drank Flecks of Gold by sTEAp Shoppe
871 tasting notes

From the Great Canadian TTB.

The packing suggested the first steep of this one would have chocolate notes, it also stated it would be good for 4-5 steeps.

On first taste I am getting a fruity type sweetness. Just generic fruit, nothing specific, almost just like a glucose taste. I am getting a slight yeast taste as well. And it is also making me think of nuts, kind of like the skin on peanuts. Maybe there is a grain taste in there, like unprocessed wheat. I am not getting any chocolate or cocoa notes. I am finding I am getting a metallic taste in my mouth. It is not a bad taste but certainly not expected. Every once in a while I get a kind of spice note, not necessarily pepper but there is something in there with a bit of a kick. The tastes in this one are quite complex.

I am at work so I am unsure how much I will re-steep. I am not much of a re-steeper anyway. But I am going to try at least one more steep.

Round 2. Re steeped for 3 minutes. The generic fruit glucose has morphed into more of a stone fruit taste. But there is less sweetness than I with the first steep. The liquor feels much more rich, thick, and creamier this steep. I feel like I am getting a cream of wheat type flavour profile. Overall this steep is much less complex in flavours, even though the liquor seems more rich. Still no chocolates notes. On my very first sip my brain went to orange chocolate, but I didn’t get that again on subsequent sipping.

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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I am a lifetime tea lover.

I did foray into the world of coffee for a period of time, but I returned to my true love. I still, however, enjoy a good cup of java.

My all time favorite tea is Earl Grey, which I drink every morning, the stronger the bergamot the better. I definitely prefer natural oil of bergamot to artificial flavouring.

I mostly like black and dark oolong teas. My current favs are Fujian blacks, Keemun and Assams, and Wuyi oolongs. I gravitate towards anything with lychee in it. I also drink a lot of herbal blends but am wary of hibiscus. I do not favour mate, or pu’erh tea, although I have found a few blends that I like. (I so badly want to like straight pu’erh tea but it all tastes gross to me. I keep trying though). Rooibos, green and white teas fall somewhere in the middle. I find myself gravitating towards heavily roasted oolongs and teas from Paris/France based companies.

I love iced teas and cold brews.

My current tea goal is to make the perfect cup of chai from scratch – almost there…I think.

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