136 Tasting Notes

I have not been on Steepster in awhile!
While I’ve been drinking tea, I just haven’t had the time to log it here. I miss reading what everyone is drinking!
Had to log this, though, because this tea is one fantastical creation… I instantly feel like I’m Tom Waits sitting with Iggy Pop in a booth at a diner, all in black and white… and it’s so comforting in such a strange way. lol
Really, this tea!
I’m not a smoker, because lung issues run in my family, but I have enjoyed cigarettes and coffee in the past…. and it’s a taste that just sticks with you forever afterwards, filed away in the ‘nostalgic tastes and smells’ cabinet of the mind.
I really do wish this was one that could be ordered again, basically because there is nothing like it out there. nothing. (and, the aftertaste is spot on. SPOT ON!)
Thanks for making this one Stacy. It’s quite special. :)

Fjellrev

Nice to see you back!

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This was one I wanted to try out of Dexter’s cupboard. I love pear in all forms and have only tried a couple of pear teas.
The dry leaf of this is soooo lovely… truly honey pear.
The honey is reminiscent of Harney’s Elyse’s blend, just toned down slightly.
Steeped, it’s really wonderful. I love when teas taste how they smell, which honestly doesn’t happen that often with flavoured blacks for me. There’s no bitterness here, which I was worried about (probably because the honey was reminding me of Elyse’s blend, which while wonderful, is very finicky….). Yup. This is a really nice pear tea.
I’m really glad that I got to try this one! Thanks, Dexter! :))))

Flavors: Honey, Pear

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 0 OZ / 0 ML
Dexter

Did I send you Joy’s Teaspoon Spicy Pear? That’s my favorite pear tea – if I didn’t I should have…. remind me and I will at some point (I have a couple of others I really think you should try….)

DeliriumsFrogs

No, I haven’t ever tried Joy’s Teaspoon. I’ve only tried Joy’s Almond Cookie, and it was the best smelling thing ever! I bet the pear is amazing! :)

Dexter

It’s pretty amazing – next time I say something like – I’m sending you tea, please reply back with “you said to remind you to send that pear tea..” and I will. :))

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Decided to continue with sheng today…
Wow, is this one fantastic…
That hint of smoke is really interesting…and the flavours here are so layered and complex. This is one special tea.
Tobacco is present, but in this mellow sort of way that is completely in harmony with everything else going on… it’s really amazing.
It would be very interesting to taste the 2014 compared to this one….
Thanks for this one, Dexter!

masked185

Tobacco huh? Hmm interesting.

Dexter

Sounds like Mandala sheng was a winner…. :))

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I wish I had more time to write, but I’m in the midst of unclogging drains, doing laundry, cleaning dishes, and sundry other tasks… Ahhh!
But, at least there is tea… and there is THIS tea!
I really did not know I would love sheng so much….
And the way it changes with steeps! (fruity, to buttery and rich…) and the tiniest little bite at the end… it’s so fantastic.
Thank you, Dexter, for sending this my way… another favourite that I didn’t know was a favourite. ;)

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Another tea from the lovely Dexter! :))))

I had not read anything about this tea, so when I opened the bag and smelled smoke, I was surprised. The dry leaf was very smoky and spicy, and I stood there thinking, “hmmm…not sure I’m going to like this…”…
But then I steeped it… and I’m sitting around a campfire right now, smelling graham, creamy marshmallow, chocolate (yes, I DO smell chocolate), and pine…. and it’s not just a tea, but an experience. I like what this is doing more than if it were just a sweet, s’mores tea…
I needed to be transported, as slushy snow is falling outside and I just want spring….
Sitting around a night fire is much more lovely meditation. :)
Thank you, Dexter!

Flavors: Campfire, Chocolate, Graham, Marshmallow, Pine, Spices

masked185

Wow that sounds like quite an amazing tea experience!

