drank Darjeeling by Silk Road Teas
1230 tasting notes

Is this black tea exciting? Not really.

Is it appreciated by my Red Rose loving parents? Yes, it absolutely is.

This one might be perfect for casual black tea drinking when you don’t want to break into your fancier and frillier stash, as well as for guests who want tea but aren’t used to loose leaf or who think the title “Yunnan Pure Bud Golden Snail” is a bit intimidating to start.. Although, I find the Snail wins people over regardless of their prior concerns and biases (such an amazing tea; why is it not in stock and why am I on a tea buying hiatus?).

Flavors: Floral, Grapes, Hay, Malt

Evol Ving Ness

hahahha—I love your tasting notes. :)

gmathis

Some teas are just like your black socks. Serviceable, dependable, goes with just about anything. (But the polka dotted ones are much more fun!)

CrowKettle

I love your sock analogy. Also a timely reminder to buy more black socks! (Tea buying hiatus doesn’t mean sock buying hiatus :P)

gmathis

One year, my husband invented the “Sock of the Month Club.” On the first of each month, I’d find a new pair of (dollar shop, usually) socks on the dresser. My favorites were the Hanukkah socks and the Frankenstein socks, which I cheerfully and rebelliously wear off-season most of the year.

CrowKettle

That’s amazing. I generally wear my seasonal socks year round too. They are usually some of my coziest pairs!

Evol Ving Ness

gmathis, thank you for sharing your husband and his brand of joy with us. Delightful!

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Evol Ving Ness

hahahha—I love your tasting notes. :)

gmathis

Some teas are just like your black socks. Serviceable, dependable, goes with just about anything. (But the polka dotted ones are much more fun!)

CrowKettle

I love your sock analogy. Also a timely reminder to buy more black socks! (Tea buying hiatus doesn’t mean sock buying hiatus :P)

gmathis

One year, my husband invented the “Sock of the Month Club.” On the first of each month, I’d find a new pair of (dollar shop, usually) socks on the dresser. My favorites were the Hanukkah socks and the Frankenstein socks, which I cheerfully and rebelliously wear off-season most of the year.

CrowKettle

That’s amazing. I generally wear my seasonal socks year round too. They are usually some of my coziest pairs!

Evol Ving Ness

gmathis, thank you for sharing your husband and his brand of joy with us. Delightful!

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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, or fruity and floral flavoured ones. However, I generally enjoy ALL the teas, including a good old cup of Earl Grey or Breakfast blend.

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
Ginger, Turmeric, 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, Apple, Cocoa Nib, Almond, Licorice, Cinnamon-forward blends, Chinese Sencha

Subjective Rating System:
I don’t give a lot of low ratings out, since a) I tend to grab tea I know will appeal to me, and b) I don’t have a lot of strong dislikes.

90-100: Favourites. The Desert Island Teas.
80-89: Loved teas. Possibly staple-worthy.
70-79: Good teas, but I’m less likely to repurchase. Minor quibbles.
60-69: Ok teas. Likely a few preference and/or quality issues.
50-59: Cup of meh. Will do in a pinch.
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.

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BC, Canada

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