2428 Tasting Notes

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So I saw a pouch with a ‘T’ written on the back from my 52Teas mystery bag, flipped it over and it was this one. I was one of the lucky ones who tried the original Frank blend of this and I KNOW I’ve suggested this as a reblend. I didn’t even know it was part of the Christmas teas so I’m obviously very happy it was included in my mystery bag! I’m wondering how much Anne was aware of this though? (If it was possibly because it was on my wishlist or possibly because I wanted it reblended.) That would be extremely awesome but definitely don’t expect 52Teas to go THAT far with mystery bags! I’m not even sure if my order could have been connected to my Steepster name or if it was just a really great and crazy coincidence. ANYWAY
This blend is almost exactly how I remember Frank’s blend tasting which is pretty crazy in itself! I was wondering how the base could even taste so close to Frank’s original assam base when I read in Anne’s tasting note that she used an assam/assamica blend and not the usual mix of black teas for the base. The amounts of cinnamon, peach, and blackberry flavor are identical to what I remember. But HOW? How are the proportions in the blends so similar? Amazing. There were two huge peach pieces and a blackberry in my infuser. Since the tea is pretty fresh, I was kind of expecting more of a flavor that would make it a crumble but this is tasty anyway. To be honest, I kind of expected more magic from Anne’s fresh blend. But having both blends be so similar is magic too. Now if only Peachy Keen would be reblended…. another fantastic peach and blackberry tea! I could drink Peachy Keen every day. But this one is a great blend to revisit as it was one of my favorite blends from Frank.

Flavors: Blackberry, Cinnamon, Peach

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drank Warm Maple Cream by 52teas
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No, the cold I had didn’t kill me. I can’t believe I haven’t written a tasting note in ten days though. First note for this one? I had to order a couple recent mystery bags and I received a big size of this one…. but no more new tea for me for a while! I feel like having a cold and not wanting to try new teas because of it set me back in trying teas. It’s not fun to wait to try new teas! This one smells delicious coming right out of the bag! It is definitely maple and cream! It reminds me of one of those chocolates with maple cream in the middle. The base is houjicha and that sickle shaped sort of white tea. I can’t say that the sickle shaped white tea is the one I’d prefer… I feel like it never imparts much flavor in a cup. However, it works well here. All the ingredients here really work well together. I love the white tea base with hints of roastiness from the houjicha. Definite flavors of maple and vanilla with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. Big pieces of cardamom in the blend as well. I’m glad my tastebuds were back to enjoy this delicious blend!

Flavors: Maple, Nutmeg, Vanilla

Fjellrev

I’m glad you are feeling better! And I totally hear you. Between getting sick more frequently over the past few months and being really busy, it’s set me back with trying what I have in my cupboard. But I did exactly the same thing and ordered mystery bags AND got a full-sized one too so glad to hear you’re liking it!

tea-sipper

Thanks, Fjellrev. And I hope you like the Maple Cream as much as I do. :D

Mastress Alita

When I felt a cold coming on, I started drinking a lot of hibiscus (for that Vitamin C!) and ginger teas (not my favorite, but good on the throat!) like crazy trying to ward it off… I think it’s finally passed, though! Glad you are past your own blech, tea-sipper!

I have a small bag of this and have been craving maple lately so I’ll have to try it out soon! I’ve put myself on a tea ordering hiatus as well… mostly because I went waaaaay over my self-imposed budget for January. Oops!

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drank Chailand Curry by Bumble Tea
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Additional teas: I’ve had a cold or something for the last three days so I’m trying to sipdown teas I don’t love while I can’t taste them anyway. (I’m never sick! I haven’t even had a cold in about 12 years!) This one was always a bit odd, but stored in a thin baggie and traveled in a tea box…. so I probably was never giving it a fair chance.

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drank Pink Earl Grey by Fusion Teas
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Additional notes: I bought a sample of this from Fusion before and just recently another sample. (Man, those sample sizes have gotten smaller.) I LOVED this tea… roses, bergamot, RHUBARB. But I feel like though this is supposed to be a newer tea, the flavor isn’t as strong as the previous sample when it was fresh. Honestly, if I tried my old sample of this, it would probably have this much flavor. I noticed that with another new sample from Fusion too (the Cinnamon roll). Not as strong flavor as the previous sample. hmm.

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drank Gramma's Spice Cake by 52teas
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Only one tasting note for this? HOW? I do remember someone on Steepster saying they loved this one, so I’m happy to try this sample. I wanted a nutmeg tea today and somehow this just happened to have it, so I went with it. Apricots even! Mmmm. I love that this blend uses three base black teas: golden Yunnan, Fujian and Assamica. (I’m also VERY glad that the new 52Teas uses the fancy black teas because I always hated the Ceylon in the old blends.) The flavors result in a lovely cup: mostly notes of apricot and hints of nutmeg. Exactly what I had hoped. I’m not really tasting the almond or cakiness. But that is completely fine, I like what I’m tasting!
Steep #1 // 1 1/3 teaspoons for a full mug// few minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // 10 minutes after boiling // 3-4 minute steep

Evol Ving Ness

Is steepster broken?

