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75
drank Safari Oolong Hand-picked by beTeas
478 tasting notes

I’m dying my hair with henna tonight and it has to sit for up to four hours, so I should have time for a few sessions. A nice wind-down to a busy week. Here I have a sample from the generous Togo, a Kenyan oolong. I decided to brew this in a gaiwan over western style but in retrospect, I think this would perform better western as there was not a pronounced evolution of flavor. I did get 10 steeps from this tea.

The dry leaf smelled herbaceous and sweet, like a very toned down fenugreek or a damp forest in the spring. I warmed the leaf in hopes of pulling out more aroma and was greeted with heavy notes of plum, apricot and a dark wood. A flash rinse produced notes of butter, wood, stonefruit and cherry. The first steep had a medium, smooth sweet body with tastes of white florals, peach, raisin and plum with a very faint buttery note. Astringency was present and lasted throughout the session. I’d say the peak flavors were present in the first and second steep. After that, the tea developed a complementary bitterness and faded gradually into a pleasant herbaceous and grassy note . The tea was fairly balanced overall though I could never seem to smooth the astringency.

This tea was pretty enjoyable and I think if the price is reflective of the tea’s quality, this would make a great daily drinker.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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86
drank Safari Oolong Hand-picked by beTeas
355 tasting notes

I have to say that this tea has aged wonderfully (and fast!). I just wish I had more to see it develop further, today I finished it. Most of the astringency is gone by now, even though the bottom of the pouch had some broken leaves. It has a full body with a fantastic buttery and bubbly mouthfeel. The fragrance is also strong, although not necessarily stronger than I remember it. It is different now though, and reminds me of a lighter oxidized autumn flush Darjeeling. The taste is sweeter, more spicy and well rounded and balanced overall. It also gained in complexity as far as I can recall. I enjoyed it a lot.

For this session alone I would rate it close to 90 in fact.

Flavors: Apricot, Astringent, Bark, Cardamon, Cherry Wood, Clay, Dried Fruit, Drying, Malt, Molasses, Pepper, Rose, Spicy, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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86
drank Safari Oolong Hand-picked by beTeas
355 tasting notes

The style of processing seems similar to a Dan Cong oolong, although it’s not quite as aromatic. Admittedly, the price is also lower though.

Overall, it has the qualities of Dan Cong oolongs as well. The smell is slightly floral and reminiscent of forest floor, especially the conifer forest kind. The tea is medium bodied with buttery mouthfeel. The taste is round, balanced and quite mineral. There is a decent bitterness and tanginess and the aftertaste is also decently strong with floral and sweet notes. Throughout the session the tea becomes a little more fruity. In particular, I get some dried fruit flavours.

This is the first oolong from Africa for me, but I found it very enjoyable, even though maybe it lacks the complexity of high end oolongs.

Flavors: Bitter, Floral, Forest Floor, Mineral, Raisins, Sweet, Tangy

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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93

The dry leaf smells of nutmeg and muscatel. The wet leaf smell is much harder to identify for me, but it is quite fruity with some rum and sandalwood note to it. I find the liquor to have slightly milky smell too. The taste is super smooth and bright, with a nice bite thanks to the astringency in the finish. It’s a mix of fruity and floral notes with hints of alcohol and conifer trees. The sour parts of the taste linger longer and join the floral aromatics and astringency for a very nice long lasting aftertaste with some huigan too! Later steeps also have a considerable lager-like bitterness. The mouthfeel is milky and coating and the qi is very pleasant and calming.

Flavors: Astringent, Floral, Fruity, Muscatel, Nutmeg, Pine, Pleasantly Sour, Rum, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 45 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 90 ML

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93

Mindblowing! This tea has qualities of a high grade Darjeeling for about half the price. I will include some more detailed notes from later sessions, this time I was just enjoying the tea too much and not ready to take notes :D

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec 7 g 5 OZ / 140 ML

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drank Himalayan Black Tippy by beTeas
562 tasting notes

I’m not on Steepster much these days, but every so often I come back and write a review. I want to get back here more often as I do love this website.