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I managed to find a moment of silence.
Sun was streaming through the living room window, I was in a comfy spot, and all my kids were busy…away from me. ;)
Even the dog was sleeping.
It was one of those tea moments that get ingrained in your memory…. it was that special.
And this tea… Oh, this tea! I really can’t thank you enough, Dexter. :))))
I think I’m on about my 10th steep of this…and the cup is still absolutely delicious!
The leaves smelled of sweet hay after their rinse and first 10 seconds.
The cup itself was almost fruity (I swear I was picking up melon…. then I swore there were hints of ripe plum skin…).
I knew right away that this was one special tea.

20 second steep left the leaves more bright and fruity, less hay like… The cup wasn’t as fruit centered; I found it to be buttery and creamy… So good!
At this point, I seriously want to shout from rooftops that I love this tea!

I continued on… getting distracted by kids… but loving this tea the entire time… It took me through episodes of Steven Universe, and through my time perusing cook books trying to come up with the weekly menu, and now it’s time for me to start dinner, and I’m still drinking this tea.
I loved how it tingled my tongue and left my mouth just wanting more.
Yes. This tea is a keeper.
Dexter, I wish I could hug you right now!! :)))

(This whole session was done using boiling water… I have enough to try it with a lower temp, as suggested on the website. I’m really excited to see what that’s like!)

Dexter

This is an amazing tea – happy to have shared, but really it’s Mandala that should get the credit for sourcing one that so great.
Those AHHHHHhhhhhh tea moments are really special – glad you experienced one today. :))

boychik

As I was reading I was laughing and crying. Even dog mind his business. Those moments are so precious. I think any tea would be delicious . Glad you had that moment ;)

OMGsrsly

Oh I really have to try the 2012 soon now! I have a bit of the older one and it’s just so so good. :)

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Thank you so much for this sample, Tea Ave!

I have never tried an Osmanthus Oolong before, and honestly, I was a little nervous that this would be a really flowery tea (flowery teas can be hit or miss with me…). However, upon opening the sample packet, I was hit with this sweet honey stone fruit fragrance. Jammy and sweet!
The liquor is a really gorgeous golden yellow. I followed the instructions on the pouch for gaiwan brewing, using 8grams. If I were to do this again, I think I’d use less leaf. This tea is so flavourful that I really think I could personally use less leaf and still get a perfectly lovely session out of it (just a note to myself for next time).
The steeped tea itself is really wonderful… creamy, buttery mouth feel with honey, fruity loveliness. It may only be 16F outside, but I have spring in my cup. :)

The second steep yielded a darker, deeper liquor with a more vegetal base (spinach and kale, like)… this steep was almost roasty.
I truly love the finish of this, too… it’s so sweet and lingers for quite some time.

I love finding out that I like something I would’ve thought I wouldn’t… Osmanthus, you’re pretty great. :)

Dexter

I now know who to pass those onto…. ewwww is all I have to say baout osmanthus.

DeliriumsFrogs

Lol!! I didn’t expect to like it, but I really do!

boychik

i have this sample and afraid to try.

TeaBrat

I will take your osmanthus!

boychik

Hold on, I checked I have Magnolia oolong and Jasmine if you want Teabrat. No osmanthus . Sorry ;)

tea-sipper

You’ve inspired me to try my sample tomorrow… I’ve been a little wary of the osmanthus..

TeaBrat

hmm. magnolia maybe ;)

Teaave

We are so happy to see you you actually do enjoy our Osmanthus, DeliriumsFrogs!! We would like to invite you to share your review and rate the teas on our website when you have a min, cheers.

DeliriumsFrogs

Will do, Teaave!
I’m drinking the leftover leaves that I cold steeped right now… makes a really lovely cold brew. :)

Teaave

DeliriumsFrogs, cold brew are always wonderful, and that applies to all of our oolongs ;)

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Yup. I really, really love this one. Having drifted away from overly flavoured teas (although, there is a time and a place for them in my tea cravings….just much less than there used to be…), this tea is perfect.
I’m sipping while I play Shovel Knight, and it’s making it one fine Sunday. :)

Thanks so much, Dexter! (You really have introduced me to some of my favourite teas. :))) )

Cavocorax

Ha! I saw you on my friends list while I was playing Pokemon Shuffle. :P It just to me a second to match up 3DS name w/ Steepster friend. I’ll have to try Shovel Knight at some point. I keep hearing amazing things! But I want to ‘beat’ Fantasy Life first.

