114 Tasting Notes

93

I finally got to try the special tea that 52Teas created for me as part of their Kickstarter campaign, and it definitely lived up to the hype!

To start, I was concerned that I gave Anne and Amethyst a tricky one to try and replicate, but they definitely delivered. This reminds me a lot of the Ho-dduk treat my fiancee loves so much (and I do too). It’s got that sweet cake flavor that’s like the fried dough pocket. It’s got the sugar and nutty notes from the brown sugar and walnuts fried on the inside. This tea is all types of good. Plus, I left it to cool for a while and the flavors were even more pronounced, which is a nice change of pace because usually ho-dduks are so hot they burn the crap out of your mouth.

I’m super pleased with this one and couldn’t have asked for a better custom tea to be made in Steepster’s/my name. Thanks to the ladies behind 52Teas for the wonderful treat!

If you’re interested, they’ve shared a little more about the tea on their tasting note here: http://steepster.com/LiberTEAS/posts/337703

Lastly, sorry for the ridiculous name. It’s obviously a duck, duck, goose pun…and coincidentally, one of my nicknames is “goose”. But it’s quite a mouthful to say, my bad.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Burnt Sugar, Butter, Cake, Cinnamon, Nutty, Sugar, Sweet, Toasty

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 30 OZ / 887 ML
Camila Jauregui

Thank you for such an amazing Review, def. going to try this !!!

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drank Formosa Oolong #1 by Steepster
114 tasting notes

Nice and toasty with a sweetness and finishes strong. Just what I need to help me fight through a cold.

Flavors: Honey, Roasted, Sweet, Toasty, Wood

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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96
drank Sencha Jou by Kettl
114 tasting notes

Probably the best sencha I’ve tasted. Full and complex, it hits all the flavors of a high quality sencha. A really substantial tea that fills the cup well.

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90

Really smooth. Brewed this one a little lite, only 3 mins for some reaason (Mike’s fault). I like this one a lot though. It’s not crazy in your face with the flavor but still easily stands on its own. I could see this being drinkable on a frequent basis.

Flavors: Honey

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML
__Morgana__

Can’t wait until mine shows up!

Terri HarpLady

Mine just came, complete with a horse head finger puppet! Yay!

Mike

I blame @rickyc for the brew time. I thought it tasted light and he assured me it was a characteristic. He’s known around the office for his terrible, terrible lies.

Lion

I still have about half a can of this. This one has made my year pretty tasty! I’m eager to see if they introduce another Chinese New Year themed tea for Year of the Sheep.

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88

Really smooth/silky. It’s got a nice and clean finish without overwhelming my palate, which is something black teas can do. Little to now astringency on this one. Pretty nice!

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 3 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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93
drank Ayame Kabuse by Kettl
114 tasting notes

This is the type of green tea I really like. It’s got a great mouthfeel and has a lot of complex flavor packed into each sip. It’s got a corn-like flavor that I associate with lots of quality green teas. A tiny bit of astringincy in this cup, but still very enjoyable. This is a tea of substance. It has a real thickness to it.

Flavors: Corn Husk, Grass

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 1 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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45
drank Green Tea Powder by Unknown
114 tasting notes

Terrible color but tastes okay. Pretty standard green tea taste but a little on the light side. Haven’t had a powdered green tea that wasn’t matcha, so this is a new taste. Didn’t have a whisk though, so the bottom is pretty chalky…

Jason

We’ll have to see if Ricky can find out how to actually make this…

bobcatpretzel

Hi please follow me so I may message you privately, I am having a very poor steepster select experience

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73

Nice, light and sweet. That milky aroma transitions nicely into the cup and leaves a welcome lingering taste on the last sip.

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45

Lowered temp and time. A little more sweetness coming through, but overall too many tannins and not too extraordinary. Not really outstanding in any way. Smokey teas aren’t always my favorites either…

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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45

Over steeped. Will have to try this one again.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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I’m one of the creators of Steepster!

My favorites are greens and oolongs but I’m open to pretty much anything (although I’m still working my way through pu-erh). Either way, any tea that expands my tastes, teaches me something, or promotes a love of tea is a winner in my book. If you have any questions, shoot an email to [email protected] or PM me.

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