757 Tasting Notes

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Nabbed some of this tea while house sitting for my aunt.

Swept up in my mission to drink all the strange and wonderful (rooibos) specimens in my increasingly limited cupboard, I’d forgotten the simple pleasures that are gleamed from a nice cup of Cream Grey. The more pots I consumed (and it was pots) the more I realized that I’d been committing a personal tea blasphemy by going without Cream Grey. These last few years have been hollow.

I’m not sure if David’s has the best Cream of Earl Grey but it will definitely do for the time being. I’ve been super apathetic about tea lately, and I clearly need to go back to the basics for a bit.

Flavors: Bergamot, Cream, Tart, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Cindy

This is my hubby’s favourite cuppa and I quite like it as well.

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This little sample has lived in my cupboard for a long time now.

Steeped hot at the recommended 95C, it’s everything I don’t like in mango/tropical fruit teas. Something about the combination of tea and mangoes makes my tongue jump to fruity cardboard dirt. I’ve also never been a fan of this type of oolong base.

I’ll try the last of my sample in a cold brew and hope that makes a difference!

Flavors: Cardboard, Mango, Roasted

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Butterbeer by 52teas
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This is the original 52teas blend and it has aged considerably.

Essentially tastes like a root beer float mixed with stale malt. Needless to say, this is not the glorious tea my memory claims it to be. Oh, well.

Part of me wants to steep this in whip cream or melted ice cream. I should probably dump it and get rid of the temptation..

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Blue Detox by Kusmi Tea
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This strange blend has been my go to cup for the last week or two. The house is undergoing some major renos, and I’m pretty sure this, along with a few other teas, are what has kept me sane.

It’s somewhat dry, medicinal, and grassy, which I find pleasantly unpleasant. It also tastes of sunscreen beach days and toasty pineapples, which is simply pleasant.

The word “detox” generally has me roll my eyes, and I’m not sure the flavour profile would please the majority of people, but Blue Detox still made my repurchase list!

Flavors: Earth, Flowers, Grass, Mint, Pineapple

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec
gmathis

It’s unusual to see a healthy/detox blend that doesn’t lead with lemony, minty stuff. Sounds kind of tasty…

CrowKettle

Agreed, although, this doesn’t deviate from that formula very much— there is a bit of mint but pineapple is a nice change from lemon!

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Marzipan with vegetal green tea. My main hangup is the actual tea doesn’t have a lot of heft in the face of that marzipan flavour. My mind keeps wanting to add salt to turn the dessert nuts into savoury ones (but it would possibly also turn the veggies into seaweed)!

Oh, well. There’s still a lot to enjoy about this one. It won’t be hard to drink the rest of the sampler tin up! Will play around with the temperature next time.

Flavors: Grass, Marzipan, Vegetal

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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drank Blue Detox by Kusmi Tea
757 tasting notes

My aunt brought me back three Kusmi teas from Paris, and she said this is her favourite one. I was pretty skeptical, because my one prior encounter with Kusmi wasn’t that awesome and “detox” is in the name, but I should’ve had a little more faith.

I’m currently addicted to this tea. I haven’t even tried the other two gift teas; I just keep making pots and pots. It’s the tropical pineapple tea I never knew I wanted.

The choice of bases (unknown green tea (37%), mate (17%), rooibos), creates an incredibly earthy backdrop. The mint accentuates the pineapple flavouring and the mate in a lovely way- I’ve always been a big fan of sweet, fresh mate blends though.

This also contains sunflower petals, nettle leaves, guarana seed, and rosehip seeds; I’m less familiar with most of those ingredients but they seem to have worked out well here.

I’m only worried that it’s possible to drink too much nettle tea (no clue how much is actually in here)!

Flavors: Earth, Floral, Grass, Mint, Nutty, Pineapple, Spices, Wood

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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Picked this up at Taipei 101 (their crazy tall skyscraper), when I was going through an oolong withdrawal.

The flavour profile is crisp, floral and sweet. Minimal butter. It’s a gentle tea but I can still taste flavours which, if steeped longer, contribute to the strong flavours found in bottled oolong beverages. There’s the potential of bitterness in those floral caffeine laced notes.

I prefer my green oolong milky or, if it’s buttery, to be incredibly buttery, but with only two green oolong varieties in my cupboard this is gold.

Flavors: Butter, Cantaloupe, Cucumber, Flowers, Honey

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Citrus and spice rooibos meh. For whatever reason this didn’t work for me, and I’m too apathetic to write much about it.

I think it was the lemongrass; it was just a little too much of something. Not bad otherwise.

(Down to 33)

Flavors: Cinnamon, Lemongrass, Orange Zest

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Goodbye, White Wolf. I’ll see you on the other side of 2017!

I hate how “bottom of the bag tea” tends to be crushed or not quite enough for a proper serving. It makes the last cup literally bittersweet! #teastruggles

Flavors: Anise, Cream, Pepper, Spearmint, Vanilla

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Fjellrev

I totally agree on the crushed bitter leaf experience.

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I wasn’t expecting much from this one because rooibos, but it somehow became a family favourite. My sister and mother both asked where this tea came from and when I could pick up more, which never happens; usually everyone’s on my case about too much tea!

Cardamom and ginger are the main spices (they actually give off a bit of real fire!), with a slightly sweet appeal. Needless to say, it tastes good in milk.

So that’s a winner, Bluebird Tea Co!

Flavors: Cardamon, Cookie, Ginger

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Nattie

My family like this a whole lot more than I do, too!

tea-sipper

Yay, more Bluebird fans! I love this one too.

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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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