1270 Tasting Notes

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Picked up a big bag of this a while ago during a time when there was a pancake syrup tea void in my heart.

While I enjoy it (but not so secretly yearn for maple syrup walnut tea), my parents appear to be super fans. They demand more of this tea. I suspect Pancake Breakfast is going to get a lot of rotation with them during the upcoming cool fall months.

Taken with oat milk.

Flavors: Malt, Pancake Syrup

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
52Teas

So, would this secret yearning be for a pancake maple walnut, or just a maple walnut? Also, would you require actual walnuts in the blend (as we are a nut-free company, this is not something we could accommodate) – we do have nut free flavorings and can obtain nut free walnut flavoring – but I cannot actually create a blend with actual walnuts. Also – what sort of base would this dream tea be?

CrowKettle

I think that tasting note tangent stems from simultaneously craving both Purdy’s “Maple Walnut Ice Cream” and Butiki’s old “Maple Pecan” Oolong, which used a Nilgiri Frost Oolong. So ideally some kind of high altitude slightly roasted oolong or black tea (Nepalese, Darjeeling, Himalayan, Fujian types) that’s nutty, roasted, and even fruity sweet to carry the “nut” note – but I defer to others here. I’m a little sensitive to actual walnuts myself and totally support your “no nut” policy!

Honestly, I just like maple teas a lot and believe you can’t go wrong with making one – no nut flavouring necessarily needed! Maple walnut pancake/ice cream, maple glazed butternut squash, apple maple blondies, baked peaches with maple, deep fried chocolate maple banana, maple mascarpone eclairs… Your Maple Cheesecake Oolong, with the Qilan base, is already an awesome maple tea too!

Anyways, my folks love your Pancake tea so much + it’s a comforting cup for me; It’s a definite repurchase as needed, regardless on whether it has maple and walnuts (or bananas) :)

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August 2021 Tea

I drank this one up last week but just wanted to give it a quick shout out because I love lavender. Also, Anne does pretty good things with blueberries. Not sure if I’m 100% behind the combo but I think I mostly liked it. This tea and I had good times.

The black tea base is also pretty, with twisted leaves, and is a nice change from 52teas other black tea bases. It does come across as delicate and complex though, and I felt a little bad adding milk to it (did not stop me though).

Flavors: Berry, Blueberry, Floral, Frosting, Lavender, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
52Teas

I’ve been using what I have in my pantry of this to cold brew – it is SO GOOD cold brewed.

CrowKettle

I thought it would be good as a cold brew but it was honestly so satisfying as is (plus the changing cool weather)that I never got around to “experimenting” with it. I’m a fan though :)

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80
drank Gina Amaretta by TeaGschwendner
1270 tasting notes

I had a happy accident happen to me: I accidentally knocked over my cup sitting on my bedside table and got this tea all over my carpet and the hard to reach areas between the bed frame and the baseboard moulding. So, areas that… let’s just say I should probably clean a little more regularly than I do.

Why was it a happy accident?

A) This tea smells amazing. It’s literally the best and now it’s over everything;
B) the mug also knocked over my lavender oil (that was on my bed table too?), which also smells amazing and pairs surprisingly well with amaretto;
C) there was still plenty of the delicious tea remaining in the cup; and
D) bedroom cleaning and de-cluttering occurred! Huzzah tea!

Flavors: Almond, Amaretto, Malt, Marzipan, Stonefruit

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec
Mastress Alita

Now I want to try lavender paired with Amaretto!

CrowKettle

I’ve never tried the combo myself but am also curious now. A quick google search reveals some intriguing but untried cocktail, crepe, and dessert recipes

Leafhopper

That sounds like an interesting combo. Glad your tea-related accident was so productive. :)

Martin Bednář

Not sure if I should cry over the spilled tea, or laugh that you found positive notes on it!

Veronica

This is the most positive spilled tea note I’ve ever seen. Love it!

gmathis

Wanna come spill some tea all over my house? ;)

CrowKettle

Oh, gmathis, if I spilled tea at your or anyone’s house I’d die from embarrassment on the spot and the floorboards would swallow me up. Whether the spilled tea would be efficiently swallowed with me is a coin toss D:

Lexie Aleah

Love this!

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45

Well, this is still an abomination of a chimera tea – but slightly more tolerable than I remember, so bumping up the rating from 35 to 45. Should probably bump it up higher tbh because I’m ok with resteeping and finishing the sample off. Less leaf is more with this one.

