Sipdown! I’m glad to be under 70 teas but I’m sad to see this one go. After that first pepperoni misunderstanding, I think we were starting to grow close.

Not much in cedar today, but lots of sweet buttery earth- makes me think cinnamon. I’m not sure if that last note is intended or if it’s just because it sat beside Jackie T’s winter chai in my cupboard for four plus months. Either way, the overall outcome is delicious. Thanks again for the samples, Jackie T.

Cavocorax

Under 70? That’s awesome! How far are you trying to go?

Bonnie

Here’s another little trick with puerh…get some real cinnamon chips (not powder) from a supplier like happyluckys.com or savoryspiceshop.com and add just a few to puerh you’re not fond of rather than chucking it. Unless it’s horrid…you’ll have a nice spicy tea..sweeten and it’s like chai.

CrowKettle

After this puerh adventure I think I’d like the addition of cinnamon. I’ll definitely check that out! Do you have any recommendations of a good puerh with a strong cedar/wood note?

I don’t know what I’m trying to reach, Cavo. When it comes to ordering more teas I love (Vicky’s Spongecake, Earl of Anxi, Caramel Vanilla Assam, etc.) I’m happy where I’m at. I don’t think I feel like exploring a lot of new teas until I hit 50 though, and then it’s more a matter of having +300g of really old stuff.

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Cavocorax

Under 70? That’s awesome! How far are you trying to go?

Bonnie

Here’s another little trick with puerh…get some real cinnamon chips (not powder) from a supplier like happyluckys.com or savoryspiceshop.com and add just a few to puerh you’re not fond of rather than chucking it. Unless it’s horrid…you’ll have a nice spicy tea..sweeten and it’s like chai.

CrowKettle

After this puerh adventure I think I’d like the addition of cinnamon. I’ll definitely check that out! Do you have any recommendations of a good puerh with a strong cedar/wood note?

I don’t know what I’m trying to reach, Cavo. When it comes to ordering more teas I love (Vicky’s Spongecake, Earl of Anxi, Caramel Vanilla Assam, etc.) I’m happy where I’m at. I don’t think I feel like exploring a lot of new teas until I hit 50 though, and then it’s more a matter of having +300g of really old stuff.

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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.

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

Ingredients/flavours I enjoy (in moderation): anise, butter, caramel, cedar, cream, floral, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lemon, 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 combined with stevia sweetener. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t exist.

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