!). Oh my gosh, that was months ago. Small envelope to send out asap!

I still have 4-6oz of this and it’s still tasty, which is good because it will probably be the last Butiki tea I’ll ever drink. :(


I have a little bit of stuff for you, actually. :P


I’m still recovering from my normal flu and stomach bug, but soon! Your teas are sitting here too. :)

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drank Napa Blanc by Lupicia
578 tasting notes

At a minute in boiling water, somehow this does manage to taste and smell like those little hard grape candies. So much nostalgia! Some burnt bitterness does creep out near the end but it’s not as bad as I anticipated when I saw the suggested steeping parameters.

Thanks, OMGsrsly (and MissB)!

Flavors: Candy, Grapes, Jasmine, Muscatel

Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Sakurambo by Lupicia
578 tasting notes

Cherry Blasters seasoned with peppercorn and rosemary is.. an interesting concept. Thank you, OMGsrsly (and MissB!), for this unique experience! I’m not sure if I like it, but it’s a lot of fun. Sometimes I get black cherry instead of Cherry Blasters, which is a pretty sweet occurrence.

I really, really want to read Firefight right now except textbook readings, presentations, responsibility, being an “adult”, and stuff. Brandon Sanderson is just SITTING there on my kobo..

Flavors: Candy, Cherry, Herbs, Peppercorn

Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

yeah this one is odd…


Haha. You’re welcome, but it’s from MissB’s box! I just couldn’t do it. The cherry was so over the top. :)


Odd, indeed!

OMGsrsly, are the other Lupicia samples you gave me from MissB’s box too? I love how tea gets around in this community :)


Yes, I think so? Chaud les Marrons! is mine, but I think the rest were from MissB. (I don’t remember everything!)

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This is an “assam-y” black tea blend, with a twist to the finish and lingering flavour- subtly composed of nutty cedar chips and sweet juniper berries. I’ve had other teas that have combined cedar and juniper berries but I like how this one mixes those flavours with the base blend.

Flavors: Berries, Cedar, Honey, Malt, Smoke

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec

Wow, the scents of cedar and juniper berry remind me of Banff. Beautiful but can’t imagine drinking that.


It’s GOOD, Fjellrev! Really good.


I can save you a sample for when we meet up, Fjellrev! The “woodland” flavours aren’t heavy-handed, imo.


If you really like it, you don’t have to worry about it! I’m also not a fan of smoky teas anyway.

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Wow! I was curious when I should have known better. I may have to turn this into soap.

For true Floral Fanatics only.

Flavors: Hay, Lavender, Orange, Rose


Ooo… I’ll trade you a taste of this for some Sleeping Bear! :)


Sounds good to me! I keep forgetting to pick up Sleeping Bear when it’s in stock :)


I set some aside for you already, so, score! It’s so lovely.

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Looks like they upped the ratio of actual tea leaves in this batch which means more leathery nippiness and less sugar cake. There’s definitely a lot more chocolate, dirt, and grit this time around, but I still see the things (vanilla) I originally loved.

I’m going to have to tweak the steeping parameters to account for the increase in zhu rhong presence. I may even add some of that Cinnamon Vanilla Baileys.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays, steepsterites!

Flavors: Chocolate, Citrus Zest, Leather, Pepper, Vanilla

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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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.


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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