794 Tasting Notes


Happy International Respect for Chickens Day, everyone (yes, this is a thing)! I’m drinking this in my chicken mug just for the occasion (and not because the others are dirty at all).

Estus is probably one of the nicest Ceylon vanilla teas I’ve had in a long time. The spices are subtle and indiscernible but give the tea depth and warmth. The base is bright and slightly astringent but the milk ruffles out most of those feathers.

Taken with 2% milk.

Flavors: Cream, Spices, Vanilla

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

I have a number of friends who need to know today is a holiday :) Appreciate the “beaks-up!”


I hope this holiday catches on with more people; it’s a good one! “Beaks-up!” :)

Evol Ving Ness

Beaks-up! :) Just the thing for tea sipping.

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drank Coquito by A Quarter to Tea
794 tasting notes

I steeped this overnight in cold water and it’s fab. It reminds of David’s old Coco Lemon Thai, except this bai mu dan base is less inclined to become astringent, and the lemongrass is far more balanced and less “pissy.” It’s a smoother, creamier tea overall, with a subtle dash of tropical pineapple.

Also, the spices pair phenomenally well with a handful of snickerdoodles (the only thing better would be horchata). The cinnamon and cardamom are most noticeable; the peppercorn and cloves appear for me the end of the sip.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Cloves, Coconut, Cream, Lemongrass, Pineapple


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I’m drinking this along Eggnog Pound Cake tea again. I guess consuming an overload of cake tea is better than stuffing my face full of all the snickerdoodles that suddenly spawned all over the house (cookie infestation!). I don’t know what to do with all the cookies; rationing is clearly out of the question.

Both tea samples are out, so on to the high priority repurchase list they go.

Flavors: Cheesecake, Floral

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

mmmmmm snickerdoodles..

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It’s a pretty tea but I’m not sure it quite works for me. The flavours made me think of a nice Hot Toddy with rum, more than it did gingerbread pancakes. Maybe it needs something to make it more bready or cake-like?

I added brown sugar and it brought out.. more Hot Toddy. Maybe I should add a lemon slice next!

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Ginger, Honey, Malt, Rum

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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This is a winner. I may even love it more than actual eggnog.

For old fans of Butiki’s Creamy Eggnog, this is a more than adequate replacement. The main differences are this has a somewhat floral white tea base instead of a green, and it takes a backseat to the flavouring instead of being particularly noteworthy in it’s own right.

The smooth and creamy eggnog flavour is spot on, with even the odd hint of cake. I just need to remember not to double fist it with On Wisconsin Jade Oolong; that was possibly too much cake this morning (but so good that I secretly regret nothing)!

Steep Count: 2

Flavors: Cake, Cinnamon, Cream, Eggnog, Floral, Nutmeg

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML



This tea is good people, Sil. Did you pick up a sample of this in your order?


nopers. it was gone, think it was a limited edition, but between a bunch of us we may have enough someday to get 4oz made.


No, no! There’s more! D: Although it does seem like it should be seasonal tea.. (not complaining).



weird…totally wasn’t there when i looked…i’m losing my mind i guess. I’ll have to add it to the wishlist and check it out next order heh


It definitely feels like there are teas that are missing or have moved from the limited edition section since I ordered on the site so you aren’t the only one :/

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Refreshing and easy to drink. After my cup cooled I chugged this down pretty quick.

There seemed to be more sage in my last serving, but this tea still had a lovely balance between sweet, refreshing fruit and savoury, vegetal herb. While first and foremost grassy, the Kukicha base also adds an extra dimension of nutty, and creamy sweet, with faint peach note. The finish and aftertaste act like a palate cleanser.

Not sure I’d order this again soon, but it would make a nice addition to the summer tea cabinet.

Flavors: Cantaloupe, Grass, Peach, Sage

160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Wow. The flavour profile hits me in all my weak spots. I still have some left and I already want so much more.

What we have here is a floral and buttery oolong paired with some considerable cream heft to form a delightfully floral and milk-sour cheesecake tea. There’s some cinnamon added, which I find shocking because it blends so seamlessly in the cheesecake notes (natural and added).

I’m actually surprised how well this blend, well, blends together! Almost everytime I’ve come across a flavoured green oolong (more than one note) the flavouring and tea either act like oil and water, or the tea feels thin. This doesn’t feel thin at all.

Anyways, I hope this holds up well to repeated exposure (because this is a sure repurchase).

Steep Count: 3

The subsequent steeps are more subdued in the dessert tea department. When the the second steep cooled the cinnamon was brought out a lot.

Flavors: Butter, Cheesecake, Cream, Gardenias, Vanilla

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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There were exactly zero fruit and star anise pieces today, which seems to have made exactly zero of a difference to this tea’s great flavour. Maybe it’s more chocolatey and peppery than usual, but that’s hardly a bad thing! It reminds me of a hot chocolate croissant.

I still haven’t formed a complete opinion, but I’ll definitely come back to this one at a later date.

Flavors: Anise, Chocolate, Malt, Pastries, Peach

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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Maybe it’s because I steeped it in the same cup that I had my Sticky Rice Oolong hours ago, but today this is coming across with the full force of almond shortbread. It literally tastes like a biscuit you’d eat along side tea.

The first time I made this up the jasmine was stronger. The pecans and green base also combined in a way that enforced a marine/seaweed note. I steeped a pot up twice last time, so I clearly liked it, but I love it this time. My mother loves it too, which is a big success!

Oh, finicky flavoured green teas- you make rating and reordering difficult.

Flavors: Almond, Butter, Cookie, Honeysuckle, Jasmine, Marine

170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Pure goodness in a cup. This tea is the sole reason I placed an order with What-Cha in the first place; It’s amazing when I can pick up my old Butiki favourites elsewhere!

People have written some awesome notes on this tea already, so I won’t go into too much detail here. This tea has a stimulating mix of sweet (honey, caramel, lemon) and savoury (malt, sourdough, sweet potatoes). It’s pretty special and I totally recommend it to people, especially those who think white tea is a one trick pony. The Rhino has some surprising black tea characteristics.

Steep Count: 5

(2017 Harvest)

Flavors: Caramel, Lemon, Malt, Molasses, Sweet Potatoes

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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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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