112 Tasting Notes

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drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
112 tasting notes

I haven’t been drinking much tea lately, and I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s because of my organizational system… or, rather, lack thereof. It’s all jumbled up on a shelf in my cupboard, and forget half of it exists. So I emptied it all out onto the kitchen tables and suddenly I want to drink all of it! … I still don’t know how to organize it though. This is hard. >.<

As far as this tea, I got absolutely no green tea in it this time. Just apples and a piece of popcorn. And while I kinda like buttery appley popcorniness, I’m still pretty disappointed. It seems kinda dishonest on DavidsTea’s part to sell this (or kiwi’s great adventure) as a green tea. They might as well not add any tea and sell it as an herbal…

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Another one I had over break. It was really good, but I didn’t see much to distinguish it over the Vanilla Orchid, which is not insignificantly cheaper, so I might just stick with that…

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drank Kiwi's Big Adventure by DAVIDsTEA
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Tried this one over break and I wasn’t super impressed. The kiwi flavor was nice, but the blend was mostly apples and didn’t have enough tea in it, I thought. I tried making it according to the directions and it came out very light and very weak… I used more tea for the next steeping, but I still wasn’t impressed. So I guess I’ll just have to keep looking if I want a good kiwi tea.

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drank Zarrin Special by Zarrin
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Drinking this tea seems too mundane to really warrant a tasting note, but I’ve been away from steepster for a while (first finals, then holidays). I left for the airport at 9 pm on sunday and arrived home after 3pm on monday, because of course the weather made air travel of any kind positively hellish yesterday… as a result I didn’t get nearly enough sleep, I’m sore all over and pretty out of it today… so I am enjoying the pleasant simplicity of tea that you don’t have to think about. It’s black tea, plain and simple, inoffensive, and cheap to boot. Tomorrow I’ll think about something fancier, maybe.

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drank Eight Candles by Della Terra Teas
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Tea #9.

It’s sparkly! Like glitter & gold, which I’ll admit to buying an entire tin of because SPARKLES! … the effect here is just a little bit spoiled by all the little oil droplets floating on top.

And once again, I’m a little disappointed by the caramel. Which begs the question… have I ever found a caramel tea that I actually like?? I feel like I have, maybe, but if I have I can’t remember what it was … I lied. Lupicia’s caramel and rum rooibos. But have I ever had a really good caramel black tea? Hmmm…

Overall, I’m not super impressed. It’s okay, but not amazing.

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drank Focus by Tazo
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Tea #8.

I keep forgetting that Tazo does loose leaf. It’s a surprise every time I remember again.

Tried half a cup of this one this morning — I decided I could use the energy and focus, even if it was just the placebo effect. I wasn’t terribly impressed — it was just okay. I wanted it to taste like those chocolate covered orange marmalade sticks from Trader Joe’s (the old ones, before their dis-and-re-appearance). The orange was not quite marmaladey, but not quite fresh tasting, and it didn’t mesh with the chocolate as well as I might have liked…

I think there’s a chocolate orange tea in the box somewhere, I should try that and see if I like it better…

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Tea #7.

This one was actually on my shopping list, because it sounded really tasty. Chai, with rose petals? Yes please.

I was disappointed to find that one of the spices is not quite to my liking. I was going to say fennel, but apparently there isn’t any in the blend. Coriander, maybe? It’s hard finding a chai with the right balance of the right spices in it. Maybe when I figure it out, I should just get some rose petals to add in, and see if I like that better…

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drank Royal Wedding by Harney & Sons
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Tea #6, I think?

I’m not a huge fan of white tea to begin with, but the flavorings sounded and smelled so tasty… However, I’m pretty sure my water was too hot because the tea ended up with a lot of weird bitterness. =/

I think white teabags are definitely not a practical choice, for me, because I tend to use teabags on campus, or at gas stations, or while camping… basically in environments where I have little control over my water temperature.

Basically: this tasting note probably means absolutely nothing to anyone, except as a reminder to myself that white teabags are a bad plan (except adagio’s white blueberry, which for some reason tastes like chocolate when made with boiling water).

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drank Amandine Rose by Teavana
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This was tea #4 from the TTB.

I’m a sucker for anything rose flavored, and this tea was certainly rosey! Rose and almond seems like an interesting combination, and it smelled really good, but I didn’t get as much almond as I would have liked in the taste, except for the last few sips… I’m thinking my half cup wasn’t really enough to judge it by, so I’ll try it again a little later, but I think I might like this one… We’ll see.

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Tea #5, from the TTB.

Drinking teabags tonight, because I don’t want to bring my teapot downstairs and someone drunkenly vomited all over my kitchen. =[

In less icky news, I am enjoying this tea! But I have to admit, Harney & Sons blends, however much I enjoy them, tend to be pretty subtle and the flavors all muddle together for me. I wouldn’t be able to pick out stone fruits or honey or whatever it is that’s supposed to be in this, it’s just a pleasant, slightly fruity flavored black tea. I think I might enjoy Paris more, but if I ever feel like switching it up, this one is certainly an option…

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Hi! I’m a linguistics major at a certain infamous east coast tech school, I write, I rock climb, and I have a mild obsession with Diana Wynne Jones.

I’m also Russian, which means I’ve been drinking tea all my life — always loose leaf, and always black. Black teas are still my favorite, but of course I dabble in a bit of everything. I really like ceylon, I recently discovered puer, and I’m having a lot of fun exploring flavored black teas (and making silly fandom blends on adagio…).

My tea cabinet may or may not be accurate at the moment, as I am transitioning between locations…

Rating system (work in progress):
95 – Wow!
85 – My favorites. Cupboard staple material.
75 – Really good. Debating whether to keep it around…
65 – Quite pleasant, but not for me. I probably won’t (re)purchase.
55 – Just okay.

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