I still have this compulsion to dip my tea into aioli sauce, and this makes me incredibly uncomfortable.

Tastes like savoury smoked plantains slathered in truffle and olive oil. I can also taste the blackberry leaf and vanilla, which I think is supposed to fill out the banana note to a sweet caramelized point but just plays havoc with my sanity.

More palatable with oat milk. Maybe?

Steep Count: 2

Flavors: banana, Blackberry, Meat, Mushrooms, Olive Oil, Smoke, Umami, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec
Evol Ving Ness

Somewhere I have a sample of this scary tea that a tea friend was kind enough to share. Hopefully, by the time this sample reveals itself, it will have mellowed into something vaguely pleasant. What were the creators thinking?!

CrowKettle

Yeah, I don’t know how or why they came up with this. It’s definitely not boring, so it has that going for it…

Evol Ving Ness

Hehehe, well, there’s that. Your note is likely the kindest one on this tea.

CrowKettle

That’s because I believe there is a wonderful banana tea hidden somewhere, behind the truffle and olive oil. That, and my first note from four years ago was.. full of theatrics. This tea also always makes me laugh, no matter how stressed or upset I was prior to steeping up a cup; it’s like mental bleach (scented with smoked truffles and bananas).

Evol Ving Ness

Hahahaha. Thank you for leaving a bit more uplifted than I was when your note had found me.

Evol Ving Ness

Four years already?

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I find this one to be pretty similar to Golden Arrow from the same company, except it’s less smokey caramel and more sweet spirits. Unlike GA, It has a thinner but flavourful mouthful that takes me right to the downtown distillery! Vanilla, cocoa and malt, with hints of burnt sugar and smoke. It doesn’t burn the throat going down like bourbon does, but it’s close!

It’s a pretty accurate rendition of a alcoholic drink, and also brings to mind O’Connor’s Cream from TeaGschwendner (that one’s way bolder though).

Taken with both dairy milk and oat milk on different occasions. That may be what turns this bourbon into an Irish Cream sibling.

Steep Count: 2

Flavors: Alcohol, Burnt Sugar, Cocoa, Malt, Smoke, Vanilla, Whiskey

ashmanra

White Antlers sent me O’Connor’s Cream and it is a definite repurchase. I was happy to find out I can get it at Tin Roof Teas in Raleigh where we love to take a day trip shopping anyway.

gmathis

This sounds similar to the Irish Whiskey variety from TeaMaze that I really like.

CrowKettle

O’Connnor’s Cream is pretty rich and unique; I wish their teas were easier to get a hold of where I am!

This one is more a pale memory of it. Subtle notes of Bourbon, vanilla, and cocoa isn’t the same as full-throttle Irish Cream Whiskey.

CrowKettle

I’ll have to check into TeaMaze! I seem to like boozy teas, although the thing that wins me over here is probably that it’s a vanilla black I can take with milk (that time of the year again).

gmathis

It’s still too warm in Missouri for tea with milk, but we’re seeing glimmers of seasonal change! I leave for work just pre-sunrise now, so got to gawk at a trio of deer who came down to the creek for breakfast.

CrowKettle

That’s a lovely scene and a wonderful way to meet the dawn! Are there lots of deer around where you are?

We had a lot of rain today. You could’ve missed the skyscrapers and mountain peaks for all the low clouds and precipitation. ‘Raincouver’ has reverted to its original state.

gmathis

We’re in a little burg of a suburb with lots of brush and farm pastureland, and if you pretend, you can almost ignore the noise from the interstate about a half mile away :) Pretty healthy deer population, the usual possums and armadillos, but sometimes you get bonus critters: wild turkeys, cranes (on the creek), and my husband recently spotted a bald eagle. About 40 miles north, in northern Barton and Dade County, eagles are pretty common.

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80

SMOKE!!! Caramel, and vanilla. I seem to fall into the group that loves this tea.

I find the smoke to be pretty front heavy and undeniable; I think it runs the risk of dominating the sweet dessert notes and ruining the blend if you’re lapsang souchong opposed. I like my campfire smoke tea though and think the addition of caramel and vanilla notes makes it even more drinkable. For those who want a tad less smoke but like the burnt sugar and vanilla – Low Country is similar but boozier and without the caramel toffee (I personally prefer the GA here).

Taken with oat milk. This tea can handle the thickness, and the grains emphasize sweet smoked malt goodness. Underleafing and a milk also helps minimize the smoke.

