655 Tasting Notes

73

Sipdown! I’m glad to be under 70 teas but I’m sad to see this one go. After that first pepperoni misunderstanding, I think we were starting to grow close.

Not much in cedar today, but lots of sweet buttery earth- makes me think cinnamon. I’m not sure if that last note is intended or if it’s just because it sat beside Jackie T’s winter chai in my cupboard for four plus months. Either way, the overall outcome is delicious. Thanks again for the samples, Jackie T.

Cavocorax

Under 70? That’s awesome! How far are you trying to go?

Bonnie

Here’s another little trick with puerh…get some real cinnamon chips (not powder) from a supplier like happyluckys.com or savoryspiceshop.com and add just a few to puerh you’re not fond of rather than chucking it. Unless it’s horrid…you’ll have a nice spicy tea..sweeten and it’s like chai.

CrowKettle

After this puerh adventure I think I’d like the addition of cinnamon. I’ll definitely check that out! Do you have any recommendations of a good puerh with a strong cedar/wood note?

I don’t know what I’m trying to reach, Cavo. When it comes to ordering more teas I love (Vicky’s Spongecake, Earl of Anxi, Caramel Vanilla Assam, etc.) I’m happy where I’m at. I don’t think I feel like exploring a lot of new teas until I hit 50 though, and then it’s more a matter of having +300g of really old stuff.

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73

Thanks for the sample, Jackie T!

I did a quick rinse for the fishiness, and then steeped it for about 3 min in my David’s Tea mug (feeling lazy). The flavour isn’t bad, but a little strange. It reminds me of a wood-smoked, honey garlic pepperoni stick, and I can’t shake the comparison. Maybe this isn’t for me but it was neat to try!

Edit: Maybe I was a little quick on my toes. Sometimes I have no patience. I did a second steep for a shorter time period of 1 min 30 sec, which yielded cedar with a sweet floral coating. Midsip is still a tad earthy-sharp, but the finish is nice and smooth. The pepperoni is gone and I’m actually sad there’s not much left now. Thank you for the advice, Bonnie :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Bonnie

That’s a really long steep. Using a gaiwan I steep 30 seconds and in a basket 30 seconds increasing to a minute depending on how strong I want my brew. Most people steep less time than I do. Usually the best taste shows up about the 5th steep anyway, sometimes earlier. Hope you have more to play with.

CrowKettle

I’ve a little left, and I haven’t thrown out the wet leaf yet. I actually did a second steep, for about 1min30 (should’ve I done it for less or more?), and there was no pepperoni! It’s actually pretty good now- like sweet wood chips. Thanks for the tip, Bonnie!

Bonnie

Good deal…glad you’re the kind of person like me that gives tea a second chance. You’ll develop a good palate by experimenting and playing with timing. Most of the time, I prefer the 4th or 5th steeping on and don’t steep over a minute unless I’m making a latte and want a strong brew to add cream and sugar. (Really good)

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78

I wasn’t very keen on this one with my first sample sachet, a few months ago. I’m loving it as much as my Yunnan White Jasmine today, however. My list of variables include: season change, longer steep time, older age of the batch, and potential mug and steeper contamination from yesterday’s Butiki’s “With Open Eyes”.

The flavour is sweet and saturated, like a banana, with some gentle melon notes. The jasmine isn’t overpowering to taste, although the aroma gives my nose a good kick as per usual. It’s floral and smooth, complimenting the cheese scone I just ate, in a surprisingly flattering way.

When I removed the steep basket from the mug I got some fizzy little bubbles for a few seconds. Hm, maybe I should clean my mug more thoroughly, or give the rest of the unused leaves in the sample a quick rinse before first steep next time!

Edit: bubbles were only on first steep, so quick rinse it is! I think I may like the second steep better, anyways. There’s a little citrus lemon to it.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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89

I’m hard pressed to think of a more fitting tea for this chilly, yet sunny, Canadian Thanksgiving weekend. Maybe something Pumpkin.

I think the pecan comes out somewhat more strongly than the maple, which isn’t too sweet. It’s a close thing between the two though. There’s a faint note of citrus lightly squeezed over top, and the oolong base has that flavour which I often relate to waffle cones. Mmm, salty-sweet, and nutty.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

I only ever tried a small sample of this, which I feel I should have loved, as I love all the components. But it didn’t really do it for me. Now that Fall is here, I should probably give it another try.

CrowKettle

It might be worth giving it another chance, especially since it seems to do better with more leaf and a little sugar. Sometimes tea is just like that though. I had the same reaction to the Flowery Pineapple Oolong (should’ve loved that).

Sil

terri, remind me next time i’m putting your box together and i ca send you another sample

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100

This is the epitome of why I love tea. I had a sweet and deep champagne like this in a wedding party once. It was gone too quickly, just like this tea.

The rose isn’t too heavy, and comes along more towards the finish, and smooth, floral notes of amaranth pop out a bit. There’s a sweet note mid-sip, a sour malt tone, and some buttery cream lingering throughout.

Um, I really love this one, in an extremely biased, Silver Needle and floral loving way. The description on the website is right; it tastes even better when it cools (more sweet cream).

