5174 Tasting Notes

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(DavidsTea already recorded)

A decent straight green, a bit mariney if I recall correctly, so not quite my preference, but still good.

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drank Toasted Marshmallow by DAVIDsTEA
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(DavidsTea already recorded)

Still like this one despite it being a rooibos! Just marshmallowy, toasty, and satisfying. Planning on picking up another 50g or so before it goes away… if I remember.

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85
drank Fireside Mocha by DAVIDsTEA
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(DavidsTea already recorded)

Interestingly mixed reviews on this tea, I see! I find it a nicely satisfying alternative to coffee when I’m craving that flavour. Not much left at this point, though.

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drank English Toffee by DAVIDsTEA
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(DavidsTea already recorded)

I believe I made a latte with this, which was not bad, but I did not use enough tea. It always amazes me how much tea is actually needed for a good latte.

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82

I have a few different packages of this floating around; hopefully this is the right place for this one. It was satisfying.

52Teas

If it’s one that I crafted – this would be the right place, I would say. The versions that I made are different from Frank’s original version.

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drank Blackberry Cheesecake by 52teas
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Admittedly rather poor review on this one – I can tell you that the dry tea smelled quite enticing – delicious berries – but haven’t a clue what the brewed tea tasted like. It was mostly likely one I drank absently while working on Friday. I bought extra of this predicting it would be delicious, so really hoping it is!

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drank Cottontail by A Quarter to Tea
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For whatever reason, this was never a favourite despite having multiple hallmarks of one – coconut, vanilla, lemon. I’m trying (kind of) to finish off teas with coconut, though, so have grabbed it to work on a few times. My best guess is that I have some aversion to the white tea base, because I’m not sure what else it would be. However, it’s still an ok tea, just not a favourite.

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drank Golden Yunnan by Adagio Teas
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2021 Sipdown 92/365!

Not sure where I got this from, perhaps Sil or VariaTea? It was a decent cuppa, but I wasn’t a fan of it being in a teabag – it was more broken up than I’d prefer. It was pretty much what you’d expect for a bagged loose leaf straight tea from a flavoured tea company – ok but I know there’s much better out there.

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drank Blackberry Pie by A Quarter to Tea
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2021 Sipdown 91/365!

Really hope that this wasn’t the last cup I’ll ever have of this tea, but at least it was rich and delicious like usual.

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64

2021 Sipdown 90/365!

Never a favourite, but this tea did manage to evoke thoughts of baked apples. Wasn’t a great base, though.

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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