532 Tasting Notes

78
drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
532 tasting notes

After having this around for a little over three years I finally polished off the can today.

In hindsight Marco Polo was on the inconsistent and finicky end of the tea spectrum, but darn if this last cup isn’t delicious. If it always mostly tasted like this it would’ve been an instant repurchase, despite the expenses. It’s smooth and delicious-smelling, a bit like Black Forest cake.

Flavors: Berries, Caramel

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Cavocorax

It’s totally inconsistent. /sadness/ But so good when it works! Glad it went out like that!

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This tea has that smell that makes me cautious around puerh so I did a 30 second “rinse” before doing a 30 second steep. I’ve gotten three big mugs out of it so far and all of them have lots of flavour. I can see this one going strong for a while.

Right now everything about this tea reminds me of cream of mushroom. I’m honestly not a fan of that, but I’m curious to see where this tea goes in later steeps.

EDIT: I don’t mind the 4th steep, which still has the mushroom but with a lot more cream, and the additional dash of sugar with something nutty.

Flavors: Cream, Earth, Mushrooms, Nuts

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec
Cavocorax

Maybe if you do it western style you can skip the first few infusions? Or if would be balanced between mushroom and cream? I wonder if it works like that…

CrowKettle

I made some up western style like you suggested and it did work out better for me (less mushroom!), although my “rinse” may have been too intense and killed some of the cream too. It’s still a work in progress.

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76
drank Maya Bay Tea by BlueChai
532 tasting notes

This tastes like creamy-sweet peas and musky earth leaves, accented with lemongrass. The flavour is not dynamic or complex, but peas are good and so is the novel colour blue.

I plan to have a lot of caffeine-absent, blue-dyed fun with this, although I wish it didn’t cost $13.49 for 40g.

Flavors: Earth, Flowers, Lemongrass, Peas

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

Sounds intriguing

Amariel

Wow…very interesting indeed.

CrowKettle

If anyone would like to try a sample of this, with or without lemongrass, let me know. I think I have enough to share!

Amariel

I would, and preferably without lemongrass, if possible, please.

CrowKettle

Not a problem, Amariel! I will add it to your package for when we meet up. :)

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78

Creamy hay tea, with some juicy fruitiness. Good for a Sunday afternoon.

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88

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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70

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

Preparation
Boiling
Suziqzer

Sounds like a winner!

Amariel

Can’t wait to try mine! :)

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90
drank Citrus Dream by Butiki Teas
532 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

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
Stephanie

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.

CrowKettle

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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83
drank Lemon Meringue Chai by 52teas
532 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

Preparation
Iced
__Morgana__

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

Ze_Teamaker

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

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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89

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

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
boychik

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

CrowKettle

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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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.

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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