6024 Tasting Notes

95
drank Foggy Coconut by 52teas
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(52teas (Anne) 2022: already recorded)

Another tea that makes the whole house smell good. Really love this coconut earl grey – it’s so smooth and flavourful.

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(52teas (Anne) 2022: already recorded)

Still think this is just ok. I think I want the berries to pop more? I’m not sure. Nice evening choice, however.

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93

(52teas (Anne) 2022: already recorded)

I love this so much. It’s kind of similar to Sun & Cloud Mist, with pillowy fluffy lemony deliciousness on a savoury green base. Really, really good. I don’t know which one I prefer.

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95

(52teas (Anne) 2022: already recorded)

A perfect evening cuppa. I love how this makes my whole tea area (aka kitchen) nicely aromatic, as well!

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85
drank Banana Pancakes by 52teas
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(52teas (Anne) 2022: already recorded)

Review for the Jan 2020 reblend. Great combination of base teas, and nice mapley flavour, but the banana was a bit hidden!

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94
drank Mayan Chocolate Chai by 52teas
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(52teas (Anne) 2022: already recorded)

Review for the Dec 2019 reblend (newly opened!). I was very pleased with it – sweet, heat, chocolate, and it definitely reminded me of Frank’s version. Delicious! I think I drank it without milk, even though I’d initially planned to.

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75
drank Picante Raspberry by 52teas
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(52teas (Anne) 2022: already recorded)

Another accidental repeat! A touch too spicy for me, especially since I’ve been popping tums like candy lately, but I liked the raspberry. Bumping the rating up a tad.

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75

(52teas (Anne) 2022: already recorded)

Well! Looks like I had missed recording that I drank this a couple months ago, so an unintentional repeat. But – a delicious one! Didn’t screw up the infusion this time and despite my previous comment that the coconut was going off, it was much less noticeable when brewed correctly. It was actually pretty good, and I could taste that mango! Still need to keep this one out to finish off sooner rather than later, though…

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87

(52teas (Anne) 2022: 307)

I feel like Frank’s original blend of this had a bit of cotton candy essence or something – I found it a bit more candy-like than this blend, which is ok but not as good. A light, berry white tea.

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79

(52teas (Anne) 2022: already recorded)

Quite a bit of this left, so I brought it out for another cup. Mild, but tasty, with a nice rich base, and a bit of creamy cranberry.

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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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