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Boiling water, 4 minutes 30 seconds, no milk or sugar.

Ah, I haven’t had a lot of plain black teas lately and didn’t realize how much I needed this! Malt, honey, and some raisins- I missed you! Token astringent bite, I missed you less! If I let my imagination run away with me I can taste caramel and cocoa, but I think I may be overexcited.

Thanks, Heather, for giving me your last cup’s worth yesterday! Also, an indirect thanks to Cavocorax for sending her this sample in the first place.

You know what sucks? Fire alarm testing day in apartments.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Anna

That’s clearly a whole new level of suckage and one I have yet to experience.

yyz

Awful, especially if you’ve got work to do. One of my student ‘experiences’ was in this building that had so many false alarms the fire department wouldn’t come for what seemed like hours. Thankfully I lived near lots of cafes and restaurants amenable to students.

Michelle Butler Hallett

UGH.

However, Tiger Assam …

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Anna

That’s clearly a whole new level of suckage and one I have yet to experience.

yyz

Awful, especially if you’ve got work to do. One of my student ‘experiences’ was in this building that had so many false alarms the fire department wouldn’t come for what seemed like hours. Thankfully I lived near lots of cafes and restaurants amenable to students.

Michelle Butler Hallett

UGH.

However, Tiger Assam …

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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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BC, Lower Mainland

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