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drank Weeping Angel Tea by 52teas
447 tasting notes

7/12 teas of Christmas, 2013.

I try not to do these so early to prevent spoilers, but the Vancouver snow has seized up my brain. (Wait! What does that have to do with anything?)

This is a nice, if not overly complex, caramel tea, with somewhat of a bitter nip at the end. I had this a while back but I don’t recall the buttered toffee that I’m getting today. I’m glad I can taste that now. There’s something almost salty about it, that with the butter creates a popcorn finish for me.

Mm, I like this a lot more than I did last time. It’s the butter.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec
JustJames

caramel? good to know……

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6/12 teas of Christmas, 2013.

I don’t particularly care for honeybush or rooibos, and that whole tobacco, fruity medicinal thing they have going for them, but I like the idea of this blend. It’s also nice to drink something that isn’t full of caffeine for a change.

There’s a weird sweetness that may be buttery cream, or chocolate covering. It’s not quite reaching the full glory of peanut butter cheesecake for me though. I still want a piece of cheesecake after this. Oh, well. That creamy sweet coat over the honeybush is still decent, even if I can’t identify what it reminds me of with confidence.

Edit: I over-leafed it for my last session and the cheesecake, plus a bit of chocolate, really came out. Still no peanut butter though.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Amariel

I’m better with honeybush than I am with rooibos..

CrowKettle

I’ve had a hard time with honeybush for some reason. I think it may have a sweetness that I don’t care for that isn’t so present in rooibos. I haven’t tried enough honeybush to say for sure.

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Two rinses, boiling water, short glass gongfu steep (I’m so getting a gaiwan in the new year).

Ah, the name of this tea sums everything up extremely well. I don’t know what I expected. The first initial sips give a premature impression that this is a thin tea, but the build up of creamy and sweet notes, with a cushion-y nip at the end, form something surprisingly thick and bready over time. Coriander is noticeable and the cinnamon is prevalent, but it’s the sweet zap of ginger that grabs my attention.

The citrus is a spiced orange and it’s a nicely incorporated aside that really lingers as an aftertaste, and in the back of the mouth with the vanilla bean.

The creamy and sweet vanilla notes are starting to come out in the later steeps (4), while the spice lost ground somewhat. It’s an extremely appealing and decadent change. I almost taste apple crumble.

I just read Sil’s 6 minute steep instructions; I’ll have to try that next.

Preparation
Boiling
Fjellrev

Oh, I keep forgetting to rinse. I’ll have to do that next time!

CrowKettle

I tend to forget to about rinses too, and I was skeptical to do it with a blend like this. I think it helped?

caile

Why rinse this one? To get the full flavor from the herbal ingredients?

CrowKettle

I guess so. I just followed the instructions on the website which indicates to rinse the leaves twice. It didn’t reduce the flavour. and it made the area smell amazing. Maybe it helps build up the anticipation too?

caile

Lol! I read that on the website as well and wondered if I should do the rinses when I made this. Sometimes I will just quickly rinse a tea for the heck of it but usually not..

CrowKettle

As a rule, I usually rinse oolong or puerh teas for short steeps but almost never do so for greens, blacks, and flavoured blends. Today I wanted to go with instructions for some reason.

caile

:-) You’ll have to see which way you like better, this or the 6 minute Sil steep!

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73
drank French Toast by 52teas
447 tasting notes

5/12 teas of Christmas, 2013.

Oh, not bad! This one tastes like a thin, resisting slice of cinnamon toast, overburdened by butter and syrup. It’s tasty but deceptively filling. Makes a good breakfast brunch tea!

Edit: Also egg. You wouldn’t think it but it’s there in all its strangeness.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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90
drank White Rhino by Butiki Teas
447 tasting notes

This one’s quite neat! the first steep bore similarities to a greener Darjeeling’s second steep. There’s a smoothing out of sour, muscatel notes and a subduing of hay and malt, except this tea was never bold in these characteristics, like a Darjeeling, to begin with. It’s a trippy experience. The finish was also deliciously sweet, which made it an easy cup to gulp down.

While the second steep is still somewhat malty, it’s starting to taste more like a silky floral white tea, with a bit of citrus. It’s a very pleasing and smooth tea, with lots of fun layers.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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89

Every time I see the package, smell this blend, or drink it the song starts playing in my head. I don’t know how that’s going to go over when I drink alarming amounts of this guayusa next semester but I’m glad I like the song.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

I still need to listen to that song! Thanks for reminding me.

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drank S'mores Genmaicha by 52teas
447 tasting notes

4/12 teas of Christmas, 2013.

Ah, I was hoping never to see this one again. It smells and tastes better than my first encounter with this tea, but I don’t think this will ever be a favourite. There is something that teases at being burnt marshmallow and buttery cacao but then it all folds back into a sour and oily mild green with a puff of old smoke. This tea is such an awful tease- the empty cups smells like melted chocolate and Rice Krispies. Cruel.

Oh, well. I’m glad I gave it a second chance.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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3/12 teas of Christmas, 2013.

This one is a hodgepodge of nostalgic flavours- primarily coconut and banana. Something about these two ripe ingredients gets to me, and conjures up images of rainbows, warm rain, and tropical islands. This blend also reminds me of the coconut cream pie blend, which I drank in copious amounts last spring, but with the additional sticky banana chip note.

This cup is sweet and creamy, with a bit of an astringent nip for grounding. Definitely something I can get on board with.

Edit: I accidentally oversteeped my second serving of this tonight by about 6 minutes. I added some milk in an attempt to cover up any bitterness and WOW it’s so creamy and banana..ful.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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2/12 teas of Christmas, 2013.

It might be a little early, but so far this box is on a roll for including teas I was extremely tempted to pick up this year.

The vanilla-tinged marshmallow root smooths everything over. I may possibly love this more than (rootbeer-like) butterbeer but it’s too early to tell. The samples for this box are generous like last year, so I’m going to save the rest for a cold steep and a latte. This seems like it would be good as either of those options.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Smaug Tea by 52teas
447 tasting notes

1/12 teas of Christmas, 2013.

This was a neat surprise! I’ve wanted to try this one for some time but have convinced myself out of it each time an opportunity has arisen to pick some up. I’m glad that I lucked out anyways with the the twelve day box.

Buttery cinnamon hearts with some vegetal, smoky peppers- that sums it up. :)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

I really liked this one. One of the best of the year … it certainly deserves a spot in this year’s Christmas box.

CrowKettle

Yes, this one was surprisingly good- a true spicy tea! That this is mainly a dragon well base wins me over too. Mm, dragon well.

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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

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