734 Tasting Notes

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Sick tea of the evening….another one that was strong enough in some flavour to pick up. The strong coffee/burnt sugar notes came through, and it was a soothing and smooth brew. Sadly, it’s a sipdown, so I’ll have to get more again sometime. It’s tasty.

OMGsrsly

I just mixed up some of this one with Divine Temptation for the morning. :)

Plunkybug

I almost did that.

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drank White Christmas by 52teas
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Tea was perfect for today…being sick, I really appreciated the strong mint in this one, as it was both soothing to my throat and sinuses, but also something I could taste properly due to how strong the mint is.

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79

I probably shouldn’t rate this one just yet, seeing as I’m sick and all, and fairly certain I’m sure I am not getting the full taste and subtleties of this tea. I can perceive a nice bit of spice, and a smooth base, but that’s about it right now. Not to say it is bad, because it is good, but my buds are off from being sick, and I’m just not getting much from the tea now. But I have a whole ounce (yay!) to devour, and I can tell from what I can taste now with reduced taste buds that I will really like this one when I can taste it properly. :)

MissB

I am so excited to try this! I too however am fighting a cold… although some medicinal tea did help the other day. Hope you feel better soon!

VariaTEA

I hope you two feel better soon! This tea sounds amazing btw so at least you have some delicious teas to keep you warm while you are not feeling great!

OMGsrsly

oooh, I’m jealous! :) Hopefully there’s some left when I manage to place another order.

Plunkybug

I can try to save you some for a swap, though with any luck, it will become permanent instead of limited edition.

OMGsrsly

It’s fine! I can keep my fingers crossed. :)

Butiki Teas

It definitely won’t be a part of our permanent collection anytime soon but it might come back later.

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drank Choconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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Why oh why does this one have LICORICE in it? Blech! Dumped it in the sink after the first few sips. I only got 12g of this, so I’m not sure whether to return/exchange or to just give away…

Another one bites the dust. TWO FAILS so far. Maybe Spiced Fig won’t disappoint.
JustJames

return it is my vote, otherwise the company won’t change the blend. i got a very interesting piece of advice from a store manager years ago: money = a vote. withold it or take it back and a company pays attention. i have observed this to be true!

Plunkybug

It’ll have to wait til I am back from vacation, at which point, might be too late. I might just offload on a friend, but voice my dislike in person.

JustJames

i am crossing fingers for you!

Plunkybug

There’s plenty else I’d apply it to, but I also dislike Coffee Cake…it sounds bad to bring both back. Even if there is a small amount.

Plunkybug

But I’ll see what I can do…unless my friend wants it.

MissB

Yikes. I really disliked Spiced Fig myself – it just tasted like water with a touch of flavoring. Having said that, I only got a sample with my order last week, and it really wasn’t enough for a cup.

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drank Coffee Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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Ummm, glad I only got 12g of this one. It smells deliciously divine, but there is a strange artificial almost medicinal taste to it. It’s similar to Red Velvet Cake, but also, I think the cherry in this added to that is what is giving a medicinal taste.

I have a small amount that I will play with at home, as this tasting is based on a TTG from the store, and it may be a different experience at home for me.

But…so far a fail.

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62

Sipdown…not my favourite chocolate orange tea…this steep in particular seems very weak, to the point I can barely taste the chocolate, and the orange might be a figment of my imagination. I think this one comes from sil

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drank Tamarind Pop by Butiki Teas
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Sipdown…I like this tea but it’s subtle, and I do want to play around with more again, sometime in the future.

CrowKettle

It’s nice to see you’re working through some sipdowns. I felt bad for piling all that tea on you!

Plunkybug

Don’t! Some will stake a while, and admittedly, I have more of yours left still. I’m looking at making room for the Butiki order I have coming, plus the new DT teas. Plus my core DT winter teas…Chocolate Orange Pu Erh, Coffee Pu Erh (sometimes), Chocolate Chili Chai, Santa’s Secret…though I may have new core winter teas once the new ones come out too.

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95

Sipdown of this today…I know it’s coming back. It’s a winter staple for me.

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84

Wow, was this ever buttery!! I basically had enough for one steep, plus re-steeps, from Cavocorax from our last swap, so I made it last night. The mouthfeel on this was sooo thick. It’s a really nice oolong. I wish I remembered a bit more about the rest, butI drank before bed and am only sitting her now typing up this tasting.

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drank Tamarind Pop by Butiki Teas
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This was my tea this morning for my David’s kid’s tumbler and Timolino. I got this sample from CrowKettle a few days ago, and she warned me that it was a subtle taste. I have to agree with her that it is a very subtle tea.

The packet definitely has a sweet, smooth fruity smell. In fact, it smells delicious! goes back to sniffing the packet

Ok, I’m bag, after pulling myself away from the packet. :P As always, the aesthetics of the tea are very pleasing. The little pinky red blossoms are beautiful. The taste is very subtle. What I’m noticing most is an earthy fruit taste (and maybe some warm cinnamon?) with some restrained astringency, more like juicy astringency rather than pucker astringency. I did sweeten this with a little sugar. I’m not sure about any caramel or cocoa, but maybe the smooth warmth and earthiness I taste is partly those notes mixed in with the fruit.

I can see how this tea would be amazing cold steeped, as I think the fruit my pop even more. I like this tea, and am glad to have tried it. I might get a larger amount to play with in the future, but not now. I think I’ll add it to my list though…

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I generally like a lot of tea. I do find I have a preference for flavored over unflavoured, but I do love a good straight tea as well.

Likes are too hard, since there are a lot. Dislikes are easier, so here they are…

Hibiscus. Blech. I can tolerate a little, depending on the brew, like Berry Good from Davids and Ruby Pie from Butiki…but in general, it’s too tart and too strong for me.

Licorice. Anything that remotely resembles licorice is out too, so that includes fennel and anise. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

Florals. I’m cool with petals in the tea to make them look pretty (except rose), and I’m cool with teas like oolongs having a floral note, but strong florals can give me migraines. Rose and jasmine are the biggest offenders. This is one where it can vary on the blend, as I can handle Teavivre’s Peach Jasmine Dragon Pearl tea because there is very little jasmine actually detectable in it.

Rooibos is hit or miss. I can do some, but not others. I handle green better than red, and honeybush better than rooibos.

My ratings don’t have a particular scale or method, and may on occasion contradict themselves, but I’m honestly not fussed about that. Sometimes I don’t even rate at all.

Um, I have an extensive wishlist. It is both a list of things I want to get again, and things I want to try. If you are sending me something, and you want to know which is which, I’ll tell you via PM.

Yes, I do trades…usually on request though. See something you want to try in my cupboard? Just shoot me a message and I’ll see what I can do!

Uh, guess that’s it.

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