The loose leaf smells dominantly of peppermint but this steeped up (ha! unintentional) to having a very creamy “Christmas” aroma. Think peppermint white chocolate bark, maybe.

The flavour is still heavy on the peppermint with a light (not to sweet) white chocolate finish. It reminds me a lot of Cocomint Cream from last year. Of course this doesn’t have the coconut, the blackberry leaves, and I’m hoping the apple (there’s something fruity in the flavour though).

Freshness and cream are both good things in my book. Right now I like this one the most out of the new 2013 winter blends. My main complaints are that there’s stevia in here, the surface is oily (chocolate), and I get funky lime green droplets on the inside of my mug. The last one might be kind of cool actually. I’ve mixed feelings about it.

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Courtney

I also noticed the oily surface and green droplets hah. So bizarre.

CrowKettle

I guess the oil is inescapable when using coconut or chocolate. I wish I knew what made the green droplets though.

Michelle Butler Hallett

The green droplets are a deal-breaker for me. I really appreciate your reviews of these Winter Collection teas. I don’t think I’d enjoy a single one of them.

Cavocorax

The green drops are odd. I’ve got them too!

Courtney

That is true about the oil. Perhaps the green is some sort of amalgamation of the peppermint green and adhesive-like chocolate?

CrowKettle

I was thinking that might be the cause too. I’m not too put off by it, even though the broth itself is a murky, pale gold.. the green is “grinchy” in comparison.

Courtney

“Grinchy” haha! Yes I wasn’t too put off with it, but I did take a moment to notice and think about it. Either way, I did find the tea refreshing.

Uniquity

I think the green drops are mint oil/extract. It’s often coloured green. At least I hope they are. Yuck!

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Courtney

I also noticed the oily surface and green droplets hah. So bizarre.

CrowKettle

I guess the oil is inescapable when using coconut or chocolate. I wish I knew what made the green droplets though.

Michelle Butler Hallett

The green droplets are a deal-breaker for me. I really appreciate your reviews of these Winter Collection teas. I don’t think I’d enjoy a single one of them.

Cavocorax

The green drops are odd. I’ve got them too!

Courtney

That is true about the oil. Perhaps the green is some sort of amalgamation of the peppermint green and adhesive-like chocolate?

CrowKettle

I was thinking that might be the cause too. I’m not too put off by it, even though the broth itself is a murky, pale gold.. the green is “grinchy” in comparison.

Courtney

“Grinchy” haha! Yes I wasn’t too put off with it, but I did take a moment to notice and think about it. Either way, I did find the tea refreshing.

Uniquity

I think the green drops are mint oil/extract. It’s often coloured green. At least I hope they are. Yuck!

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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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