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I feel like I totally missed the main tasting notes on this one. I think I’m missing out, since I really don’t taste much in the way or pear. The base isn’t my thing (sencha is a bit bitter and vegetal IMO) and I can’t make out any particular berry or fruit.
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Fruity, Green, Vegetal
With 630-some tasting notes logged on Steepster over almost 2 years, I can say drinking tea provides me a time for daily meditation and brings me immense pleasure. I drink a decent amount of teabags when lazy or pressed for time and don’t mind if they have added flavorings. If I’m going for loose tea, though, it’s always straight and generally unflavored.
Steepster has, through trades with other members, introduced me to some delicious flavored loose teas I would have never picked up on my accord. Dots and Loops, Butterscotch Potion and Banoffee Rum-ba come to mind. tea-sipper sent Blueberie-zzz my way a few months ago.
For some reason, I’ve retained a vivid memory of one afternoon in kindergarten daycare. It resurfaces a few times per year unprovoked. This takes me back to that day, playing with a blueberry-scented Strawberry Shortcake doll. The aroma of Blueberrie-zzz combines that day with another memory of those candy necklaces on elastic string I’d buy at the Speedway gas station on my walk home from elementary school.
The blueberry and lavender linger long in my mouth and heart. The experience makes me feel things. Perhaps it’s a longing for innocence. I could become addicted to this.
Addendum: 5 grams gave 2 full-flavored steeps
Flavors: Apple, Blueberry, Candy, Drying, Earth, Floral, Fruity, Lavender, Lemon, Mineral, Straw, Tangy
It is a very-very well balanced tea: bergamot, ginger, and lemon complement each other very well. But it also a very forgettable and unremarkable drink and I do not know why. Maybe the tea base should be more defined and assertive, or maybe it was designed to be taken with milk and sugar (and I always drink my tea straight).
In any case, despite the obvious skill and thought that went into creating this blend it did not click with me.
Flavors: Bergamot, Ginger, Lemon
Hello, oatmeal I had for breakfast this morning. I like to doctor up my oatmeal with spices and brown sugar (sometimes) and this is reminiscent of those notes. More brown sugar than maple, in my opinion, although yeah, the maple is very subtle. I think I might have crushed a maple candy and sprinkled a bit on my oatmeal. The houjicha base isn’t as toasty as others I’ve had in the past. Tastes more white tea than houjicha to me.
Overall, I like this! My mug is telling me that I need to start drinking more tea again.
I was happy to see this blend in the recent mystery bag I ordered. The flavor here is definitely fruity, though I wouldn’t say it tastes like kumquats. The fruitiness goes very well with the rooibos. I don’t think I taste any hints of cheesecake. I’m definitely enjoying this one and would like to award it points for having a flavor I haven’t tasted in a tea before. Whatever fruit flavoring is used is new to me (I think!) and it’s very refreshing. The flavor lingers in my mouth for a long time. The resteep was quite strong as well.
April 2020 Blend
Ok, I finished this one off last week and I think I need more time with it to form an opinion or give it a rating (ie – I still need to drink more). Rooibos and I have a mercurial relationship.
I always love the idea of green rooibos more than the actual thing but this one is not bad. I do get more unripe (Green) mango salad than sherbet half the time but that’s not a terrible thing either!
Flavors: Lemon, Lemongrass, Mango, Tangy
From the Samurai TTB.
I thought I had tried this one in a previous swap or tea box, but it looks like I have not. Looking back, I think it was another GoT-themed tea from 52Teas. Seems like there are a few. I’ve been regretting using a smaller amount of tea leaves in my most recent cups so I went with a full two teaspoons for this one. AJRimmer was very generous so there is still a lot left in the bag. The dry blend has cubes of pale fruit (I’m guessing the mango) and long strips of dried chili. The chili is an exciting addition, I must say. It’s also the most prominent flavor (sensation, more like) in the cup. It starts sweet then all of a sudden there’s a quick burn in the back of your throat. If I hadn’t already read the description, it would have been a fun and unexpected surprise. Well, it’s still fun. It’s not overly sweet and not overly spicy – really a nice mix of both. The name feels appropriate here too – Dany can be both spicy and sweet when she needs to be. And of course, there are the dragons. Overall, a good blend. Not a favorite but quite enjoyable.
Flavors: Fruity, Spicy, Sweet
This is the chilli chai to end all chilli chais. I’ve tried many, and this is by far my favourite. The chilli is really hot, and it builds at the back of your throat the more you drink, so if you’re not a fan of spice I would stay clear of this tea! I love spice, and this is the perfect amount for me – it’s a pretty intense heat, but it doesn’t hurt your mouth or drown out the other flavours. In fact, it complements them beautifully. I can actually both smell and taste the chocolate among the spices, too, which is a novelty for me since I typically don’t enjoy chocolate flavoured teas as I don’t think the flavour translates well. This is the exception to that rule. It’s a deep, rich dark chocolate and it tastes authentic rather than artificial – it’s definitely reading as chocolate rather than cocoa butter, which is what I usually get when I drink chocolate teas. Anne has done a fantastic job blending this, and I was excited to see that it has recently been reblended and is still on the 52teas website. I might have done some window shopping and compiled a fantasy basket which this has been added to… let’s hope I get through my self-imposed cupboard cull quickly enough to place an order while this is still in stock!
Thank you VariaTEA for introducing me to this mind-blowing chai. Sipdown 193/397.
April 2020 Blend
I didn’t do an overnight cold steep until I reached the end of my sample. Big Mistake. Hot, this tea is a pleasant enough warm cocktail punch with a mildly brisk and bright malt base (I’d rate it an enjoyable 75 maybe). Cold, this is a summer carnival fruity cocktail dessert full of all the fruit magic (+A iced tea). I now wish I’d ordered some (curses, terrible exchange rate and COVID-19 related financial uncertainty preventing me from binge ordering all the tea).