Evol Ving Ness

I have made several posts on teas that I’ve posted on before and my new posts have disappeared—-no longer showing up on Dashboard but now buried in the thread under the tea name, not showing up in new posts.

Evol Ving Ness

In fact, this post, ie. Gramma’s Spice Cake, has been at the top of Dashboard for almost 24 hours with no new posts added. Highly unlikely that no one else is writing about the teas that they are drinking on the weekend.

Evol Ving Ness

And also recent activity scroll is broken and not updating either.

__Morgana__

Yes, it’s broken. This happens periodically. I would send a note, but lately I’ve not gotten any traction when I’ve sent bug reports.

__Morgana__

BTW, yesterday I could post notes; even though they weren’t showing up in my feed they showed up in my Tasting Notes. Today I can’t post notes either.

Mastress Alita

Yesterday I posted a Tasting Note but it never appeared in my Tasting Notes feed, on the tea page, or on my Notices feed. I also updated the tea in the process but the tea still appears in its pre-updated form in the database. It seems everything is just “locked in time” and I’m hoping all that data will be released at some point; if not, at least I write all my notes externally on a NotePad first so I have a backup!

Tabby

This has been the first post on my dashboard for over a day now, lol. I tweeted @Steepster to let them know the site’s frozen.

Evol Ving Ness

Yay, well-done, Tabby. And yes, mine too.

Evol Ving Ness

I posted here because iirc there are several active journallers who could potentially do something about this.

tea-sipper

hmm, I didn’t see any of these comments on my tasting note in the tealog until I clicked on the dashboard (so also no e-mail alerts to comments), so yes, there is definitely something going with steepster. Hope it fixes!

tea-sipper

Also, I hope this tasting note didn’t break steepster. haha

Tabby

This is all your fault!! XD

Mastress Alita

One Gramma’s Spice Cake to Rule them All!

Lexie Aleah

If any of my posts are gone or broken I wouldn’t even remember what I wrote or for what tea. O.0

tea-sipper

What’s odd is I posted a tasting note after this one and it did go just to that tea page like Evol mentioned, and not to the dashboard or my tea logs.

Mastress Alita

The one I posted didn’t originally show on the tea’s page, but is now. It took a while for the updates to the tea page to appear. Dash/Activity/Notices/Logs/etc. still have been frozen for two days.

Tabby

And the cupboard, too. I added like 5 teas, and it shows them as in my cupboard on the tea’s profile, but not in my cupboard page.

Evol Ving Ness

Oh boy. I wonder how complicated this is going to be to fix.

Roswell Strange

Wow… I can’t ever remember it getting this bad or taking this long. Even to hear anything back from Jason & team. :(

Mastress Alita

It is very disheartening that there hasn’t even been so much as a Tweet sent out or anything with some sort of status update…

Indigobloom

Ugh. I just bought a bunch of teas at the tea festival. Was so excited to add them all and post reviews. Now I won’t have time to do them all at once (I took yesterday off work). Hmph. Steepster… come back!!

Evol Ving Ness

Steepster come back! Gah!

Jason

Sorry guys we’ve had an issues where the background processes that handle all of the site activity updates had died and we were having trouble getting everything restarted. Things should be coming back online now but there could still be a lag.

tea-sipper

Just as long as Steepster doesn’t disappear completely — thanks so much, Jason!

Evol Ving Ness

Thanks for updating us, Jason!

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Mastress Alita sent over some generous tea samples along with some of Bluebird’s Candied Yams that I wanted more of… I only had a little left of sample! So THANK YOU SO MUCH Mastress Alita for that amazing tea package! I really appreciate it and hope you love the Bluebird teas I sent over. I think the picture for this tea is the black tea version and not the rooibos that I was able to try here. I really like this rooibos blend. I think it has a balanced mix of the spices and a slight sweet apple flavor. I somehow haven’t ran into a blend like this in all my tea drinking days, which is why samples of unique blends from other Steepsterers are so fun. :D

Flavors: Apple, Spices

Mastress Alita

You’re welcome! I’m new to Bluebird but excited to try them (my boss first name-dropped them to me from some British YouTubers she follows, as everyone at the library knows what a tea addict I am!). I was doing the dirty deed of descaling the kettle today (ugh!) so I have one of their fruity green blends currently cold brewing in the fridge right now. :-)