Note to self: check out Glenburn Silver Needle

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Terri HarpLady

This is one of the ones I’d like to try.

Butiki Teas

Glenburn Silver Needle is amazing, just saying and so is the new Doke Silver Needle that we will be adding soon. Indian white teas have been super tasty lately.

CrowKettle

I’ll be sure to pick up some Doke Silver Needle when it shows up on the site. After enjoying this one so much, I really want to try out the variety of unflavoured white teas you stock. :)

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76

I was trying my hardest to resist ordering new tea until Black Friday, but then Stacy announced this new blend and Champagne & Rose Cream. The sad lie I told myself was if I try samples of those two now I can decide on the exact amount I want in November.. Eh. After drinking this one I don’t know if I want to wait that long (I’ll be strong).

I love how the pumpkin flavour crept in slowly, eventually dominating everything along with the creamy sour “dairy” notes. It’s a “skim” milkshake that still manages to carry a lot of dessert depth and spice.

New sad lie proposal: if I had more of this now it would kill the desire to eat more pumpkin frozen yogurt, which doesn’t go too well with my slightly lactose intolerant self anyways.

That’s actually my last small comment on this tea- I love how I can get any creaminess out of this without having to add some kind of milk. Most of the pumpkin blends I’ve tried really need the extra help. This one seems to manage perfectly alright on its own.

Edit: The Darjeeling oolong base is a neat choice. It’s smooth and allows this tea to re-steep extremely well. I managed it four times and got varying qualities of pumpkin spice, milk, vanilla, and caramel out of each steep. That’s an impressive feat for a flavoured tea!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
JustJames

lolololol.

Fuzzy_Peachkin

mmmmm… pumpkin yogurt! My slightly lactose intolerant self appreciates your note! :-)

Jenny O

I was trying to hold off until Black Friday as well, I ended up caving and I regret nothing.;)

champagne and rose cream remained a sample though, so don’t be too jealous

JustJames

argh….. i have an order i can add to if i want. i want to, but i shouldn’t. the question is: will i? lol.

Nitoo6of6

Really want to try this!!!

Cavocorax

Oooh. I have to decide if I’m going to order this one, or the Pumpkin Creme Brulee. Don’t think I can justify both…

CrowKettle

Maybe I can send you some of this to your new location. I have 2oz to spare. :)

CrowKettle

I’ve been putting off contacting people for swaps due to cold and deadline season, and I have to get out a really late parcel to Fuzzy_Peachkin, but if anyone wants some PM me. :)

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90
drank Citrus Dream by Butiki Teas
655 tasting notes

I missed this blend so much! This tart, apple-citrus herbal is pretty good at knocking me out quickly. It’s a nice thing to sip away at as I chug along through these few Russian dystopia novels. I wonder if I’ll get even one cheery ending out of this lit & film class. Somehow, I doubt it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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82

Sipdown!

The scent has faded a bit now, and the grapefruit is no longer as sharp. I guess the single clear ziplock sitting in the sun wasn’t the best way to store it. Oh, well. For an Earl Grey I still really like this one. I’d consider getting this one again (for summer).

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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72
drank Currant Affair by DAVIDsTEA
655 tasting notes

Sipdown! I overleafed it tonight, and I think I like it better that way. Lots of delicious, albeit watery, blackcurrants right now. It’s quite possible that this tastes better right now due to the variable known as over-salted, store-bought guacamole, which proceeded this rooibos. Hydration is awesome thing. I’ll likely need another cup of something after this one.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 45 sec

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86

I received this a while back as sample and was waiting for a good (sleep deprived) time to drink it. That time is now.

The natural qualities of the guayusa really show through this, or at least they do on the first few sips. The flavouring is quite gentle, blending in seemlessly with the earthy and grassy qualities of the base. The lemongrass is distinctive, which I love, and leans into the flavour of sweet lemons. The citrus note builds on itself with each sip and starts to take on a somewhat creamy quality.

Now I just need to decide what guayusa blend(s) I want for this school year’s paper season. Maybe this. Maybe The Killer’s Vanilla (good song). Maybe both- one for the evening and one for the morning.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Plunkybug

I’m waiting for the right time to make TKV too. I’m thinking of making some after my all night flight next month, to Providence, RI (and later to Brooklyn, NY).

CrowKettle

That’s sounds like the perfect situation for guayusa!

Plunkybug

Yeah, I leave Vic on the 5pm Clipper to Seattle for my 11:30pm flight, which arrives in Provicence at 10:30am the next morning. Seeing my bestie, so not gonna go to bed. But…I can’t really sleep well on planes. Should be interesting, to say the least.

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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 green oolong varieties are my favourites.

Ingredients/flavours I enjoy (in moderation): anise, caramel, cedar, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lemon, lime, maple, marshmallow leaves, melon, mint, pine, rose, vanilla.

Ratings:

95-100: A Personal Favourite; I’m never without this tea.

90-94: Great! I’ll try to keep a small amount around.

80-89: Enjoyable; I may buy more at some point.

70-79: Nice, but not something I’d drink often. I may have a few problems with it.

50-69: Something about this tea falls flat for me. Still drinkable.

30-49: This isn’t a particularly pleasant cup.

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