Anyways, I went to the shop that sells these beteas only a couple of weeks ago. I LOVED it!! It was such a great little place.

I picked this one up because they said it would have chocolate notes to it. And I think I get a little of it… but either way, I really like it. There’s something very nice about it. It reminds me of the Nepal Black tea from Davidstea. It’s got that same smoothness to it. So yummy!

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drank Bai Hao Yinzhen by beTeas
749 tasting notes

whatshesaid sent this to me quite a while ago now and I decided to whip up a cup before settling down to finally study this afternoon.

It’s a lovely white tea. I’m not always in the mood for a straight white, but this one is great today. It’s soft and slightly reminiscent of hay. It’s almost as fuzzy to drink as it appears in dry form. I’ll save the rest for my girl.

Thanks whatshesaid!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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78

Sipdown (134/141)!

Thank you whatshesaid for the very thoughtful add in to the package you sent me! Because you suggested that I’d like this specifically for cold brewing, that’s how I decided to use up the sample from you – and you were right, this did make for a good cold brew!

It had a very powerful and fragrant mango aroma with a kind of floral undertone, and taste wise the mango definitely carried through in an almost “punch like” way, along with that very light floral quality. The black base itself was a little coppery tasting, but I liked the way that played with the mango. I also could taste the passion fruit in this, which of course delighted me, although it was fairly masked by the strong mango.

Overall a good cold brew, so thanks again!

Flavors: Floral, Mango, Passion Fruits

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72
drank Rose Fruit Passion by beTeas
181 tasting notes

T&C TTB Rd 2

I’m reviewing this with the caveat that my cup was 99% rosebuds plus a few wisps of what looked like black tea (though I see that nowhere in the review) and a few bits of fruit.

Even with the limited scope of ingredients this was still a delightful cup of tea. The rose provides a musty sweet backdrop and you can just pick up hints of hyacinth and fruit layered in the middle…it’s a cup that goes down easy and I have faith that the full blend would be similarly tasty.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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72
drank Mango Tango Ceylon by beTeas
652 tasting notes

Another one from the TOTM Club my hubby signed me up for a couple years ago. Just unsealed it this summer. I cold brewed it in my fridge for a day or so.

Another ok mango flavoured tea. I love mango flavoured anything, mangoes are my favourite fruit after all.

When it comes to tea, though, I think I prefer herbals with chunks of mango vs a black tea with mango flavouring added.

I am thinking I might be underleafing my cold brewed teas, because I’m not finding the flavours to be very strong. I might be better off just going for it and using up a bunch of fruity tea that way.

I’m also thinking I’d likely get more flavour if I would make hot tea and then stick it in the fridge because the cold brewing doesn’t seem to do the trick. Anyway, this was another vaguely fruity iced tea, nice and cold and serves its purpose!

It’s no Tropicalia though.

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77

I guess I’ve never logged this before because it wasn’t even in the system, but it’s just a basic Assam that I like to drink for breakfast now and again when I just want a straight up basic black tea with milk.

And it is basic, I don’t notice any underlying flavours in this one, just a hearty black tea that stands up to milk. Nothing special or overly delicious, just comforting and satisfying, with a smooth mouthfeel.

It’s one I received as part of the TOTMC my hubby signed me up for on my last birthday, and it’s served its purpose! I have about one cup left.

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82

Another one from my TOTMC subscription.

Drank this last night before bed as a caffeine free option, as I was deep in all the coverage of the Moncton shootings.

I think this ended up being one of few rooibos teas I’ve enjoyed! (Along with the lemon/lime ones from DellaTerra).

I couldn’t taste the rooibos at all, the tea was really flavorful. Almost a bit too sweet for me, though the website says there was no sugar added.

It was cinnamony and orangey and surprisingly tasty. Well not that surprising because the dry leaves smell AMAZING. I might actually repurchase this!

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91
drank Himalayan Evergreen by beTeas
652 tasting notes

OMG, this is delicious.
It’s a green tea that tastes black.

Wizardry!!