DeliriumsFrogs

LOL! That damn pokemon shuffle…. I got frustrated and never turned it on again. When I couldn’t catch Mew, I just like, ‘yah..I’m done!‘. lol
Oooh! I really liked Fantasy Life! I loved how you could basically just do whatever you wanted….and the characters were so cute. :)
I didn’t think I’d like Shovel Knight, being a terrible platforming player, but I really, really love it. It’s great! :D
(…tea friends and gaming friends are the best. :) )

Cavocorax

The price is a lot cheaper than I thought it would be too.
(totally! I love gamer friends who get tea too!)

Amariel

I remember really liking this. I may have to make some space in my cupboard for this.

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This is really perfect for this morning…
malty and sweet with hints of raisins.
I’m getting a light, almost delicate mouthfeel (but I did just eat roasted carrots and fennel for breakfast, so my note here could be slightly off… lol).
As I’m sipping, I’m picking up a fruity note in the back… It’s really lovely!
Thank you so much for sending this to me, Dexter! And, you sent such a generous sample, so I can play around with this one. :)))

Flavors: Malt, Raisins, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I’m drinking this while watching “Teen Titans Go!” with my daughter. :)
First off, I love how Stacy came up with all these interesting flavours using this amazing puerh as a base…
It’s smoky and complex without being off. I can sometimes not love smoky teas, but the smoky hint in these Butiki final blends has been really enjoyable to me.
The scent after steeping was blueberry sweetness…like blueberry pie filling.
What surprised me was the first sip! It has a tangy quality that’s really awesome… and my tongue is somehow tingly like I’m drinking champagne… and I have no idea how that’s happening, but it’s just fantastic.
Another “How’d she do that!?” Stacy blend. :))

Flavors: Blueberry, Champagne, Smoke, Tangy

OMGsrsly

How are you steeping this? I have a BUNCH of the base tea and will try gongfu, but western is just sometimes easier. :)

Dexter

I haven’t had any champagne tea, but I’ve had a few “soda pop” teas that felt like that on the tongue – you could feel the bubbles even though there weren’t any – I agree “how’d they do that?” :)

Sil

i brewed this one western according to stacy’s instructions

OMGsrsly

The instructions on my packet say gongfu. Haha. That’s why I was asking. I’ll try the 2:30 at 200F that’s recommended for this tea.

Sil

haha oopsy

DeliriumsFrogs

Yeah, I did what Sil said, as far as western brewing.
I do have one from Stacy that says gongfu recommended, but still has the steeping times like you would for Western style. I’m not quite sure what to do with that one….

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Oh, tea….
you’ve taken over my life, but I’m ok with that.

I’m pretty new to the tea scene, only drinking tea bags most of my life, but my friend ifjuly really got me into it (that sounds bad…). Butiki, Harney, and Verdant seem to be my ‘go to’ places to order from, but I LOVE trying new teas and companies. The variety is partly why I love tea so much…you can’t possibly get sick of it.
Well, that, and the transporting aroma of each cup…. I love that. It’s why I love wine, and tea does it just was well.

Really want to learn about different tea vendors out there, and about tea in general… it’s all so interesting to me.
I’m really excited to be part of this community and learn from all of you.

I don’t usually sweeten or add milk to my teas, so my notes are based on that….also, the rating system kind of throws me—I’ve always been horrible with giving number ratings to things, so don’t take those as set in stone (Honestly, I usually don’t even use the numbers…).

Everything in my cupboard has at least one serving left in it…I try to keep it updated. :) (I actually just added all my sample sizes to my cupboard, so MOST of the tea in my cupboard is of that ‘sample’ size…)

random info: music and art are pretty important in my life… i also thoroughly enjoy nerdy things like video games, anime, knitting, Doctor Who (the 10th is my favourite…), A Song of Ice and Fire, and random cartoons and such…. and i love, love, love to read. :)

I’m married to my best friend (I’ve known him since I was 15….we were totally going to be in a band together. It was going to be HUGE…), and we’ve got three kiddos. They’re pretty neat, too, even if they try to put sugar in my Verdant tea when they drink it….

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