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drank Rose Mango by Utopia Tea
794 tasting notes

Sometimes I rush into things without thinking. I just wish for once I could write something or get the words right the first time around without making a silly fool of myself. I need to remind myself to take it slow- that includes tea.

Backlog from yesterday: this is the iced batch and I think I can say I enjoyed it more. It really tastes like the smell of crisp yellow roses. It’s delicious, it calls up old memories of going to beautiful gardens (Butchart), but I don’t know if I enjoy this all too much. The candied fruit finish starts where the floral roses end, creating a bitter tangy sweetness that makes me pause. That fruitiness is not wholly like sweet mango, although that can be surmised up from it. There’s cutting, nippy lemon, and maybe even some tart pineapple too.

It’s still disappointing on the mango front but it sure delivers with roses. Floral yellow fans shouldn’t be disappointed. What a strange, intriguing tea. Also, I’m getting more green than any other tea base.

Mother’s reaction: “I don’t like it, but it’s nice” (huh?), and “it’s very delicate.”

Fjellrev

Haha, maybe your mom appreciates the concept but it’s not her thing.

Ozli

Yellow roses! For purely nostalgic reasons (my mom grew/loved best yellow roses), this sounds lovely to me.

CrowKettle

Yes, my mom told me shortly after that she “really likes pumpkin chai.” That’s her favourite and only tea.

Yellow roses are close to my heart too. The rose aspect of this tea is my favourite part and the most tantalizing feature; there are whole yellow rose heads in the loose leaves too. I just wish I didn’t have a whole four ounces of it as it’s not an everyday beverage.

CrowKettle

*rosebuds: I don’t know why I want to call them heads as they haven’t opened yet. Me and flower terminology are on separate… beaches. Oh, I give up!

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Fjellrev

Haha, maybe your mom appreciates the concept but it’s not her thing.

Ozli

Yellow roses! For purely nostalgic reasons (my mom grew/loved best yellow roses), this sounds lovely to me.

CrowKettle

Yes, my mom told me shortly after that she “really likes pumpkin chai.” That’s her favourite and only tea.

Yellow roses are close to my heart too. The rose aspect of this tea is my favourite part and the most tantalizing feature; there are whole yellow rose heads in the loose leaves too. I just wish I didn’t have a whole four ounces of it as it’s not an everyday beverage.

CrowKettle

*rosebuds: I don’t know why I want to call them heads as they haven’t opened yet. Me and flower terminology are on separate… beaches. Oh, I give up!

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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.

White teas, roasted/fired green teas, and the not so roasted green oolong varieties are my favourites. I enjoy the odd shu puerh too.

Currently looking for the most buttery and sweet green oolong I can find.

Ingredients/flavours I enjoy (in moderation): anise, butter, caramel, cedar, cream, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lemon, lilac, lime, maple, marshmallow leaves, melon, mint, orchid, pine, rice, rose, vanilla.

Ingredients/flavours I tend to dislike: apple, cocoa nibs, licorice, marine, peach, stevia

Subjective Rating System 2.0:

91-100: My absolute favourite tea. Will impulsively buy and hoard like a dragon.

86-90: A favourite tea. May have quality flaws that I choose to ignore.

76-85: 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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