631 Tasting Notes

It may be sunny and bright, but bloated white clouds grazing around the sky on a cool breeze right now. These weather cues mean I’m totally justifiable in my fall mindset and can bring out And the Birds Rained Down, Agalloch, Sigur Rós, and the spice teas with no guilt (ok, some of those verge on wintery things).

I’ve definitely not been swayed by the resurgence of pumpkin marketing that sweeps into the caffeinated world come September. Not at all.

I’m still not a fan of this “older new” reblend but it isn’t too shabby with some milk. It makes the spiced orange flavour pop.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Orange Zest, Vanilla

205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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I’m working my way through trying out the new 52teas very slowly before processing and sending them towards Sil.

I like maple, so seeing this and the maple tieguanyin included in this packet was pretty awesome. Both teas deliver on the maple but do it in different ways. This is more of a starchy maple as opposed to the equally good but buttery maple of the tieguanyin. It was delicious with milk and made a very sweet “wake me up” breakfast tea. I’m not sure it necessarily stands out from the other delicious maple black teas I’ve tried though.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Maple Syrup

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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I love this rainy, cool weather; I can bring out and savor all the hot tea things again!

Tastes pretty fine with or without milk, and delivers on its name. Pecan nuttiness was most apparent at first, but the apple and honey/brandy notes really popped after it cooled down.

Flavors: Apple, Brandy, Cream, Honey, Pecan

190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

Sounds really lovely.

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There was nowhere near enough in my sample pack. I really wish I could casually sniff this tea, both dry and steeped, throughout the day without being stared at. My subtle sniffing skills are just not at that level.

I love the aroma of baked rice krispies, and here it is.

Needless to say, this was a much better experience than the last time I spent with this tea.

Flavors: Butter, Marshmallow, Toasted Rice

2 min, 30 sec

so jealous! haha glad it’s as tasty as the original..or tastier heh


I can’t speak for how it compares to the original, but it’s definitely way better than the reblends I tried. You’ll have to tell me what you think. :)

My sample packet was also more rice and very few tea leaves. There may be one or two leaves remaining.


I love this note. It’s funny and perfect and now I want some of this tea. Sadly, mine has not arrived yet. Thanks for the laugh!

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drank Graveyard Mist by 52teas
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It’s been a few years since I’ve tried this tea and it still goes places I love. Needless to say, I like this reblend. I would’ve never pegged myself for someone who loves minty marshmallows.

Flavors: Marshmallow, Spearmint, Vegetables

160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Sun and Cloud Mist by 52teas
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The instructions say steep at 180F, but I’m easily overwhelmed by strong green tea so I steeped mine at 10F less. This worked out to my tastes, with the green tea still being on the nippier, albeit acceptable, side of my preferences. A little nip and a generous temperature are probably preferable for coaxing out the lemon balm and lemongrass anyways.

I had this tea years ago, for Christmas advent, and, as far as memories of taste and smell are reliable, this is a true version to that older batch. I liked it back then and I still like it now.

The old image of a soft, kitten surrounded by citrus sunshine and marshmallow clouds is an apt metaphor for the textures and tastes that the ingredients invoke. That’s not to say it’s like drinking literal kittens, because that sounds horrifying in so many ways. Erm, this is what happens when I forsake my fantasy niche and pick up something like Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. Only bad things- blame the media.

I hope you all go away with sunbeams, bouncy clouds, and soft, purring kittens today!

Flavors: Floral, Lemon, Lemongrass, Marshmallow

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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I can get behind this one, since it’s full of many of my favourite things: a creamy “hay” white tea with the smoother qualities of an oolong, flavoured to taste like baked goods and blackberries. Yep, Crowkettle tea.

Flavoured white teas don’t always seem to have the base thickness and consistency necessary for rich flavourings, but I think this one works out pretty well. The aroma of the liquor alone is alluring, full of fresh blackberry dessert goodness.

This tea makes up for the fact that there are no blackberries to be found in this household right now, except for the huge blackberry that magically appeared in my strainer (bonus). One (berry) definitely feels like many here. Now, I’m off to see if I can get a decent second steep!

Edit: This tasted better when I used a smaller cup with more leaves, and berries. It doesn’t have that “thickness” this time around. Eh. Will play around with it. The first session was really good!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Blackberry, Butter, Cream, Hay

165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Earl of Anxi by Verdant Tea
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This Earl of Anxi is starting to get on in years (+3), but it still has enough spirit when encouraged with a longer steep time.

I love how the smooth, soft oolong comes together with the brighter, more aggressive goji, citrus, and frankincense flavours. Probably one of my favourite spins on an earl grey with a non-black tea base. I don’t drink it enough to justify picking up more anytime soon, but I will miss it when it’s gone.

Flavors: Butter, Citrus, Floral, Goji

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I’m having an awesome time with this tea today; it’s putting me in the same head space that Vanilla Citrus Spice used to before I picked up the last harvest/batch. I haven’t had enough quality tea moments like this lately.

Flavors: Bergamot, Chocolate, Citrus, Malt, Rose

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I picked this up, with encouragement from Plunkybug, ages ago with the Victoria group meet. I think I came away with more than sixty new teas from that event, and I haven’t even started digging through that stash in a meaningful way…

This one is smooth, maybe even watery, with a good Caramilk vibe. I’ve been in a “decadent” dessert mood lately, so it hits the spot right now. I’m going to need to wean myself back on tea after over a month without!

Flavors: Caramel, Cocoa


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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.


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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