1095 Tasting Notes

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All the points are for the lemon cookie flavouring; jury’s still out on the whole unripe/green fig vibe. I’m meh on the green tea base here (Chinese Sencha blargh). The combined flavouring and tea gives me a marine impression, which I’m not completely loving.

Like Arabeseque, Good Humour’s deliciousness quotient relies on getting those steeping parameters right; too much leaf, temp, etc. leads to a bitter/drowned out cup.

Flavors: Apple, Cookie, Fig, Grass, Lemon, Lemon Zest, Lemongrass, Pastries, Tangy, Vanilla, Vegetal

Evol Ving Ness

It’s good to see you. We’ve missed you.

CrowKettle

I missed you all too!

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80
drank PMS Oolong by 52teas
1095 tasting notes

INT- A POORLY LIT STAGE

Crowkettle slowly approaches a disconnected mic on side stage, brown paper bag fully enveloping head.

CROWKETTLE (nervously)
I like this one better than Butiki’s Flowery Pinapple Oolong.

MIC CLATTERS

Crowkettle violently vanishes into a void leading to an unknown dungeon dimension.

Flavors: Floral, Mango, Pineapple, Strawberry

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

hahaha i think i thought it was compareable as well. in other words, tasty!

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70
drank Arabesque by August Uncommon Tea
1095 tasting notes

This is pretty nice, except for that weak Chinese sencha blend. I think I may just straight out hate that stuff at this point. It’s such a watery non-substance after such lovely flavours here (orange, vanilla, sandalwood). I think this could be something pretty special if it weren’t for that generic, lackluster, hateful tea base (now let me tell you how I really feel).

Flavors: Cream, Grass, Orange, Vanilla, Vegetal

Evol Ving Ness

yep, until I discover something sencha that I haven’t tasted before, sencha is my least favourite thing. But that flavour overlay, wow—such potential.

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60

I mostly get clove-accented blackberries and stone fruits, with a floral citrus-orange mix that comes off as overly perfume-like. The floral perfume thing is unfortunately a little too much for me; it drowns out the room (and my tongue) for hours after the initial session. I kept thinking about how much Sil would dislike this one if I sent it to her.

Oh well, moving on!

Flavors: Bergamot, Blackberry, Citrus Zest, Cloves, Flowers, Perfume

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84

The last few months have been a bit of a struggle both mentally and healthwise, but the better weather here on the West Coast seems to have given me back some energy. I’m looking forward to drinking teas besides Cold 911 (maybe iced tea is in the cards?).

This one more than makes up for my poor experience with (cue Twilight Zone music) the Black Lodge. This easy steeper had such a lovely balance of sour-sweet green apple, fennel and citrus zest that I ended up never drinking it with milk- the cloves and strong herbs make me mentally group it as a chai but I’ll have to order more if I want a latte or iced cup now!

The description on the back makes me laugh though. “Melodic sonic modulations” what now?! This is a pretty happy tea drinking experience and it got me through quite a few sick days, so I’ll go with it. This will be on the reorder list when I eventually run out of Psychocandy.

Flavors: Citrus Zest, Cloves, Fennel, Green Apple

Fjellrev

Aww, I’m sorry you’ve had a rough few months, CrowKettle. I really hope 2018 will improve for you to the max.

Lexie Aleah

I’m pretty sure this one is on sale right now and they are trying to clear it out. I’ve been wanting to try it myself. Hopefully the rest of the year goes better for you.

Sil

hugs

CrowKettle

Thanks everyone. Things seem to be going more smoothly now.

I appreciate the heads-up, Lexie Aleah :)

Evol Ving Ness

more hugs to you, CrowKettle.

It sucks to be less than 100%.

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drank Organic Cold 911 by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m still alive but not fully functioning right now. Just want people to know that they haven’t been forgotten. Parcels will be sent out soon when everything I touch doesn’t become plague-ridden.

