679 Tasting Notes

drank SBT: Pink Lemonade by 52teas
679 tasting notes

I took this from the GCTTB3 last year when it came around, and I finally felt lik making iced tea out of this today! However, I don’t think I let it steep enough in the hot water, since after I diluted it to its appropriate strength, it tasted somewhat thin and not very lemony. Kind of a grapefruit hint, but that was about it.

Hey, at least it’s a sipdown.

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I had another tea by the same vendor today. They were both somewht unremarkable- maybe I underleafed?

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I had this side by side with another black tea and it was the better of the two. I think I appreciated having another tea to compare it too – it was richer, malteri, had a sort of raisin-ish smell to it. Not sure if I’ll buy more from Teavivre later.

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Backlog from this morning.

I have to admit I don’t remember a whole lot about drinking this tea. Just recording this so I can make sure to make more detailed notes when I try it again.

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I had 2 tsp of this left and so I mixed it with the 1 tsp of tulsi that I had left – a great way to make a full pot and finish off 2 more teas in my cupboard!

I’m surprised by how well this blends together, and how subtle the basil is. However, since lemon myrtile is now discontinued, this will not be a restock.

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I had 1 tsp of this left so I mixed it with the rest of the lemon myrtle I had. The lemon-basil blend turned out pretty well, actually. Just glad to get one more tea finished off.

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I think I’ve had this a few times but I’m still figuring out the steeping parameters. Tried it yesterday and today with 1 tsp per cup at 90C. At 3 minutes it was kind of bland, but at 4 it was kind of funky.

Should I overleaf? Underleaf? Still not sure.

I like the smell of the dry leaf though – it’s got a chocolaty note that reminds me of Jin Jun Mei.

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I’ve heard that tulsi can be very soothing and relaxing – which means that I’d love to develop a taste for it. However, it still tastes sort of weird/funky to me. I keep expecting to get a cup of diluted pesto when I brew it, but the taste is much different than what i’ve built up in my head.

This tea isn’t so bad – it’s quite sweet, actually – but I really just want to finish it off so I have one less tea in my cupboard.


I’m not sure if I’m a fan of it either, tea-wise.

Michelle Butler Hallett

I like it blended with lavender, but I gotta be I the mood.


I blend my Tulsi with lavender, too!


The one time I had lavender in tea I though it was so icky I just sent the rest of the pack to someone else in a swap. To each their own, but for me, lavender is lavenblerg!

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Backlog from this morning.

I’m visiting the in-laws this weekend, which means I follow a protocol for tea: bring only those types of tea that work well with 100C water. My inlaws don’t have a kettle, so I’m boiling water on the stove. Considering I’m converted to the glory of a variable temperature kettle, this somewhat limits my tea repertoire!

I overleafed this and oversteeped this so it came out somewhat astringent. I’ll need to be a bit gentler tomorrow, as I really want to get that nice citrust/raisin note from it next time.

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drank Golden Yunnan by RiverTea
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This is my semi-official tea when I visit the in-laws: it tastes great and it’s very hard to fuck up, so it’s really forgiving when I travel. I am going to miss this tea veeerrrry much when I run out. I found a similar-tasting tea from EsGreen, but the exchange rate is going to hurt.

I notice that one of my triggers for getting headaches is getting dehydrated. One of the big signs that I’m dehydrated is this feeling that my eyeballs are super tired and pressing down into my skull, like someone is pushing them into my sockets and keeping them there.

I’ve had this eye-socket feeling all day today, no matter how much liquid I drink. Even this tea hasn’t helped. However, I made sure to have it before 5 PM, which I think willl help me from getting the caffeine jitters before bed.

Overleafed this a bit, but it was still tolerable. Nice sweet smoky flavour.

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Updated February 2014:

I’m a writer and editor who’s fallen for loose-leaf tea hard. Within a year of joining Steepster, I’ve spent at least $500 on tea, and gotten a whole bunch in swaps! At this point I’ve got a better handle on what I like and dislike, but I’m sure that there will always be more to discover.

Likes: Green tea, sobacha, fruit flavours, masala chais, jasmine, mint, citrus, ginger, Ceylons, Chinese blacks.

Dislikes (or at least generally disinclined towards): Hibiscus, rosehip, chamomile, licorice, lavender.

Things I’m on the fence about: Oolong, vanilla (I prefer it mixed with black teas or rooibos rather than green tea), white teas.

Still need to do my research on: pu’er teas.

I rarely score teas anymore, but if I do, here’s the system I follow:

100-85: A winner!
84-70: Pretty good. This is a nice, everyday kind of tea.
69-60: Decent, but not up to snuff.
59-50: Not great. Better treated as an experiment.
49-0: I didn’t like this, and I’m going to avoid it in the future. Blech.


Toronto, ON, Canada



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