Flavors: Berry, Blackberry, Candy, Citrus, Malt, Orange, Raspberry, Strawberry
This has been sealed since December 2018 and something is a bit off. I wouldn’t say the coconut is rancid but something is weird. In particular, there is a sharp metallic note that cuts through this. Then I get coconut and some spice. It’s not a favorite if I am being honest but I will try it as a latte and see if I like it better that way before fully writing it off.
For some reason I wasn’t excited about this one but I am really enjoying it. It’s juicy and spiced and just delicious. Best hot but still nice when cooled. Hotter it was nice citrusy clove and as it cools, a lot of pear has come through. No base, which is my preference. This is one I’d have again for sure.
I know I say this a lot – like a lot a lot – but I LOVE this tea. The earthiness of the yerba mate (a blend of both fresh green & roasted mate) seems to be the perfect companion for the bright lime notes. The marshmallow softens the overall flavor. It’s really quite nice and comes together in a really tasty way.
I just looked at my clock to see that it’s now 1:24 am so I’m drinking this kinda late (early?) but I guess – it’s OK since I don’t have anywhere to be tomorrow and since it’s Saturday, it’s not a day to be making any calls that need to be made.
Have a great weekend, everyone!
April 2020 Reblend
Imagine pairing this savoury grilled pineapple tea with your cheesy pineapple pizza. Maximize the hot, steamy pineapple to 200%. My father and all savoury pineapple haters out there just cringed right now but the rest of us are golden! Pineapple golden.
Flavors: Grilled Food, Malt, Pineapple, Smoke, Umami
This April 2020 blend appears to be a close relative of my much loved and coveted Lime Marshmallow Salad (I still have some of that blend from years back and it only comes in second for being the oldest green tea in my stash. The honour of such an infamous prize goes to Butiki’s With Open Eyes).
So, yeah, This and Lime Jello Salad… Most of the similarities are in the aroma of the dry blend. The two types of Yerba Mate used create a roasted earthy profile base whereas the Jello is bit more of a raw veggie base. Both are good and spark joy. Both are also being consumed cold right now. Life is solid.
I’d probably order more if I see it as a large pack on 52tea’s website (love the flavoured yerba mate and guayusa blends).
Flavors: Candy, Citrus Fruits, Earth, Forest Floor, Lime, Marshmallow, Roasted
I saw that VariaTEA wrote a tasting note about this earlier in the week, and I realized that I had a small enough sample of it that I could make myself a mug and sneak in a sipdown so I took the oppertunity!
I don’t know that I necessarily got “fig” from the flavour – admittedly I think that’s a really hard flavour to capture, and I wasn’t really upset by the absence of it but it did make me really crave a tea with a deep fig flavour and now I feel like I have a “hole” in my stash because I don’t have a tea to fill the craving. That’s crazy though – I own nearly 900 teas, I do not need to be out there acquiring more just because I have a craving for figs now…
Even though this didn’t hit the mark for me in terms of fig flavour, it was still a very nice blend overall. I thought it came off as quite cozy, with a subtle warming cinnamon undertone to a more mineral and just slightly fruity main profile with this overall “baked good” kind of vibe to the flavour as well. I couldn’t really tell you exactly what it tasted like if I were to try and sum the flavour up as a whole, but it was still a nice sipdown.
Thanks VariaTEA for the reminder that this was in my stash!
drinking eta and enjoying all the teas from VariaTEA, though i haven’t bothered with writing notes on anything that wasn’t a sipdown because it’s been a crazy week. This is week two of back to work and i’m starting to get in to things with work except my ID still isn’t set up and i had to give tehm back my laptop the other day. So i’m hoping by the end of this week i’ll actually be “ready” and able to work. It’s been frustrating but also nice in that it’s given us a bit more time to work on adjusting to dad taking over primary care of the nugget and both of us juggling working!
this one was nice to revisit (never had version 2) but it didn’t check off enough boxes for me to want more.
April’s theme was “A Celebration of Spring” & the idea was to capture some flavors that sing “spring”! The idea behind this first tea was to create a candy-sweet, berry & citrus fruity taste. Like something you might enjoy from your spring basket – only tea, because tea is so much better than candy!
I really like how this one turned out – a strong berry note – with a sweet orange-y brightness shining through. Sweet, juicy & really tasty.
Forced my mam to have a cup of this with me. She’s thrown out all of my single-mug steepers so for the time being she is sharing my two-cup teapots with me as punishment! Heh. She didn’t mind the cup of Adagio’s cream flavoured tea earlier, but this one she is not a fan of. Pulled a face and I wouldn’t be surprised if it went down the sink as soon as I left the room! It’s not my favourite, either. I received it in a mystery order a while back, and it’s not one I would have ever chosen on my own. Pear isn’t a flavour I think about actively choosing very often, and honeybush, chamomile and vanilla are all ingredients I tend to actively avoid! Despite the intial trepidation it’s not that bad. I chose it because I’ve had a rotten day and wanted something soothing, and it is doing the trick as far as that goes. The description for this tea says that the vanilla and chamomile are subtle, and I have to agree, but while it also says it is strongly pear-flavoured I would say that the honeybush is the overwhelming note, with the pear dancing around in the background and lingering more as an aftertaste. This is from Frank’s 52teas, though, not Anne’s, and the faded pear could be down to the tea’s age (though I don’t remember ever finding it particularly strong, and browsing other notes it seems like it never has been). Not a ‘wow’ moment, but it is soothing, and that’s what I’m looking for right now.