1363 Tasting Notes

A subtle but decadent twist on a 52teas staple; paradoxically light and rich! I really enjoyed this one, and it was popular with the rest of my family too.

Flavors: Butter, Caramelized Sugar, Creamy, Grassy, Silky, Smooth, Toasted Rice, Vanilla

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Still on a purple flower kick. This is a nice level of lavender, and a pleasant twist on an earl grey (the bergamot is super light), but it can be finicky to steep up. I oversteeped it to the point of bitterness a couple of times, but milk helps with these things. Also, even if I butchered the first steep, the second steep was deliciously smooth.

My 50g did not last at all; I pull out teas like this (ex – earl greys & citrusy black tea blends) when I can’t make up my mind, but want caffeine plus a little flair.

Flavors: Bergamot, Earthy, Floral, Lavender, Tannic, Vanilla

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Thé de Lune by Mariage Frères
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I wanted Violet Cremes but there’s sadly very little left of that (hoarding ensues). Instead, I opted for this brisker black tea to get my violet fix. It’s delicious in its own right, but I want buttery oolong too! Sometimes life is challenging like this.

Note to self: find more violet teas to fill the void in my life.

Flavors: Black Currant, Brisk, Citrus, Floral, Fruity, Malt, Pepper, Vanilla, Violet

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Sweet Potato Pie by DAVIDsTEA
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Tasty, but this dessert tea exists in a state between “satisfies sweet tooth” and “it’s so cloying and rich it’s nauseating!” I also don’t get pie as much as I get candy corn (this isn’t a terrible thing though). However, my mom adored it, and found nothing to criticize — so, maybe the sweetness overload is just me. I’d consider getting more for her, and snag the odd cup that way.

Flavors: Butternut Squash, Candy, Caramelized Sugar, Marshmallow, Smooth, Spices, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes, Vanilla

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(2021 Spring Harvest)

It’s long overdue that I finished this old harvest up but, now that it’s gone, I miss its familiar profile of malt, cocoa, sweet potatoes, sugarcane, and, strikingly, pepper spice. It’s neither the fanciest tea in my cupboard nor the plainest. It occupies a mercurial niche that makes it universally accessible.

It’s a tea I drink on slow Sunday afternoons — as well as one that I’ve pulled out for wedding showers, baby showers, and, most recently, after receiving the news that my uncle, my dad’s youngest brother, had passed away. It’s strangely grounding, and I can’t believe all the memories and significance it has accumulated over the years.

The name is always a conversation starter and a welcome distraction for those who need it (“are there actually snails in this tea?”). I’m usually prompted to show off to the particularly snail-anxious among us the beautifully rolled, gold-black curl of the tea leaf in order to put them at ease. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who hasn’t been taken in by the leaves or the rich, sweet, and earthy aroma that they give off. Like I said — grounding and comforting. This tea is a pillar.

So long for now (not forever) beautiful tea.

Flavors: Bread, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Earthy, Malt, Mineral, Pepper, Raisins, Smooth, Sugarcane, Sweet Potatoes

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

There have been several recent conversations lately about “what tea props you up when you’re sagging?” Sounds like this is on your list, for sure!

I never cease to be fascinated by teas that are meticulously rolled, curled, and kinked into tiny little works of art.


Gmathis: I like that! That needs to be a prompt this fall – “what tea props you up when you are sagging?”


Matcha Magpie: I haven’t had a Golden Snail in ages and I have a new one on shelf that I need to open. They are so delightful.


I love this note so much and feel the same way about this tea. It’s… yes.


Sorry for the super late response but thank you everyone!

I also love that prompt :)

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drank Pineapple Sencha by 52teas
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Omg, I finally managed to get back into my account (I was in some weird signed in/out limbo). I missed you all.


Sad sipdown. This makes the most delicious tropical cold brew. The grassiness of the sencha and acidic traits of the pineapple also mellows out with this steep method. Perfect for hot weather. I know people tend to drink less tea in the hot summer months, but I’m a huge fan of 52Teas’ fruity blends; they’re some of the most refreshing and flavourful iced tea-adjacent blends around.

Flavors: Acidic, Citrusy, Fruity, Grassy, Pineapple, Sweet, Tropical Fruit, Umami

Martin Bednář

Yep, those things happen here. A bit spooky!


Heeeyyyy Crow Kettle!


