518 Tasting Notes


I accidentally steeped this in 200F water for 5min. Luckily, this is a second steep from last night’s cup so the impact is curbed somewhat.

The creamy cantaloupe/melon flavour is still present, but the cup has taken on a malty tone. It’s definitely different, but not awful. In the future I think I will save the hotter temperature steeps for black teas and White Rhino.

Flavors: Cream, Melon

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This came as a sample in my joint order with Amariel. It smells like delicious, sugary creme pastries. I have a cinnamon oil burning in the back, and the combined aromas make me crave a cream drenched cinnamon bun.

The flavouring is just as the name would have you believe. the black tea base is also what you’d expect from Della Terra; it personally reminds me of cheap ice cream cones. It’s not fancy but it’s still dessert (that smells amazing!).

Flavors: Coconut, Cream


Sounds like a winner!


Can’t wait to try mine! :)

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drank Citrus Dream by Butiki Teas
518 tasting notes

Backlog from last night.

Maybe it’s just me, but there seems to be more apple pieces in this blend than the last time I ordered. I thought this herbal couldn’t get any better. Please let there always be lots of fruit pieces in my cup.

My only complaint is that I always seem to run out too quickly. Very problematic when I want to drink this almost every evening. Instead, I end up partially hoarding it.

Flavors: Apple, Lemon Zest, Orange Zest

Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

I didn’t shake my bag properly..the first few cups were all chamomile and the last few were all apple, heh.

Butiki Teas

CrowKettle-You might be right. We switched the recipe a little bit. We are now using dried apple rings that are free from any additives instead of the apple chunks and we also switched to raw organic Himalayan goji berries from the generic stuff.


Good to know! I thought the apple pieces appeared larger than last time. I really like this switch.

I hope gravity hasn’t abandoned me and left my bag with all the chamomile at the bottom, even if I do like chamomile straight up. Regardless of the cause, I’ve enjoyed the chemistry in these recent cups. The flavour seems a little sweeter and juicier.

Butiki Teas

Glad you are enjoying the new version. I think it tastes fresher and fruitier, while still being very similar.

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drank Lemon Meringue Chai by 52teas
518 tasting notes

This isn’t bad cold steeped; I think it may make for a smoother cup. The lemon flavour is very zippy, but still manages to be sweet. The spices are also prevalent but bleed into the citrus and smoothness in a very creative, albeit peculiar, way. I love the marshmallow root. I’m actually really grateful to Frank’s blends for introducing me to this interesting ingredient.

This is a fun tea that I can finally see myself finishing up. I could never get it right hot with the milk.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Cream, Lemon Zest, Nutmeg


This sounds really interesting. I don’t think I’ve had a lemon chai before.


Lemon Chai makes for a great summer time tea. It’s like a spicy exotic version of the class lemon-ice-tea.

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I’m crazy in love with this tea’s aroma. Please make my room smell like this.

The berries and pine notes combine to make something that tastes almost like anise.

Flavors: Berries, Flowers, Pine, Vanilla

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I think I’d like this base in almost anything.

I’m also a big fan of roses, which are mixed in a controlled manner here. I’m less keen on the bergamot, but it’s smooth enough here not to be overburdening.. This tea feels like a strange cross between an indulging sunny afternoon with chocolate fudge malt and a cleansing spa day.

Recommended for lovers of Earl Grey, rose teas, and chocolate.

Flavors: Chocolate, Flowers, Malt, Orange Zest

Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

i like it a lot. It makes me so calm at night


I can see how it would do that. It helped to wind me down the other night too.

Terri HarpLady

This is one of the only blends with bergamot that I actually enjoy, usually as a relaxing bubble bath tea. The aroma of it turns the entire experience into more of a spa session. :)

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drank Cranberry Chai by Teajo Teas
518 tasting notes

I was a little hesitant to cold steep a chai, but I added a some agave syrup and then put it in the fridge over night and it came out delicious and “even” tasting. I’m notoriously bad at heating up chais so having all the flavours come through like this, without something being too weak or too strong, is a rarity.

I don’t specifically taste cranberry. It’s more of a backdrop; like a dab of cranberry jam on a hulking big slice of turkey. I think the agave helped bring it out more than it would’ve naturally been. The most dominant spice is the cardamom, which also adds to that tart sweet flavour.

I just wish I had some sweetened condensed milk, or a little umbrella thing with some pineapple slices. It tastes a little like that.


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drank Very Raspberry by Teajo Teas
518 tasting notes

I’m getting the idea that raspberry is not an easy flavour to capture. I’ve enjoyed the chocolate/coconut raspberry flavours that are blatantly dessert teas, but the plain old raspberry teas tend to taste more like Swedish Berries than anything else. This one still falls into that category for me, although it tries hard not too.

There’s a tart citrus zap that’s convincing, followed by the raspberry flavour, which eventually descends into the category of sweetened jam. It’s the aftertaste and aroma that leaves me with gummies.. although it also feels like I have those raspberry hairs stuck in my throat. Mixed signals.

Oh, well. This tea mostly sticks to the raspberries of my mind, and if it becomes overly sweet I can’t pretend I don’t like jam and candy too.

Flavors: Berries, Lemon Zest


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drank Aloe Vera Berry by Zen Tea
518 tasting notes

I picked some of this up because of JustJames. I was so excited to get it that I.. erm, ate most of it, accidentally?

I did manage about two cold steeps though and they were awesome. The hibiscus is at an acceptable level, and the rose isn’t domineering. The variety of fruit make a refreshing and sweet cocktail. The aloe, my other main reason for picking this up, is subtle but present.

Fruit blends go too quickly.

Flavors: Berries, Flowers, Orange Zest


Aloe is intriguing!

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drank Fiesta Fusion by Teajo Teas
518 tasting notes

I’ve had this iced a few times and the rose is what hits me the most. The sweet fruit flavour is a bit generic for me, but it’s not a deal breaker.

It’s a tasty, refreshing iced tea with no bitterness, but I’d rather reorder Teajo’s Tropical Mango or Raspberry Chocolate Bark. I don’t think I’m the biggest fan of black/green mix blends.

Flavors: Flowers


I so agree with you! I don,t get why green and black tea should ever be paired together. As much as I love Most of Teajo’s teas, this one did not impress me at all.

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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.

Tea Preferences: My absolute favourites are the floral inclined oolong and white teas. I also enjoy unflavoured green teas, as well as some black teas (flavoured, unflavoured, Indian, Chinese, etc). Puerh is a hit or miss.

Fruit, cedar, anise, and vanilla are good. Black licorice, bergamot, and cheap chocolate are less good. Jasmine, cinnamon, and hibiscus are usually too strong in teas for my taste, but I otherwise like these flavours!


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.

1-29: There’s no way to put it nicely..


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