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 favourite teas are stuff like Milk Oolong, Dragonwell, Silver Needle, Japanese Sencha, Kenyan White Rhino… but I generally enjoy all the tea.
Vanilla, Maple, Caramel, Cream, Toffee, Nougat, Marzipan, Butter
FRUIT & BERRIES
Blackberry, Raspberry, Currants, Blueberry, Elderberry, Bananas, Melons
Lime, Grapefruit, Lemon, Bergamot, Yuzu (orange is a hit or miss)
Anise (but not licorice), Ginger, Clove-forward chai
EARTHY & GRASSY NOTES
Musky, “Fresh,” and/or Woody Incense-like stuff: Sandalwood, Frankincense, Eucalyptus, Mints
Lavender, Jasmine, Rose, etc. ALL the flowers!
Less Preferred Flavours/Ingredients:
- Stevia and most sweeteners
- Cinnamon-forward blends
- Orange (if it’s a creamsicle)
- Mango pieces (love mango outside of tea though)
- Coconut pieces (as a sub/filler ingredient)
- Cocoa Nibs, 95% of the time.
Subjective Rating System 3.0:
90-100: My absolute favourite tea. I’ll impulsively buy in large quantities and hoard like a dragon.
85-89: A favourite tea. I’ll try to keep this one around when it’s practical.
76-84: A good tea, but lower on my “to repurchase” list
70-75: Alright, but I may have a few problems with quality, consistency, ingredient chemistry, or personal preferences.
50-69: Average to mediocre cup. Personal preference issues are apparent.
11-49: Varying levels of undrinkable tea. I don’t give a lot of these ratings out, since I tend to grab tea I know will appeal to me.
1-10: Nightmare tea from the chaos realms. This tea is the embodiment of the primordial swamp, the unholy abomination that is a chimera. It’s very gross and I’m almost positive it doesn’t exist.