1442 Tasting Notes

I don’t remember how I ended up with a bag of this as opposed to a small sample (maybe from my one time tea of the month trail?), but I’m glad for the larger amount. I usually don’t go for the browner looking oolong types, and it took me by surprise how much I like this one.

There are notes of cream and orchids, which remind me of my greener oolongs, but there’s also a sharper note of sweet orange in the finish and aftertaste that add an extra dimension to this. My empty cup after the first steep has an aroma like orange chocolate liqueur with a dab of honey, chocolate cherries, or something dark like that. This tea is smooth and easy, but not an everyday thing.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C
TeaLady441

I think this was one from Verdant’s 5 for $5 promo. I finished mine yesterday, and OMGsrsly drank hers then too do it caught my eye. That’s probably why you bought it.

Crowkettle

I haven’t ordered from Verdant in the last seven months but maybe? I think this came with two other oolongs- a tieguanyin and a phoenix mountain dancong. I should start writing dates on my teas.

Crowkettle

I’m totally drinking it today because I saw you/OMGsrsly drink it the other day, however. I honestly forgot I had it.

TeaLady441

I think the promo was 8 months ago? I realized I’d had it sitting there for ever so I wanted to try it. And Oolong Saturday seemed appropriate. :P

I started adding all my teas into a spreadsheet so I could track when I bought them and who gave me the samples. It’s been handy but I’m always updating data. Tea logs. Spreadsheets. Good reads updates. Fan fic pins. Pinboard pins. I spend so much time cataloging my life – I can’t forget to live it. :P

Terri HarpLady

I love this one. Sadly, I think it’s gone for good…but who knows what might pop up to replace it, right?

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I wasn’t aware that oolong Saturday was a thing, but I’ve spent the last +10 hours drinking up this sample, so I sort of participated unknowingly?

This oolong isn’t bad- it’s characteristically floral, with a good dose of sweetness and a peppery aftertaste. The first empty cup had a distinct brown sugar aroma. There’s something kind of malty about it too, with some notes you’d find in a barely or wheat tea. Eating oat bran while drinking this magnified that note. The second steep tasted like oil had been mixed in. Bouts of creaminess come through in some of the steeps.

The third and forth steeps were enjoyed (I use that term loosely)cold in a juice-flavored travel mug my mom insisted I take with me to the movies today. She even poured the the tea using the glass gongfu herself- the first time she’s ever used it. She was extremely excited to do it too, which was sweet. That’s one good memory I’ll have with this tea.

Edit: I’m still drinking this and every once in a while I get banana peel. Is that strange? I guess it’s the tea’s way of telling me I should stop drinking it.

Second Edit: Things are starting to get interesting. The floral and wheat notes have receded somewhat, allowing for more sweetness. It’s mainly brown sugar but there’s something fruity too.

Terri HarpLady

Oolong saturday? Is that a thing?

Crowkettle

I was unaware too and was wondering why OMGsrsly decided to drink five oolong teas today. Then I saw this thread: http://steepster.com/discuss/6437-oolong-saturday-anyone

OMGsrsly

Because I’m ridiculous? :D

Crowkettle

I’d say you’re special and determined. I like oolong quite a lot but I don’t think I could do what you did today :)

TeaLady441

You resteeped this one 5 times, didn’t you? That’s determined too. I will resteep once or twice but that’s usually all I will commit too. And if it’s from Davids or something like that, I’ll toss it after.

OMGsrsly

Yeah, I’m a little tea-drunk. If I stay home to do laundry tomorrow, I’ll drink even more of them. If I go to my friends house, she only has a microwave as her stove is broken. Haha. No tea there.

Crowkettle

I’ve actually technically resteeped this 10 times now, with two separate batches in different temperatures today, but I’m trying not to count and gave up writing about it in my note..

OMGsrsly

That is seriously amazing.

Crowkettle

I probably fixate on oolongs in an unhealthy way. I want to know when they’ll stop tasting like “things” but I usually end up with a headache before I get close to that point.

TheTeaFairy

I though the post was so funny, start an Oolong Saturday to follow up Black Friday! Should we start a Green Sunday ???? Oh, why not!