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Mastress Alita

That happens to me all the time. Clearing out all Cookies for “steepster” from the browser cache always fixes it for me.


Yes, I should’ve fixed it sooner but… browser laziness. I was loooong overdue for a password reset and browser clean anyways! :P

Cameron B.

Welcome back! :D

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drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
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Oh, hey! I can log into Steepster again! I missed you all.

I had quite the adventure in March. I took a short trip down to San Francisco, and then went on a birthday cruise (for my father and young nephew) to various Hawaiian ports. This was my first visit to the US since before the pandemic and it was.. nice, even if SF did a good YVR impression with the weather (rain. so much rain). Also, I definitely caught covid on the tail-end of the cruise, which was awful – the least terrible ramification being that it prevented me from enjoying my Lupicia souvenirs for a couple weeks.

Is this tea subtle? No. Does it taste like a Melona bar? Yes, it totally does – and that’s all I want at the moment. Sugary green melons on a floral bouquet. This is an excellent tea for flavoured tea fans and newbies (my mom thinks it tastes and smells mindbogglingly good). My sole complaint is the green oolong base is kind of boring and veers towards sour once the flavouring dissipates – but it’s such an easy tea to guzzle down, and takes a long while to get to the point of “meh”. This is one of the very few Lupicia offerings I’ve tried before and it’s lovely to get a chance to revisit it.

Steep Count: 5 and going strong

Flavors: Candy, Cantaloupe, Floral, Fruity, Grassy, Honeydew, Honeysuckle, Lilac, Melon, Mineral, Nectar, Smooth, Sweet, Violet

190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec

Had to look up Melona bars … that’s not a brand you see here in Missouri! This oolong sounds nice—like bananas, I don’t mind melon flavors, just hate the texture of the real thing.


Did you visit any tea shops in San Fran?


I didn’t get a chance this time – but I hope to visit again! I loved what little we saw of San Francisco.

@gmathis – yeah, there’s something banana-like about Melona bars (I think that’s one of the different flavours). I used to never see them around here either, except for the rare Korean grocery store, but the nearby Costco recently started carrying them!

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While not a blend I’d pick out on my own, I do think the concept is pretty neat: sweet stonefruit blended with zesty spices to create something that does kind of taste like a savoury chutney.

The lemon and ginger help bring out the zestiness to the blend; it makes it feel convincing and interesting texture-wise. None of the spices steal the show; they’re well blended. The green blend also aids the concept and leans into the savoury with it’s fresh and bright vegetal profile. The tea ultimately reminds me of a green guava chutney I had ages ago, which brings back happy memories.

Steep Count: 2

Flavors: Allspice, Apricot, Cardamom, Cherry, Citrus, Cloves, Drying, Fruity, Ginger, Lemon Zest, Spices, Stonefruit, Sweet, Vegetal

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Violet Cremes by BrutaliTeas
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I have frightfully little left of this so I’m now hoarding it and drawing out the steep as long as possible when I do have it. This time I managed to resteep it over three days with +10 infusions (tea necromancy). It was so good in a way that no one else whom I describe it to finds appealing (no super floral/violet fans in my life).

Resteep Count: 12

Flavors: Berries, Butter, Candy, Creamy, Floral, Mineral, Smooth, Sugarcane, Vegetal, Violet

185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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I’m not sure I’d pick this up again because of the nectar-sweet sunflowers + the fear of their inevitable rancidity – maybe if my cupboard wasn’t at this level of unmanageable and I wasn’t so worried it’d get neglected at the back of the stash?

Overall though, I enjoyed drinking this fruity green tea blend. The nippy, almost smoky, cruciferous base is not what I generally look for in greens but I gained a strong appreciation for its bolder profile in the mornings and early afternoons; it has something of a “breakfast blend”, or gunpowder, feel to it (bonus pineapple jam included). It also resteeps amazingly well, although the first steep could be mercurial regarding the nippiness – matcha-like in it’s grassiness today, which is a lovely send off for me.

Resteep Count: 4

Flavors: Bright, Brussels Sprouts, Candied Fruit, Grassy, Juicy, Kale, Nectar, Pineapple, Sunflower Seed, Tannic, Tropical, Vegetal

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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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.


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

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

Ginger, Turmeric, Clove-forward chai, Cardamom

Sandalwood, Frankincense, Juniper, Eucalyptus, Mints

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

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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