880 Tasting Notes

82

I tried to make it last, but I polished this one off in no time. I guess it’s strawberry lemonade season?

The basil was a nice touch to this refreshingly juicy tea- it came out a little more strongly when I steeped it in hot water, as opposed to overnight steeping it in cold water, but it didn’t dominate like basil is want to do. Although, if it ever did become too much I likely wouldn’t have noticed since cooking with basil is a current trend at this house (may the little herb growing in garden survive a month longer and grow some new, less chewed, leaves).

Anyways, this one was neat. Would order again.

Flavors: Citrus Fruits, Herbs, Strawberry, Vegetal

Preparation
Iced
Mastress Alita

Mine just came, I am looking forward to making a nice cold brewed quart myself!

CrowKettle

Hurrah, new tea! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! :)

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67
drank Ben Shan by Verdant Tea
880 tasting notes

I’m on my second last cup of this and I can now see the light at the end of the tunnel. The matcha-like grassiness of the last few sessions has actually grown on me a little but I’ve still never resteeped it more than twice. Oh, well! There are other amazing teas out there!

Steep Count: 2

(2016 harvest)

Flavors: Cream, Floral, Grass, Jasmine, Lime, Mineral, Powdered sugar, Vegetal

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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86
drank Bananas and Cream by 52teas
880 tasting notes

“Banana Cream Pie without the pie crust” lives up to expectations. Good times.

Steep Count: 2

Due to the nature of the bai mu dan and my brain, I taste something kind of like a blueberry milkshake on the second steep. The banana has toned it back a little from the first steep, letting the tea base (fruity flowers) and vanilla cream flavouring shine (hence blueberries and milkshake).

Flavors: banana, Cream, Custard, Fruit Tree Flowers, Vanilla

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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78

I love that the maple isn’t overpowering- just a nice highlight to the roasty and grassy matcha genmaicha! There’s a hint of something boozy going on too.

I still prefer my original Marshmallow Treat but this was a fun rendition that particularly pleased the mother.

Flavors: Grass, Maple Syrup, Marshmallow, Toasted Rice

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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78

Out of all the green tea samples I got from Teabento this one is probably the most distinctive from the others. As an assamese plant grown in Lao Cai, Vietnam (northern/China border), this tea has a profile reminiscent of a sheng puerh. Rich mushroom, string bean and other veggie notes provide an intriguing spectrum of sweet, sour and smoky. It’s a smooth cup, and a lot less nippy than some of the younger shengs in their early steeps. I still get a bit of smoky-sweet cedar woodchips though, which is something I associate with my limited exposure to sheng puerh.

I’m steeping this one western style with a 1min steep to start. I’m using a cup that I originally steeped the last of What-cha’s rose oolong in and I think it’s adding some creamy, floral (and possibly berry) notes to the profile (they’re a nice addition but not helpful when trying to discern an already complex tea).

Will do a gongfu steep next time! This tea deserves it.

Flavors: Cedar, Green Beans, Mushrooms, Smoke, Sour, Sweet, Vegetables, Vegetal

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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92

I’ve come to the conclusion this tea is too good for office life. It can handle abuse (uncertain temp and loooong steep time) but does it deserve it?

I’m down to about two servings left, and now the dream of The Good Life with black tea is uncertain. I want to put off ordering from What-Cha until some other teas are in stock/I can justify it financially and tea cupboard-wise.

(2017 spring harvest)

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Malt, Sweet Potatoes

Sil

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82

All the offerings from Teabento’s green tea sample pack have been hits for me, falling in the 75-85 range, and this one isn’t an exception. I prefer it more than their Dragonwell and Jasmine Pearls, and maybe slightly less than the Kamairicha, Uji Sencha and Daejak. It’s flavourful sweet, nutty, vegetal profile has been my friend these last couple early mornings and evenings.

I’ll be sad when I’m out! It was such a novelty to have so many delicious unflavoured green teas in the cupboard. Besides this, only Lonely Saola is left and it’s smoky!

Flavors: Chestnut, Nutty, Peanut, Peas, Seaweed, Sweet, warm grass, Umami, Vegetal

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86
drank Banana Tie Guan Yin by 52teas
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My mother appears to have finished this up while I was at work. Darn! To reorder or not to reorder.. (and I ordered).

(2017 holiday blend)

Flavors: banana, Butter, Cream, Floral

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

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90

Yes, my travel mug permanently smells like this now. Everyone in the office thought I had popcorn with butter. Disappointments abound. For them.

(2017 spring harvest)

Flavors: Butter, Cream, Popcorn, Rice

Evol Ving Ness

I noticed this effect on travel mugs as well from the DT’s version. That smell is super intoxicating.

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92

Where I’m at currently doesn’t have a temperature variant kettle so this is almost exclusively what I’ve been drinking every day- except for my commute travel mug, which permanently tastes and smells like Jin Xuan Milk Oolong types and will never be able to hold anything else.

My sister left the leaves in the pot for at least an hour, yet somehow this tea persisted in tasting delicious and amazing. The world is too good for this tea. Will have to gift some of this to my sis and her special tea brewing style; it won’t punish her for being late all the time!

Steep Count: 2

(2017 spring harvest)

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Malt, Raisins, Sweet Potatoes

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I started my Steepster loose leaf adventure back in 2012. I can’t say I’m completely new anymore, but I still view oolong as a magical, extraterrestrial creature that unfurls in water.

Ingredients/flavours I tend to dislike or stay away from: apple, cocoa nibs, marine, peach, stevia, dairy products

Subjective Rating System 2.0:

90-100: My absolute favourite tea. Will impulsively buy and hoard like a dragon.

85-89: A favourite tea. May have quality flaws that I choose to ignore.

76-84: A lovely tea, maybe of high quality or masterful blending, but not one I’m likely to order again.

70-75: Enjoyable, but I may have few minor problems with quality, consistency, ingredient chemistry and/or personal preferences.

50-69: Quality, consistency, blending, or personal preference problems are apparent, but I wouldn’t pass up a cup.

11-49: Varying levels of undrinkable tea. I don’t give a lot of these ratings out, since I tend to grab teas I know will appeal to me.

1-10: Nightmare tea from the chaos realms. This is last year’s low-grade bancha mixed with rancid coconut, stale cocoa nibs, over-enthusiastic hibiscus, and stevia sweetener. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t exist.

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BC, Lower Mainland

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