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drank Alpina by Jasmin
1442 tasting notes

My sister brought me back this herbal from Slovenia. I had a lot of fun trying to translate the ingredients with the help of Google (shudder). Roughly, this herbal blend consists of a bunch of berries, berry leaves, and tiny pink flowers. The easiest flavours for me to pick out are the blackcurrants, and the pomegranate. It’s a very juicy tea with a subdued floral note. I think this would make a nice iced tea.

My sister brought me back some strange, but fun, stuff from her travels this time, including some chocolate with tea leaves on top. It gives me a good case of wanderlust. I want to go places too!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Fjellrev

Awesome that your sister was in Slovenia! Hope she enjoyed her trip.

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Backlog: after making some of this without really having time for it the other day, I opted to pour it in my timolino travel mug and hope for the best.

Turns out this fairs amazingly well in the timolino (at least, it was a lot better than I expected it to be). The plastic didn’t drown out any of the subtleties- The rose is the dominant note, with some amaranth and cream. This made a comical archaeology lab awesome. Looking forward to having many more amazing timolino adventures with this tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec
OMGsrsly

Don’t you know that archaeology is srs bsnss? :D (How to freak your classmates out: If your tongue sticks to dry “wood”, it’s bone. I swear this is legit, although it sounds absolutely preposterous.)

OMGsrsly

I actually tasted rocks in the rock lab too. My prof just shook his head at me. I guess that’s what happens when you take mineralogy BEFORE point identification.

Plunkybug

I wish I could also “like” OMGsrsly’s comments too. :P

Crowkettle

I agree with Heather (I’ll have to find the right time to test that), although I’d probably abuse the ability to an annoying degree.

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drank Lime Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
1442 tasting notes

I’ve gotten to the point where I’m just drinking the same tea over and over again. I want more old friends around (in manageable amounts), as opposed to non-committing strangers (which I’ll take by the cup where I can). I’m sure I’ll change my mind and move on, but I need to get sick of some of favourites first.

This citrus-cream rooibos will forever remind me of summer, family feuds, cheap, “Motel 8-esque” style accommodation, Disneyworld, and.. Butiki’s Taiwanese Assam. Yes, this tea reminds how much I love a completely unrelated tea; it’s part of the pleasure in drinking it.

Flavors: Cream

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 30 sec
Courtney

I just went through this phase. It’s always good to have the favourites. So comforting :)

Crowkettle

I’m glad to hear others go through this. :) I feel like I need to get back to my basics.

OMGsrsly

I’m trying to get back to basics. Really. I think I’m at about 195 again, but have to go through every single tea to check.

Crowkettle

Oh, and that number will go up even more when I bring you your Bellocq teas.. and potentially some matcha. :)

OMGsrsly

And after I order this weekend, although about half of what I’m getting will be going to my parents and brother as gifts. Still. That leaves half for me!

TeaLady441

Basics are nice. I’m leaning more towards big quantities of great teas, and less of the risky samples. That makes it easier to restock too. :D I’m not opposed to trying new teas, but I no longer feel OMG I NEED IT TOO like I used to.

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There’s never enough of this tea.. so hello Friday sales. No. 29.

This guy comes out better when the temperature is exact but it doesn’t taste completely terrible if I miss the mark by a degree.. or 20. Ok, there’s probably more tart “citrus” notes then there should be but it’s still good.

I wish my favourite types of teas (dragon well, silver needle, tieguanyin-like oolong, and this) weren’t specific lower temp. steepers. It makes it hard to get by without a fancy kettle, or something, for measuring temp.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec
Courtney

Hahaha 20.

Fjellrev

Ha, I so agree. Maybe that’s why dragonwell hasn’t been my best friend. I always have to guess on how long to let the water cool.

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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
1442 tasting notes

This one takes me back! Alpine Punch was probably one of the first rooibos blends I ever tried, back in 2011 (that’s when I still bought giant tins of everything I tried). In hindsight, buying 136g of this wasn’t the smartest idea. While it was delicious during the winter months, I lost interest when things started to warm up. RIP, 100-some grams of this tea. I have no clue where you are now.

Er, so this is a new tiny batch from this year. It’s full of as much Christmas-y coconut goodness as I can remember. Fruit cake and angel food cake vibes galore. The rose and the pepper are new for me, and I quite like what they bring out.

