890 Tasting Notes
Dropped by Silk Road on a ridiculously short cruise ship pit stop in Victoria, BC. I wasn’t planning on buying tea but once I started walking up Government Street my feet just led me to that Fisgard Intersection on autopilot. And then there I was.
When I used to go to school here a few years ago I’d blow all my money in this store; it’s not that their teas are amazingballs but the shop has this Atmosphere, you know? The kind that makes you feel relaxed, clean, and ready to empty your wallet on jasmine teas you don’t need.
The use of Dai Bai (green) leaf means this tea is incredibly light and subtle, and probably not the best tea to try after eating a Donair. I’m having a hard time picking up notes besides the lovely jasmine, which isn’t sickeningly strong to begin with like in some jasmine blends. I want to say the tea base has a cucumber note? Possibly melon? Maybe some subtle notes of savoury-sweet pandan..
I’ll have to revisit it when my mouth isn’t a big garlic hummus bulb!
Flavors: Cucumber, Floral, Jasmine, Sweet, warm grass
This may be the oldest loose leaf in my cupboard: potentially back from 2013?
It has made its way to my work cupboard, where I thought it was working quite well as a brisk wakeup cup, right until my sister brought me back a fresh TFGOP Assam and.. yeah, this one needs to be finished up!
Flavors: Astringent, Malt, Raisins
This is another sad sipdown. Earlier mornings and the most basic of basic kettles has suddenly turned me into a black tea enthusiast..
Also this tea is just ridiculously forgiving and resteepable. You only need to steep it for 45s to get good flavour, but forget about it for 30 minutes and it still comes out tasting like hot malty cocoa water.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Malt
Hopefully, I’ll get the chance to order more in 2019. I don’t necessarily drink it often, but it’s one of the teas I reach for when I can’t decide which style or variety I want (why not both a black and a white tea?). The Rhino is a secret saviour for the indecisive.
Flavors: Hay, Lemon, Malt, Molasses, Sweet Potatoes
Hello, Steepster- I hope everyone is well! I have not been drinking a lot of noteworthy tea lately, but I miss you all- so here’s a sipdown salutation for a tea I thought would never leave my cupboard! Goodbye, Da Dan.
I got a job as a legal admin assistant at a law firm recently and haven’t found my tea drinking stride there yet. If I drink tea at work it’s my super old, no-fuss black tea (or Jiri Horse, omg). If I drink tea at home it’s my Milk Oolong (because I deserve it) alongside a random tea I want to finish off. The tea situation is sad and sparse, and will continue to be so until 2019. Bear with me until my decluttering/saving mindset has dispersed!
This tea smells and tastes like a confectionery store (also Mainstreet Disneyland, aka ice cream central) and I’m 100% ok with that.
There isn’t much of camellia sinensis about this sweet and sugary dessert tea but it fulfills a need. Sometimes something sweet and rich is necessary to prevent eating that whole pint of Ben & Jerry’s or equivalent. I’ve been on a cardamom binge for a while now so this tea satisfies the cravings in ways that my favourite plain teas don’t.
I’m coming to the Cardamom French Toast Latte party a little late but.. better late than never, right?
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Cake, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Coriander, Lemon Zest, Pancake Syrup
I did terrible unspeakable things to this tea in order to drink it. Maybe I’ll revisit roasted oolong later in life… For now, the roasted flavour is too much for me, even with a thorough rinse and dumping the first handful of steeps. I’m sorry XD
Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Honey, Nutty, Roasted Barley
I had this iced as a tea to go and all I can say is I’m glad I didn’t pick up any? It has all of the desired bright red berry/hibiscus/rhubarb notes but something about the second half the sip comes across as musty to me (I think this is it trying to be creamy). C’est la vie.
Flavors: Hibiscus, Mango, Rhubarb
Tea & Paper Nook used to be SOKO Tea house, and is located in Port Moody, BC. It’s a pretty cute set up but there is no way to order online; their selection isn’t online to reference either but the SOKO steepster catalogue here is still accurate if limited.
With Vancouver-based Zen Tea gone, and Golden Moon so hard to get across the border, this is the quickest and most reliable way to get my coconut oolong fix. This blend looks and tastes on par with Golden Moon’s Coconut Pouchong oolong, with thin, twisted green leaves and a creamy floral coconut taste. It fills a void.
Steep Count: 2
Flavors: Coconut, Cream, Floral, Grass