599 Tasting Notes

89

So I tried this mostly because I got it from my 52teas subscription and I believe that I should try everything once before I reject it out of hand, but white teas have never been my favourite thing, or even close to it. Imagine my surprise when I actually like this tea! The flavouring is subtle, fruity but not overwhelming and the white tea tastes like white tea but it doesn’t have that je ne sais quoi that I have never liked about it, somehow.

I think I steeped this correctly at 175 degrees for 2 minutes, but if anyone has suggestions on how to make this even better, please feel free to share, I haven’t steeped many white teas.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
T.C.

I’ve been eyeing that one for a long time. I may have to break down and get it now.

Starfevre

Do you want me to send you a cup’s worth in that trade we already set up?

T.C.

Ohhh that would be nice if it isn’t too much trouble!

Starfevre

I’ll portion some out right now.

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58

Well, honeybush isn’t my favourite thing, I’ve always thought it tasted sour to me, and even the strawberry flavouring couldn’t overcome that bias in this tea. I liked it a little bit, but not enough to ever drink it again.

And that is a good thing! Drinking this tea this morning has confirmed the theory I have had for a while that I have a minor allergic reaction to honeybush every time I drink it. Not bad, just nausea and a headache, but still more than I want from something I consume. This tea will be going onto the swap thread shortly.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Sil

awe that makes me so sad. honesybush has some really decent blends, and this one is super YUMMY!

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87
drank Marzipan - 952 by Tea Haus
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Second try at posting this note. Steepster is having issues this afternoon. Thanks to Tea Sipper for sending this to me in trade. I’m highly enjoying it. The almond in it is coming along pretty strong to me and is leaving an absolutely lovely aftertaste for me to savour. It is pretty sweet too, above and beyond the sweetener I added to it. A touch of milk adds some creaminess that I think this tea needed and the whole thing is really nice. Good tea.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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52

Well, I can’t say I’ve had much, if any at all, rhubarb in my life. My mother did not make this pie growing up and I’m not a pie maker myself. I can taste the strawberry in this and what I can only assume is the rhubarb as a weird undertaste to the strawberry. I can see how some people would really like this, but I just don’t. There is nothing wrong with this tea, I just don’t like it. I’ll try for strawberry again tomorrow with my Walter Bishop tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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86
drank Almond Happiness by 52teas
599 tasting notes

I’m going through my back stash of 52teas teas that I haven’t tried yet and this one came up this morning. It smells very dark chocolatey and very nutty although I’m hoping that it doesn’t have any actual almond oil in it because that is what has ruined the taste of all almond teas for me previously. I just can’t stand the taste of that, it tastes like alcohol to me and I hate that taste.

This has a strong flavour of dark chocolate and nutty almonds. I’m picking up a bit of coconut, but mostly in the aftertaste. It’s been a while since I had one, but if the balance of the chocolate and the coconut were a little more balanced, this would taste strikingly like an Almond Joy bar. Hmm, that makes me wonder if there’s any chance of getting a 3 Muskateers tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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81

This is an interesting tea. When I breathe in the aroma, I get the distinct feeling of pepper in the back of my throat. The body of the tea is smooth with a strong fruitiness to it. No bitterness or astringency present.

Well worth getting up for, although I cut my treadmill workout in half this morning. Call it a win that I got up at all. 3:45am is too damn early.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Earl Grey by Bigelow
599 tasting notes

I was out at a restaurant for dinner tonight and hot tea (or several other drinks) came with the meal and I didn’t want to pay extra for a drink and I didn’t particularly feel like just plain water so I ordered the hot tea. My choices were scant because I really should start keeping some bags of my own tea in my purse for these occasions but of the 3(!) choices (earl grey, generic green, chamomile) this was the obvious winner so in the cup it goes.

Steeped a decent flavour the first time. Not a great flavour, but a drinkable one. Second steep came out with barely flavoured tea water so this was a one hit wonder. But even the first steep was pretty light on the flavour scale and didn’t hold up well to the additives so I can’t say I’m surprised, I just didn’t want to bother the waiter for more tea when I’d already called him over half a dozen times for other things.

Conclusion: start bringing tea bags to restaurants. How many other steepsters do this already?

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78

Once upon a time this was my favourite tea in the world and it still holds a fond place in my heart. Plenty of bergamot in this, to the point of nearly overpowering the tea base. Lovely aroma and pleasant taste. For a bagged tea, this is a decent one.

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82

This is another nice tea from Steep City Teas. So far I’ve been a fan of all of theirs I’ve tried, although that’s only 3 teas so far. I still have another to try also.

This blend is delightfully fruity. I can’t pick out the individual pomegranate and cranberry flavours in the brewed tea but instead they blend together to make a new combination flavour that is ever so slightly tart. I can’t comment on the natural sweetness because, as always, I added a teaspoon of sugar to the 14 oz mug I’m drinking this in. Also my travel mug. I have to drink this in the next 4 minutes in order to leave for work on time so I’ll make this the end of my note. I hope everyone on Steepster has a wonderful Thursday.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
david

Starfevre, thanks for the comments. This tea is also delicious iced! One of our best iced teas we make on the road. So happy that you are enjoying our teas.

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83

This is a really pretty tea. I like the artwork on the package too. Anyway.

I mostly pick up the earl grey flavour when I drink this. I normally like a pretty strong earl grey (hello double bergamot stash tea) so this is okay, but I’m not really picking up much of the other flavours, beyond a slightly stronger than normal fruitiness from what is presumably the blackberry (or blueberry? Other reviews are confusing). This is not my favourite tea, but I like it well enough and I haven’t had an earl grey that I liked in a while. Mostly earl grey creams which I have found that I don’t like so much.

and WOOT, this is my 100th review!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Alphakitty

Congrats on 100~

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Single, vegetarian, asexual, 5 cats. Airplane Engineer. I drink most of my tea with a bit of sugar and all the ones with a black tea base with a little bit of milk too. I’m super sensitive to bitterness and spiciness so I tend to avoid those.

I am also a flavoured matcha latte fanatic.

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