1088 Tasting Notes

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Glorious. Nothing more needs to be said here about this masterpiece.

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White tea is not one of my usual go-to teas, but this afternoon, I was tearing things up looking for a white tea to steep. Found this one. Exactly what I needed.

Floral, delicate, juicy, honeyed, and gently sweet.

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Another non caffeinated 52Teas favourite: chocolate, orange, and a hint of cream. The rooibos nicely underscores the flavours.

Yesterday, I had one of my very favourite ice creams in the city—roasted marshmallow— and as I was making my way through my two scoops, I made a note of mentioning it to Anne because boy oh boy would it make a fab tea. I don’t know how one would get that slippery sticky marshmallow flavour in a tea though. The smokey crispy marshmallow bit, I think are manageable, likely with a lapsang but that gooey centre part. And then, the ice cream creaminess. Oh boy. Just parking it all here.

I predict another visit to that ice cream parlour in my near future.


Oh my gosh toasted marshmallow icecream tea would be amazing. Maybe some buttercream and caramelized sugar flavour in there to sell the icecream part. Yum!


Sounds delicious!


Yeah, I’ve been thinking of a marshmallow ripe pu-erh… it’s a good thing I’ve never had whatever this ice cream is that you’re talking about. haha.


Oh man… that looks and sounds so so good.

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Stumbled upon this and it was perfect for a rainy day.

It seems that the first tea I reach for is exactly the right one for me that day, in most cases anyway. With this in mind, I separated two boxes of opened focus teas into caffeinated and uncaffeinated today. We’ll see how this approach works out.

Quite enjoyed my five or six steeps of this today. The first few have that lovely sweet condensed milk thing going on, moving into more floral followed by vegetal.

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drank Berried Treasure by 52teas
1088 tasting notes

I took this with me to a meditation session today. And boy, did I need to meditate! I had great plans for the earlier part of the day and it all went sideways. The weather was lovely though, so there’s that. And my meditation instructor is a superstar and for that I am profoundly grateful.

There’s something about this one with the bergamot and the berries irritating each other in flavour when it is hot. The marshmallow softens this a bit, but not until the tea sits.

Tricky. I prefer it, for the most part, when the tea sits for a good long while, like overnight. So I have two or three remaining travel mugs of this to enjoy cold or cold-ish in the morning.

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Woke up to/with this (possibly to prevent myself from swearing at my neighbours).

Delicious, malty. And I’d like more banana—a familiar refrain, I know.

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I keep waiting for the day that this tea will lose its magic for me. And nope. Still absolutely magnificent.

My neighbours are sports fans. Last night was a hockey playoff and their team won. Yay for that as it is my home team too. That said, I don’t go out in the street in the middle of the night to scream, scream, and scream repeatedly over several hours when my team wins.
I guess that’s what happens when sports watching is supported by power drinking and merrymaking throughout the night.

Needless to say, I was woken throughout the night despite wearing earplugs—because after all, these people have been waking me up for over three years now and I have been making an effort to fortify myself with whatever it takes to be able to get a good night’s sleep. To no avail.

I am exhausted today, truly wiped. I most definitely need a marvellous cup of tea or two. Probably several good strong hugs as well.

….screaming… for hours?! I will never be that enthusiastic about sports. haha.

Evol Ving Ness

Haha. Intermittently for hours. They leave the house screaming and then go to the car and scream some more on the way to the car. Go somewhere. Scream some more when they get back and so on.


ick. selfish neighbors. :/

Evol Ving Ness

Yeah, I don’t get it. Though alcohol and really irregular schedules play a role here too. In addition to kids AND indulgent parents. Add arrogance and immaturity and it’s a toxic combo.

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And now it is gone.

And it’s a sip down!

Sipdown 78
(18 of 2019)

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Note to self—-you do not actually need any more tea.

My real tea obsession began in February 2015.

Not, sadly, when I had been living and working in China, though I very much enjoyed sampling a variety of teas during my travels there as well. No, no, that would have been far too sensible.

I am a reformed coffee drinker. I still enjoy a long double espresso with a good quantity or milk or cream from time to time, but for now, tea is my thing. All day.

*note—this is way out of date, so if we are doing a swap and you are checking to see what I like and dislike, mostly never mind what you find below. One of these days, I will update this. In the meantime, check what I’ve been drinking and use your own judgement. I like all the teas. Well, I am open to trying all the teas.

I tend to drink black, green, or oolong tea in the morning to early afternoon. Rooibos or
Honeybush or herbal in the evening. And perhaps some sort of sleepy-type tea in the wee hours.

This year, I’ve been discovering flavoured teas, so it may look like that is all I drink although that would provide a false impression.

Not a big fan of chocolate or mint in teas, but I will try them and, from time to time, have been pleasantly surprised. Also, usually I dislike a prominent cinnamon flavour, if untempered with other things, in teas. Again, I say usually, because there are exceptions.

Also, please note that haven’t quite gotten into the habit of updating my tea cupboard on Steepster, and it is unlikely that I will do this on any kind of regular basis.

I drink my tea black and unsweetened. If there comes a rare moment that I add something to it, I will mention it.

Finally, while I thank large and successful tea companies for tantalizing and beckoning me to the world of tea, I prefer to support independent ventures with real people, real enthusiasm and commitment, and real dreams.

Currently, I am researching monthly tea subscriptions. Perhaps it will keep me out of tea shops.

And here is Shae’s rating scale— which I am using with permission, of course— which more or less describes the way I have been rating teas. I am going to make more of an effort to stay very close to these parameters now.

Rating Scale

1-20: By far, one of the worst teas I’ve tasted. I most certainly will not finish my cup and will likely “gift” the rest to my sweet husband who almost always enjoys the teas I dislike (and vice versa).

21-40: This tea is not good but if I mix it with another tea or find another steeping method I might be able to finish it.

41-60: This one is just okay. I might drink it again if someone were to give it to me, but I probably won’t be buying more for myself.

61-75: This is a consistently good tea. It’s reliable but not necessarily special.

76-90: This one is a notch above the rest and I would gladly enjoy a cup of it any day of the week. I’ll likely be keeping this in my cupboard, but it isn’t one of my all-time favorites.

91-95: One small change and this tea would be perfect. I’ll definitely have a stash of this in my kitchen if you come over for tea.

96-100: No words can describe this tea. It’s an experience, an aha moment. Closed eyes, wide smile, encompassing warmth. Absolutely incredible. Perfect.


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