One from the ToTM club the hubby signed me up for last year for my birthday, haven’t cracked it open until now.

So glad I waited because I wouldn’t have appreciated it before now :)

I can’t really tell you how it tastes. It’s kind of buttery and roasty in the sort of way a green tea rarely is. Mmmm.

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86

Second steep of this was equally delicious and almost the same full body and rich flavor as steep one….must be a pu’erh thing!

I will try steep three tomorrow before I toss the leaves. Yummm.

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86

Too funny!

I was just talking about (in my Chocolate Orange review) how I wanted to try the Scottish Caramel Pu-erh that seems to exist all over Steepster in many incarnations.

Not sure now similar this one is to others but I didn’t even know I owned it!

My husband had signed me up for a TOTM club for my birthday in 2013, unfortunately most of the teas came when I was pregnant and totally opposed to the idea of drinking it (not morally, it just turned my stomach)…. So they all remained sealed in my kitchen cupboard because I was hoping to preserve their freshness and recently decided I wanted to drink some others down before opening new ones.

I was doing a little tea inventory earlier and found this, awesome surprise!

I really enjoyed it. It was more of the deep, “burnt caramel” toffee taste vs the creamy buttery type, but it worked well with the pu’erh. I loved how rich it brewed up!

I was able to add so much milk and it stayed thick and hearty and delicious!

I’m looking forward to trying some straight pu-erh and might do a pricy Lupicia order one day to try their offerings.

I guess the other one I will have to try someday is that Cinnamon Swirl Bread by Steap Shoppe that I’ve seen people raving about!

boychik

I have this , i got it from Angelina’s tea. I dont know if its the same Metropolitan tea but I loved it a lot!

DeliriumsFrogs

Sounds so super yummy!

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100
drank Sexy Spicy Chai by beTeas
15 tasting notes

I love me some spicy chai! This stuff is amazing. Ive been looking for a chai that will just completely knock me over. Something with the kind of spice that tickles the back of the throat. Is that wierd? I bought a sample of this a week ago…and I can’t bear the thought of running out. I had to go buy a bigger bag today, and a new tin to store it. This tea just plain makes me happy. What could be better then that?

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76
drank Ginger Green by beTeas
652 tasting notes

So, this is the first tea I’ve tried from the Tea of the Month club that my awesome hubby signed me up for as a birthday gift (that keeps on giving :))

As a disclaimer this is very early on in my plans to give straight teas a chance. So my frame of reference is small and skewed by many deliciously artificially flavoured teas and therefore you need to keep that in mind when reading this!

I had tasted this immediately after receiving it and also immediately after eating a bbq’d hot dog with extra mustard. That may seem irrelevant (and if you were just thinking about how classy I must be, you are not wrong), but obviously hot dogs don’t improve the taste of tea. So I wasn’t super impressed with my first taste, but I didn’t tell my husband that!

Fast forward to right now when I just had another fresh cup of this, and followed it with a resteep. It’s good! Without the hot dog taste ruining it I can actually taste the green tea and it was a bit buttery! The ginger added a nice flavour and subtle sweetness and after drinking my second steep I was thinking it’s nice to own this and I will enjoy the full 25 grams, even if I have no frame of reference!

I made this at work, not boiling water and for probably 3-4 minutes but not sure of the temperature.

Sil

yay! good for you for venturing out. :)

Starfevre

It’s good to expand your horizons, especially with tea! I’m glad you are enjoying your gift. The key (for me, I make no claims on anyone else) to enjoying plain tea is to drink it slowly and really focus on the flavours you get. Different steeps are different and whether it’s hot or cooled down is different and you may find that you have strong preferences for one thing over another. And drinking plain teas gives you a chance to know what type of base for your flavoured teas you might like best :)

Ellyn

It is so exciting to try new things!

ohfancythat

It is nice to try, and true that trying these straight teas (though this has ginger in it) gives me an idea of which bases I prefer. It’s going to be fun discovering which teas appeal to me straight up! I know there are many tasty ones, just hoping they’re not too subtle for obvious Me.

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