757 Tasting Notes
Originally from MissB. Steeped it in hot milk for 10 minutes.
The licorice flavours make this one naturally quite sweet. The cinnamon, ginger and coriander adds to the sweetness while also providing a small fiery kick. There’s also a hint of nutty and zesty notes. It’s quite flavourful but still sits lightly on the tongue.
Flavors: Anise, Cinnamon, Coriander, Fennel, Ginger, Licorice
Probably the oldest tea in the cupboard (+6yrs) and regifted to my mother, this tea is finally coming to it’s end. There’s only three more tea bags left!
Initially I found this guy overpowering, but I have to admit it’s grown on me, as has jasmine in general. I sort of wish I could brush my teeth with jasmine. I still would never steep it at the suggested 4min but the tea and I have made some satisfying compromises.
If there were other flavours besides jasmine they have long since faded away or been drowned out.
Sipdown (25)! The last serving was full of so much delicious apple, cinnamon, and potato dusty bits; who says tea dust can’t be delicious?
Although this isn’t an original, and I still have the more favoured Potato Pancakes & Applesauce, it’s still hard to let go of yet another Butiki tea. Like so many of Stacy’s blends, this concept was so unique and artfully blended. Now that I’m in the twilight hours of my Butiki stash I wish I’d ordered so much more (except I did; I just drank them right away).
Also, this totally held up to aging, especially when compared with my batch of With Open Eyes which is definitely getting tired.
You are missed.
Flavors: Apple, Butter, Cinnamon, Potato, Vegetal
The florals are a lot more subdued than I remember them being this time around- possibly due to the two year aging factor. Whatever the cause, the effect makes for an incredibly pleasant cup, while still resulting in a wide bouquet of flavour. I’m positive that lavender and jasmine are undying sensory stimulators; the rose and orange blossom notes are more subtle and act like flavour highlights. The silver needle base adds refreshing elements of bright lemon citrus and cooling cucumber greens.
Steeping this baby is still a touchy subject; 180F is just a tad too much and results in an aftertaste that is reminiscent of biting into an orange rind or chomping down on a bunch of lavender or rosemary (so bitter). I’d strongly recommend keeping the temp below 180F/82C unless you’re a fan of that type of palate cleanser.
The second steep (5min, 175F) is lovely with the jasmine taking on those fruity banana/melon notes. The lavender’s bitter edges are smoothed out. The first steep is tasty but the second is exquisite.
Flavors: Cucumber, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Melon, Orange Blossom, Rose
So it turns out not a single individual in my immediate family cares for these fine chocolatey Chinese black teas. This became more and more apparent as the years went by and all the cupboard’s teas came and went, except for this and Verdant’s Laoshan Black (also, the rooibos). My mother went so far as to call them undrinkable. I’ve merely become indifferent.
Oh, well. Moving on. I guess there’s more for everyone else!
Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Dirt, Malt, Wood
I think this came by way of OMGsrsly and MissB but that was all the way back in 2015. It’s possibly too heavily flavoured, but I think it smells (and tastes less) close to it’s namesake. Adding milk turns it into a kind of vanilla perfume creamsicle.
Also, it resulted in this mother moment.
Mom: “This is so much better than teabags.”
Me: “But this came in a teabag.”
Mom: “I don’t understand.”
Flavors: Cream, Malt, Vanilla
29 teas to go and I caved hard. Currently now on a massive oolong buying spree from any place that carries oolong. Thank you, tax returns.
Anyways, this was yet another giant tin I excavated from the back of the cupboard. It’s probably one of the best rediscoveries, and definitely the only tea I own that I’m grateful to have an abundance of (over 4oz).
Even though I should know better by now, I’m still surprised how much complexity the first sip yields. Tiger Assam is like a particularly dynamic red wine (even when diluted in milk)- it’s also like red wine in that it tastes of grapes and stuff, and drinking it goes to my head in a way that is delightful to me and an annoyance for everyone else in the near vicinity. People don’t judge me as harshly for drinking it though, which is another perk.
Flavors: Caramel, Malt, Oak wood, Raisins, Red Wine, Sweet Potatoes
Oh, man— How this tea takes me was back! Golden Phoenix was one of my first notes on Steepster. I initially thought it was a “green oolong” tea (labelled semi-green), and I had one hell of a time trying to politely convey how strange and off-putting I found it.
Then a couple years back I stumbled upon it again when Bear with Me pointed it out as a favourite “puerh” tea in store. That was a big “Oh” moment.
Now I can drink this with a (somewhat) greater point of reference and can actually say that it’s a pretty decent puerh blend. The citrus cinnamon is still a flavour rollercoaster but the “strange” earthy sweetness that confused younger me is now appreciated.
I could see myself craving this more around the fall/winter transition. It’s warm and soothing with a great contrast between action (cinnamon, citrus zest) and rest (fermented puerh, earth). Now the tea name makes sense!
Flavors: Cinnamon, Earth, Orange, petrichor, Salt, Sugar
This tastes a lot like amaretto. I tend to steep this in the evening, forget about it by my bedside table, then drink it cold the next morning. It’s good that way.
Bear With Me recommended this to me ages ago, and it’s pretty tasty when I’m not drowning in rooibos apathy.
Flavors: Almond, Cherry, Strawberry, Wood
This dates back to the “new” 52tea’s kickstarter campaign.
The Greater Vancouver region refuses to commit fully to spring weather, so I’ve chosen to ignore it and make a cold brew in sheer spite. It’s also “let go of your hoardings” week in my community and I’ve hoarded two big packs of this, so..
24hrs later: Lime Jello Salad makes a great cold brew and lives up to its name. The combination of marshmallow root and pineapple flavouring somehow make a very convincing creamy lime dessert. I may possibly like this rendition more than the original 52teas but they’re pretty similar!
Flavors: Lime, Marshmallow, Pineapple, Powdered sugar