612 Tasting Notes

76

I tried this warm and it was tasty, but then I forgot about it let it cool down for a few hours and now it’s even better! Like pineapple Koala March.

(you know, these: http://www.posharpstore.com/images/thumbs/0006330_600.jpg).

Ok, maybe the fruit was less artificial when it was warm, and I could actually taste the intermingling of mango and papaya where only pineapple remains now, but the cold brew booked me tickets and flew me to a Hawaiian ABC location!

I may be going a little crazy with this final paper sitting here..

Thank you, OMGsrsly, Sil and MissB!

Flavors: Mango, Pineapple

Sil

you can doooo eeeet!! home stretch!

CrowKettle

This giant bag of tea came at a good time.

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72
drank Earl Grey Chocolat by Lupicia
612 tasting notes

It’s not so much an earl grey with chocolate, but dark chocolate with citrusy and floral notes. With milk it makes for an interesting sugar-free hot chocolate substitute. There’s something that almost verges into “biting wood chips and citrus rinds” territory, but otherwise it’s easy drinking.

Thanks, OMGsrsly!

Flavors: Bergamot, Cocoa, Dark Chocolate, Floral

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79

I remember the first time I tried to drink buttermilk. As an old friend once commented, “it’s one of those things that sounds like it should be amazing but is actually gross.” It’s not something you typically want to drink straight. The buttermilk was salty, tangy, sour and surprisingly thin, in a filling way.

Luckily this tea, this tea has all of the core flavours of buttermilk without the yucky result. It’s still hard to drink lots of, but it is more reminiscent of dessert than raw baking ingredient. The lemon, which adds its own tangy sweetness, probably helps out with that.

I left some sitting out overnight, and it now possesses a note akin to flat root beer. It’s not as good but still quirky fun. Thanks, Sil and OMGsrsly, for sharing this one!

Flavors: Almond, Butter, Cream, Lemon

Fjellrev

You are so brave for ever trying that. My dad used to drink it straight and the mere look of it sitting in the glass, how it would leave that film on the sides of the glass, was enough to turn me off. And the smell! Ugh.

Sil

you’re welcome!

CrowKettle

I wonder what the appeal of drinking it straight is. I know I haven’t found it yet!

Sil, I would compose you a poem if I had the skills. Instead, I’ll make due by picking up teas for you while in Europe in June. Bosnia has to have teas you haven’t tried..

Sil

Awesome. Where in Europe are you going! For how long! I love hearing about people travelling lol

OMGsrsly

IDK, CrowKettle. Your descriptions were pretty entertaining. I think you could get some lyrics out of them, and aren’t lyrics poetry? :)

CrowKettle

Hungary, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, and London. I’ll stay on the lookout for tea things, although I don’t know what my luck will be!

@OMGsrsly, nooooo… let’s not.

Fjellrev

Sounds like it’ll be an awesome adventure!

Sil

that sounds amazing! What a fantastic adventure!

OMGsrsly

Woo! Have lots of fun this summer!

CrowKettle

Thanks, everyone! :)

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68

Taken with milk, although it doesn’t need it; the tea is creamy enough on its own and the rest of the flavouring is light.

I would’ve preferred a heavier dosage of bergamot, or a brighter, citrus-y base. It does deliver on the vanilla cream puff front, however. I just wish there was more action, which I probably don’t need for paper writing anyways!

Flavors: Bergamot, Cream, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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74

Here’s yet another post from my fading memory; I apologize for the lack of details. I’ve had more exciting flavoured teas from Butiki (I didn’t get the cordial bit), but the base makes this one a real treat. Smooth and sweet.

Flavors: Blackberry, Honey

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80

Oh, man. I forgot to log this and I finished it weeks ago! Erm, memories.. all alone in the moonlight..ugh.

The marmalade was the most prevalent fixture, and if I over steeped or over-leafed it the bitter citrus-tang became the main (and only) feature. The pistachio was smooth, subtle, but distinct and I enjoyed picking up on it. Toffee wasn’t always a thing, but when it was it was awesome, if a tad light.

I loved the purple base; it’s a particularly dynamic “resteeper” and complimented the marmalade well. It will be missed!

Flavors: Jam, Nuts, Orange

Sil

yes… this one was delicious :(

CrowKettle

Just as I was starting to love it I ran out! It was one neat tea xD

Plunkybug

I’m glad Stacy liked my idea and made this one up. It was really tasty.

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Yes!!! I’m drinking tea today and I’m posting something on steepster. Novelty of the month.

Alas, it’s not a new tea- although, it sort of feels like it because the base is somewhat different in composition. Hello dirt, leather, pepper, citrus zest, and sweat. Goodbye chocolate vanilla spice cake.

All my old favourite are disappearing or changing on me! Time to get back on the tea game. :/

Flavors: Coriander, Ginger, Leather, Orange Zest, Vanilla

Sil

yes. if this is a newer harvest..it’s not as good.

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84
drank Fu Shou Shan by Butiki Teas
612 tasting notes

This may be the only oolong, at least with Stacy’s steeping parameters, where I enjoy the first steep the most. Usually it takes somewhere between the 2nd-4th.

I’m getting quite a bit of melon and floral butter in this cup- it’s as good of a send off as I could’ve hoped for!

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Melon

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88

I have this mental block where I can’t steep green or white tea in cups and diffusers that were used to steep black tea or flavoured blends. This has seriously impacted the amount of green tea I’ve had since the new year.

This is the first cup of green I’ve had in about three months, which may partially account for the honey-like quality (or maybe it’s fruity syrup). Seriously, nectar of the gods. Like drinking sweet creamy clouds, and crisp flowers (my cup got cold). Marry me, you beautiful green tea.

I’ll rate when I’ve finally recovered from my self-inflicted green tea abstinence. Too much tea giddiness.

Flavors: Cream, Floral, Stonefruits, Sweet

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

yay! you’re back!

yyz

Yum!

CrowKettle

I shouldn’t be on here yet- not until after the papers, but green tea is special.

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95

This was probably my favourite guayusa blend; it definitely got me through some rough deadline crunches. I used the last of it this week, and it helped me me slay one final essay (but not the related terrible rhymes).

Mourning the loss of this blend is more than marking the passage of a delicious staple- The Killer’s Vanilla was also a smooth and efficient tool. Guayusa to stay conscious, vanilla to make palatable, lavender for curbing stress, mint to make fresh the rotting husk which is my soul on a deadline.

It’s going to be fun looking into replacements.. if only I didn’t associate the raw taste and smell of guayusa with the nausea of sleep deprivation!

Flavors: Earth, Lavender, Spearmint, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Aww, I too drank this a lot while I was writing my thesis. It’s so comforting yet keeps a person motivated.

OMGsrsly

Your poor soul.

Fjellrev

Too bad about the bad association. :( The same thing happened to me with green mate but luckily that’s no loss.

Cavocorax

Oh man…. I love the description for this, while I mourn for the rotting husk of your soul.

CrowKettle

If I’m somewhat melodramatic and morbid it’s all because of my history of death class (taking no responsibility, nope).

While I’ll miss loads of Stacy’s blends I think the guayusas are one the most unique losses (also, white teas)- no one seems to be doing what she was doing with them, at least on that scale :(

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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.

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.

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