Steep Count: 2

I’m all out now, but If I order from AUT again this will be in the cart. EDIT I should also add that my mom, who hates Lapsang Souchong and loves to threaten to throw it out, found this to be pretty delicious.

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Caramel, Malt, Pine, Resin, Smoke, Toffee, Vanilla, Whiskey

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
tea-sipper

oh man, I always think of a smoky vanilla tea. Tried to mix two teas yesterday, just to try for a cup of smoky vanilla (didn’t work.)

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77

Had this the other evening and while it’s not super exciting I did get rhubarb from it. It’s like chamomile with a little accent. I like chamomile so we’re good. (I’m giving this my default rating for chamomile +1 for rhubarb. And, yes, I do rate chamomile highly. Love that stuff)

Flavors: Chamomile, Citrus, Herbaceous, Rhubarb

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Dark Iris by August Uncommon Tea
1270 tasting notes

I love the concept and the dry leaf aroma. Mmm.. peach candies and lime blossoms. Both dry and steeped, this reminds me a bit of Buddha’s Blend from David’s Tea – floral, peachy, candy elements, but a tricky base that can get a bit nippy or fall flat underneath all the floral, fruity, candied, and roasted ingredient notes.

Besides a mixed bag of fruity candy, this one tastes a little like a signature cocktail. If I focus on the lime and the base comes out sharp it’s a margarita (predominant in first steep); if the peach and rose notes are stronger it’s a Bellini or Fuzzy Peaches (2nd steep). I don’t really pick up on the pistachios much beyond a mild roasted creaminess (and bitterness, which adds to the boozy illusion for me). The rose, peach, lime and white chocolate notes are generally more apparent if inconsistent (I don’t know what’s going on with this tea sometimes).

It’s weird, it doesn’t quite work as advertised, and has a funky mix of ingredients that never seem to come across the same way, but I kind of like it anyways.

Steep Count: 2

Flavors: Candy, Champagne, Cream, Floral, Lime, Peach, Roasted, Rose, Rum, Vanilla, White Chocolate, Wood

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Sakura Sushi

Try it iced – it makes an amazing iced tea! I never drink this one hot.

CrowKettle

I’ll give that a shot! I forgot about this one today and it tasted like a completely different tea cooled down; more pistachio :)

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84

On a lark I decided to get this massive sampler box from AUT – because why not? Plus, I felt bad about how I wrote them off after that one bad shipping/customs experience (sucks how that can sometimes sour things).

So, I made this one up first, since I vaguely remember trying it before, and my first thought was that I probably underscored it because it’s delicious. Then I came on here to see that I actually gave it a pretty great score of 88 (see? getting slapped with duty on tea distorts all memories).

This may be the only apple tea that I like to date – and I like it a lot! With the clove and herb mix it’s reminiscent of a baked apple or a spiced apple cider (a fav). It’s perfect for the start of fall.

Also, I keep thinking the base is green when I’m not actively drinking it or looking at the packaging. My brain is garbage when it comes to Dots and Loops.

Flavors: Allspice, Bread, Cloves, Fennel Seed, Fruity, Green Apple, Herbs, Lemongrass, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Leafhopper

Yep, customs charges can bias me against tea companies too, which is completely unfair. Ditto for very high shipping fees.

CrowKettle

High shipping fees usually mean I just will never order from them – which I guess is bias lol.

These guys seem to have learned from last time though, although I had some doubts when the shipping method option showed up as Fedex (but they ended up using USPS)! No hidden duty charges this time! :)

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72

It’s so hot and dry along the Pacific Northwest lately (no rain here in +45 days, ugh). Hot tea is mostly out and anything that pairs well with ice cubes is receiving a lot of love at my place. Cue this tea being unearthed from the neglected tea pile exactly one year later to fill a dire need.

I honestly prefer green teas and herbals for iced and cold steep. This one isn’t bad for the purpose though, albeit sweeter (from maple and coconut) than I generally prefer. While it’s past its peak, the coconut hasn’t gone completely off yet either – so bonus! The black tea base is almost nonexistent and flat except for a touch of sweet amber malt, but that may just be the maple syrup and palm sugar talking. The aftertaste is sweet, slightly sour and a little… soapy? Yeah, this one needs to be finished off and put out of its misery asap.

Flavors: Coconut, Custard, Malt, Maple Syrup, Sugar, Vanilla

Preparation
Iced 3 tsp

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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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