Staff Picks 2013
Want to find out a bit more about the folks behind Steepster? Want to find out what teas are in the March box? Well, you’ve come to the right place!
For this month’s box of Steepster Select, we decided to each choose a tea that really spoke to us this year.
From white to pu-erh, let’s find out what those picks were!
Mike: Co-Founder, Steepster
Tea of 2013 Pick: Zhejiang White Pearls
Why? I love teas that I can re-steep throughout the day. When I’m at the office, I can brew the pearls in a cup and add more hot water throughout the day. Super uncomplicated. I enjoy the subtle smokiness and the floral finish. Very easy to drink. Nice caffeine boost too!
Dayna: Marketing, Customer Service, Social Media
Tea of 2013 Pick: Genmai-matcha Matsujirushi
Why? When asked to pick my favorite tea of 2013, I immediately thought that it was a trick question. One favorite tea? One?! So instead of answering, I decided that it would be more fair to pick a place and then a favorite tea. So, what’s a tea loving nerd to do? Spin a globe of course! So after a few spins and lands on places that don’t produce tea (ahem… Antarctica..), I finally landed on the ocean near Japan. Japan? Perfect! Favorite tea? Genmai-matcha, without a doubt!
Matcha iri Genmaicha has been my favorite tea of Japanese tea for years. YEARS. By now, I must have sampled dozens of this lovely, warming, tea type. From pan-fried base to gyokuro base, from mochi rice and black soybeans to home popped rice, needless to say, I have tried many a matcha iri genmaicha. When Zach first let me taste this Genmai-matcha Matsujirushi that he had found through his Japanese tea wizardry, I was floored. This is the best, darn matcha iri genmaicha that I have ever had. Hands down. It’s roasty, toasty, vegetal, grassy, soothing, warming, and almost earthy. It has everything that I look for in a matcha iri genmaicha. I could drink this all day!
Jason: Co-Founder, Steepster
Tea of 2013 Pick: Li Li Xiang 2013
Why? This year, I’ve really discovered how much I love oolong. I tend to like things a bit on the greener side or with only a bit of firing. The Li Li Xiang hit the sweet spot for me. It’s light, very fresh and fruity, but has a little bit more body than some unfired green oolongs. It also seems to steep for a really long time which I love. Like Mike, I drink tea around the office and this one is pretty easy to make. Easy is good!
Arul: Operations, Strategy, Marketing
Tea of 2013 Pick: Lapsang Souchong
Why? Smoke, thats why! I am actually not a big black tea drinker personally, but Lapsang is so unique and singular that I loved it from the beginning. This is a tea you can make for someone to show how wide ranging the world of tea is. Its also a great conversation starter. Sometimes the conversation is about what kind of smoked food it reminds the other person of (jerky?!). This is the way I get most of my mornings started around the office. Hope you enjoy it, or at least have fun experimenting with it!
Zach: Tea Sourcing and Operations, Content
Tea of 2013 Pick: 2013 Big Leaf Mini Green Toucha
Why? Honestly, this pick came out of convenience for me. I love pu-erh, but carrying around big cakes of it proves difficult. I love that I can pop a few of these mini touchas in my coat pocket and have enough tea to last me a week at the office. This pu-erh is young, fresh, and has enough flavor and depth to be interesting through multiple infusions. 2013 was a good year for greener puerh and although the tea used to create these toucha is not the highest grade leaf, the producers did a really nice job balancing the flavors. I like to use an entire piece in my gaiwan and brew it all day.
We all hope that you enjoy these teas as much as we do!