Yeah, I’m OK with this seasonal blend. I think we have some nice days ahead of us this cold season.

Also, yay for Doctor Who! I’m going to watch that very shortly. Maybe with a cup of this (or maybe a couple cups of this because it’s over an hour long).

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec
Nxtdoor

It’s funny how we all bought a lot of everything in the beginning. I remember dexter3657 telling me not to buy 100 grams of everything and I remember thinking “why not? I’ll drink it all the same” . Oh the foolishness of “youth”!

TeaLady441

Hahha. Yeah, it took me a year to get rid of my 100g tins. /0\

Plunkybug

I haven’t had any this season yet, but it is one of the few rooibos I like.

Crowkettle

lol, Cavo, now you’ve moved on to 10oz, right? :P Although, there are a couple of teas I’d do that with too..

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Sis brought this back from London. She has it set in her head that my favourite thing in the world is green tea. It’s not, but I like to keep some around for a full moon when I turn into a veggie craving monstrosity. Sometimes green is good. Like when I’m sick and reaping the consequences of my procrastination.

It’s so typical of me to get cold-like symptoms at this time of the year. Bleh! I need something to help me keep calm and focus right now, and green tea is one of the few things that works.

For whatever reason, I find tea steeped in teapots, particularly green tea, tastes better in little cups. It doesn’t fly so well in this huge mug however, although it’s passable.

This is vegetal, smoky, and somewhat buttery. The slight astringency tells me I need to steep for a shorter amount of time. and steal a variable temperature kettle.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
yyz

I find I like my greens in smaller cups too!

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With 1%. I think I’d probably prefer this one without the chocolate, or the marshmallows- I can’t tell which one is giving me this old, soggy graham cracker flavour profile.

The best things about this tea creeps out around the finish and aftertaste, in a kind of snowball effect. Those best things are the pumpkin spices and caramel flavour. Delicious, gooey caramel.. I can almost believe you’re actually there.

Despite not being a fan of some of the components in this one, I’d still easily pick it over David’s 2013 rendition of Pumpkin Chai. I’m just not digging the stew of citrus notes and spices it seems to have this year.

Edit: I want to add that the empty cup has the aroma of a melted, lightly spiced, caramilk bar. Also, this has so much more flavour when I steep it for +6min and use two teaspoons.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

What’s your favourite pumpkin blend, by the way?

momo

wow if I hadn’t already plotted salted caramel chai for an attempt at work on Friday I’d go for caramel pumpkin chai NOW. I didn’t even know this was a tea though maybe that was a good thing!

Crowkettle

At the moment it’s the Pumpkin Pie matcha from Red Leaf. It mixes well with ice cream so it automatically wins. It’s not a very subtle blend flavoring though. I might come to love Butiki’s more subtle Pumpkin Milkshake, but I don’t seem to reach for it too often.

Momo, both of those ideas sound amazing because they have caramel in them. :)

Plunkybug

This has everything I love in it. I’ll have to try some, sometime.

TeaLady441

Oh, I second that – it’s amazing. I haven’t mixed matcha with ice cream though – what a fool I’ve been!

MissB

Matcha with ice cream is AMAZING. Seriously. I usually do my matcha’s as smoothies/ice cream shakes, although you can just as easily do them when making your own ice cream. I just add a spoonful into the mixer while it’s churning, although the bubble tea place I like just dusts it on top of the ice cream.

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Backlog. I drank a whole pot of this last night and it kept me good and wired until about 7am. Funny how the coconut all fell to the bottom of the bag; as I work my way through 80grams it becomes more distinct.

What I’m actually drinking right now: Black coffee. I tried to log “coffee” on here a few minutes ago and then had an epiphany! My brain has apparently turned to mush.

OMGsrsly

Good one. I almost tried to do that earlier this morning… :)

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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
Citrus Fruits, Passionfruit, Banana, Pineapple, Melons, Blackberry, Raspberry, Currants, Elderberry, Persimmon, Rhubarb..

SPICES
Ginger, Turmeric, Clove-forward chai, Cardamom

AROMATIC & HERBACEOUS NOTES
Sandalwood, Frankincense, Juniper, Eucalyptus, Mints

FLORALS
Lavender, Jasmine, Rose, Lilac, Violet, etc.

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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