1096 Tasting Notes

drank Pomegranate Green Tea by 52teas
1096 tasting notes

I haven’t been in the mood for the smokiness of gunpowder lately but I do appreciate the juicy-tart flavouring of the pomegranate here. The concept seems so simple but when I go through the list of tea flavourings I’ve encountered I realize this one is quite unique! At the beginning of my tea journey (2011) David’s Tea had a Pomegranate Silver Needle, which I thought was decent at the time, but I haven’t seen one since! Kudos to 52teas!

(2017 blend)

Flavors: Red Fruits, Smoke

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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87

I’m putting this one into my “tricky steeper” file; when it worked it was awesome but when it didn’t it was meh. I also never got it to fly through multiple steeps (over 2).

The perfect cup was nuanced- mellow hay and cucumber layered with honey, stonefruits, melon, and nuts covered with a light dab of cocoa- leaving the mouth full of something surprisingly equal parts fruity (sweet, melon) and savoury (pepper, walnut, and smoke). The hint of “spice” reminds me a tad of juniper and cedar. There is also a touch of something subtly creamy smooth, like rice or coconut water, or maybe almond milk. This cup pairs surprisingly well with a chocolate peanut bar.

On a bad day it tasted like burnt hay and astringent messiness. Fickle, fickle tea.

Thankfully for the sipdown, today was a good day. Teabento says steep at 80C or 85C and I found life was better if it was steeped somewhere in the middle of this range.

Steep Count: 2 + Rinse

(Sample generously provided by Teabento)

Flavors: Cocoa, Cucumber, Fruity, Hay, Honey, Honeydew, Melon, Nuts, Pepper, Smoke

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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After drinking about six mugs yesterday I opted to leave this cup by my bedside overnight. The results are delightful but that’s not too surprising; the combo of silky coconut on black tea does exceptionally well as a chilled or iced beverage.

This one reminds me a lot of Frank’s old acclaimed Coconut Black blend, but this one has more dimensions. The starchy-sweet banana works in perfect conjecture with the vanilla, in a supporting role that give the coconut extra rich texture and depth. This Coconut reminds me of the promised Coconut that originally started me on my loose leaf pilgrimage (utterances of rumours in first year dorms of a fabled Coconut Banana Cream Pie tea available somewhere downtown). This tea is getting me nostalgic.

Anyways, I’m a fan and would pick this up again in a heartbeat for iced tea season.

Flavors: banana, Coconut, Malt, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec
Evol Ving Ness

Six mugs in one day! You go, girl!

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drank Tropical Flip by 52teas
1096 tasting notes

Really refreshing iced tea. Reminds me a bit of a funnel cake if it was pina colada/banana bread flavoured. The green base has a smokey nip that either adds bitterness or an alluring depth to the caramelized baked coconut/banana/pineapple goodness.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Banana, Coconut, Honey, Pineapple, Smoke

Preparation
Iced
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Arby

Oh, I wish I had a bag of this. Sounds delicious!

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82

I meant to sit down with this green and purposefully drink it, for the tea notes, but it ended up becoming my sloppy go-to green tea for the week evenings instead. What that means on a scale of 1-10 is I drank it with zero (0) mindfulness and ten (10) chugging speed.

What can I say now that it’s gone so soon from the earthly realm of CrowKettle Tea Shelves? It was sweet. It was refreshing. It was deliciously flavourful. Now it’s gone.

Steep Count: 2

Flavors: Floral, Honey, Nutty, Sweet, Warm Grass

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 15 sec
Evol Ving Ness

Honest and succinct words for ephemera. No fluff needed. A haiku might work though.

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drank Outlaw by August Uncommon Tea
1096 tasting notes

Not sure I love it as much as appreciate it but it’s been fun!

Count: 73

Flavors: Candy, Cherry, Mineral, Smoke

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Banana Zomba by 52teas
1096 tasting notes

Smells and tastes like banana chips or runts, and slowly evolves with the green Zomba base into a starchy-sweet plantain. Banana spectrum cup is good.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Banana, Fruity, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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83

It’s St. Patrick’s but I’m not sure I’m going to drink a beer today. I’m having this fitting tea just in case. It may taste like a dark boozy brownie but it also tastes like a delicious (albeit hot) craft beer too. Hurrah for Stout things (while the weather isn’t summer, which is Hefeweizen season).

