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84
drank Guava Melon by Shaktea
1747 tasting notes

ShakTea is a great little shop/tearoom located on south Main St. in Vancouver that I discovered on my most recent visit. They have nice munchies too (sweet and savory) if you’re looking for a light snack, though it’s a bit pricey.

Now this is a nice melon-flavoured tea – it’s sweet without being cloying or artificial-tasting (I’m looking at you Davids Tea). Using an oolong base instead of a more neutral white tea is an interesting twist and the one they use appears to be some sort of green oolong that has a pleasent smoothness combined with a lightly roasted flavour. Possibly one of the best melon teas I’ve tried yet.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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94
drank Gingerbread Pu'erh by Shaktea
687 tasting notes

I had the last of this today, so it is a sad sip down. Normally, I save this kind of tea for cooler and wetter weather, but it was kind of cool and overcast this morning, and I woke up with a headache, so I thought to myself, why the heck not.

As before, I really loved this tea. This tea, plus some dark chocolate covered marzipan my coworker gave me, were the highlights of my day. I’m sad this is gone, but I have hope that one of my friends in Vancouver can score more of this tea for me. It’s really tasty!

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94
drank Gingerbread Pu'erh by Shaktea
687 tasting notes

OMG, you guys, this tea is SO GOOD! The isn’t a lot of info on this tea, as if you go to the website, the tea is only listed with price, and no description. It looks like they are out of Vancouver, and since that’s where OMGsrsly lives (and this came from her), I hope to be able to score more. I only have one serving left, sadly.

This is almost a pu erh chai, but something about it makes it just a little different. I’m not sure if it is in the spices and flavourings, or what…but wow, what a fantastic pu er blend. The flavour is mild enough to let the pu erh come through, but at the same time, the pu erh base isn’t overpowering or fishy/musty/etc. It really is just a nice balance of flavors, and I can definitely see myself owing more of this in the future.

CrowKettle

I can look into that place over here. This sounds good!

Plunkybug

OMG, if you would, I’d love you forever! Wait…I already love you forever…hmmm…:P

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85

This was the first tea I purchased while on vacation in PHX. My friend took me to the art district in Phoenix for some lunch. We stopped at a restaurant named Jobahn. I saw the word “desert” and knew that I had to try it. The tea was slightly weak but still very tasty. It carried a warm citrus tone and finished with a green fruity tone. The aroma was what made it enticing. It was a sweet nectar scent with a fruit garden undertone. I love vacation tea!

Flavors: Citrus, Green, Orange

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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100
drank Main Street Breakfast by Shaktea
60 tasting notes

Been drinking this one every morning this week. Just adding white sugar, no milk this morning.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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79
drank Earl Grey Puerh by Shaktea
2182 tasting notes

Thanks to OMGsrsly for a sample of this one as well. She offered an EG puerh and I accepted even though I’m not big on puerh. You never know, right?

The dry leaf smelled mostly like strong bergamot, so it was promising. Then I brewed it, and a rush of shu puerh (“poo-erh” for Sil :) aroma came out of the tea pot. Earth, dirt, mustiness, wood. And bergamot. Hmmm.

I have to say, the flavor is better than the aroma for me. Pretty smooth, the bergamot is strong enough to stand up to the wood and earth. Not entirely my bag, but better than I thought it would be from the scent. Glad I tried it out, and know that not even bergamot can save puerh for me. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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70
drank Earl Grey Puerh by Shaktea
1349 tasting notes

I prefer this one hot over cold; it gets a bit weepy and floral once cold. I still really like it, I may even venture out to Main Street to go and get more. Thanks again OMGsrsly, this is a great, unusual find.

Flavors: Flowers, Mineral

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
OMGsrsly

They do have some interesting teas. :)

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70
drank Earl Grey Puerh by Shaktea
1349 tasting notes

OMGsrsly thank you so much for sharing some of this with me. Pu-erhs have always been favorites of mine, and even more so of late. An pu-erh EG? Wow. Okay, I’ll bite.

I actually love how these flavors blend together. There’s the depth and earthiness the pu-erh gives it, with the brightness of the bergamot. A really unusual cup, and one that I’ll savor.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Yvonne

Earl Grey Puerh? Interesting! Glad to hear it was tasty!

OMGsrsly

It’s so neat, isn’t it? I need to have this tea tomorrow morning.

Plunkybug

Sounds interesting, though a little scary!

OMGsrsly

It’s the Jaws of tea. Duuun dun duuun dun… :D (Ok, maybe not!)

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63
drank Earl Grey Puerh by Shaktea
6407 tasting notes

soooo omgsrsly sent me a bunch of teas. And knowing that i need to try all the tea, she included this one, even though she knows i am NOT a fan of earl grey. Bergamot is awful.ick.gross. BUT i do like puerh. sooo i figured i should try this today and just be done with it haha. Turns out? this isn’t that bad. I really like the strength that the puerh gives to the brew and the bergamot isn’t terribly intense. That is, unless the cup cools too much…then it’s game over for me. For those who like EG, this is certainly a bit of a different twist on things.

Thanks omgsrsly! :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
turtlebunnie

sorry to be a bit off-topic, but how do you bold names?

Sil

not a problem! happy to help Bold is putting the text inbetween two asterixs. There’s a post in the forums that goes through more formatting that you can do:
http://steepster.com/discuss/1894-how-to-use-text-formatting-symbols-formatting-can-be-fun

turtlebunnie

thank you! :)

OMGsrsly

Ooh, I’m glad this one was OK for you! Definitely a surprise for me. :)

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drank Earl Grey Puerh by Shaktea
1918 tasting notes

So. Weird.

