1307 Tasting Notes

Is Steepster down? I haven’t got any new notes on my feed. The last one (except for yours Dinosara) is from ten hrs ago?! Strange.

Anyhow, I’ve had this one a couple times and it’s yet to impress. I mean, for the rep of the brand, I thought it would be jaw on the floor yum but it’s just average yum. In fact, I’ve had darjeelings that I loved more?
It’s missing that sparkle and dryness I so love in a good darj.
I need to play around with the steeping parameters. This last cup (backlog from yesterday) was made with water from the coffee machine. So I’ll hold off on rating for now. It could just be finicky and I need to find the wow setting!
Also, my seasonal allergies may have affected my impression, though that wouldn’t account for the other two cups I had last month!

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Love the dryness of a good darj!

Dinosara

I checked the explore feature because I noticed the same thing but there appears to literally have been no notes from people I was following during that time. Maybe Steepster was down all last night?

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I’m also only seeing dinisara’s post and then one from nine hours ago, so it’s not just you.

Indigobloom

Keychange… meeeee too :D but there are more postings now! thankfully!
Dinosara, I guess the server was down for awhile. Atleast it happened while I was sleeping hahaa

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I know! gotta get my steepster fix!

Indigobloom

Exactly ;)
For the first time in months, I’m actually caught up on reading reviews for the moment haha. (if you, don’t count the hundreds I missed out on prior to yesterday that won’t load anyhow :P)

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drank Mulberry Magic by DAVIDsTEA
1307 tasting notes

I don’t know what got into me but a few months ago I found myself craving Mulberry Magic. I somehow ended up in a store, and came home with this. Hmmmm. How did that happen?? :)
I seem to be sabotaging my tea buying hiatus effort. Hmph.
But this cup? it was deeeeeeelicous, if a tad fake tasting, somehow, in that mildly biting way. Totally worth it. I think.

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drank White Butterfly by Teaopia
1307 tasting notes

SIPDOWWWWWWN!!!
It was a good run but I’m glad to see ya go White Butterfly. Especially since I really enjoyed you most as an iced tea, and it’s now too cold for that. So long old friend. That is all.

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drank Cream Fantasy by Basilur
1307 tasting notes

I picked this up at the CNE. $4 for 100g. Too bad I only had a ten left on me, the prices were sooooo cheap, I could have made some serious change reselling their bargain teas! seriously!
For that price? wow. This was a STEAL.
The tea itself is a little overflavoured. But then I haven’t had the chance to get to the second steep yet. This is my third try already and life just keeps getting in the way?! Maybe next week… I get the impression (distantly) that there might be something floral hiding underneath. We shall see!
Bah. Either way, this is SO going in the TTBA, which ships out on Tuesday! fyi! This one’s for you Ssajami:)
Anyhow, I don’t taste much of the green base, if any, but that’s ok. Creamy strawberry campino candy anyone? Yeah, it’s pretty sweet on it’s own! Very sweet. SO much so that I doubt even a young kiddo would add sugar.
There is a hint of waxiness in there as well, but not much. So bare that I really don’t notice it, and in fact I don’t mind it at all because everything else about it is so lovely.

Sil

This is the company that has the books right?

Indigobloom

Yah. Really wishing I’d bought more now :/

Cavocorax

Never heard of them, but those books are cute! Glad you got a good deal, even if you wish you’d grabbed more.

Indigobloom

They are adorable!! maybe next year, if they are there again :)

Sil

they were at the toronto tea festival too this year

Indigobloom

yep, but I didn’t pay them any attention at the time for some reason

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Steepster ate my note again. Who forgot to feed it?? :/
So long story short? SUPER strong start. When hot? Holy malt balls this is great!! and then as it cools? Holy fail?! Gross. Licorice and something that tastes like stevia. Me no likey.
I’d have scored this much lower than the already somewhat abysmal score I’ve bestowed, but those initial few sips were so gloriously yummy.
Also, it occured to me that whatever it is that I dislike in here is very similar to whatever it was that rankled me in Lime Chiffon. I should go look at what common ingredients they have…
Anyhow, sorry I haven’t been reading everyones notes asides from a few today! I miss catching up. Tomorrow!!

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TTBA #9
I understeeped this, it seems. Was rushing, as Dad asked me to make him a cup at the last minute (of another tea, don’t worry haha) and then Mum wanted one so I was scrambling to get things done before the water boiled. Anyhow.
Hmmm. What I ended up with was a very tasty, smooth, slightly bubbly chai rooibos. Quite enjoyable! but I won’t rate it, as I certainly didn’t get rootbeer, or “float” and it’s probably my own doing. C’est la vie?

Sil

Uh….way to steal tea from the tea box you purchased and is sitting at my house lol

Indigobloom

Oh!! well then. Hey that means I can add MOAR to the box! :O

Amariel

What is TTBA?

Sil

Travelling tea box A

Amariel

Gotcha!

Indigobloom

LOL what Sil said! Sorry, I haven’t been logged in much the last day or two!

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Steepster ate my note!!!!!!
So I’ll expand on this later. For now, I’ll just say… Stacy, you are a tea guru, and please do not ever stop selling this one!!!!

Ok so from what I can recall… this was exceptional. Malty with a mineral cocao note that danced around. Oh it was glorious.
As others have noted, there was no astringency, and it was super light in texture.
Reminds me of a mineraly oolong, only with black tea flavours. What could be better?!

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drank Apricot Fusion by 52teas
1307 tasting notes

TTBA #8
Buttery. Floral. Fruity.
When hot, yes there is apricot! Those few sips were so good! I wanted more. But then, as it cooled? bye bye delicious. Boooooooo. That’s all there is to say. Sighs

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Peppermint and watermelon smoothie? Uhhhhh yes please.
Funny, I’m not a huge fan watermelon in general, but real watermelon in a beverage? Oh goodness! YUM! (though it is my fave melon overall, I really couldn’t care less for the others, they taste chemical-ish to me)
At first I wasn’t sure which matcha to use but then I remembered that mint helps headaches, and have a pounding one today. So mint? It made sense! and ya know, they really seem to go well together.

Also, I gave some to Dad and he went down memory lane… apparently my Grandmother used to make all sorts of smoothies, unheard of teas, and other experiments, with him as the guinea pig. Ha!
Well, I’m happy to have something in common with my grandmother. She left a bunch of costume necklaces behind and I wear them often in a bid to remember her. Also because she had great taste :P
But this? This is SO MUCH BETTER than retro fashion. It even makes my headache worthwhile. Miss you Grandma xx

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Let’s see… I’m a tea and workout fanatic, I work in HR, and most of my friends consider me to be an egg. White on the outside, Asian on the inside :)
-from philosophy to food, I love it all
Otherwise, what you see is what you get! I can be very straightforward and yet shy.

Also, I’ve started taking tea sommelier classes and it is an absolute blast! Well, so far I’ve only finished the first out of eight courses, but I am really looking forward to the next one.

Anyhow, if your curious as to how I rate things, this is how I work…

0-25
Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

25-50
You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

50-70
This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

70-80
I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

80-90
Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

90-95
Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

95-100
Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!

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