Flavors: Berry, Eucalyptus, Mint

Evol Ving Ness

I hope you feel better soon. Here too, I have some sort of wonky on and off again lingering thing. Ugh.

CrowKettle

I’m almost better. I hope you feel better soon too! Some of the things going around this season have been brutal!

The two parcels I should’ve sent out two months ago are more brutal though. arrgh

Evol Ving Ness

I’m much better. Thank you.

The parcels, of course, can wait. Take care of you and the rest will come. You can usually count on tea people having plenty of tea to occupy themselves with before the new teas roll in.

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80
drank Cream Earl Grey by The Teaguy
1095 tasting notes

I wasn’t the biggest fan of this one’s candy-like take on the Earl Grey’s Cream (more like cotton candy or butterscotch), but I appear to be an outlier. The rest of my family loved this one. They would steep it multiple times, all by themselves (family always gets me to steep their tea so this was surprising). I found out it was finished when I walked through the door and my sister shouted "we finished your tea!*- such a novelty.

I would give this tea around a 75 but they would rate it at least an 85… so we are just going to make it an 80.

Thank you, Teaguy, for the experience! This tea was loved, if not always appreciated.

Flavors: Bergamot, Butterscotch, Cotton Candy, Vanilla

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

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80

It’s been four months since I’ve practised yoga and, omg, it felt like taking the nicest hot bath in the universe. That’s probably a weird thing to say, but if you understood how stiff and dormant my muscles had become you’d understand. I need this in my life as a regular thing. Never going without it again.

Anyways, I thought I’d celebrate the occasion by drinking a new tea and writing a note, which is something else I was starting to neglect. I’m up to 92 teas, so the need to drink them up and send out some parcels is apparent.

Mulberry is an interesting combination with Genmaicha. It’s not my favourite 52teas genmaicha blend, and the flavouring is in a super subtle way. The mulberries add a hint of golden sweetness and emphasize the nutty rice notes in a low-key but rich fashion. I just wish there was a bit more to it (maybe coconut, idk- I miss DT’s Gold Rush).

Flavors: Berries, Honey, Nutty, Toasted Rice

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

Totally relate to the absence and presence of yoga in my life. This week, I begin a new yoga class with the teacher of my regular yoga instructor whom I adore. Yoga full stop has been on break for a whole month for the holidays and my body so misses it. I am both welcoming and dreading my first class back at the same time.

And yes, coconut sounds like a splendid possible addition to this mix!

Indigobloom

I’m going to my first yoga class in months tonight as well!! I love it, and miss it… and gosh darn I’m going to go despite this darn flu bug I’m getting over (It’s been over a week now. I can’t stay home forever haha).

Interesting. I miss gold rush too!

Sil

I’ve been trying to find a place in Toronto that isn’t obscenely expensive, is welcoming and actually works for my schedule….

Evol Ving Ness

Indigobloom, hope you are on the mend and dispatch this thing speedily.

Sil, have you considered the Prana Passport to get an idea of what’s out there?

Indigobloom

ah well that never happened (yoga). Had to stay late at work. Bah. Thanks for the hope <3

Sil

Evol – the what now?

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86

Nom nom nom.

For a moment I thought 52teas had forgotten to send me this, but I eventually found it in my Carrot Pancake labelled packet (Carrot Pancake was in the Danish packet). All is good!

Steep Count: 3 (2min30s, 3min, 6min)

(2017 fall blend)

Flavors: Blueberry, Cream, Malt, Pastries, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec
52Teas

Oops! Sorry about that! :(

CrowKettle

It’s alright; little mistakes happen! Everything else is perfect :)

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87

Argh!!!

Someone spilled water over my brand new, 100g packet of this but I think it’s ok. The inside sheen coating protected it… I hope.

It tastes alright for now. Just goes to show there is no point in hoarding tea. :(

(2017 spring harvest)

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Malt

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

not the snailey tea!

Evol Ving Ness

Send the good tea mojo the direction of the tea packet. Should be ok.
People can be so challenging…

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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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