3170 Tasting Notes
Additional notes: This manages to be much better when I’m using my 16-20 minutes after boiling and only steeping for 2 minutes method (first steep). No more sarsparilla notes. This is an amazing tea today! Perfect choice. Also added some cocoa powder to some dark pu-erh. Now that I’m having it again, I THINK I tried this before? And again I’m realizing when I add enough cocoa, the pu-erh tends to disappear… even if the pu-erh is very deep. So I think I prefer either cocoa or pu-erh instead of mixing them.
Posting to see if Steepster is frozen again… Thank you SkySamurai – this was a while ago! Even though I just received her half of a swap yesterday! I keep trying this one. Even though it appears to be a green oolong in person (unlike the photo that is clearly roasted), I’m only really tasting the roast on this one… even though by appearance… there really shouldn’t be any roast flavor here at all. My brew color certainly isn’t deep amber like the photo! My brew color is the usual pale yellow. I loved the fragrance of the leaves after the rinse though – it was like tamarind (from my remembrance of the Butiki blend anyway). I wish the actual oolong had tasted like that. But sadly only roasted flavor here. It should be fine – I’m only steeping one teaspoon and not overdoing it. Bigger bundles here! Charcoal tasting oolongs just aren’t for me. It’s always a shame it’s so one-noted for me.
Steep #1 // 1 teaspoon for full mug // 26 minutes after boiling // rinse // 1 minute steep
Steep #2 // 20 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #3 // 2 minutes after boiling // 2 min
This blend is quite old now (from a mystery bag) but it’s LOVELY. Mint, three types of basil again and spicy pepper all on a green base! I’d say the mint tends to drown out the other flavors here, but I’m sure it was better balanced when it was fresh. But the mint is fantastic with this green tea. It’s a sweet buttery or creamy mouthfeel mint that could translate to candy. The second steep was also amazing. Really I grabbed this one to steep up because I wanted an excuse to mention that if you’re looking for a funny show that is being overlooked, try Dreamcorp LLC. I love that show and one of the characters is named Randy.
Steep #1 // 1 heaping teaspoon for full mug // 37 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 34 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Additional notes: testing testing. I doubt this will post. Steepster has been weird. Just wanted to say sipdown! This still has a bit of a chocolate flavor left after ALLLL these years. More than I’d expect. It was a good one – thanks for creating it StarFevre! What I was really looking for was Reichenbach Recovery this morning, but I don’t know where that is right now.
2020 Sipdowns: 87
Thank you AJRimmer! Another fruity blend from Teavivre… they have had this one in particular in stock for quite a while. The hibiscus looks like it should be overwhelming just looking at the amount of it in the dry blend, but the resulting mugs aren’t too overly hibiscus. With the first steep the brew is fuchsia, the second steep a pale pink. The flavor isn’t ONLY tartness… there is also a noted melon flavor and fragrance in both cups. Though it’s an interesting addition to this blend, I don’t think it’s quite enough to make me want to stock up on this one. (And now that I’m looking at the ingredients list, the flavor I was noticing was probably papaya rather than melon.)
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 10 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 2 minutes after boiling // 6 minute steep
This poor tea! No tasting notes and it’s four years old – not even a tasting note from me and I received an entire big pouch in a mystery grab bag. As I’m thinking now that this tea was made right after a certain someone was first elected - which in itself is really stretching the years and is making me cringe at the age of this delightful tea. This tea SCREAMS that it’s for me – berries and basil!!! So many berries here! I think it might be best with two teaspoons since it has so many berries in a scoop. But this time I steeped up a teaspoon and a half. This is fairly balanced (though keeping the age in mind) – a variety of berry notes, a bit of basil from the three types(!) of organic basil, and a savory note of two types of pepper to really give it an inspired kick and different level to these other flavors, all on a base of green tea. How great is this berry combo: strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, juniper berries! This poor tea deserved and deserves more appreciation. I also wonder how all of these ingredients would taste on a black tea (though the green base is perfect enough!) To be honest, this blend reminds me a bit of Bird & Blend’s Bramble Ramble (though that one doesn’t have basil or pepper), so these two teas might be fitting the same cupboard niche right now, so I’m not drinking this one as much as I should.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 40 minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 22 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
So a Covid update: the sister was very lucky with mild symptoms BUT ALSO we were very lucky that she had symptoms enough to know that it might be Covid and to know to get tested to not pass it on to anyone else. If she hardly had symptoms, things could have been very different for everyone. Otherwise, it looks like we were extremely lucky and none of us got it (it has been over three weeks.) But one odd thing was that the health department was telling her it was fine to stop her quarantine very shortly after she was tested, when I thought the general rule was to quarantine for two weeks? Maybe the health dept should be telling people to quarantine longer because this dang virus is just getting worse? (She was quarantining well after the health dept told her to anyway.) Just a bit of family luck that I will be grateful for in this dreadful year.
I bought this a while ago. In theory, the name of this tea means I should love it. I’ve tried it a few times but this dang licorice just ruins the entire blend. why oh why would there be licorice in banana custard? Honestly, it makes it taste like a tire. With hints of banana, but only occasionally. Also, there are cocoa shells but I can’t really tell they’re present either. I can hardly even taste that this is green tea. It really just seems like a cup of nasty licorice. Even the scent of the dry blend is just bad. It’s definitely not creamy or custard. I would really love an actual banana custard tea. Also, this is sadly SOMEHOW the ONLY “banana custard” tea that pops up in a Steepster search.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 40 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 30 minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 minute steep
Additional notes: A couple of you have been saying this isn’t aging great, so I wanted to have some to both drink it while it’s good and to see how it’s aging. This pouch is still tasting great! I don’t know if it’s different batches or maybe I just like this sort of flavor combination more that others. :D But this is delicious.
Also……. THANK YOU AMERICA. I could cry and I probably will many a time, especially when it’s official official. There will be more happy tears now than there have been sad from my eyes, no matter how sad the last four years have been. It’s not about Rep/Dem… if a certain someone was still a Dem like before he switched to Rep, I wouldn’t like him the same amount. It’s all about the sort of person you are.