Nil only has a photo for their black tea version available on their website, but one of the interesting things about their company (other than the “organic” angle) is they have a tea version and an herbal alternative for all their blends. I ran into them at the Portland Saturday Market (a Farmer’s Market on steroids) on a birthday vacation to Portland, Oregon last year. I wasn’t crazy about this blend though, but only because I wasn’t picking up on the apple flavor. It was a nice spice blend though, and I would use it to blend into other teas that I felt were low on the spice sometimes.

tea-sipper

I was a fan of Bluebird when they were hand stitching their tea samples, so I’m glad they are growing so much and people are discussing them on Youtube. :D I didn’t even realize this tea is organic, which makes it even better that it can taste this nice. Also, I wish I could take vacations to Portland. haha :D

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How was it necessary to add this to the database?! Anyway, I’ve always been aware of this tea and I always wanted to try it. So thanks Starfevre for supplying! There were two of these iced tea bags in the package Starfevre sent over, though each had a different packaging so I assumed they were different “harvests” or Frank mixed the blends at different times. So I was interested to see if these two “harvests” were different at all. I tried hot steeping a teaspoon from each package on different days (and saving the rest for later). Sadly, they both taste the same but both just taste like black tea now. So some teas do age, even in nice packaging (no rating from me). This must be the most faded tea ever. This doesn’t taste fantastic, but it’s still caffeine. But I’m sure I would have loved this when it was fresh!

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Additional notes: I received an e-mail yesterday about Verdant’s new harvest of Laoshan Green so I had to pull this out of the teas that Starfevre sent. THANKS AGAIN! The Laoshan has always been one of my favorite green teas, possibly the all time favorite. I know this harvest is older, but whoa the flavor is still so fantastic. I certainly couldn’t tell it was years old, though that would mean the tea was even more tasty when it started! Amazing.

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Bluebird kindly sent this one along as a free sample with my Boxing Day order. Thanks Bluebird! I love carrot cake and have tried a plethora of carrot cake teas. The ingredients here seem like they would make for the IDEAL and dreamy carrot cake cup: Rooibos, Cinnamon, caramelised hazelnut, carrot flakes, vanilla pieces, nutmeg, and even pretty purple mallow flowers. I love that Bluebird actually makes the effort to put actual carrot in this blend. It sounds like the perfect carrot cake blend in my opinion, but the result ends up a little weaker than I’d like. I went with a teaspoon and a half for a mug. Sadly, I think because I’ve tried so darn many blends like this, Bluebird’s blend is not quite living up to my expectations here. The flavor is fine, but I just expect it to have more flavor than this, especially if I’m using a half teaspoon more. Overall the flavor turns out mildly sweet, spicy, cakey and carroty. But I’m surprised that there isn’t MORE of these notes here.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug// 10 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 5+ minute steep

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Additional notes: StarFevre had a ridiculously awesome giveaway of teas for some reason, and I’ve been hugely enjoying a few of them so far! THANK YOU STARFEVRE. I really appreciate it. So many good teas! I know they aren’t the freshest, but I really can’t tell so far with the teas I’ve tried. Free beats fresh anyway and I can usually appreciate any cup of tea anyway… unless it’s a really really bad cup of tea. haha. I actually tried this a while ago and now get to revisit this. Still a delicious tea I can enjoy and appley.

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Hi! I love tea and trying new ones – it adds a bit of variety to my day! Books, music, TV & movies are my thing… and tea, of course.

Some of my favorite tea shops (still operating):
bluebirdteaco.com
teavivre.com
52teas.com
svtea.com
fusionteas.com
aquartertotea.com
eco-cha.com
justea.com
singleoriginteas.com
joysteaspoon.com
teasenz.com
adagio.com
tealyra.com
tealiciousllc.com
whisperingpinestea.com
verdanttea.com
thenecessiteas.com
Davidstea

Favorite tea shops (RIP):
butikiteas.com
steapshoppe.com
steepcityteas.com
dellaterrateas.com
zentealife.com
theteamerchant.net
Rivertea
Specialteas

My icon photo is Richard Mayhew from the graphic novel ‘Neverwhere’ by Neil Gaiman, Mike Carey & Glenn Fabry.

Most of the teas listed in my cupboard are actually sample sizes. I don’t really have 2,000 ounces of tea around here! I was bored one day and found out that most of them have only one teaspoon left… maybe two. But I like keeping them in my cupboard list for reference to what I could be sipping. Usually, I write tasting notes once for each tea. I’m still drinking them, just not writing tasting notes each time!

My dislikes: hibiscus, ginger (unless in chai), charcoal type flavors

My ratings:
95-100 – Super awesome deliciousness favorites
80-95 – Also pretty delicious
65-80 – Pretty good
50-65 – Okay
1-50 – Probably won’t want to sip it again

I’m planning on being a Steepsterer as long as there IS a Steepster, so if you’re not hearing from me, that means something happened to my health… if you know what I mean. :D

Happy sipping!

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