Really.

I had to add a little sugar. No (non-dairy) milk this time.

Just odd. Yet, I think I really like it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

HOLY CRAP THIS SMELLS lol i assume this was the “you won’t like it tea..” haha

OMGsrsly

LOL Yes. In your quest to try ALL the Earl Greys, I thought I’d throw this one at you.

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drank Cinnamon Plum by Shaktea
1918 tasting notes

I had this tea to go today.

I really like the flavours. The warming cinnamon, the fruity flavours from the plum. It’s really good when steaming hot. Sadly, I don’t think honeybush is a tea for me. It cools and has a really nasty sour note to it. So far this has been true for all 3 honeybush teas I’ve tried.

This is my breakup with honeybush. It’s not you, tea. It’s me.

Fjellrev

Haha I broke up with honeybush a long time ago. I think it’ll get over it.

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52

This tea was alright. I didn’t really taste the nut or sandalwood flavours, which was a bit disappointing. Mostly it just tasted fruity – quite reminiscent of a fruitcake, actually. So if that’s what you’re looking for it would be quite nice, but I was just hoping for but more spice and somewhat less fruitiness.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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81
drank Guava Melon by Shaktea
23 tasting notes

This was quite a nice tea! I’m not sure I’m really a fan of milky oolong in general, though, so that might be why I wouldn’t count it among my favourites, though I did enjoy it for what it is. It definitely tastes just how you would expect, very melon-ey with that creamy aftertaste, so I would definitely recommend this to someone who enjoys milk oolong!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
TEArender

I really aliken the milky oolong to a lapsong that has been brewed through a bunch, with the melon it’s a cantaloupe rind mixed with papaya. I could never get enough of that papaya-y taste that makes it so exotic and for a seasoned green tea drinker its the perfect hongcha

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50
drank Desert Blossom by Shaktea
23 tasting notes

I ordered this tea as a sample, and I’m glad I did because while it smelled absolutely wonderful, it was a bit of a disappointment when brewed. It smells beautifully fruity but the fruit flavour was actually quite weak, and there was a bitter edge to it as well. I might try brewing it at an even lower temperature to see if that helps.

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

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100

I visited Shaktea while on a trip to Vancouver, and my friend beside me was drinking this tea. I’m not normally a big fan of chai purely because it has to hit a perfect balance of spices and most I have tried seem to miss the mark, but something about this one smelled quite nice as my friend was sipping it, so when we left I took a bag home with me.

Boy am I glad that I did! This chai hits that balance of spices that I had been looking for, and on top of it you get this lovely creamy coconut flavour. The spices don’t overwhelm the coconut, and the coconut doesn’t overwhelm the spices – they work together in perfect harmony. I enjoy this tea with a splash of almond milk or simply plain, and I’ve been craving it so much since I ran out that I ordered 250g of it online and I’m sure I’ll be going through it quite fast. I’ve tried other coconut chai before, but this one is by far the best I have tasted!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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95

It is very windy and cold outside, it has been like that all day.

The great thing about this tea right now is the aroma that fills the room after steeping, a very sweet and spicy scent that engulfs the empty and tired spaces of the office.

This will be a great way to end a very long and blustery Monday.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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95

Longer steep equals spicier chai.

I added a teaspoon of rock sugar in case that would happen, which gives a nice biting sweetness.

I actually like the longer steep, allows more flavors to come out, and gives me an excuse to use more rock sugar.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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95

No milk with half a teaspoon of rock sugar, this has a surprising kick thanks to the spices.

A very true chai flavor, not too spicy, and very very delicious.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Holiday Tea by Shaktea
254 tasting notes

Happy holidays, I guess this means my Christmas season has begun.

This is a very warm and cozy tea, the flavor very reminiscent of dark winter nights by a fireplace.

The aroma kind of throws you off, as it smells like a spicy chai blend, but the flavor gives a more refreshing taste with a hint of cinnamon.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Moroccan Mint by Shaktea
254 tasting notes

Lovely mint green tea, the aroma is fresh and inviting.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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79
drank Marzipan by Shaktea
254 tasting notes

I think I am getting to a point where the flavor is reaching an almost buttery texture, similar to Teavana’s Almond Biscotti.

The black tea and almond still harmonize, but the taste is now getting comfortably creamy.

I wish it could taste like biting into a cookie, as the almond biscotti always does, but this is as close as I’m going to get for now.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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79
drank Marzipan by Shaktea
254 tasting notes

That’s better, less steep time with more tea leaves.

The flavors harmonize, the black tea not so strong and the almond complimenting.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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79
drank Marzipan by Shaktea
254 tasting notes

So, with most black teas, I steep them at approximately 3 minutes, unless specified it requires more or less time. For some reason, I decided to steep an extra minute, I think I was probably curious to see how it would taste. Unfortunately, it isn’t good.

The almond flavor is now overpowered by the black tea, there is no harmony in this oversteeped cup, which makes me a sad panda.

So, moral of this note: do not oversteep this tea. 3 minutes seems more than enough.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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79
drank Marzipan by Shaktea
254 tasting notes

More tea leaves equals more flavor, particularly the almonds.

I had increased from 1 teaspoon to 1.5 teaspoons, with a little more rock sugar, and it made a world of difference.

Such a beautifully sweet almondy treat for the late morning.

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

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