This is hands down one of my favourite chocolate teas right now, and although it has that unmistakable trademark AQ2T dessert/chocolate blend flavouring I think it stands out from it’s counterparts too.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cacao, Chocolate, Hops, Malt, Pastries, Raspberry, Roasted Barley

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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drank Candied Pear by 52teas
1096 tasting notes

I think I want this to either go more pear or more of a molasses-like candy. Admittedly I’ve never had a red covered apple- just the cloying, thick caramel covered apples, so I’m probably off in my own imaginings.

The flavouring and tea base are both light and subtle, creating a delicate cup that’s suitable for a nice pre-spring day. The delicate, crystallized sweetness is a refreshing cup for prep gardening (read as watching juncos and listening to chickadees outside while other people do some edging). Glad I saved the dregs of this for a timely change in season.

Flavors: Cucumber, Grass, Melon, Pear, Sugar

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82

Apparently I never got around to writing a tea note on this one. I drank it up ages ago and memories are now foggy, but it was a nice cuppa while it lasted. Cotton Candy is a very thin, light candy flavour and sometimes that made the tea come across as watery- otherwise, I can’t think of other complaints right now.

Edit: I found some leftover tea in the back of the cupboard and I rescind my “watery” comment. The flavour to tea is full and complete; overall, the tea is delicious. On a second note, it’s really annoying to find a tea in your cupboard after you’ve unchecked it from your stash list.

Flavors: Blueberry, Candy, Cotton Candy, Vegetal

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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.

My favourites are teas like Milk Oolong, Silver Needle,and Japanese Sencha/Gyokuro, but I generally enjoy ALL the tea, including flavoured blends and a good ol’ cup of Earl Grey.

Subjective Rating System 4.0:
I don’t give a lot of low ratings out, since I tend to grab tea I know will appeal to me.

90-100: Exceptional and all-time favourite teas. I struggle between hoarding these like a dragon and consuming them like a poorly adjusted black hole.

80-89: Favourite teas (usually flavoured) that I try to keep around when possible.

70-79: Good teas that I’ll happily drink up, but with minor issues.

60-69: Ok teas, but I may have a few problems with quality, consistency, ingredient chemistry, and/or personal preferences.

50-59: Average to mediocre cup. Personal preference issues are apparent but still drinkable.

11-49: Varying levels of undrinkable tea.

1-10: Nightmare tea from the chaos realms. This tea is the embodiment of the primordial swamp, an unholy abomination. It’s very gross and I’m almost positive it doesn’t exist.

FAVOURITE INGREDIENTS/NOTES:

DESSERT FLAVOURS
Vanilla, Maple, Caramel, Butterscotch, Cream, Toffee, Nougat, Marzipan, Butter

FRUIT & BERRIES
Blackberry, Raspberry, Currants, Blueberry, Elderberry, Banana, Melon, Pineapple, Persimmon, Rhubarb, Passionfruit

CITRUS
Lime, Grapefruit, Lemon, Bergamot, Yuzu (orange is a hit or miss)

SPICES
Anise (but not licorice), Ginger, Clove-forward chai

AROMATIC & HERBACEOUS NOTES
Musky, “Fresh,” and/or Woody Incense-like stuff: Sandalwood, Frankincense, Juniper Eucalyptus, Mints

FLORALS
Lavender, Jasmine, Rose, Lilac, Violet, etc. ALL the flowers!

VEGGIE/GRAIN NOTES
Spinach, Grass, Hay, Cucumber, Rice, Sweet Potato

Less Preferred Flavours/Ingredients:

- Stevia and most sweeteners
- Cinnamon-forward blends
- Prunes
- Dark Roasts (oolong)
- Orange (if it’s a creamsicle)
- Mango pieces (love mango outside of tea though)
- Cocoa Nibs, 95% of the time.

Location

BC, Canada

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